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Wow! A great vacation and 100 pages written...that is wonderful.


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Hi everyone - just got back from vacation in wonderful Italy with excellent results: over 100 pages of my first FICTION attempt.
The pages are a first draft and only a first draft. I already see some problems with the timeline and one character switched up on me in the second part of the story - but I am excited about the story and the characters. Especially one supporting character :D

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I'm sorry you guys-er gals-that I haven't been around. I've just been idk..not even real busy..just kinda blah..ya know? Well, I'll try to come by tom after my nice long walk (I hope-unless it thunderstorms again)
And I will read your posts. Just had to say hi.
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Thanks everyone for your support and congrats! It means a lot. emoticon

I took the "bull by the horns" yesterday & set up a meeting with the now-just-about-gone former manager. Got everything set up, got all the instructions, all keys, etc, etc. Signed a new lease with the adjusted much lower rent for me--yay!! {beaming!} It really was a "done-deal" right from the get-go as the owners wanted me to do this since I've been here so long, plus they know how hard I've been struggling financially & wanted to help. (They are wonderful!) I just wasn't able to believe it was really true.

I sign up my first new tenant this weekend who's taking over the former manager's apt. [Gulp...never done this before, but I'll plow through it. :) )

As for my writing... Yes!! Between the recent 5-day-a-week "promotion" I got from my job, and this new lowered rent, financial worries won't continue to plague/haunt me. I won't feel like such a shell of a person like I've felt for so long---I've been on the verge of skid row homelessness on & off so many times for the past 3 yrs... it's been HORRENDOUS having to count out dimes, nickels & pennies in order to get food or gas sooooo many countless times. Very shortly, as the paychecks come in & I don't have to shell out so much each time, I am going to start feeling more & more like me again. I am going to be able to start getting my soul back, and THAT is going to allow me to get back on track with who I am & all my goals again--which includes my writing. Yay! It also includes getting back on track with my exercise routines--especially swimming, (love swimming!), re-joining the gym, and getting back to my beloved raw foods eating. I'll be able to go back to my fave raw foods restaurants! :) And... I'll be able to go back & see my uncle & aunt on the East Coast who are quite elderly now, who I've been wanting to visit for well over 3 yrs but have *never* had the spare $ to do so. Now I will. :)

But right now yeah... get over being sick. I've been coughing all night long. And this heat... this darn heatwave! It's probably been well over 100 degrees in my room all night.

Hope you are all doing well!
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Congratulations Sierra! HHow exciting that you got the position. Take care of yourself nwo. I hope you get lots of time to write.

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112 degrees and no air conditioning??? That is awful!! Where do you live?


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It won't take any time at all. :) All I have to do is collect rent checks & send them in, take out the garbage cans weekly for trash pickup & then return them. (Which I do nearly all the time anyhow! The soon-to-be ex-manager has been GONE almost the entire summer, housesitting, vacationing, who knows what. She's just simply not been around here a lot. I'd say I do the garbage cans 2 times out of every month--and have been doing that for the last 9 months or so anyhow. I find it fun!) I didn't even KNOW though that she was getting such reduced rent & that meant she was MEANT to do this--not me!!)

I call the all-around handyman we have when plumbing issues or other maintenance issues come up, & I make sure the quarters are collected in the washer/dryer so that it's not jammed up with them so the tenants can continue to wash their clothes. I also make sure that the once-a-month cleaners show up to clean common areas & walkways here. That's about it!
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First order of business (solely initiated by me!) Get everyone a duplicate key set & instruct them to *please* find a safe accessible hiding spot so that they can get in if they lose their keys.
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OMG... it's 112 degrees here--and climbing!! Even hotter in my place since I'm on the 2nd floor & there's no air conditioning. And I'm still sick.
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I've lost my voice & can't talk--for real! Incredibly hoarse. Coughing...though I've coughed much worse in the past.

