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Ever have one of those days when you feel like you just need to hit the reset button and reload from a saved game file? That was my day today. I woke up and listened to the pouring rain last night — and pulled the covers back up. Sleeping sounded like a really good idea right then.
Part of my brain yammered away about going for a 3.5 mile run, and the story I wanted to tell of how my day went, but the rest of me told that part to stuff a pillow in it. Then that pest changed tactics.
Fine, fine, if you’re not going to go for a run, you should at least get up and work on “Different Gravities.” Isn’t today the release day? Didn’t you have all those troubles with InDesign eating the files yesterday?
Eventually that argument gained traction and I got up. Of course by then I’d already lost a lot of time. There wasn’t time for the run anymore, or at least not the run and working on the story. Which was it going to be?
“Different Gravities” won, and it’s now out over at Glittering Throng Press in print and e-book editions. It’s not up at all of the retailers yet, not in the current edition, but will come up there in the next few days. I spent part of the morning creating the .epub and .mobi (Kindle) files for the story and getting other work done. I’d already done the paperback edition.
When it came down to creative work vs. exercise, the creative work won. Exercise is a high priority for me right now, but my motivation was lacking this morning. My motivation to get the story out eventually conquered the desire to sleep longer and got me up working. I wasn’t done, not then, but I had to leave work for the Day Job.
When it comes to priorities the Day Job trumps the rest. I went to work and had a good time, because working in libraries is excellent. Anytime you have a kid say that she wants a longer “meaty book” it’s a good day.
I also found time to take my breaks, and work on my new short story. It’s coming along well, but isn’t done yet. I may do another story or two before I start on the next novel, although I’d like to get started on the new book April 1st. No joking.
When it comes to my priorities, talking about the creative work, writing takes the first spot. If I can’t get anything else done, I try to write. If I can do that then I’ll paint/draw and work on publishing my work. As I can I’ll also study and learn. Sometimes I’ll do an activity that is technically lower on the list, because I assume I’ll have time to write later and sometimes that backfires.
Today never felt quite right, but I got the story reissued and met my word count and even did some push-ups. The day didn’t start right, but it ended up okay. Even took time to watch Elyisum which I enjoyed even if it didn’t hit District 9‘s level for me. Movies are down on my priority list (TV in general) but I do enjoy some time to just relax and watch something entertaining.
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