Updates On This And That

Outside of needing to paint some trim, the bathroom is done.

It only took another week, and then my husband had to do all of the painting because the guy took on another job and wanted to push ours back, but it is now functional and no longer a state of chaos. This has been a sucky month/almost two months, but at least it’s over and hopefully nothing else will come up this year.

So, we took the boy to his ADHD appointment last week. Aside from giving us a few tips on helping him, nothing is changing, no new medication. His doctor wants to wait until part of the way through fifth grade to see what changes before putting him on one of the more serious meds. She said since we don’t have to worry about issues cropping up with his teachers that it’d be better to wait, so wait, we will.

I also had my first mapping appointment for the implant. Things are going pretty good with that. In quiet environments, I can make out enough speech to carry on a conversation (with my good ear plugged), so that is progressing faster than I had anticipated. I even made it through one of the rehab apps already. That whole thing was kinda funny, since it was called Continents and Oceans, and you had to pick out the locations on a map, and y’all know how bad I am with geography!

My job has been put on hold temporarily. I got an email on Friday about it, something about the company merging some offices and needing to hold off on assignments. My manager said it was temporary, but I’m always wary of that with freelance positions, since shit can change overnight. Bad timing money-wise, but good timing in the sense that I was struggling to juggle all the things. Now maybe I’ll get caught up a bit.

And speaking of writing, remember how I was working on books? I haven’t touched those projects in a few days, because I started working on a children’s book. My brain is just all over the damn place! My kids have always required me to make up stories at nighttime for them instead of read a book, and Baby Girl has been requesting two stories lately. Sometimes the stories are takes on classic stories (like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, only it ends up being Baby Girl and the Three Avengers, or something like that) and sometimes the stories are legit stories.

Last week, one of the stories I made up on the spot was good enough that I could see it being published, if I can get all my ducks in a row and find an agent, figure all of that out. I’m really excited about that, and since it’s already written from start to finish, I’m optimistic about finishing editing and all that. It’s a departure from what I wanted to finish writing, but at least I completed something for a change. 😉

That’s all for now. Time to go get the girl from preschool!

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That’s Relevant

I saw this online about the bipolar brain. I know many who can relate to this (bipolar or not), but considering the way my brain has been going lately project-wise, I couldn’t help but chuckle since it’s so relevant.

Yes, that unfinished sentence on the third one bothers me, too.

I’m working on three projects right now. A story, a book related to my doodle blog, and then another about parenting through mental illness. The odds that I’ll finish any of these (or even be working on them by the end of the month) aren’t good, but dang, the preview mode of the e-book looks nice.

What are you working on right now?

Inside The Mind Of A Mentally Constipated Blogger

Today and yesterday have been mental constipation days as far as blogging is concerned. Ever been inside the mind of a mentally constipated person? Probably so, if you’re a blogger. If not, it goes something like this…

Since good ideas aren’t plentiful again, I decide to go with the Daily Prompt for today, which is “Angry.” I open up a new post and write a few words, then realize that since I don’t feel like writing about my usually silent She-Hulk temper (wouldn’t that make for a sucky comic book character — mom who quickly and quietly fumes something serious in her head?) or offending anyone by writing about certain angry groups of people that have annoyed me, that maybe I’ll pass on this one.

Sigh. Move to Trash. I wonder what my ratio of published posts to drafts that never saw the light of day is?

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I go to Facebook. I save recipes for dishes that I’ll never eat, but that my family might like. Well, that Little Man and Sam might like, since Baby Girl is pickier than me. I roll my eyes at posts made by a few angry people and scroll on. Then I get an idea for a post — I’ll write about something sort of funny that happened in Charleston. But then I can’t get past the beginning paragraph and click Move to Trash once again.

Then I decide to wander around the house a bit. Time to set the washer back again since I left the clothes in too long. I fume over the hardening rigatoni remnants in a bowl in the sink not being rinsed out, despite asking certain individuals in my house to be sure to rinse their dishes at least 132 times over the past week. Or close to it, anyway.

I make my way back to my desk, where I see how far back I can lean in the chair without it tipping over. Not far. Then I wonder why the hell I’m still doing that at age 32 and hope that I won’t have a headstone that reads “Death by chair” before I’m 40. And then I open another draft, type a few words, delete those words, and try again. Nothing quite sounds right.

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Back to Facebook. I see that a friend opened up her pool today and admire her deck, which she says they just stained, and realize that Sam still hasn’t stained or sealed the deck he built for our pool two years ago. I head over to the Lowe’s website and price some sealant and send an email reminding my husband to buy it this weekend. Emails are the best reminders, because I have proof when he claims I didn’t tell him.

