Coming Clean

It’s almost a law of nature that nothing ever stays clean. My house and car, especially.

Dirty LEGO Bricks

Playing with LEGO bricks is something I’ve never outgrown, and I don’t plan to either. LEGO building as a kid was pretty simple. You poured them out everywhere, you played with them a while and maybe picked them up after you were done. It’s a big maybe.

What about those times the cat used them as a litter box? YES, that happened. What about those times you were sick and snotty but still played with them? What about all those times they were caked with dirt or food? They had to be cleaned. As a kid, I never thought much of it. Thank you, mom. As an adult, now I’m the one that has to clean the LEGO bricks.

You might not think ABS plastic needs to be cleaned, but you’d be wrong. And let me tell you, cleaning LEGO bricks is a serious pain in the backside. The last time I cleaned them, I made the HUGE mistake of putting them away when they still had some moisture on them. Now they smell a little on the funky side. *facepalm*

My Dilemma

I’ve got a good amount of LEGO bricks and cleaning that many takes a lot of time and space. This past weekend for instance, to really clean and dry 15 pounds of LEGOs, it pretty much took most of the day. I’ve got several hundred pounds of these things. As you can probably imagine, this is a tall task.

I’ve been scouring the internet for ways to wash and dry LEGO bricks in bulk, that don’t involve a dishwasher or washer/dryer. For those that don’t know, those will melt and damage LEGO bricks. Ultimately, I’ve come up empty handed. There’s not really a good way to do it in bulk. That means I’ll have to do them in small batches.

I did, however, find out a way to get them completely dry so that I don’t make the same mistake as last time. After running them through the salad spinner, if I put them in a box with dry dish towels and shake them for a few minutes, most of the water that’s trapped inside them will come out. After doing that, spread them out on a large dry towel for about 15-20 minutes. At that point, they’ll be dry as a bone!

It really makes me appreciate what my mom went through to clean my LEGO collection when I was younger.

Story Time

On the one hand, I feel like I haven’t gotten much done this week on my story. The day job has been off the chain, and by the time I get home, any creative energy is long gone. For this stage of the process, I need that energy. On the other hand, I’ve pulled apart all three novels and selected the plot threads that belong in the combined version of the story, along with the required events to make them happen.

That might sound good, but in all honesty, I’m still pretty much at square one. I can’t use the scenes I had before because the story is truly different when combined. So, I’m going to need to flesh out the events a bit more and see what I’m missing before I start trying to put scenes together. It’s a mission of discovery at the moment, rather than outlining.

My inner critic doesn’t believe that brainstorming and plotting count as writing, but my head knows better. They do. Yet, I still can’t help but feel like a poser when I’m in this part of the process, especially when others are writing or editing a finished manuscript. I hate emotions sometimes.

One thing is for certain; I want this planning stuff completed by Dragon Con. That gives me less than a month to get it done and get started on the first draft. Hell, or high water, that’s what I plan to do.

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