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About Gloria Weber

Gloria Weber lives in Ohio with her husband and their two children.

#ROW80 – Where I Share 3 Things Because Life is Blissfully Boring

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I really don’t have much to talk about because life has been blissfully uneventful.  And when I talk about the lack of events, it ends up being a super boring post.  So, I’m going to share a list of things from my week that maybe you’ll want to add to yours.

#1- Clean Stove Grates
I did tell you I had a boring week, right?  Anyways… See the top grate?  That’s how the bottom one started.  This was a hack I found on Pinterest.  Both are clean now, but I did one side at a time so I could cook stuff without interruption or having to clean the grates first thing in the morning.

#2- Season 1 of THE DISASTROUS LIFE OF SAIKI K.
I watched this anime on Netflix, but it can also be watched on Crunchyroll.  The first season has a dubbed version, but season 2 is only available in subtitles.  Which is why, when I finished season 1 last night, I was so bummed.  I had gotten used to all the voices (I watched the dubbed while doing stuff around the house like cleaning my desk).  But, it is a hilarious comedy about a super psychic high school boy trying to live a normal life while surrounded by “weirdos.”

 

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This isn’t something you can add to your life but just wanted to show off… I built my mouse, Mr. Darcy, his own Pemberley.

#3- Broccoli Salad
This recipe is close to the one I use (which was given to me by a friend).  The difference between mine and that is I skip the florets and use broccoli slaw (not part of the original recipe… I’m just lazy), skip the onions (kids requested this), and add about 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar.  It was requested that I make it again this week.

 

Now for an abrupt topic change! Just like last week, today’s goal update won’t cover today (7/16) and will only cover Monday, July 9th through Sunday, July 15th.

My Round Goals

Writing
#1- Do At Least 1 Full Cycle of Writing Weekly
1st Part of Cycle – WriteI scheduled writing for Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.  I wrote Monday through Wednesday.
2nd Part of Cycle – EditI scheduled editing for Wednesday only.  I ended up editing on Friday and Saturday.
3rd Part of Cycle – SubmitSent out a short story on Thursday as scheduled.
#2- Finish Writing (7/11), Editing, and Send Out PRINCE
This is the reason the schedule for the goal above got changed.  I was so close to finishing the rough draft, I moved stuff around.  Next step is clearing my edit cycle to do this.
#3- Finish Editing PET
I am doing a big push to finish this.   I’m once again combining my read aloud phase and grammar check phase in order to polish this up.  I have 3 of the 12 chapters already done. I’ll also be using my next write phase to work on the query letter for this.

Reading
#1- Pull List Pic (Instagram) & How Caught Up I Am
I am caught up on all single issues.

#2- Read 1 Trade/Graphic Novel Weekly
I failed this goal this week.  Honestly, I didn’t even start a new one yet. (7/16)
RUNAWAYS Vol 1 (7/9)

Blogging
#1- Blog Every Monday
I keep wanting to blog more, but I don’t have the time right now.  I kinda am thinking about a weekly geek newsletter where I can post stuff like my current pull list, geek shows I’m watching, and maybe review new stuff I add (if done weekly, but if done monthly I would do seperate review posts and this would be like the teaser for them).

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Clean Desk

Life
#1- Have My Friend JP Do My Hair
Almost.  I need to get my hands on more dye.  We’ll see how broke I am this week.
#2- Clean Up My Desk Area (DONE 7/12)
This took hours to do.  I started just before lunch (11am) and finished around dinner (shortly before 7pm).
#3- Build Makoto a Coop
I bought what I needed, mostly hinges (7/14).  My father-in-law offered me a window I might incorporate into the build, which I’ll get on Tuesday or Wednesday.
#4- Give the Main Coop a Window
Bought the sealant and brackets I needed (7/14).

