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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Tooth?

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 November 9th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday November 12th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!


If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

Weekend… why do you keep sneaking up on me?!

Last weekend seems like it was eons ago, but the pie-day was very fun. We made apple pies, a pear pie, and a lemon meringue pie! It was a great time visiting with my friends, one of whom I haven’t gotten to see for quite a while.

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Cookies AND Pies!

This week has been a bit overshadowed by the breaking of a tooth. RIGHT down at the root. Thankfully it was a tooth that had a root canal done on it ages ago, so there was no exposed root to worry about, but it was such a break that I’ll have to eventually do a tooth implant. I’m going in to get an implant on ANOTHER broken root-canal tooth later this month (after three years with a plastic “flipper,”) but I can’t really afford to get both done at the same time so… basically… I’ll be trading out the flipper for one on the other side for a few years.

May my life after this be relatively calm in the dental realm….

Other than that, the week has been pretty average for me, on a personal level. Nationally… well… it’s a different matter. I was pleased with the progress made in the midterm elections (and that is still being made) but the news that has come the rest of the week is sobering at best and I’m still trying to figure out just what I can do about it all.

I’ve not made much progress with NaNo this year either… it’s been hard, I just haven’t felt that push of inspiration on anything I’ve tried, but I’m hoping, this weekend, to spend some time just focused on my writing. I might make it out to a few of the write-in’s that are being hosted, that may help me get in the mood, and I’m hoping to make some progress still. Writing is good for me, it’s good for my soul, and I think I need a bit of that soothing I can feel when I have a story flowing through me.

What are you up to this weekend? How has your week been? How are you feeling?

 

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#IWSG – NaNo Time…

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, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

This month… oh man, this month.

It’s National Novel Writing Month – and I really wanted to participate in it, but it already feels like life is pushing against me with that. I have a slew of health things that are making it challenging for me to write, and taking what energy I do have. I was going to write in order to just write, to get back into the flow of fiction writing, but I need to be gentle with myself right now, and that may mean not winning NaNo. There is still time – but a lot of the things I’m dealing with (pinched nerve in my back, and broken tooth among other things) aren’t going to be addressed until after Thanksgiving due to scheduling (nearly a month wait for an MRI, really?).

So writing sits on the sidelines. I am doing what I can, and that’s really the best I can do right now. It’s not the first time that I’ve faced the possibility of not succeeding at NaNo, when I look at my pattern over the past years I’ve participated I seem to succeed every other year. Last year I succeeded, but I’d really love to break that pattern and succeed again this year – maybe even with some potential seeds to use in the future.

I need to balance my health with my determination, and do the best I can.

(Typed during a commute… and posted late… because it’s that kind of week).

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Hello November!

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 October 25th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday October 29th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

Hi!

I’m happy you could join me for coffee this weekend. How is it already November?
I did figure out a Halloween costume that I’m pretty proud of! I ended up going as Belle, from Beauty and the Beast. Always my favorite Disney character, and it gave me an excuse to get a cool new dress-accessory, and to wander around carrying a book!

Not that I had any trick-or-treating plans, or anything of that sort but… I do love the excuse to dress up, and did have lunch out with a few friends, which was much fun!

We got a few trick-or-treaters, but most came before I got home from work, which makes me sad. I wish I lived on a busier street for trick-or-treating. I have friends in other places that have SUPER BUSY trick-or-treat streets, and I love seeing the pictures they share of the mobs of kids – it reminds me a bit of when I was a kid. I think most of the local kids probably go to the malls, and I think there’s a movement to have parties rather than trick-or-treating.

National Novel Writing Month has begun, so I have a lot of writing planned for this weekend. I don’t have a specific plot yet, completely writing on the fly this year, so we’ll see how it goes…. I have had success with this approach before, and I’ve also had complete fall-apart-years. I’m hoping for a success.  Mostly because NaNo, for me this year, is all about getting my fiction writing flowing again. Just for me. Just for fun.

Saturday I’m going to a pie-making-extravaganza with my food-fun-friends. I’m not sure what all we’ll be making, but it’ll be fun, and it will be yum!

What are you up to this weekend? How was your Halloween?  Are you participating in NaNo?

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Halloween incoming

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 October 25th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday October 29th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

If we were having coffee I’d be at a bit of a loss as to what to talk about. I spend almost all of last weekend asleep, and this week has been in a strange bit of a daze — not for any particular specific reasons, I think I just am at that point when I need a break.

The weather is strange, which is throwing me off a bit. Here we are, the end of October, and I am quite comfortable being outside in short sleeves in the afternoon. We are supposed to be getting some rain (finally) but… still… it is supposed to be sweater weather at this point.

With Halloween around the corner I’ve also been struggling with not having a costume. I love Halloween, normally. I mean, it’s a socially appropriate time for me to wear a costume! But, I’ve struggled with finding the right costume. It doesn’t have to be complicated… it can be quite easy, really, I’ve just been struggling to figure it out. When I posted about the struggle on Facebook I got a lot of responses, and a number of ideas, but not of them quite settled. A cat just seems like a cop-out, I can’t wear the 80’s prom dress (while I could make it a more work-appropriate neckline, I can’t get it to stop shedding sequins everywhere), my renaissance dress is too small and I don’t have time to rework it….

So I was feeling a bit meh this year about the holiday – additionally because I don’t have any plans and will probably not be home from work in time to hand out candy to any trick-or-treater’s we might have. But a few of my coworkers will dress up in costumes, so I’ll figure something out, and hopefully feel more in the season once it gets here.

