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Celebrate the Small Things (9)

Yup.. Celebrate the Small Things Friday is here!

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Hosted by VikLit, this is a blog-hop where we celebrate those little things during the week.  Given that my weekend plans have once again shifted (because, that’s what they do these days), and because of some of these shifting plans I’m not sure that I’ll get a “coffee” post up this weekend (and now that I’ve said that, I probably will, it all depends on my ability to get a computer space set up), I decided I should at least do this today.

My small things to celebrate this week:

Really great friends.  Like, seriously excellent friends.  I love you guys.

Being able to help a friend in need (I know I’m probably not as excited as she is but, I’m pretty thrilled that I was able to lend a hand).

Excellent co-workers and a work environment I enjoy going to every day (even if I don’t enjoy the time I have to wake up to get there).

Slowly getting ready for the Masque, which should be fun — I don’t have a LOT of people signed up yet, but have a few and am hoping more will participate.  It could be such a fun time!

Good books, the arrival of fall weather, and health insurance.

 

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If We Were Having Coffee (8)

Let’s have coffee at my place today.  I just spent yesterday doing all that detail-type cleaning that is easy to overlook when you aren’t having anyone over, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping the corners, things like that — so it’s nice and clean.  And I have some leftover homemade (baked) applesauce to share as well!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that once again my weekend got taken over by unexpected plans.  Honestly, I’m not complaining, but now I’m really going to need to work on being focused on my writing because I have a feeling weekends between now and the end of January are going to be more and more like this, filling up with unexpected gatherings and things to do.

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The remains….

I got to get together with a college friend whose been working out here for the summer, probably one of the last times we’ll get to hang out before her gig here is up.  We lucked into an immediate parking space, downtown, on a Friday, so decided we probably should just wander around and find somewhere to eat.  It was fun to walk around the city — another reminder that I don’t do that nearly enough.  Conveyor-belt-sushi ended up being the dinner of choice this week — she’d never had the experience of being able to select the sushi you wanted based just on what looked good as it moved around the bar.  The downside, it ALWAYS leads to over-eating… we were both SO full when we left there.  But the night was not done!  There was a random brass-band to listen to, coffee to be had, before she had to start the long drive back to work.

Friday afternoon a high-school friend had mentioned that she’d be in town on Saturday, and was looking to hang out with people.  In what we decided was probably record-time a party was organized, and I was hosting.  Wine, desserts, cheese, apples, hot-tub and lots of visiting, it ended up being a great evening!

If we were having coffee I’d also be bouncing about my new toy.  A really cool toy.  One that used to belong to my great-grandfather (we think that’s whose it was at least).  20141004_142806I did a little bit of research to discover it is from the late 1930s. (They have a cool little history page, which helped me identify this is a post-merger, interwar-period office machine…)I ordered new ribbons and then decided to see if the ones in it still worked and…they do!  So some of my writing today may be on this beauty!  I’ve always found that my writing is different, and the ideas flow differently when I work in a different medium, so it’ll be fun to have a typewriter to work with again!

How has your week been?

Celebrate the Small Things (8)

This is a weekly blog-hop, hosted by VikLit where we celebrate the small things!

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I’ve been trying to participate as I can…and last time I did it helped improve my mood immensely (though I’m in a pretty good mood to start with today, which is nice),  so here I go:

I’m celebrating that I get to have dinner with a good friend of mine again tonight – yay!  Savoring every change I get to hang out with her before she ventures back East-Coast-wards later this fall.  Silly semi-nomadic lifestyle…

I’m celebrating the fact that I have a weekend at home.  No special work days, no obligations, I can happily curl up with a book and do NOTHING.  Also, I have more than a few books that I’m ready to curl up with 🙂

Well, except that NOTHING is actually going to include some much-needed laundry, and writing.  I desperately want to get ahead more in Disparate Threads, so I have to work on that, plus I need to get a couple of reviews and posts put together for this blog.  But it’s great to have the time to do so (and four of those posts are for the Stage To Screen blogathon, which means re-watching a few old-favorite musical-movies)!

I’m also celebrating the arrival of some new reading material, thanks to Raeven.  I’ve told myself I have to get a few more Disparate scenes figured out before I can start reading and responding to her work so.. motivation 🙂

Oh! And I’m celebrating that it’s finally cool enough again that I can enjoy the hot-tub where I’m staying right now.  Such an awesome luxury!

What are you celebrating today?

Strong Female Characters in Comics and On TV

Hannah Givens “Strong Female Characters” posts continue!

Where to Find Strong Female Characters in Comics.

Where to Find Strong Female Characters on TV.

