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January 31st, 2016
07:10 pm

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The inbetween pant size stage of weight loss . . .
. . . where the current pants and jeans you are wearing look dorky because they're so incredibly baggy, but the size down is still too snug.

I tried some slacks and jeans on out of curiosity but I still haven't lost enough weight to comforably wear the slacks. And there was no way I could even get the jeans buttoned.

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January 24th, 2016
09:57 am

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I'm working on the final chapter of my novel . . .
At least, the final chapter of the body of the novel. There's also a postscript. Yesterday the work went very slowly, with me seeming to have to fight for every word I put down on the page. Some days it's like my brain just won't work, or at least very fast, and I have to just plod ahead because that's the time I have to write. It'd be wonderful if every day was such that words and energy just flowed from you, but that isn't how it necessarily happens on many days. In order to produce new text, you have to accept that reality and move ahead, how slowly and clumsily.

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January 21st, 2016
07:51 pm

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My cats were not amused by their vet visit.
My mom helped me take my cats over to the vet. With cats, getting them into the cage and taking them to the vet can be a two-person job. So, thank God my mom was there to help get them into the cat carrier. I wasn't surprised that Grady was difficult about getting into the carrier, but Justin was too. He usually will jump into the carrier by himself.

Justin meowed the whole time over to the vet, while Grady was silent. Carrying the cat carrier is hard because I put both of them in there together to help keep their anxiety down. Good thing Mom was there to hold doors open for me as I carried them all over the place.

The cats are healthy. Justin is a little heavier and Grady is a little lighter, but within healthy guidelines. I wasn't happy to be told Justin had chipped one of his fangs at the end.

It's weird because the people at this vet office are all very nice and treat my cats very kindly but it seems like my cats get increasingly stressed out with each yearly visit. Justin was pacing and meowing, while Grady was quiet and looked miserable. He hid in the sink and behind the containers on the counter. He even hissed at my mom when she tried to take him out of the carrier, which he never does. When Justin got home, he was wound up, walking around and meowing, which he only does when he's really upset. Grady bolted from the carrier and hid underneath my bed. In about an hour they were acting normally again, but it took a toll on them. Justin was sleeping on the couch, just totally exhausted by the stress of his ordeal.

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January 20th, 2016
06:53 pm

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I guess it's been a while since I've changed guitar strings . . .
I actually worked up a bit of sweat in the process of cleaning the fretboard and body of one of my guitars, then changing the strings. I really need to buy a proper neck/head stock rest so that I don't risk cracking it.

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January 15th, 2016
05:58 pm

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Straightens and picks up bedroom . . .
. . . and then falls over exhausted. I would probably be better off if I could be more consistent about doing various tasks and activities on a more consistent basis but I find it difficult to do so.

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January 9th, 2016
02:37 pm

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I think my novel is headed towards its climax.
Actually, many of these final scenes are written, or at least fragments of them are. I'm just trying to figure out what order they go in and how they link together most effectively.

I usually don't do New Year's Resolutions, but last year I wanted to finish this novel by the end of 2015. I came pretty close. I lost almost two weeks of December to the flu when I was so sick and out of it that I couldn't write.

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January 4th, 2016
06:08 pm

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Two days without having to use cough drops.
I'm stunned that I've gotten through two days without hardly any coughing and not having to use cough drops at all to stop a coughing jag. I was sick for a month, for God's sake! I was starting to get really fed up with it. As far as I can remember, the longest I've been sick has been for a couple of weeks at most.

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January 1st, 2016
09:03 pm

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I ended up writing today.
I didn't thing I was going to because yesterday was a frustrating day of writing. After I got down writing yesterday, I just felt like, "Bleh!" It probably isn't surprising if you do a certain activity virtually every day,  there are going to be sometimes when you get sick of it. And I was feeling sick of it.

I finally broke down and went to my novel file. To my surprise, I did indeed have a good time writing. I figured out a way to explain why a character had acted in a certain manner. Thank God because I had to have that character's action in a certain way. I also was able to introduce a new minor character in a way that made a lot more sense than previously.

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December 29th, 2015
05:56 pm

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Playing Alien Isolation on Xbox 360.
It reminds me of Dead Space in terms of its premise; hero goes to space station where a monster has killed a bunch of people. As usual, my red-green colorblindness means that I have to set up the lightness as much as possible and I sometimes miss some stuff. It also doesn't help that the writing prompts on this game is in such a small font! I finally got out my binoculars so I can play while lying in bed since I really don't like to play video games while standing in front of the TV or sitting on the edge of my bed.

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December 22nd, 2015
10:57 pm

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A solution occurred to me while writing today.
I realized that if I put a certain scene forward in my novel, then it will allow the main character to find out information in a way that probably makes more sense and is more logical than as the sequence of then narrative stands now.

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