Day 3 – Progress update.

So far, I’m doing pretty good. I completed 3493 last night, and I’ve already done roughly 500 since I sat down to work on it this evening (now that I’m home from work). I’m taking a break from writing to post here, and to look for some things. One thing I found was a really great set of desktop calendars for my laptop. Go enjoy them, I’ve downloaded all she has, and set them to shuffle on my desktop:

Fontscosplay 2017 NaNoWriMo Desktop Calendars

Otherwise, more progress later!

NaNoWriMo Day 1 – Starting…..Now!

So, where I am is right here, starting my NaNoWriMo submission. I’ve got a few more things to set up, but so far I’ve got 1909 words, and it’s a start. More later! I’m beat, and my back hurts. Round of Words in 80 Days, etc, will come when I’m not so tired. Or Friday. I’m aiming for Friday.

What do you want with that Whine? – 100 Word Challenge – Whine – 6/11/17

There was really only one response to this when I found out what this week’s 100 Word Challenge word was. You can thank my child (in part) for my inspiration.

I want to stop for a minute and acknowledge, also, both of my children. Both of which I have had to listen to their whining over the course of their lifetimes.

My youngest (the immediate inspiration for this piece) just turned 12. Some days I stop and stare at him and wonder where the time has gone. He’s going to be taller than me one day all too soon. His voice is going to deepen, that’s going to be something to experience. I hear it with his boy cousins, haven’t having seen them in several months before my son’s birthday party. It made me stop and wonder if my son’s voice had deepened, I hear him every day so I wouldn’t necessarily notice.

Sunday, was my oldest child’s 21st birthday. We’ve had issues over time, trials and tribulations we had to go through. But for the most part, I’m very proud of the adult she has become. She’s not at that final place of completely understanding herself – we never really are, I have to believe, and anyone who says they are, you have to question. But she is doing work to discover who she is, take care of the issues she has, and deal with that which she can’t change in such a way that it’s a positive for her instead of a negative. I can’t express how proud I am of her.

Enough about all that, tho, onto the piece for this week:

“Want some cheese with that whine?”
“That’s so cliché.”
“Takes one to know one.”
Sophia raised an eyebrow.
Patrick’s smile failed to melt her heart.
“You’re opening that can of worms?”
“Now who’s being cliché?”
She threw her hands in the air and left the room.
“God helps those who help themselves.”
“You and god can help yourselves to biting my ass,” she yelled from the other room.
He chuckled and returned to his game.
She returned and flopped onto the sofa.
“I still don’t know what to do.”
His smile melted her heart this time.
“We’ll figure it out.”

I do believe we have yet another storyline developing. I’m excited to see how this storyline will develop, as well as Sophia and Patrick’s relationship (tho I have a good feeling about that 😉 ).

PG Content – 100 Word Challenge – Storm – 6/7/17

Just under the wire (I hope!)!

(Further editing – links, etc – to come.  It’s late and I wanted to get this in here in what I thought was a timely manner!  But it’s up!)

I love storms.  I love when the clouds gather at the edge of the sky and rain is in the air.  One thing I actually love about living in a trailer is hearing the rain on the roof (though not when it pours down the walls in my bedroom, over a window and in my closet.  Yes unfortunately I’ve had that, but it seems to be fixed!).  I don’t love that we live in Tornado Alley now, and it’s as if a trailer is made of matchsticks in a tornado.  But I have heard tornados are rare in the town proper, within the city limits, and we are inside them.  So far so good.

Things are starting to shape up around here. I’m happy. I have been wanting to get back to writing, as it is a goal for my boyfriend and I to get published (Him again, me for the first time). I’ve loved doing the 100 Word Challenge, you can find several examples of my previous work, when Velvet Verbosity was at the helm, by going to the Clifton Saga tab. I’ve even decided to take a story out from way back (my first good attempt at NaNoWriMo) and edit it to submit to Daily Science Fiction, a website my boyfriend has been actively submitting stories too (several, He has yet to get something published there, but before you know it…..). I’m going to branch out after that, and we’re talking about many different ideas for me to branch out. But I’m coming back to my roots, back to the format I started with way back when.

