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Groovin’ On a Thursday Afternoon

The Rascals beat out the Beatles as my favorite music group when I was growing. I had a major crush on Felix.

Many thanks to everyone who commented on my Monday post and provided me with sage advice. Ironically (maybe?), on Wednesday, before I got around to responding to comments, I made myself work on my novel a bit. I wrote about 600 words. Then I rewarded myself by reading the comments. Surprise, surprise (to no one), most of you suggested I write about 500 words a day. Well, golly gee, I had just written 600! And then today (Thursday), I wrote another 982. I do believe I’m grooving. My daily goal going forward will be 500 words. If I’m inspired and write more, well, that’s icing. But if I write at least 500, I can stop guilting myself for having (and needing) other interests.

Speaking of other interests and the multiple ways I’ve been avoiding writing, I forgot to mention exercise. In mid-July, my husband and I rejoined our local gym, and we have been faithfully going there three times a week, working out for an hour-and-a-half to two hours. We’re retired so we can take all the time we want. I’ve lost some weight and gained some muscle in the process. Given all that’s happened to my sister, I am even more focused on building strong muscles.

And then there’s the bike riding, which we did Tuesday. What a beautiful day. And, as it was a weekday, we saw few people.

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As it happens, when we go for bike rides, my mind wanders and often I think of my novel. That’s what I did on Tuesday so I was primed to do some writing on Wednesday.

Your encouragement helped as well as it always does.

A bit of good news before I close this post. Maxine had a checkup today and her creatine values have dropped yet again, to 4.4. Still elevated, but a hell of a lot better than 6.9. Her urine is still clear of bacteria, but the vet wants us to do two more weeks of the twice daily antibiotic injections. Apparently, that is the regimen. Who are we to argue? She promised that if Max’s urine is still clear after two weeks, then we can stop. We might even be able to reduce her subcutaneous fluids. The only real disappointing news is that now she has anemia so new meds (yay!) for the next two weeks. That cat is turning into a poster child for the pharmaceutical industry.

But she’s doing good. She really is. She’s peeing and pooping in the litter boxes more often than not. She’s steady on her feet and generally trots to her meals (food is her reason for being). She’s still sleeping a lot, but not when there’s food around. I don’t have high expectations for her, as she does have chronic kidney disease, but she really seems to be enjoying a better quality of life than she was a month ago. We are grateful.

Maxine chilling out after her morning with the vet.

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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

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  1. Good to hear about Maxine’s progress. When I suggested 500 words a day I also hinted that you STOP after 500. You should be in it for the long haul and sooner or later you are going to justify not writing by the fact that you are ahead of your word goal in aggregate. This is the first step in a downward slide. It is the everyday discipline that pays off. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks, John! I understand what you’re saying. I did justify a day of rest (so much for rest, I was cleaning up after our cats) because my “word count” was high. Then I realized that it’s high because I’m copying previously written material from my original version to the new version. So. I’m not really looking at word counts per se, but I’m getting in sessions of editing and revising as I go through the novel. Basically my goal is to work on one chapter a day until it feels like I’ve completed the novel (again) and then reassess (again). Really, I need to finish this thing!

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  2. Have your heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month https://nanowrimo.org/ )? In November, you would write everyday towards your novel and the end product is a 50,000+ word novel. I think it’s pretty cool to know that there’s this global community out there doing this.

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    1. Hi, Julie, and thank you for the suggestion. I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo in the past. In fact, my current novel came out NaNoWriMo. It’s harder for me to do when I’m revising, but, for me anyway, NaNoWriMo is a great way to get started.

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  3. I’m popping in here to say “hi!” after being away from blogland. Maxine is a beautiful cat and I’m happy to read that she’s doing ok, the poor dear. As for writing advice, I suppose I’m the last person to give any… other than a reminder to be gentle with yourself.

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    1. Thanks, Ally, and happy to see you back in blogland ๐Ÿ™‚ Max is doing well, she even started grooming again โ€ฆ yay for small miracles ๐Ÿ˜ I did get a lot of good advice about writing. So far, so good. I havenโ€™t set up a schedule for myself, but Iโ€™ve been working on chunks of my novel everyday ๐Ÿ‘

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  4. Good for you, on all counts! Exercise is so very important.
    You’ve got yourself on track. Kudos to you!
    And great news for Maxine (she’s lucky to have you).

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    1. Ah, thank you, Dale. We took Max for another check-up today, and she is doing great. She still has chronic kidney disease. That can’t be reversed, but we’ve slowed its progression ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I’m late to the party. Maxine looks great!
    As for writing, I feel your pain. I have avoided writing myself. Let’s both try to hang in there and get to what we get to when we get to it. All the advice i can muster.

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    1. Your advice is great advice, L. Marie. Really, it helps to know I’m not the only one who’s been avoiding writing. But I’ve taken some of John’s advice (along with some liberties ;-)) and I aim for writing (or editing) only 500 words a day. I don’t actually count the words, not yet; at this point, any time I spend writing is more than what I was doing a month ago.

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