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I am finding my way on the meandering, twisting path of life, constantly surprised by what’s around the next bend. Working to embrace and face the challenges inherent with following your dreams, and writing the journey. A writer and dreamer, historian and theologian, academic and fantasy-world-creator, genealogist and gluten-free baker, crafter and reader, poet and life-long learner, constantly questioning and occasionally irreverent. Eclectic Alli is my personal blog, with reflections on writing, life, theology, history, or whatever may catch my thoughts. Disparate Threads is a fantasy-fiction serial-blog, I am trying to break out of the traditional book-format mold of storytelling, taking advantage of the blog format to build a world. Everything on Disparate Threads is considered "Draft," and I WANT reader responses and input! Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram round out my online presence, and I try to do little bits different with each of them.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Tea and Scones!

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from May 18th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday May 21st at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Last weekend I overdid it a bit. I didn’t do much- just went to my Dad’s – but I ended up standing more than I had planned, and probably more than I should have. But part of it was because I was SO excited about the fact that I’d gotten new shoes.

I went into the shoe store Saturday morning with very specific criteria: I needed a sandal that was the exact same height as the surgical boot I’m wearing, with a back-strap and adjustable straps. The theory being that I’d be able to wear the left-shoe now, while I still have the boot on the right foot. Because none of my other shoes are the right height, the tiny difference was causing a bulging disc in my back to press even more strongly against the nerve, causing tingling and pain in my good side whenever I was standing for more than a few seconds. Shoes of the proper height eliminate that issue!

And, then once I graduate to weight-bearing physical therapy and can get out of the boot I can start wearing the RIGHT sandal as well. Since my foot will probably still be swollen, that will require the adjustable straps.

I was successful in this mission, and happily stood with my equal-height shoes. But it was still standing, which still uses the muscles and bones in my feet a bit more than they’re quite ready for, so I spent a lot of Monday a bit more sore than I would have expected. However, as the week wore on things settled a bit more. I’m still far from completely healed, but it’s nice to be making progress!

I’d offer you some scones, if we were having coffee. I have some delicious Gluten-Free one’s that I can heat up. I’m planning on enjoying some super-early on Saturday morning, because I’ve decided to go ahead and join my Mom in watching the royal wedding (which is at something like 4am my time). It’ll be fun, and I can then take a nap before getting on with the other things I am doing over the weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? What does the coming week have in store for you?

 

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#BoutOfBooks: Mid-Challenge Check In!

Hey all!
I thought I’d do a little check in today about how I’m doing with the Bout of Books challenge.

For those who missed it on my Weekend Coffee Share post – here’s the little blurb about Bout Of Books!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

It’s been a good week for reading! Given that I’m back to work full-time I don’t have nearly as much time to read as I did when I was in full-time surgery recovery (though, I didn’t get as much reading done then as I thought I did because sleeping became something of a full-time job!) I feel pretty good about having gotten through one book so far. Return To Sender, by Julia Alvarez, was awesome – I’ll be getting my review of it up in the next few weeks.

The best thing about Bout of Books has been the community! I had a lot of fun participating in a Twitter-Chat on Monday, and have had fun with the daily challenges. I’ve enjoyed getting to take some time on Instagram and Twitter to reflect on my reading and book-collecting habits.

#boutofbooks Day 3. My "precious" – this particular copy… because I searched for it for about 20 years. In elementary school I first read Little Women in this edition. The March sisters forever in my mind as they look in these illustrations. So, come middle school, I decided I wanted this copy and began to search. Every single time I was in a used bookstore I would check for this book. Carrying only the vague memory of the illustrations inside (in particular one of Beth). Finally, in my mid-twenties, at @powellsbooks with my annual Christmas gift card from my Grandparents, I found it. Right there on the shelf, in beautiful condition, just waiting for me to take it home Every time I open the cover, or spot the spine on my shelves, I am reminded of the awesome librarian who KNEW this was the right book for the third-grade me who had finally realized there were books worth reading that weren't picture books. And of the many stores I visited through the years, and my grandparents, and my love of these characaters, and so much more.

