Monday, September 14, 2015

A Kick in the Pants




I’ve lost my oomph. I don’t know where it went but I need to find it soon. I think I misplaced it over the summer months. When I find it I’ll have to dust it off. Then I’ll polish it so it’s nice and shiny and looking brand-new.

My goal is to get back into the routine I had before summer arrived. I need a kick in the pants to get started though. I was working out the mornings I didn’t have to work, and then I’d get some writing done, do some housework, and even knocked out a project or two.

Now, I’m lucky if I workout twice a week. That’s pretty sad for someone who only works part-time and has a treadmill staring her in the face everyday.

I have no more excuses. The kids are doing their own things, as they should. Plus, Devin found a job and will be starting school at the end of this month.

All that leaves me with plenty of down/alone time. Now I have no more excuses. It’s time to get my rear in gear….well…with the exception of getting to the beach just a few more times.

Best of all, Bryan from A Beer For The Shower, finished editing my book. That man not only has a heart of gold, he has the patience of a saint. He had to fix all my grammatical errors – you know – the ones you see here post after post. Poor Bryan had to remove hundreds of commas because I’m the comma queen! All that’s left for me to do is insert chapter breaks and figure out the cover. I think it’s safe to say I’ll be done in a month or two. Yay me!



Are you still in summer mode? How do you motivate yourself?

43 comments:

  1. Just do it, Elsie!
    I think Bryan really is a saint. Or is that a minister? One of the two!

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    1. Like Nike? Just Do It? haha I think Bryan is a saint, minister, and even a counselor. An overall great guy!

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  2. I have no set routine to my life, so it's easy to get out of habits like exercising/

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    1. I do best when I have a routine. I'm too easily sidetracked if I don't. Wish I could be more spur of the moment.

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  3. You want a kick? The cat can accommodate that with ease. No problem at all. lol

    I tend to use too many commas too haha working on that though. At least I cut out just and seems, used those way too much when I started writing.

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    1. I figured you'd say something like that you evil cat. Watch yourself! I love me some commas! I can hear the pause in my head as I type, and then just throw a comma in there because of my mental pause..mental pause…sounds like menopause…hmmm.

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    2. hmmm the cat won't touch that one lol

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  4. Sometimes getting back into the groove is hard. You can do it. :)

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    1. It can be difficult to get back into the swing of things but I just need to have that mental fortitude to do it.

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  5. You are just too sweet. I'm no saint, believe me. And while you might think you're the Comma Queen, I believe that title is reserved for Lark Voorhies, who you may remember as Lisa Turtle on Saved By The Bell.

    Now that she's officially and certifiably insane, she is the true Comma Queen.

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    1. Oh my gosh! That title (is that even what that is?) is ridiculous! It's official. I've lost my crown to her. Although, I have to admit, I've never heard of her. I never even watched one episode of Saved By The Bell. I feel like I didn't miss much though.

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  6. I go through the same sort of thing at the end of Summer, hit a bit of a slump and am less motivated to get things done. From what I've read this is something that happens to a lot of people as the Fall Equinox approaches. There is also a big increase in depression at this time of year. I think it will pass for you as you adjust to the kids being gone and you'll develop a new routine that fits that reality.

    Congratulations on being so close to the finish line with your book!

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    1. I'm glad to know I'm not alone on this one. I think it has to do with the knowledge that shorter days are upon us and for me, that lack of sunshine just makes me feel blah in the beginning of the season. When I'm used to it after a few weeks, I adjust. It makes sense that there is a higher rate of depression this time of year. Thanks!

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  7. Once you quit your routine, it can be really hard to get back into it. That's pretty normal. We've all been through it. I'm sure you'll get back to it if you really want to!

    Congrats on your book being so close to completion. I'm sure that feels great!!!

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    1. Yeah, it's just getting back into it for a few days vs. a day here and a day there. Especially with migraines. You know how that goes :)

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  8. Way to go on your book! Once I'm done here, back to working some more on mine.
    By the way, consider yourself lucky for being a girl. Because, if you were a boy, a kick in the pants could very easily lead to a kick in the jimmies.

