Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Picture Post

This was my #fmsphotoaday picture for today. The prompt was sunshine, but it's mostly overcast. Those things on the left are the concrete silos at work. On the days I walk during my lunch break, I feel really tiny walking past them. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Something New

I probably saw it on Pinterest first. I don't know. But the more I looked at it, the more I liked it.

Say hello to my very own bullet journal. To learn more, check out the original here.

I just started it this month, so it's not much yet. I actually started last month with just a habit tracker (I downloaded it from Boho Berry . It was sort of a test run to see if I could keep up with something for a whole month. And I did it. So the first pages of my bullet journal are monthly habit trackers for the rest of the year. I even use it for work. The tasks at the bottom are my daily things at work that I should remember to do...but I don't always because I have permanent Mommy-brain.

Then I added a monthly 2017 calendar. Because it seemed like the thing to do. I was going to put in a page for the 2016 Decluttering Challenge (see Nourishing Minimalism ), but I couldn't get it to fit. So I printed some square pages from the Moleskine website and made my own. It's just stuck in there, so I hope I don't lose it :-)

After the first couple days, I decided to add daily entries and do #listersgottalist (see The Reset Girl ). I think it adds something to my daily entry. See what I put down so far today below...

The C and B are the corn and bean prices for the day, because I like to track that. It's the cash price here at work, not the CME price (because I'm sure you were dying to know). Then I track the high temperature for the temperature blanket I'm crocheting. The right is my #listersgottalist. Yesterday I started adding what I'm listening to (probably at the moment I write the entry, unless I want to record some other song that I can't get enough of). Then I go into my daily entry, which usually involves a description of the weather.

You might notice my entries are pretty plain. I *try* to do the fancy handlettering, but I'm not very good at it. Yet. I actually bought this squared notebook to practice my handwriting. And I might. Someday. I'd like to try and make things pretty, but that's too stressful.

So far, my only other miscellaneous entry is a list of movies I want to see with my kids. It probably came from one of those Buzzfeed lists. I think I want to add a page to track books I've read, songs I want to download, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I like the idea of a mood theory. My mood changes a lot, so I'm not sure how that would work for me.

I started using a different color ink for each daily entry. But it was too stressful picking a different color and finding a pen that wouldn't "ghost." So I'm sticking with LePen in black for dailies, for now. The Staedtler Triplus Fineliners also work pretty well (this is really just a way of enabling my pen and notebook addiction).

At some point, I'd like to incorporate my gratitude journal. I started that last year as a way to keep myself in check. I write down at least one good thing about the day. I'm not sure yet what to do about a monthly 2016 calendar. I like the one I have (from Poppin ) and hate to start something new in the middle of the year.

I like the idea of making my own planner. I don't have a lot of daily tasks and appointments that I have to track, so the monthly calendar style works best for me. I like to keep a journal and this helps me to write more often. I'll probably still keep a regular diary-type journal separate from this for long drawn out ramblings. I like it that I can keep all of this in one place. So yay for not having to carry around 5 different notebooks. 

Has anybody else tried the bullet journal? Thoughts? Share your experiences. Check out my board on Pinterest here. Send me some links to good bullet journal examples and sites you've found.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It Happened Again

So lately I've been doing a lot of crocheting. Like, a lot. I don't know why. Because it's easier to explain than "What are you writing?" BUT...but I was hit by inspiration. Sort of. This idea had been hanging around for a while now. I think I was afraid of writing it for some reason. Finally I decided just to write it. I figured it would be a short story at best. It's been a while since I've written anything short, though. Which is good and I think it shows how I've become a better writer. However, since I still believe in handwriting everything, I have no idea how long it actually is. I don't think it's novel length as is. Once I type it out and go back through it, I could probably make it longer. Which is exciting.

But the point of this post...the point is THAT I FINISHED SOMETHING!!

