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Hi guys, I'm back. emoticon And feeling a lot better, though my nose does still ache a bit. I did sleep for five hours on Wednesday and then slept like a log the night through so that helped I'm sure. emoticon
I figured I'm getting better though because I started to get bored with just healing. So I've started plotting my story again, which wow... emoticon Frustrating and interesting. Keeping track of everything in a novel is so much harder then a short story.

Glad you got your phone camera fixed, Firle. Now on your next walk you'll be able to take nice pictures. emoticon

I've had my coat pooped on too and I was just as unimpressed, though my mother and brother just about died laughing.

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Glad you're feeling better!

Yes, a novel is much more involved than a short story. But you can think of it as several short stories nested together. emoticon

I was lazy this weekend. I unlocked a new region in Titan Quest (basically got through the final fight of Act IV with my first character ever), and it's been so much fun to explore!

And once again, they do their best to get all the little environmental details right - I walked through two Celtic oppidae, and I recognized a lot of the stuff from my archaeology days. Impressive. It's certainly one reason why I love this game so much.

It's snowing here. It won't stick around long, it's supposed to get quite warm by Thursday.

Wishing you all good days! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sounds like a cool game Firle. I'm glad you're taking time to relax. I find some games just spark your creativity, so you can relax and yet still have writerly ideas.

It's actually been snowing on and off here as well but there's no danger of it melting, it was -25ish today. emoticon All the lambs are growing good but so far no new ones.

But I guess it's suppertime so I'll catch you later. emoticon

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Glad your lambs are doing fine. emoticon

I got the idea of the paranomal romance from the game, so I suppose it's good for something. emoticon

I've been walking more, because of that silly fitness armband, and most of my writing has happened because I wanted to be able to post in my own FB group that I had written.

Reward systems do work. emoticon

All snow has melted.

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I went to breakfast yesterday, and the cook at the restaurant came out and gave me a new coffee bean grinder! emoticon

I went to bed early last night to try and get some much-needed rest, but the phone woke me up an hour early this morning. Looking on the positive side instead of being cynical about things is always good. Had I not gone to bed early, I would be attempting a 12 hour work day on 4 hours of sleep. The decision to hit the hay early says I did get a solid 6-1/2 hour sleep cycle. emoticon

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Whew, that would have been a short night, P.R.! And wow that's odd about the cook. Was it some sort of promotion?

It's nice that your reward systems are working, Firle. I use to walk a lot and think about my stories, but then our creepy neighbors moved in so I didn't feel safe out by myself. emoticon

That's too bad about the snow. We're going to be -29 overnight here. This winter has been so much colder then normal that it feels like it has been years. I'm already dreaming of green grass and there's still, at least, two months to go! emoticon

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Woah, Rick, your intuition was workig overtime there. Glad you got some reasonable sleep.

Trying: That sounds like a rough winter. emoticon And those neighbors sound horrible. It's sad you can't go on walks anymore. Are you still trying to move?

This morning I lugged my old, broken monitor to work. I can put it into the electronics recycling bin here. But it was a heavy thing to carry for a mile. Still, it feels very good to be rid of it. emoticon

So in my dream I was wrestling with a bear (probably inspired by a hoax pic making the rounds on FB), and then I got some wise advise to stop fighting the bear and to tame it instead.

To me, that bear stands for my resistance and fear of being successful (and thus visible), and I love the idea of turning it around and asking that bear to become my ally and protect me against potential nasty people.

I like that.

And now I need to really think about products that a Mindset Mentor for Authors would offer her ideal clients. emoticon

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I have that fear of success, and I don't understand it. I tend to sabotage myself to prevent me from reaching my goal/s. It's a real pain to be my own worst enemy. That fear is probably why I switch between 'works in progress.' It keeps me from finishing anything. Or, it will help me to have a lot of things done at about the same time. emoticon




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Jox: It is a very common fear, and there usually is a good reason for it. In my therapy work, a big part is actually doing the detective work to uncover the experiences or beliefs that led to this fear.

I like to call these fear patterns "safety patterns".

