Writing Challenges

My first NaNoWriMo challenge was November 2012. It was the first official beginning of my book #1 – Obeyville Snoop. I accomplished 5,510 words. My creative mind was not appearing for the challenge. I did have fun beginning the book, but lacked the discipline to write every day. I had post-it notes, apps on my phone, and to do lists reminding me to write but it didn’t help. I set the draft aside.

Then I saw Camp NaNoWriMo pop up in an email for April 2013! I had to do it. I could not resist. I went top speed on the first book again. The words flowed. I won with 50,219 words! Yay! It felt wonderful! I read afterwards what I wrote and couldn’t stop laughing. Nothing fit together. Definitely,ย a first draft!

Feeling inspired I signed up for July 2013 camp and began the second book in the series “Snoop In Overdrive.” Didn’t go well. Zilch!

Signed up for November 2013. Zilch again on book #2.

April 2014 rolls around, sign book#2 up and wrote 10,095 with a goal of 30,000 words. Thought maybe shorter novels would be better for me.

November 2014 I signed up book #2 again. Didn’t add any words. In fact, I tried revising first what I had written. Bad thing to do. Needed to finish it first.

Seems like the November challenges are not good for me. No creative spark. Maybe my mind is more interested in the holidays.

I skipped April 2015 but decided to do July 2015 with Book #1 revisions. I had already chopped so much out of Book #1 over the last year that the goal was now 25,000 words. Yep, short novels might be better for me. I revised a second time only 7,262 words.

Signed up again November 2015 with book #2. Zilch. I can’t stop signing up! LOL. It is like a habit now. Need the writing to be a habit. ๐Ÿ™‚ We will see about this year. Maybe this will be where I finally stop signing up during November. LOL

I signed up for this April’s camp! It is going SOOO GOOD!!!!

I have officially revised everything I had cut long ago in Book #1. I am at 22,104 words with a 25,000 word goal! I feel great! Now comes adding the last 2,896 words from scratch. Which I am OK with because the book needed a different ending. I think I have been so hung up on that part and is why I never finish.

Lots of thinking and writing tonight!

The book will need a final complete revision but not because of the plot this time. The BONES are there! Finally!

Kudos to all you authors that can write several novels in a year. Maybe in the future for me but I don’t think this decade! LOL I’ll be tickled pink to finish this series of three books!

Maybe by 2018! ๐Ÿ™‚

If all goes well, I hope to have Book #1 self published this summer and dive into Book #2 in July! Fingers crossed! I feel the writing muse is around me.

Have a great weekend! I hope to have great news on Sunday or Monday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Data Zone

I love data, numbers, stats, etc. Anything that contains numbers. Perhaps that is why I stayed working as a bookkeeper for almost seventeen years. Or it could have been the lovely friendships I developed with my co-workers.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ Miss them lots.

If I could have my choice of a paying job it would be data entry. Note I put paying job!ย ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Writing is my fun, creative, non-paying job.ย ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Perhaps it will pay nicely someday. I do write some for pay but the assignments are few and nothing I could live off.

But it does help buy a few books!ย ๐Ÿ™‚

My love for data began in my early twenties when I landed a temporary job inputting soil data for an agriculture company. Long numbers of data! I’m weird but it was fun. The co-workers and owners were awesome! The best ever Christmas party was by them out of all of my jobs thus far.

A dinner theatre! It was a Neil Simon’s play, Barefoot in The Park!

Loved it! The juicy steak for the meal was the icing on the cake!

It was sad when the temp job came to an end.

I almost changed my major in college from Pre-Architecture/Interior Design to Statistics. I like math, I just don’t love it enough to study it mainly. I got to have my art!

Have you always wanted your original career or job?

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Busy As A Bee

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The last few weeks have been as busy as can be. At least I am keeping myself busy. I have painted walls, organized cupboards, decorated, and done some editing and writing on the two books in progress.

I feel much better about my accomplishments.

I was lagging for several months. I hope to keep this going in the new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. It was fun here. It was hubby and the two youngest sons. The two older kids couldn’t make it. Sad face, but understand. They do get to come home the week of Christmas and New Years! Yay!

I am dreading the driving in KC to pick up the sailor son. Normally, hubby does that driving and work is overriding that one this time.

I have faith.

I can do it.

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Garfield is how I feel aboutย driving in KC. But I will do it to see my son!

Now, I will have to learn to cook for six again for a week! That could be interesting! LOL… Normally, during the week I cook for three and then the weekend for four when hubby is home. I don’t always get it right then. LOL

I look forward to making more memories with all four kids home! ๐Ÿ™‚

I had this great plan of starting Christmas shopping way early this year in October. I even put it on the calendar to remind me every Friday.