Even when I'm crocheting, a lot of times, I get to a point where I get bored. Especially if it's a big project, like a blanket. Around the beginning of the year, though, I made myself a blanket. And I finished it. It worked up quicker than I expected and it was great. I felt so accomplished and now I sleep with it every night (it's big enough to cover me...not like blankie size...I don't sleep with a blankie). I think that helped me realize that I COULD FINISH ANYTHING. It just takes time. And I might get bored at some point, but it's okay to put it down for a while and work on something else (I made several scarves and fingerless gloves for my daycare provider and her daughters). The point is not to let it go completely.

So I've been knocking out all kinds of crochet projects. And I finished a story. It's been a while since I finished a story of any length. And it feels great.

This is my blankie :-)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Despite my burning desire to actually finish something I've started, I started something else. Writing, I mean. I started writing something new that will probably not be novel length, but it's something I wanted to write. This morning, I started a playlist for it. Because that's what you do.

I love that I figured out how to do this via Spotify.

Saturday, December 19, 2015


Sometimes it's nice to get caught up in reading old material. Something you've written and let go of. Sometimes those things are just ideas. I keep track of mine in different ways, but most recently I started using Evernote. It's handy because you can sync between devices. So you can grab whatever happens to be nearby at 2 in the morning after the baby gets up to eat and you are wide awake and catch up on old ideas when you need some inspiration.

Another thing it's good for is rekindling my love for something I started and abandoned. I use Evernote to write out scenes or jot down a direction I want a story to go.

A lot of times, I forget things I write down. I've always thought that because I keep a journal, my brain is freed up for new information. Or that's just a really good excuse to be forgetful. How am I supposed to remember how much my kids weighed when they were born? That's why they have baby books. I wrote it down so I would remember it.

Maybe that's why I write anything I write. I don't care if I ever get published, even though it would be nice. I just want to be able to remember the story I had to tell.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NaNoWriMo and Other Things

So it's November. When was my last post? I don't even know. But here's an update on what's been going on.

Baby #4 arrived a little over a month ago.

And that pretty much covers it.

We've just been hanging out and adjusting to life. I had to get a different car to fit the entire family in. The farmer had been saying we didn't need to, but the timing worked out because one appeared on the lot of the guy we usually buy from.

Today was my first half-day back at work. Things are slow in the grain business right now, so they are letting me ease back in. With the other kids, I got to take 12 weeks off. Only 6 this time around. It sucks, but we'll manage.

I thought that being home for the first 17 days of November would give me a chance to kick NaNoWriMo in the ass this year. I even did my usual cheating, where I used something I had already hand written and not finished. I didn't start typing on it until way late in the month and I've only accomplished about 6500 words. Better than nothing, I suppose. This is one story I'd really like to finish, though. I think I say that about all of them.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Write What You Know...or Not

So it seems there is a lot of debate about whether or not you should write what you know. Like the same kind of debate that surrounds whether or not writers block exists. I had an idea recently that made me stop and consider my position on writing what you know.

As you may have gathered, I live in a rural area. The nearest "big city" consists of 40,000 people. To get to any kind of actual big city, you have to drive 1-2 hours, depending on what you're looking for. I like to write about rural areas and farm kids and small town experiences. I wouldn't feel comfortable writing about someone living in a big city. I wouldn't know where to begin and I think it would be obvious in my writing. On the other hand, that's where research comes in. I could study up on it. If I was going to write about somebody living 100 years ago, rural or urban, I'd have to research it. It depends, I guess, on the amount of work you want to put in.

On the other hand, there could be a downside to writing what you know. For example, my most recent story involves a girl and a grain elevator and a boy she meets there. Obviously I got the idea when I started my new job. And I encountered a few people who were the inspiration for my characters. But I feel like there's always the chance that people would draw comparisons to real people. And I've felt that way about anything I've written. That's one of the reason why I stick to YA. I felt like if I tried to write about a married couple or someone with kids, people would automatically assume it was somehow based on real-life, no matter if it was fiction or not.

Maybe that's just me being paranoid. Because writers write about adults and adult situations all the time without it being based on anything real. Or maybe it is real and we just don't know. Maybe it all depends on how good of a writer you really are.