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#WeekendCoffeeShare – my Raincheck Coffee!

Hey, thanks for taking me up on my coffee rain-check! For a week that ran both quickly AND slowly, I sure didn’t end up having a lot of time to do much writing.

The wedding last weekend was such fun. The setting was absolutely beautiful, it took place in the picnic area in Adair County Park.

It was Hogwarts themed, and some people wore their wizarding robes, or at least house colors. There were chocolate frogs (I provided some with filling!), a Marauder’s Map for us all to sign, and magic was certainly in the air.

The bride has been a friend of mine for over two decades (wow, hadn’t put it in those terms yet… how has it been so long!?) and I just adore this family so it was so awesome to be able to be part of their celebration. I have watched these two go through so much together already, so when they were exchanging their vows, “in sickness and in health,” it was heartwarming. They have already been there, already lived together and supported each other through some truly frightening medical issues. They’ve supported and loved one another through all sorts of things and I have no doubts that they will continue to do so for a nice long time.

There have been other things happening, a paint-night with a friend, dinner out with another friend, dinner out with my Dad and Step-Mom before they move to a new place a few hours away, and some time at one of my favorite local coffee shops to crochet. But mostly I’ve been working and sleeping. With a tiny amount of writing mixed in.

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Directional Signs to help us find our way
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The path the bride walked down was lined with rose petals and candles.
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Close up of the brides dress – it was beautiful!
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And she made her bouquet, which was spectacular!
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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Stay Tuned for a real post

Join us for some coffee time!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?
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If we were having coffee I’d ask if your week was as long as mine was. It was a sort of strange week – the days themselves went by fast enough, yet it somehow seemed like the week itself just moved SO SLOW. One of those weeks where we looked up and wondered, “How is it ONLY TUESDAY!?”

And, yet, somehow we’re here on Thursday and I don’t have this post ready to go up Friday morning.

So… here’s the links, and I’ll try to get my actual post up soon! I just try to schedule the post Thursday night so it goes live while I’m on my commute Friday morning and I won’t really have time to write until my pre-work-hours on Friday morning, or lunch break on Friday!

I do want to tell you all about last weekend’s wedding, and about the painting night I went to with a friend yesterday, so that will all get written soon!

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Quick Updates

Join us for some coffee time!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 Friday June 122nd at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday June 25th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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Hey everyone –
I’m just not feeling much like writing today. Again. I’m just in a bit of a slump, and working my way through it. So,going to try bullet point updates today:

-My healing is coming along. Energy is still low, but the foot is healing up and I’ve been able to manage a few hours in regular shoes a few days this week. I don’t quite have my normal range of motion yet, but there’s minimal pain and most of what’s getting in my way is the swelling.

-I’m going to see the National Touring Company of Les Miserables on Friday night. I love the musical, and I adore the story, so am looking forward to seeing this production of it. I’ve seen two other stagings, both smaller theater companies, and can’t wait to see what the National Tour looks like!

-Saturday I get to go to a wedding of one of my good friends, which I’m really looking forward to. It’s going to be a lot of fun, one of those weddings that is somewhat low-key and really feels like a community coming together to celebrate the union of two families.

-I am completely overwhelmed and frustrated by what’s happening in my country. It’s been very challenging to find what to do, what to say, and how to continue to fight against the horrible things happening here. I’ve been wanting to write a post, but every time I sit down to do so I find myself at a complete loss of words. Meaning I have a document with links to articles, ideas, commentary, but no words of my own. It’s one more thing in the ceaseless onslaught. The resistance fatigue is real.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Not really up to being social.

Join us for some coffee time!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 Friday June 15th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday June 18th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I actually don’t feel much up for coffee today. Or anything.

I don’t mean to be antisocial; I am just worn out. I’m an introvert and this past week has been a busy one at work. All these people, all this interaction, every day. All day.
It’s not only been exhausting from the perspective of too many people, but also in terms of energy expenditure. Are you familiar with the Spoon Theory? It’s a good base concept for explaining what it’s like to have energy issues. Imagine that you are given a limited number of spoons to use each day, and each action requires a different amount of spoons. You have to approach each activity with a thought as to how much it’ll cost you so that you have enough spoons to make it through.

Of course it’s more complicated than that. Each day doesn’t start with the same number of spoons. The spoons required to complete an activity may vary from moment to moment. Sometimes you can save spoons, sometimes you get a complete refresh after sleeping, sometimes you don’t.

