Three Things Thursday: November 26, 2015

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 today, as my family gears-up/settles-down for a relaxing, simple, Thanksgiving day.


Back cover of "Drake and The Fliers" by Allison Maruska.

Earlier this year I got to read a preview copy of this book and was asked to write a blurb for the back!  This week the paper-back became available and I got to see it — This awesome book is now available and there’s my name, helping out another author!


My daily commute takes me downtown. I’ve been frowning at the Macy’s decorations (which have been up since before Halloween), but then this week I saw Nordstrom’s decorations. They’re clearly gearing up for Christmas but, what you can’t see clearly in this picture is what is actually visible in their windows. I wasn’t able to get close enough to read the fine print, but the large print on those posters says “Happy Thanksgiving.”  It made me smile to see this way of handling that need to get the Christmas decorations ready while still honoring the fact that we’ve got Thanksgiving first.

20151126_090553Our Thanksgiving table.  It’s a small group, two of my brothers, a friend of my brother’s, my mom and myself.  Small, simple, and hopefully pretty relaxing and fun.  Mom set the table last night, with the nice dishes, including some that belonged to my grandmother.  I’m looking forward to the meal and company, and it makes me smile to see the table all set like this.

If you want to see all the random things I find of interest during the week be sure to follow me on Instagram.

What things have you seen this week?  What are you up to today?


We Need To Speak Out.

There is an awful lot of pretty horrific stuff going on in our world right now. I find myself reflecting on the history of xenophobia, racism, and religious exclusion that my country has, and the ways in which I see those same things playing out again and again.

I find myself listening to the words of potential leaders of my country, and of regular people on the street, and friends-of-friends on social media, and I shudder at what I hear. I cringe and bite back my tongue.

I shouldn’t though. We shouldn’t be holding back our outrage. The phrase “silent majority” gets tossed around a lot, and it’s important that we don’t remain silent. I don’t often voice my political opinions — I shy away from a lot of those discussions because I am far better with the written word than the spoken word and tend to get frustrated and flustered when people aren’t listening. And, honestly, it seems like there is often a saturation of people saying what I would say already.

However, there reaches a point where the voices out there aren’t enough — where everyone needs to speak out against what they see happening. Even if it seems like a saturation exists.

We need to keep speaking out. Repetitively writing and talking about the parallels, about the dangers, about what we are seeing.  We need to call and write our elected leaders, speak up and speak out.  We need to stand up when individuals are talking in ways that are fear- and heat-driven. We need to stand up and speak out against xenophobia, racism, religion-based and identity-based hatred.

We need to raise our voices. We need to speak out.  I, for one, refuse to be on the wrong side of history. I refuse to be someone who sat idly by while fears are played up to help individuals achieve more power. I think about the history I have studied, how many people throughout history have willingly looked the other way, have thought “it can’t happen here,” about one thing or another while the situation was building so it DID happen there.

The details of the arguments are better left to people with more political understanding and finesse than I. I have learned that I am not one to take a front-line stand on something, but I am great at supporting those who do. At adding my voice to others, and to helping “boost the signal” when it is called for. It’s important to know our strengths, where and how we can help in the face of wrongdoings. Please, find those strengths. Figure out how you can help fight against injustice and make a stand.

Raise your voice. Continue to raise your voice. Continue to speak — even if it is something that has been said before, even if you don’t feel you can add something new or insightful. And, most importantly, make sure you are doing more than just sitting there re-posting. Contact elected officials, participate in rallies, and vote. Raise your voice and take action.

Until the End of the Year…

I totally missed last Wednesday’s post… It was actually intentional – I just neglected to follow through on my plan to let everyone here know that I wasn’t going to be posting it!

Thankfully, a friend checked in with me and reminded me that I hadn’t actually told you all that I wouldn’t be posting.

Through the end of December things will be a bit different here. I’m hoping to still Celebrate the Small Things on Fridays, and to invite you all to join me for coffee on the weekends, but my normal Wednesday posts will be a bit less predictable. There will, of course, be an Insecure Writers Support Group post for the First Wednesday of December, and a Passionate Geeks post for the Second Wednesday — but the rest of them may or may not have posts.