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With a few days left, and the realization that my original TBR list for this week was both over-ambitious and primarily books I have physical-copies of (a bit harder to read on my commute), I’ve altered my plans.  I just got Words Are My Matter, by Ursula LeGuin as an ebook from the library, so I’m going to try to polish off that. It has the added bonus of meeting the criteria for my local library Challenge for this month (book by a local author), AND one of the Read Harder Challenges (book of essays). Yippee~

Are you participating in Bout of Books? If not, I highly recommend you put the next on one your calendar (August 20th – 26th) and plan to participate. It’s really a lot of fun. Read with Community for a week!

Of course, I just realized that I will be camping, far from any internet access, for much of that time — but believe me, I’ll do some updates when I get back about ALL the reading I get done.  Probably will try to enlist my camping buddies in some reading challenges of our own!

Anyhow, Happy Reading!

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Next Week -#BoutOfBooks!

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from May 11th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday May 14th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If we were having coffee I’d ask for us to make it an afternoon thing. Because this was my first full week back to work, and I am pretty darn exhausted. Things went pretty well, it’s just been a long week. Because I’m still very much recovering from the surgeries, I haven’t really planned a whole lot for the weekend – purposely giving myself time to rest.

Work itself has been great this week (really, it’s the commute that’s doing me in!), I feel so fortunate to have the coworkers I do — they did an awesome job covering my duties while I was out DOUBLE the amount of time originally anticipated. Now that I’m back they’re continuing to be stellar, helping pick up some of the duties that involve being on my feet more.

(They also welcomed me back with some fun signs)

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This coming week is the next Bout of Books, which I’m planning to participate in. I’m hoping I’ll have enough energy to give a little extra focus to reading during the week. My To-Be-Read list is, as always, ridiculously long. I think I’m going to try to knock some of the younger-reader books from the list this week.

I’ve also realized I’m a fair amount behind in writing about what I have read – so I’m going to start looking at getting that organized a bit more. Lots of writing, lots of reading — but I’m being sure to allow myself the leeway to NOT do any of it if my energy doesn’t allow. If my energy all is being drained just getting through the work day I need to listen and not push myself any more than that.

What are you up to this week?


Let me give you a little more information about the Bout of Books — join us!! I’ll be sharing my experienced on Twitter (@nerissarain) and Instagram (@eclecticali)

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Back To The World….

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Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from May 4th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday May 7th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to sit outside with me and enjoy the sunshine. Spring is definitely here now, and it’s even getting kind of overly-warm some days.

I can’t believe we’re already into May. April vanished into a fog of surgery and recovery for me. Foot surgery and gallbladder removal both went smoothly, and I’m recovering well. It is hard for me to be having to stay off my foot for so long, but Monday I’ll be going back to work for the first time since the first week of April! While it will be really nice to get back to my routine and back to work, I’m anticipating that it isn’t going to be terribly easy.

I’m fortunate to have family, and co-workers, who are going to do what they can to help make the transition smooth while still facilitating my continued healing — but it’s still going to be a lot more time on my feet (and walking) than I am use to at this point. I’ll be icing the foot whenever I’m sitting down, and will figure out some way to elevate it a bit when I’m sitting as well — but there is still standing and walking required to get the job done. Thankfully the gallbladder surgery recovery will have a minimal impact on my returning to work at this point so I’ll primarily just be having to worry about the foot!

Midnight Monster has absolutely LOVED having me around to snuggle and play all month.

These past two weeks I’ve been able to start the first steps of physical therapy for the foot. I can wiggle my big toe again (okay, more like slowly move it but… that’s something, right?). Next week I upgrade to careful pushing my toe a little bit more, and then in a few weeks I’ll add weight-bearing movement!

I’m looking forward to slowly working my way up to being able to do more walking, and maybe even starting in on dancing again. While I enjoy my time being able to sit and relax, read and write and crochet, I also miss being able to be active – especially as it’s warming up out there. I’ve been reflecting a bit this past month, and realized that my foot has been holding me back from activities for about two years now, so my eagerness to get moving again has just increased. I’ll be fixing up my bike and working on building my stamina to ride that more, increasing my walking, maybe getting a membership to use the local pool….

