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Sunday Update – May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!! It's going to be a chill day here because of the holiday. I woke up late, received my gifts from my two wonderful girls, and had tea and a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon for breakfast. For lunch, we're heading out to our favorite Indian buffet restaurant and I plan to spend most of the day reading, with the exception of working on two chapters of THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER. Should be a nice day despite the rainy weather (again).

It was another busy week around here, but also a bit down too at the same time, mostly because of the weather. As of today, it has rained for an entire week straight. Rain and clouds This is so not good for my mood, which was already pretty down to begin with. I haven't been writing much since the kitchen renovation began and the lack of a creative outlet is beginning to take its toll on me. All the banging, sawing, and noise have made it very hard for me to be creative, and going to Starbucks or Panera did not make it any better. It appears that I need a few quiet hours every day to feel centered, and I'm only getting that now on the weekends when my family is around, which doesn't count. So I've been working on other things: my website and editing, first and foremost. It's better than nothing.

The renovation is in its final stages, though! Countertops went in this week, and painting and the tile work will be done this coming week. THE END IS IN SIGHT!




This week saw my lowest energy levels ever. My husband was gone again on a trip to Miami for a conference, and I was struggling to make it through each day. On Wednesday, I was going to exercise and I just couldn't. Even though there was construction work in the kitchen, I went back to bed from 10:30am to 12:30pm. I turned on the fan to drown out the noise and fell asleep. I must have really needed the rest because I slept through the construction! But I woke up happier and refreshed and got back to work. It's good that I can take the time to reboot when I need to!

Despite the tiredness and lack of creativity, I got back to work! I started on a new Kami No Sekai short story this week about a secret keeping sakura tree. I love this one as it's a little bit mysterious. Very fun to write and I hope to finish it up this week. I also did some brainstorming on a new scifi series I want to write. Plus the next Miso Cozy Mystery! I've been planning a non-fiction book I want to publish in the fall that I got an idea for only last week. I also wrote a post about publishing 50 books by the time I'm 50. I really needed a goal I could work towards that didn't involve money-earned or books-sold.

What else happened this week?

My wonderful husband gave me an early Mother's Day present. Especially grateful on a day when the nail gun compressor is practically right next to me. #kitchenremodel #ig2016 #365days #dailyphoto

I got an early Mother's Day present! These headphones have helped drown out the construction noise.

This is what I love about dictation. Some days I just want to be in bed... And I can still write! #dictation #dragondictation

I did some dictation in bed this week. I was too tired to do much else.

Smurfs' village. #mushrooms

Due to all the rain, many of the lawns around here are sprouting mushrooms!

Check out this conference swag KP brought home for me! Yoda USB drive! #ig2016 #365days #dailyphoto #starwars

And when my husband returned from his conference he had this USB drive for me! :) YODA!

Coming this week on the blog: Researching Cities Around The World, Top 10 Indian Dishes, and later this week a little publishing surprise!

5 thoughts on “Sunday Update – May 8, 2016”

  1. I wish i could send some of our sun to you, we had such nice weather. Lots of sun with a little with of wind. I hope you’re having a great mother’s day, it sounds like it started well with presents and good food!

    Looks like each week they do make a lot of progress on your kitchen, it looks really good! I am curious to see what it looks like once its finally done.’I also can’t be creative when there’s too much noise around. I really need some peace and quiet for that. I can imagine you’re not getting much writing done with the kitchen renovation. And sometimes some extra rest is just what you need.

    Oh that new Kami no Sekai story sounds fun with the mystery! I read the previous one, although it wasn’t my favourite. Let me know when I should put it on goodreads. I love your plan of publishing 50 books when you’re 50 and it’s great it’s the type of goal only you are responsible for. Good luck with your goal and I hope you reach that! I know I am looking forward to read all 50 of them ;).

    Oh that Yoda USB stick looks awesome! And I am looking forward to your top ten Indian dishes post! I hope you’ll have a great week!

    1. I definitely needed the extra rest! And my kitchen contractors are doing a really good job of staying on schedule. I knew it would be hard, and it’s actually a lot less stressful than I thought it would be, but it didn’t realize how much quiet time I needed to stay sane. I’ll have to remember this for the future and any other house renovations.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the Vigilante Slimming Scanner enough! I plan to publish it later this week, so maybe you could put your review up around Friday-ish? I’ll send you an email. :)

      I’m excited that I’ve set a goal that I can be responsible with! I’m already planning out ahead and thinking of all the stories I can write! :)

  2. My goodness, you have a hand in all kinds of stuff! Looking forward to pictures when the room is finished:) We finally have a high pressure system which is keeping rain and humidity away. Soon we’ll be in summer mode and have those thunder storms every afternoon. Good thing is, they move through fast and the sun is right back out. Happy Mother’s Day!

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    1. I’m looking forward to the kitchen being finished myself! I’m so glad I hired such competent people to get the job done. My contractors are amazing.

      I can’t wait for summer! It’s my favorite season of the year. I’m looking forward to many hours reading and writing poolside. :)

  3. The thing is that I’m usually a HORRIBLE sleeper! So laying down and sleeping while construction is going on at my house is a clear indication that I was exhausted and just couldn’t go another moment without more sleep!

    Also my noise canceling headphones are SO AWESOME. I’m a true believer now. :)

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