#WeekendCoffeeShare: Writing the Weekend Away

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 November 3rd at 7am (Pacific Time) through November 6th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Hey!

Good to see you again. I will admit, I may be a little distracted… and a little tired. I went to the Midnight NaNoWriMo (NaNoWriMo.org) kick-off in my area on Wednesday morning — and am beginning to think I can’t manage the 2 am mornings anymore. Spent Wednesday sleeping, getting a massage, chatting with a friend, and writing some more — and much of Thursday (though I had to go to work) was spent in a bit of a zombie trance.

This weekend is more of the same — I’m trying to get far ahead of my word count goal for NaNo, in part because I like being ahead of the game, but also because I am still trying to write my way to the story, and I know it will actually get easier the more I figure out my character and story. Since I approached this year with no planning, I am writing my way to a story — and it’s been a slow slog through the first 3,000 words. I did finally decide that what I was writing – while necessary for my understanding of characters personalities and such, was boring as hell and had done its duty so jumped forward in the story a bit. Seems to have helped some!

Really, that’s all I’ve got this weekend. Writing, and enjoying the fact that I don’t need to be out in the rain! I am going to venture out to a write-in (when a bunch of us descend on a location and write, while drinking copious amounts of coffee) Saturday afternoon – it’s really nice to be writing in community, and to have such a nice little community to connect to here.
What are you up to this weekend?

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Insecure Writers Support Group: NaNo Is Upon Us!

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.

 

 

Whelp.  It’s here.  Today is the start of NaNoWriMo!  And, I actually have taken the day off of work!!  Some of that’s for the purpose of writing, some of it because I wanted to attend the Midnight Kick-Off Write-In in my area (and there is no way I can do such things and get up at 5:30 to get ready for work), and some of it is so I could get some errands done.

I’m mostly just excited about NaNo this year.  My local region is pretty active – with a number of write-ins planned each week, and a few larger events scattered about. Added bonus that they’re all happening at places I can actually get to! Since I only have occasional use of a car, being able to get to things via public transit is a HUGE bonus.

This is my attempt to jump back into fiction writing, after a years hiatus.  I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get some good (and, sure, some bad) writing done and will get my creative juices flowing again.  Because, there’s a part of me that does want to step back into editing and rewriting the WIP that I had to put on the shelf last year.

That WIP actually started as a NaNo project.  And then got worked on again for NaNo another year. It’s the only NaNo (so far) that’s turned into a completed story (well, so far as being a full story with an ending and all).  But I fully expect that others will eventually get there. NaNo, for me, is usually much more about getting ideas on the page – a free-flow of story that often ends up being pulled apart and turned into multiple story seeds.

I’ve participated in NaNo 9 years, starting in 2006. I’ve “won” 4 of those. This year I’m hoping to win again, but know that I’ll win just by getting words on the page.  I am going to try to write every day (but know that there will probably be days where my writing consists of a few sentences). But that doesn’t matter.  What matters is that I’m writing.  That my words are finding their way onto a page at some point or another, and I’m opening up those windows and doors in my mind to let the ideas find their way in.

Are you NaNo’ing this year?  If you are, what is the thing you hope to get out of it?

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Halloween Weekend!

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 October 27 at 7am (Pacific Time) through October 30th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Hi!
Thanks for joining me for coffee again this weekend. It’s been a strange week for me on the health front, but I am starting to feel like I’m turning a corner. Some of it, I’m sure, coincides with finishing a round of medicine I’d been on (which I’ll be talking to my doctor about NOT going on again, if there are other options, because the side effects were kind of rough for me), but I think my system may also be, finally, getting rid of whatever low-lying-ick it’s been fighting. As of now I’m excited at the prospect of having a weekend where I might actually have the energy to do something!

Which is good, because I have a few things that I need to do this weekend. There’s some Jamberry work (which I’ve kinda been neglecting lately), and there’s some reading to be done (I added at least three books to my TBR pile over the past few days), and there are some blog-posts to write (including about some of the books I’ve been reading). There’s cleaning (always… always cleaning…), and some cooking (because I have got to stop buying lunches, I really have to prepare), and some cat-cuddle-time (because, always).

And there’s Halloween to consider. I love Halloween, normally, but this year had been feeling a little lackluster about it. Then one of my coworkers started talking about her costume, and we decided to get a few of us to coordinate costumes. It may only be three of us, but I won’t be the only one wearing a costume that day, and it’ll be fun to be semi-coordinated (I’m going to be Dorothy, we’ve got a lion, a tornado, maybe a scarecrow, and MAYBE a witch). I just have to pull a few details together for my costume, but still need to take the time to do that — and I’m considering setting things up a little differently at my house in hopes of getting Trick-or-Treaters, so need to look at my decorations and such.
Late that night I’ll be heading out to a Midnight Write-In to kick off NaNoWriMo. Looking forward to it — took the next day off from work so I can get into the fun of late-night writing… it’s been a long time!

I’d tell you about the GF Expo last week. I was, unfortunately, not feeling very well, which means making it through the booths once was about all I could manage. Usually I would go through once, and then make my way back to selected booths to make purchases. Which means I missed out on some good prices, but still got some decent swag. Not as much as last year though. Next year I’ll take a look at the list of vendors to decide if I’m going to go — there were a few people I was surprised were missing.

Though I did discover a GF Bakery near me that I’m excited about (and bought SO MANY baked goods from… scrumptious!)

As for the reading marathon… well.. I did read a good bunch of the rest of that afternoon. Finished up two books and started in on a third – and discovered that a book I had turned into a single-book was actually part of a series! Yay for fellow readers sharing their knowledge to my confuzzelation!