I do have a friend visiting this weekend – my friend who works with the Forest Service and Park Service will be passing through again on her way to the next gig. It’ll be nice to spend some time with her when I’m not stuck in surgery-recovery mode like I was last time!

I’m also going to be doing some meal-planning and prep. A new doctor that has been added to my “team” is looking at some new methods of treatment to try help tackle some of the issues I’ve been dealing with, so I have to think about how to make that all work and shift my way of doing things to incorporate the changes.

I’m also going to try and decompress some, relax some. The political scene is getting to me, with new things to be upset about every day. I need to decompress some and step away from it all for a few hours at least.

What are you up to this weekend? What does the week hold? Any Halloween plans?

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Back from the 80s!

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 October 19th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday October 22nd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

If we were having coffee….

I’d apologize for being a little late in posting – the week ran away from me and I’m finishing up this post before work starts on Friday!

I’d first want to tell you all about the Murder Mystery Party I went to last weekend! It was SO much fun, I really can’t think of another time I’ve had such a fun time at an event with a bunch of people I don’t know! I think this was because of the nature of the event, but also because it was such a lovely group of kind and fun people. There was none of that bunching up in corners and excluding someone kind of activity that sometimes happens (often unintentionally but still…)

The party was a set ordered online from one of the apparently many companies that creates such things. We were all assigned roles, given tasks to help drive us in conversation and help us try to figure out the mystery.

It was an 80s Prom setting, which meant AWESOME costume opportunities!

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Sadly angled to make me look the widest possible – but the dress and outfit in entirety.

 

I got “voted” prom queen (the pick was decided by the script)! And was neither murdered, nor the murderer. Prom Queen and King!

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Crowned Prom Queen!!

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A murder most foul occurred – the star of the football team went down! (I think it was the football team… some sorts of sports-ball!)

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A murder!

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It was a really fun time! Ultimately none of us figured out who the murderer was, and they totally got away with it. But that didn’t matter because we all had so much fun, including lots of dancing!

This weekend is going to be much quieter. I’ll be participating in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon once again, and trying to rest up a bit. It’s been a really long week and I just need some R&R.

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Return to the 80s!

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 October 12th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday October 15th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!


If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

If we were having coffee I’d ask how you were doing this week? I’m doing okay – actually pretty excited about my weekend plans. There’s this part on Saturday night that has been on my schedule for… I think a few months now, actually! It’s a friend’s birthday party, and it’s an 80’s prom murder mystery party! I’ve wanted to do a Murder Mystery party for quite some time now, so I’m excited about that! And the 80’s prom theme is just a fun addition to it all.

Last weekend I went to Goodwill and found a PERFECT dress for the event. Well, except for the fact that it was about 10 sizes too small… but that’s where some creative sewing comes into play. Hopefully I won’t be spending Friday night putting the finishing touches on it, but it certainly wouldn’t be the first (nor the last) time that last minute costume-work is happening so close to the wire. If I’m being completely honest, the only reason I’ll not be finishing it up day-of (hopefully) is because I have something else going on that morning!

My other thing this weekend, Saturday morning, is a meet-up with my local Buy Nothing group. This is a spectacular group – I highly recommend trying to connect with one in your area! The meet up we’re having is a “junk in your trunk” gathering. There’ll be a potluck element (which I keep forgetting about…. MUST. REMEMBER. FOOD.) but I’m most looking forward to the chance to get to know some of the other people in my Buy Nothing group, and possibly hand off some of those things I don’t use anymore in order to someone who can put them to use!

With so much happening on Saturday I’m going to be laying low on Sunday in order to recoup. I have a feeling that I’ll need it!

What do you have coming up?

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Life Events

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!

IWSG Day Question: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

I really appreciate this month’s question, it causes me to do some reflection on my writing in the past and some of those things that have been getting in the way of my writing in the present.

When I look back at when I started writing my stories down (because I let them play through my mind for many years before I started to put them on the page) I can easily identify how it was actually in reaction to something that was going on in my life. It was right near the start of High School. We had two sets of cousins visiting us, and I wasn’t really connecting with any of them very well. But my younger sister was.  She was having fun learning the Macarena from them, hanging out at the mall, and generally doing all sorts of things that I thought were silly and wasn’t particularly into at the time.

It was the first time I can remember when my sister and I didn’t get along. It wasn’t that we weren’t getting along, really, just that I didn’t feel like I had anything in common with her. Being the only two girls in a family with five children we’d always been “in it together.”

I’d had a built in friend my whole life, and suddenly I felt like I didn’t have anyone. So I turned to the stories. I wrote myself into worlds of my own creation as a method of escape. And it certainly wasn’t the last time in my life that writing helped me through something. Sometimes the stories would take a form of glorified journaling – a little escapism in moments when I was needing to sort things out. Sometimes they would be completely unrelated themes, but a way for me to find a space of calm in chaos.

But life events aren’t always so helpful in my writing. Sometimes they serve to pull me away from my writing. Lately I feel like that’s the state I’ve been in – I’ve let things that are happening in my life serve as excuses to not write. As can be seen if you read through my past year or so of IWSG posts, I keep setting these goals to write, and then setting more of them. Since I finished my novel-draft a few years ago I haven’t been terribly productive with my writing. There are a variety of reasons behind this, that I’m slowly picking apart and making sense of (or at least figuring out how to work with). Hopefully I’m actually making progress and will start seeing more writing again soon… at the very least I plan to participate in National Novel Writing Month again this year, and that generally helps me get some story-work done; even if I don’t end up doing anything with that work, my goal right now is to just get writing again — I don’t care if it’s something that will ever see the light of day. I just need to start getting stories flowing again.