Friday, February 25, 2011

Because I Suck at Titles

This will probably be a kind of all over the place entry, I didn't know what to call it. But I really do suck at titles. Most of the time I will use a song title. Because it's easy.

That's not even what I wanted to talk about, but I should take off on that topic. Maybe next time!

One thing I did want to talk about today was focus. I touched on this one other time, I think. I have a hard time staying focused on one thing at a time. Writing-wise, but also in a lot of other things. Like, if I'm trying to clean my house, for example. I'll walk through the living room, on my way to the laundry room and notice something to dust. Or toys to pick up. Or whatever. So I'll start on that, which will lead to something else, so on and so forth. Then two hours later I will realize I never started that load of laundry like I planned. Normally, however, I will always circle back and follow through like I should.

With writing, however, it's so very easy for me to be distracted. I'll get tired of whatever I'm working on. I'll come up with a new, bright shiny idea that sounds a lot better. Whatever it is, it always seems better. I have actually finished two novel length stories. Since then, I've struggled. Well, maybe three, but the third was written in pieces and isn't technically finished.

For NaNo last year, I started a YA paranormal romancey type thing. I only got about 20K by the end of November, but I kept up with it. For a while. Then I was pulled back in to the contemp YA that I started for NaNo 2009. It's in much better shape and begging to be finished. For some reason, though, I decided it wasn't good enough the way it was and I revamped my main character. Which required an edit of the already written part. So, at 61 pages in, I think the story is already better.

Oh, but I'm not done. Last year, I went on a weekend getaway to the lake. While there, I got an idea inspired by a story I wrote a hundred years ago when I was a teenager. I wrote a few pages and dropped it. Now, I'm planning another getaway for this summer and I so desperately want to pull THAT story back out.

I won't allow it. I won't finish anything ever again if I do. Because it's a vicious cycle that I need to break, dammit! And I will. I will finish something! And it will be good (maybe)! And one of these days I will get published!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Random

Our system is down here at work. So I've been working on audit stuff, checking out craft blogs and working on a spreadsheet. So I have been working. But I'm taking a break. I have a headache, so I'd like to take a nap. Maybe later.

The Great Remodel of 2011 is nearing completion. Here's how it started. During the Snowpocalypse or SNO-M-G, or whatever other stupid title you want to give it, I started to peel the wallpaper off the bathroom walls. This has been something I've wanted to do for ages. It wasn't super ugly or anything. I just didn't like it. And most of the corners had started to peel anyway. And the kids had started to pull off what they could reach (with only a little encouragement from me). We were snowed in, so what else did I have to do?

Sometime last fall, my husband talked to his brother-in-law about ordering new windows for the bedrooms. I was not in on this, though I know he wanted to do it. In the midst of a discussion about the paint color for the bathroom, it became a "let's go ahead and do the bedroom" discussion. That was his project, though. I stuck to the bathroom.

He started last Sunday, after a crazy trip to Menards on Saturday night (talk about date night). Last night, we (finally) got paint on the bathroom walls. He might have done another coat today. I'm not sure what his plan is. I got to pick out the color for the bedroom because he decided he didn't care. Which, ultimately, leaves him open to criticize the color until we decide to paint over it.

So...more pictures....


The bedroom before



The bathroom before...and after the wallpaper removal



The bathroom after...the lighting isn't very good so it almost looks too yellow



And the pretty blue bedroom

Friday, February 4, 2011

Snow






Is the big Blizzard national news? Because it's all they are covering around here. Not like we don't know it's there. When you get two feet, it's pretty hard to miss.