#WeekendCoffeeShare: Building Time!

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 6th 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday July 9th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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Come join me on our freshly revealed stone patio in front of the house. It’s really not a lot, and it’s not actually new, but I’m rather proud of it. Honestly, I did only a little of the work – most of the credit goes to my friends who came over on the 4th and helped us tear up the ramp that had been built up there four years ago. It was quite the undertaking!
That’s really all I did for the 4th – it zapped what energy I had and I had to be up early the next morning for work so didn’t really feel much like staying up to watch fireworks. There were certainly plenty going off around me, though. Our house is in a bit of a valley, so there are echoing booms all around on this particular holiday.

It’s been a strange week because of the 4th. Having a day off work on a Wednesday just throws everything off – I spent most of Thursday feeling like it was Monday again. So it now being the weekend again… I’m not really there yet.

This weekend continues my outdoor work. I’m not a gardener or even a builder, but I’ve got friends with SKILLS, so they’re helping me out. Saturday will be spent hopefully finding the door that we’ll use on the Little Library we’re going to build. And then it’ll be a matter of just building it!

It’s so cool to finally have this project coming together. Since I moved back to Oregon five years ago, and had access to a yard again, I’ve thought it would be fun to create a Little Library — and now it’s going to happen and I’m super-excited.

Other than that it’s the same-old this weekend. I’m participating in Camp NaNo.. or at least, I said I was going to. But participating involved ACTUALLY writing some, so I need to do that. I’ve scheduled myself some time on Sunday, after covering for a friend at her job for an hour, to sit down and WRITE. I’ll take my monster-laptop (that I bought for my surgery-recovery time) and set myself up in a coffee shop for a few hours. After I’ve done some writing, and only after I’ve done some writing, will I let myself go home and do other things.

Hopefully that’ll work!

On the surgery-recovery front… I have worn REGULAR SHOES for the better part of two days now. I still have the surgical boot for when I’m on the bus and such – gives it a little more protection, but the swelling has subsided enough that I can get the Velcro edges of the sandals to actually connect in order to hold them on my feet! Wearing normal shoes has gone a long way in helping me regain some of that range of motion – bending my toes when I walk is very good for it!

What are your plans this weekend? Anything exciting happen over the week for you? Tell me all about it.

 

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Insecure Writers Suppott Group: Chugging Along.

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!

IWSG Day Question: What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)? (This month on Tuesday!!)

I’m making PROGRESS. It’s slow, certainly, but it’s progress still.

This month I’m going to be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, trying to push myself a bit further on this editing. I have the goal of 25,000 words for the month; since editing is a completely different beast than first-drafting that seemed like a reasonable word goal.

I can’t believe June has already passed us by, now I’m trying to regroup in order to make some real progress in July. While I am still needing to use a lot of my downtime testing, I hope to hold myself to a little bit of writing time during the week and some dedicated time on the weekends.

I’ve officially shuffled up the order of the story, and plotted out some of how the middle will work with the necessary changes. I just hope I can hold myself to doing the work that needs to be done.

Thinking about my ultimate writing goals is kind of strange. When I first started to actually put my stories to the page I was this lonely 12 year old who didn’t really feel like she belonged anywhere.

At that time I just wanted to let my stories out somewhere. To give life to the ideas and characters running around in my mind.

That evolved to a goal of wanting others to read and appreciate my stories. But then I got scared, overwhelmed, and uncertain about what I was writing.

Now I’m not entirely certain my writing goals. I have small ones, like finishing edits on this novel and finding the voice for my other stories.

But for bigger ones, I’m not sure. I think, ultimately, I want to write something that inspires someone in some way.

Maybe it would be to think about something in a different way, or to read more, or to write. Just making an impression on someone.

That’s not too much to hope for, right?

#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!

#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?
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 29th 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday July 2nd at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Want to grab the link-up button to add to your own site?Get the InLinkz code

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 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”!

Want to grab the link-up button to add to your own site? Get the InLinkz code

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!

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”!

Want to grab the link-up button to add to your own site? Get the InLinkz code


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 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

#AmReading Catch-up!

Time for some more book-reviews!

Tell The Wolves I’m Home

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By Carol Rifka Brunt

These days it isn’t very often that I start and finish a book within just a few days – particularly a few days that fall in the middle of the week.  But this was one of them. Someone, somewhere, had been raving about it (maybe on Twitter?) and I thought it sounded interesting. So when the Library Challenge for the month of March was to read a book set in the decade I was born (the 1980s) I decided I’d give this one a try. I really like the author’s use of language, and the story that she is telling was compelling — it drew me in, held me close, and when I reached the end of the book I found myself wishing there were more.

Local Library Booking Ahead Challenge (March: Book Set in the decade in which you were born).

 

Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men.

34663059By Harold Schechter

I am not usually a fan of True Fiction, but this one seemed historical enough for me to give it a shot. Overall I liked it, the characters involved are interesting and a LOT of information was presented to help give a sense of, not only the incidents involved, but also the feel of the area and the era.

The only problem I had with it was the authors willingness to go along with some of the physical descriptions of Belle Gunness from the era, referring to her as “a notably unlovely young woman,” in pictures of her in her twenties. (Schechter, 5) I did appreciate the exploration of descriptions of her in the news coverage following the discovery of her crimes, he notes the ways in which her actions could have well influenced the choice of words used, but I was put off by his own judgements on that account.

That aside, though, I found the writing to be interesting and accessible — though at times the material jumped around and there were tangential asides that had only passing relevance. Having written my share of historical papers, though, I understand the urge to include a lot of that information – and in this case it seemed to help paint a picture of the era a bit more, giving larger picture of the different people who were involved in the case.

Read Harder Challenge:  A Book of True Crime.

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

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