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Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. --Colossians 1:10, NLT

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As for writing genres, I'd say me and Pam write similar sometimes but probably very different the rest. I only have one paranormal story going (the paranormal romance) and while I often write fantasy, I'm betting not the same types. Paranormal tends to have vampires, werewolves, ghosts, angels, demons, etc. I prefer regular adult fantasy, fantasy/science fiction, and epic/high fantasy. The nanowrimo novel I plan to write this november, for example, has elves as the main characters along with a female dwarf and a few humans. I don't often do modern settings, instead going for either past like (medieval or steampunk is the newer attempt which is victorian era like), made-up future or complete new world. I also have a romance erotica novel that needs editing and a novella in progress. And a mystery novel started.


Congratulations Sierra on the position and everything. You seem to have a lot of things figured out, which is good. Better to know than be in the dark over expenses and such. We're considering getting rid of the landline, and by we I mean my parents. We never use it though, and the ringer is kept off. Since I live at my parents for the time being, I don't pay for much but I just had my first paycheck in over a year not too long ago. Now that I have a job I'm going to get my own cell phone account and start paying for it myself. Oddly enough, out of the four "kids" I am the first to even offer paying for my own cell phone. And I'm the second oldest, with the other siblings all living on their own and they all have jobs.

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Pam... Do you have an actual project you are in the middle of? Or are you ready to start something new...from scratch?

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Thanks Darlene! emoticon I'm still "holding my breath" until the actual new rent gets sent in. (And when the almost-gone past manager hands over all the "duties" to me & explains things...which she hasn't done yet...) *Then* it will feel "totally real" and I'll be ready to ...
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Congratulations Sierra!!!! That is so cool!!

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Oh Pam... I guess you & Elfmage write in the same type of genre? That's interesting. emoticon Good deal.

(Nudges & "swift kicks in the arses" away. emoticon )

I'm so Super Excited!!! As *soon as* it's beyond, beyond, BEYOND official...this Resident Manager deal... when my next rent check (October!) becomes next to nothing... I'm going out & buy a TON of boxes & put all my *junk* away into them, label them, then put them in a corner & FORGET about them... all so I can START WRITING REGULARLY again!!! I'm just about *over* the psychological damage inflicted on me from the Master's Degree Writing Program that I did about 5 yrs ago. It pretty much DESTROYED my writing... (as it did to numerous other people in the program with me too, as well as before me...), but I'm feeling OVER IT...and ready to move on; get on with my writing.

Sooo... in about 2 weeks time MAX I'll be Writing again!! (and so if anyone wants "swift kicks & nudges" by then I'll be available.
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Janet~~ thanks. I actually *am* down to a bare bones existence. My expenses have been rent, cell phone, landline, (a mere $12-15 per month), car insurance, gas, a storage unit ($60 per month), auto insurance, toiletries and food. That's pretty much it--except for the added expense of work shoes & work pants. I've gone through about 7 pairs of pants in 11 months. I keep buying them too big, or else they're losing their elasticity or I'm shrinking. (Losing weight without even trying.) Already the pair I **just bought** are Too Big for me!! (Men's size 30x30; I'm now "swimming" in them!!)

I *also* am spending $ on cat food--for the strays in my neighborhood. Can't help myself. I'd almost rather feed them than me! They are the light & joy in my life these days. They are So Wonderful, such a pleasure to spend time with.
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I now DO have the manager's job, I'll be the new Resident Manager where I live, so my rent will be next to nothing. I'll be able then to start paying back relatives for the loan on my car nearly 5 yrs ago--which they've so graciously allowed me to wait on paying back till I could. Besides that I will be able to now FINALLY go to the dentist & get my teeth cleaned, be able to get a new pair of glasses frames--as I recently broke the end tip that goes over the ear portion of one of them; it was sooo brittle from being so old & I was trying to adjust it from falling off my face all the time.

There will now be what feels like *hundreds* of things I'll be able to attend to over the next few months that I've not been able to do this whole time. Get sandals! Haven't been able to afford even a $13 pair from Payless for close to 3 yrs now!! Get new running shoes! Mine are So Old & battered that the fabric portion--which is nearly the whole top & sides, are ripped wide open from end-to-end; there's just nothing holding them together anymore. Etc, etc, etc. My car needs a MAJOR tuneup; it's not running well. I need a new food processor. Etc, etc, etc.

