Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Daybook for October 18, 2011

outside my window . . . slowly dwindling light, all golden, the western sky still too bright to look at.

I am listening to . . . the WEBS podcast.

I am wearing . . . a sleeveless cotton shirt, and a floaty cotton skirt, both in blues. Very calming, pretty, and comfy.

I am so grateful for . . . feeling the freedom to pursue my writing career. After speed-writing Adam's birthday present, I feel a new energy and, to be frank, ability, to really tackle my current work-in-progress, and even my current work-in-editing. I think in those crazy two weeks, where I pushed myself harder than I've ever pushed myself before, I finally really learned the work of writing.

And as Miles Vorkosigan points out, the reward for a job well done is . . . another job. Work is good.

I'm pondering . . . writing, and what I want to do. Contemporary romance? Historical romance? Sci fi? I thought the question was, "which?" but I think I was wrong about the question, because the answer seems to be simply, "More."

I am reading . . . still finishing up False Colours and In Memorium.

I am creating . . . a scarf out of recycled cashmere. I'm at the boring, "repeat stitch pattern till it measures X inches" part. But then it all explodes into lace, so that'll be fun.

I am thankful for . . . an amazing afternoon spent with my mom and Cynthia Ruchti this past Sunday. Still pondering all we talked about.

around the house . . . I recently cleaned out the pantry, the deep freeze, and the fridge. But I'm getting itchy to do some more decluttering upstairs, and get this place really, truly organized.

I can't help but think that simplified housekeeping will only help with all my writing goals. I'm not adverse to working hard when it comes to the house, but I'm increasingly desirous of also working smart.

from the kitchen . . . my friend Emily's carne asada recipe. It's on the stove right now. Folks, I am so hungry right now. Just waiting for the twins to wake up and we will EAT.

real education in our home . . . lots of books. I'm reading Redwall with the eldest, and going through The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading with Gamgee (who's picking it up so fast) and lots of picture books with all four. Also working on having more regular family devotions after dinner.

the church year in our home . . . I have Michaelmas coloring pages printed out that I haven't yet remembered to give to the kids to color. How sad is that? But the kids are getting excited about All Saint's Day, and I am too.

the week ahead. . . the weekend is jam-packed with extra church stuff. Hoping to live the week in a calm and measured manner so that we end up at the weekend with energy for aforementioned extra church stuff.

picture thought . . . My sister and I at her son's first birthday this past weekend:
Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell


Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

I need to make carne asada again! That stuff is so good. :)

Anonymous said...

CS Lewis says the same thing in The Horse and His Boy, after Shasta reaches the hermit and he is sent on to warm King Lune. "He had not learned yet that if you do one deed your reward is usually to be set out to do another harder and better one."

And PS I know I rave about her, but Connie Willis write Historical Sci Fi Contemporary Romance. You have to read her.