"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, January 16, 2009

Five on a Friday

Happy Friday! We have a four day weekend here (including today), and our big plans are:

1) Continuing on with HipWriterMama's 30 day challenge. My unclutter goals for the week are
  • to go through my old work box and old monogrammed baby stuff and put away / deal with as necessary
  • to paint the ceiling where the upstairs toilet had leaked through
  • to fold the seven loads of laundry waiting so patiently for me in my bedroom (but seriously, I'm not taking my valuable writing/revising time to fold clothes, hence the waiting until the weekend).

2) Work on science-fair project. My awesome critique buddy, Christine Marciniak, had the wonderful suggestion of doing a comparison of alphabets around the world (both old and new) and my son loved the idea so we're going with that.

3) Re-read Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Rennie Brown and Dave King. Also read (I've started) Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus which is great so far.

4) Watch more Star Trek: The Next Generation. Firstly, I totally forgot what a main part Tasha Yar had in the first season. Personally I think it was a horrible career move for her to leave the show. Because aside from Pet Cemetery, what has she really been in since? Secondly, at the rate my kids are loving these, they'll be ready to go to a convention soon.

5) Refine Cub Scout Derby Car. We had the practice run last night, and though our awesome car did in fact cross the finish line, it was the slowest in each of its races. I need to sand it down and make it a bit more aerodynamic.

Hope you guys have as productive as a weekend as I plan to!


Elise Murphy said...

So good to hear you are not the only one that thinks chores should NEVER displace writing time. Now if only I could explain to my family why there are no clean clothes in their drawers . . .

Amy said...

I'm glad 14 does his own laundry and look forward, VERY MUCH, to the day when 10 follows suit.

We're picking up our Pinewood Derby cars next week. It's always an exciting month for the kids.

I <3 ST:TNG.

Have a GREAT weekend.

Christine M said...

I don't know if my weekend is shaping up to be as productive as yours. We have a three day weekend here and on Sunday are celebrating birthdays - so that will keep us busy.

beth said...

Oops! I meant to buy both those books at the store the other day and forgot! Oh, darn, guess I'll have to go back to the book store ;)

PJ Hoover said...

Never, Elise! Unless I totally need to clear my head and think. Or if I have company coming the next day. But aside from those two minor exceptions, never!

What a thought, Amy! My kids doing their own laundry! I love it. Though funny enough I never did laundry until I went off to college.

Birthdays are a good excuse to have fun, though, Chris. Have a piece of cake for me :)

Yes, back to the bookstore, Beth! I'm re-reading the self editing book, and each time I read it I get SOOOOO much more out of it. It's so perfect!

Thanks for visiting!

lotusgirl said...

Nice to know someone else has piles of laundry waiting patiently to be folded.

I love the project with the different alphabets from the world. I find that kind of thing fascinating.

PJ Hoover said...

Isn't it nice how the laundry waits for us, Lois :)
And I thought the alphabet thing would be fascinating, too. Now to make sure it fits all the science requirements!

Keri Mikulski said...

Sounds like a fun weekend. :) Good luck with the car.. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Keri! Should be interesting! Have a great weekend, too.

Angela said...

Sounds like a busy weekend! Have a good one!!

Vivian said...

What do you mean you're not going to waste valuable writing time? For shame! Ha, ha! (I have so much laundry folding to catch up on, it is so sad...especially if I don't find the matching socks!)

You have good things planned for this weekend! Enjoy!

Miriam S.Forster said...

Oh, man I forgot about Tasha. Wasn't she killed by some sort of sludge monster? Didn't you flip when you first saw that episode and she died? The first series almost NEVER killed a main character, and one year into this one, boom, major named character gone.

*lets out low whistle* Dang, I'm a nerd.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Angela. Busy is good, right?

I know, Vivian! Writing time is precious. It should not be wasted on menial household tasks.

I'd forgotten how important Tasha was. She was "the woman" on the show. Yep, I think it was a tar monster.
Nerds, unite!

Lapillus said...

Laundry - ugh! I'm doing some right now.

You're doing awesome on your 50 book list!

Oh and thank you for reminding me that I have Self-Editing for Fiction Writers somewhere around here. I've been reading my "self help" books on writing while outlining and it really helps. I'm going to dig this one out too!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Casey! It is nice to have a reading goal. It helps keep me on track!
And I'm loving Self-editing! How cool you're re-reading stuff on craft, too!

Jim Danielson said...

I must be the only other writer who did pinewood derby!

Obviously check your rules, but things I remember (at least for you to use next time):
*Redrill holes for nails/wheels with a wider (but legal) wheelbase.
*Add weight to the legal limit. Location of weight is controversial, but my take is centrally located for stability.
*Lube nails for least friction to wheel, but consult rules. I think graphite was the accepted lube when I did it.

Oh wait -- Amy talks about pinewood derby and wash. One of the things all the cubs in our den did to earn arrow point was laundry! They still do their own.

PJ Hoover said...

Re-drill holes - I will definitely check into this one, Jim! We did add weights and came in at 4.8 oz (under the 5 oz limit). And for the trial we didn't put on the graphite (but we have it waiting).
Story idea - write a chapter book about the trials and tribulations of a Cub Scout derby race. Talk about a market audience!

Jim Danielson said...

Eeeek. Forgot to say use a drill press to make sure they are 100% true.

Also, bought Self-editing for Fiction Writers today -- it's required reading for my upcoming rvision retreat with Darcy Pattison.

Solvang Sherrie said...

My weekend will not be as productive. We're taking the kids to Universal Studios tomorrow. But I did blast through four loads of laundry today -- washed AND put away. Sigh. How pathetic that I'm actually proud of this fact!

beckylevine said...

I've got to go over on Monday & check in for the challenge. Thanks for the reminder!

I'm glad to hear you like Gods in Manhattan--I've been eyeing (sp?) it for my son.

PJ Hoover said...

No worries, Jim! I haven't drilled new holes yet! And so glad you bought self-editing. I finished it yesterday and am once again awed (and frightened).

Universal Studios rocks, Sherrie! I'd gladly fold laundry to be able to go there! Hope you had fun!

You're welcome, Becky! I love this challenge this time around. I'm staying on track which I'm thrilled about.
About halfway done with Gods of Manhattan. It is good, though there are LOTS of characters.

hope you're all having a great weekend!

Christina Farley said...

Wow! What a weekend you had planned. Did you get it all finished? I'm interested in that revision book you mentioned. I'll have to check it out.

C.R. Evers said...

I've heard so many good things about that self editing book. I really need to get that!


PJ Hoover said...

Not yet, Christina, but I still have tomorrow to finish the ceiling paint and the derby car and the science project. Ack! Where did the weekend go :)

Totally go get it, Christy! It's perfect!

Prince Balthazar said...

Self Editing for Fiction Writers is the only technique book I've ever completed. It's great.

By the way, P.J., I have Emerald tablet sitting on my end table I've just been so busy with my own work and crit group I haven't gotten to it yet!

I'll let you know when I do.

PJ Hoover said...

It is great, Prince B! I love it! And thank you for buying The Emerald Tablet. I totally appreciate it.
Have a great day!