I am planning to have the occasional writing check-in post through December, as I try to manage DeDoWriMo and provide a place for others to share their December Writing progress as well. But I am hoping to put a lot of writing energy into a novel draft, and want to do some rearranging and cleaning up around the blog to get ready for the new year. So posting between now and January first may be a bit more sporadic as I plan and re-focus myself.

Just wanted to keep you all updated!

If We Were Having Coffee – DeDoWriMo! Yes, it’s a thing.. now…


If we were having coffee I’d tell you that this week had been, once again, a strange week.  I’ve been fighting a bug, which in of itself is not that strange, but the fact this one was accompanied by serious dizziness (so much so that I was taking time off of work). I ended up the doctor who diagnosed me with the very fancy sounding: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.  Basically there was some loose debris in my inner ear which was setting me out of balance. There were some exercises that I did which set everything back in place pretty quickly!  I kind of saw it as being akin to those old marble games where you are trying to get the marble to balance in a little hold created by the flimsy cardboard insert :)

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’ve officially had to step myself out of NaNoWriMo — I had a really good start, but the month has been too ridiculous to keep on top of things. However, December… December is actually a great month for me to write, other than one crazy week, work is pretty low-key and I have a number of days off thanks to the holidays. There isn’t any extended family coming to town, and there are only a few holiday events to go to.

I was talking to some friends and a few of them are looking at trying to do a bunch of writing in December as well so… December will be DeDoWriMo (I’m thinking of it as December Do-Over Writing Month, or.. maybe December, DO WRITING, Month…) I’ll put up more about it later this month, but am looking forward to the idea of a group of people also writing with similar goals — it really can help me keep going with the projects I’m working on.  One of my primary goals with it is to be able to end the year feeling good about my writing, having accomplished some things right at the end of the year to set myself up for a successful writing year to come.

How has your week been?  Do you have anything exciting coming up?  If you’re in the US are you doing anything exciting for Thanksgiving?

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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Celebrate Friday and the Coming Weekend!

Celebrate the Small Things

Today is Celebrate the Small Things Friday.  Hosted by Lexa Cain, L.G. Keltner of Writing Off the Edge, and Tonja Drecker of Kidbits, Celebrate the Small Things is a time when we all take a moment to celebrate something good from our week.  It can be small, it can be big, just something to look back on the week and celebrate!

This Friday was off to a rocky start, but now I celebrate that it is Friday! It’s been a strange week with sick time being taken due to vertigo (fixed that now), and forgetting important things at home… but it’s FRIDAY!  This weekend hold some writing time, some Bazaar-Visiting time with my Mom, some Wine-Tasting time with my Dad and Step-Mom, some visiting and game-playing time with friends and some cleaning/organizing time. And some planning for Thanksgiving, which is going to be nicely low-key this year, and all I’m handling is the appetizers!

What do you celebrate today?

If We Were Having Coffee – Busy busy busy!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you it’s been a busy week once again. I didn’t get as much writing done as I would have liked, but I had a lot of great social time, a handful of doctor visits, and a great time exploring some different places in the city.

Cider tasting!

Things are looking like they’ll be settling down a bit now.

I planned to spend the day working on rearranging and organizing my room.  I did get a fair amount of that done, but first I had to run some errands — errands which I ended up having the company of a friend for, which was great (shopping is always so much more fun with a friend!)   While out shopping I came across a few things that reminded me of some of my blogging friends…

Nerd In The Brain these might be worth exploring!
I have a few friend I thought of with these grown-up sized fox, footie, PJs… Rose and Hannah especially!


After the errands were done I focused on the room, and made some good progress.  There is still a fair amount of work to be done, but I am going to dedicate tomorrow to finishing it all up. Then I can focus the second half of the month on writing. Lots of writing. Lots and lots of writing.

The holidays are coming up and I am excited about all that’s happening around here.  Portland is starting to decorate for winter, including some awesome yarn-bombing happening around

Umbrella Man all dressed up for the winter!
Umbrella Man all dressed up for the winter!

I’m a bit scattered, and it’s getting pretty late so it’s time to get some sleep, but I am looking forward to a relatively calm holiday season. There are parties to host, events to attend, decorations to put up, presents to plot… but also a lot of days off work where I have nothing to do but relax, read, and write!




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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