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If We Were Having Coffee

If we were having coffee I’d probably look a bit ragged…. again?  Yeah, I don’t think I’m actually getting sleep when I sleep these days.  There’s just so much on my plate… this weekend I’m working on trying to clear that up a bit.

We’d have to grab coffee somewhere, since I’m too overwhelmed to think about making it.  I would want to hear all about your week, how things are going for you.  I’d try to tell you about what has been happening in my life, but I think it would end up coming out as a list:

  • I’ve been having some good stuff happening at work.  Settling into my new job, and think I”m doing well at it.  I’m also starting to help in training the person who took my old position, which is sometimes a challenge.  In a lot of ways I crafted that position into what it is, so to try and teach someone else how to do it involves a lot of stepping back, letting go, giving my best advice and then letting them make it their own.
    One of the things I’m really proud of work-wise this week is that we met with an individual who uses Screen-Reading technology to look at the webpages that I’ve really had a key part in creating.  He said we’d done a very good job, with just a few tweaks (that didn’t really get too much in the way with the accessibility of the page, just to make it smoother).  I love that we have been able to create a page that is accessible.
  • I successfully completed that A to Z Blogging Challenge! I’ll be writing a reflection on it later this weekend (probably going up on Monday), but was very pleased with how it went.  I plan to keep visiting some of the other A to Z blogs (including checking out the blogs of everyone who commented here) in the months to come.
  • I’ve been trying to get a lot of writing done, though it’s been coming in bits and spurts.  I’m hoping that this weekend I’ll be able to square away some things and make real progress.
  • Later today I’ll be doing my first Lazy Lambs Book Club post!  I’m excited about this new project and hope more people will join us.  You can check out the very first post (with more information) over on Things Matter.  Mine will be coming later today (I hope!)
  • I have a few projects in the works.  Things I hope to put into place, guest posts that I’m working on, and it’s all exciting… but means a lot of work.  I’ve also been working away at Bria Lana (the novel) as well… Finding the time is hard… it’s so hard to find time.

And… that’s my rambling check-in for the moment.  Time for some grocery-shopping, and then… then I can write all this stuff that needs to get written!


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 time.

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If We Were Having Coffee – Reading and Writing along!

If we were having coffee, I’d be honest with you that I’m kind of happy it’s just virtual coffee.  I’m a little peopled-out this week.  You know, one of those moments where I kind of just want to curl up and not do anything, and certainly not interact with people very much.  Virtual interaction is okay, but actual talking… not so much.

I’d tell you that I’ve really been enjoying the A to Z Challenge, and especially pleased with how supportive everyone has been.  It’s great to be able to give some of the young story-tellers in my life a chance to tell their stories to a larger audience, and to know that people are going to be supportive of their efforts.  I’ve enjoyed telling my own stories – writing shorts has been fun – but I’ve really loved getting to share these kids stories with everyone. (Again, thanks to Josh, Adel, Isabelle and Jenny — and their parents!)

I’d also tell you that I’m supposed to be reading today.  On a complete last minute whim I joined the Dewey 14 Read-a-thon I vaguely recall seeing something about it last year, but this year I saw the information before the event (not even a full 24 hours before but… you know… before) and decided to jump in.  I’m certainly not going to read the entire 24 hours, there is too much writing that needs to be done, but I hope to get at least some reading done.  I’ve been picking my way through a few books, getting a few paragraphs read here or there when I am not brain-dead during my commute, so I want to try to make some good progress on them.

If we were having coffee I’d also tell you that I’m excited about some plans for post-April.  Most of my ideas have been just brewing in the back of my head, but I’m putting out some tentative feelers on them and hope to make them a reality.  I’m looking forward to having more guest posters on this blog, and to do some guest posting of my own!

I’d also tell you that I’m making some good progress on my novel.  It needs a title, it really does, but for now I’ll just call it Bria Lana, since that’s what the file is saved as (it’s the Main Character’s name).  This is a story I started years and years ago, then finished a draft of during NaNoWriMo 2014.  I’ve been needing to put the scenes in order for ages, but life kept interrupting and I wasn’t making any progress. 20150414_125516 I bought myself a cute little Alice In Wonderland themed Moleskin to use in helping keep some notes in, which helped to provide me that final incentive – I spent this money, now I need to put it to good use.  It seems to have done the trick, because I have a rough outline of scenes as well as some character notes about a few of the characters that had been kind of elusive before.

