Sunday Slideshow: ice soup

Fun Ice play, and an ice-based Haiku!

that cynking feeling

On Saturday afternoon, I took Philip outside to play. His old, beat-up turtle-shaped sandbox resides under our deck. The rain from earlier in the week fell into it and then froze into a sheet of ice when the temperatures dropped. The ice was starting to thaw by the time we ventured to the backyard. I decided to dump the ice on the ground so that Philip wouldn’t get wet.

Philip created a new game with the broken pieces of ice. He picked them up and threw them into the turtle sandbox. He made a sound with each throw. The ice made a noise, too. I added my own sound effects: “boom! thunk! crash!” Philip giggled.

Philip, against my advice, decided to taste one piece of ice.

“Yuck,” was the verdict. I can’t blame him. The ice did have bits of mud on it.

After he had collected most of the…

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Go Play, Go Learn: Ice Memories

go play go learn badgeIce!

I remember one winter we had some serious ice storms.  The roads were coated — my brother had some skateboards that were JUST the boards and we took those to the hill to ride them down the street (and then had a long crawl/climb up another hill to do it again!)

There was the year that the Koi were being temporarily stored in a large trash can in the backyard.  It froze over and the Koi happily lived under the ice.  They can survive under water in a pond quite well… though in captivity it’s important to open a hole up so that they can get fresh air.

Those are two of my favorite Ice memories… what memories do you have of ice?

Go Play, Go Learn – Ice!

If We Were Having Coffee – Eye Injuries…



If we were having coffee you’d see that I’m sporting a new accessory today:


Monday night I injured my eye.  There’s no scratch (thankfully) but there is inflammation and I have to put drops in regularly.  The pupil is dilated, which makes things (like working on a computer) rather challenging.  I created an eye-patch monocle which helps a bit, but it’s still been hard for me to read or work on the computer. The eye is getting better, but I’ve been much more absent from the online world than I normally am (I feel bad for not responding to all the comments on my Insecure Writers Support Group post this week…. but the amount of screen time I can do at a time is really minimal).

This has dominated a lot of the week. It wasn’t all bad though – I was able to go out to sushi for lunch one day with a friend and her daughter — it was yummy and a lot of fun.


I so enjoyed playing Guillotine last week that I ordered my own set of the game, and I got to enjoy playing a round of it with my mom and brother. It was nice to sit down and play a simple and fun game.


I’m also really excited about the Jamberry work I’ve been doing.  I’m working on a blog related to it (though that’s also been stalled out for now given the eye issues).  I’ve been putting materials together and was really excited that the wraps that I custom-designed arrived!  I’m hoping to put them on today.

Check out the host folder I put together!
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My Custom-Design Wraps!!

That’s been most of my week.  I really am focusing on letting my eye rest so that it can heal quickly.. so I’ll settle back now, close my eyes, and ask you how your week has been.

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!

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Three Things Thursday: February 4 2016


Nerd In The Brain does this thing called “Three Things Thursday” where she posts three things that made her smile. I love it and decided that I would go ahead and give it a go.

20160130_141145On Saturday I went out with friends for a day of games and a very very yummy lunch!  I love the chance to go eat such a delicious burger!


My Mom had to buy some glow-sticks for something at work. There were extras so I got some to play with — which was so much fun!  And they lasted for extra long!! At least three days of glowing after I had activated them!!


I injured my eye on Monday night, and it’s caused the rest of the week has been a bit of a challenge, with emergency ophthalmology appointments and having to not use my left eye (it’s rather difficult to look at a computer screen and nearly impossible to read things with both eyes open… thankfully I know how to type with my eyes closed :)  )   However, one bonus is that I’ve been able to be home a little bit during the day and Midnight has been nice and cuddly (well, also super-playful, but also some cuddling).  It was so sweet!

What made you smile this week?

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Fresh Starts Aren’t Just for January

I’m pleased to be a Co-Host of this months Insecure Writer’s Support Group Posting Day!  It’s actually a really good month for me to be doing this, because if I weren’t co-hosting I would have been seriously tempted not to post at all.


Well, Confession time.

I set out in January with a goal to write 15 minutes of fiction everyday.  Free-writing, it could be anything – just writing fiction in hopes of “getting back to basics.”

Who can guess how successful I was at that?

Yeah… January had ups and downs, bits and pieces of projects old and new got completed.  A lot of organizing happened, but… very minimal fiction writing.

The longer I allow myself to stay away from fiction the more frightening the idea of going back.  When your writing is already something you’re unsure about it doesn’t take much to tip it over the edge.

I think the trick is to have clear goals and accountability.  Yes, there is a level of forgiveness to myself for not always meeting goals, but it can reach the point of excuses.

I spent a number of years not writing — always half working on a project, but never putting in real energy. It was easy to let go of that drive I once had, to allow it to fade to the background and bury myself in other projects.  If it was so easy, I ask myself, then does it mean I’m not actually driven to write the same way that those people who say they must write are?

