Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Keeping You Posted...

I haven't been on for some time. I won't be back for some time. I'm currently in the midst of dealing with some stuff and well, I can only do so much.

I know most of you will still be here when I get back. As for the rest, I totally understand if you move on, drop me, whatever. Right now, I'm in over my head.

I'll be back when I can. Until then, keep writing!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

An Update...

I've been working my little (okay, not so little) butt off these days. Some of it is art/crafty kind of stuff, some of it is writing.

I'm having to figure out what to do about my writing, only this time, creating a good writing space. Where my main computer is located, I get distracted by so much stuff. Even when I put the headphones on and turn on the music.

My laptop is in another location and it's difficult to use, especially when I don't have everything I need on my laptop.

My ideal workspace? A completely different location than either of my two computers at the moment, but I don't want to go out to a cafe to write.

No, I'm going to have to bring my main computer outside where I am, set it up and work with that space. It will mean becoming a bit of a hermit, but hey, I'm a writer. I'm a bit of a hermit anyway, right?

What would your ideal writing office look like? I like this one:

I might get too distracted by the window, though.

But I also like this one:

This is okay, as long as no one else is in the room.
Maybe a combination of the two, I don't know.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Faves & Funnies...

It's Friday! It's a New Year and I'm rarin' to go!

So for my faves this week, I'm going to highlight my favorite parts of my trip down to Arizona.

First, was the drive there and back with my SIL: Darla. I got an opportunity to get to know her a lot better than before! We had only met twice before, and only briefly. I've had plenty of opportunity to get to know my fellow author SIL, Cheri, so this was a great thing for me!

Then, getting there and spending time with my brother and SIL, Michelle, and their family. It was an awesome visit and I got to bond with the kiddos, teaching them how to make paracord bracelets. They had a blast, and so did I.

And of course, spending time with my best pals, Lynn, Tonya and Lauri. Great visits and I didn't want them to end. But I also had a chance to meet up with an old high school friend of mine and her husband. We hadn't seen each other in 15 years!!! Wow. But we had a great visit. Our hubbies hit it off really well. In fact, we didn't get a chance to talk much, but that's okay. That's what future visits are for, right?

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and got everything you wanted. And I hope you and your loved ones were all safe.

First, a piece of fantasy art to share. I've been finding some more cool pics on Facebook. I need to pay more attention to the artists, though, so forgive the lack of credit.

And now for the funnies!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group...

Well! Lookit that, I made it! Was hoping I would have enough time once I got back from my road trip to do an IWSG post.

If you'd like to know more about the IWSG, you can find information with the man who started it all, Alex J. Cavanaugh. We post our insecurities, or our advice to those with insecurities, the first Wednesday of every month. Let me tell ya, the end of 2013, I NEEDED these posts.

However, my road trip with my husband and sister-in-law down to Arizona was most inspiring.

I've got goals, again, people! While a lot of them won't include writing, I am trying to get back into the craftier side of my life.

No. I'm not selling my skills as an assassin.... although...

No. No, that's not what I mean by craftier. Tempting, mind you. But I'm more into jewelry making and stuff like that. I'm also looking into quilting. I've wanted to quilt for some time, but never had the time or funds. Well, time, I have plenty of!

I've also had several book/story ideas over the last couple months. The thing I need to do now, is implement them and get writing. I'm so close to being done with book two, that I don't want to begin something new until I've got that complete and have book three waiting in the wings. So that means, writing out these seriously long synopsis es (synopsi?) and flesh them out later. But at least I have several things to keep me occupied if I get stuck on one, I can flip over to another.

Wow. I can't begin to tell you how happy I am to have a purpose again. To know what it is I want to do with my life. I had a bit of a mid-life crisis, there people. Scary crap, I tell you what.

So I suppose, this is where I give you advice. Even if you feel you've lost your way, strayed from the path, or anything like that, it's okay to take the time you need to re-evaluate things. Figure out yourself before you can figure out anything else.

Thanks for all of you who sat here and supported me, listened to my whining (!) and gave me the encouragement I needed. I can't say thank you enough. But thank you!!