June 16, 2014

postcards from staycation - june 2014

Today I'm heading back to my day job after a full week of vacation, which I used to play full-time author. But before I do, I thought we'd take a quick look back at how I spent my time.

My main focus during staycation was completing beta edits on my second book and making more progress on my third book. While I didn't quite meet my writing word count goal (which was insanely big in hind-sight), I made some excellent head-way and had a breakthrough on this and my next project. So... excellent news!

If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you might recognize a few of the pictures, but let's pretend this is the first time any of us are taking a look at these. (You can also read about my first few days of staycation here.)
 After finishing up another round of edits for Book 2, I decided to rearrange my office and do some organizing to procrastinate starting work on my next project. I've tried three different office arrangements in my new-ish apartment, and this is my favorite. This arrangement gives me a view out of my balcony, but also keeps the desk far enough away from the window so I don't have to fight my cats for custody of the desk.

Quite by accident, on one of my vacation days I dressed up as Rosie the Riveter. Maybe my subconscious knew I needed a little motivation to get work done.

I also created a couple new pieces of word art -- one of which is on display in the upper right-hand corner. I'll be blogging more about that piece later, so you'll have to imagine what it spells out until then.

One of the best parts about my staycation was getting to spend some time with my nephew. Now that he's 14 his interests and mine are aligning more, which is pretty awesome. For a few nights of last week we decided to hold a Sherlock marathon, because he hadn't seen the show yet, and I love it. While we thought slamming three seasons was fun enough, we made it a little more exciting by exploring British cuisine during our viewings.

On Monday night we did a sampling of curry.

Tuesday night was bangers and mash. (Those are vegetarian sausages, by the way, just so you know I didn't suddenly go off the pescetarian wagon.)

And on Wednesday we finished the run with fish and chips. You'll notice we subbed sweet potato fries for regular and I baked the fries and fish rather than deep frying them. I also did a lot of portion control with these treats, because I'm still plugging away at my healthy living.

And of course no British dining medley would be complete without tea and biscuits. Fortunately, I have a few British-themed mugs in my possession, which added an extra little touch to the experience. (Quick note: My sister picked up the Manchester United mug for me while she was in Manchester last year. I wanted one, because in Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason Bridget says they are Mark's favorite team.)

And with that quick look back at my wonderful week, it's time to get back to reality. I had a wonderful time, and the experience helped remind me of why I want to be a writer and the joy and challenge of being a story-teller.

Hope you all have a great week. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Birthday Prize Giveaway last week. The winners will be notified, today.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you got some things accomplished on your staycation and that it was worthwhile. I have that "Keep Calm and Carry On" tin mug, too! Separated at birth, we are.