Thursday, December 20, 2012
Snow Day in the Sunroom
The sunroom used to be our main bedroom, but we always had heavy blinds on all the windows. The room has the most windows in our whole house--two south-facing, and one facing east and one facing west. Sun all day long. So we painted the walls a light, bright orangey yellow, and the floor a coordinating light sagey green, and the trim is a color called "almond toast." And we put in a bunch of full-spectrum lights, and comfy seating, and a lovely grandfather clock. The room was a big hit at our recent Christmas party.
My depression has definitely improved since we finished the room. Even outside of the extra light (which I am not in any way discounting), it's so pretty that just looking at it makes me happy.
I'm not working out regularly yet, but I did start going to physical therapy to help with my tension headaches. I've been doing some neck-strengthening exercises five times a day while I'm at my day job. I had to set Outlook reminders to go off every couple of hours so I would remember to do them, and it's been working great. My headaches are a lot less frequent. So I'm going to keep up with those exercises even though I'm technically done with PT.
My next goal is to get into some regular workout routine. Even if I'm just doing 10 minutes a day on the rowing machine, or doing some light free weights while watching The Daily Show. Gotta start small and build up from there.
My received gross writing income for 2012 should be just over $830.00. Not enough to quit my day job, of course, but I'm pretty happy with it. This is just year one. I'm hoping to have grossed $5000 by the end of year three. I have 24 titles out there, and I'm still hoping to get an anthology or two up before the new year. I also want to start a mailing list, and put links to my other works in my existing books. I'm hoping that will boost sales a little bit, but mostly I just want to make it as easy as possible for my readers to find more of my stories.
Maybe I'll get that done today. After I go hit the rowing machine.
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Posted by Mercy Loomis at 9:43 AM