My mother was living on Social Security for most of her elderly yrs. It IS tough--I know! For me...I've never worked enough "regular jobs" in my life so basically I will never even QUALIFY for Social Security! So I'm screwed unless I finish my book & sell it--which I foresee in the future---very much so!! (It's just a "knowing.")

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I'm very glad you've got things worked out for you & yours. That's a Good Thing!
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I actually really LOVE your motorhome! :) I've lived in one before--they can be fun. :)

I also had fibro/CFS for a year, in the early 80s; went down to 87 lbs for 5 months, was so sick I had to crawl, too weak to walk for almost a yr; finally cured myself of it! Wonderful. :) It WAS a tough haul though--working to cure myself. A LOT of hard work & dedication; I took a super proactive approach. I simply was NOT going to stand for being sick like that the rest of my life!!!

As you can see though, I *too* have simplified my life (financially) to next to nothing--due to the fact that I've had to. I'm not really looking to work more than one job--the job I have--as I simply Can Not STAND to be more dragged out than I can get doing just one job. (Especially this one.)

Right now I AM super rested though, as I've been sick for almost 5 days, (just a cold), have had to call in sick for 3 work days, went in for a 6 hr day shift stint today, and have the next 2 days off anyhow, and then Wed & Thur I just work day shift again, so I'm very well rested right now. :)

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Hi Sierra :) I'm writing YA-paranormal fantasy type genre-um-when I dooo write. emoticon

Elfmage-I'll give you a little kick-like a nudge----How's that? ;)

Had to edit to say hi to Janet-Nice to meet ya'. I don't believe we've met. Nice horse btw.

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Thanks Pam. I need the swift kick too, which nano is giving early because I want to get the YA rewrite done before nano starts. Have almost 25,000 so far and only need another 30,000 words to make the goal. As long as I get kind of close, I'll be happy to take a break for the epic fantasy in November.

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Sierra,
Think of those of us on Social Security. We lost the farm and now live in a motorhome. While we are parked in our son's backyard, we just pay him for utilities and we pay for internet, cell phones, vehicle expenses and food. Simplifying your lifestyle is a lot easier than working 2 or 3 jobs (especially when you can't work anymore). It is possible to live on a lot less.


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Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. --Colossians 1:10, NLT

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Pam~~
What are you writing?

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I wish there were a "like" button here at Spark like they do on facebook. It may sound silly but I think it's really kewel. Like; I really "Like" your post Elfmage. ;)

-I- have not been writing much at all. I need a swift kick in the arse. Anyone?

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Some good points there. While some people follow the rules of nanowrimo, I know a few others don't follow them. On writing.com, I run a group that works on whatever they want during nanowrimo. We make our own goals, allow new and old projects, and have the community to keep us going. That's what I really like about nanowrimo. It's a litle crazy when it comes to goals and the sense of community helps.

And this year I'm adding my blogs to the mix. Posting the prep assignments in October on one blog (with permission from the one who created them) and then posting my work on my other blog. It's going to be busy, crazy and fun.

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Thanks Sierra! I checked their site again, and you're right, no screenplays. And you're also correct, I will write this no matter what! I think I will start it in October and if not done, come back to it later. I want to do NaNoWriMo just to have that energy you described. Guess I'll have to come up with a new story idea.

Hope you get that resident manager position! That surely would help a lot.

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Been sick with a cold for 2 days, (last night was miserable!), called in to work yesterday & didn't go in; may call in tonight & not go in again. Need the $ but also don't need to get dragged out with this cold; want it to go away soon! (Nice to have the time away from work though... even though I soooo need the money.) I'm just grateful they're giving me 5 days a week of work. (Still it's only part time; appx 28-30 hrs a week.)

Will find out in a few days about the resident manager position & rent reduction. It could be a blessing beyond almost anything else imaginable at the moment if my rent becomes what the soon-to-be-former house manager is paying!!