When was that? Back in college, actually. I took a series of Creative Writing classes, from the Intro to an Advanced one for Fiction Writing.
When I thought the storage unit my ex and I started renting when we first moved here might no longer be in our possession, my biggest worry was about the works I had stored – Why, AZ (as story from a college class and the catalyst for many things that came after, including my minor in college), the paper I wrote for my Critical Reading class, my books, etc….

But, one of the things the peaked my interest was flash fiction. I was excited when I found 100 Word Challenge, and to get my palette cleansed and things restarted, I always come back here. Even if everything is only in spurts. So, here’s another….uh……let’s leave that there…..

Sophia nuzzled his chest as lightning lit the room.
“Scared?” Patrick chuckled, thunder rattling the open window.
“Not at all.”
The rain-kissed wind cooled their skin.
“Maybe you should be,” he said, his mouth smothering her gasp as his fingers closed on her nipple.
When they heard a crash from the other end of the house, Sophia sat up.
Patrick pulled her down with him by her hair.
“Don’t worry, I’ll keep you safe.” He kissed her again, fingers of one hand still laced in her hair.
She was too distracted to notice as the sound of rain got louder.

I thought about this being another installment in the Clifton Saga. But Patrick and Sophia insisted this was their story. And trust me, it is. I hope you enjoyed, and I hope to see you again next week!

Coming back with a bang (hopefully)! ~Theme Reveal (kinda)~

I’m sure you’re asking yourself, if you’ve come over for a visit, what exactly is going on? There are a lot of ways that question can be asked, and at least as many ways it can be answered.

For one, what is it, I’m coming back? – Well, yes, I hope to be. It’s been years since I blogged consistently, I enjoy the interaction with other likeminded people, and it keeps my creative juices flowing. I like creative juices flowing. So, when I was going through old emails the other night (seriously, just in my main inbox I sifted through no less than 8 years worth of emails. Tossed a lot, I went from over 1100 to just 47 over the course of a few nights. I went through a lot of my labels and filters, too, clearing things out and closing out labels and filters for things I wasn’t getting emails from. I still have a lot of work to do, but considering goals and plans, I’m picking up a few things, too), I came across an email from a challenge I used to do way back when (2014 was the year the link was from), so I figured – perfect! It’s the A to Z Challenge, a challenge many participate in during the month of April. You can read everything here (too), but the main gist is that there are 30 days in April, 26 letters in the alphabet, and of course 4 Sundays. Thus, you get to write 26 days out of the month, and a break on those Sundays. So, to get me into writing again, for me it’s the #atozchallenge all month. I’ve already got ideas for about 5 days, and I’m working on more.

And this is my Theme Reveal for the Challenge – I have no theme. Unless you mean catching you all up on what I’ve been doing (providing it fits in, which some should at some point), talking about not exactly random things during the course of the challenge, and writing whatever pops into my head to fit the letters.

Well, I look forward to engaging in this interesting path. It’s been awhile since I blogged regularly, and almost as much time since I wrote regularly, so I hope to improve on both accounts with this challenge.

I’m going to make it (even tho it’s just the beginning)

I have a lot going on this month. We have to move again, as we had moved into this apartment in the middle of this month, last year. I’m not learning (a lot of) new things, like last year, so I should have time to complete NaNoWriMo.

Right now, my word count is 3323. Keep an eye on the sidebar to your right for my word count.

And right now, it’s nap time.

Further – total is now 5267. That means 3088 today. I’m surpassing my boyfriend – did I mention I convinced Him to join me? I’m interested to see His book, I’ve caught a glimpse of a small portion. Idk if He knows, LOL.

Now it’s bedtime.

Oh, I’m hoping we are close to finding a place, but I won’t know for a bit.