Plan For The Week
#1- Edit PET.  Next check-in I want at least 7 of the 12 chapters of PET done.
#2- Write PET query letter.
#3- Submit a story if I get one back, if not… something else?
#4- At least start reading MORNING GLORIES Vol 2.
#5- Get the wood prepped (lines for cutting drawn and prepainted) for the coop projects.
#6- Celebrate my husband’s birthday (Thursday celebration – real day Friday)!
#7- Get the roof on the house redone (construction crew is scheduled to do the whole thing on Friday).

 

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#ROW80 – Wibbly Wobbly Start

I can probably make a long list of factors as to why the start for this ROWnd has been less than stellar.  Here’s the thing, I’m okay with how imperfect it has been.  This is only because I haven’t said “this ruins everything” and thrown in the towel over it.  I haven’t used it as an excuse to restart or redo my goals, either.  I have accepted it and just tried to make the next day better.  I try to find a way to make it a win big picture vs small picture.

Anyways, I’m writing this before my follow-up for my thyroid surgery (recap: I had the right lobe of my thyroid removed due to a lump that turned out to thankfully be benign).  So, I’m just going to straight to it.  I’ll be covering Monday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 8th in this post (not today 7/9/18).

My Round Goals

Writing
#1- Do At Least 1 Full Cycle of Writing Weekly
1st Part of Cycle – Write: I had Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday as write days.  I didn’t write Monday because I planned poorly (scheduled not only a full weekend of work but also a Monday workday and resumed housework post surgery that day).  Saturday was another extra shift at work and I was super spent after it. BUT!  I did put 500 words into PRINCE on Tuesday.  So small win.
2nd Part of Cycle – EditI finally finished the current edit pass on PET.  I have one or two more to go.
3rd Part of Cycle – Submit: Sent out a short story
#2- Finish Writing, Editing, and Send Out PRINCE
Still in progress.
#3- Finish Editing PET
I finished the last big edit.  I’ll be going onto polishing edits next.

Reading
#1- Pull List Pic (Instagram) & How Caught Up I Am
I didn’t read everything.  I still have the two $1 THE CAPE and $1 THE FANTASTIC FOUR to read.

#2- Read 1 Trade/Graphic Novel Weekly
RUNAWAYS Vol 1 (7/9)

Blogging
#1- Blog Every Monday
Hi.

Life
#1- Have My Friend JP Do My Hair
Not yet.
#2- Clean Up My Desk Area
Not yet
#3- Build Makoto a Coop
I drew up a plan and materials list (7/9)
#4- Give the Main Coop a Window
Also on my materials list (7/9)

Plan For The Week
#1- Do a full writing Cycle.  See where that gets me.
#2- Read MORNING GLORIES vol 2.
#3- Get caught up on comics and read this week’s.
#4- Get to that desk area I’m neglecting, but probably no further progress on other life goals.

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#ROW80 – Round 3 – FIGHT! (I mean, Goals!)

My Goals 2018

Golden Goal Rule: When a goal is met, a new one replaces it.
#1 – Have Something New Published 

#2 – Finish Querying GRANDMA – [DONE on 5/17]
#2(B) – Finish Editing PET 

My Round Goals

Writing
#1- Do At Least 1 Full Cycle of Writing Weekly
The priority will switch as I focus on different 2018 goals.  However, each one will be done weekly.  This is what that looks like:
1st Part of Cycle – Write: Put 500 words each writing day into current WIP
2nd Part of Cycle – Edit: Edit a chunk (chunk is defined differently for each work)
3rd Part of Cycle – Submit: Send out a short story or query letter at least once a week
#2- Finish Writing, Editing, and Send Out PRINCE
This is my current Writing focus
#3- Finish Editing PET
This is my current Editing focus

Reading
#1- Pull List Pic (Instagram) & How Caught Up I Am
I need to post a picture of what was pulled into my comic folder and I plan to read that week.  This not only allows me to share what I got but makes saying “I still need to read XXX, but read the rest” easier (than listing everything and always forgetting something).
#2- Read 1 Trade/Graphic Novel Weekly
I am doing just 1 to keep me from feeling overwhelmed.