After going to the food stamp place & being told I had to start the process all over again since I was late in getting my paperwork to them, I now find out, via mail, that I am still with them, even though in their computers last week they told me I wasn't! I have an appointment with my case worker next week. In the mean time I've had money on my food stamp debit card--money I haven't touched in 4 months since they said they overpaid me one time & I owed it back. I sent them an official form 4 months ago letting them know they could debit it from that account. Well... in 4 months they haven't done anything with it! It's just been sitting there. So... I'm flat-a##ed broke right now, can't pay my bills for the rest of this month that I owe, have NO money for food--all due to having to buy those "expensive" work pants & get a new tire to replace the flat one on my car... so I'm using the money on the food stamp debit card ANYHOW so I can EAT for the rest of this month! Can't help it if they hadn't "debited it" out by now. It's a BLESSING though that they haven't. I'm sooo grateful!!

We're going into a week long heatwave right now, (yuk!), and after that, if my rent's reduced, I'll be able to buy (afford) boxes to put lots & LOTS of my junk in... THEN I'll be able to start writing again... with money worries starting to get out of the way, and decluttering issues taken care of in here at my place...

Add-in: talked to my car insurance place, they've graciously given me a 30 day delay in paying my last payment for this yr, so I won't have to pay them till next month--yay! :) Just talked also to my cell phone co. They'll take the $20 I said I could pay them right now, and then they'll be okay with me making the rest of the payment--for this month & next--on my next paycheck after the 1st. (Almost a month late.) Luck is with me... :) Still need to talk to my "land line" phone co. (And the darn bill is only $15!) I don't know how ANYONE can make it these days on the lousy near minimum wages paid out for a hard days worth of work! Really, how does anyone do it? Lots of people where I work have 2 or 3 jobs, same with another place I worked over a yr ago.

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No, KSTYLE281, NaNoWriMo doesn't accept screenplays... Script Frenzy's for that later on in the year. However... there's always "renegades" working on whatever they're working on, be it screenplay, memoir, works-in-progress, whatever. One just can't "officially" enter their work in at the end, I believe. I personally have started with them 2 different yrs working on my memoir that was a work-in-progress, just so I could use the energy of NaNo, meet with others in my area at coffee shops etc so that I could keep writing. It never worked though for me. (Something ALWAYS came up in Nov. which precluded me from being able to spend anytime on writing whatsoever.)

Personally though, if it were me & I had a screenplay idea that was "calling me" I would do THAT no matter what! NaNo or not. If the muse is calling for something I'd take advantage of it. (Since it's not always there.)

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Thanks for the information. Unfortunately the story just couldn't stay within me and I've already started writing! And I can feel that I will be with these characters for a good long while, so NaNoWriMo won't be calling my name this year ... though I might use it as inspiration still.

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Does anyone know if NaNoWriMo accepts screenplays instead of novels? I wanted to do it this year, but I have a screenplay idea I want to work on instead of a novel. If not, maybe I'll just find an idea for a novel. No biggy.

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Well, it's more of a challenge but the challenge occurs in a group on Writing.com. Most days of october, something is due. Day one is almost always the premise of the novel. Day 2 is the first draft of an outline, so it can be short and not descriptive. There are character worksheets, setting descriptions and stuff like that. Each week, one of the assignments can be posted in the forum as part of a contest. There is a list that says what is due on what day, and which day is a contest day. It's very useful for preparing for nanowrimo.

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thanks for sharing your habits!

what is a prep group for nanowrimo? Sounds really interesting! I'm thinking of doing that this year, not sure though because I might be out of the country on work for two weeks, then my birthday, then Thanksgiving (I host).

Anyone else?

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Often I don't outline. All of my novel ideas I've watched in my head so many times over the years that I still know where they all are going to go when I write them. But I just don't pay attention to outlines even when I do write one.

In 2008, I took part in a prep group for nanowrimo, which involved writing 3-4 different drafts of the outline. And that year is the only year I've won nanowrimo. However, I never looked at the outline when I was writing the novel.

Sometimes, in the middle of a novel I will do a quick outline of the section ahead to make sure I know where I'm going but that's about as much use I ever get out of any outlining.


It's something that works for some, but for others writing by the seat of our pants is just better.