This week has been a week where I can tell I’m running on a deficit for much of the week.

My body is clearly still recovering from surgery – the scars are less angry looking, residual pain is far less, and I’m getting more and more range of motion in my toe – I know it is using a good amount of energy to make these things happen.

I am also being reminded that I pretty much spent a month expending very little energy, I wasn’t walking anywhere, I wasn’t interacting with many people. I was pretty much sleeping, reading, and watching TV. So there’s a general stamina I’m having to rebuild, just being out in the world and going through the normal parts of the day.

This week at work was, as I said, a busy one. Even when I’m in good health it’s one of the three weeks out of the year that can be pretty overwhelming.

So I spent much of the week either working or sleeping. And that sleep didn’t completely rejuvenate my energy stores.

So now I just want to do nothing. Sleep in, relax, and try to get some recovery so I can make it through the next week and start into summer mode. I do have some social things planned this weekend – a game-night with friends and getting together with my Dad. But other than that, it’ll be reading, sleeping, and playing with the Midnight Monster.

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Midnight Monster: Master Napper, and General Troublemaker

#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Best Laid Plans…

Join us for some coffee time!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 Friday June 8th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday June 11th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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If we were having coffee I’d invite you to join me in the park. Any park. I’ve been able to start moving more, bending my toe and all that, so it’s nice to spend some time outside in the sun. I’m not usually much of a sun person, but after spending the bulk of April only seeing the walls of my bedroom, and then much of May either in my (windowless) office or sleeping, I am trying to make an effort to get out and enjoy the fresh air when I get the chance.

One of the interesting things about writing this post to go up every Friday at 7 am (my time) is that I’m predicting what the weekend will hold. I almost feel like I need another post on Monday evenings recapping what actually occurred. But I suppose that’s what the next weeks post is for.

Last weekend, for instance, my plans got changed a fair amount. I still played some video-games with my besty, but the potluck I’d been planning to attend got canceled and my Dad called to invite me out for a wine tasting. He and my step-mom are going to be moving north sometime this month (they’ll be closer to the grandbaby), so I’m trying to take advantage of every opportunity I can get to hang out with them while they’re nearby – so of course I joined them. First we stopped at a farm-stand for some fresh Hood Strawberries, they’re so juicy and yummy! Then we went to Oak Knoll to do a tasting. Since they used to have a wine membership there the drinks were all pretty familiar, but just as yummy as I recalled.

Sunday I was going to write, but instead I spent the day (the WHOLE DAY) playing that video-game with my friend. We’ve been playing Terraria, and are having a lot of fun in it, exploring and discovering new places. Living 3,000 miles away is hard. We talk most weekends and have been working on a number of stories together, but sometimes we want to hang out but don’t have the brain-power for story writing and want to be DOING something. Terraria has given us something that serves that purpose quite nicely!

Clearly. Since we spent much of Sunday in the game.

This weekend I have a few plans – kicking it off by having dinner with a friend and then getting a massage. I’m hoping to participate in “Knit (and crochet!) in Public” Day on Saturday, though we’ll see how my energy is holding. Sunday I’ve got a job in the morning, but the day is otherwise pretty open – I’m hoping that I’ll be able to stay awake for it and perhaps even getting some work done, rather than vanishing into sleep or game-haze (at least, vanishing completely… a little bit of either – or both – of those would be quite lovely).

On a completely different note – I had a bit of a breakthrough this week on my writing. At least, I hope it’s a breakthrough and not a false lead. After my Insecure Writer’s Group post on Wednesday I’d been giving some thought to the feedback I’ve gotten so far on the first couple chapters of my story — and my own thoughts about what was there. My story is starting too slowly, it’s taking too long to capture the audience and I’m introducing things in the wrong order. While the MC’s family is important to her, for instance, and has some key roles in the story, it’s not vital that the reader’s meet them first. So I’m going to shuffle things up a bit.

I love the flow of my opening scene – but I can keep that flow even if the scene isn’t at the start, and a few of the things that happen between my current story-start and what will become my story-start can be handled differently or rolled into mere mentions in other scenes. I think this will streamline everything a bit more and help launch me into the real meat of the story. I’m excited to carve out the time this weekend to work on that, to see what I can do to breath new life into the tale.

What are you working on this weekend? What are your plans? How has your week been?

