So, another two days have passed. My new laptop power adapter and charger, covered by warranty, have shipped from Texas, but not arrived here yet. I’m hoping this will solve the issue. If it doesn’t, I’ll be buying a backup battery, and getting all my personal information moved before I send my secondary brain off to California for more in-depth repair.
I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that – that the new adapter solves the issue.
But, in the meantime, there’s things to do, and, in a slower than normal way, I’m doing at least some of them.
My house is a lot cleaner – frequent cleaning breaks help alleviate the frustration of a much slower machine that isn’t nearly flexible enough to do more than one thing at a time. The weather has shifted from the icy lock of winter to something looser, with the first whispers of coming spring…and it feels good and productive to be using this time to move our physical spaces closer to order. I know from experience that more intensive periods of writing tend to be accompanied by less hometending from me, so this feels a little like banking some organization and decluttering against the writing surge I will engage in from April through July.
The time away, and the adaptations I’ve been making to move forward while awaiting my laptop’s rebirth, have led to a new perspective – or a deeper one, anyway.
Things happen, no matter what we’ve got planned. Life is less about what happens than about how we choose to deal with it.
In my case, I think I needed this somewhat enforced slwdown more than I thought I did. I came home from my vacation, and got a head cold. I was aswirl with all we had experienced – but I didn’t really take the time to absorb. I wanted to get back into my customary rhythm and flow, because I hadn’t done much that was directly writing oriented during my time away.
I needed time to reorient, absorb, process, and grow from the experiences of the trip, which was a busy one, with something happening every day during that time.
I’ve got new insight into some existing novels…I reread parts of my November NaNo project, an original series Star Trek fanfiction novel, The Earth Doth Move. It’s good – better by far than I thought it would be. I can clearly see how I’ve grown as a writer in the calibre of this blistering fast rough draft.
New Trip and T’Pol stories are simmering and growing in my mind. This is valuable, because I’ll be writing 31 new stories for these two in May…so this newly conceived material will be handy, down the road a month or two.
I’ve learned a lot about my Kindle, my new cell phone, and myself.
Homeschool reports. I’d honestly rather not, but it’s the law, and the price I pay to allow us to live as we choose. So…it’s time, and those will be a primary focus, this week.
Planning for my CampNaNo projects. I’ll likely only work on this sporadically, but I have two novellas to plan and plot, and I want to make some forward progress on these.
Hometending and lifetending. I intend to do more cleaning, decluttering, and organizing, and to resume my weekly workout at the Y, this week.
Revising and writing: Revisions for“Slow Jazz Awakening” and completing Terry’s story, begun in January, and still awaiting a conclusion. This story is essential character exploration for CampNaNo, so there’s great value in finishing it.
Okay, five objectives seems like plenty, for this week. If the adapter comes, and solves the issue, I may begin moving significantly more quickly, and add items on Wednesday. If not, I may not complete everything on the list. That’s OK; the goal is simply to move toward my goals.
Update: My adapter arrived! I’m typing this update from my resurrected Lenovo! Wooty-woot-woot!! I’m still behind where I would like to be, so I’m going to stick with this plan, at least until Wednesday, when I’ll re-evaluate.
What about you? How do you adapt, when life throws you an unexpected twist?
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