See that email right there? That isn’t bolded because you opened it? That you responded to? Hell yes, I told you.

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Then I get a good idea — I’ll use one of the silly topics I joked around about in my Making This Blog Hot post. I decide to write a sarcastic post on how to be successful at the blogging like me. But even that fizzles out between a combination of the funny sarcasm not being strong with me tonight and knowing someone(s) will take shit seriously and get all up in my comments section. Maybe another day…

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Sam gets home from taking the kids out for a while and Baby Girl decides to give me a break by force feeding me her snack. I try to resist, but a combination of cuteness and salty goodness makes me cave. And then, just as I’m inserting gifs in the appropriate places, I have a decent idea for a post. But I’ll save it for tomorrow, and hopefully I won’t get stumped a couple paragraphs into it. If I do, to hell with it, and you’ll get a post that you might think BG hit the Publish button on while I was typing it delivered to your inbox (or reader).

What do you think your ratio of published posts to drafts that never saw the light of day is?

Making This Blog Hot

You know you’re in dire straits when you have to google “blog post ideas.”

I’ve tried, tried, tried to come up with a post for today, but everything I’ve written has either been garbage or there wasn’t enough substance to make a full post. So to Google I went. As luck would have it, I came across a website with an article called 101 Blog Post Ideas That Will Make Your Blog “Hot.” 

Hell yes. Hotness is just what this blog has been lacking.

I scrolled through the list and came across some interesting things, like Host a giveaway. Interesting, but what the fuck would I give away? Lord of the Rings toys? Dirty diapers? The right to name my next child (even though a third child isn’t happening)?

On to another idea. Criticize a website/blog or a person. Oooh, yes, I could have my own Burn Book type post and talk shit about all of my fellow bloggers.

tumblr_mdwkwernis1rla5a5o2_500“Fuck John for not telling me more about his swagger.” Or “To hell with NotAPunkRocker for skipping Christmas cards.” Or maybe “Damn that NerdInTheBrain and her gratitude.”

Eh, maybe not. I’m not a fan of people hating me.

Number 9 is Tell a personal secret. Is there anything I haven’t overshared on already, though? Then there is Bust a myth. Is this kind of like Bust-A-Move? (Fun fact: my husband clued me in on the fact that one of my favorite arcade games shares the same name as a song.) Myth busting seems like it would take more effort than trying to come up with a legit blog post, though. And more than likely, Snopes has already got to it

Number 34 is Start a poll. I’ve never done a poll on this blog before, so there’s no time like the present, right?

That doesn’t really make for much of a post, though, does it? I suppose I could discuss my leg shaving habits in a post of its own and have the poll and all, but I kinda doubt anyone would want to read that.

Directly after that is #35 Write a post about things you regret doing/not doing. Um, no. I’m not trying to add to the depression. Maybe I’ll hit that up in January.

Halfway through the list is #51 Create a blog post about your bad habits – Smoking, alcohol, drugs. Tell them something shocking!

Dafuq? That’s just a little too much enthusiasm for someone else’s struggles, person who created that list! And I’m stopping at that one. I now have something resembling a blog post put together, plus I want to save the other half of this list for tomorrow or another day this month when I can’t come up with much of anything to write.

Looking at numbers 1 through 51 on that list only, which is your favorite? Anything you’re likely to use? Maybe the Publish your CV online suggestion?

Do You Want To Write A Story?

This title should be sang to the tune of “Do You Want To Build A Snowman,” because I’ve been watching certain videos on YouTube this morning against my will.

Have you ever done any freelance writing work? I have. A lot. While I get some work from word of mouth, most of the jobs I find are on Craigslist or other job boards. And if you’ve ever searched Craigslist for any freelance work, you probably know that you have to go through a bunch of shitty ads to find one decent one worth responding to.

I was browsing Craigslist last night, as I do most nights. I’m not really in a place to do much work right now, but I wanted to see if anyone had anything for a few hours per week. I didn’t find anything of course, but I did find one super shitty job listing. So shitty that it is worth sharing. (Click image to view larger size if you’re having trouble reading it.)

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There are just no words for that story line, but I have my doubts about how legit that life story is.

And the compensation–a percentage. So you’re not going to get paid anything to write this unless it sells. It does have Lifetime potential, so it could be the tiniest cash cow ever.

Should I go for it? 😉

What’s the craziest or strangest job listing you’ve ever seen?