Saturday, August 26, 2017

Musings on a Saturday Morning

So I'm sitting here at the gymnastics center while #3 has class. There's a cheerleading team practice going on at the same time. I've always loved to watch cheer routines (the completions they show on ESPN are AWESOME), so I'm getting first hand knowledge of what goes into it. 

This is fitting because this week, a video went viral showing a girl being forced into splits by her cheer coach. I didn't watch the video, because who wants to see that? Seriously, what is wrong with people? This morning I watched the cheer team warming up and they worked on splits. They went down and had someone behind them, pressing on their lower back, but not to the point that anyone was screaming out in pain. So there's obviously a right way and a wrong way to do things. 

One other thing I noticed is how different all these girls are (there's 2 guys too). Different shapes, sizes and possibly ages, I can't tell. But they can all do the flips and jumps and whatever else they are doing. That shows me there's no *right* size or shape. You can be a bigger girl and do just as many backflips as the tiny girl. That's awesome. Not that I'm inspired to try it, rocking my mom bod the way I am. 

I can also see why sports were not my thing, team or not. Being criticized and critiqued is hard enough. In front of a group? No thank you. But these kids are handling it very well and I struggle with it as an adult. I'm seriously impressed. It's one reason why I keep my writing so close. And possibly why I'm more likely to share with strangers than friends. Friends might be more likely to say something is great when it isn't. Strangers won't be so kind and it won't sting as much. You can write them off as an idiot and move on. Joking. Strangers might be smarter than you. They might be *better* than you. And you should take the critiques graciously. Learn from it and grow from it. No one is trying to tear you down. Unless they are. Then that person is an a-hole and you should move on. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

I Did a BIG THING

Okay, so this is the internet, where nothing is secret. I mean, not really. But this blog and my whole "writing career" are not something I advertise. I have a Facebook page that I don't post on very often and I certainly don't invite people to check it out. But, I don't know, maybe I should.

Today at work, we had an office assistants meeting. My boss lady, Heather, is really into team building and she asked us to write down something about ourselves that no one would know and then she read them aloud and we had to guess who wrote it. I don't like things like that because most of the time, I can't think of anything. I'm not interesting. I don't do interesting things. I have four kids, which is just crazy, but everybody already knew that. So I wrote "I write novels."

Yeah. I did it. I admitted it. To people. Outside my circle. They were all pretty surprised and slightly interested and then we moved on to the next clue and forgot about it. But I was still pretty proud of myself. It's not like admitting I have a problem and need help. It's admitting I have a dream and someday I'll achieve it.

Friday, October 21, 2016

N...N...November is coming

So it's that time of year...

When I come back from months of not blogging to remind you that November is almost here and November means NaNoWriMo is almost here again.

This year will be different from previous years because I have my shit together this year. I have my bullet journal specifically designed for writing. Specifically designed for NaNoWriMo writing. I have no less than 4 word tracker charts ready to go, plus an Excel spreadsheet tracker. I have my version of an "outline." It's like a generic synopsis, a general idea of where I want the story to go. The only problem is that I don't know if I want the story to end or if I want a cliff hanger type ending for a sequel. I know how I am at writing sequels. I think it could be an exciting series. But I'm writing a bit out of my comfort zone this year, so I'm not sure if I want to commit to more than one book.

If you're curious, I'm sticking to young adult, but this one has a bit of a time travel twist in it. So I've been researching the time period my characters are in and traveling to, plus I'm using all my Back to the Future knowledge. And that new show Timeless that just started? Perfect timing. I'm taking notes from it too, just in case. So we'll see what happens.

To everyone else on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon, good luck and god speed and may ALL THE WORDS fill your page.

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 tracker...in 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

Playlist

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.