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Interesting Days

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, all! I ended up cooking a turkey last night (it was cheap, so why not?) but man, I was in a world of sadness when it came time to clean the kitchen this morning.

Every Sunday I review my goals and tasks--I use ToDoist.com to keep track of what I'm doing--and then I journal about what I'd like to do the upcoming week. I think it's a practice that keeps me sane while I'm working on long, long projects where the rewards and achievements are intermittent at best. Today it occurred to me that I'd like to do "something interesting" every day. In a low-key way, though. I didn't put it on my to-do list because, well...I felt like it would defeat the fragile spirit of the idea. Today I went outside because it was sunny and I walked to a field I hadn't yet explored. Another day I might watch a TED Talks video or draw a picture or discover some new music. Small stuff. But hopefully stuff to feed my soul.

Recently I put up a Thanksgiving coupon that was a big hit, and it occurs to me there's still about 6 hours left on it. Enter THANKS2013 at JCP Books checkout and get 10% off $10 or more--and you can combine it with the already-discounted bundles to amass a pretty sweet deal.

I also ran a free PsyCop short that I was pretty pleased with: Off the Cuff

May your days be interesting! And not in that scary proverb way, either.


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Dec. 1st, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
I have learned to clean as I cook because I hate a dirty kitchen (I wish that work ethic passed on to other parts of my house, though).

I loved "Off the Cuff" but there was one thing that kept bothering me. I thought I'd share with you. Your sentence: The door at the top read Cecil Matthis, Taylor in chipped gold paint. After a restless night's sleep while completing NaNo, it occurred to me that 'tailor' is spelled with an "i", not a "y" like Taylor Swift. Thus - I had to at least point same out to you :-)

I still have a small bit of turkey left, but almost all is now eaten and happily deboned and deposited waiting for a nice hot turkey sandwich :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Dec. 2nd, 2013 05:03 am (UTC)
Dear Jordan, first and foremost I would like to thank you for the treasures (otherwise known as flash fics), you've been writing for us (all) recently.
They are a constant source of joy. Especially when I'm missing the PsyCop squad - which is a good deal of the time.
After a hard day at the office, this journal post is particularly uplifting to me. Seeking new and exciting adventures wherever they may be found, brings a sense of wonder and excitement, just at the very thought of it. I hope you enjoy every minute of your 'something interesting' moments. Food for the soul must inspire creativity, and therefore, is a gift to us all. So, heartfelt thanks to you. :-)

Dear Erullise (one L), each of us is entitled to their own opinion, I understand this. However, please consider discretion when you feel the need to 'critique'. This is not necessarily the forum for it. A private message or email would have worked perfectly well. I would bet my house and car that Jordan knows the difference between Tailor and Taylor. It was a typo. No big deal. I didn't pick it up at the time, and I wouldn't have cared if I had. I was simply grateful that Jordan had taken the time to write a wonderful story for her PsyCop fans. :-)
Dec. 2nd, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're enjoying the flash fics. I love writing them and sharing them with all of you.

Your house and car are safe, it was merely a typo ;-)
Dec. 3rd, 2013 03:49 am (UTC)
Lol! Good to know, though I never doubted you for a moment. :-)
Dec. 2nd, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
I might have to add 'do something interesting' to my daily 'find something to smile about and appreciate'. Smile things are simple everyday things like trees or birds or flowers - I try to notice something every day and notice that I'm noticing it (if that makes sense). There is beauty everywhere, but sometimes it takes a bit of effort to really see it.

Hope the 'something interesting' goes well!
Dec. 2nd, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
My 'something interesting' packed a wallop today. I will end up meeting some new people, which is always welcome. Having conversations seems to charge my batteries--well, usually. I guess it depends on who I'm talking to.

You might find The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer interesting if you like to think about noticing yourself noticing. I'd say a key point in the book is training yourself to observe yourself--and then ponder whether you're the observer or the observed. http://www.untetheredsoul.com/

I didn't jibe with 100% of the book but it was intriguing nonetheless.
Dec. 2nd, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I do a weekly review too. I think it's pointless to make goals and plans if I don't keep reviewing my progress on them. Like you say, writing projects are looooong. Each day's work only takes a small bite out of them, so it's easy to get discouraged and feel like I'm going nowhere. Reviews make sure I can see I am making progress.
Dec. 2nd, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
I sometimes look back and see I didn't really do much toward my goal, or maybe more like my goal shifted midweek. I suppose that's a less punitive way of thinking about it :D
Dec. 2nd, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
I need to get in the habit of doing, or at least noticing, something interesting every day. I used to do this, but lately I'm so exhausted at the end of the work day I just come home and veg out. Not so good for the soul.

I absolutely loved Off the Cuff! I don't know what's funnier, Vic thinking Jacob is hauling him off to an intervention, or Jacob acting like taking Vic to the tailor is akin to something as horrible as an intervenion. Great descriptions, from Cecil's nose hair to the chalk lozenge to Vic thinking his suit was going to be adjusted to "the way he dressed." :D
Dec. 2nd, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
I love tailors' chalks :D

I hope you can figure out some way to recharge and avoid burnout. I don't like the sound of you being utterly drained at the end of the workday :(
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