Thistledown Hiatus 5, Fatigue Fugue, #NaNoWriMo

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hello everyone. Before the Thistledown Rerun link, this is a brief update on National Novel Writing Month*.  It’s quick because there isn’t much to update. My word-count is still deplorable. 

I’ve always said this blog is my sanctuary, and that I want it to be that kind of refuge for everyone.  So I hope you don’t mind that this post is both low-key and honest… This time the sanctuary is a restful moment.

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The week has been stressful and disappointing.  I’ve been looking at a small property in Austin, TX and that didn’t work out. I was also disappointed in people in this blogging community. People I thought were enlightened spewed contempt, bigotry, and name calling for ALL southern Americans, not just those who did unconscionable acts, or disagreed with their politics. That disturbs me deeply. But let’s not discuss it here – no politics in my sanctuary.

Even though my car is less than a year old, I had to take it for a safety inspection.  That was physically uncomfortable and exhausting, not to mention that in the past I’ve been bullied — not this time, thankfully.  Even so, what should have taken 20 minutes took half a day.  (Sorry to anyone who disagrees, but Virginia will nickel and dime you to death.)  And of course, there was work.  ‘Nuf said about that. 

As you can see in the picture above (taken Friday morning), I drew three more slips from my “box of non-modern things” to help me write… Vanity, Savory, and Cosmos.  As I write/update this post, the clock has already inched to dinner time, and I still haven’t found the energy and focus to WriMo.  I guess I’m just tired, but I feel like I’ve wasted yet another day. 

However, I can’t let you visit without trying to make you smile.  I’m feeling about as energetic as Tim Conway’s “world’s oldest man.”  And maybe I’m that old if I remember it! So have a giggle.

For those of you who are new, or just want to review the faery serial, Thistledown — Midsummer Bedlam, here is a link to episode five.

Thanks for visiting.  Hugs on the wing!

 

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74 thoughts on “Thistledown Hiatus 5, Fatigue Fugue, #NaNoWriMo

  1. Teagan, I really for you and your tough week. Vitrol is emotionally exhausting and spiritually deflating…I hope you feel better soon. Buying property is so stressful and I’ve seen it nearly break people, myself included…please take good care of yourself and hope the next week is brighter. hugs xx

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    • Welcome, Annika. You are so kind — thank you.
      I’m doing my best. 😉 Except for Monday, I’ve taken off work every day this week… and mostly stayed away from Facebook (where the bigotry was). You said it perfectly with “spiritually deflating.”
      Have a wonderful Wednesday. Hugs on the wing!

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  2. Oh, Teagan, I am so sorry last week was such a downer for you. I hope things are looking up this week. Don’t stress about writing or blogging or anything else. Kick back and let yourself relax. Sending you bunches of hugs, my friend. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

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  3. I’m sorry to hear people disparaging all southern Americans. I’ve lived half my life in the North. and half in the South, and I’m the same person. As for the inspection, maybe it depends on where you live? My mom and I went through in a half hour. What’s outrageous is the personal tax on your car in Virginia.

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    • It’s lovely to see you, Mary. (Yes, it was very discouraging.)
      No kidding… I knew the personal property tax would be high, it always is — but this year it was jaw dropping. While it’s not the same thing as taxes, it blew me away when my local grocery store installed parking meters.
      Probably so about the inspection, and that was without the emission testing too… population density and all. It’s crowded here. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving. Gobble til you wobble! Hugs.

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  4. You go, girl! Go, Teagan, but with a relaxed and “no pressure” cheer sent your way! 🎉🎆
    I’m trying to imagine any of my followers being negative about the south or saying anything derogatory. This made me sad. I am sensitive about trying not to directly rub people wrong.
    I just had to say a big hug is sent from me to you. 💞
    May your rest of the year go much better. I have a liberal, anti-war Democrat friend who lived in Texas for a number of years and she said the big towns and cities are really open and friendly.
    Sorry again. . . xo Robin

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    • Thank you Robin. I WriMo for the “rah-rah!” spirit of the event. So your cheer is greatly appreciated. 😀 Austin is supposed to be a quirky city, and not terribly huge — so that sounds good to me. But (comparatively) it’s expensive. However, that is not the only place I’m looking — but they are all warmer climates, and with much different “cultures” than DC. It’s just nearly impossible to find the combination of cheap housing and a good economy (even more so at my price point).
      Anyhow, I really appreciate you encouraging words. Hugs on the wing!

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  5. It sounds like a tough time right now, Teagan, and so I send you an extra dose of hugs! And, you know what, not getting to a certain word count by the end of the month isn’t going to end the world so don’t put too much stress on yourself. I wish I was closer to hug you in person!!

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    • That part isn’t bad (WriMo), just aggravating. It’s actually a good stress. I’m still enjoying it, even if I’m not doing the good work I hoped to do (when I had the good outline, then found it had already been done). I thought I was finally going to produce another draft as good as the Atonement draft was, but…
      But yes, the other stuff does get to me, especially when it piled on, so hugs gladly accepted. 😀
      Heartfelt thanks for visiting with these encouraging words. Hugs on the wing!