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    1. Good for you, Al. You've gotten so much done on your book! When I looked up kick in the pants pictures on the internet, there were a ton of pictures of guys getting kicked…so, yeah, for once I'm glad I'm a chick.

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  9. Just do it. Just make yourself do it. That's all. After that, everything will fall back into place.

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    1. Yep. I need to keep doing it every day. It's making it a habit I'm having a problem with but hopefully with fewer distractions, I can make it a routine again.

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  10. Omg I can't wait to read your book!!! I never your grammatical errors...but maybe that's because I also love me some commas. Hahaha

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    1. Yeah, that book has been a long time coming, that's for sure. :)

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  11. Glad to hear the book is near completion, I have a bit of a comma addiction too!

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    1. It's so close to finished, I can taste it. Tastes like paper….

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  12. Hey, if you get a good answer to your question, double-star it for me. I was losing weight, exercising, and eating better. Then I got that bubonic ebola early this summer and it all fell apart. Now I have excuses.

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    1. Being sick sucks. I had the norvovirus a few weeks ago. What a nightmare. Although, I did lose some weight. But that's not the idea way to go about it. haha

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  13. Generally speaking, I would say that it's better to have too many commas than too few.

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    1. You think so? I'm paranoid about it now. Bryan's right - I tend to swing from one extreme to another and it's hard to find that middle ground.

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  14. Don't be so hard on yourself Elsie. Everyone is entitled to some down time where you just need a rest from being 'on' all the time.

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    1. I was on total downtime. Even though I worked during the summer, it was only a few hours per week and I still managed to find excuses not to work out. But hey, I had to take advantage of my boys being home at the same time too.

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  15. If you need to relax and slacken a bit, then good ~ Then when you are ready again, find a partner who will push you to go back to your old routine or tell your family that you need them to push you back into being healthy and writing ~ I just enrolled in the gym because I found out that I am lazy to do them at home though I have all my yoga mat, weights, etc ~

    Still feeling summer and not yet embracing autumn ~ Hope you are good Elsie ~

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    1. That's a good idea. Bringing other people into it will hold me accountable. I'm glad you're going to the gym - good for you! I was going a couple of years ago but I just couldn't stay motivated. Thank goodness it's a free membership or I'd be so mad!

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  16. Love the cartoon. I could definitely use a swift kick. I have needed one for months!
    I am another comma queen! My editing friend teases me about it constantly but I can't seem to stop doing it. Every other word needs a comma as far as I'm concerned LOL.
    Congrats on being so close to completion on the book!

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    1. And now I have to be careful not to omit all the commas. I tend to go from one extreme to the other. No happy medium here! haha

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  17. Yay you! Ditto regarding Bryan. Add to that the genius of...actually, nobody bud Bryan and Brandon have that kind of creative genius. I'll be excited to have a copy of your book in my hands. Hugs, dear friend.

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    1. It's so true, Robyn, they are such gifted and talented writers. We got lucky didn't we? Hugs right back!

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  18. We are at the edge of summer, with anticipation of monsoon showering, but still felt hotter. Good to know things are getting back to normal and hope the book comes out soon.

    Cheers Elsie!

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    1. Jeevan! I hope you are doing well and settling into your new place.

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  19. Yeah, for some reason summer comes and goes and I keep the same general routine, school, work, and other peoples routines don't kill anything for me. Yet.

    Your book will be ready in a month or two?!

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    1. You're lucky that summer doesn't effect your routine. It makes mine a mess but I wouldn't change it for anything. Love the heat and the beach!

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  20. From what I've been reading on blogs of late I think more than a few of us have been drifting in post-summer doldrums. This has been a pretty common topic on many blog posts that I've read, including some of my own. At least you're doing something about your book and that's progress.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who is having the struggle of getting back on track. It's good not to be alone :)

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  21. I'm bad about not having a routine...but I've been at a writer's conference since Thursday...so I'm all out of sorts. I'm way behind on everything...but ready for fall to start. I LOVE fall!

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    1. A writer's conference? That sounds like a ton of fun. Hope you had a blast!

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