A quick word before I get to bed.

It’s been a long day. I have been up since just after 5 am, and it’s now just before 11 pm. I need to get up at 5 am yet again, and put myself together better this time!

But before I do, I will let you know about my progress.

The other day, when I become a member of 750words.com, I joined up for the November writing challenge – which means writing at least 750 words just on the site – make that JUST ON THE SITE – each day. With that an NaNoWriMo, that means I will write – just with specifically writing to write alone – at least 3 thousand words a day.

That after I spend a feel 8 hour shift learning about Property and Casualty Insurance. And then, once this is all done – about the ins and outs of selling that for USAA. I’m actually really looking forward to that. But because I have to get up at 5 am again to do it all over (what I did today, only more studying this time), I’ve got to get this over and done with and get to bed! And I have to get to bed sooner, too.


(That was a very good year! :-) )

Okay, enough of all that. On to updating on my donation page, and then I’m going to bed!

By the way, there was no knitting or crocheting today, but there was some fingerprinting! I hope to get to the writing a whole lot sooner, and no major driving until it’s time to get my husband from work tomorrow!

All the exclamation points….

Oh, and I’m getting close to a milestone in both followers and posts, and I’m thinking about some kind of contest for one or both of these.

Went to the library and picked up some books in the horror section. Plus, a book on Snowdrops (a type of flower). Why? Research for Dead of Winter on Toasted Cheese.

Taking it easy, but gearing up now.

I really must get this over and done with, so I can post it and tell the world how I’m doing. (Does the world care?)


We’ll start with an update on my progress with ROW80, because I haven’t checked in in over a week, and then go from there.

ROW80 Update

1. Writing Prompts: I’m working on the story I mentioned before, from Toasted Cheese prompts from October (you can choose Previous Months and Next Month with buttons at the bottom). I’d also like to do Toasted Cheese’s Dead of Winter Horror Fiction Writing Contest. Before you ask, can I really do horror? Keep in mind that I did do a surreal story when I was in college, and I’m thinking I pulled that one off well, so I should try my hand at this. I can do anything I put my mind to, as long as I put my mind to it! And it’s got children as the base this year (sorta), so we’ll see! I can’t think of anything much more horrifying than CHILDREN!!!!
2. Networking: A week ago Saturday, I went to the NaNoWriMo local meet and greet. I took over an hour longer to find it than I should have because – well, because I wasn’t as observant as I should be, and my phone isn’t to full service at the moment. It should be again, soon. Now I’m sitting at the first Write-In. I completed over 5K words (as you can see up above), which puts me in line to at least take a break over the next few days if I so choose (I don’t really choose, but I just couldn’t stop writing on this when I got going), or at least well on my way to completing the 50K words!
3. Personal: I haven’t written in my paper journal for a few days, but I did become a member of 750words.com and written there every day since. I’m wondering if I’ll be able to write there first thing in the morning any time soon. Probably not during training at my new job, but definitely afterwards when I have a real schedule.
4. Getting my work out there: Again – no.
5. Editing: Not even.

I’ve got so many other interests and things that need done, so this is that part of the list:

6. Read something: Took a trip to the library earlier this week, got a pile of books including the latest (?) Stephen King novel. Doctor Sleep. I also got a series by Andrea Kane, starting with The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, which I’ve already gotten through. I went on Monday, so this took me about 3 days. Normal for me, with the amount of time I’ve had available.
7. Crafting: I found a Ring Mandrel at Michael’s. $20, but well worth it if you ask me. It’s a metal one. I’ll buy that later, but I did get some yarn. I also bought some marked down charms that are going to be the first set of knitting stitch markers that I’m going to make. I just have to sit down and decide what wire and beads I’m going to use. I’ve got 2 Infinity Scarves that I got out of some nice yarn that I bought, and I’ve started on a third with a sort of Sage or Forest green and Jeweltones, in Red Heart Soft. I’ve also got a baby blanket in the works to replace the one I had allowed my sister in law to take for a baby shower she was going to (she got the standard family/friends rate of just reimbursing for the materials). I really should add these things to my Etsy account.