They are not evil. They were created by our subconscious to protect us - but they need to be updated. emoticon


I wrote a little yesterday. And I'm visualizing the cover for the dragon short story I want to use as incentive for newsletter sign-ups.

In addition, I had a great interview with a German EFT practitioner who is asking people to talk about their EFT successes, basically collecting case studies. I talked about my riding accident and how tapping helped my collar bone to heal very quickly.

She's also organizing the German Tapping Summit again this summer, and I'm going to participate again with the topic of overcoming creativity blocks. emoticon I'm very happy about this opportunity!

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Trying: I eat at the same Diner almost every day. I know all of the staff, so I do get little perks from time to time.

Today I woke up sick. Besides sleep, I don't know what I will do today.

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Rick, get well! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Sleep is a good idea.

I had my teeth cleaning appointment yesterday, and then had an hour to kill before I was allowed to eat anything.

So I visted the riding stable and those horses I knew. Lennox has gotten old - of course, he's 28 now, which is quite an age for a horse. But his ribs were showing, and the withers looked steep... not sure he's getting the food he needs. He was eating his hay with gusto, though. And he's back in his old, large box, which was good to see.

Had lunch, walked the last bit of the way home, and had a good session with my buddy. I will set up my first online class for this year. Planning it for February 3rd. emoticon

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Remember those job applications I sent off last Monday?

I've been invited to a job interview! emoticon emoticon emoticon

To be honest, I didn't expect this. I thought they'd already had their sights on someone, and they posted those job offers because it's required by law.

I also thought they'd get dozens and dozens of applications, simply because it is rare to have job offers with those conditions (fairly good paygrade and no term limits).

So it's both an honor and quite an accomplishment to get this far. Of course, I'll go there and do my best. If I get the job, life will get stressful for a while, because moving a full household over 350 km isn't very easy. And my mind is already busy deciding what to keep and what to give away.

But... if I get the job, I get to go home, back to where my roots are. I get to see my Dad much more often, I'll get to see my nephews grow up - and I'll be in a region much more open to my EFT work.

I'm excited. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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From Wednesday until Saturday morning I think I have been awake maybe eight hours. When I was awake, I had no appetite, so my food intake was a jar of pickles and a can of soup. Today I am hungry, so maybe I have turned the corner on this beast.

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Firlefanz: I hope it works out for you and that it all goes very easy, and you're moved in and settled asap.

Rick: My bug lasted a week, and then it took two days to feel normal again. Of course, others have different ranges than I did. Some longer, others shorter. Hope you get to 100% soon.




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Wow! I hope you're feeling better, Rick! emoticon

Congrats, Firle! emoticon I know you weren't looking forward to that sort of job but I still hope the interview goes good and that the job is more interesting then you're expecting. emoticon And being closer to family sounds awesome!

How's your mom's dog doing, Jox?

Chores take about two hours, Firle and a lot of that is walking, i.e. spreading the hay and stuff as well as five to ten minutes of squatting while milking. emoticon I'm actually trying to gain the strength to do a pull up for the first time in my life. I've went from not being able to hold myself for one second to being able to hold myself for six seconds while actively pulling [sign in to see URL] know it sounds pathetic... emoticon ! It sounds better if you say it's a six hundred percent increase! emoticon emoticon

We had a set of twins on Thursday, while we were in town and it was bitterly cold, of course. I had to melt the ice off the female's back legs with my hands and thaw her one ear, but she's recovered. Her and her brother are happily bouncing around the pen, despite the -36 windchill. Always a good sign a lamb or calf is getting enough to eat.

Dad's been having a lot of doctor's appointment to get ready for his knee surgery, which is scheduled for April. They're doing it all now in case there's a cancellation. Two more appointments next week and a shopping trip with Grandma means my sister and I will be doing a lot of extra chores. emoticon Oh well at least we can help.

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How's your mom's dog doing, Jox?



She's doing well. I take her to get a haircut on Tuesday. She pants a lot, so I'm hoping a haircut will cool her down. She hasn't done that hacking cough of late, so hopefully the pills I gave her months ago, and the monthly heartworm prevention meds have killed the ones she has inside her and she's clean now.