I’ve been trying to think of my own additions to these lists, but haven’t had a lot of luck (not because there aren’t more, but because my brain is pretty worn out this week and not being able to think of much of anything).

Who are your favorite strong female characters?

Get Outta My Way! Pushing Past Amazing

I already knew that I was my own worst critic, but recently I have realized how much I can get in my own way.

An upcoming deadline to submit a piece of writing is a great example, making me realize the layers of the challenge.  I’ve known for a month that I wanted to write something for the Insecure Writers Support Group anthology.  Yet, here I am at the edge of the deadline with nothing written, struggling to find an idea.

I’m not just struggling for an idea for the one project, but for any of my writing.  The struggle is contagious, or perhaps just builds on itself.  For the first time in months I am sitting down in front of my Work-in-Process and having NO ideas.  Sure, I’ve struggled before with a character, found myself edging up self-set deadlines unsure if I’d make them.  But this is different.  This time it feels like all my ideas are hiding, running from me as fast as they can.  It’s even spreading to my job — basic language to convey basic information that, on a normal day, would be simple for me to write becomes an all-consuming challenge.

The reason, I think, is the pressure I’ve started putting on myself.   I see an opportunity, something that would be excellent (and so cool) to be a part of.  Which means, of course, that whatever I put together for it would have to be AMAZING.

There it is.

AMAZING.  

My own version of “perfect.”  I’m fine sweeping away the idea of perfection — I know that is something that can’t be achieved — but AMAZING…. that should be attainable.

But, what is amazing?  It’s a high-bar to reach, and it means every single idea and every single word gets super-analyzed.  It means NOTHING is good enough.  Nothing is original enough, nothing will do.

As long as I hold myself to an expectation that is undefined, and unattainable, I set myself up to fail.  Which then destroys my sense of being able to accomplish things, which feeds into over-analyzing all the writing and so on and so on.  A vicious cycle.

Sometimes I have to just get out of my own way.  I have to let go of this idea of “amazing.”  I have to just write.  No matter how stupid the idea might be, write it.  Editing can happen later, but if I don’t get anything on the page I end up with nothing at all.

This time, though, I couldn’t quite get myself to put words on the page.  Perhaps (hopefully) recognizing the challenge will help open the floodgates.  Though I do find myself wondering how many times I need to be reminded that I have to get out of my own way before it starts to stick.

So this months post, basically, boils down to explaining why you won’t find an article by me in the Insecure Writers Support Group anthology (though when it is put together I most certainly will be spreading the word to everyone!)

I hope I can start pushing beyond that block.  Stop holding myself to some huge “amazing” expectation, instead recognize that simply writing in the first place is pretty awesome.

[Edit:  Thanks to all the support below, this post has been revised and submitted for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group anthology.  Thank you all!]


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 This 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.

Strong Female Characters!

Things Matter, the awesome blog of Hannah Givens, is hosting “Strong Female Characters Week” this week!

Check out the first two posts in the series — and be sure to visit the comments where there are even more great ideas.

Where to Find Strong Female Characters in Movies.

Where to Find Strong Female Characters in Books.

Anyone else writing posts about Strong Female Characters this week?  Let me know!

The Season continues 🙂

Banning, Books and Community, Oh my!

Wow.

I counted this week as the start of “The Season,”  and I think it was a great start!  A week of MANY posts about banned books and censorship and just general connections!

Thanks to everyone who wrote insightful posts, and shared their reflections and memories!

Hannah over at Things Matter hosted the Banned Book Blogparty, and Sheila at BookJourney hosted Celebrate the Banned.  I’ve tried to re-blog as many posts as I could, and put together a Pinterest Board with more.

I also wrote a few of my own reflections (more than a few?), including a longer post about To Kill a Mockingbird.  And, unintentionally, I finished the week off with reading another Banned Book.  A coworker lent me “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” yesterday and between some time in the morning, one the bus, and before bed, I ended up reading it all the way through.  Good book!  One of those books that caught me a bit by surprise, and one that I, clearly, couldn’t put down.

The Season Continues!

Next week Hannah will be doing an informal “Strong Female Characters Week.”  I’ll try to share what I can from her posts, and encourage everyone to check out what she has to say, as well as sharing your own reflections and thoughts (and favorites) for Strong Female Characters!  I’m looking forward to it!

This week will also see a post about the events coming up in October — I’m looking forward to the Masquerade Ball at the end of the month, and hoping that many of you will be up to participating!

It’s also the start of a new month, so I’ll have my Insecure Writers Support Group post on Wednesday!  I’m also setting some writing goals for myself for October… which includes getting a bunch of writing done before October…so I’d better start putting this last day of the weekend to use!