DAILY – I’m still sleeping fairly well, but we have to get up early (6 – 7 am) to get my husband to work. Next week, I’m going to be getting up at 5am to get to work. I have to start going to bed earlier. I’m eating decently, but I could eat better. And money. Just – UGH.

As I said, I’m at the current Write-In for NaNoWriMo. I wrote over 5K words, and it feels good (even tho the two characters currently up, the main female character and one of her main male counterparts are fighting. Over her taking a taxi. So I have to shut them up – and leave anyhow.). I’ve also written at 750words.com, and I’ve added to this (I had started this post almost a week ago). So I’ve written well over 6K words today. And if they don’t shut up, I may get back into the document and write more later…..

Okay, well, that’s it. To give you a smile, here’s a look at what I’ve got for my desktop picture. It gets me every time:

CUTEST THING EVER  (my desktop)
(my desktop)

ROW80, Donating Update, and ramblings (probably)

Let’s get right to ROW80, then move on to the update on my donation page:

1. Writing Prompts: I’m working on one, with several Toasted Cheese prompts from October, right now. At least I’m writing, right?
2. Networking: Haven’t joined the Springfield Writer’s Guild yet, I’m really sort of considering putting that off until January so I know what my work schedule is and I can pay for the whole year instead of joining at the last minute this year. I’m not posting every day, but I am active in the local forum. I’m at least reading other people’s posts on their blogs, and commenting from time to time. That’s about it, I missed #writestuff on Twitter last night because of having to go get my husband and the phone being off (poo!).
3. Personal: I wrote yesterday and today in my journal, and started a list of what requirements I have for our first apartment here.
4. Getting my work out there: Yeah, no.
5. Editing: Not even.

I’ve got so many other interests and things that need done, so this is that part of the list:

7. Read something: Planning on going to the library this evening, so I’ll do this then.
8. Crafting: Contemplating what to put up and what to make to put up. I’ve been thinking about making knitting stitch markers, I have always thought that would be kinda fun, and they would probably sell. Also, thinking about tracking down a ring form thing (long stick like thing that marks off traditional ring sizes as it goes up. Or down, depending on what end you are starting from. I’m going to look at Michael’s some day soon) and starting to make rings.

DAILY – Still sleeping well. I don’t like when I end up sleeping in until noon, but with having to get up to get my husband to work early in the morning, sometimes it’s unavoidable.

Donating update:

So far I have 1 donor. Better than nothing, and actually quite the surprise. I’m not sure if I deleted the email that told me she had donated or not, but I went to the page and there her comment was, and my total donations had gone up! 2 whole % of my donation goal.

I’ve come up with incentives – all writing based – for my donors. They are as follows:

For a $10 donation – Your name (or the name of your choosing) will be a character’s name.
For a $25 donation – You get to give me a prompt for one of my characters – a challenge, an item, etc.

I think these are good incentives because #1 I always have such a hard time figuring out names for my characters. So there have been a lot of Steves. Also, #2 it allows my “fans” to become actively involved in the writing process.

Of course, I should probably also mention them in acknowledgements some day, too, huh? I guess I’ll have to add that to the donor page!

Anything else? Only that we will be looking to finding our own place shortly, and I will be starting my new job when NaNoWriMo starts.

I think that’s it for now, have a good day!

Reupping ROW80 Goals and Looking to the future.

Life is going as it will now. There are days when I feel better than others, for various reasons. But I do try to stay as motivated and as positive as I can. I’m looking forward to when things are once again clicking along. I also very much look forward to having our own place again, but that will come when it does. Hopefully soon.

NaNoWriMo is going to be a big focus one day very, very soon. In order to keep me motivated and accountable, I started a donor page, so that people can sponsor me and support the cause of supporting other writers. You can find that link here.