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I have one story that, every time I attempt to outline it, the characters up and change things on me, so for that one I've given up on the idea of outlining.

However, all the other ones I'm working on, DO have an outline, some more detailed than others.

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crazy news - I wrote the first scene of my story (first time trying out fiction)! Craziness, craziness that I'm writing fiction.

Question for the group: do you usually write out the story outline before you start writing? This, like I said, is my first time into fiction and I've found myself really playing out the outline first, getting to know my characters (like people, almost), and working out the interconnections. You too?

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Sierra, I hope you don't remove the things you've said.
If you decide to remove them it may be an idea to copy them first and paste them somewhere in your computer. I can't help but wonder if there's a story there. Some of the best articles and books I've read have been true stories. love, Darlene

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We all need to vent sometimes Sierra. It's okay! emoticon

That's great NTRICK. I hope you tell us what it's like.

I've got writers block-fog-whatever ya wanna call it. It's as if the words I want to express-the story I wanna tell is just out of reach; ya know?
I decided to join the challenges set forth for this team in hopes that it'll help.

Take care all and happy writing!

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Hey that's great news, NTRICK! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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Thanks Darlene,

No... the rent I pay is considered "super lucky & low" where I live. My landlords are wonderful & haven't raised it in 2 or 3 yrs now too. Plus I'm already a month & a half behind in my rent from LAST YEAR & haven't been able to pay that back. They "forgave it" last month & told me I didn't owe anything more. (Of course now I'm falling behind from a quarter of last month's rent, can't pay it right now.)

It is apparently the landlords who told the "soon-to-be-ex-manager" they want me to be the new manager. They just haven't talked to me about it yet--which is what I'm waiting for. I've lived here 8 or 9 yrs. No one else has been here as long as me. (Including this manager. She was a "brief" girlfriend of the manager before her, who recommended her to be the manager when he left.) It's mostly students who live here. I came here when I was a student.

I'm considering removing all my posts here concerning all these "troubles" of mine. TMI, really. What does it have to do with writing anyhow? It's really just MY personal struggles as to WHY I can't get any writing done, especially why I can't set up a regular writing schedule for myself. Don't know if anyone else goes through this--daily issues, daily hassles, that just COMPLETELY DESTROY one's ability to be able to write on their projects.

As for my sleep deprivation-- EVERYONE at my job that works a certain number of days (we all work different numbers of days, different number of hours, and it all changes WEEKLY; nothing's EVER the same), goes through what I'm going through. You're all just hearing about it since I'm here on SP, but "trust me"---this IS a continual topic of conversation with all the workers & lower level management at my job. We are ALL seriously sleep deprived and are having our sleep patterns Continually Screwed Around With here. EVERYONE at my job is suffering with this. Why do we stay?? Because of this economy--and how much it sucks right now. How HARD it is to get another job. How LUCKY we feel to even have this job; A job! Lots of people here were unemployed for close to a yr before landing this job. I'm taking my lumps with it, AND I'm complaining, rightfully so, since I'm sooooo sleep deprived & am a continual walking zombie who can't function, but I am still GRATEFUL to be able to make even "some money" on a weekly basis in order to keep me from becoming completely homeless. That is soooo not an option I wish to explore!! (Though I tell you, I've been unbelievably close to it over the past 3 yrs. I've started to try & find homeless shelters to call many, many times to see what I need to do to even get in them. It's scary to even think about!!)

If I don't get back on food stamps right now I will have to eat at a skid row soup kitchen by next week till my next paycheck arrives. THAT'S how dire & desperate this is. Buying those new work pants, and now having to get a new (used) tire for my car "ate up" my current 2 weeks food money.

This is my life right now. It is just **seriously** impeding my ability to be "me", to function, to write, to exercise, to "Spark" in order to get back on the weightloss bandwagon, etc, etc. I have 5 books in progress right now, have had them for yrs. I NEED to get back to writing on them, to FINISH THEM, in order to get myself out of this poverty & move on with my life.