The book is currently divided into five rough sections.  So I’m currently trying to put the first section in clear order, making sure the scenes all make sense, figuring out any glaring continuity errors (such that come from a scene being moved earlier than it was originally written, or after a scene that no longer exists), and adding in scenes that need to finally be written.  My hope is that by the end of next month I’ll have a semi-functional draft of the entire thing which I will be able to print out, read through, and start some real editing before sending it along to a few friends for initial reads (before what will likely be another thorough revision).  Exhausting!!

That’s probably all I have in me today, so I’d be happy to hear what you have going on these days.  How have you been?  Any big projects that you’re making progress on, or that are stalling out?


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 time.

If We Were Having Coffee… Reflective moments

coffee2If we were having coffee I’d invite you to get settled in and comfy.  I’d offer you a hot drink, but maybe you’d prefer something cold?  The weather is amazing today and it’s the perfect kind of day to sit outside and enjoy the warmth and sunshine.

If we were having coffee I’m want to reflect some… you see this weekend is an anniversary of sorts.

I feel like there are a handful of points in one’s life that you can look back at and pinpoint as pivotal turning points in your life.  Do you have any moments like that?

Last year, this weekend was marked by extreme highs (a poem I wrote being Freshly Pressed) and crashing lows (the death of my grandpa).  It was an emotional roller-coaster, and the year that has followed has been equally unpredictable.

But I feel like that weekend set into action so many things that have culminated in where I am now.  Sitting here willing to do the daunting hard work that is needed to meet the vision I have.  A vision of what I want to be doing, where I want to be, and who I want to be.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that, honestly, this is the first time in over 15 years that I have been truly comfortable with a clear vision of the direction I want to be going.  It is an amazing feeling, and I know that all that has happened this year, the ups and the downs, have helped to get me there.

That’s really what’s on my mind as we sip our coffee in the sunshine.  I find it amazing how the world can be so unpredictable sometimes.


 

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 time.

If We Were Having Coffee…

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I have been really enjoying the A to Z Challenge this week.  I’ve been happy with my posts, and am excited by the guest posts I have coming up!  Today’s the first one, my friends 12 year old son wrote a story for me about J, the Squirrel.

I also did my first guest post over on An Unconventional Librarian — where I got to write about Island of the Blue Dolphin.  It had been a long time since I’d read that book, and it was awesome to get the opportunity to re-read it.

I’ve been doing some thinking about my time management — I know that I have far too much on my plate and have to decide priorities.  Disparate Threads is going to be revamped… I just have to decide how it will look.  I know that I can’t keep posting a story update there every Monday, not if I have any intention of making progress on the novel (and I do, I am still holding myself to the goal of having a real functional (and approaching submit-able) draft by the end of this year).   It is hard to have to make those decisions and I’m trying to not jump into any too quickly, but giving a lot of thought to what I want to do with that blog-story.

What have you been up to this week?  Any projects going on that you want to talk about?   If you’re participating in the A to Z Challenge how are things going?  I’d highly encourage you to join the A to Z twitter chat on Thursdays if you can — I often am having to participate in the evening one via my phone during my evening commute, but it’s a lot of fun — a great group!

Today I deemed “Writing Day” so need to get moving on that, but thanks for joining me for coffee today!


 

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 time.

If We Were Having Coffee…. A to Z Madness!

coffee2If we were having coffee I’d offer to make you an espresso with the new beans I just got.  Honey-processed — they make excellent coffee!  Or, you know, I can make some drip coffee, or some tea, or maybe some cocoa?  Take your pick.