Of course, all of that has to wait until I can, you know, walk without wearing the surgical boot.

Well, I should probably get going on some of the other things that need to be done. I had a very extended to-do list for my surgery recovery time. Thankfully I also knew that it was entirely possible that none of it would get completed, because very little of it did. I did, however, get some reading done and need to write up my mini-reviews about those books. I’ve also set some solid goals for myself for this month in regards to my writing/editing, so it’s time to get moving on that as well. As I mentioned during my IWSG post on Wednesday, the longer I let this chapter’s revisions to sit and wait, the more needlessly daunting it sounds.

I also want to make sure to get some blog-visiting done this weekend. It’s been rough for me to keep on-top of anything online this month since most of my activity has been restricted to my phone, while lying on my back. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone!

What have you been up to lately? Do you have any plans for the coming weeks?

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: May? Already!?

wp-1462383471325.jpgThis is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

 

 

Yikes! It’s already May!?

April kind of vanished in a mess of surgeries and recovery for me. I had intended to do some work on that infamous CHAPTER 4, which keeps hovering over me growing more and more imposing by the moment. But I honestly haven’t been in any sort of shape to tackle it this past month, so it’s just sat there.  Waiting.

And I am recognizing that it’s taken on this image of an insurmountable task in my mind – simply because I have procrastinated on it for so long. It really isn’t THAT frightening, I just need to DO it.

So this week I plan to do that. Since I’m still out of work until Monday the 7th, but I’m off of pain killers (aside from Tylenol and Advil) and able to actually sit up and work on my laptop, I might as well start the work that needs to be done. It’ll be good to start making strides into this revision again – it’s fallen way behind the schedule I originally set for myself.

But I also know that it’s unlikely to see much work over the next few weeks during the week itself. Because I’ll be jumping back into work, but my body is still healing, I anticipate that I’ll be pretty much coming home, eating dinner, and going to sleep during the week.  This means that I’ll have to make sure I set aside time each weekend to do some serious work.

I have to hold myself accountable to this work – no one else will.

Have you ever put something off so long that it starts to look like a giant monster — only to tackle it and realize it really isn’t so bad after all (because that’s what I’m hoping is going to happen here!!)

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Recovering Still

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from April 26th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday April 29rd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If we were having coffee I’d be on the quiet side of things. I’m still in surgery recovery – need to keep off my foot for about another week before I can start putting minimal weight on it. The surgeries went well, and I am healing well, but it’s going to take a while to heal up entirely.

I’ve had a number of friends stop by to keep me company, which has been nice, but definitely takes some more energy than I’d expected. One of my friends stayed a few days as she was on her way to her summer gig (she works as a seasonal employee for the National Parks Service and the National Forest Service).

It was great to see her, but now I am super-sleepy.

I’m looking forward to participating in Dewey’s 24-hour readathon this weekend. I’ll be doing some reading, trying to get through a few books… and then next week (while I continue to sit around with my foot up) I hope to write a bit about what I’ve been reading and get some updates in order.

How are you doing? What have you been up to?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Surgery Recovery, Take 2

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngWeekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from April 20th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday April 23rd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!


If we were having coffee I’d ask all about what you’ve been up to. What exciting adventures have you been on? What have you been doing?

I had surgery (yes, more surgery) on Wednesday to get rid of this gallbladder of mine. A few weeks ago (you may recall) I had some serious pain going on (while I was up visiting my sister, brother-in-law and niece). Worst pain I’ve ever had (worse than the broken bones), which turned out to be an inflamed gallbladder and gallstones. So, finally, this week, I got the sucker taken out.

That’s about all I’ve got right now, if this post goes up as is. This is my “just-in-case” post, in-case I’m not up to writing my normal Coffee Post this weekend, I wanted to make sure you all still had a place to gather and share what you’ve been up to. Looking forward to catching up with you all soon!