Sierra

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Hi everyone - just wanted to share the good news: I have been invited to join a writers group in my area! I'm so excited. The first meeting is this week and I could dance in my pants emoticon

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Sierra, if you don't get the house manager position, is it possible for you to find a place to live that costs less than you're paying now?

When my husband and I were buying our first home, the general thought was to pay no more for mortgage every month than one weeks take home pay. Even with this, we struggled at times.

These days things have changed. Realtors show homes that are way beyond one's ability to pay for. Then those that buy the house simply can't afford to pay their all their bills! Credit cards go through the roof and then there's bankruptcy.

I hope this helps. love, Darlene

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Well come to find out the reason I haven't heard anything yet from the landlords about the manager position is that the soon-to-be-gone manager hasn't told them yet she's leaving by the end of this month. Originally she gave notice that she'd be out by Nov 1st, but once she knew I was "totally on board" to be the new manager she started looking & found a place for Oct instead. (Which I hoped & prayed she would!) She informed me last weekend she'd found a place, told me she was going to tell the owners. So I've been waiting all week! Just went & asked her if she'd heard anything from the owners yet about me taking over... Well turns out she did NOT inform them last weekend like she said she was going to do, about the fact she's moving in 2 weeks. She's also looking for someone to take over her place here, which she must do first.

Sooooo much will change for me if this all comes to pass!! (Though I have other bills/debts I haven't been able to pay down, so then I'll start paying on them, but at least I'll be able to pay what I can rather than having those debts be "fixed expenses" every month.)

Sorry for the TMI on these last 2 posts everyone!! I don't mean to be so forthcoming with all this. I *AM* a (sad) product of this current "Recession" though. (quote, unquote) Truthfully I believe our country is really in a 2nd Great Depression & we're just not being "told." I know there are many others out there like me going through this. I truly don't wish this on anyone!!! This poverty, financial ruin, is worse than ANYTHING I've ever lived through in my entire life! (Which includes some past serious illnesses, including fibro which I CURED myself of!!)

And yes... I'm about to head off to work now with only 4 hrs of sleep. I'm a zombie! One of the managers at work was talking last night about how he nods off on the freeway while driving home every single night from this job. (I was extremely concerned!) Very, very luckily, thankfully for me, I only live a 3 minute drive from work--late at night. Daytime hours with traffic it's a 10-15 minute drive.

Sierra

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Hey there Pam! emoticon Much to say but just can't find the time to do so... emoticon

It is my JOB that keeps me off kilter with sleeping... Can't fall asleep when I get home LATE, need to unwind, then I NATURALLY wake up between 6-8 in the morning. Trying to get back to sleep after that when there's always So Much to do is next to impossible. Then I go back to work...

Last night got off work after 2am, started to drive home, had a flat tire... had to call 3A, get spare tire on. Had to go to store then to get some things, didn't get to sleep till 6 in the morning! Woke up at 10, can't get back to sleep. Very shortly now have to Get Ready for Work again! Will be working till after 2am again--Saturday night; THEN... schedule changes & I need to be at work at noon on Sunday, so I will effectively had (once again) Barely Any Sleep this entire weekend!!!!

It's not "ME"... it's the JOB. I'm TIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have Mon, Tues off. Need to go to the food stamp place at maybe 6:30 in the morning to wait in line so I don't have a 4-5 hr wait later on in the day to get seen? I mean...when the hell do all these people get there? Over 300 people in the damn place by 9:30 the other morning?? One day I had an appt with a case worker there. I arrived 15 min before my appt. (It always worked in the past.) Instead the line to just Get In was the equivalent of nearly 5 blocks long!!!!!! In one hr I'd barely moved! I gave up & went home, plus couldn't reach the case worker on the phone to even leave a msg about what had happened. I'm at a loss...

Seriously underemployed right now--though FOREVER GRATEFUL to even have a job, regardless of the issues & problems involved with it.

Still, I feel so sad all the time... emoticon I'm not "me" anymore.