Starting again – I can do it, I can do it!

And NaNoWriMo draws near again.

I thought I was going to be story-less this year, but as always I slide in by the seat of my pants and I have a story idea. I have a general outline of the main character and some of the other people in her life – they are, I’m not going to lie, a lot like myself and the people in my life. But, then, it’s best to write from what you know, right?

Or is it? My main premise is just questioning reality. It’s something I’ve been questioning for several years now. I’m just going to sit down and start with it and go from where ever I step off. I’ve got a can full of ideas – plot points and twists that I want to put into or try at least to work into the store, all written out on slips of paper – and I’ll draw from them, up to 3 of them, each day. I’ve definitely got to try to do this after work every day, I can carve out 15 minutes or half an hour to sit down here and work on it, at my sweet little desk, and maybe more later on in the evening, depending on the evening, plus ideas and pieces of the story throughout the day at work on break.

I’m not expecting perfection, but I’m dying not writing. It’s truly killing me. But I know I can do this, and I need to find a way to keep it going once I move out of this apartment and after the month is over.

I need to write, if I don’t, it kills me. Plain and simple.

But, enough of that.

My life is happy.

I need to find a new place, but hopefully there are possibilities on the horizon. I have been stressing, but I’m determined, too.

I’ve still got an amazing boyfriend, things only look like they are going to continue on well.

I have to get things with my divorce moving. I’ve been waiting for him to get a decent job, specifically to get the job he’s been wanting since we moved out here. He’s in orientation, so things are looking up for him.

I love my job. It’s difficult sometimes, but I’m doing my best to improve every day. I still want to get my library science degree.

I’ll have to wade through everything money to get to what I want to do. Again, I’m determined. I’ll do what needs to be done.

I’m knitting and crocheting still. I’m able to do it at work, but I’m going to have a table at G*A*M*E next year, so we’ll see what I can do to get things made between then and now. I’ve got several ideas, and we keep coming up with more.

Other than NaNoWriMo, I really need to get more moving as far as my writing. I’ve got other ideas besides NaNo that I hope will keep my floating after November is over. I’m not sure if I’ll ever edit anything, but maybe I could go back to another book, or just work on another story. I have so much possible, I just have to work with it. Lots and lots of things in this computer and other places. 🙂

But, this evening is almost done, October is coming to a close, and in mere minutes (well, 87) it will be November. I must finish up what I’m doing here behind the screen, set up for tomorrow, and get some rest besides.

Have a Happy NaNoWriMo!

Grandma’s Yarn – 100 Word Challenge 07/13/2016

I did actually sit down last night and start this post. I ended up not feeling well and nearly passing out sitting here at the laptop working on it. I’m thinking the culprit was a certain piece of carrot cake that was omg so sweet! I have to admit, I really didn’t like it much, especially after I pretty much had to sleep it off, and it didn’t feel like my pill was working at all 😦 Too bad, carrot cake is my FaVoRiTe!

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but yarn is a big thing with me. I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was 11. That means I’ve been doing it for almost a third of my life, and it’s something which is automatic with me, working the yarn and making a pattern. People – at work, when they come to visit me, or when I’m working on it pretty much anywhere I’ll bring it – will sit and watch me and marvel at how fast my hands work, and how half of the time I don’t even have to look at what I’m doing half the time. I just go. I have to remind them of the fact that I’ve been doing it for so long, so it’s something that’s been trained into my brain.

So, in some ways this post is almost a no-brainer. It’s quite obvious I’m going to have SOMETHING to say about the subject, I should have no problem writing something about yarn, right?

Of course I did, but not necessarily what you would expect.

