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I did sign up for NaNoWriMo yesterday. The worst thing that happens is that I don't finish it.

Yes, There are other things I'd like to do. I never finished the embroidery on my chuppah (yes, I got married a year ago. We ended up using someone else's chuppah instead of the one I was making. Then the project got put by the wayside because I got sick, then it just ceased being a priority). I'd like to find a gym I'm comfortable at. I'd like to start thinking about going back to school. I'd like to focus on improving my frumkeit. I'd like to read more. I'd like to finish the scrapbook I was making from the wedding (yes, it was last year, lay off!). I'd like to take a tropical vacation.

But you know, none of that actually precludes me from taking some time to write every day. After all, I used to write pages and pages a day. My friend Steve (who still needs to get an LJ Account!!) pointed out that I probably wrote 50,000 words a month to him when he was in college. Of course, he's exaggerating. But what the heck. I'll give it a go. If it's too hard or I don't like it, no big deal. So I stop.

So that's that. I'm kind of excited about it, actually. :)

What else. Hrm.

I had an extremely productive day at work yesterday. It made me feel very good about myself and my work. I'm proud of the quality of work that I produce, but sometimes, it's harder than it looks. Yesterday was one of those days that just kept falling right into place. All the people I needed to talk to called me. I got answers to most of the questions I had to ask. I fielded a lot of questions from sites, and handled them pretty darned well. And I stayed organized throughout the day. I think the worst thing for me is that once I cease being organized at work, I cease feeling like I'm accomplishing anything useful. Yesterday, I took a few minutes after every call taking careful notes and putting the notes in an appropriate folder. That will make the end of the week status meeting *much* easier for me. I'm very happy. :)

When I got home last night I was *exhausted* and I had a splitting headache. I had dinner with beaniekins and then went home. I was certain that I would crash immediately, but I managed to pull myself together. The house is a mess because we've been trying to pack things up while we get ready to install hard wood flooring. Poor sethcohen usually ends up with the brunt of the cleaning by the end of the week, because I end up in the kitchen cooking for shabbos. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. So I figured I'd give him a bit of a break. I spent a while clearing off the table, moving some boxes out of the way in the living room and dining room, vacuuming, doing a few dishes, and generally straightening up. Oh, and I threw out a bunch of crap. That was cathartic. Then I curled up in a tiny ball (okay, well, I'm too fat to curl up into anything tiny, but you know...) and watched West Wing and Law and Order while awaiting sethcohen's return from gaming.

All in all, a nice day. Exhausting, but nice.

Maybe tonight I'll actually get around to polishing my shoes. I have a pair of black shoes which desperately needs to be polished. We'll see. So far I've started out having a productive day. I've written all the reports I need to this morning, I've reviewed two files. I have plans to review security documents for three sites. So far, so good.

Seth is taking a new position at work (for those of you that haven't already read it in *his* journal). The hospital has a Robot that manages most patient orders. I'm putting this badly, because really, what do I know about it. I think the robot does most of the cartfill, but I could be wrong. Anyway, it's massive. There are several technicians that work with the robot also (doing some nebulous thing...Seth is obviously better at explaining this than I am). Anyway, Seth is taking on an administrative position in which he will oversee the Robot Staff and the functions provided by the robot. He'll still be staffing a few times a week, but he'll have fewer evenings, and he'll get a small raise. Yes, small. But a raise, nonetheless.

Anyway, Seth and I spent a long time discussing the position last night in response to a meeting with two of his bosses yesterday. There's quite a lot to be done, and he has so many opportunities to excel in this position. I think it's very well suited to him, and I just hope that he is given the opportunity to show what an effective manager he can be. It's an excellent career move for him. Keep your fingers crossed.

Finally, I should be seeing a raise in my paycheck tomorrow. My annual review which should have been done in March was finally done a few weeks ago (despite me having turned in my part of it in April...it had to be delayed since I was on disability when it was originally due). I don't know what the increase will be, but I will have another review in March, so if I determine that it isn't sufficient, I won't fight that battle until review time again. Someone did hint to me that it was a nice raise. But I've gotten "nice" raises before. Nice tends to refer to the percentage, not the number. And a large percentage of a small salary still doesn't work out as nicely as a slightly smaller percentage of a large salary. So we'll see.

