On Journals, Uncooperative Stories & Dog Sweaters...

All ready for the new week? Me neither. So we'll just dive in headfirst and hope for the best, shall we? 

I set up three new blogs last week. Depending how well you know me, you're probably either shaking your head or shrugging your shoulders. The new blogs aren't really meant to be "blogs" so much though. More like online journals for certain activities I enjoy - namely, crocheting, Smurf collecting & stamp collecting. Actually, that's probably closer to the original definition of a blog than what we commonly think of them now - "blog" = "web log"...or in this case, project journals wherein I plan to keep track of projects & collections. Honestly, that's more what my tea & nail blogs are too...just journals where I keep track of notes and things I've done. They are on a schedule, but the new blogs won't be - it may be days or weeks between posts, but it doesn't matter because it's just a place to keep track. 

I keep thinking that I don't keep journals anymore - and I don't, if you consider a journal the paper and pen sort of thing. But my blogs serve as my journals, and I think they're just as effective. After having my journals read by others before (when I didn't exactly authorize it), I never put extremely personal or negative thoughts on paper anyways, so the form matters less for me, I think. 

As an aside, did you know my buddy Dolly Garland has online journaling workshops through Kaizen Journaling? Check it out, if you're interested in keeping paper journals...she has all the information you could ever need or want, and makes journaling look like fun! 

As for my new blogs, they're all pretty bare yet, but if you're interested, you'll find them linked up in the "Who/Where Else Am I?" menu above, or you can get to them through JamieDeBree.com under "Hobbies/Collections". 

Did I get any writing done in the midst of all this, you might ask? Yes, yes I did, actually. Last Monday I was off work, and I actually spent most of the day working on three separate story drafts. I managed to get the serial chapters done that needed to be done, and spent the rest of the week working on that one short story I really wanted to finish up. Only it hasn't exactly been in a cooperative mood, which is both frustrating and annoying. Every time I think I'll be able to finish it up, there's more that has to be said (who doesn't hate a short story that doesn't actually tell the whole story?), or fleshed out, or added/explored to make the whole thing logical and complete. Add to that the fact that this week was super-busy at work which leaves me less brain power to work with at night, and we have a short story that still isn't finished. Dang it. 

This week. I'm fervently hoping that this week I can get it finished up and to the editor. I need to move on! 

Due to my little brain-issues this week, I am almost finished with the sweater I'm crocheting for Mica though. The body is done, and I just need to finish up the collar and belly straps to call it complete. Yesterday I even made a couple of polymer clay bone-shaped buttons for the straps...I think they'll be a very cute finishing touch. Once I'm finished, I'll post project pictures to the Hookin' It blog, if you're interested. Hopefully that will be finished this week too. It's getting cold again...and poor Mica freezes when he has to go outside. 

So what else am I working on this week? Let's see...

- Format & release a recently edited short story
- Finish that uncooperative story
- Two serial scenes
- Finish up Mica's sweater
- Work on the two other drafts in progress (1 scene each?)
- Input sales info into Quickbooks (I suck so bad at this!)
- Get back to work on the organization project in the basement

That's more than enough, really. I'll work on the collections catalogs too if I get a spare minute or two (or just need a break from other things). 

Here we go, eh? 

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  • January 28, 2013 Ardee Eichelmann wrote:
    Jamie, so sorry your short story is giving you fits. Hopefully it will cooperate this week. Your crocheting project sounds great. I like the sound of the buttons you made for Mica's sweater. I will have to go check that out. I am trying to keep up with your tea blog because I really like it but I am so bad about keeping up with my reading. Hope your week is smooth sailing. Hugs, Ardee-ann
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