Blogging
#1- Blog Every Monday
I know, this used to always say Tuesday.  Now it says Monday.  Which makes it weird for sharing (decided I’ll continue to share my link to the community on Wednesdays)… But, look, it’s the day I always have wanted it to be.  And it finally works with my schedule works, since I will no longer have my office job by July 5th.

Life
I have not added life goals for a while, but I think these might eat writing time, so I want credit for them!!! 
#1- Have My Friend JP Do My Hair
I have a friend that does hair.  I figure it might be simpler to have her shave the side of my head and bleach my roots and dye it purple…  I mean simpler than me doing it to myself. Plus less missed spots!
#2- Clean Up My Desk Area
I had been working on organizing my dining room.   I got distracted by everything.  The only messy area left is my desk.  Once I clear this I can move onto the living room.  Well, I can do the living room once I…
#3- Build Makoto a Coop
Makoto isn’t getting better.  Her digestion got messed up and I fear it will never be the same.  However, she can’t continue to live in the house (while she spends her days outside, she comes in every night to a dog crate in the living room).  She needs her own coop.
#4- Give the Main Coop a Window
Because I meant to do this last summer and if I have the power tools out already (making above coop), might as well?

NOTE: I am unsure if I can work on anything this week due to the holiday and extra shifts at one job (possibly both).  I will try, but I am aiming more for “full steam” come the week of the 9th.

If you were here for the goals only, you’re free to go!  If you’re wondering what’s I’ve been up to…

#1- I had half my thyroid removed on June 26th.
This is the longest story of all so let’s start with it.  At the end of last ROWnd, I was still trying to schedule this.  June had been ruled out and July wasn’t looking good.  After being given a date in August to check (which I ended up declining), I was left waiting a 4 day weekend until I could resume my attempts because Natalie (the scheduler) was on vacation.

But luck must have been on my side.  During Natalie’s first day off, the surgeon’s nurse called me.  They got extra OR time for the following Tuesday and I could have it if I wanted/could manage it.  And I did!  It was an early afternoon operation (just after lunch) and I spent overnight in the hospital.

I got out on new comic book day (went and picked up my comics).  Thursday, the results came back on the lump.  The lump was benign!  Not cancer!  YAY!  Then I went back to work Friday (though light duty).  Today (Sunday) I can finally turn my head so I can drive once again!  My follow-up is on the 9th.  I’ll need blood tests eventually (in about 6 weeks) to make sure my thyroid hormone is okay (the half I have left might be enough).
#2- I put in my two weeks notice at my second job.
While I was going to wait for my husband to be promoted, for lots of reasons, I decided to quit my office job sooner rather than later.  I had written up my resignation letter the night before I got the surgery scheduling call.  I considered putting it off for a week, but I wanted to stick with my choice.  My last official day is July 5th.  I think this will improve my life all around.
#3- My husband hurt his knee during a Pokemon Go family walk.
You know how when it rains it pours?  Well, it had been raining in our area a few days before my surgery.  Some mud (well, actually a lot of mud) got on the paved trail we walk.  My husband was busy trying to catch a pokemon while walking and stepped in it.  Then he slid on it.  His trick knee twisted.  He fell hurting himself.  His knee not only got scarped and bruised, it swelled up a lot (typical for one of his knee injuries).  And despite it all?  He took such great care of me during my recovery.  He drove me to work so I could avoid walking in the heat wave.  He brought me things upstairs when I was resting in bed.  He’s been amazing.  Total MVP.
#4- I’ve read a lot of comics/graphic novels.
I used my short recuperation time (post surgery Tuesday afternoon through Friday morning) to read my backed up comic book stack and that scary pile of trades/graphic novels.  Not only did I read the seven single issues I was behind on, but the five or six more I bought Wednesday (see this is why I want to Instagram my reads).    As for trades/graphics, I read six of those and am working on my 7th.  I might have read more if I hadn’t taken breaks to watch the second season of MY HERO ACADEMIA.
#5- My family saw INCREDIBLES 2.
The day I got the surgery call I was rushing around all morning getting permission from jobs to take the time off.  Mostly, that was because we were going to go see this movie with my father-in-law (our treat, second part of a two-part Father’s Day gift).  I super enjoyed this film.  It was as good as the first.  I appreciate it as a superhero fan, a mom, and a woman.