"Bit the bullet" & went & bought the "instant work-pants." Total cost was $36 -- horrifying. I NEEDED that money to pay other regular monthly bills. (I have a certain allotment for each biweekly paycheck. Anything out of the ordinary throws the whole situation hopelessly out of whack.) And now last night I get a flat tire & need a new tire. (It's got a huge rip in the tire.) The 3A guy told me where to buy a used tire. I don't really want to put on a used tire, but according to him the cost is half the price, so I'll have to go with it for now. (Can't really afford gas to drive anywhere at this point so driving distances is really a non-issue.)

I'm utterly sick of this!! Sick of being poor, being broke all the time, can't be on a regular sleep pattern because of my job...

Please don't think I'm a "crazy person" or something that needs therapy. It's lack of finances that's got me like this. I make between 250-300 a week, my rent is 600, other fixed expenses run around 250-300 each & every month, and then there's food & "sundries." It's so barely do-able, and then I have a job where I'm one day getting off at 2am, next day going in at noon, next day going in late & getting off at 2am, next day going in at noon, etc, etc, etc. I'm so TOTALLY off-kilter it's not even funny. I'm waiting to see right now if I get the new resident house manager position. The current manager is moving. She only pays $135 a month in rent!!!!!

I'm sorry to vent. I just don't want to be misunderstood.

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I'm sorry you're going through all this Sierra. I wish there were something I could do.
You simply must get sleep! Hardly any sleep is not healthy! I hope you can find time to see someone about it?
Maybe you can keep a journal to not only help with your writing but as I'm sure you know; help you-therapeutically.
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Thanks KNITNYAK, :) I'll look them up. I actually have a free gift card from another agency for work clothes at a specific discount store, plus yet another agency I'm connected up with for getting back employed has a huge donation room full of free work clothes. The problem for me is that I've needed new pants "yesterday", and I simply can't find any that fit me right and are the right type for my job. Plus I'm damned exhausted all the time & just don't have the time or energy to keep looking. The pants I think "might work" cost "too much" for me right now. (Like $29 dollars. Can you believe that's "too much"--and I'm working? That is just darn ridiculous!!)

I get paid today, so I "could" go spend $29 for those pants, very quickly, yet I *still* can't really afford it. (Actually with tax it comes out to maybe $34--which is even worse.) Right now it's going to take 3 whole months to finish paying off August's rent! I'm having to do it in small increments.

So I'm going to right now run & get my paycheck, go to the bank, then go to another location of the discount store I have the gift card for that some people at work told me about, since the one I've gone to in the past doesn't have any pants that fit me right now, that will work for this job. ~~~I have to race & do all this before heading back to work later on today...UGH! Just not enough TIME to do anything...let alone write, think about writing, etc. And exercise??? A thing of the past at the moment.
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If I can't find any pants at this other store's location I'll have to hurry & throw the one's I'm wearing in the dryer again to try & shrink them...again. They're becoming "tatty", and that's not good!

THIS is how I spend my day's "free time", instead of writing. How the hell can ANYONE get any writing done when there are sooooooooo many other things that MUST get done each day. (And this is just ONE thing that I've got to do, a "simple" shopping errand, that gets dragged out for days, weeks on end, just to try & find a pair of work pants that fit correctly and are within my price range.) How the hell does anyone get anything done???

Sierra

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If you are looking for work clothing try the Dept. of Vocational Rehab. They will assist people with clothing, tools, etc. to get them back in the workforce. Good luck!

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Yes...as stated, I DON'T function, (from this sleep deprivation.) I can barely THINK most days... I'm just a walking zombie. I just had 2 days off & the first day I just stayed in bed the entire day, simply could NOT get up to do all the pressing things that needed to be done. Then yesterday I got "me" back & started to go do errands. Nearly everything was a bust--couldn't get them done. Like first: try to get back onto food stamps. (Since even with all this work & crazy hours I DON'T make enough to support myself!) The wait time for meeting with someone there was between 3-5 hrs! There were nearly 300 people ahead of me & it was only 9:30 in the morning!! So I abandoned that...since I just didn't have all day to do that--there were too many other pressing things I had to get done.

