Tag Archive: self-improvement


How is everyone?

It’s been a crazy year, hasn’t it?  I was able to get my old desktop up and running, albeit a bit slow but I don’t need much for writing and it cuts down on net-surfing.  The laptop is in its case, waiting for the price on motherboards to drop;P

I finished up the living history events for the year.  I’ve been teaching boy scouts and many curious people about gathering edible foods from the Northeast in the US. Including; time of year, what part of the plant is edible, how to prepare it. and how to cook without pots and pans.  I’m a wee bit bushed now.  Oh, and I’ve been working in the vegetable garden and have been canning for the past month now on any open days.

Now for the baby update;)  Everything is textbook even with my back being messed up.  The doctor said I’m one of the healthiest women he’s seen in a while.  That kind of scares me, actually, that really scares me.  How bad off are these other ladies?  *shrugs*  I use to, well, still, get in trouble for doing too much.  The ultrasound tech said we’re having a girl and we are thinking about naming her Roslyn, my hubby is going to pick the middle name.   She’s been using me as a romper room and doesn’t like to stay still for very long.  I guess we all came from a padded room at some point, huh? *cheesy grin*  Oh and I’m due around November 9th.

I’m happy this is happening during the summer, even though from the knees down I look like the Michelin man.  I have major problems during the winter with my back going out and arthritis pain. I’m having back problems that are worse than during winter now, so I can only imagine what this could have been like. So yea for good timing and summer!

I think nappy head describes this perfectly, Prue.  I’ve been giving my husband two or more choices on different things like what vegetables he wants for dinner,  because I honestly cannot decide.  It’s too much to think about. XP

However, the mood swings have slacked off.  I still cry and laugh at the drop of a hat, but it’s not as intense and a little more controllable.  So I’ve found between 3 to 6 months my emotions are a 9.8 on the Richter scale.  I wonder if it’s the same time period for other women?

Oh, something a bit funny.  That cat has been bringing me presents lately.  At least once a day I’ll open the door to find a new gift.  So far I’ve received; birds, rabbits, chipmunks, mice, shrews, moles, and a butterfly.  He has been very proud of himself.  He stalks the garden with our dog.  They’re very good hunting companions.  The dog actually trained him 😉 But the cat will go hunting with my husband while the dog stays on the porch or inside watching over me.

How are things going with you?  Any stories?  Breakthroughs?  Family fun? Headdesk moments?  Just need to talk?

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A Series Game Plan

I have a series blurb done.  So my next step is to look at the blurb and figure out the logical steps that will have to occur in each novel to have it fall into place.  So in order to do that I will do a mind map to get some ideas together after asking some questions.  Like; if this happens what effects would happen here?  Who would it affect?  What causes this to happen?  What could be lost?  What could be gained? Who gets hurt the most?  And so on.  As many questions as I can think of to apply to the idea and pull out story arcs for each novel.  The whole A+B=C routine with a few left hooks and upper-cuts to keep everyone guessing.  This is going to be fun, but it will also take a while to complete.

I found out something really awesome about, “The Sentence” and want to share it.  I did all the prep work to get it for the first novel in the hope-to-be series of stand-alones.  I was staring at it and “The Sentence” for the series.  Then the thought hit me.  I can do the “Points” for each of the things in the sentence and have multiple things to run on for the book that tie into one another and interconnect without killing the muse at the same time by keeping with the big stuff.  By having the Sentence at the top of the page as I do each one the muse keeps that in perspective.  It also allows for twists to follow easier.  and sentence-lights to pop up and make plotting great with candy-bars ready to go.  This way I don’t lose track of what is happening and it is consistent.  As you can tell, I run off on tangents quite a bit.  (I’m trying to avoid one now. 😛 ) 

I also was loosing track of what I had learned, but I re-read my entries here, to see if I was running around in circles like I was today and I became grounded here.  Mind clutter really gets to me sometimes.  I’m just happy I’ve been posting what I’ve been finding out so I can look back and say, “Oh, shoot, that’s what I learned.”

I now understand the quote, “How do I know what I am thinking if I do not write?” – Virginia Wolf  

It’s more of a paraphrasing, really. 

Anyway, on to getting the overall picture I want.  Breaking  it down into “TS” and then back to defining and deepening the components with clinics and courses. 

I have to figure out the ‘why’ before I can get the  ‘how’ to function.  Anyone else like that?

Wow, just learned a whole bunch that has saved me a ton of heartache.  I watched all of the “How To Write A Series” first week course.  I found out that I need to write a stand-alone novel that hints at the broad themes and problems the series I want to create will handle.  This is not a bad thing in the least.  This piece of information made me re-think my first novel completely.  I can have everything building in the background while the characters are dealing with the fallout that needs to occur before the big whammy falls into place in the following novels.  It make sense.  In today’s world, . . . Continue reading

I’m at “The Wild Bean”, here in Lewisburg, WV, partaking of their wi-fi services, awesome yuppie food, and great coffee.  Who knew soy-corn-bean burgers could taste so yummy?  Probably the folks who developed them, right?  Anyway I’m downloading all the videos for “How to Write a Series”   because my dial-up falls over dead each time I attempt it at home.  Poor little thing. . . Continue reading