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I know I've been MIA, and here's why...

...I have quite a bit on my to do list, so I'm trying to focus (as hard as that is).

I've seen other people do this, so I'm going to give it a shot, maybe it'll work. To do list for this weekend:

HOUSE-RELATED: (my Mom is coming Thursday)
*Laundry - 1/2 3/4 7/8 DONE!
*Bedroom - vacuuming left
*Master Bath
*Living Room - vacuuming left
*Christmas Tree - Put together, lit, still needs ornaments

SCHOOL-RELATED: (school also gets out Thursday, with two programs between)
*Grade 3 sets of papers
*Enter grades

FIC-RELATED:
*Finish yuletide fic
--(6,700 words currently, another 3 scenes to write, maybe 3,000 words?)
--7,330 words, 2 scenes left
--8,130 words, 1 1/2 scenes left
--OMG, done! 8,875 words. foxtwin is going to look it over, then it's off to the betas! *twirls* -- Off to betas, got THREE of five back now. :D
*Begin and hopefully finish 12days_of_clois fic -- which has a plot bunny and even a story banner! -- but not even one word typed
*Try not to Think about the five other Dec. ficlets I have to do between now and January

Encouragement is welcomed, but please no details (not even the fandom) on the oh-so-secret yuletide project from my betas in comments.

When the crazy is over, I promise to come and review the stories I've not reviewed. And other than the one promise I made earlier today, I probably can't accept any beta jobs this weekend, either. Wish me luck!

Comments

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bistyboo1974
Dec. 15th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wish I could zip up there this weekend to help you with your housework and decorating! I may complain about doing these things, but I'm pretty good at getting them done! *HUGS*

I could even help with the school stuff, but I'd be no help in the fic department! I'm still trying to work through my own! ;) *fingers crossed for both of us*
htbthomas
Dec. 15th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Boy, I wish you could, too! I really hate housework. Our house tends to live in an eternal state of clutter in-between the family visits. Come to think of it... I think that's the superpower I'd choose, magical cleaning powers. At least right now. ;)

*crosses fingers with you for your fic and mine*
bistyboo1974
Dec. 15th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Housework is evil, but I find that lots of caffeine and my trusty iPod get me through it all! Coffee and music are the next best thing to superpowers! ;)
bretzysdude
Dec. 15th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
Is there any way I can help without leaving here? It's supposed to snow. ;)
htbthomas
Dec. 15th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
It's already snowing here! It started at about 9:30, and we're supposed to get about 8 inches. O_o

But just send the good vibes...
seraphkre
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Don't feel too bad - I don't have our tree up yet, either. ::blush:: In fact, my ex is here to help me get the rest of the front room cleaned, and then steam-clean the carpets. Yeah, that's the delay for me. Nasty carpet = tree not up yet. O.o; ...that sounds slightly OCD, doesn't it? :D

And, of course, the ever-present housework. X-P Where's my fairy god-mother to wave her wand and sing "Bibbity Bobbity Boo!"? I demand magical cleaning sparkles and glitter! ...and helpful, well-dressed, cute mice. ;D

Okay, I believe coffee has kicked in. Time to get going on the housework. yeesh.

::hugs to you::
htbthomas
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, good! I'm not alone. :) Our carpet needs a good vacuuming, too, but that's all it will get! I have a few OCD tendencies myself, just not with regards to cleaning. :D

Heck, I would take the pigeons and rats from Enchanted (yea, e'en the cockroaches) at this point, if it would just get done. *facepalm*
seraphkre
Dec. 16th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Carpet's clean (and dry), so tree goes up today! YAY!! :D

Oh, btw, if any of your betas are ever busy or otherwise engaged, feel free to send stuff my way, too. :) losingntrnslatn and I have been beta'ing each other's stuff for nearly two years, now, and I'm one of those grammar/punctuation/spelling nazis. ::blush:: I've also helped her get past a few writer's blocks. So, just lemme know.

::hugs::

How's them magical cockroaches coming along with the housework? X-D I think I need to charm the wolf-spiders to help out around here. ;)

Edited at 2007-12-16 08:29 pm (UTC)
htbthomas
Dec. 16th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
Good for you! We got the tree up, stockings hung and lights in the window! If we do nothing else, I'll be satisfied... I might do a little baking or something, I think Ashlyn would like making sugar cookies this year. :)

The yuletide fic got finished, YAY! Now for 12days_of_clois... and I'll remember you if I need that beta!

But there are still far too many cleaning tasks left... :(
sydgill
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Hey! I know exactly how you feel. There's really not enough hours in the day. But you'll get it all done. Slow and steady wins the race, right? If I can help in anyway let me know :D *hugs*
htbthomas
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
I hope so. I'm getting close to the end of the first of the three final scenes, so progress is being made!

If you want to poke me every so often, that would be appreciated - but chat is off for the time being. :)
sydgill
Dec. 16th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
I can totally poke.

*pokes and tickles B*

How's it coming now? How far are you?

Edited at 2007-12-16 05:02 am (UTC)
htbthomas
Dec. 16th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC)
I have been slowly editing my post - at this point the Yuletide fic is now done and betaed by 2 of 5 (I'm so nervous about it, I need that many eyes).

