Aug 15, 2011

Mathematicaster Monday

mathematicaster ~ minor or inferior mathematician

After reading two e-books that I had a hard time putting down, I’ve started reading the Harry Potter series in hard copy. The first book, “The Candle”, by Shawn Michel de Montaigne was just amazing. Don’t take my word for it, you can get your own copy for free HERE. The other one, “Thoughtless”, by S. C. Stephens was also amazing, but in a different way. It was long, and I was never sure whether Keira was going to get her HEA or not, which was one of the reasons I couldn’t read it fast enough. You can also download it for free, HERE.

For anyone who’s keeping track, I’m now up to level 856 on MSN Patchworkz! It’s starting to get a little tedious . . . I think I’ll quit when I reach level 1,000 LOL

I also did better at going for my walks this week. Not perfect, mind you, but better.

Here’s how my week usually goes: Sunday and Monday I’m all fired up and get lots of writing done – usually my blog posts for the week; Tuesday I start losing steam but I still manage to get some writing done; Wednesday my ambition starts slipping away as I put the finishing touches on my weekly poem; Thursday I’m starting to struggle, cursing myself for not starting my serial instalment earlier in the week; Friday I just want to read and nap . . . and then I remember I still have one more post to get done for the week; Saturday I check to make sure my post went up on time, check my e-mail, and then pat myself on the back for making it through another week before shutting down the lap top.

Do you see the pattern here? The problem is, I have too much time on my hands. At the beginning of the week I have all these blog posts to write and it’s full steam ahead. But as the week progresses I have fewer and fewer words that I have to write and I slow right down. You’d think I’d fill in the excess time with all my other writing/editing, but that’s not the way my mind works. I have to get the blog posts done, I have a schedule to keep and bad things will happen if I don’t. But with my other writing . . . well, there’s really no deadline unless it’s self-imposed, and I have self-motivation issues (read, I’m a lazy slacker when it comes to my own work). This is a big problem that needs to be fixed, but I have no idea how to go about it.

This Week’s Schedule:

Tuesday: Part Five of The Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. This week’s wonder is the First Transcontinental Railroad.

Wednesday: Another hump day hunk for your viewing pleasure. This guy’s really hot, you won’t want to miss him! ;-)

Thursday: This week’s poetry form is the Rimas Dissolutas (sounds like a magic spell from Harry Potter, doesn’t it?).

Friday: Chapter 37 of Fire. So just what is E.Z. going to do to Pyre to help him with his element?

Random Thoughts

Today: A rant that’s been building in me for a while now on editing (or lack thereof) when it comes to independent e-books.

Wednesday: Chapter 14 of my on-line serial Shades of Errol Flynn. Is Jessica going to make it to the top of the cliff? Will she end up having to swim for it? Will the boots be okay? :-D

Saturday: Grappling With Grammar – I have no idea at this point what I’m going to talk about here. If you’ve got a suggestion for me, PLEASE e-mail me or leave me a comment!

Elsewhere in my week:

I’ve decided I’m tired of being broke so I need to be more aggressive with the advertising for my business. The work is out there, I just have to let people know I’m available. My inner perfectionist has screwed up my website royally, so I’m back to square one with it. But I decided I don’t need a website to drum up business locally. All I need is a good brochure (actually, there’ll be three separate ones). So that’s one of the things I’ll be doing this week.

I have about half the forms picked out for my chap book, now to settle on the other half. People have been telling me for a while now that I’m so into forms I should invent my own and I’m in the process of doing just that. All I can tell you at this point is that it will start with the letter X (the only letter of the alphabet I’m missing LOL).

I need to learn how to be more productive with my own work. In case you missed it, see the fourth and fifth paragraphs of today’s post. :-D

This week I’m shooting for walking every day, rain or shine, walking partner or not. I need new ear buds for my iPod though . . . the ones I’ve been using had foam over metal and the foam has eroded or torn or something and I can’t get them to stay put.

Finish the final edits on An Elemental Wind. No more shilly-shallying. Time to get moving on this sucker so I can get to work on my next book.

I also have a Scribe’s meeting and a Poetry reading to go to this week. I’ve had some health issues lately that have involved adjusting to a new medication, and I’ve been missing out on my literary activities. Hopefully, everything’s settling down now and I can exit the hermitage.

And that’s what my week has in store for me. How about you? How’s your summer going?


Tara Tyler said...

great word - my math students before taking my class. after, they are mathematiMasters =)

wish you financial luck!

and my summer was great! it flew by, but now it's over...

Shawn Michel de Montaigne said...

Thank you so much for that kind shout-out of The Candle! I really appreciate it!


Shawn Montaigne

Shawn Michel de Montaigne said...

BTW, my friend, if you'd like a free copy of my full-length epic novel Melody and the Pier to Forever, please shoot me an e-mail ( I'll send you the Smashwords coupon code that'll allow you to do so.

My way of saying thanks!