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Today I had two breakfasts, a lunch, and a dinner (I forced myself to do the last).

I found a preacher and music group to fill in for my church staff tomorrow. Technically speaking, I only have to make sure the pulpit is "filled," but I didn't want a guest to try and cope with staff shortages while taking my place this week.

I keep getting phone calls from work. It makes me wonder what the owners are going to do when I decide to leave.

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Thanks, y'all for wishing me well with the job interview. It's on Feb. 7th, so I'll be fretting for a while longer. I'm telling myself that job will be a good thing - I'll learn new things, figure out how to organize events, and get to know loads of new people, let alone going home, in a way.

Today, I ditched a folder worth of old papers from University days. Three more to do. Tiny steps towards reducing what I'll take with me - in case there is a move. And I need to get rid of that stuff anyway... So. Much. Clutter.

It's a beautiful day, so I'll go for a walk soon. I'm still thinking about setting up an Inspriation Day for Authors on Feb. 3rd - a kind of a trial run. I should do the landing page for it today. *sigh*

And if I get the job and have to move in February, I'll have to shift my Writers' Block classes back another month. No matter.

Yup. No pressure at all. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Rick: Hope you'll start feeling better now. Good for finding a replacement. And well, those owners will be lost when you leave.

Trying: Glad those twins made it and are thriving, despite the cold. Your chores sound doable, but yeah, won't do that much for arm strength. Congrats on those 6 seconds. Definitely more than I can do!

Jox: Glad the doggie is doing better. I hope the haircut will help.

Wishing you all a good day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I fretted most of the day, didn't manage to write much, but I did declutter my balcony and filed away some papers. And I went for a walk.

And I played the computer game that always calms me down...

Today, we're having a storm (nothing particularly unusual), which makes walking unpleasant. Fortunately, I'll be having lunch with friends, and they'll take me home afterwards because they want to pick up something from my apartment.

I'm fairly sure I won't get my steps target today. emoticon

I bought train tickets to get to the job interview, and I'm staying a couple more day. I looked up the vacation days I have left - and depending on if and when I start my new job, I won't have many days left to work here. emoticon emoticon

Trying to get stuff done...

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Today I woke up feeling better than I have in the last six days. It doesn't mean I am well, but when a simple "cough drop" is enough to mask the remaining symptoms then things are looking good. emoticon

I even felt good enough this morning to decipher what LG was saying back in 2009 and expand on the idea on this message board.

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Very happy to hear you're feeling better!

I had planned to run a day class on FB this Saturday. Totally not doing it, my mind is running in circles, and I'm not about to add even more stress. Not a problem since I never announced it.

Got an appointment with workers' rep for next Monday, to gain clarity on procedure and such - stuff I need to know for negociations in the job interview.

Writing is difficult without real focus. So I'm just taking every day the way it comes, and working to stay calm.

Thing is, I'm looking at a potential massive shift in my life. I mean, it's quite possible that in a mere 6-8 weeks, I'll be living in a different town. In a different life, as it is.

That's a good thing! I need a shift, after 20 years of the same old same old. But phew, this feels big.

*keeps breathing* emoticon emoticon emoticon

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It'll take a while to find a new normal, but I think once all the stress of the move and getting into a new routine are over, you'll be thrilled with your new situation. Just take note/s ... of where you're at, and where you want to go/be once you're back on track, so you can start where you left off with all your projects.




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Well, most of my stuff is on my computer, but yeah, I'll have to take some notes and sort through some papers.

I actually have a client session tomorrow, with a new client. She's utterly desperate, so I decided to work with her. I hope I can shift her out of her distress. She's grabbing at straws at the moment... wish us luck.

Still plodding on with the paranormal romance. I hope I can focus enough today to fiddle with a cover I really need. If not, I'll play more Titan Quest. I'm pushing another char through Act IV, and it's much less dreadful than I remembered it from playing with my friend. Maybe doing it at my own pace is helpful.

It's dark and rainy today. I may not go on the detour to make my daily step goal... emoticon emoticon emoticon

Have a good day, everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Somehow, I didn't make it to Runboard yesterday. Work was rough.

