Writing

5 Tools to Increase NaNoWriMo Productivity

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Whether you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month or not, chances are, if you’re a writer, you suffer from procrastination and having the attention span of a squirrel on crack. [iframe src=”http://giphy.com/embed/39CqBhycuM5kQ” width=”500″ height=”202″ frameBorder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen][/iframe] When your writing time is limited, it’s important that you make the most of it!  Here’s a […]

Efficiency 101

Finding Time and Making Time

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Image by Sean MacEntee I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t wish for more hours in the day.  I regularly lust after a functional time turner.  We all struggle with finding time and making time where there often seems to be none.  Well, sadly, time turners don’t exist, and the teleportation technology […]

Efficiency 101

Todoist: My Happy Place

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It began innocently enough with a comment by my pal Suzan Butler last night about Todoist. “What’s Todoist?” I asked. “Oh it’s a list making program.  It helps me keep track of stuff.” Well OF COURSE I had to go check it out.  And yeah, it is a list making program–on STEROIDS. OMG.  I can […]

Sunday Summary

Sunday Summary and #ROW80 Update

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I am taking some time today to indulge in some foodiness, going through my big backlog of cooking mags and watching DVRed episodes of Food Network.  I haven’t done this in several weeks, and it’s a nice means of mentally relaxing while laundry’s running and hubs is over at his parents’ with the dogs. The […]

Writing

#ROW80 Midweek Check-In

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I am 9 scenes from the end of DOTH! My initial NaNo frenzy has slowed down somewhat.  I clocked 658 Sunday, 1009 Monday, and 1339 Tuesday.  I broke 97k yesterday. I am getting SO FREAKING CLOSE, y’all.  This makes it VERY VERY hard to focus on…well, ANYTHING not fiction related.  I’ve turned ADD about everything […]

Writing

#ROW80 Round 3 Final Update

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I had to go look up what the heck my actual goals were this round. I intended to finish Couch to 5k.  Well I sort of did this.  I stopped the formal program after week 6 and just moved to doing my own walk/run intervals.  I still have some walking in there, but as of […]

Personal

Planning, Productivity, and Projects

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One of the things about me and moving is that I will work obsessively for the first few weeks, unpacking every box, getting pictures hung, furniture in place, etc.  Part of this is that I am an incurable klutz and having things not in a proper home means injury to me.  Part of it is that I […]

Writing

The Aging of the Storyteller

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I love Chuck Wendig.  I’m just sayin’.  He’s raw and refreshing (and yes, his use of excessive and totally creative profanity makes me laugh a great deal, a fact which I’m sure would horrify my mother–but seriously, I’d like to pit him against some of the Bard’s most creative Elizabethan insults).  And so often he’s […]

Personal

Simplifying Life

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I’ve been thinking a lot about ways to simplify my life during 2011.  Part of that will involve getting rid of stuff in my house that I don’t want, need, or use (of which there is a shocking amount).  Part of that is cutting out any unnecessary obligations.  I don’t have too many of those […]