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Old 09-17-2020, 12:07 PM   #141
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I hope your phone call went well. Reminders to yourself make a lot of sense.

R - You've accomplished so much since I first met you (virtually) If you were meant to write, you will find a way. And sometimes you have to take a break - sometimes a long break - Believe me I know. And if it's not meant to be, well, that's fine too. If you were meant to write, you'll go back to it, and you'll feel inspired again, and you'll find a way to do it.

According to the news, our smoke made it's way to Seattle, hovered there for a day or two, and is now heading east across the Sacramento Valley and onward to Nevada and so forth.

I set some goals for myself earlier this month Here's where they stand:

Four tweets - 2 completed
Four letters to senators - 2 completed
Four Facebook posts
Nanowrimo 50,000 words - 15000 words completed

set up blog
four blog posts

publish Through Unfamiliar Waters The writing is finished, and I'm waiting for my designer to finish my cover art. I'm reading through it one more time, and found five mistakes in 200 pages. (For me that's really good.)

re-publish Temporary Address (this last goal probably won't happen in September) I'm working on it. It's still not very good. This is where "taking a break" comes in. I have to work on it, be frustrated, and then it feel like something is perking in the back of my brain, and then - aha! the flash of insight. At least I hope there will be flashes of insight. it's weird - I reach into my creative brain looking for that idea and it's just not there. I do know that if I don't keep writing, it will never be there.

As a friend of mine would say (R) "to the page."
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Old 09-18-2020, 10:11 AM   #142
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D, chugging along is better than stalled. I think your strategy of stepping away is spot on, though I suspect part of you feels like it's a defeat.

The interview(s) went well. One on Wed. for getting on a roster of consultants and one on Thursday to assist a branch of the univ. library on diversity, inclusion, and equity issues. I have a proposal to get to over the weekend. A good thing.

Yesterday, a meet up of a user group I'm part of met for the first time after the original organizer stepped down. First one planned and done w/o him. Except for the event organizer having a last minute family emergency, all went well. Even down to logging on and getting a bit of the back-stage chatter of the step-in facilitators.

Today, the heaviest load is reading a couple of emails about a property transfer. I had dinner guests so only got a glimpse last night. The tone felt off, so I'm bracing for a tough day.

Fortitude, to the day. R
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Sounds like a productive time, R.

I'm getting impatient for the book cover to be finished. I really can't complain since she's doing it for free. And yes, I'm grateful. I did offer to pay her - several times.

My goals (from earlier posts - remember?) - completed all my tweets. I'm now a tweetie bird champ. My nanowrimo goal - I'm halfway there at almost 25000 words. That's my progress to date. Other goals are unchanged. Okay, to the editing, and editing, and editing.
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Today: send a proposal due end of work today.
Watch email for emerging news re: my client's property transfer.

Not much.
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my goals:

four tweets done plus a few more. 29,000 words written, and I'm stalled.
I'm sick - don't worry it's not COVID. So I'm taking it very slow. Yesterday I spent the day lying around watching TV. Today I'll try to get some stuff done. I need antibiotics, and it's hard to contact my doctor because of the COVID. Plus my normal PC physician quit, and I haven't established a connection with the new ones.

More to come later.
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Hi D., keep it slow and fully recover.
I got to thinking about what's next when this deal is finally completed? Everything was so BIG. Then I asked myself: Can't I do Easy?
Can I leave BIG and find EASY?

My heroes as a child took on Huge stuff: Amelia Earhart, Frederick Douglass, Abolitionists, and on the list ran. Big-A stuff. So I have.

Yes, I know, there's always too many Big stuff around.

I long for Small & Easy. For a while? For the rest of my life? I've seldom just drifted. It feels like everyday since the age of about 12 I've had some Intention. How about getting a PhD without a Masters Degree. Did it. Living a live mostly the way I want, whatever Parents or the State or that mysterious group Society believe. Doing it.

I like fish, don't much like feeding mosquitoes. Maybe a sign like: Big Closed until further notice! Gone to lie in a hammock and read fiction.
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HI, R,

I've usually alternated between big and easy.

I had a scare yesterday. My daughter (doctor) called and said she was running a temperature. The obvious conclusion was COVID. Later she told me that she's probably not sick. Her temp is back to normal. She was just being super careful because of COVID. Whew! However, kids often soft=pedal their news to keep their parents from worrying. Me - I have my antibiotics and I'm doing okay.

Yesterday I got back into writing.

Enjoy the hammock and the book.
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Sitting with Easy. Good company. No demands. Sketched out some of the free floating feelings I hold around 'easy.'
Having gotten higher grades through school, easy I associate with underperforming.

Who gets to decide that? I never voted. "Hey, Revu, we're taking a vote. Are you underperforming." This is the alternative way to lament I wasn't working at my full potential.

Out!
Wha?
Yes, out with you! Just Go!
I was only ...
Heard it before, rejecting it now. Go! Don't let the door slam. Oh, gimme the key. Hand it over.
But, but.
Key please ... thank you. You're leaving quietly or do I have to call Security?
Ah, all right. You'll miss me when I'm gone.
Got that right. The mental quiet will allow me to hear my own heart beating.

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Hi, R
I know you have a doctorate, so no one's going to accuse you of underachieving. The question I'd ask is, "What needs to be done now - big or easy?" And "What do you need - a challenge or a break?"
Me - My daughter's COVID test came back negative. Yay!
Me - I'm just plugging away. I've hit a good part in writing. That means I'm enjoying it and I'm being productive. Come to think of it, that's both big and easy. I'm savoring it. This doesn't happen all that often.
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Continuing ...
These accusations come from inside. Drilled in and hooking my competitive side. So, here's a test. I want to copy out several s from Kenko's Essays in Idleness. I confused the title to mean Essays ON Idleness. Lazy reading.

What would be the easiest way to do this?
  1. Find it already on line. Translation in the current copyright period. No luck.
  2. Type it out directly, edit, proof. Not sure how long that would take, maybe 20 minutes.
  3. Scan it with text converting (optical character recognition, OCR) software. The scanner is put away and takes a total of 10 minutes to set-up and put back. Still need to proof it.
  4. Voice to text using Otter. This would need proofing and edits.
  5. Buy a used copy and mail the whole book. Takes days and money.
  6. Don't bother. Do something else.
The last couple are a joke. The voice transcription gets old fast due to the approximate guesses the programs makes which need to be carefully double checked.
OCR gets close to the hassles of working with the transcription.
Which leaves typing it out directly.
What would be the easiest way to do that? I think reading it through for a couple of days before getting to the work itself. Just looking at it w/o reading a couple of time. Imagining my happiness when I am finished.
Oh, I could push it through FIVRR or Upwork, or Mechanical Turk and offer $$ to someone to transcribe it if they have a copy around.
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