Well, it looks like 2018 isn’t exactly shaping up better than 2017, as we’ve already had one illness followed by an injury followed by another injury. And we’re only on day 10 of the year!
I seem to be mentally and emotionally stable enough right now in order to handle it all. I’m not the one injured, and my change in parenting strategy (that whole being empathetic thing) seems to be working to reduce the amount of kid whining/wailing, which helps keep my stress level down. But for the sake of my husband, I do wish Life would give him a pass and stop tormenting him.
On a positive note, I’m on track to meet two of my goals with the Colonel’s challenge. I’ve lifted 18,110 lbs so far, and logged 4 hours dedicated aerobic activity. I don’t count stuff like chasing my kids around because it’s hard to keep honest timing records with that. I’m behind on my sit-ups, but 60 every single day is a bit tough for this squirrel to manage. Here is the current lifting schedule:
T, Th, Sat – 2 sets of 10 reps for each exercise:
60 lb Deadlift
60 lb Lat Pull-Down
25 lb Leg Extensions
25 lb Leg Curls
15 lb One Arm Row x 2 because I have 2 arms
45 lb Squats
It comes out to a total of 4900 lbs per night, three nights a week.
Writing wise, I have found I continue to hone my skills in the art of confusing the heck out of people. I succeeded again this past week to make my local critique group say WTF is going on in this chapter (hint: I didn’t give any visual indications or written triggers to indicate that the character’s brain was getting flooded with memories that had been previously hidden from him). I rewrote it using italics and added in the character’s dead brother informing him that he was going to be getting all these memories back, so hopefully it’ll be less confusing this time around. I’m going to let it sit and return to it in a week to see if it still makes sense. In the meantime, I’ve been beta-reading and critiquing some truly excellent stories, so that’s a brightening of my spirits.
What hints do you have for staying positive? Do you enjoy exercise?
What thing do you excel at when writing?