Some up, some down

In other words, a mixed week.
I started Monday with great energy and managed to dash off enough eHows to give me time off Tuesday for voting (I’d have gone anyway, but it’s better to do it with work under my belt). After crawling down to the polling place at the dark hour of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, I was … less effective.
Then Wednesday, I couldn’t log on at all—no idea if it was my fault or theirs. I made it a day for fiction and made up the eHows on Thursday and Friday but discovered when I spent an entire day working online, answerable to no-one but myself … distractions ensue. Even so, I made my quota.
Applied Science #11, Who Watches the Watchmen?, is coming along—I was feeling a little panicked at the speed until I realized it’s not due until the end of December. Plenty of time.
Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears the Clown looks ready to go, though I’ll give it a last check next week before deciding where to submit it.
Work on queries this week was somewhat mixed. I got a movie review in for an upcoming issue of The Beachcomber and possibly a book review too. But I’m running into the same problem I have in the past—I keep recycling the same ideas to new markets and can’t come up with new ones, or I come up with new ones and can’t think of a market. That needs to change (no idea how, but it does).
I got 15,000-plus words of Brain From Outer Space in, which is less impressive than it sounds—I have a lot of material from the last draft to use. But I have a nagging feeling that the early Dani/Steve scenes may need further revision, only I’m not sure what the problem is. Since Dani’s story arc needs some major reworking, I’ll have to give that some thought.
Overall, though, a productive week, but tiring—I wake reliably by 5:30 a.m., but if I wake up 30 minutes to an hour earlier, I usually won’t go back to sleep in case I oversleep (I don’t want to set an alarm and wake TYG early—she needs sleep). It happened a lot this week, so I’m pooped.

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