Spring is the time of plans and projects.

Good morning and happy Monday to you all. I hope yours started out on the right foot and you are already off and running toward your goals. Mondays are hard, so that might not be the case, but remember that you can always start again, at any moment you can call a do-over and get right back on track.

For me, this week I am choosing to focus on myself and my own work rather than my day job. I work for a school district that is on Spring break and that means I have the option to stay home. I could go in and work in the office or help out with training but I’ve decided to stay home and try to be productive here. I have a few projects coming up that require a little forethought and planning on my part. Something I am not very good at hence why I need the entire week to get it done.

Spring is the time of plans and projects.

// Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

My first project I need to work on is my Blogging A to Z Challenge posts. I have to begin posting this very Friday and I want to have a head start of 5 or 10 posts written. I have 3 right now and they are not any of the first letters of the alphabet. I have to buckle down from now until Thursday and get A thru E, or so, done.

My next project is to make some headway on putting together a zine. I have been gathering notes and inspiration for months and it’s time to start putting a few things down on paper, or rather, on index cards. I bought a pack of 180 and am using them to mix and match ideas and layout options.

And finally, I have to organize my “creativity room” and get myself some more room to “spread my mind out in” as Virginia Woolf once said. You would think this task would be first, it being the time for Spring cleaning and all, but organizing for me tends to be a form of procrastination so I have to do it very last after all other tasks are complete.

Since I have a day job and cannot yet focus all my time on my hobbies and side projects it is important that I take time here and there throughout the year to focus fully on my other goals so that one day I can focus all the time on them. I am not sure exactly what that might look like, or what path I will need to take to get there, but I’ll never find out without trying a few things.

So this week, take the time to do a little planning or to tackle a few projects that you have been wanting to complete. Springtime is the best time for starting over and it is a season of creativity, take advantage of it while you can.

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If We Were Having Coffee // Springtime Extremes and Happy Reading

Hello dear readers, and happy Easter Sunday to you all. Thank you for making time for coffee and conversation with me on this holiday, I promise not to keep you long. I admit this holiday isn’t one I celebrate much, being an atheist and all, but I enjoy seeing my family and watching my niece and nephew enjoy their gifts is fun. I hope yours was a good one too, whether you are religious or not, it is a pretty big deal in this country.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that it is definitely Springtime here in Colorado. By that I mean the weather swings wildly from one extreme to another and last week was a perfect example. We started out with beautiful weather, our temps were in the 70s and we had beautiful blue skies on both Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday we woke to blizzard warnings and snow that shut down the whole city, which is a pretty big deal for us. The part of town I am in is reported to have gotten 25 inches of snow.By Thursday things had cleared up and the snow was being

The part of town I am in is reported to have gotten 25 inches of snow. Which makes sense considering I was sore for two days after shoveling the walk.

By Thursday things had cleared up and the snow was beginning to melt but we got more of the white stuff yesterday and we may get more by Wednesday. Hopefully, in the next few weeks, things will start getting more stable around here.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that  I have been trying to write a tiny bit of fiction every day and I am proud to say I have actually done pretty good. I am not writing full stories here, just bits and pieces, small scenes I plan to use in my Blogging A to Z Challenge. I also have a bunch of little ideas, many stolen from prompts I found all over the internet, that I can mix and match into new stories.

I haven’ written a lot of fiction, not seriously anyway, before this and I have to say it is a very interesting experience. Something pops into my head from I don’t know where and I really do just follow it along until I come to the end. It might not be the end of the story but it is the end of what the creative part of myself is willing to give. I frantically write it all down and hope that I will still like it when it comes time to type it.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I did a little book shopping this afternoon and I picked up some really good ones. I got Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and The Stranger by Albert Camus. I am currently reading The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus but it’s short and I expect to be done well before the end of the week. I was looking through the books I was supposed to be reading next and none of them felt right, so I got new ones.

So far this year I have read seven books which is more than I did all of last year. I am really proud of myself and I am very much enjoying the journey each author is taking me on.

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If we were having coffee I would have just realized how late it is and I would apologize for keeping you so late. Thank you so much again for stopping by and listening to me ramble for so long. I appreciate you. I hope you had a good weekend and a happy easter. I’d love to hear how you have been too. Please, drop by the comments section and tell me a bit about what you have been up to.

Goodnight dear reader, and good luck in the coming week.

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If We Were Having Coffee – I Was Tired and I Couldn’t Write, but I’ll Try Again Tomorrow

If we were having coffee I would begin by saying I am so happy spring is finally here! The weather has improved and I am hoping the snowy weather is gone until October. I can’t be sure though because Colorado weather is crazy and I have seen it snow here in June so who knows, but I do hope.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I have been so exhausted this past week. I haven’t been sleeping well, I never do really but this past week was bad. I fell asleep quickly but I am a light sleeper and every sound from my girlfriend sneezing, to the cats  jumping up on things, to outside sounds from the neighborhood wake me up every night. Once I am It is rare that I sleep more than 4 hours at a time. So I had to buy some ear plugs and take some melatonin in order to sleep but by then the week was already more than half over. I felt good Friday, that was about it.

What’s really going to suck is I am going to be even more exhausted this week. My girlfriend starts working the early shift and since we work at the same place and have just one car I will be going in with her at 4:30 in the morning. Either that or I will be taking the bus in so I can squeeze in another hour of sleep. BUT I am trying to think of this as an opportunity. See no one else is really at work at that time so I could use that time for writing. I just don’t know if my brain will be awake enough to get any writing done.

But that’s what coffee was made for though, right?

If we were having coffee I would tell you that because I was so exhausted I wasn’t able to write nearly as much as I had wanted to last week. I always hope to write enough to get ahead on blog posts but I never get more than a day or two ahead. In my defense my job does take up a lot of my time but I could do better and this past week I had extra work. Add to that the lack of sleep and things got really bad.

I had hoped to start working on next month’s A to Z Challenge posts too but that didn’t happen either. I was able to settle on a theme, and get post ideas for every day, and I just have a little bit more work to do for the images but I still feel so far behind. I plan to just write little posts for each letter, nothing more that 500 words, but I also plan to keep up with my regular post schedule too. I still want to write these coffee posts, and my Writer’s Quote Wednesday posts, and whatever else, so I really need to get it together and get those posts written.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I continue to fail at finding time to meet my reading goals as well. I am hoping to use that previously mentioned extra time I will have in the mornings for reading too. Hell, I might use it solely for reading. Two extra hours a day to read means I could finish a book every week or two, which is exactly where I would like to be. I have a growing stack of books that have yet to be read and I feel ashamed every time I look at them.

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading at all. Even though I am behind in reading books I have picked up several magazines over the last few months including my usual favorites, Scientific American and Mental Floss, and some new ones like New Philosopher, Writer’s Digest, and Creative Nonfiction. So my brain is getting some sort of stimulation but unfortunately my goal was to read 24 books this year so I am still behind on paper.

If we were having coffee I would say thank you for taking some time to listen to me vent. I have to get going though because the house is a mess and I have to visit with my family in a few hours. I do hope you have a good rest of the day. Enjoy it because Monday will be here before you know it.

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