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  6. I hope this week is picking up for you!! LOL…love Carol Burnett….never laughed so much watching a show…brilliantly done!! Was cracking up watching Tim on your attached video…hilarious….remember Red Skelton? Love the comedy!!

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  8. Like most commenters here I’m so sorry for the trouble you’re going through and send you huge virtual hugs and dog licks from my girls. Thanks for making me laugh with the fabulous clip.
    Remember we all love you, so try to rise above it and all the best with the writing ❤

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  9. Teagan, I am so sorry that you got upset by a hater. Some individuals write such silly things without even putting two and two together, just because ‘it is obvious’. Please ignore these articles and the writers. They are mistaken, but we won’t kill them for that, right? I am more upset that you didn’t get that property in Texas. But you know, everything works out in the end and you will eventually get what you desire. Many hugs.

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  10. I am sorry about the house, Teagan, It is beautiful country down there. Some weeks are really rough; troubles seem to come not one, but in groups. May you find peace and happiness in the coming week, and all good things come your way. Hugs to you! 🙂

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  11. I’, so sorry to be late again, Teagan. I wish I had gotten here earlier to add some encouragement to the pile of comments from the folks who care so much about you. I’m sorry things went the way they did. I hope tomorrow brings the start of a much better week.

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  12. Dearest Teagan, I know virtual hugs aren’t the same as real ones, but I’m sending you the whole whole kit and caboodle of virtual hugs. Life does seem to be playing a cruel joke many days and I just can’t figure out the punchline or even if there is one. I’m so sorry you had such a string of disappointments, I won’t bore you with a whole bunch of platitudes, they sound good, but for some (I know) they just don’t ring true. I hope the week ahead goes better and that this weekend gives you some peace. As for your word count, all the best, my dear.
    Mega Sanctuary! Sanctuary!!! hugs xoxox

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    • Donna, I believe there is no one kinder than you on this entire planet. Thank you for the good vibes — they have crossed the miles. Sending you the same. 🙂 I guess I’m simply tired.
      Lol, yes, the new week will be good, because I’m only working Monday. I can please myself the rest of the week! :D. Mega hugs right back.

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  13. So sorry you had a tough week full of disappointments, Teagan. They happen, part of life, though that doesn’t make them any easier to tolerate. You write more than the vast majority of bloggers I know, so be kind to yourself on that front. I hope thing start smoothing out. Enjoy your weekend and sending you hugs. ❤

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  14. I’m sorry you’ve had a difficult week Teagan, and particularly about the house, as I know how much you long to move. You write an awful lot Teagan – you’re very productive, so I wouldn’t beat yourself up about the challenge, it will come when it comes ❤

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  15. Well drat on the Austin property!! Perhaps you will find something even better! I need to get there real soon to see my family. And if there is one thing that will make you laugh is good ol’ Tim Conway. I absolutely loved watching him on that show, he made me laugh out loud every time. And may the winds of fortune blow your way real soon my dear! xoxoxo

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    • Now it’s my turn for a round with the gremlins. I know I replied to you two days ago… I’m sorry Kathryn. Thanks for the good wishes. There is not much at all in my price range, and that’s the core of the problem. But I keep looking.
      I love clips from the old Carol Burnett show. I never see anything today that is as funny to me. Wishing you a beautiful week, and a happy Thanksgiving, my friend. Hugs!

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    • Thank you, Melissa. I’m doing better today, and feeling a tad more energy. Even worked on the story some… No where near the necessary daily average word count, but as long as I’m enjoying it.
      Special thanks for the reblog and your lovely introduction to it. You’re so kind. Hugs on the wing!

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    • You’re very kind Brad. You might well be right about the rest. I was doing a lot better this morning. But traffic noise kept me awake all night, so now I’m fading fast. Rest sounds like a good thing. 🙂 Hugs on the wing!

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  16. You DID write. You wrote this terrific blog post. That can sometimes feel more worthwhile than everyday writing. I learned as a child, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” So, those terrible comments aren’t worth a moment’s worry. Thanks for the video!!! 😅

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    • Jennie, you are kind, wise, and encouraging. I’m happy to know that (at least some) children have you to light their way as they learn.
      I try to always be positive here, so I debated, and tossed and turned about whether to say anything… Apparently I had to get it off my chest, come what may.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the video. Heartfelt thanks for reading and commenting. Happy weekend hugs!

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  17. Oh, Teagan. I feel your exhaustion. Sometimes life just gets hard. Don’t stress over your word count. I promise the world will not stop turning if you don’t make the NaNoWrimo goal. I have a family member in the real estate business in Austin, if you’d like, I could give you her contact info. 🙂 Hang in there and thanks for the smile!!

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    • Jan you are so kind to leave this comment. I actually have a trusted connection/agent in Austin. Not so much for the other areas I’m willing to go… But I sincerely appreciate you offering. (My extra low price point is the biggest problem…) NaNoWriMo is good stress. o_O I get aggravated at my own slowness, but I’ve learned it is to be expected with my circumstances. It is a much needed distraction. It was the other things that exhausted me. Thank you again. Hugs on the wing!

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