January 2018 Mid-Month Review

It’s already two weeks into the new year and I’m can’t figure out where the time has gone. I put my head down and started in on re-writes and—BAM–time warp.

It’s all good as long as I’m able to get some basics caught up, but for now it’s a lot of juggling while trying to plow through draft 3 and not loose momentum.

The new year rolled in with a few snags this year. A hefty car repair bill on the backup car (it’s still in the shop while I figure out what to do), some needed supplies for business works, and a couple of solid storms. The power was out several times—but I’m happy to report, I got the generator finally. It was difficult to justify the expense of the new generator until the power went down in a big storm. Huge tree limbs came down and powerline on my road snapped.

Luckily there are only a few of us on this road, and the utility company was fast to respond, so it wasn’t as bad as I feared it would be.

The next day I dragged some branches out of the yard (about 18 feet long), then raked branches and limbs, pinecones, and clumps of moss off the deck and roof, and realized the vent cap and filter on the septic exhaust had blown away. Dangit.

I didn’t think it would be a big deal to wait on a replacement, but shortly thereafter the drains were gurgling, so, I quickly youtubed a few how to fixes, bought an auger, then climbed up on the roof and snaked the vent. Turns out the storm put some debris in the venting pipe, moss, leaves, and a piece of wood.

All I will say is, I fixed it, and gross.

I keep having the feeling I should be closer to completion on all my winter projects. I mean, January is half over, and I’m still working out the scent profiles for my shop candles, and sourcing new labels for my liqueurs and teas.

The time is not lost as it’s all going into drafting V3, but still. It’s a strange sense of peddling as hard as I can and the scenery isn’t changing, yet I’m aware of days speeding by.

This update will be rather short. Just touching bases.

I’ll be teaching a class Preparing for your Memoir on January 20th @ 1pm, in the Pacific City Library, and again on the 27th at 1pm at the Manzanita Library. These classes are hosted by the Tillamook County Library system, and are free to attend.

These workshops will focus on organizing thoughts and expectations around writing memoirs, and or documenting family histories. If you’re in the area, stop in!

I hope the new year is treating you all well!

Sincerely,

Athena