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Weeknotes: Jan 28-Feb 3 2023

We swapped our gas furnace and water heater for electric! We reserved our furnace back in August, and our old heater was turning off three or four times a day, so we were ready to make the swap. Now we have a heat pump with one head and electrical furnace, plus a tank electric water heater. (We asked multiple times about tankless and they recommended against it πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ) So we get to cancel our natural gas connection!!! πŸ™Œ

Stuff I did:

  • Got the house ready for contractor work
  • Revisited my outline, using notecards to rearrange scenes by hand, then Excel — spent nine and a quarter hours on writing thinking
  • Did 10 hours of consulting work
  • Published my 2022 in music, which I wrote much earlier in the month and forgot to post
  • Published my 2022 Annual Review, which I simplified and shortened from past years

Reading:

I’m trying to quit books earlier if they’re not grabbing me — I have 800 books on my TBR list so I ain’t got time to fuck around with stuff that’s not for me. But I have a harder time quitting novellas, since they’re a shorter time investment. I should probably work on that because I wound up reading two novellas I didn’t especially like this week.

Between quitting more books and being tired all the time, I finished reading way fewer books in January than usual. We’ll see how I like this approach long-term.

Words I looked up / concepts I learned:

Neat stuff I learned:

  • Swords were made from bog iron back in the day (via)
  • Back in the day, people let their fried food drip excess oil onto bread (via)

New feeds I’m trying out:

I’m still exploring what makes sense / is interesting to collect in these weeknotes. Added a couple new sections this week.Β 

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Weeknotes: Jan 21-27 2023

Stuff I Did:

I have been tired this week! I’m not working that many hours, but it sure feels like I am.

  • Wrote 4.25 hours and did 8 hours consulting work
  • Wrote up my backyard garden installation 🏑
  • Watched a super interesting presentation about politicized design
  • Started cleaning out a room we’ve used for storage and gave away a bunch of stuff on Buy Nothing πŸ’ͺ
  • Sewed buttons onto two coats that have been waiting for five years πŸ˜… Also neither fits so I’m donating them πŸ˜‚
  • Realized that my backup harddrive had my only copies of some old photos, so I copied those over to OneDrive
  • Subscribed to Bitwarden Premium and ran some password reports, and my work is cut out for me — I’ve been using strong generated passwords for years, but apparently have a lot of old accounts from when I did not 😬
  • Drew a birthday card for a friend — first time breaking out the oil pastels in years!
  • In-person doctor’s appointment πŸ˜‘
  • One walk with a friend
  • Baked banana bread and made oatmeal bars
  • Made a bunch of dinners and lunches so we could eat out less — mujadara from leftover rice and lentils was a success

Reading:

  • Read Saga Volume 10Β and Convergence and For the Throne
  • Started reading Stolen Focus and This is What It Sounds Like
  • Continued reading How to Calm Your Mind
  • DNF’d Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and The High Commander’s Mate

Words I looked up:

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Weeknotes: Jan 14-20, 2023

Stuff I Did:

  • Took Monday off work for MLK Jr Day
  • 7.5 hours of consulting work (goal of 8)
  • 6.5 hours of fiction writing (goal of 8) — finished writing the new scene and revised a second
  • Blogged about understanding blogs as a media format
  • Walked with a friend and biked once
  • One appointment
  • Went to Homebrew Website Club
  • Baked blondies
  • Been doing the Raptitude Field Trip

It doesn’t look like I should feel so tired πŸ˜‚ Figuring out a new schedule with a lot of intense brain work is challenging. I’m trying to do some of each writing and consulting work each day, though sometimes my schedule transpires that I only have time for one or the other.