#1 – I have already donated. Because this is important to me.
#2 – You can give as little (their smallest amount is $10 – and yes that’s what I gave, because that’s what I’m able to give right now. I plan to be able to do more soon.) or as much as you are able. Every little bit helps.
#4 – I will post updates both there and here as we move towards the month of November, and as NaNoWriMo progresses. I know 1600 words a day is doable – I’ve done it before, and I’ll do it again. I’ve got 16 more days to get into some kind of writing routine, to get my muscle flexed and ready before then.
#5 – Also, be aware that no money goes towards me, all money goes towards the cause, including if I’m eligible for any sort of donor packages. As I mentioned, I’ve already donated. And when I did, I paid for the processing fee – so,
#6 – I encourage you do to so as well.

More about NaNoWriMo. You can go to the site and read about it (my author page is here), but I’ll explain it to you a bit. The biggest and most important information you need to know about it is that it is a big writing goal – to write a collection of 50,000 words, in an effort to make them all congeal into what looks like a novel. I’ve already mentioned what the daily goal is – all it really takes is writing roughly 1,600 words a day. Personally, this is my 4th attempt at this, the other 3 resulting in novels that are unfinished, up on the shelf as it were. You can find the descriptions and even an excerpt or two of those here. Last year was the first time I managed to make the goal, and then some, with well over 70,000 words. I do not have a solid concept for this year’s (as you can see by the already established page for this novel), but how has that ever stopped me from writing before (okay, don’t answer that…..), but I’m making serious changes in my life and looking to start truly achieving the goals that are important to me, and publishing is one of those. I can’t publish if I don’t write! And I won’t write if I don’t make a commitment to sit down and do it – and do it! And I’m hoping to use this as a way to meet more people in this area. I’ve already added the local Write-Ins to my calendar (Isn’t technology a wonderful thing? Click Click Click and you’ve done so very much!). I’ve commented a lot on the local region’s forums. I’m sure people will soon get sick of me….until I inevitably just drop off the edge of the earth. I really need to stop doing that. Also, if I haven’t mentioned it before – please do go to my donor page and support the cause. You never know who will come across the site and, because of the encouragement and support you can get from it, become the next J.K. Rowling!

On to establishing new ROW80 goals.

1. Writing Prompts: Daily writing prompts, either with Toasted Cheese or elsewhere, before and after NaNoWriMo, maybe even during. I need to write, period!
2. Networking: Join Springfield Writers Guild. Start going to Write-Ins for NaNoWriMo, and local workshops.
3. Personal: Write at least once or twice a week, and get the junk out of my head. Also, manifestation descriptions.
4. Getting my work out there: Participate in challenges, edit past stories, find contests to submit to.
5. Editing: Edit past stories. Edit current stories. Just edit!

I’ve got so many other interests and things that need done, so this is that part of the list:

7. Read something: Find 1 hardcover/printed book a week to read. Read others blogs, read and clear out email, read interesting things.
8. Crafting: Put stuff up on Etsy, Ebay, find shows to sell at.

DAILY – I’m sleeping a whole lot better now. Time to start working towards becoming a vegan. I found a post by someone, recently, about being vegan on $1.50 a day. I’m loving how I am eating. It’s not all salads all the time (tho there’s nothing wrong with salads and I did find some bag salads I like), I find interesting ways to eat well. Most of the time.

Restlessly hopeful – ROW80 Check Up (long overdue)

As I sit here, waiting for the day to go by, I figure a post can’t hurt. It’s been almost 2 months since I wrote anything – let alone anything on here. I have 2 hours until I have to get my son from school (thanks to his choosing a double bass for his instrument for orchestra), so I still have time to go somewhere, get some time alone and just write.

General catch up: I’m almost to the point that the idea that we won’t ever go back to that last place in Fredonia ever again isn’t so shocking. I think that last time I had that feeling was when I was filling out the paperwork for my first real job in 20 years.

On that job – it went quickly. It wasn’t really for me – I wasn’t as great of a fit as I first thought, though in theory I like what their goal is very much. Enough said about that – I’ve moved on. I cried maybe 5 minutes, and by the time I got to the nearest temp agency I had registered at (which is maybe a mile down the street), I was done and ready to get back on the horse. So I went in, made another appointment for an interview with them (which ironically I just cancelled. Again. And I’ll tell you why in a minute, too. The first cancellation was for the first job), and called another agency. He said he might have something, but never called back. And I haven’t called them back yet, either.

Because I have other prospects. It feels good to be like “I might even be able to choose!” The best part – one of those is my dream job. I have an interview there tomorrow, another one for a nearly as dream job on Thursday, and if neither of those work out, I am signed up with yet another job that has training that will be starting next month. I’m excited. Either I end up working where I want a lot quicker than I originally thought I might, or I at least end up working somewhere with good pay!

And my husband is working. His job is through the first temp agency I mentioned, and it’s got a block schedule. So a few days on, a few days off, a few more days on, etc. He’s okay with it, even tho it’s not really what he wants to do (he’s still pretty mystified by that, tho), and he still is eligible for unemployment because he hasn’t been hired on full time.

As for everything else, my Round of Words specifically, here you go:

1. Writing Prompts: Nothing since the last time I posted. But, hey, I’ve been busy, so with my life in flux – do I have an excuse?
2. Networking: Not so much with writing, though I am contemplating joining the Springfield Writers’ Guild. The price for membership is doable – and it would give me some motivation, besides!
3. Personal: I have written a time or two in my journal. It’s also part of this afternoon’s plan.
4. Getting my work out there: Nope.
5. Editing: Nothing. Lame, I know.

I’ve got so many other interests and things that need done, so this is that part of the list:

No need to prepare for Missouri anymore. We’re there (here? Moved).
7. Read something: What Color is My Parachute by Richard Bolles. A suggestion by one of my mentors back in NY.
8. Crafting: Working on one of my scarves.
9. Tarot: Nothing since my friend’s reading. My general perception of the world has changed since I started listening to Abraham Hicks, so that might be part of why I’ve really shied away from things like tarot. Not that I don’t still love it!

DAILY – I’m sleeping a whole lot better now. I’m thinking the biggest reason is because of the reduced exposure to mold that I have now. Also, because there is less stress, and I have become more focused on things. My health isn’t bad – but I seem to have an on again, off again problem with my ear. I might be fighting an ear infection right now, there seems to be a clog. I’m working on that. I mentioned last time I’d like to find more salad mixes than what is at Sam’s Club – I have, actually. Other grocery stores carry Dole mixes, and those are pretty good. So my variety went from 2 up to almost 5. I think I’m losing weight, without much effort, just because of more movement and less food in most of the time.

I really think this was a great change. I’m happy about it. My son isn’t always, and my daughter would love her mom and dad back home. But, I know this was a good change for us, things are getting better, and I really think we can make a better life here.

My knee had started acting up in September. I think it was because I had fallen, and because things sorta slowed down and of course my weight, my knee finally yelled “I’m here.” I wore a brace for a while, but in the last few days I’ve been able to go without it, and not worry about the pain all up and down my right leg. I’m still careful, but I think things are getting better, like I said.

ROW80 Check in 1 since moving to Missouri

I think we seem to be settling in some. Our son started school last week. It’s both a good and bad thing for him. He’s in 5th, and they’re giving them more independence, but it’s not at the middle school yet, so he doesn’t get blown away by the full experience. They didn’t have that for us when I was his age – I went to the same school he was going to before we moved, and they were going to do the same thing for them, really, that they do here, only the kids know that place way better because they’ve gone there forever. But, that’s okay. Back then, middle school was 6 – 8. Now it’s 5 – 8, and in 5th they’re really not that ready. Here, middle school and elementary school aren’t in the same building. We’re in a place with enough people and children to have multiple districts! Mind blowing!

My husband and I are looking for jobs. I have my resume brushed up and cover letter worked up for my dream job, which there happens to be an opening for locally. I’m not going to say much more than that. My husband is kinda going “what do I want to do?” As one might imagine – he doesn’t want to clean for his whole life! But that’s what he’s got the experience (13 years worth!) in! On top of all that, his brother is now also looking for a job. But this family always lands on our feet, so I know everything is going to work out for our best! :-) <3 I have faith in the 4 of us adults, and the universe!