Anyway, that's all for now.

Just FYI, Word Count for this post is: 1060. And that's not even trying. If I need 1700 words per day in November, I think it's doable. Of course, some days, I'll need to write more than that, because I won't be writing on Shabbos, and there are bound to be other days that I'm not interested in writing also.

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yermie From: yermie Date: October 2nd, 2003 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Why not write on Shabbos?

(albeit, paper is far easier to write on...)

Seriously, why not? If you can't use the computer, use pen & paper. Or, use the day for outlining / planning.

Of course, my idea for a 50k novel would involve lots of "very" useful words..

"A very, very, very, very, ... long time ago, there was a very, very, very... beautiful princess who was locked in a very, very ... tall tower by her father, the king. The king was a very, very... good man, he had simply received bad advice from the very, very, very... wicked advisors.

One day, a very... handsome prince came in and rescued her, and killed everyone else. There was no rejoicing, because he killed the rejoicers. The princess decided she had better things to do than spend her life with a massmurderingfuckhead, and went back into her tower. The end."

So I'll only need about 49,900 "very"'s in there.... shouldn't be too unreadable, should it?

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 2nd, 2003 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Why not write on Shabbos?

I can't write on shabbos, because I can't use the computer, but I also can't use a pen and paper. That is verboten. Writing is one of the types of work specifically prohibited on the day of rest. Even if writing itself weren't prohibited, I like the idea of having a day off; a day to *not* work; a day to focus on other aspects of my life.

I'm going to try to avoid the very, very, very approach to the novel. I still expect it to be crap, but I'm hoping for at least a little bit of substance.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 2nd, 2003 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Writing on Shabbos

after havdallah isn't shabbos. I didn't say I wasn't going to write on Saturday. I said I wasn't going to write on Shabbos.

I will not be writing on Fridays because I have to actually, you know, WORK in the morning, and I spend the rest of the day (which isn't much since shabbos is starting earlier and earlier, getting dinner ready and the house cleaned and so on. I expect that I will be writing Saturday nights. I'm hoping that some of the reading that I tend to do on Shabbos will be an inspiration to me come havdallah time. :)
drmellow From: drmellow Date: October 2nd, 2003 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Keeping in mind your Shabbos observations, you might want to adjust your daily word count goal up a little bit.

50000 / 26 = 1924

Give yourself a daily goal of 2200, and that'll help cover days that you won't be writing, and build in a little bit of a cushion. Even though my daily word goal, by the math, is 1667, I'm upping it to 2000 instead of 1700 for the same reason.

The Johnny Cash public memorial service in Nashville is in November, which might take three days away from me. And, of course, there's Thanksgiving, where I'll be doing some traveling. Maybe I can convince Mrs. Mellow to take driving duties and let me pound away on the laptop while we drive.

It's exciting and fun. I'm psyched.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 2nd, 2003 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I was planning on 2000-2400. So really, just two of the posts that I made today! :) Not too shabby.

Thanksgiving I have no plans to travel, so I actually plan to take much of the day to write. Why not? That's likely to be my catch-up day!
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: October 2nd, 2003 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

A Site to Check Out

When I came across this site, I couldn't help but think of you! :-) http://www.newnovelist.com/
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: October 2nd, 2003 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did sign up for NaNoWriMo yesterday.


...All in all, a nice day. Exhausting, but nice.

I took a mental health day today, so I'm sorry that things aren't cleaner. I did a load of laundry, tho, so it's not all bad. What's worse is that I never visited notchad at work...he'd brought some tools for us to use to install the floor himself. Eeps. Good thing I was home, though, so that I got to catch Jim.

As for the stuff for me for work, I received a final schedule in the mail from Mark, so I may be posting about work stuff myself when I get the chance.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 2nd, 2003 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay? You're the one that said "Hell No," if I'm not mistaken. heh. How quickly things change.

I'm fine with you taking a mental health day. You deserve it. I take plenty of them. Plus, things weren't as bad as they could have been since I did get to do a fair bit of cleaning last night.
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