As I said, I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was 11, when I asked my Grandma to teach me how to knit. She taught me to knit, alright, but never how to cast on. I had to teach myself that later in life, when I got over it and had finally at least taught myself how to read a crochet pattern. Shortly after my Grandma taught me the knit stitch, I picked up a hook and taught myself how to crochet, and the real love affair with yarn started then. For years, my Grandma was what I got to call after a while my “yarn dealer” – she’s the only one I got yarn from for years, and even today if she finds some she thinks I might like, or she finds some that she no longer wants, she’ll still give it to me. Albeit, it’s a whole lot more difficult now.

So, this piece came out of the years that I would sit and watch her knit – not quite marveling in the same way co-workers and others might with me – and just be amazed. Until I was used to doing it, too, and then I knew how it felt to be that automatic when my fingers hit the yarn and hook or needles. Grandma and Grandpa’s relationship wasn’t quite like this – but that’s why they call it poetic license, eh?

This week’s entry for 100 Word Challenge (a little bit late, oops!):

Grandpa could spin quite the yarn about anything – the size of the fish he caught on his fishing trip or about doing donuts in the fields in his father’s truck at 11.

My cousins would be mesmerized for hours. But as I got older, I watched grandma rocking in her chair. Her hands worked her yarn with a life of their own as she watched grandpa.

He’d look at her and a look would pass between them.

I see that look again in this hushed room.

Then I meet eyes with my husband, my heart swelling, knowing what she always felt.

Check In – I’m hoping to keep this progress.

I think I did pretty good for these last couple days, it being just a start. Oh, something I didn’t mention here and that I made it a point of doing because they had started to collect up and my daughter and her wife had done for the most part since they got here except for the couple days their traveling companion took care of them – I put our dirty dishes in the dishwasher! It felt good to do it all by myself! LOL, such simple things….now to get people to clean up the house during the rest of the weekend!

I’ll do a link dump – I’ll have to look up what I used to call that – with every interesting thing in my tabs on here tomorrow. Link Lovin’ I think it was.

1. Writing Prompts:
– Daily: I wrote in my journal again today. Not very much, but it was something at least. I also worked on…..
– Weekly: The prompt for this week at 100 Word Challenge is already on it’s second draft. The word is yarn. It was unbelievably easy for me, as should almost be expected – but it’s not quite what you’d expect, either. I’ll have the explanation when I post.
2. Networking: baby steps. I’d put BS (because really in a way it is), but that would just be too funny. from now on, baby steps is what I’ll put for those things I haven’t gotten to yet.
3. Getting my work out there: baby steps.

I’ve got so many other interests and things that need done, so this is that part of the list. These are going to be worked into my life:

4. Read something: I read an article about the Dallas shootings. This is the only kind of mention you’ll get on current events, unless I’m really moved for some reason. I read a few pages in the book I’m working on, Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke. So sue me, it’s the kind of book I like to read.
5. Research some interest: baby steps. I’m thinking about coming up with a specific list for this, tho.
6. Crafting: I just finished a basic crocheted hat, worked on it while sitting at my computer and in between calls at work. I’ll get back to the baby blanket I was working on before my daughter asked for a hat with this yarn color (figure I’ll finish up what I have and put it on Etsy), after I use up this color. I’ve got several project to weave the ends in on, and some will go to their rightful owners (co-workers) and some will go up on Etsy if need be. I think I’ll hold on to baby blankets tho, give them to people or sell them to people here at home. It’s always nice to get a nice handmade baby blanket, and even better if you can get it for a decent price from someone – just the cost of yarn, usually. Not trying to make a fortune yet.
7. Tarot: baby steps (gotta take a deck out to have at hand, instead of in my bag). I’d like to collaborate with someone one day on a deck of my own devise.
8. Budget: baby steps (gotta write next week’s budget).
9. Prep for other changes in life: baby steps.
10. Health:
– Sleep: Today is going to be a bust (I’ll probably get in and go to bed at 1 tonight, I’ve felt good enough I didn’t even take a nap today!), but the last couple nights have gone well. And then tomorrow night is Saturday, so…..bar night!
– Water: At least 1 during the work day. I think it was 2 overall today.
– Exercise: So far, I’ve walked to the pool and back. And for the half an hour or so I was in the pool both last night and tonight, I was always moving – swimming (as best I can without putting my ears under the water, I so have to bring ear plugs), pulling my son through the water, just walking around the perimeter of the pool, swimming or walking on the edge in the deep end.