On to check in:

1. Writing Prompts: The tab that I had open with Toasted Cheese prompts? Resulted in a story that is still developing, and 2 days of writing this past week (hey, from nothing to 3 whole days altogether? That’s not bad!)
2. Networking: Yes! I participated in the #writestuff conversation on Tuesday! And I plan on doing so again this week!
3. Personal: Not since we left NY. But it and a pile of other things is on the table next to our bed/my head. That’s a start.
4. Getting my work out there: Nope.
5. Editing: Nothing. Other than the Writer’s Notebooks and my journal, everything else is packed away into the storage unit, to be honest.

I’ve got so many other interests and things that need done, so this is that part of the list:

No need to prepare for Missouri anymore. We’re there (here? Moved).
7. Read something: Working on Moon Spinners by
8. Crafting: Working on a baby blanket.
9. Tarot: Did a reading for a friend, have to finish interpreting it.

DAILY – Some days I get to bed at a better time than others. But damn I still feel tired. Working on drinking more water – but that does mean peeing more! And I found some salad mixes at Sam’s Club that I really like. Wish I could find more, but I guess I could try to work on my own, creative person that I am! Drinking water usually helps wake me up, at least for a little bit. It’s so hot and humid here!

Settling in, and starting from square 1 – ROW80 – 8/9/15

It’s roughly a week and a half since we arrived in Missouri. On the getting sleep angle – I can’t tell you that I’m completely caught up – even tho I’m actually sleeping from when to when I want to thanks to being in a house with small children again (11:30 pm/12am to 8 – 10 am), I have years to catch up on, and wow the heat these last few days. I’ve stayed in the house as much as I can during the day, except for the first day and today for church, but it’s still kicking my butt. Because of being out today (not sure if it’s just that or getting lunch as well), I ended up taking a 2 hour nap after we got home. That’s even with having a full 8 hours, and an extra half hour nap before we headed off for church!

And not everything that needs to be complete for transitioning here from NY – registering the car here, switching my driver’s license here and enrolling the young man into school – is complete, but it’s well on it’s way and I anticipate having the majority of it done tomorrow.

But, otherwise I think we’re settling in. We don’t often go off to the storage unit because (1) it’s a good 8 miles or more away, on the highway – I’m not a fan of driving thruway like roads to get ANYWHERE unless I have to, but I do have an alternate route I have’t tried yet thanks to the heat, so hopefully that will go easier next time – and (2) I want to live as simply as I can, and living in someone else’s house with little actual room, I’ve seen, is a great way to do that.

But it’s editing time. Time to clear out old, invalid goals (such as prepping for Missouri or cleaning a whole house – I throw in help as often as I can), and maybe come up with new ones? Not likely, but here we go – pretty much the same list as before, so I’ll just pick up where I left off. :-D

1. Writing Prompts: Not yet, but I’ve got the prompts from Toasted Cheese’s Sunday Brunch open in Twitter in another tab.
2. Networking: Zip. Zero. Nada
3. Personal: Not since we left NY, guess I gotta get that notebook out of the bag, huh?
4. Getting my work out there: Nope.
5. Editing: Nothing. Other than the Writer’s Notebooks and my journal, everything else is packed away into the storage unit, to be honest.

I’ve got so many other interests and things that need done, so this is that part of the list:

No need to prepare for Missouri anymore. We’re there (here? Moved).
7. Read something: I HAVE gotten a library card so far, and I have a small pile of books. Already got through 1 of them, also!
8. Crafting: Finished the Rambling scarf I started back in NY, have cotton yarn for dishcloths, the shawl in my purse, and yarn to make a baby blanket (finally!).
9. Tarot: I’m not ignoring them, but they’re not SCREAMING for attention. Never did a “how are things going to go?” spread before we left (I didn’t want the universe to think I doubted it would go well.), but should do it anyhow just to let them know I still love them.

DAILY – This is the biggest and best thing I’ve done so far, getting to bed at a decent hour.

And to tell you the truth, frankly, I think I’ve inadvertently lost some weight. Even with the heat advisory, I managed to get a walk in yesterday, in the evening after it had started to cool off. Up hill both ways to the store on the corner. Never quite got what that meant. But, my belly feels smaller. It’s a start.