Now, excuse me.  Apparently, the NYT just destroyed one of the big summer comic events, threatening the livelihoods of many small businesses (comic shops) across the nation (and overseas as well).  As a fan, I’m pissed.  As an employee of such a business, I am watching for the latest information. And I haven’t read the article. (Because I was warned it has a page-by-page break down of the story and want to read it for myself.)  Also, I have to run the comic shop today… crap.

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#ROW80: Wrapping Up Another ROWnd

In all honesty, I don’t feel much like talking about my personal life stuff like I usually do going into these things.  I’m having a bad day and am very scared about the whole thyroid surgery thing, which isn’t even scheduled yet.  If I don’t feel better by morning (Wednesday), I’ll call my therapist.  I’ll take care of myself.  Promise.

Technically, as I write this, there are 2 days of ROWnd left.  But, I figure I should do it today since next week is my next mental health break.  (That one came at just the right time, it seems.)

Anyways, let’s get on with the show!

2018 Goals
I Started the ROWnd by giving myself more of a direction and picking two goals I wanted to work towards for the year.  (Plus 1 Golden Rule: After achieving a goal, replace it with a new one.)
#1 Have Something New Published – Not yet – By “new” I mean not reprinted.  I have, however, worked toward this goal in two ways.  Way 1: I started sending stuff out regularly.  Stuff can’t become published sitting on my hard drive!  Way 2: Creating new works so I have more for Way 1.  I created a short I codenamed FAIRY and started PRINCE.
#2 Finish Querying GRANDMA [DONE on 5/17] – It wasn’t that hard to do.  I had made the list when I started back in 2015.  It was just I kept putting off doing it.  But after all these years, I finally sent it everywhere I could.
NEW #2 Finish Editing PET – Working on – Before the ROWnd ends, I should at least be done one pass of it.  I have two or three more after that one.

(Round) Writing
#1 Finish Writing SUMMER (1k/week) – [DONE on 4/26/18] – I had hoped this would be the key to 2018 Goal #1.  It wasn’t
#2 Edit SUMMER–  [DONE on 5/16] – It really is a pity the anthology I wrote this for was canceled.   
#3 Send out SUMMER – [DONE on 5/16] –  Though, in the end, it was for the best.  The piece wasn’t was more struggle than love.
#4 Submission (1/week)Originally this started as every Saturday, but my writing schedule evolved.  It went from “what I could manage” to a somewhat set pattern that was more about flow than the actual day.  I have sent everything out that I have faith in.  I used my last sub day to revisit a very old piece I found.  I will not be sending it out as it is not a proper representation of my work.
ADDED #1 Edit PET – I needed something to work on after SUMMER, so I picked this back up.  Still working on it.  I have 2 chapters to go and then I will work on polishing.
ADDED #2 Write 500+ on PRINCE weekly I’m 1,500 words in.  I think I am nearing the halfway point.  This is more of a side project than main (which is PET).  It feeds 2018 GOAL #1.

(Round) Reading
#1 Catch Up On Comics (7/week)– [Bulk portion accomplished 4/17/18] & [Finished Free Comic Book Day stack 5/16/18] – I fell behind a little after all my catching up.  I somehow always end up with 3 comics to finish.  Not bad, but I keep fear it getting worse.
#2 Catch Up On Graphic Novels– [Finished 6 – last updated 5/29/18] – I had like two or three volumes to go.  Then I hit the Free Comic Book Day sale… I BOUGHT MORE THAN I READ THIS ROWND!  Pretty soon I’ll have the same issue I have with books.  Way more than I have time to read.

