General Updates, 1/15/2015

It occurred to me that I haven’t posted since Sunday, so here are some general updates for folks who might be wondering what’s going on.

1. Recovering from wisdom tooth extraction. I’m still recovering. Things were going pretty well until yesterday when it seemed that I started to have a reaction to the antibiotics. I’m off those now and on a special mouthwash. The pain is okay during the day, but pretty bad at night. This was expected. I have a follow-up appointment on Monday and hopefully things will look much better then. Needless to say, it has been slowing me down and making me grumpy.

2. Writing. As of yesterday, my writing streak stands at 542 consecutive days. Despite the pain, medication, and grumpiness from the extractions, I am still writing every day. My numbers over the last week or so are down, but that is to be expected. My mind is fuzzy with pain medication and it is harder to write, but I am writing and making forward progress on the novel draft.

Writing without wisdom

The data in the red box shows my writing since my wisdom teeth have been yanked, and it is clearly down. But the extraction isn’t the only thing causing the lower word counts. I’m busy with other stuff as well, including day job projects and setting up a new work laptop.

3. The new work laptop. I got a new Dell Latitude 3800 laptop at the day job and have been setting that up. It is by far the fasted Windows machine I’ve ever had. It boots in seconds, which is pretty amazing. I’ll have more to say about the laptop (and the setup process) in a separate post when I have more time.

4. Morning routines. A while back I was asked to participate in an article that would discuss people’s morning routines as they relate to productivity. I’d written and sent my responses a while back and pretty much forgotten about it. This morning, I learned that the post went live. If you are interested, check out, “22 experts share their morning rituals to stay productive” and you can see what me, and 21 other people have to say on the subject.

That’s it for now. I hope to get things back to normal here shortly. I have some ideas for new Going Paperless posts, and lots of other good stuff, once I can find the time to sit down and write it.