About that, didn’t happen.

I thought about what gifts to buy but that is as far as it went. I suppose I am meant to always be a last minute shopper! I even had ideas for some homemade gifts. Didn’t happen. Sigh.

How early do you shop?

 

Books, Shelves, and More

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My current books on one lonely shelf. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This wall will sometime in the future be my rows of shelves for my books. I have not brought all my books from the Puzzle House yet. I am waiting until this is done so we don’t have to work around them. I have well over 1000 books. A few years ago I cataloged all but the paperback Harlequin novels on a phone app. I lost the app when I changed phones.

Bummer. I will catalog again one day. ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t think I will bring the Harlequin novels here, thinking I will keep them at the Puzzle House. After all, need books there too!

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This is my library at the Puzzle House. I miss those shelves. Hubby did a great job making them. Once all the books are off I need to sand and put a clear coat on so I can actually dust them. It is rather difficult dusting right now because the cloth sticks to the shelve. I didn’t sand only painted. I’m thinking of doing some wire doors in areas of the shelves. I think that will be neat looking.

Currently this room was our master bedroom. We are now going to make it our living, library, storage closet (to the left there which was my walk-in closet) and TV room. ๐Ÿ™‚

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My favorite collection is my V.C. Andrews novels. I am behind on buying them and way behind on reading the new ones. ๐Ÿ™‚ I first read My Sweet Audrina in Jr. High. I was hooked. I have only read this one and the Flowers in the Attic series. Yes, I am way behind on reading all the other series. I kept buying them because I knew I would read them someday. I think that day is coming.

Do you buy collections or series?

My Current Read

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I discovered this author a few years ago when I went to the library. I love her writing. Simple, fun, and mysterious. She has wrote a ton of books. It will take me forever to read them all because I like to mix up my authors since there are many good ones.

This year I am going to read both ebooks and the good ole hand around the book. Last year I read mostly ebooks because there are many new authors and I couldn’t stop downloading them.

I didn’t make my reading goal last year but I have a good feeling that I will this year.

Happy reading everyone.

Journal Dec 29-Jan 3 2015, That 5 Year Thing Again.

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December 29

Question: What are your top three wishes?

2012: To be loved, Peace between all of us, All of us to be healthy.

2013: A close family, Everyone healthy in the family, The family happy in their lives.

2014: Close family, Healthy family, Accomplished family.

December 30

Question: List what you’ve eaten for the past week.

2012: turkey, turkey, and more turkey. Love turkey sandwiches and lots left over from holiday. ๐Ÿ™‚

2013: Turkey and too many trips to fast food hamburger places. We were lazy to cook after Christmasย when the turkeyย ran out.

2014: Lasagne, salad, cucumbers, donuts, Pepsi, hamburger, chicken, little smokies, chili, candy, eggs, cereal, cookies. Did much better this holiday with the variety. ๐Ÿ™‚

December 31

Question: What is your most cherished memory of this year?

2012: My oldest son graduating from high school. ๐Ÿ™‚ Two graduated, two more to go!

2013: Finding out the daughter did get her Associates of Arts Degree from college. She achieved some of that while being deployed and stressed!

2014: Spending major holidays with kids and hubby. It won’t always happen as the family grows.

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January 1

Question: What is your mission?

2012: To have more energy to do the things I need and want to accomplish. I will finish everything I start this year and some past starts! ๐Ÿ™‚

2013: To write and publish my first novel. To make some money writing. To lose 50lbs.

2014: To love my family, be healthy, and provide for them. To get that first book published. Get over the fear of people not liking it.

2015: To be healthy, happy, and accomplished! ๐Ÿ™‚ To lose another 30lbs. I lost 20lbs last year! Yay!!!

January 2

Question: Can people change?

2012: People can change but they have to want to change. And some change without trying to or noticing that they did. They have to care to change for themselves first.

2013: I believe they can if they really want to. It helps when people are there to believe in them.

2014: Yes, but others need to open their eyes and see that it is possible.

2015: Yes, hopefully for the better. The other way is not so good.

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January 3

Question: What are you reading right now?

2012: Scarlett— love it! Had to read it after finishing Gone With The Wind. I had to know what they hoped would happen. The two authors’ writing is different but I enjoyed them.

2013: Several books at once. I never thought I would do that. Love reading again. Goal for year is 40 books.

2014: One book and one ebook. Goal is 52 books this year. (I only read 25, bummer.)

2015: One book and one ebook. I like the change from the electronic to the real deal of a book. Soon my creative cave will be done and I can bring the rest of my books from our other house. I use to buy them all the time but most I have never read. I have well over 1000 books. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will probably bring only the hardback ones and the series paperback. I have tons of Harlequin books but think I will keep them at the other house. Way too many to bring here. Plus, need something there to read. ๐Ÿ™‚ Goal this year is 40 but secretly hoping for more.

