Naming a cat Ham is just asking for a bunch of nicknames. I mean, any cat name is but a name like Ham?
He’s been Haminator and Hamnibal Lector. Hammeroid. Hammer. Hamlet. Hamster. Hamburger. Ham and Taters. Spam Cat. Spaminator. And that doesn’t even count the things like Wild Thing and that don’t use his name.
I await new Ham related names. I mean, the other night we watched Lost City and now he’s Hamster Asshole. Which, sadly, often fits.
Yep, I forgot yesterday. Getting back to routine is always hard for me.
Add to that, I’m looking into ways to create a new routine for things. Some people are so very organized and I tend to be a fly by the seat of your pants kind of person. While I tend towards organization, which makes it easier to keep things straight, not having something written down means that things (like the blog) can get forgotten.
I am going to go play with Trello again, at least for a day and week planner and see how that goes.
So, I have returned home to happy cats after a two week vacation. Sadly, I also brought Covid home with me. Although I am vaccinated and boosted, I still managed to pick up a case on our cruise. Everyone tested prior to boarding and had to have a negative test. Everyone also had to be vaccinated. Sadly, that wasn’t enough.
I should have masked more often walking around indoors. I did read that a woman on one of our tours in Aruba wasn’t feeling well when she went on the tour and subsequently got Covid, which means that on the hottest day of the trip, when I was least likely to mask, was probably the time I was most exposed. Sigh. She went because she though it was her “usual cruise crud.” And I have to wonder how often she’d been passing around viruses and such when it really was her “usual cruise crud” to people who potentially had less immunity.
But I can write and I am lucky that my illness appears to be quite mild.
Bouchercon is a conference for mystery writers and readers. I haven’t been before but I’ve heard about it. It’s in Minneapolis this year, which is only about a two day drive. And I have relatives along the way as well as relatives nearby.
I’m really debating about going. It’s in the fall and there is supposed to be another Covid surge in the fall. Is that enough to make me change plans? I have to consider the best and worst case scenarios. The best case is that the expected next surge doesn’t happen or if so, it happens later than expected. The worst case is that it’s worse than expected and happens right as I would be going. I expect I could get a refundable hotel room even if that costs a bit extra, but the tickets to Bouchercon aren’t likely to be refundable.
I hate this not knowing yet. I’m not ready to say all is well and I can do what I want. I know people with long Covid. I know people who have died of Covid. I know that I’m as protected as I can be and that masking up protects me further by limiting the amount of virus I’d be exposed to if the vaccine fails. I’m unlikely to get a serious case. It’s also looking like the vaccine does offer some protection against long Covid, though I expect we’ll be hearing more about that in the summer.
I want to make plans but I’m not quite ready to commit to things just yet. Maybe after our upcoming vacation. I know. I’m worried about September but I’m going on a vacation now. The numbers are low and aren’t yet rising too high. I’m as protected as I can be and sometimes you just have to go have some fun.
I remember as an acupuncturist being presented with something fairly basic in theory by my Jin Shin Do instructor. It was such a novel way of presenting it compared to what I learned at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine that it opened up a whole new way of thinking about theory.
While I have certain mentors that I learn a ton from and very much appreciate, sometimes it’s helpful to learn from other places and other people. They might just put a new spin on something I already sort of know but it makes it that much more accessible. I’ve learned a lot about writing in odd places and I’m always looking to learn more.
I think that that need to learn, that need to improve, the ability to not care if I write forty thousand words of garbage that I’ll toss, is the only way I can ultimately be a more successful author. It’s a journey.
I love it when I get to talk writing business with other writers. I always get ideas.
Implementing, them, though can be more difficult. I continue to work on a brand for me (not my books or publisher). I continue to think about ways to get publicity and market my books.
I don’t know that I’m very good at any of these things and I really wish there was someone who would just do these things for me. But as I don’t have the money to hire someone, I have to muddle through. I’m sure this is a growing experience!
I mean, I have to learn this stuff. The cats need food. And that’s why I write. To feed my cats.
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