Not so much with the rockin’

Okay, so I’m a downer. Sue me.

Things in my GIT life are better. I’ve been doing better with the housekeeping thing which is mostly a matter of keeping the dishes washed. That’s really the main stumbling block in my life. There have been times in the last two weeks where I’ve had unexpected stuff come up and come home late with no dinner plan and still whipped up something quick out of my pantry. Good to be veering away from that “let’s just get take-out” path I was headed down. (I really like take-out. A lot.)

My weight/size continues to be the same. So far I’m not having trouble keeping off what I’ve lost. Of course now that we’re going into the colder part of the year that will be more of a challenge as a) I like to eat when I’m cold, and b) it’s cool enough in my house that I can actually use the oven without roasting us. This may result in cookies.

To cope with that I’ve started Zumba. Let me just say that I’m glad it’s just me and the pets and that they can’t talk. I couldn’t be more stiff and out of step. These hip just don’t move like that, okay? Let’s face it: I am waaay too uptight to salsa.

Is Zumba the all that and a bag of chips that everyone says it is? So far it’s not. It honestly doesn’t seem different from any other aerobics video I’ve done in the past. I mean, yeah, I can see where the dance aspect is there, and maybe how the production is different, but those are things that don’t seem to affect my experience of it. I’m not saying I hate it or that I’m quitting, I’m just saying I’m not going to be going to Amazon and writing one of those reviews gushing about how it’s the funnest exercise evar and I’m, like, super-addicted.

I will say, though, that I’m not sore, and I’ve moved enough that I maybe should be. And maybe it’s somewhat motivating that I have this secret, Zumba-inspired fantasy that I will finally learn to loosen up and dance, and also attain the label “hot mom.”

So I guess my final verdict on that is that if you like to dance, you will probably like this, and if dancing makes you feel like a dork, then you may not like it as much as the Zumba-crazed reviewers imply you will.


So today’s the big #ROW80 Twitter party. I’m gonna be standing over here in my corner watching, if you don’t mind.

I’m having a lot of trouble with Heroes Under Siege. And I remember going through this with the last book. I can’t seem to find a place to get started. I can’t craft the right scene for the beginning to show what I want to show.

It doesn’t help that, if I could change something about Heroes ‘Til Curfew, I would change the beginning. I’m not sure what I would change it to, I just feel like the beginning was pretty weak with not enough happening and too much exposition. I was in that thing where I was trying to write something that could be easily understood by someone new to the series, and hopefully interesting enough to draw readers of the last book along. But I probably went like 1500 words before anything interesting actually happens. Which is not good.

So, learning experience for me. I’m very much with the thing that this book is done and over and I’m going to apply what I’ve learned to the next book. I’m not going to change what’s already out there (that would be weird and it’s not THAT bad).

Meanwhile, the whole experience doesn’t fill me with confidence about getting started on book 3. But I’ll figure it out eventually. It would be awesome to be able to get started in time for NaNoWriMo.


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5 responses to “Not so much with the rockin’

  1. Claire

    This doesn’t sound like a downer to me! You are keeping track of your life, your health, and you’re working steadily on HUS! Even if you haven’t yet figured out how to start it with that JUST RIGHT scene, you’re thinking about it and trying out possibilities, and that’s what’s important! Words on the page are not the only sign of progress. 🙂

    You rock, Susan! *hugs*

  2. If I could lend you my genetics I would (Cuban genes are made for Salsa). Honestly, the hips thing I think might be a genetic trait (I can do it without trying) that others without it learn to fake.

    And my only suggestion for the start is: start them off in trouble… You can always explain why/how they got there later.

  3. I wondered if Zumba was any good. I was going to wait to see what you thought.

    Hang in there, girl. You always produce great work!

  4. Ha-ha…I am not a Zumba fan, either. They do it at my gym at certain times, so I work my schedule so that I arrive before or after Zumba. That’s how much I’m not into it. Okay, I just like doing the workout machines. That’s my comfort zone.

    As for the writing…sometimes you just have to worry about the parts you don’t like when you go back through doing the tweaking and editing.

    On my current project, I rewrote Chapters One and Two a couple of times…after I’d already finished the rest of the first draft.

    Then I let it breathe awhile and I’m doing my rereads to see how it flows. Hopefully.

    Hang in there.

  5. Not a huge Zumba fan either. Honestly, anything that makes me huff and puff isn’t in my category of fun. Hence the reason I take the elevator (God I wish I had one at home…LOL)! I commend you for sticking with it and keep in moving. I’m going to use it for inspriration to get my own butt moving! 🙂
    Great work on your goals!!

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