I still need to do MOST of the housework and all of the schoolwork, as well as write as much of the 12days story as humanly possible. :)
sydgill
Dec. 16th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
You sooo shouldn't be nervous about your fic - they are always beyond awesome :D

I really wish I could come over there and help you with at least the housework. I can clean and organize :D

I can't remember if you said you write with music or not...but if that would help you with the 12days story can I find you some music that you would like to listen to??
htbthomas
Dec. 16th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
Man, I wish you could! I totally need the house-elves and magical woodland creatures for this place.

I'm just fine with music, I just need a little kick in the pants. I wrote so furiously yesterday that I'm having trouble getting started on the next one today.
sydgill
Dec. 16th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
It'll get done. Start by organizing first. You know when everything is such a big mess it looks overwhelming? Start by just picking up all the toys...or finding all the stuff that goes in drawer A or whatever...and then keep going. You end up running around in circles a lot but you start noticing that it's getting done :D

Well don't think about yesterday. Just today. Maybe turn off the internet and don't move from that chair until you get your word goal done for that one sitting. That's what helped me when I did NaNo...I had a goal for each day - either a full chapter that was roughly 6K or a similar word goal. Don't stop/move until you're done. You can always go back and edit if it wasn't good enough...but get it down on paper.
kalalanekent
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thankfully you're all done with me for the weekend...excepting for the fact that we're halfway finished with your little present, Mom! It promises to be very good, especially after last night's work. I think we're going to have cheeks flaming all over LJ with this one.

*hugs* Good luck and I hope this helps get you moving!
htbthomas
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
I assume I won't be betaing this present, right? I'd love to be good and surprised (as well as blushing furiously) whenever it does hit the interwebs.

*hugs* for the encouragement!
kalalanekent
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Okay, I can do that. Abby, Trekkie, you hear that, right?

Tell you what, I'll do it that way for a review...

OMG, I sound like you! XD

*blows kiss* Love you, Mom! I hope you'll enjoy it.

Edited at 2007-12-15 05:57 pm (UTC)
htbthomas
Dec. 15th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
*LOL* I know I've been the world's worst reviewer with regards to the fics I beta. *facepalm*

And of course you sound like me -- like mother, like daughter, right?
mark_clark
Dec. 15th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Good luck with everything you need to do and hope to talk to you soon.

Feel free to send your fics to me when you get the chance.

*hugs*
htbthomas
Dec. 15th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
I will! The Yuletide one is the first you'll get, then the 12days. Are you available at short notice?
mark_clark
Dec. 15th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Well, I'll be getting one sometime soon and I'm still working on my seasonalmarvels one. Monday will be kind of tough to do anything but it also depends on the length of the story.
htbthomas
Dec. 15th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Well the Yuletide one stands at 7330 words right now, so nevermind. I have 3 other people looking it over, so I won't bother you with it.

I will send the 12days one your way, which is due Tuesday. If it takes all the way until Monday night, is that too late?
mark_clark
Dec. 15th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Depending on when I get your 12 Days fic on Monday, I'll try to get it done as quickly as possible. But if you send it late Monday evening, I won't be able to get to it until Tuesday.
htbthomas
Dec. 15th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds fair. I'll do my best!
sydgill
Dec. 16th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you would want me to beta or not, but I can if you're in a bind.
htbthomas
Dec. 16th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
If I am in a bind, I will send it - but if you don't hear anything, it probably all worked out!
sydgill
Dec. 16th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Okey dokey :D
van_el
Dec. 15th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
Yikes! You really don't like to make things too easy on yourself now do you, my liege? Well, if you need a beta - feel free to make use of my services again! I don't have much to do lying here ill in bed so I should (barring needing to eat or pass-out unconscious) be available to read over anything you've got at any time.
htbthomas
Dec. 15th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie - I'll send your way when I get it done. ♥
winddancer55945
Dec. 15th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
You are busy. We are finally putting up our trees too. we have two up, one for the upstairs and one for the basement. Not as many lights this year though. Our record was 18000. You have my encouragement. Go girl.
htbthomas
Dec. 15th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Seriously, I am busy. I did get a lot done on the fic, though, and I think I'll celebrate its finishing by putting up the tree. :)
chickadilly
Dec. 16th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
*snuggle hugs and encouragement are headed your way*

:)
htbthomas
Dec. 16th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
THANKS! I need it after the amount of work I put in yesterday - and there's still so much more to go! :)
dreamers_dh
Dec. 16th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
I think it's the time of the year when time is lacking to everyone (to make the house clean, to do there job, do meet friends, to buy presents, to bake cookies...)
And it is the same all over the world!!!

I hope you can finish all things of importance and then you can spend some time to enjoy the christmas time.

(what do you mean with this: Christmas Tree (can you believe we still don't have it up?) ? Do you really have the tree in the house already now? In Germany it is usualy bought on 24.12. (Holy night))

*hugs*
htbthomas
Dec. 16th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, in the US, usually people put up their trees the last weekend of November these days. I know the original tradition is the 24th, but that tradition has slowly changed here. We knew people in our neighborhood who had the decorations up a week or two before that!

But we are big slackers... so I hope we'll get it done today. I want it up by the time my mom comes anyway! :)
fairfax_verde
Dec. 17th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed at everything you manage to do. I'm sending good thoughts your way and know you'll get everything accomplished!
htbthomas
Dec. 17th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks - sometimes I think I'm just a little crazy... but it's hard to stop when I love it so much!
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