Reading:

  • Finished reading Wintering by Katherine May
  • Started reading Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Bought Saga Volume 10, Design Justice, and a friend’s holiday story
  • DNF’d The Mountain in the Sea
  • Added two books to my TBR

Website changes:

  • added photos to my recipes page and populated the recipes to try page with items I’d saved on Pinterest (fewer than I realized)

Words I looked up:

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Weeknotes: Dec. 31-Jan. 6, 2023

Stuff I did

  • Edited several new (self-)portraits of myself for my consulting business
  • SpentΒ 9.25 hours working on my book — I revised my outline, edited and merged several scenes, and prepped to write a new scene — I made more progress than planned, especially considering I took Monday off work and didn’t have time to write on Friday
  • Walked with my friend over the weekend, during the week, and on our regular weekday πŸ™Œ and rode my bike
  • Baked pumpkin streusel muffins and another key lime pie because I still had limes sitting in the bottom of the fridge
  • Blogged about what makes a good day
  • Completed my Q4 2022 review
  • Worked on my 2022 listening report
  • Started a new freelance project

Reading

Website changes

  • I’m having issues receiving external webmentions, and got on support with my web host twice, was escalated to senior tech support, and am waiting on resolution 🀞
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2022 Year-End Reading Review

What I Read in 2022

I read 212 books in 2022, compared with 175 in 2021.

2022 Reads by Type

  • 122 novels
  • 32 novellas
  • 39 non-fiction books
  • 7 graphic non-fiction books
  • 12 graphic novels and art books

2022 Fiction by Genre

Of the 154 novels and novellas I read, here’s the breakdown by genre:

  • 141 romance
    • 27 contemporary romance
    • 53 sci-fi romance
    • 23 fantasy + paranormal romance
    • 38 historical romance
    • 5 I missed when I counted and I’m not doing it again
  • 2 sci-fi
  • 6 fantasy
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Weeknotes: Dec. 24-30 2022

Stuff I did this week

  • Published my 20 favorite books I read in 2022 πŸ“š
  • Finished my Q1 writing plan πŸ™Œ
  • Worked on my 2022 reading stats πŸ“Š
  • Wrote a 2000 word blog post that needs editing to come together coherently 😭
  • Baked lemon blueberry bread and an apple crisp 🍎
  • Went to IndieWeb Create Day and Homebrew Website Club
  • Walked with a friend (on a different day than usual which totally messed up my sense of time lol) πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ
  • Hung out with a friend on Discord
  • Rehung a bunch of art in my office I’d had sitting on old hooks and a painting in my bedroom

Business

  • Wrote a bio for a consulting partner
  • Edited some old portraits for my consulting website, but I didn’t really like any of them, so I shot new portraits
  • Updated my consulting webpage and fixed a redirect issue

Reading

Website changes

  • Ported my 2022 reading onto its own page and set up a new page for 2023 reading
  • Changed the URL of my reading page from /reading-list to /reading (which will surely break a lot of past links πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ)
  • Added “recipes to try” to my menu so it’s easy to access on my phone
  • Tweaked wording on my resume and portfolio pages and included a link to LinkedIn
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Weeknotes: Dec. 17-23 2022

We got a bunch of snow! One morning I woke up a little early and just enjoyed a cup of tea while I watched it fall. Then today we got freezing rain πŸ˜‘

Stuff I did this week

  • worked on my book’s plot for 4 hours, revamping from the midpoint through the climax to create better character arcs and eliminate a plot element that had pushed its way in but I wasn’t excited about writing
  • went to Sarra Cannon’s livestream workshop on planning your writing year
  • fleshed out my plan for writing the remainder of the book based on both The 12 Week Year and Sarra Cannon’s workshop
  • met with a business advisor who helps small businesses contract with the government
  • set up some consulting work in January
  • hung out with a friend on Discord
  • worked on my Q4 check-in and my 2022 personal review
  • did some stretching and myofascial release on my back because my shoulders / neck / upper back have been sore πŸ€•

Reading

  • finished reading The 12 Week Year for Writers by Trevor Thrall, Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski, The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen, and Alien Mercenary’s Heart by Mina Carter
  • re-read Contagion by Amanda Milo
  • started reading For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
  • still working on The Shallows
  • DNF’d Book Boyfriend by Kris Ripper
  • added 28 books to my TBR from books that will be published in 2023 and more end-of-year recommendation lists

