Say hello to my little goat friend. Yep I went to a fruit and vegetable stand that has a little farm and there’s one of the goats. Two, actually, because one is wisely in the shade in this picture. Anyhow, we haven’t gotten the beastly weather they are seeing in some parts of the west, but you know, hot enough.
I have now written and scheduled all but 5 of the Christmas in July stories and I know what two of those five will be.
Coming up and already scheduled is one for “Roommates”, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, TOS OMS set after TVH, a getting together flash, Vanik, and Kirk’s Children.
More to be written as I said.
Not yet sure what I will plan for August, but I promise I am already thinking about it.
Finally got my posting date for the T’hy’la Bang story. It’s June 22nd. Yaoichan12’s is June 23rd. So we aren’t first but we aren’t last either. I did manage to write a bit more and I have to have it pretty much done by the end of this month. It will be. I don’t have that much to go.
As you know I finished Cadet Ashayam and my next plan is to finish Nine Lives too. I’m already very much itching to begin fleshing out Vanik’s story, aptly named, The Matchmaker. It will be part of my Starfleet Academy series.
I plan to continue a few threads of flashes for the June flashes, so stay tuned for that.
I must admit there are some really fantastic stories on AO3 right now and it’s a little intimidating. I love it as a reader but as a writer, yeah, I’m a little envious. Ah, well. Such is life I suppose. There is always someone better than each of us at something or other I guess!
I bought myself a desk. Don’t recall if I mentioned this. But I had been at my dining room table for six weeks working from home. I have two monitors. So every single weekend I had to take my equipment down off the dining room table just so we could have a dining room table. My stuff took up a huge amount of it. Six weeks of this.
So I broke down and got a desk for about $220. It’s you know cheap Ikea type furniture, but it works. I’m off the dining room table and by the cat box, ha ha, but it is what it is. I figure I will be here at least another six weeks maybe more, so…desk it was.
We also bought a little bistro set for our patio so we can sit out there this summer and enjoy since we can’t really go anywhere. Things are starting to open up slowly but we figured sprucing up our patio was rather overdue anyway.
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend already. So it’s three days off for me and I’ll stop work at 1 on Friday like I would have if I’d been at the office but now I won’t have to walk home. I have a special flash for that Monday too.
Thinking out loud. No not the song. Although now that I mention it, you never know when that will become a song fic.
Nine Lives is coming to an end soon. By mid to late summer, surely. And I’ve been promising for a while to continue the story I started in Hello Darkness, My Old Friend, part one of the T’hy’la Chronicles. So I am thinking when Nine Lives is complete, that’s where I’m headed. Likewise, it won’t be much longer for Cadet Ashayam and that leads me to my next story after, Best Friends, in the How I Met My T’hy’la series.
That’s where my thoughts are going. Not sure when I will get to them, but they are coming.
I have a million stories I could write, we all know that. The one from here where Spock marries Uhura and Jim is suddenly very much in Carol Marcus’ orbit again. A full story with Vanik, the match-making child.
First I have to finish the Bang story. Has to be basically finished by the end of this month and then posted in June. I will get my posting date next week I believe. I had been matched with an artist but that’s all I have now. I think I can tell you the title now (pish even if I can’t I’m going to) and it is “The Closer I Get to You”
The closer I get to you The more you make me see By giving me all you got Your love has captured me
Anyway there you have it. I’ll post more as I know it.
I have only one more flash to write for May. Will there be M,W and F flashes for June…stay tuned.
Don’t really have any May pictures yet. So you get one of theirs. Nice, huh?
Today I heard that a place out here called the Soup Plantation was going out of permanent business. If you don’t have those out there, it’s basically a buffet restaurant, think Hometown Buffet or Golden Corral, is you have those. Basically they don’t think the health agencies will ever let them operate again under this modern day life with the pandemic, so they closed down. I’m not much of a buffet person, but that place was okay, when I went there, and it’s more sad to me that 4,400 people are permanently out of jobs.
This time, this year, is just…there are no words really.
My company seems to be indicating now that we won’t be getting back into the office for months. They are even temporarily closing entire offices so they don’t have to pay for space/electricity we are not using. I definitely don’t anticipate going back at least through the summer. This really is stunning and unprecedented to say the least. I don’t think they want to rush anything only to have us all sent back out again. But it has made for a significant adjustment.
And I feel like I am whining a bit because I have a job still, at least for now, unlike so many many others. And I am not sick, at least for now, and they are continuing to take steps to ensure not too many of us do get sick.
The media and government on all sides these days makes me a little nuts so I have cut back on my amount of news intake. I recommend you all do the same if you haven’t already.
A few good things with working from home is absolutely no commute. I get to sleep in about an hour later. When I turn off my computer in the afternoon I don’t have to get in a car and drive anywhere. I just move to the couch! I can change the sheets on the bed while at work and I can throw a load of laundry. I can also serve myself good coffee as often as I’d like. I get to see my cat all day, every day. So yeah good things. And I think we have to think of good things in this life when we can.
I still have four more flashes left to write for May, so if anyone has a suggestion, and by that, I mean a SIMPLE one. PLEASE. Not some long involved multi-chapter thing. I have enough of those now! Anyway, let me know.
I updated TWO stories yesterday, The Carrier and Cadet Ashayam! Woo hoo. I also wrote my Pinto de Mayo story and it’s good to go for May 5th.
I also got a few May flashes written but I still have many to go.
I did get a comment on Dating a Vulcan complaining about the way I portrayed glasses. Apparently I got it wrong even though I wear them myself. Go figure.
A few days ago, I entered the art claims phase for the T’hy’la Bang. I don’t think I will have any issues with having it finished by the end of May. I am not that far off now, really.