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Another Approach.

Insecure Writers Support Group BadgeThis 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!

 

IWSG Day Optional Question: What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

This month I am recommitting to my writing.

Again, for the umpteenth time.

After SO many times saying that and not following through I feel like I’m starting to lose credibility – even with myself.

The only person I have to blame is myself. Sure, I’m busy – who isn’t?  And it isn’t like I’m THAT busy. I have had plenty of time to zone out at Netflix, or play video-games with friends, or read, or get together with friends in person to hang out and to crochet, or play the Harry Potter game on my phone. The only thing I seem to not have time for (aside from cooking my lunches for the week… need to get better at that) is my writing.

I know I’ve thought about the WHY behind that, and talked about it here — I’m in an editing stage (and have been for, what, two years now?) and just keep getting stuck. I find myself wondering if the story is worth it, if I have the right kind of beginning, if I have the POV correct, if the changes I know are coming are going to work out correctly.

Having anxiety makes editing a challenge. I am, sometimes, able to shut off off my super-critical editing brain when I’m writing, but when I’m editing I am SUPPOSED to be listening to it. However, it’s a tightrope balance between listening to the editor and over-thinking and I think I’ve fallen off on the side of overthinking.

Just pushing myself through hasn’t worked, so it’s time to try yet another strategy. Since I have really hit a snag at chapter 4, and I know that the information is going to stay the same (just the order will change) I’m going to allow myself to jump ahead. Step to the middle of the story, where there is so much revision needed it will quite-nearly be full on rewriting. Yes, I’ll then likely have more editing to do on it – but I’ll likely have more editing to do on all of this so why not at least make SOME progress rather than none?

So that’s what I’m going to try this weekend. Taking a page out of the book of a coworker who is trying to finish her Thesis while working, I’m going to start making myself wake up a bit earlier on the weekends. Hold myself to getting some writing-work done before I do the fun things on my schedule.  I’ll check in next month on how successful I am in this endeavor!

As for the question of the month – it’s really a toss up for me. I’m pretty challenged by both character names and titles.  I think, though, that it’s the titles which probably give me the most trouble… this work-in-progress, for instance, remains unnamed. After YEARS of working on it (and thinking about it) I’ve got nothing.  Most of the WIPs I have going don’t have titles, just saved in my files under the Main Character’s name. Whereas most of my characters find their names within a month or so of starting the project.

How is your writing going?

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Theatrics, Games and Potlucks!

Join us for some coffee time!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 25th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday May 28th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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This week I’d be very excited to tell you all about the progress I’ve been making! I can wiggle my toe a bit more, bend it better, and even flex it some with gravity. I mean, I can just barely lift my heel off the floor, and most of that is being managed by the ball of my foot and my other toes – not the area that had surgery – but… still. It’s very exciting for me! Bit by bit I know I’m getting better. The foot is still super-swollen, and it will be for a few months still, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to wear regular sandals in time to do some walking and light hiking this summer!

June is really the start of summer for me. Work enters into our summer-time schedules part-way through the month and everything shifts a little. Working on a college campus means that we enter into summer sessions; less people on the campus and the sun shining means my lunch breaks are pretty awesome. I’ve got a few things scheduled in the month too — next weekend is Knit (or Crochet) in Public Day, the weekend after that I have a game night at a friends, then the NEXT weekend I’m going to see the National Tour of Les Miserables and going to a friends wedding.

This weekend, though, this Saturday I’ve got a few online commitments (Skyping with my bestie, and then my weekly game-gathering with friends), a potluck (in place of the art auction, which got postponed another few months – more time for more art creation!) and then a day of rest on Sunday. I’ll be kicking it all off by going to see one of my favorite elementary-schoolers in a play on Friday night – it’ll be a lot of fun!

Sunday I’m hoping to get more writing done. I keep saying that, and one of these days it will actually happen. I’ve made a few little steps, tiny bits of writing here and there, but I need to carve out a few hours of time and make myself sit down and write. My plan is to do that some on Sunday – sleep in a little bit, make myself a good breakfast, brew up some coffee, and then sit down to write for a while. Once I write for the set time, then I can do something fun for a bit (before doing the cooking that needs to be done, because there are meals that need to be prepared)!

Hopefully I’ll get some good rest over the weekend as well… and some reading – because I am seriously behind on my reading.
What have you been up to this week? What’s your weekend looking like?