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My name is Lauralynn Elliott, and it’s been 11 days since my last check-in….

I can’t believe I’ve missed that many check-ins! Well, two, I guess. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by all the stuff on my plate right now, and when that happens, the blog is the first thing to be neglected. I need to do better.

Things are actually going pretty well. I finished the novella I’m doing with the other pen name. I’m going to be in another anthology with that pen name, and I have a mystery started that I decided to do under that pen name. I haven’t started the next book under Lauralynn, but I think I know the story I’m going to do. I have two more ideas for Lauralynn, but I don’t know how much I’m going to get done this year. We’ll see. For an actual goal, I only have one Lauralynn book planned, but I’ve been more productive this year, so you just never know. :)

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I’m in New Orleans on a business trip this week. This picture is the view standing in the doorway of the French doors of my hotel room. Win! I wanted to go out there to write, but it’s SO cold.

I still got almost 2000 words in this morning, so I’m right on track to get my project for my other pen name done by or before my deadline. When that’s wrapped up, I’m going on to finish my mystery, which I’ve decided to publish under the new pen name, so I’ll have at least two books for that name. Then, I’m still planning on a Lauralynn book this year. I think all my projects are still on track.

I’m going on a ghost tour tonight after our welcome reception. I did that last year in San Antonio, so NOLA should be even better, given the history of Voodoo and such in this area. I need to bundle up, though. The temps will be in the 40’s by then.

Happy writing to everyone!

Most of you know I’ve been VERY sick. Bleh. I feel like I’m on the mend, but I’m still not well. This means I haven’t been super productive lately.

However…yesterday, I wrote over 2000 words. I was really into the story. I think part of it was because I was in the middle of an action scene, and I really like doing those. I used to be afraid of them, but one time a reader told me they thought I wrote good action scenes, so now I’m not afraid. Isn’t it funny how just a little bit of encouragement can help us so much?

I had an early birthday celebration with my family last night since I’m going to be out of town for my actual birthday next week. I also had to go get a gift for my daughter-in-law’s birthday, so yesterday was a busy day. I decided I would write first and then do everything else later. That really works for me. Write first.

Yes, that’s a gross title, but it’s nothing compared to what I actually went through last night and this morning.

So, it got down to 6 degrees last night. I knew I couldn’t leave my dogs out all night. So we brought my old dog into the living room, and I made him a pallet on the floor. My young dog had to stay in the laundry room because he will rip apart anything he can get his teeth into. He still thinks he’s a puppy, although he’s about three. I figured I would have to deal with him whining and scratching at the door all night. I didn’t hear a peep out of the sweet guy.

But my almost 15-year-old dog. *sigh* I figured he would settle down and sleep all night. He used to when we brought him in. Not so! I was sleeping on the couch because I’ve been sick, and I also didn’t want to leave my dog alone in the living room. I heard the click, click, click of his claws on the hardwood floor ALL NIGHT. He paced for hours. If I got any sleep at all, it might have been a total of an hour while drifting off for five minutes at a time. Click, click. Then he would come up to me and push me with his nose. I told him he had my permission to pee in the floor and I would clean it up. But even if he could understand me, he’s stone deaf anyway. Click, click. About 1:30 AM, I heard this awful gagging noise. I turned on the light to witness him losing all his dog food in one puddle, then walking around making MORE puddles of vomit on the floor. So I grabbed paper towels and a garbage bag and cleaned it up, gagging the whole time. I almost had to clean up after ME. After spraying with Lysol, I lay back on the couch. Click, click. All night. Between 5:30 and 6:00, I glanced over at the front door where the porch light was shining through, revealing a big pile of poop. Here I go again, cleaning up and gagging. More Lysol. Click, click. I finally got up and went into the bathroom that’s attached to my bedroom. Just a little relief from my pacing dog. (I knew if I let him out, he wouldn’t come back in.) It was really time to get up anyway. I went ahead and took my shower. I came back out. No clicking. He was actually lying down! Now that I wasn’t trying to sleep. And he was looking kind of guilty. And there was the reason. Several little piles of poop. More cleaning, more gagging, more Lysol. I don’t know when I’ve had a worst night. Funny, though…he never did pee in the floor.

I don’t know why I’m even posting this. I have nothing to update. I’ve been so sick, I haven’t done any writing since Saturday. This puts me behind on a project that has a definite deadline, so I’ll have to ramp things up when I’m feeling better. Today is usually a day I take off from writing, but in order to get caught up, I’ll probably write. I don’t plan on going to church tonight because I might still be contagious, and we have a lot of elderly people who do not need what I have. So I might write while hubby is at church.

Our temp is supposed to get down to 8 tonight with a wind chill of 1. I need to figure out where to put the dogs. *BRRR*

I wasn’t going to post today because I’m so sick I was afraid nothing would make sense. I haven’t been this sick in awhile. The only reason I’m pretty sure it isn’t the flu is that I haven’t had a fever at all. Just all the other symptoms.

Anyway, I’m a guest author at Facebook party at the moment, so I figure if I have to be on the computer anyway, I might as well pop over here and state goals. If there are typos in this post it’s because I’m pretty much brain dead right now.

Here’s my plan for 2015.

1) Finish and publish the novella written under my other pen name for the anthology I’m doing with another author. Goal to finish: January 31
2) Finish the mystery I’ve started and publish under that same pen name. Goal to finish: Mid to Late March
3) Write and publish at least one title under my Lauralynn name. I have three ideas and don’t yet know which one I’m going with. Goal: Sometime this year.

As far as the goals for THIS round, the first two goals would probably qualify since I want to have the mystery finished by March. I’ve found myself to be more productive lately, but the last three days has shot that down. There’s no telling what my story would look like if I tried to write it while I’m sick!

Anyway, I plan to make this first round the most productive in a long time. I’ve been with ROW80 from the very beginning, and I used to be very productive. I want to be that way again!

I was thinking I only published Fire Wizard this year. But then I realized I actually published Hearts of Evil in 2014, so it was two books instead of one. So I guess I accomplished more than I thought. I did start writing Hearts of Evil in 2013, though, so I didn’t actually WRITE two full books in 2014. Although, since I wrote part of Hearts of Evil in 2014 and ALL of Fire Wizard in 2014, PLUS I wrote some words on a novella and a novel in 2014, it probably adds up to two books. :)

Here’s my plan for 2015.

1) Finish and publish the novella written under my other pen name for the anthology I’m doing with another author. Goal to finish: January 31
2) Finish the mystery I’ve started and publish under that same pen name. Goal to finish: Mid to Late March
3) Write and publish at least one title under my Lauralynn name. I have three ideas and don’t yet know which one I’m going with. Goal: Sometime this year.

This is a big thing for me because it will involve a lot of discipline to write that much. No more slacking for me. I have to go into my office and write. That’s the only way I can produce words. No more trying to write with the laptop on my lap while hubby is watching TV.

My PERSONAL goal for this year is to gradually cut down on my insulin until I’m completely off of it by the end of the year. This is a goal I may or may not be able to control. I’ll get to my proper weight by eating better and exercising more. If my diabetes can be controlled this way, that’s great. But sometimes it’s too late for that. I’m going to try, though. We’ll see what happens.

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