Journal Dec. 5-11

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Dec. 5th

Question? Who do you miss?

2012

My grandparents and my dad.

2013

Luckily, haven’t lost anyone this year. I still miss my grandparents and my dad. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Dec. 6th

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Question? Today you gained ______

2012

I read and gained more knowledge. Love learning. ๐Ÿ™‚

2013

I gained more books on my Nook! I have so many to read now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dec. 7th

Question? Where do you see yourself next year?

2012

I see myself published as a self-published author. ๐Ÿ™‚

2013

I see myself working again and being published. I love working so it is all good. More pocket money means more books. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dec. 8th

Question? How ambitious do you feel today?

2012

Pretty ambitious! I just allow myself to get distracted with the internet. ๐Ÿ™‚

2013

I am halfway. A little laundry done, a little reading, and lots of putting things off. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dec. 9th

Question? What is your most recent act of generosity?

2012

I was nice to someone who ticked me off. I bit my lip.

2013

Nothing jumps out at me. Shame on me. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Dec. 10th

Question? What surprised you today?

2012

How life is not so stressful anymore. A year ago it was a 10 on the stress level.

2013

I did a good job on my Ad design for an interview. It’s been awhile since I used a MAC computer.

Dec. 11th

Question? Where do you find joy?

2012

Spending time with my family, my art, and my writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

2013

I love to read books. I can get lost in a novel and all worries go away.

Journal Oct 31-Nov 6

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Oct. 31st

Question? Halloween plans? What’s your costume?

2012

No costume. Going with Adric, his friend, and his friend’s mom.

2013

No costume. My daughter had hip surgery today. A minor one which was an outpatient thing. Once she felt ready we went to her bar that she bartends at around 10pm. We enjoyed watching all the crazy drunks and costumes. There were some neat costumes. She was on crutches but felt good. It was good to be out.

Nov 1st

Question? What was something you couldn’t do today?

2012

Write.

2013

I didn’t see my boys. I’m staying with the daughter for awhile until she feels comfortable with the crutches. She is doing good. It was a movie watching kind of day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nov 2nd.ย  Happy birthday to my youngest kid, Adric!

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Question? What’s your biggest expense right now?

2012

Rent on the duplex.

2013

Rent on the duplex and upkeep on the house back home. It is well worth it. Enjoying our time in big little city. Love having two places to call home. I don’t have to live full time in a messy remodel of a home. LOL

Nov 3rd

Question? When did you last hold a baby?

2012

Wow, probably Adric my son. Ten years ago.

2013

This summer at a baseball game for my son Jessup, a lady handed me her baby while she was swatting bees! LOL I was like, oh, don’t cry little one, I am out of practice!

Nov. 4th

Question? Today you made ______.

2012

Progress on writing my first novel. A small progress but it is a start!

2013

My daughter feel better. ๐Ÿ™‚ She was having an allergic reaction to the bandages on her hip incision. I had to go get some new bandages from the store. I broughtย Wendy’s food back while out getting the bandages! I am such a good mom. LOL

Nov 5th

Question? What should remain as-is?

2012

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2013

My hair. I am keeping it long for the winter. It makes a great warm covering! lol In the Spring, I can cut it for the warm weather. It actually grows fast anymore so I am not afraid to cut it off. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nov 6th

Question? What time did you go to bed last night?

2012

I believe it was about 11pm. Normal.

2013

I think it was between 11-12pm. Fairly normal thing. It varies depending on what I am doing. If I read, it tends to be later. I hate putting a book down once I get to reading it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Clearance Collage

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I started this collage a few weeks ago. I have been staring at it wondering what else to add to it. I do this a lot. Stare at it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I bought the small canvas squares at an art store and did some cross hatching in ink on them. They are peel and stick canvas, really neat. I will definitely buy some more.

The background paper are scrapbook sheets that I have. I have yet to really start my scrapbook projects, sigh. I may get those done by the time I have all four kids graduated, so that gives me at least seven more years. It’s already been twenty-two which is how old my oldest is.

OOOPs, been busy?

I could probably come up with a lot of excuses, but it won’t change that the books are not done.

Supplies are bought! ๐Ÿ™‚

I found some flowers on clearance at another store, just knew they would come in handy someday. Clearance racks rock!

It just may be stored for twenty-two years is all. Another ooops! I think my husband calls that a hoarder. Nah! I just love cute things.

I hunted for the frame at the same store as the flowers. I actually had a different one picked out, but then this one caught my eye, CLEARANCE!

I am an unemployed writer and creative want-to-be so clearance is my best friend, at least my pocketbook says so.