I’d probably be a bit bleary eyed, despite being on my second or third cup.  I’ve been training in my new job this week, and it’s been a bit more exhausting than I expected.  I also decided to go out both Monday night (for some writing time) and Tuesday night (for a movie), which was not a good idea.  I need to get more sleep… and despite the fact that the new job allows me to sleep in a bit longer, I seem to be more exhausted.  Think I’m fighting a bit of a bug as well, yes, that’s it…

I’d tell you I had fun with the Taliana event — which will finish up tomorrow morning.  It was really fun to collaborate with friends and fellow bloggers on so many of the posts, though I think in the future I wont be running an event for her in the spring like this… it’s too hard with A to Z (though, getting her story to fit for A, B, C, and D was fun!)

I’m looking forward to the rest of the month, with my guest-posters (including my super-special ones! They’re all special, but I’m particularly excited that the authors of “J,” “S,” and “U” agreed to participate!)

I can’t even remember what else I was going to say.  There was likely more, and I seem to recall early in the week really looking forward to our coffee time together to tell you something, but I can’t remember what that was anymore… so I’d instead settle back 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 tim

If We Were Having Coffee – What a week!

If we were having coffee I would probably look a bit worn down.  It was a very stressful week at work.  Finals Week always is busy, but this time we were understaffed and saw record-breaking levels of students.  It made for non-stop work, and I pretty much came home from work and went right to bed every night.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I’m really excited about how my plans for the A to Z challenge are coming together — my big theme-reveal will be coming out on Monday and I’m excited about that.  I’ve been doing some real plotting and planning, and am super-excited about how things are coming together.

If we were having coffee I’d admit that I’m feeling a bit behind on my writing.  This week of not even writing during my lunch-breaks really threw me off my game — I’m glad I decided not to write during those breaks I needed the time to read and relax completely.

I did do a little writing one morning while I was waiting for the bus (which may well take the prize for the most unusual place I’ve written, standing on the sidewalk before 7am the sun not even completely risen, scribbling in a notebook before the bus arrives.  It was completely unrelated to any of the other writing projects I have going on right now, so I just wrote the scene that had come to my mind and a few points about the story so that when I do get back to it I will hopefully still remember what I was thinking for it.

I feel like there was something more I wanted to share today, but my brain is a fuzzy-mess and I’m having trouble remembering just what it was.  So, if we were having coffee, I would  settle back with my mocha (it feels like a mocha day), and ask 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 time.

If We Were Having Coffee… Busy Times

Let's just imagine this reading nook is a bit bigger!
Let’s just imagine this reading nook is a bit bigger!

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to join me in the little coffee/reading nook I have.  It’s rainy out, after over a week of beautiful weather — the perfect day to settle back and rest in the warmth of a cozy corner.  The real corner is quite small — but we can pretend it big enough for us to settle in for a time for a short coffee chat.

How have you been doing this week?  Anything going on that you want to chat about? How is the weather?  Seriously, I’m intrigued by the way the weather is changing places — today is a more typical Oregon rainy day, but this week has been beautifully warm and sunny — which is so unusual.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that this past week was a bit of a challenge.  I don’t really want to get into the details of why, it was just the kind of week that called for some venting time with friends after work.  I was so happy to have friends who were willing to do just that.  One of the things I love about where I’m living now is that I have friends nearby who are able to get out with me sometimes — for coffee, or drinks, or those moments when you just need some deep-fried greasy food — to vent together, laugh, and commiserate.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you how excited I am about the blogging events coming up.  Taliana’s next adventure is already shaping up to be a lot of fun — I’m really enjoying the chance to do some collaborative writing with a few friends and some bloggers I’ve met this year and hoping that some new participants will join in the fun.

I’m also preparing for the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  I participated in one of the Tweet-Chats this week, and made some new great connections.  So now, I’m looking forward to my very-first guest posts — and to be hosting a guest poster on this site as well!  More about that all will be coming soon!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this coming week is going to be a challenge for me.  I am already planning to step back a bit for social media, maybe only checking in on things during my commute. Finals week is the busiest time in my office, and it could be pretty hectic this term, so I’m anticipating needing to make sure that I am relaxing on my breaks and when I get home.  Including a lot of sleep so that I’m not tempted to over-caffeinate. Self-care and all that.

Now, on to writing.  This weekend I’m aiming to get a lot of work done on my different projects — though I am already getting a bit of a slow start…. Best get to it!  Hope you have a good/productive weekend!


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 time