Website changes

  • updated my profile to remove a link to Twitter
  • updated my homepage with more links
  • updated my now page
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Weeknotes: Dec 10-16 2022

Stuff I did this week

  • worked on my book for 8.25 hours and wrote 2386 words
  • started a plan for writing the remainder of the book
  • reorganized the book’s plot, eliminating ten scenes (only one already written, and half salvageable!) while adding two new
  • took Saturday and Sunday off creative work — did a little work on the book today because I didn’t want to lose my spot from where I left off yesterday
  • started working on my personal annual review process
  • got down to zero tabs open on my phone browser πŸ’ͺ
  • three specialist appointments πŸ™„ really messing up my schedule man
  • did a small freelance writing job
  • walked with a friend twice πŸ’ͺ

Reading

  • finished reading Ducks by Kate Beaton and Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey
  • re-read Alpha Night by Nalini Singh and Choosing Theo by Victoria Aveline
  • still reading The 12 Week Year for Writers by Trevor Thrall
  • added 19 books to my TBR — curse you end-of-year lists!

Website changes

  • updated the widgets on my blog’s sidebar and footer
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Mid-month December writing check-in

I’ve been taking it easy on writing during December, though still putting in writing or planning four days a week. Yesterday I finally started writing an important midpoint sequence that I’ve been working on outlining for the previous week. Throughout the outlining process, and as I started writing, some plot problems I’d been brushing aside started pestering me more and more.

I’ve been reading The 12 Week Year for Writers, and today spent several hours evaluating how much work I have left in my book. I created a spreadsheet estimating my average writing speed and how long I thought it would take to complete a chapter worksheet, outline, and write the prose for the remaining half of the book.

Seeing clearly the remaining level of effort — an estimated ~110 hours based on the current outline — reinforced that I need to be confident I’m heading down the right path for the book’s remaining plot, so I spent another few hours digging into some of the issues that have been nagging at me.

I wrote out a list of all my plot problems, explored some possible plot variations for the third book, and listed out ways I could change the existing plot to address some of the issues. That inspired me to open up my Excel outline and start adjusting the order of some scenes that I’ve already written, which I felt even as I was writing them might cover emotional ground too quickly. Then I created a new copy of my WIP and started moving scenes around to see what it would look like. I got about halfway through, but I’m wiped out for the night. Hopefully tomorrow I can finish that up and evaluate whether it resolves enough of my problems.

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Weeknotes: Dec 3-9

I tried out weeknotes this summer and fall over on my blog, but I’m not sure that’s the right place for them — going to try out posting them here on Fridays.

Stuff I did this week

  • spent 9.5 hours on my novel — worked on outlining the next four chapters, which make up one big, very important sequence at the midpoint
  • attended a 2-day virtual conference — two half days is a nice format
  • published my birthday playlists on my website
  • updated my RSS feed and newsletter subscriptions — when I finished, I counted my subscriptions by the gender of the author and was pleasantly surprised that the breakdown was pretty close — ignoring multi-author and anonymous authors, I follow 51 blogs by women and nonbinary authors and 58 written by men
  • took the weekend off working / writing
  • walked with a friend
  • got my teeth cleaned
  • used Teladoc to get a 3-month prescription for my birth control, so I have a countdown to find a new PCP

Reading

  • read The Long Game, realized it was a sequel, then read the first book Heated Rivalry
  • started reading Ducks by Kate Beaton
  • still reading Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey and The 12 Week Year for Writers by Trevor Thrall
  • added 19 books to my TBR based on end of year recs

Website changes

  • added a land acknowledgment to my about page
  • changed the background color from tan to a soft pink
  • updated and reorganized the menu — added a writing heading
  • created a page to collect pages on this site
  • moved my listening stats onto a page for the year