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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Little Hiatus...

Sorry all- no Fun Friday or Short Story Saturday this week.

I've had a bit of a crisis here in the world of animal rescue and am focusing on helping to save the lives of 40 dogs and puppies caught up in a political drama and small town witch hunt.

Rescue work is never easy but the past 48 hours have been especially heart-wrenching.

I hope to be back Monday!  I'll announce any contest and random giveaway winners then.

Thanks for your continued support and loyalty. 

I appreciate you all so very much!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday ~ Valentine's Day

It's that day... the one where new lovers are just a little bit more in love, old lovers rekindle that "new love" feeling, and the single folks buy themselves a chocolate bar and poke fun at all the lovey-dovey silliness going on around them.  It's the day that you either love or hate.  There doesn't seem to be a lot of middle ground.  I suppose some people are on the fence, but most have picked a side and they are sticking to it.

Me?  Oh, I like Valentine's Day just fine, but I don't expect anything.  If my husband should surprise me with flowers or candy, I'd be delighted... shocked.

Okay, truth is I'd be thankful and just a bit (secretly) disappointed that after almost two decades together... he still hasn't figured out the way to my heart is through books, writing supplies, and quirky novelties.

I'm not going to stress over it though.  Like I said, I'm not expecting anything... and neither is he.

It's just not something we've done much of since our first couple of married years.  Life became about the kids.  We do for them and outside of that the attitude is, "It's just another day... no biggie."

I'm finding myself a bit torn this year.  It's a shame that we've let ourselves stop caring about surprising each other with thoughtfulness.  On the flip-side, it's kind of a shame that we'd wait for a "special" holiday to show each other how we feel. 

Some of my friends have been talking about "having" to buy their significant other a gift.  It's clear they see it as more of a chore than a thoughtful kindness to show their affections.

In my perfect fantasy world, my husband and I would treat every day like Valentine's Day. 

Not only that, but we'd treat the kids that way too.  Every single day that we are gifted with, each moment that we have to enjoy being with our family, is a special blessing, and should be approached that way.

So, on this Thoughtful Thursday, my plan is to do the unexpected.  I'm going to give gifts.

Specifically, I'm going to give the gift of time.  I'm sure that when I make my announcement I'll be met with resistance, fear of the new and unknown, and possibly, "ugh do we have to?"  But that's okay, I'm going for it, and I'm not taking "no" for an answer!

I've wanted to incorporate date nights into our marriage for a while now.  I'm going to one-up this by including parent/child date night's (or days) as well.  THAT is my unexpected gift to my family.

Time flies by and children grow so fast...  My youngest just turned ten.  A decade with my baby boy, gone in a flash.  We can't really slow the passing of time, but we can be sure that we cherish each passing minute and make it count!

I've made jars full of "dates" for us to do as hubby/wife, dad/son, mom/son, and as a family.  I've come up with a crafty schedule to keep it all on track, and to allow it not to become overwhelming (time or finance wise).  Every other week is "date" night.  We'll alternate dates so that we end up doing a hubby/wife, a parent/child (alternating which parent), and a family date each month.

I'll present these jars and calendars over an unexpected family dinner-- including candlelight and music.

If met with too much resistance, I'll just guilt them all for not getting me chocolates and insist this is the only way they can make it up to me.  I'm evil like that. Bwahaha!

On this Thoughtful Thursday ~ Valentine's Day, I want to know:

What's your tradition?  

Do you date night?
Do you flower & candy?
Do you Valentine or Just Another Day?
Do you celebrate with your lover? bestie? kids?

All of the above?

If you don't have one, I challenge you to think of
ONE way to give the most thoughtful gift of all to the ones you love...



Comment Below! 
I'll pick a random winner and try to send you a thoughtful prize that fits in with your tradition!

*Winners will be announced on Fun Friday*

Wordless Wednesday ~ Happy Birthday To My Baby!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Teaser Tuesday ~ Final Judgment Teaser 1

Final Judgment Teaser 1:

Do you know the significance of this item?

If so... comment below only the name
of the person this item belongs to.

First correct answer wins a prize. 

Good luck!

When Justice Fails...  There's Final Judgment

Three unlikely friends, bound by a long-ago summer full of personal tragedies, 
reunite in a race to save one's life before the past catches up with them all. 
They'll have to hurry... 
The enemy is closer than they think.
Will anyone survive the Final Judgment?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Musings ~ Write Here. Write Now.

February 11, 2013
Monday, 9 am

Weight:  Down 2 pounds! Whoop!

Coffee Consumption: Down to 1 cup and only 1 tbsp of Creamer.

Chocolate Report: I indulged in some Peanut M&M's.  Yep.  I admit it.  They were good! 


musing:  deep in thought; contemplative.


 I need to remember this and apply it: 


You write wherever you have to in order to get it done. 



For me, that doesn't mean I can write anywhere.  

Technically, I can write where ever and when ever.

Depending on my mood and scene, sometimes McDonald's is better than my office-- but that's normally what I deem "small" writing.  I can do blog posts, short stories, and character studies or research in public places.

In the great outdoors, I'm most often writing poetry.  

When it comes to my novels...

I need a specific place to write.  
I need my Scriptorium!  
That's my "wherever... in order to get it done".

My writing room has been "out of order" for the past month and it's making me crazy.  

I'm currently writing in the living room with piles of books and notes stacked next to the couch.  I can write here.  Write now.  I can get it done.  I'm just not as productive this way.  I am constantly having to lug books to and from my writing room and back again.  My files, notes, and storyboard cannot all be moved to the living room.  I find the television a distraction.  The kitchen is too close and convenient.

It's just not working for me.

I've only managed to set myself up in an awkward writing seat (recliner) and surround myself by clutter and chaos.  The living room is a mess of books, notepads, pens, wires, electronics, etc.

Next week, it's time to revamp and clean my writing room.  After all, the purpose of that room was to write in, not to store things that have no home in.  Hubby is just going to have to get over it and make room in his shed for the "extra shhtuff" we've collected.

There are things about my Scriptorium that worked beautifully.  The large bulletin board gave me a great place for keeping a timeline and character work sheets for my current WIP.  The overhead bookshelves hubby built for me were great for all those books I needed to keep within reach.  The u-shape desk set up allowed me plenty of room for my PC, laptop, reference books, notes, and a bit of this and that to be spread about.

There were also things that didn't work so well.  The decor, though pretty Vintage Victorian, was not the best option in terms of inspired writing.  The room had a rather formal "don't sit there" kind of vibe.  Too much froo-froo that was fragile and needed to be dusted, if you get my drift.  The bed, meant to be a cozy spot to recline and read, or daydream, was dressed in an ivory satin spread--oooh don't touch it, don't even look at it, it might pick, stain, wrinkle, or self-destruct.

The dogs sharing the space often proved to be an adorable distraction.

 Moving my exercise bike in there to remind myself not to sit still at my desk for too long, backfired.  It became something to stub my toes over, pile things on, and blocked the closet (where my supplies were stored).

We've been redoing the house a room at a time.  My most recent decision to merge my writing room with my bedroom... well, let's just say I'm reconsidering. I think I might do well to keep my sleeping area free of distractions like computers, reference books, and giant white boards.  I have enough trouble sleeping without the convenience of 24-7 access to writing tools.

My goal now is to rework the Scriptorium, keeping what works, and improving what doesn't.

Do you have a writing room?  

Are you a "write anywhere" writer?  

Can you just drop it like it's hot
and write "here" and write "now'?  

Or do you need your "space", your special place, your own version of a Scriptorium?


What is one thing you must have to write?

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