On the Study of Languages, Rain, & Bathroom Cleaning...

Last week was an okay week - I was struggling with some Vitamin D issues (did you know D actually acts as a hormone in your body?), and a lot of work stuff, and I still managed to knock out all of my serial scenes in time. So that was good. I also spent a lot of time beta reading/editing for a friend, which is not something I do often, but it's a very good thing for all writers to do at least occasionally, in my opinion. It's really the only time you can let the analytical side of your brain have free reign with a story and really dig into what works and what doesn't - it doesn't work with your own stories, because there are always things you just won't see when they're in your particular voice. Editing someone else's work tends to make you very much aware of things that you really need to improve on/watch in your own writing. I noted several things in the other writer's draft that I either wasn't doing and needed to, or was doing and need to stop. So it's good mental exercise for any writer, really. 

In this particular case, I got a double mental workout, as there was a lot of Middle English used in speech, which has rules and idiosyncrasies all it's own. I knew all that Shakespeare and King James Bible reading I experienced as a child would come in handy someday. It doesn't hurt that I happen to be very interested in the history of languages (the history of anything, really - that's why I have a history degree). The older the language, the better - dead languages were kind of my "thing" in high school, and I'd have taken Latin and Greek in college if they'd been offered at my university - I did study both in high school.

It was a perfect weekend to stay indoors, considering the weather. It started raining here on Thursday night, rained on and off  all day Friday, and then started Saturday and didn't stop through Sunday.  That is a *lot* of water all at once for us - the dogs weren't any more thrilled with it than we were. I know we need the moisture, but part of why I like Montana is that most of ours generally comes from snow, rather than rain. I'd really prefer it goes back to that next year...

I was thinking about housecleaning this weekend (as you do when you're stuck inside), and while I'm getting better, I'm still not a good housekeeper at all. I keep our weekly laundry done, but I still have stacks of blankets and other assorted things that need to be washed. I've finally gotten in the habit of vacuuming weekly, but it only took me eight years to get there. I haven't mopped the kitchen floor since we moved in (I do vacuum it, but it really needs mopping) and I suck at cleaning the bathroom. I clean the hair trap in the shower whenever the tub stops draining, and everything else gets cleaned when we're expecting company.

Basically, I clean like most bachelors. *sigh*

I don't know why it actually stuck in my brain this particular weekend - the bathroom isn't any cleaner or dirtier than normal, but I had an epiphany that most normal people probably clean the bathroom more often than we do. Heck, they probably mop the floor more often too, but no need to get all carried away, right? And I thought to myself, "Self, now that we're vacuuming the floors pretty much every weekend, we should clean the bathroom every weekend too."

I know. Weird, wild stuff.

So yeah. New bullet point on my weekly cleaning list for next weekend - clean the bathroom. Don't you wish your life was as exciting as mine?

What else is on the list this week? Well, let's see...

- Serial scenes for 4 stories
- Three installments for the holiday serial (because once again, I didn't manage to get them done ahead of time)
- More work on the non-fiction project
- Finish a crochet project I'm nearly done with, and start a new one.
- Workout three times this week (weather permitting, the dogs will get walks)
- Work my way through my TBR stack of comic books (well, part of it at least)
- Start designing Save the Date cards for our annual Halloween party
- Some reorganization/scheduling of weekly/daily to-do's/tasks.

Oh, and I keep forgetting! If you want to win a paperback copy of my latest book, head over to Goodreads and sign up. The contest is open until next Monday, and there are 5 copies up for grabs.

I think that's it for this week - think warm, sunshiny thoughts (but not too warm, because I'm picky like that)!
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