I use Facebook’s look back thing, that shows you what you posted on that day various years ago. And the pictures have been hard.
The first picture I saw yesterday was late my dog, Betty. There she was under the naked Christmas tree, as I had set it up for a family picture. It is a beautiful picture. It is the last picture I ever took of her.
The picture after that was of the chewable castle in progress with my late hamster, Queenie, inspecting progress. Unlike with Betty, this wasn’t the last picture I took of her. But, tomorrow would have been the two year “bought ya” day for her. So, I know what is coming.
Long time readers might remember that Queenie died two weeks before Betty. And Queenie’s death-aversary is coming up this week, meaning Betty’s isn’t far off either. These anniversaries make what happened on Wednesday with my dog, the husky known as Juliet, a very scary thing for my family.
Every morning, boy child gets to bus stop. I come in and feed the dogs. The dogs then are let out in the backyard to do their business. With it being winter, I close door and fiddle with stuff (uncover guinea pig cage, put dirty glasses in kitchen, and so on) until a dog barks or paws the back door. Wednesday, instead of two dogs, there was only one. Juliet went missing.
High winds had rattled our back gate open. Since it was dark and the door doesn’t have a good view of the gate, I didn’t know. I had to go outside and walk off my back deck to see. I’ll save your the over 1 hour of agony I experienced: She’s home and she’s fine. A guy dropping off his girlfriend at work picked her up (to keep her safe) and returned her to me. My husband and I then promptly zip tied the back gate shut so it wouldn’t happen again. (Zip ties are cheaper than tears.)
So, yeah. This holiday season, what I really, Really, REALLY, REALLY want is to not lose another pet.
Anyways, aside from all that… I made a chewable Christmas tree for Duke (my current [evil] hamster). I still need to make his cabin (for his food bowl and nesting material) and covering tissue boxes in wrapping paper for his wheel platform. I’m hoping Tuesday he gets his holiday theme (if not a week from that). I finished the bulk of holiday shopping (just stocking stuffers left). And the car is all fixed up and back!!!
On the writing side of things I got a lot done. (Here’s the check-in part, finally, sorry for the wait!) Aside from goals (under this paragraph), I’ve been attending some webinars regarding marketing. Because, I feel I’m always flailing about when I try to do it. Figured some strategies wouldn’t hurt. (In 2.5 hours I have another to do.)
Draft 2 by Nov 25 – DONE Nov 21
Read and Take Edit Notes by Dec 2 – Draft 2 was all I needed
Draft 3 by Dec 9 – Draft 2 was all I needed
Sort Through 45 Pages of Agent List by Dec 9
Send 60 Queries by Dec 23
[21/45 Pages] * [15/60 Queries]
Monday & Wednesday – Yoga + 1 mile
Thursday through Saturday – 3 to 5 mile Run
After Lunch 2 mile Walk (at least) 5 Days/Week
Yoga instructor canceled Wednesday, which worked out as I was running all over the neighborhood looking for my dog. Skipped Saturday workout as reward for finishing YELLOW (and so I could do housework). After lunch walks: 4.5/5
Visit Writer Community Members
Minimum 4 (ideally 7)/Week
0/4 Total fail.
Comics Read: JEM #9 | BATMAN BEYOND #6 | ARCHIE HORROR: SABRINA #1 | ALL NEW WOLVERINE #1 | ALL NEW, ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1
This Week: I plan to finish holiday shopping for my husband. Wrap presents. Enjoy American Thanksgiving. Take the family holiday photos. Arrange holiday cards (trying something different this year). Oh, and writing stuff too! I hope to read aloud (for edits) YELLOW. I hope to add more agents to my list and query agents off that list.
If you’d like my notes from the webinars (2 Email List growing ones, 1 Pinterest to market web courses, and one about growth channels) I’ve attended, email me. They aren’t directed at writers, so your mileage may vary, but there’s interesting, adaptable ideas in there.
What do you REALLY want this holiday season?
What favorite holiday recipe are you looking forward to partaking in?
Got a cute pet holiday picture to share with us?