And I thought I’ve accomplished nothing this week… 2


Wow, it’s the end of the week already. Or is that finally? I can’t believe it’s almost the end of February too! Where has this year gone?

I feel like I’ve been in a whirlwind for the past week and haven’t had a chance to sit down. I think I need to arrange for another massage with Dar, LOL. Unfortunately, I don’t have a wordcount to report this week for the Midwinter Kick in the Pants challenge.

Here’s why:

  • All week: Gizmo Guy has been off on vacation, during which he caught a cold so he’s been grumpy as he’s snuffling about here. Sick hubby = third child
  • Monday: EVERYONE was home on Monday thanks to the provincial government’s new Family Day. Distractions/Interruptions galore. Let’s move Family Day to July.
  • Tuesday: I went out for an hour – an HOUR, that’s all – and came home to find three very important messages on my answering machine. Call #1) Community Care Access people saying there was a room available at a nursing home for Dad. *Phew*  Call #2 was Mom phoning from her cell phone – something she’s never done before – telling us about the call and yes, indeed she was thinking of turning it down. Nipped that one in the bud. Call #3 Youngest Son’s High School Attendance Office – YS is absent, and since they didn’t get a call from me, why is he absent? WHAT? He’d left for school at the proper time, and since it’s within sight of the house, where the heck is he? Turned out YS was in school, had arrived on time, but teacher had mistakenly checked off the wrong student. *Phew #2 for the day* Follow up on Mom’s call – she made arrangements to have Dad transferred the following day. (You have 24 hours to get them there or you lose your place.)
  • Wednesday: Went to the nursing home that had the availability – #2 on the list of 3 – which turned out to be the one closest to me and furthest from Mom. Met Dad as he arrived and got him settled in. The nursing home is REALLY nice, and will be good for him. Lots of stimulation, everyone was friendly and they set out a wonderful private luncheon for the three of us (Dad, Mom and Me) complete with table cloth and restaurant-like service. Then showed us all around and got his clothes all labelled. After spending almost all day repeating everything everyone said for Mom’s benefit (she’s nearly deaf), I came home absolutely drained and slept maybe three hours that night.
  • Thursday: Got a call at 10 a.m. from the nursing home. Dad’s upset and confused, can I calm him down? Well, I’m not the primary contact so technically they should have been phoning Mom, but I’m guessing she either didn’t hear the phone, or they figured I was closer (only 3 kms away) so they phoned me instead. I spoke to Dad who was worried that Mom had been hurt since she hadn’t phoned him that morning not shown up at her usual time as she always did at the hospital. He’s definitely getting better care than that awful hospital room he was kept in.
  • Friday: A normal day, Hallelujah! Normal means I got only two phone calls from Mom – the first one at 8:30 a.m. like clockwork that lasted only 80 minutes this time, the second one later in the afternoon lasted only 20 minutes. That’s down from her usual 3+ daily calls of at least an hour apiece. Progress indeed. She sounded alternately relaxed and unsure if she’d made the right decision about Dad. She has.

Anyway, despite all this kafuffle, I managed to accomplish the following:

  1. I finally got around to reserving my domain name, leahbraemel.com – no, don’t link to it yet, it’s just at the placeholder stage. Now I have to find a host I feel comfortable/confident with. I have been researching reviews – if you have any recommendations or warning, feel free to comment or email me.
  2. Continuing with point one, but worthy of its own notice because I’m chuffed: I’ve been playing with Dreamweaver and have ginned up a fairly decent front page for my website. I’m still wondering exactly why I need a website when I’m not yet published, but everyone tells me now is the time to start in on the marketing end. So what does a so-far-unpubbed-but hopeful author need on a website, anyway? I’ve linked to my blog, but don’t plan to move it. I can put up links to your websites and blogs. I need to write a bio that makes me sound … well, normal. (Not sure that’s possible ;)) But I have a question for you. Do you (or did you/would you) post excerpts? That’s what the prof at that Canadian Publishing course I took recently recommended. But I don’t feel comfortable doing that unless it’s about to be published and has been run through an editor. Feel free to offer any advice.
  3. Blue Sue’s 33 Worst Mistakes an Author Makes about Horses e-book came out on Tuesday. Hehehe, I’m mentioned in the acknowledgements as I kept bugging her with emails with questions about horses, and then she asked me to help edit the final copy. I signed up for an affiliate membership with Holly Lisle’s shop. Of course, I then had to figure out the codes to link my blog to her page. That took the better part of an afternoon. But it worked – one of you kind readers clicked from my blog and bought the book so I made a commission! Thank you!! Now I’m thinking I should become an Amazon affiliate because I usually link the books on my “Books I’ve read” list to Amazon.
  4. I did the promised full read-thru/high level critique on Marley‘s MS that she’s pitching at Shreveport next week. (This is the one that placed second in the contest) Looking good, Marley! Good luck!
  5. I scribbled some notes for some thoughts I had for edits to Private Property, an erotic novella that I want to send around to various e-publishers.
  6. I’ve been following – though not actively participating this time given how busy I’ve been – Alicia Rasley’s Scenes and Themes Workshop (Alicia is an editor over at Red Sage), as well as the Hearts thru History free-for-members Cabin Fever courses on the Tudors, Americans in Regency England, and Dirty Little Secrets of Character Development. (Which was excellent as everything I’ve taken through HHRW has been.)
  7. Birthday presents have been bought for both Guitar Hero (whose birthday is this upcoming Monday) and Youngest Son (whose birthday is the following Monday). They’ve decided they want to celebrate their birthdays together tomorrow. Works for me.

Hopefully next week will be calmer, and I’ll have a wordcount to report for the Midwinter Kick in the Pants challenge. I’ll probably be hiding out at one of our local libraries because, although Gizmo Guy heads back to work, Guitar Hero is starting a week’s vacation. Oh joy, oh bliss.


2 thoughts on “And I thought I’ve accomplished nothing this week…

  • julia

    My God, Leah – just retaining your sanity through all that is enough to report over at the Midwinter Kick in the Pants. Good choice for your dad, and lots of tedious calls as new routines are learned, but it will all fall into place. And ultimately you won’t have as much to worry about.

  • Terri

    Hey that was me! I used your link to Sue’s book to buy it. Cool! Glad to give you a commission! Take care!

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