No rest for the wicked…

Or so saying goes, I have a lot going on right now.

The fire that needs to be put out at the moment is at our little lake cabin. Our tenants vacated the place and left many colored walls behind. With the weather being hotter than Hades lately, primer doesn’t want to dry very quickly. Every day I’m not working at a paying job, I’m out there painting.

That was the job I did yesterday. The previous night, as sometimes happens, my brain wouldn’t shut off. I finally fell asleep around 2am. The next morning I woke up at 7:30. Exhausted, I resorted to my old college trick. I stopped at the store and picked up a two liter bottle of Diet Mountain Dew (in college it was full strength, but I have old teeth and an old metabolism now, so diet it is). During the course of the day, I drank half of it, but I worked steadily until 6:30. Once home, the husband and I indulged in microwave lasagna and old SciFi TV shows until he went back to the office down the street to work and I went upstairs to my home office.

I’m in the process of once again re-editing my first two books while I wait for my last of five editors to send me her manuscript of the Third. I did that until about 11:30. That’s probably when the caffeine and artificial sweetener finally wore off enough to let the exhaustion kick back in. I went to bed.

I didn’t’ sleep. The minute I hit the pillow I began thinking about Book 4. My mind wandered around the first 10 pages of the plot that I have written and went, “You need to put this in next.” I was exhausted, mind you. My procrastination really wanted me to just go to sleep and add it in later, except that I knew I wouldn’t remember it right later.

So, up I got again and went back to work. I wrote for another hour until the husband finally came home. “Why are you still up?” he asked, equally tired.

“I had to write in the fourth book,” I told him through my toothpaste.

“Oh,” he said, “That’s good.”

We both slept fairly well last night. So it was a productive day. I’ll worry about the cancer from the diet pop later.


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