No… it just means I write differently.  We all move at our own pace, and I need to allow myself to keep to the pace that is reasonable for me. It’s okay to give myself a break from writing if I am not feeling particularly motivated to write (particularly if I am feeling motivated to do things like read, or otherwise fill my creativity-coffers).

But I have spent a few months now letting myself refill those coffers (and binge-watch a few TV series as well).  I’ve stumbled a few times, made a few false starts on new fiction projects, and keep falling back to not-writing.  It’s reached the point where it’s painfully clear to me that I’m really just trying to procrastinate.  I’m holding myself back from making progress on the novel project I had been working on all summer and spring.

See, I hit this point in revisions where I realized there were some serious changes that I needed to make. Revisions and rewrites (again.. more…). It was important to take a break, but now I really do need to focus back in, put the real energy and effort into it that it deserves. It’s frightening to do so – what if I can’t get it right? What if it’s a terrible story? What if it’s just ALL wrong?

What if?  Well, yes, it might be terrible, it might be all wrong and I might fail at it… but I certainly will fail if I don’t put in the effort to do the rewrite, now won’t I?



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If We Were Having Coffee – Games!


If we were having coffee I’d tell you about the Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery! It was such a cool place to visit, and I had a fun time playing a few different games with friends. So many great games – I look forward to many more visits.

A shot of just a few of the (literally) THOUSANDS of games they have.
We played ’90’s Trivial Pursuit, and then Guillotine. Really enjoyed Guillotine!
The front of the museum!

Earlier in the day we’d had a bit of excitement. The dogs started going crazy out back and we discovered that they’d tree’d a raccoon!  A rather large raccoon… I managed to get some good pictures of him WAY up there.

Here he is in the tree
He’s in the tree in this picture too (and this picture doesn’t even capture the entire tree!) Can you spot him?

Today I’m off to lunch with a friend, and hope to get some more writing done.. so much that I need to do!

There really isn’t a whole lot else going on to talk about, so I’d sit back and let you talk for a bit — what has your weekend been like?


Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!

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Think Ink! Guest Series by Rose B. Fischer

think inkHey guys! This is Rose B. Fischer. You might know me from over on my blog of the same name. If not, it’s nice to meet you!

Last year, I blogged through an experiment in designing a drafting and revision process that works better for me than what I have been doing for. The blog series was known as Think Ink. This year, I’m doing another round of Think Ink focused on my getting all my notes and research organized.   Alli invited me to share my posts here with you, so here I am.

In week one I explained my organizational process thus far and why I’d like to change it.

This week, I want to talk about what hasn’t worked, to see if I can get a better idea of what WILL work.  Each of these methods/programs do have some functional uses, and I recommend checking them out.  They may be just the thing you need.

  • The Brain is a super powerful piece of mind mapping software with a lot of bells and whistles. I like the paid version better than the free version, but not enough to warrant the cost. I really enjoyed its ability to list items and automatically generate a mind map from them.  Also, importing lists will generate a new map.  This is awesome, because I love lists! The problem is the maps themselves aren’t flexible enough to give me room to explore without creating a lot of separate diagrams that have to be linked together. I spent more time trying to get the interface to look the way I wanted it to end trying to move branches around so that the screen was less cluttered that I actually spent working in the program.
  • An Outline/List Structure (Including Trello.) Bulleted lists and the automatic outline structure in Word have been my best friend for ages. They helped me a lot in organizing my thoughts visually, but they’re only effective for helping me break my ideas into categories. I can’t use the outline document itself to fill in details because I get too confused over which category to put things in or I just end up with so many subcategories that the document is a nightmare to navigate. Trello is much easier to navigate, and it would be almost perfect for me if I could save Trello boards in a readable off-line format. Writing all my notes in Word and then trying to update or upload to Trello is too time-consuming and I actually forget to make the updates. I get overwhelmed easily, so I need a system where I can write my notes directly into the organizational structure.  I do a lot of notes, so 2700 different documents all linked to a Trello card is not helpful. I also need a structure that allows for collapsibility and nesting, since my stories usually end up having multiple time periods, multiple generations, and multiple cultures to deal with all the same time. Robin has a worldbuilding template for Trello that would be good for stories with a smaller scope. I’ve tried similar methods and I always end up feeling like I’d need to set up separate boards for each culture and/or time. Then I get overwhelmed because there’s too much and it’s too hard for me to find what I’m looking for.
  • Appending Worldbuilding notes to Character sheets (plus character sheets period.  I hate them.)  Since my stories are usually character driven, and most of my notes about how the worlds work are full of “well, this was my original idea, and the characters said this and did this this and this, so now I think…” One of the first things I tried was organizing my notes by character. The problem with this is I need character sheets to do it, and it’s always complicated because if there’s more than one character involved, I have to figure out who to put the thing under and remember where it is.

What I’m thinking now is that I’ll use Scrivener’s index card/storyboarding feature to jot reminders of content on my brain dump files and then transfer them into some manner of organized reference doc/series bible a little at a time.

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