Next on the list was trying to find another pair of work pants for the job. Went to Goodwill--absolutely nothing! Went to 2 other stores, one a discount type store--nothing. Then I found a pair at Walmart that "might work." For all three floors there was only 1 or 2 cash registers open--seriously. The lines were the equivalent of 2-3 blocks long--seriously!! I was not going to do that to myself--so I left. Once again the pants I've got are in the dryer, hopefully shrinking for the day. Every single day I have to either wash them or wet them down & throw them in the dryer as they stretch out & are too big & baggy. (I'm losing weight on the job as it's so physically demanding. Good for that since I neither have the money nor energy to work out.)

The list goes on... the day was a bust. And now work starts for "maybe" another 5 days of zombie-land straight... ("Maybe"... as I haven't checked the new week's work schedule yet. Will do so when I get there today.) Good news is that both today & tomorrow I work DAY SHIFT so that I won't be wiped out till at least Saturday. (If I work night shift Friday night I'll be wiped out Saturday.)

Oh well... someday, someday... (and it *better* come!!) things will be different & better...somehow.

Sierra

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That is interesting. I know this conference has been going on a long time, but don't know all the details. There were agents, and I went to a really good workshop lead by one about getting out of the slush pile. I went to an editor panel, which was interesting but they were all mystery/thriller editors because the sci-fi/fantasy editors panel was during the slush pile workshop.

Meeting other writers is also awesome. I've already gotten an email with a resource from a writer I met at the conference. Two of my friends at the conference had some luck with the agents though, since they were ready to pitch. One got a request for a partial and the other was asked for their full manuscript. Which was fun to be there and celebrate with them.

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oh well, from what I can read in her message, she *does not* function indeed...

I'm a bit like you, I normally sleep only 5 or 6 hours a day, but recently I have started to sleep a bit more luckily!

By the way: hi everyone, I'm new :-) I love writing especially kids' stories. I haven't written a word in years though, blaming my stressful full time job and the fact I was also studying full time at uni for my degree. It's roughly 3 years I don't write a line of creative writing, and I haven't been studying for nearly 1 year, so unfortunately that excuse isn't good any more. I want to start writing again though and I hope this writing group will help! I have actually one full book written and completed, it just needs a further editing work and then I can start sending it to publishers... but my lack of motivation and deep procrastination isn't helping... hope I can find again my muse!

*goes off looking for her muse*

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How do you function with so little sleep? Not good for you! Is it insomnia or a crazy schedule?

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Oh hey, ELFMAGE7, I once went to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference years (decades!) ago. (Or if it's the same one. The one I went to was called the Rocky Mountain Novel Writers conference.) I got an agent out of it that was very interested in my work at the time. (Top agent from ICM--woot, woot.) We conferred back & forth for quite awhile--till it went bust. But still well worth it. :) Have FUN there!
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I just love writers conferences! Went to the week long Squaw Valley Writers Conference once. (Decades ago too.) Got another agent interested in my work from there. Same scenario as the first one though, but still worth it.

Still so f'ing exhausted from work right now. Still so darn Sleep Deprived!! Functioning (barely!) on between 3-5 hrs sleep a day--for days on end. Am a walking zombie constantly!! Can't write, can't think, have TONS of super important errands to do but can't get to them for days on end. Can't even BEGIN to think about writing until these super important errands are handled, yet am too TIRED to handle them, for days on end... this is CRAZY!!

Sierra

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Hope you feel better soon! Drink lots of tea with honey, if you can.

Have fun at the conference!

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It has been a hectic week, but my three day weekend is here! Still have homework to do, unfortunately, but after sunday is a break until the beginning of October. Woot! Still have some issues because of the cold I had over the weekend. My voice just hasn't completely recovered. I haven't lost my voice but I can't really speak loud and it diminishes a little if I have to talk a lot.

Tomorrow is the start of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference. So, excited and almost ready to go. Good thing I'm not published or famous enough to present anything cause I wouldn't be able to talk loud enough. But I can listen fine and will make the best of the conference as I can. Should get some useful information and maybe even do some networking.

Hope everyone else has a good weekend.

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haha, you're welcome! Knew someone here'd appreciate it ;-)

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