How are you doing today? What kind of things are you up to this weekend? Any Halloween plans?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Gluten-Free Goodies and READING!

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 October 20th at 7am (Pacific Time) through October 23rd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Welcome friends!

I’ll invite you to join me for coffee this week over some delicious Gluten-Free baked goods. Really, they have to be delicious — I’m not a fan of that cardboard/healthy-tasting Gluten-Free nonsense. I make spectacular cinnamon rolls! If I have to eat Gluten-Free I want to at least get to enjoy it!

Why the GF goodies this week? Because I’m excited about my weekend plans! Saturday I’ll spend a portion of the morning at a Gluten-Free Festival! This is the third year I’ll be attending, it looks like there may be a few new vendors this year and I’m looking forward to seeing what products might be coming out and tasting all the samples.

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Look at all the swag from last year!

Last year I was pretty inspired, so I’m hoping to come home afterwards and get some food prep and cooking done. I definitely need to do some – my prepared lunch options are quickly dwindling, and I don’t usually have the energy to do much food-work during the week.

I might share that I’ve been dealing the past few weeks with a pain flare-up that I think is finally getting under control. It’s strange for me to adjust to the fact that random instances of pain are just to be expected, but I’m thankful for a rheumatologist who is happy to work with me and communicates well via email. This latest thing was a stiffness, followed by joint pain, in my dominant hand pointer finger.

Let me tell you, I hadn’t realized just how much I use that finger in every-day-work until it hurt to bend it or have pressure on the knuckles! I’ve been doing a lot of writing – and with NaNo coming up in a few weeks will be doing even more typing — so it’s nice that things are starting to subside. Would hate to be unable to participate this year due to pain! And, sure, I could dictate the thing but… I just don’t think the same when I’m narrating something as I do when I’m writing it. I learned that a few years back when my roommate kindly typed up a paper for me when I was working on my Master’s Degree and my tendinitis was flaring up something fierce.

Fun side-effect of that time — he now probably recalls more about that paper than I do.

This weekend is also Dewey’s 24-hour ReadAThon! So between the gluten-free-browsing and the potential cooking, I’m also going to be READING! Clearly, I won’t be going for the full 24-hours, but I have a little stack of books that I dug out of my piles to read through. I need to start cutting down on my collection, so these ones seem good ones to read in hopes of maybe then being able to part with them.

Or, you know, maybe I’ll bury myself in Allison Maruska’s Seventh Seed — her new book that’ll be launching on the 24th! I got an Advanced Reader Copy and am super-excited to get through it!
Wow, when I started sharing I hadn’t realized how much I’m fitting into this weekend! Best get moving on it — what are you up to this weekend?

#TakeAStand Against Domestic Violence – Stories

The stories about Intimate Partner Violence are hard to hear. But it’s important that the stories get told, that people listen, really listen, to the tales these people have to tell. Listen and honor their experience, and help to give them a chance to share their voices – as they feel safe to do.

Like many things, the more we keep it quite, the more we shuffle it off as “something we don’t talk about,” the worse it can become.  Despite the age-old adage, Ignoring something does not make it go away.

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Here are just a few articles that share some individuals experiences with Domestic Violence.
“Why Didn’t You Just Leave?” Six Domestic Violence Survivors Explain Why It’s Never That Simple.

The Most Dangerous Time: Five Women Tell Their Stories of Leaving an Abusive Relationship.

Stories from The National Domestic Violence Hotline

Survivor Stories from Fight Against Domestic Violence

 

#TakeAStand against Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A time to increase awareness about the serious issue of Domestic Violence.

Fight Against Domestic Violence is an organization which “provides education, awareness, outreach, and financial resources to the domestic violence victims and their community.” They’re behind the #TakeAStand17 movement this month, encouraging all to stand up against Domestic Violence.

I’ve signed up with FADV as an Activist Ambassador, committing to taking actions every month to help spread education – and figured that I might as well start doing some of that through this blog!  So scattered through the rest of the month I’ll be sharing some information, stories, and resources.

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There are a lot of different kinds of abuse, and often more than one form of abuse is present.  Intimate partner violence is rampant – the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has some statistics – they note that in the United States alone an average of 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partners every minute. 1 in 2 women, and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

And you have to imagine that these numbers don’t include those cases that go unreported and unrecorded….

The US National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Rainy Days!

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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!

I’m so happy you joined me for coffee again this weekend! Today I’m inviting you to sit with me near the roaring fire, enjoying the warm beverage of your choice. It’s finally cooling down and raining here, so we’re firing up the fireplace and enjoying that delightful wood-smoke smell. The good one, not the one that we kept smelling this summer that meant that everything was on fire.

It’s raining outside now, and I love it. I wasn’t so happy to be commuting in the rain, the bus ride is a bit less pleasant when everyone is soaking wet, but I adore it when I can enjoy the weather from the warm and dry confines of my house.

There really hasn’t been a lot going on this week, just working away and doing some other work on the side. I have started to think some about the story I’m going to write for NaNoWriMo – just bits and pieces of ideas. I’m trying, really hard, to not commit myself to any specifics for the story. My own writing experience – particularly when I’m trying to just get back into the flow of things – is that the more restrictions and expectations I put on myself the more stifled I’m likely to feel.  So all ideas get jotted down in a word document for me to reference if I find myself stuck or in need of some refreshed ideas.

My upcoming weekend is going to be pretty chill. I’m getting together with my Dad and Step-Mom for breakfast on Saturday, and have my standing Game Group Sunday night — but beyond that I’m hoping to get some cleaning, organizing (and maybe even getting rid of things) done.  I REALLY want to make some progress on a few piles that have been sitting on desks in my room since last winter!

What are you up to this weekend?

 

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

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