liz_marcs (liz_marcs) wrote,

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Shifting My Schedule to Earlier Mornings

Sorry I've been rare everyone.

A lot of it is that I'm trying to change my sleep patterns. Now that I've got the sleep 8 hours thing down, I'm now trying to shift my schedule so I'm getting up a 5:30 a.m. to hit the gym and do an hour one either ellipticals or the treadmill.

I'm one of those lucky people that when I do a lot of cardio, I can drop weight and not worry overmuch about what I eat. I'm not saying I can inhale a pizza and not gain, but I'll be able to have a snack-sized bag of chips once or twice a week and not put on 3 pounds just by opening the bag. Before I injured my knee, I had been running for a good four months and was dropping weight like crazy (I dumped 10 pounds in three weeks...yay!).

Now that the knee is relatively stabilized after three years, I need to get back to it because I'm freakin' sick and tired of even trying to watch what I eat and putting on the pounds no matter what I do.

Anyway, the shift is slowly happening, thanks to Bedtime Tea from Yogi Teas. That stuff really kicks your ass seven ways to Sunday with a few ass-kickings to spare. The problem is, I'm still not hitting the sack until 11 or so. I need to hit the sack at 10:00 or 10:30 for me to be able to crawl out of bed that early.

I think I'll finally have it set by tomorrow or Saturday. It's a long process, but it's finally here after a week of trying.

Story Progress

Anyhoo...I'm still moving ahead with Water Hold Me Down, although my nighttime writing is a little truncated while I try to adjust my schedule. I'm hoping once it's settled, it translate to leaving work an hour earlier, which will improve the amount of time I have after work to do errands and write.

However, the schedule is only part of the problem.

The other part?

What the hell was I thinking when I decided that taking my protagonist out of action in the middle of the story was a good idea?

No, seriously. Someone bitchslap me for that bright idea.

The thing is, I planned it. I knew it was coming. I knew it would be difficult. I had completely no clue that it would be as difficult as it is.

Now, I have some damn fine reasons for doing it and it was actually important to the flow of the plot that I do it, but I've essentially muzzled Xander for six or seven parts (depending on page count) and now have to work with only the AlternaCharacters.

Let's not even get into what's happening back in Cleveland, 'kay? Oh, seriously, let's not. I have to shoehorn in a conversation between Willow and Lady Haversham to set up Willow's big turning point in the story.

The thing about the AlternaCharacters is that they're easier to write when you've got the "canon" (and I use the term loosely) for comparison. Without canon Xander around, I have to be extra careful in writing AlternaXander so he still sounds one step off from "our" guy. Bah. This sucketh the big one.

It doesn't help that this next part is going to be difficult to write, if only for its somewhat graphic content. Plus, I have to keep remembering what AlternaFaith and AlternaXander don't know as they deal with "the situation." Because, no matter what, it's gonna make Xander look bad in their eyes and Xander won't even be around to defend his decision (assuming he would while the emotional wounds are still fresh).

So, gah!

Anyone Else Notice That November Is Hella Busy?

Then, I've got the interesting situation of that I get into at this time of year: busy schedule. Between now and Christmas, all of my free time is already booked. *headdesk*

A lot of it is pleasant, but again, not a lot of huge blocks of writing time on weekends or nights. So things might be moving a little slow for the next month of two. Ahhhh, RL...if only I didn't have bills.

Anyhoo...I know I owe lots of emails to people (especially a really lovely piece of FB for Whisper and I really do want to spend time responding appropriately because it truly made my week), but that's going to be a little delayed as well. I apologize in advance.

Now...I have to go get ready for work tomorrow. And make dinner. And...and...and...

Oh, and play with George the Amazing Lovebird. He's a little put out that his playtime with me has been cut a little short over the past week.

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