I'm cramming in stuff, not knowing how long I'll actually work here... wrote a how-to for one job that I regularly do. I'll know more on Monday, after talking to my worker rep. And of course, I hope to know more at the end of next week... after the job interview.

Right now, I've burned out on worrying. Planning groceries and laundry around my trip and the interview. Playing my computer game a lot... just to stay sane.

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Talked to my worker's rep this morning. Now I know more about how to proceed, and what cards I have in my sleeve for negotiations.

Of course, my nervousness is sky-high.

I'm looking at a complete change in my life. A change I need and want, but it's scary nontheless. I know I have support, but in my daily life I'm alone. And I could use lots of hugs. Heh.

Writing is barely happening. I'm gently decluttering already. Trying to stay sane.

I don't do change very well. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I keep working on Runboard projects, but a lack of feedback has forced me to treat the projects like a "slow writing" project. By which I mean I have to set "signposts" in my planner to keep me from going off in random directions.

For example, The tendency to use SVG graphics is attractive but takes away from my exploration of CSS gradient possibilities in background treatments on message boards.

Sickness in the Church family is the worst I have ever seen, and it is creating some significant "staffing issues."

Keeping a clear focus is tough. I am managing but will be happy when things settle down a bit.

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Rick: *hugs* Life is what happens to your plans - I'm sure you know that. Wishing your church family fast recoveries. Make sure you don't overdo it yourself. Nothing is worth a relapse.


This afternoon, I'll get on a train to go to my old home town. Will stay at my Dad's and then have that job interview tomorrow. I'm way overqualified, of course, so I hope their worker reps won't deny me the job. Yes, there will be a worker rep present.

I really hope I'll get it. Of course, once they offer me a contract and I sign, I'll have a few rough weeks getting myself moved into my old home town. But I do have support and networks, and all will be well.

Writing, alas, and most of everything else has moved to the back burner for this already - frazzled minds aren't very creative.

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I feel like I should be coding but time constraints give me very few places to do so. The best I have been able to do is small tweaks to existing projects I have on my plate. It is almost like my "slow writing" method is bleeding over to other places in my life. I do small bits on multiple projects and have no idea when any of them will reach completion.

Maybe it's a good thing if I can determine and hold to a schedule. But splitting projects up like this is new to me and feels odd.

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Back home.

Feeling down.

Reading up on marketing books. Two things I need to do urgently:

1) Set up my incentive to sign up for my newsletter.

Failed today because the wonderful cover guy I wanted for my covers doesn't do dragons. Dammit. He's at least affordable. emoticon emoticon emoticon

2) Go through all my files and add direct links to the Amazon review page.

Of course, this will only help if I get more sales. Sold two books in January and none in February just yet. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I also need to finish more stories. But in order to sell them, they need covers. Guess what...

Create a boxed set for the Cloud Lands Saga, because at [sign in to see URL] I have a much, much better ROI on any ads I create for it. Problem: Cover.

Cover, cover, cover.

I need someone I can afford and who does what I need. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hi everyone,
First off my Dad is doing okay. He's on blood thinners and the pain and swelling in his leg is going down. And he's past the worse stage where the clot is most likely break free. So we're feeling a little less terrified. His surgery has been delayed for three months, possibly six, changing all our plans.

The lambs I mentioned were a set of triplets, all doing amazing, a set of twins, one of whom we had to fight to get his momma to accept, and a single. Early this we we had another set of twins and a single. I had to pull one of the twins because he is HUGE, but his mom decided she didn't want him so we're having to fight to keep him fed. Hopefully his mom finally decides to accept him like the other one did! To top it off it's still been bitterly cold, -35ish with the windchill making it -45ish. Thankfully all the animals are keeping warm. And so are we, though the wood is starting to get low.

I haven't been writing much, stress saps all my creative energy, but I did manage a bit. So I feel good about that anyways.

I hope you and your Church members are feeling better, Pastor Rick. It's amazing how much you've gotten done while sick!

How did the interview go, Firle? It sucks that you can't find anyone to help you with the covers. I wish I could help but I don't know any artists. emoticon
I hope your sales pick up!

How are you doing, Joxcena?

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