Life: Post sick fatigue. You don’t want the nitty gritty. I did have some fun this evening when the 12, 16 and 17 year olds decided to crinkle up all the paper from the last semester in the middle of the living room, then loaded it all into a tall laundry basket and took it out to the bar-b-q to burn. I was torn between telling them to not, or just advise them how to do it without risking any spreading embers (growing up in CA makes me wary of fires) I chose the latter. Why not? They’re responsible, they had a stressful last semester at school, and they were having fun crinkling it up and throwing it at each other. Why ruin that? I watched, nothing got out of hand but happy was had.
Sometimes it’s tough balancing what you know is expected of you as a parent and what you feel is right. They wanted to release the tension of the year in an almost ritualistic burning of the hated papers. Ok so having the twelve year old swan dive into the pile and shaking the house was a bit aggravating, but at the same time it was funny. It was building memories together, laughing and letting off steam. I’m unconventional as a parent, to put it mildly. LOL (besides I can use this in a story!)
oh and I lost 2lbs in about a week! I have a lot more to go, but it’s a good start.
Writing: I’ve been rereading old stories, some finished, some not. The ones I really find annoying are the ones where I stopped mid sentence (sometimes mid word). A look at the date I last worked on it usually tells me this was a kid/life interruption. I do wish I’d gotten back to some of them, not sure where I was going with things LOL
Reading:Just my own stuff.
TV:I have been watching shows on plate tectonics and geology. It’s feeding a bunny, but I’m not sure what.
Well now things are pretty weird. so I’ll bullet point this and try to expand on it later this week or maybe this weekend.
Son’s appointment at pulmonary went well, a suspicious ‘lump’ they saw in his chest xray a year and a half ago is now gone. No more of those appointments.
A ball python who had escaped her tub about a month and a half ago was found, rushed to vet after determining she has a respiratory infection. She apparently ate something she shouldn’t have during her adventures and…. well…
I find this absolutely fascinating. She has meds to try to help get her guts moving, and antibiotics to combat the respiratory infection. I’ll be keeping a close eye on her. I thought she was a gonner, but she’s alive and despite her odd snacking I’m ecstatic about this.
I actually scribbled out some E1 and E2 stuff but I’ll have to transcribe that tomorrow.
Overall today was an adventure. A great big adventure. But I am glad it’s nearly over.
It seems the internet ate it last night when I posted it. -.-
Kids are nearing the last day of school. Today I tweaked a few words on the latest rewrite chapter of E1 and watched a lot of ‘Worlds Worst disasters’ on Netflix. Weird *I* watched TV [insert ominous music]. And I ran teens around. Because, of course I did, that’s what mom does, right? Mom’s taxi at your service! bleh.
Tweaking with words in E1, unclunkifying that chapter. I need to sit down and really saturate brain with the chapter so I can straighten it out. But for some reason brain is doing the butterfly thing again. This is very annoying.
Nothing like breaking your website first thing in the morning LOL. But it got fixed, thanks to the wonderful tech support at my web host, verve. If you’re looking for someone to host your website, these folks are great. Anyways, I’ve had a relaxing day for the most part. Hope y’all have also.
Actually I’ve been doing editing on The Fallen as my brain is still bouncy and sieve like. Not sure why.
Remind me NEVER to fiddle fuck with the website when I just wake up mmmk?
Lazy sunday. I did chillin with the kiddos, playing fallout and telling myself over and over again to vacuum the damn bedroom. Yeah, I’ll do that in the morning. ?
Been dabbling with ideas, backstories, I figured today I was going to veg out on video games so I wasn’t too serious. I’m writing on E1 right now (or will be once I’m done writing this post).
Started to read The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn. I got it as a storybook bundle a while back and hadn’t touched it. Unfortunately bouncy brain is bouncy and I have the attention span of a butterfly today.
Hope your weekend is going great!
Be kind to each other.
…Those who sacrificed all, to ensure we might continue to live in freedom.
“The fallen patriots we memorialize today gave their last full measure of devotion. Not so we might mourn them, though we do. Not so that our nation might honor their sacrifice, although it does. They gave their lives so that we might live ours — so that a daughter might grow up to pursue her dreams; so that a wife might be able to live a long life, free and secure; so that a mother might raise her family in a land of peace and freedom.”
44th President of the United States, Barak Obama MAY 26, 2014
Mom’s taxi. That sums up the day and the week. I’m tired and grumpy and ready to call it a night. Did have a fun conversation of ‘Oh I lived there!’ With a couple folks in a writer chat. Geekery, all I can say. LOL
Started and restarted the flash fiction only to start something that is going to go longer than 1000 words. Printed out the short story I wrote for the FM anthology Blame It On The Dog. The flash-that-will-not-flash is set in the same universe. I realized that that short, Autumn Storm never got put up as a single title. I think this weekend I’ll dust off my cover-making skills and see if I can do a quick cover that looks halfway decent and put it up for sale sometime niext week. I meant to do that when it came out, in 2014, but then we had a series of family crisis’s crop up.
