Checking in From My Hiding Place

Okay, not ten minutes ago, I posted on RantRaveWrite about an odd encounter with my neighbors.

And when I just went out to coffee up, I watched their car pull into my driveway.

I’m a coward. I hid. I’m in the back room, far away from windows and doors and pretending they aren’t out there.

They’re not here for me anyway.

And I’m too tired. I just can’t deal with the weird right now.

So I’ll just ignore them and work on my update.

Goal #1 – I just posted the neighbor encounter, and I am halfway through two more blog drafts, so I’m coming along well with this one.

Goal #2 – Still ignoring this domain/email link thing. Going to try it again this weekend, after hiring a babysitter. I need to focus, because for some reason I am missing a step in this.

Goal #3 – Social Media – still making an effort at this, but not up to my stated goal. May look into HootSuite and Triberr, they have both been suggested as easy mays to manage multiple social platforms. Maybe that would help.

Goal #4 – Childrens WIP – Zip. Grr.

Goal # 5 – I’ve not been reading as much as I’d like, but I am making a concerted effort to comment when I do. I’m gaining ground on this one and at least developing the comment habit.

For the love of God, they are STILL out there.

Goal #6 – Edits. Nope. But I’ve spent the better part of the last two days in hospital or nursing home dealing with my Grampa’s illness. Cutting myself some slack because of this. When I come home, I just fall into sleep.

Goal #7 – My short-term goal is to finish patching the walls the dog destroyed. Working on it, but some of the holes are deep and require layer after layer of mud. But it’s happening.

Goal #8 – Reading for my challenge – a few pages in the hospital, but I can’t concentrate there. I think I need to re-read the first chapters.

Goal #9 – Nothing to see here until Sunday.

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What Scapegoats? I Have Pack Goats.

This has been a nutty week. In the last three days alone, I’ve wrangled with the attorney about my the suit related to my Dad’s death. That seemed harsher than usual because we’re nearing the year marker, and she didn’t call with positive news. My grandfather is in the hospital, my paycheck is being held hostage by the U.S. Postal Service somewhere near Omaha,  and some of the family is launching a campaign to get my husband to quit his job so we can bring my mom from the nursing home into our house for care. And I guess my life wasn’t absurd enough, so I also had a total stranger accost me in a parking lot, critiquing my mothering skills.

But. . .I’ve turned my scapegoats into pack mules.

These are not really my pack goats. They belong to the people at

They’re out in the yard, sniffing through the grass, wearing leather packs of stress and distraction that I will address later. One by one, when I can.

There is a small fear that the herd will turn on me, charging through the door and taking me down in retaliation of carrying so much weight, but that’s a concern I’ll address if I hear them tripping up the stairs. I’ll go give them peanut butter sandwiches later, to keep them happy.

Do goats like peanut butter sandwiches?

Yes, they do. I’ll tell you a story about that, sometime.

Goal # 1 – Done done done! Got my 10 x 10 on writing exercises done earlier this week, and one post on the general Rant Rave Write page as well. And yesterday I finished my blog goals by recapping that event in the parking lot during which my edit button failed again. But I’m pretty sure I won, so that’s good, right?

Goal#2 – Haven’t done much with the domain information search. I think I may hit up someone who’s done it before and see what their thoughts are.

Goal # 3 – I think I found my favorite of all the social media platforms. Pinterest. It’s a bit alien and I’m still feeling my way around, but Hunter was right – this place can definitely be used by writers to do good things. I’m kind of feeling my way around and creating all kinds of pinboards, most of which aren’t for writing, but it’s a great place to keep track of books and brainstorming ideas. And story boarding. I love the idea of using the pinboard as a storyboard tool. It’s not a socially driving force like Twitter or Facebook, but it does let people get to see who you are and what you’re about. I’ve seen a lot of posts about this concept recently.

Goal #4 – I opened two of the kids’ WIPs. I’m thinking about rhyme schemes. I win.

Goal #5 – I don’t think I hit 10 comments posted in both RoW and non- RoW blogs, but I came close. I definitely read more than the stated goal of 10 of each. For some reason I have a really hard time commenting on Blogger – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Grrr.

Goal #6 – Edits. Fail.

Goal #7 – Weekly short terms – this week it was two –  the Versatile Blogger award pass along – I started this, but haven’t finished my list of blogs to pass it along to. That part is hard. The other one was 30 min rearranging my office. I literally picked up one thing and took it up to the attic, realized that a lot of what I needed to clean out belonged up there and that it, too, was a disaster. So I spent 2 hours cleaning it. And I probably need to spend 3 or 4 more. But since I think it makes more sense to clean that first, then unload the random furniture from my office, I’m calling this a win.

This weeks #7 – finish the award pass along. Go through the receipts I’ll need organized for my tax lady. This year I will not procrastinate until two days before the appointment.

Goal #8 – Almost done with Discovery of Witches, picked my next read – A Reliable Wife. Progress. Yay!

Goal # 9 – All progress bars updated. Another at 100%.

I’m off to make peanut butter sandwiches for my goats, to show them how much I appreciate them carrying their loads.

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