Day 13: Meditation Challenge #DoMagick

This morning’s meditation lasted thirty-two minutes and went rather well because I was really able to focus on getting my work at the office handled, and that translated into real results.  I really needed that after yesterday’s chaos.  If you’ve ever worked in an office where everyone is out and you’re trying to manage 2 extra jobs while trying to do your own job – on a deadline, no less, you know exactly where I was.  I was left juggling A/R, my day-to-day crap, plus a payroll with xmas bonuses, new insurance plans/policies, and four new employees. Luckily I did have one other person here at corporate who stayed to help by putting together all the holiday cards for each employee.  Plus she did my commission and sorted the stack of done paperwork so it could be properly filed.  Without her, I would have been at the office at least two more hours last night.

Now on to today. Yes, I spent my entire morning packaging the payroll, handing out payroll, answering customer inquiries, and doing A/R related things. I spent the afternoon catching up on daily commission reports, health insurance consultations with employees, taking care of customers, etc…  I MIGHT get the change of addresses in for several accounts, and help three others close out their end of year by the end of this week. I may get some customer invoices entered. (Big corporations make their vendors do their own data entry if they want to get paid. It’s a great way to save money instead of having to hire additional office staff.)

I also found out today that I had to reschedule a guest for Deeper Down to an earlier time slot. So that got done. Reached out to a local bookstore who is hosting a rack of our independent authors’ group’s books, and now just waiting to get a response back. What else…. I am almost caught up on my Sephira Alchemy backlog of orders. So excited about that. Getting a local order off my altar tomorrow. One more amulet and I’m caught up again.

Today I also discovered something I was tasked to do in summer of 2016 for a dying friend was inadvertently hurting someone else, but luckily I think we resolved it in a way that I can keep my word to my friend, while not causing the other person pain.  That’s never a good thing and it was totally unintentional, and I know my friend (who has been gone six months now) wouldn’t have wanted to hurt this person. But she was stubborn and she made me swear to do as she asked almost a year before she passed, and I gave her my word that I would. She was quite lucid when she asked me to do it and she knew exactly what she was doing.  That said, I hope the solution works for everyone.  It would kill me knowing I couldn’t even do this one simple thing for her now that she’s gone. Also, I think this other person will be grateful she accepted what I was tasked to do. There may come a day that she is ready for it and is glad I didn’t just say fuck it, and ignore my friend’s last request. Speaking of last requests, I also agreed to publish her book, but to be honest, I have not been able to bring myself to work on it. It really just needs a solid editing pass and maybe some editorial remarks near the end where my friend began to succumb to the brain tumor. I think the hardest part will be getting with her family and working out the publishing details. I almost feel like everyone needs more time. Me included.

On that dark note, I think I’m off for tonight.  Overall a productive day.

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

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