Holy crap it just goes! Kid is prepping for a Caribbean cruise this fall and needed a passport. So we went to the appointment to to apply and we had everything. Except the application he left on the dresser at home LOL. Luckily they have applications right there so he could re-fill one out, but I got the giggles (successfully smothered them because, not COOL mom! LOL). So that’s off and running. Should be about 4 to 6 weeks to get it in. Then I played taxi, driving kids all around hells half acre; the store, to work, to friend’s house and to a school function preparing the 5th grader for the new middle school. Oh and I was pokemon go-ing while I waited. It seems like my life is a collection of moments where I wait in the car for someone to do something. Kinda annoying really. But the little pokemon go game makes it fun. I don’t know why, but bouncing a poke-ball off the head of some wild pokemon is immensely satisfying.
Next week is the last week of school. The dreaded June is right around the corner. Not sure how I feel about it. I’m not sure how this summer will go.
I wrote about 400 words on when I thought was a flash fiction. But it’s all setting no real visible plot. I’ll try to whip something up tomorrow. Got nothing done today on E1 which is frustrating, but running around sucked out my brain, I swear.
Finished the Sales Copy book. Good, informative and now I want to read the books he used as examples LOL. I would recommend any writer who intends on self pubbing to invest in this book. Yes, I said invest. It will help hone your skills if you practice. I think this weekend will be sales copy practice time.
The Patreon is still up, I need to decide, and quickly, what I’m going to do with it.
Hope you are all doing well.
Be kind to each other
Dr appointments and errands. And A took his drive test. And the parallel parking got him. Again. *sigh*
Dean Wesley Smith mentions ‘cycling’ in his blog. It’s a method of going back through as you write to tidy things up as you go so, theoretically, you can have a clean first draft. It’s funny, I’ve been doing the same thing, only I call it layering. Though I have a ways to go to get a ‘clean’ first draft, that’s my goal as a writer. I just kinda squeed when I realized exactly what it was he was doing. Revelations like that geek me out. You can check out the most recent blog post where he talks about it over here. If you follow his video lectures (I subscribe to them monthly) he did a writer tip segment on it. THAT is over here at WMG Publishing Lectures. They’ve got some pretty informative stuff which I’m slowly working through.
I got 612 words on the next bit of E1, but I’m so tired I’m going to call my daily writing done. I just can’t keep my eyes open. I like the direction it’s going. I’ve missed just writing.
I’m annoyed that I haven’t finished the Sales Copy book. I haven’t touched it today, thanks to life. I’ll try to wrap up reading that tomorrow. I need to practice it for my projects.
I found this today and just about lost it. I LOVE this song and Alice Cooper just totally nailed it.
Hope you are all having a great week. Be safe, readers in Hawaii, in the path of Pele.
Be kind to each other.
Still waiting on an official update on my SIL. She’s had a rough road, to put it mildly.
Today was a down day. Yesterday’s adventures caught up with me so I slept for most the morning after the kids got on the bus. Then there was the gardening. I find it very soothing fiddling around with my little container garden. Especially when things are stressful. I’ll try to get pictures up of the silly little garden. I have no idea what I’m doing. But I’m having fun.
Took the dog and the younger kids for a walk before dinner. I need to do that more LOL I was far more winded than I should have been.
I wrote part of a flash fiction this afternoon before getting pounced on by kids needing rides for workstuff. After I’m done writing this, I’m going to either try to finish writing that or tackle the next E1 chapter to rewrite.
I know times are tough, they’re especially rough on my SIL. Please help, boost the signal if you can’t donate. Thanks.
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Eight months ago, my sister and her kids were forced to flee for their safety from their home in Colorado due to abuse and neglect. On Friday, May 18, 2018 she and her two oldest kids went back to Colorado to retrieve the belongings they were forced leave behind all those months ago.
On their trip home, on the morning of Monday, May 21, 2018, they were driving back and the relief driver fell asleep at the wheel and they ended up in an horrific rollover crash that nearly killed them all! By the grace of God they all lived. However, they lost EVERYTHING; money, purses, wallets, phones, furniture, clothing….literally EVERYTHING!! Tara broke her back in 2 places, is in a back brace, can only walk a few steps at a time, and most certainly cannot work to support her kids.
Her recovery is going to be a long process filled with plenty of physical therapy. Therefore, immediate donations are needed while the family helps her to find the social services to best suit her impending needs, i.e., $650 rent, $100 electric bill, $100 gas bill and food to feed a family of 7 for at least the next month.
You are welcome to message her directly on Facebook messenger with your concerns, well wishes and donations or you can donate here on GoFundMe. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated!! You have no idea how grateful we are that this wasn’t a post to cover funeral expenses. It’s been an emotional roller coaster for us all these past 36 hours. So, we truly thank you in advance for whatever you give!!