Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I will survive


Monday was one of those days. On the heels of my trip to Mt. Carmel, in a rush to get my piano studio in a state of readiness by the time my first student showed up at one o'clock in the afternoon, I despaired as everything around me seemed to fall apart right before my eyes.

The refrigerator door was left standing open overnight so when I woke up everything inside was at room temperature. My printer ran out of toner cartridge. The vacuum cleaner wouldn't pick up. My toilet tank lever snapped in two. 

The good news is everything is back to normal by now. And I know how to do a few things I didn't know how to do before. Like replace a vacuum cleaner belt and a toilet tank lever. These are valuable skills for a single woman to have. It wasn't easy dealing with the unexpected. But I am grateful for the lessons learned.

By today's end, I was ready for some chocolate. Click HERE for my ninety-second chocolate mug brownie recipe. You won't be sorry!

What do you do to reward yourself at the end of a long, challenging day?

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#ROW80 update: I am still plugging away on my novel manuscript, writing a minimum of 500 words a day, but I just can't commit to more than that at this point in time. So I am extending my deadline until August 31st, hoping that James Scott Bell's Plot and Structure will help me work through a few problems I am having. How are the rest of you doing?

22 comments:

LisaAnn said...

Sorry to hear about your crappy day! I've become a bit of a MacGyver around the house myself lately, rigging up all sorts of creative solutions to bizarre problems.

My WIP is coming along as well. I just had a major breakthrough and moved my protagonist's hometown to MY hometown, which makes the sense of place SO much easier to develop.

I haven't given myself any word deadlines yet, but I randomly shot out about 1000 words this evening, so I'm pretty stoked about that. Best of luck as you keep plugging away as well!

Gerhi Janse van Vuuren said...

I spent Sunday cabling the house for our ADSL and wifi. Had to keep my mind of the fact that other things need mending too.

Carmel Bird said that you must choose between a messy house and a successful writing career. But sometimes you have to just deal with the emergencies. Hope you can use them for inspiring bits in your writing

genelempp said...

That is what I lovingly refer to as a "chaos storm", but there is no despair in that statement. It is through trial that we become stronger, smarter and wiser.

Good job on keeping your goals through that. James Scott Bell's book is excellent. Two others you may find useful are Larry Brooks "Story Engineering" and Jack M. Bickham's "Scene & Structure".

Have a great week Pam :)

Pam Asberry said...

Lisa Ann, that's AWESOME! Congrats on all your progress - best of luck to you too!

Pam Asberry said...

Gehri, I am usually pretty good at prioritizing, and had a very productive summer. But Monday I resumed full-time piano teaching, and getting organized for that has taken precedence over everything else the past couple of weeks. And I have a friend coming to visit from Seattle tomorrow, so I'm going to have to break down and do some house cleaning too, LOL! But next week I intend to step up my daily word count goal again; 500 words a day is "maintenance" for me. Good idea for incorporating the emergencies into my writing - that definitely has possibilities!

Pam Asberry said...

"Chaos storm" - what a great phrase! I have "Scene and Structure" although I haven't read it; I will check out "Story Engineering" too. Thanks for stopping by!

L.S. Engler said...

Oh, man. Here I am, just complaining about a coffee machine making gross tasting coffee and a shower that won't...well, shower! You've just got to love it when life throws things like that at you. At least the apartment isn't flooding again...

...though I probably just cursed myself. And you seem to be doing better than me at maintaining your goals through the Chaos Storm, as Gene puts it, so good job! I'm hoping to catch up soon, but we shall see.

Buffy said...

I posted this exact video on my blog last fall, when I was smack dab in the beginning stages of my separation/divorce. It's good to look back and see that I'm still surviving, even if it's scary sometime.

I lived in Sumner/Bridgeport IL for a year or so when I was a young child. I remember my great-grandma talking about Mount Carmel. :)

Marie Andrews said...

Chocolate can be so rewarding! And hey, 500 words a day is still writing and you should be proud of yourself :) WOO HOO! I hope the rest of your week is smooth sailing.

Pam Asberry said...

There's nothing worse than a flood, L.S. One time my washing machine hose popped out of the drain hole and sent water gushing into my piano studio, soaking the carpet underneath my piano. It was easy to fix but took forever to dry, and knocked my freshly-tuned piano all out of whack. So in the scheme of things, these are small problems. I'm going to do my best to put them behind me and keep my eye on the prize. Good luck to you, too!

Pam Asberry said...

I have been single for ten years, Buffy; you are right, it is scary sometimes, but for the most part I enjoy being single. At least we have an anthem! Mt. Carmel is actually a nice little town; I enjoy going back, and could probably even be happy living there if life ever hands me the opportunity. I have learned to never say never...

Pam Asberry said...

Thanks, Marie. If it's true that bad things happen in threes, then I should be set for a while. (I won't count the printer running out of toner cartridge as a "bad thing.") Thanks for stopping by!

S.M. Carrière said...

It must have been the day. I had a terrible Monday as well!

Glad today is better for you!

Pam Asberry said...

The chocolate helped, S.M.! Hope you are having a better day today. (((hugs)))

Julie Glover said...

After a long day...a glass of wine, a hot bath, and a great book. Aaaaah.

Your ROW80 goal sounds good. Keep it to something challenging that you can still meet. Best wishes!

Pam Asberry said...

Sounds great, Julie. I will up my ROW80 goal next week. In the meantime, I will do well to write 500 words a day. Thank you for stopping by!

KendallGrey said...

When it rains, it pours, right? Sorry you had a bum day, but glad you got things sorted. I hate days like that. Feels like such a monumental waste of time!

Keep soldiering onward on the manuscript. 500 words a day is a great goal for a busy woman like you. Hope to see you at the next GRW meeting. :-)

Pam Asberry said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Kendall. I will be there on the 20th! :-)

unstoppablestart said...

Let me know if you want to go shopping for a screw gun. :-) - Lindy

Pam Asberry said...

Now THAT sounds like a plan for a girls' afternoon out, Lindy! :-)

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, yes, some days are like that...which puts me in mind of a picture book I used to read the kids: "Alexander's Terrible, Horrible No Good, Very Bad Day"...(I think that's the title!)

I got very tired of fixing things, so when I sold my house, I rented a condo. Now I just call maintenance! Yeah, chicken....

I like that your goals are small, though, because that's how mine are, too. I'm doing edits and rewrites, so I can't talk about word counts...but I pledge three hours of work per week.

It's easier to meet small goals!

Pam Asberry said...

I remember that book well, Laurel! When my kids are grown, I dream of living in a condo at the beach somewhere. I would love to have less to take care of, and being near the ocean would be a bonus! In the meantime, I just keep plugging away at the writing. Better to set small goals that can realistically be accomplished than impossible goals that cause us to give up completely. Thank you for stopping by!