The one good thing about THIS one is they do the art claims differently then the last time I had participated in the Bang with the Art. They had a blog set up that they posted all the summaries of the stories and the artists came on and posted in comments what they wanted to do art for. The problem was, this was all open for anyone to see, including the writers, and so it was sort of like getting picked last for PE class. You could see how long it took for someone to want to illustrate YOUR story. And as you watched, others got picked and you were like, shit, what’s wrong with MINE? It kind of sucked. And I wasn’t even the last picked, but also not among the first.
This time, I think the summaries are only sent to the artists and then we are told who we get paired with when it’s all done. I think!
In other news I am out of bananas. I eat a banana every day and I have been out for three days. I will eventually have to go get some but not yet. I haven’t been to the store since April 01. M has been one time since then but it’s been over a week since either of us has. We aren’t out of much yet, other than bananas, so we will wait. Funny thing is that now there’s a shortage of flour. Can’t even order it on line! And I wanted M’s biscuits. Grr. but the last of the flour went to Hot Cross Buns last week for Easter for my sister.
I know, not much, really to complain about, but well…
Tomorrow’s flash is a good one. I think so anyway.
Oh and supposed to get hot here this coming week. By Thursday it’s supposed to be in the 90s. Yeah. So…from rain to immediately hot. How fun.
During my walk at lunch Friday I took pictures of one of the neighbor’s roses and thought I would share.
I finished The Fling as you all know. It had been a while since I finished one of my ongoing WIPs so it felt good to get it done.
And now the next check in for the T’hy’la Bang if the 18th of this month. If I want art claims I must be 75% done (or if it’s going to be 15,000 words at least 12,000 done). So that’s what I intend to work on for the next little while in April. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
Tomorrow we are due a little rain, and I think Monday as well.
I am firmly entrenched at home with work and not going out even to the grocery store. At least for several days. I’m trying to stay in as much as I can. Originally on the 11th, we were supposed to go to a child’s 5th birthday party but that had to be canceled, obviously.
I sure would like to think and believe in this positive message.
Tomorrow, when I go into the office, it may well be the last time in quite a few weeks. My job has lost patience with waiting for laptops that seem as scarce as toilet paper and hand sanitizer and has decided that we must all bring our desktops home and work from home. So with a bit of stuff I must do in the office to make the transition smoother, I will be also disconnecting my equipment and bringing it home, all the while crossing my fingers that it all works like it’s supposed to once I get it all hooked up at home.
M’s working from home has been extended to May 31st. I have no idea how long it will be for me.
I have mixed feelings. I really don’t like the work at home thing. But on the other hand I won’t have to drive every day, which I hate, and can get up later and get home sooner. It’s better for my asthma to stay home. Don’t have to worry about what I look like etc.
But yeah. Not happy. But it is what it is. And I have a job for now so can’t complain.
I got all the Monday flashes done and scheduled for April.
I updated Our So-Called Life. Have not written a single word on the Bang story since I turned in my rough draft to prove I had written 6,000 words a week ago. And all I can say is meh. So we will see. Later this week I hope to update The Carrier if I can kick myself into doing it.
And so today is the last day of March, which turned out to be an absolutely miserable month. I once had such high hopes for it.
So, what’s going on? I’m home today as I have today and tomorrow off work. I have to go back into the office on Wednesday and Thursday as we are “exempt” from the stay at home thing and I don’t have my laptop yet. My plan for those days is to scan my files electronically so that when I do get my laptop I have the necessary files to work at home. I honestly thing this stay at home thing is going to go through at least May. We shall see.
Watched Contagion last night. I’ve seen it before, years ago, when it was out, but man, it’s so similar to what’s happening now I think it was a mistake to watch it. It’s like a horror film really.
I am almost up to the 6,000 words for the Bang story. I plan on getting it to that point today. I am at 5,000 now. Once I reach the 6,000 I will get the next chapter of The Carrier up. Boy do we all need Spirk distractions right now!
Then it’s on to Just When I Needed You Most. So we will see what I can get done.
I have asthma so I am not going to lie, I’m concerned. I feel good. No fever or anything. But I am…still a little concerned. I will stay as safe as I can be.
Above is the view from my window at work today. Rainy day. Suppose to rain all day.
I think we were supposed to start up seeing a movie again this week but I think we will postpone it a bit longer. Not especially concerned about movie theaters or anything, but I’m feeling rather lazy and it’s so much easier to just go home and veg after work. Plus there’s not much out right now anyway.
Still planning on going to Morro Bay the weekend of the 21-24. It’s not a large gathering nor at an airport, besides which I think much of this thing about the virus is way over blown. People are beating each other up over toilet paper. The world is nuts. Anyway, my plan is still on unless the whole state decides to quarantine like Italy has. Plus I don’t quite qualify for the “older people” they talk about on the news and CDC sites.
Fortunately my mother stopped attending church a couple years back because she was just too frail to make the effort to get up Sunday mornings and get ready. She watches mass from the television now. She really is of the age you have to be careful. Even of the flu. She’s been in the hospital before with pneumonia.
In other news, well, I am, um, still working on the Bang story. I’m up to about 3,000 words and have to have at least 6,000 by the end of the month. And then I am supposed to have like 75% done by the middle of April or some such. So…yeah. Not sure. Either way you get a story out of me.
The next two flashes are very very short, so I apologize in advance.
Other than that, I have not much to share. Still fighting Macy’s. Ongoing. I think I did get my bank account straightened out. So that’s something. And I get a bonus this week, so that’s something too.
I’m looking forward to the weekend. I have no plans. And that is good.