Round of Words Goal List – July 2016

Guess I’d better get this over with.

I haven’t been feeling well on and off.

I’m not sure what it is, it could be my teeth finally retaliating against me (my front ones do hurt right now, it’s a very scary prospect to get something done with them because I’m pretty certain it will end up being very involved.) I do sit and worry about them some, what’s going to happen with them when I finally get them taken care of, etc, but right now I’m pretty much just suffering with what is going on. I’m not really going to bore you with the details, but I’m managing the pain and that’s all I can really ask for right now. No, I haven’t always brushed my teeth daily or more so, but yes I’m working hard at keeping it going right now, because it does make them feel better for a while. It’s my teeth in front, that’s about all the more information I’m going to give you.

There are loads of other things it could be. It could be the emotional toll I put myself through every day: dealing with the members, something that isn’t always sunshine and roses. I don’t think anyone stopped for longer than a breath between calls today, other than making notes about the call in After Call. That’s what happens the day after such a major holiday with the weekend at the beginning of the month. Same happened with Memorial Day. It happens. It could be energy fluctuations in the universe. It could be my body getting used to my new medications, most specifically my diabetic medication.

I’m blushing some after the bit of praise for my new entry for the 100 Word Challenge. I thought it was a simple, fairly lackluster entry, the point of view of someone I know, or at least my assumption of their view considering the current situation. But I am going to keep up my entries to the 100 Word Challenge, because I do love writing so much.

It’s time to come up with my goals for the Round of Words in 80 Days. The biggest thing I want to set a goal for is to write. I need to express things, I need to express a LOT of things, and I need to do it with writing. I’ve got many things to go through – I don’t think I have a short amount of time to do it in or anything, but I want to get working on it. It’s really just easiest to go back to the list I used before, with some specific editing.

1. Writing Prompts:
– Daily: journal writing. I will move to specific daily prompts when I have managed to work writing into my routine every day. Right now I have been taking my journal to work every day and dedicating my last break to writing in it.
– Weekly: 100 Word Challenge; Round of Words in 80 Days (not a specific prompt, but a good check up on where I am).
2. Networking: Join Springfield Writers Guild. This is still a goal. No, I haven’t done it yet.
3. Getting my work out there: Participate in challenges, find contests to submit to. I intend increase the number of challenges I participate in a week.

I’ve got so many other interests and things that need done, so this is that part of the list. These are going to be worked into my life:

4. Read something: Read 1/2 hour of a book. Read others blogs, read and clear out email, read interesting things.
5. Research some interest: I have many interests. In order to grow, I need to learn more, and this includes all interests. 1/2 an hour for SOMETHING every day.
6. Crafting: Keep working on some project or another. Post progress on WIPs. Place items on Etsy.
7. Tarot: Do daily 3 card readings, to get used to doing them and the decks again. I tried to do a year one – I drew it, I just never finished interpreting it.
8. Budget: Write out budget each month. Find 1 bill to pay off, all or in part, each paycheck.
9. Prep for other changes in life: Sort bills; fill out paperwork, discuss.
10. Health:
– Sleep: Get good amounts of sleep at night. Generally don’t go to bed later than midnight. I have a bad habit of staying up late on my nights off and I go to the bar every weekend to listen to karaoke. I like it.
– Water: I intend to start consuming 2 full water bottles during working hours.
– Exercise: 1/2 hour of walking a day, somehow. It’s way too damn hot out though. Guess I have to use the pool more, huh?

Nothing has to be started/done right away. Baby steps.

I like to watch YouTube videos. This is an example, but I also like the Facts. channel very much because Irish people.

There’s no wrong time for this –

Never forget, it’s just a ride: