I brought home 4 boxes of books. I unpacked 3 of them today. Researched 1, so it’s sorted.
The last one is the 3rd egg box, so it will be full of 50-70 paperbacks, again. But I have to go through the books I’ve already unpacked first.
I haven’t quit, but got discouraged, as usual. I get these huge surges of energy and ambition, but there’s just TOO MUCH to make a big dent, in even a week. I can see progress, but I need MONTHS of intense work before this is going to actually be done. April may be (shudder) about 6 months less than I need. I hope not, but…
Anyway, I loafed, relatively speaking this week.
And, because I know when I’m inclined to loaf, if I beat myself up about it or force myself to go on, at least with the house work, the PTSD starts screaming. So, I let myself loaf.
For seven years, well, more than that, I’ve been writing about culling things, getting rid of things, and learning to cope with the panic attacks, PTSD and other related dramas.
I’m totally sick of this! So, I have a NEW life goal, well sort of. It’s to get past all the stuff and see what else there is to do?
To that end, I have:
- Told the antique store I’ll be leaving mid-February.
- Talked to another antique shop about buying a few pieces.
- Decided that whatever I keep for the spring flea market I will price before I box it up, so all I have to do in March or April is load it into a car and take it to the market.
- Decided what things here need to be wholesaled?
- Decided to have a sale at the antique store, running from 1/1 – 2/15. Half off the big pieces and heavily discounted “get organized” pieces: bins, baskets, etc.
Hopefully, by the end of April I’m done, or if I’m not done, that the pieces still here are designated to go to that consignment shop, this auction, or whatever.
(via images.google.com . I picked this because of the bookcase. The images with 2 items on a shelf are NOT realistic for us, both collectors and readers!)
Benchmarks along the way:
- Completing the move into the smaller storage unit.
- Closing that unit.
- Removing the bedroom boxes. (in process 12/27/18)
- Removing the kitchen boxes.
- Clearing enough from the attic that the bays can be built.
- Clearing enough from the porch so that we can walk from the corner to the door the long way instead of the way it is now, along the drip edge of the roof.
- The shed is culled.
- The wood shed is culled.
- There’s no misc. stuff stored in the crawlspace.
- Nothing queued in the living room to go out.
That’s a lot to do in four months, but like I said, I’ve had it! Two things will limit this:
- If the PTSD/panic starts up so badly I can’t cope.
- If physically I am causing myself pain from the work.
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Tagged changing how it's done here, culling, getting things done, going through stuff, new directions
I’ve been avoiding this place, because I’m ready to and have indeed done much of the work to split the two main topics into two blogs, well three.
Frankly, I’m waiting on the publisher and I’ve been working on the house in my usual semi-organized way.
But none of the “next steps” can be done until one of three things happen:
- I decide to take the mask off I have here just because.
- I decide to do #1 because I have a publisher for the memoir and news about that.
- I get the house clean and the book finished about it, and have THAT book to promote.
I haven’t forgotten about this place. Have thought 100 times I should write a blog about a topic — but I’m not ready.
(image from workitdaily.com via images.google.com)
After 10 years of work, from rough stories because I thought I might need an online memorial (had an operation in 2008) to more refined to yet more refined, to finally being far enough away from the stories that I could use my professional skills and pull a book together?
After 3 editors, 3-5 computers, 3 word processors, a file which was so corrupt it had to be retyped, etc. I am done.
And done in I think too, or maybe exhausted is just a better word?
Having the memoir done and knowing it’s pretty good has changed me in some weird fundamental way. I don’t really have anything else to say right now.
(But Happy holidays!)
Posted in blogging, calendar, Creativity, Digging Out from Under, editing, finished projects!, future plans, Goals, Life Lessons, Memoir, Planning, projects, psychological stuff, PTSD, publication, scheduling, self-interest, status, Uncategorized, writing, writing problems
Tagged figuring it out, limbo, memoir, new ways to live, skills, unsure future, writing issues
Sent note today, no answer, yet.
Posted in behaviors, English, future plans, Memoir, projects, psychological stuff, publication, scheduling, status, writing
Tagged waiting, waiting for answers is never easy!
I asked my co-editor how long I should wait before I queried the publisher about the memoir. His answer? One month.
That’s 11/15, 3 days from now.
I really, really can’t think about this or it will make me bonkers. But inevitably, I AM thinking about it.
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Tagged calendar, emotions, memoir, not so patiently!, published or not?, publisher, wait wait wait, waiting
Did you know today was Boston Cream Pie Day? Nope, neither did I till DH sent me a link to this site, which I imagine will cause me to write lots of little notes in my planner.
The only thing I’ve found lacking about the site so far is that they don’t list Britian’s Boxing Day (12/26) and other things which aren’t American. I love international holidays!