Friday, July 19, 2013

Celebrating The Small Things

TGI Friday, am I right?

With Friday comes another installment of VikLit's weekly bloghop, Celebrating The Small Things. (Click on the link for a complete list of participants)

The rules are simple. Mostly because there aren't any. The point is to share your achievements from the past week. No success is too small, which is good because that's the only kind I've got.

Anyway, here's what I'm celebrating this week:

—I did not kill anybody at my day job. It's truly amazing how ridiculous things have gotten at The Store. Just...epic-ly ridiculous. I've worked in retail a long, long time now, and each and every place had its own special brand of stupid shenanigans, but The Store has truly taken the cake. I spent much of the last week looking like this:


—On my one day off this week, I spent a pleasant day at the beach with my mother and my niece. I never get to spend enough time with them, so I was thrilled by the opportunity. Plus, the snack shack had fried dough. And I love fried dough.


—My current WIP is presently sitting at 126,571 words. I'm still waaaaaaaaaay behind where I was hoping to be this month (stupid day job), but I have knocked out some scenes that were giving me trouble, meaning I think I may have (knock on wood and hope I haven't just jinxed myself) solved that big plot problem that's been plaguing me since, you know, time began or whatever. Here's hoping I can continue my slow crawl toward whatever's supposed to happen next in this monster of a novel.

So that's going to do it for me today. What might you be celebrating this week?

As always, thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a fantastic weekend. And since you'll not be at The Store's staff meeting this Sunday, I'm certain you will.

Cheers!

45 comments:

  1. I'm glad you got to go to the beach, and that you didn't get arrested for assault :) Have a good weekend, and hopefully next week will be better!

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    1. Yes, I am also glad I didn't get arrested for assault. Next week should be better. (Knock on wood and hope I didn't just jinx myself...)

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  2. Kids in the Hall!!! I loved that show. Still do.

    126k words? Holy moly. That is definitely something to celebrate!

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    1. In the interest of full disclosure, I didn't write all 126k this week.

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  3. Sounds like you've had a good week (apart from work, but let's just gloss over that part!) Congrats on solving your plot problem!

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    1. Yes, probably just in time to stumble into the next plot problem, but that's okay...

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  4. I know someone who works in retail. She always has...er...interesting stories to tell about it. I don't think anyone would've blamed you if you had killed someone at your day job!

    And whoa, your WIP is 126,571 words long?! Impressive!

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    1. They should really have a retail reality show. It would be the most absurd thing ever.

      Yes, my WIP is that long. Actually, I think it's a little longer now. I started work on another scene after I posted this. =)

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  5. Sorry about the day job stress but a day at the beach seems like a great way to relax and unwind. Way to go with the writing.

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    1. It was a very, very nice day. I kept my cool at the day job a lot longer the following day.

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  6. Fried dough! I haven't had that in so long.

    And you should bring Gator Girl to the staff meeting. After, you know, first making sure she's in a really bad mood.

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    1. Fried dough is the only reason I ever go to the Fryeburg Fair. $10 for parking, $10 for admission and $5 for the dough itself...Worth it, right?

      I have often thought of bringing Gator Girl to the staff meetings, but I love her too much to subject her to that nonsense.

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  7. You know I have the solution to many of your problems, M.J., and all it takes is the letter "H" ...

    It would appear to me that you need to spend LESS time at the Store and more time on the SHore :)

    Happy Weekend :)

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    1. Yes, I do need to spend more time on the shore. Now if only the shore came with a paycheck... =)

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  8. Your day job sounds a whole lot like mine! So congratulations on not killing anyone. Just do it in your mind, where you can make it as ooky and painful as possible....

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  9. Go ahead and crush heads!
    You might be a little behind, but that day at the beach was time better spent.

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    1. Thanks to my day job, I'm actually a lot behind.

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  10. Nice beach! I wish I had one close by.

    Be nice to yourself. I would have killed people and buried the bodies by now. You, you're writing haiku instead. And, they are spectacular!

    HMG

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    1. That beach is about an hour away from me. But it is very nice to visit.

      And I imagine next week's haiku will be spectacularly angry.

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  11. Today I pick up The Glowstick. Tomorrow we'll go to his cousin, Ho-Ho's birthday party.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  12. Fried dough, like chocolate and cheese, makes most things better. Maybe you can find a way to bring some to The Store on Sunday? Might be the best way to get through that meeting....

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  13. Beach days are the best! It sounds like you work too much, oh well, it must be done to survive, right? Good luck with your WIP.

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    1. I have worked too much lately, but there doesn't seem to be anyway around that right now.

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  14. You need a few more beach days to ease the urge to kill your co-workers.

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  15. I thought TGI Fridays went out of business. I haven't seen one in a long time.

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    1. Well, I wasn't really referencing the restaurant, but according to their website, they're still in existence. Nowhere near me, apparently, but somewhere in the world.

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    2. Yep, they still exist. There's one just a couple miles from me. I've never been in it, but it's in the same complex as the movie theater, the yarn store, and all the other little shops I must hit almost weekly.

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  16. Not killing someone at work is huge, congrats on that lol
    Yay for the beach and for getting that plot problem almost solved in you novel, have fun getting it all down!

    Enjoy your weekend ;)

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  17. Yay for solving your plot problem. And not killing someone at work sounds like an achievement!

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  18. Wow! That's a lot of words! Haha. My MS are usually between 60K and 90K. That's so cool! Good for you!

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  19. It would take me years to write an ms that big. It would take the rest of my life to revise it. I hope it takes you less. :-)

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  20. Work meetings. I remember how I hated those when I worked in retail. Good luck with that.

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  21. A staff meeting on a Sunday! Lame. If you don't kill anybody then, it will be another victory.

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  22. I'm wondering if it was world shenanigans week, cuz the kids at the daycare were insane! Without a doubt, you get to deal with all sorts of people. I'm glad you got to go to the beach for a while!

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  23. Ha! I love Kids in the Hall :) Even if you're behind where you wanted to be on your WIP, it sounds like you're still making awesome progress. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  24. Good luck with the meeting. Hope it goes smoothly and there's no need for any "head-crushing" activities! LOL.
    Congrats on the 126,000 odd word count... that's a LOT of words.
    Writer In Transit

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  25. Day jobs, whether you love them or not, are a pain in the butt 'cause they get in the way of what you really love. Anyway, I hope things somehow and miraculously become less crazy at work for you. I'm glad you've figured out your plot issue, and hope you get back on track with your WIP. Writer’s Mark

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  26. I just got back from spending a few days at the beach with my kids. Admittedly, it wasn't as relaxing as the picture you posted as I spent most of my time ensuring my kids didn't drown...but I did get out of the house with the kids and I was unplugged from the internet for a week. That does count for something. Good to hear you've worked out the plot problem, that's moving in the right direction. While on my little break I had an idea hit me that's going to change my plot a bit. Amazing how one little change in details will require massive rewrites. Sometimes I love to hate writing.

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  27. Believe me, I can totally sympathise with having to work with a bunch of morons. The situations they create between them are so absurd, but it's a good source of story ideas.
    Plus, the beauty of being a writer is, you can always kill them off in a story or two ...

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  28. A day at the beach sounds wonderful!
    And woot for knocking out those scenes!

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  29. Definitely a week worth celebrating. I'm always pleased when I finish a shift at work and haven't killed a customer!

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