I am so unfocused today. The same could likely be said about me every day, truth be told, but it feels worse today for some reason. I blame the jogging. That's right—I went jogging yesterday. Deliberately. And not because there was a sudden zombie apocalypse outbreak in the Mount Washington Valley or anything. I went because I was operating under the delusion that I want to be healthier. Which I still do want, just... ugh. Whatever.
Maybe I'm unfocused because I'm so woefully out of practice whereas blogging is concerned. This blog has been rather neglected—more than usual, even—thus far this year. Last month was my worst showing yet. As a whole, last month didn't exactly go to plan. Or anywhere near the plan. Last month decided to bushwhack a trail through some truly gnarly territory, and I neglected to pack my machete.
I pulled out of the A to Z Challenge because of time restraints. I thought I had too much other stuff going on and didn't want to end up not committing fully to the challenge. I like the Challenge quite a lot; I didn't want to neglect it.
April saw yet another mass employee exodus at The Store, leading to more demands on my time than usual for this time of year. I also wanted to make a big push toward getting Effigy out into the world, as well as put a sizable dent in Effigy's sequel, Second Nature, because if Effigy is on its way out, Second Nature needs to be finished ASAP.
Out of those three things, the only thing I managed to do last month was the day job thing. #1 Boss called me her girl during one shift. After my head exploded and reformed, I wrote this haiku:
boss called me her girl?
i hate to break it to her
but the hell i am
(Let it be know that this girl belongs to no one but herself. And
I also wrote some other haiku that day, but as they were comprised of various forms of various four letter words that would probably make a sailor blush, I'm not sure any of those are fit for print.
It's possible I have some rage issues. Also, I just really love this gif:
So I guess what I've been slowly working up to with this big, long rambling post is that May is now supposed to be the month where I get back on track. Or, at the very least, get to a position where I can at least see the track I'm supposed to be on. And considering it's pretty damn close to the middle of the month, I have decided to set the following goals for myself for this week:
1. Put out whatever Effigy-related fires crop up as quickly and efficiently as I can.
I don't know what fires these will be, but I guarantee there will be some. I think it kind of comes with the territory. Or else I'm just doing this whole thing wrong. Possibly both, I suppose.
2. Complete Chapter 25 of Second Nature.
Last month, I had a completely different plan in place for this chapter. It wasn't working. Now I think I understand why: it was wrong. I created a new plan over the weekend, and I'm still very excited about its prospects 48 hours later. I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to write these new scenes I've planned, but figuring it out should be fun, right?
3. Secure a new vet for my dogs.
My previous vet closed his practice a few weeks ago and moved several hours away because he received a wonderful job offer that would pay him more money and put him closer to his family. On the outside, I was all, "Hey, that's so great. I'm thrilled for you!"
But on the inside, I was more like this:
Have I mentioned I don't
4. Run and/or walk at least 10 miles.
Because one day the zombie apocalypse will come, and I don't want to be the first one eaten. Also, I bought a pair of not-inexpensive running shoes and now need to justify have done so. I should have just bought more books. Then I'd have to justify that purchase by sitting around and reading them.
Live and learn, kids. That's my motto. As is 'always eat chocolate.'
What's on your agenda this week? Have a motto you care to share? Thanks for stopping by today—it's always appreciated.