(Round) Blogging
#1 Every Tuesday– I think I got them all.  Minus mental health week off.  Maybe I missed one?  Let’s just say I got them all.

Plan For This Week
#1 – Finish the current pass of PET edits.
#2 – Sub the short story that returned to the stable.
#3 – Write another 500 words in PRINCE.
#4 – Build Stuff for the big hamster cage cleaning next week. (We’re talking retaining walls – platforms – moving the water bottle – Big cleaning & big changes)
#5 – Finish organizing my dining room (to 80% done as perfect is too hard to achieve).

So, I’ll be back in two weeks.  I think that will be a new goals post.  I might include some of my life goals as well (goals I do have but haven’t talked about on here).

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#ROW80 – The Thyroid Saga Continues

Three biopsies and four tests later…

Things were going really well for me regarding my goals and getting stuff done.  That is until around lunch on Friday when my thyroid doctor called.  The genetic test on my mutated cells came back: Inconclusive.  (Couldn’t extract RNA from it for some reason despite having a workable sample.)  The doctor said we could keep banging our heads against the wall with the tests.  However, the lump was around 7cm big and the presence of these cells was reason enough to remove half my thyroid.

At this point I had to stop her.  The first doctor had said it was 2 to 3 centimeters big.  Had it grown?  Well, she was just estimating (she hadn’t properly measured it), but the first doctor had informed me wrong in the first place.  The original size was 5.3cm.  Maybe it had or hadn’t grown, she wasn’t sure, but it was still freaking big!

So, she asked me if I scheduled with a surgeon and I said yes.  I had been hella proud of myself for that.  Then the doctor informed me that I had an appointment with another doctor like her, not a surgeon, scheduled.  (Thanks a lot, scheduling lady!)  Which is why my doctor offered to call the surgery people and have them call me to get the ball rolling.

We’re trying very hard to get my surgery in before the end of the month.  I filled out a surgery questionnaire Sunday and am just waiting for the lady to call me back so we can set up the appointment.

So, I’ve been a bit preoccupied.  My anxiety is the size of a blue whale.  That’s why I’ve been dropping balls and scrambling to pick them back up.  That’s housework and writing goals and such.  Just… a little hard to focus at times and hard to get out of bed.  I’m managing though.

So… Goals?

2018 Goals
Have something new published. – Not yet
Finish Querying GRANDMA – [DONE on 5/17]
Finish Editing PET – Working on

(Round) Writing
Finish Writing SUMMER (1k/week)– [DONE on 4/26/18]
Edit SUMMER–  [DONE on 5/16]   
Send out SUMMER– [DONE on 5/16]  
Submission (1/week)– 1/1 While I found 2 pieces (deep within my hard drive) that need homes, they are so old I’d like to reread before sending them out.  Unless something comes home, I might have to skip this next week.
Edit PET – There are 12 chapters.  I want to do 3 edit passes.  I am still on pass 1 of 3.  I have edited three more chapters so I’m done 7 of 12 chapters.
ADDED: Write 500+ on PRINCE weekly – This is a short story I’m writing to achieve my being published in 2018 goal.  I outlined and wrote 500 words on this last week.

(Round) Reading
Catch Up On Comics (7/week)– [Bulk portion accomplished 4/17/18] [Finished Free Comic Book Day stack 5/16/18] I have only 3 comics to catch up on.  My having to catch up on everything else keeps me from catching up on this.
Catch Up On Graphic Novels– [Finished 6 – last updated 5/29/18] No progress this week.

(Round) Blogging
Every Tuesday– Always squeaking this in before work.

Plan For This Week
#1 – Call the scheduler back on Friday if I don’t hear from her.
#2 – Write more on PRINCE.
#3 – Edit at least 3 Chapters of PET.
#4 – Send out Sub or reread one of the old stories (to see if viable for subbing).
#5 – Catch up more on comics.  Even if it is just one more (so that I’m only 2 behind).

I’m going to focus on small steps to keep me going forward.  I won’t let my thyroid lump stop my life.

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