June Sunshine Award

I got given the June Sunshine Award today by NMNPHX!

This is something both lovely and hard to comprehend….but I am a firm believer in no takie backsies so it’s mine now and I’m keeping it. Also I have the ability to pass on ten more awards of this sort to ten other bloggers who I think are full of awesome. (I don’t think I can give one back to NMNPHX, but I would if I could because she fits the criteria.) Please visit the blogs I mention at the end of this post plus NMNPHX, you will happy that you did.

The June Sunshine Award  is similar to the Versatile Blogger Award, but better because I have one of these now but I don’t have the other.

If you’ve received this award there are a few little rules you should follow. I’m not saying that if you don’t follow them a large angry bear will knock at your door or anything……but why take that chance right? Also this isn’t a threat people, I don’t even own a bear I’m just saying that’s how the universe works and stuff. Probably.

Here are the rules for the award:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers.
  • Link your nominees to this post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.
To start, here are 10 questions and answers about myself.

What is a real fear you have?  Driving and attempting to drive scare the pats off me. It has to do with………..well I’m not really sure what it has to do with but it’s really inconvenient. Also, people screaming “Look out you’re about to hit that car” or “Watch out, there’s a ditch” every time they give you driving lessons does not help. Why would you give someone driving lessons on an actual road with people or ditches anyway? It’s irresponsible. Also, I have horrible side vision.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A writer and then an artist with an actual gallery exhibit.

What are some of your hobbies? Reading, writing, blogging, painting,drawing, sewing felt fairies.

What hobby would you like to start? I’d like to take up kick boxing again- I took a few classes in my twenties and I remember really liking it.

If you could tell people anything, what would be the most important thing to say?

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and don’t forget to find the lesson from them when you do make them.

Name one item from your “bucket list”? Someday I’d like to attend the Glastonbury Music Festival.  Thankfully I crossed off SXSW a few years ago.

What’s the best prank you’ve pulled off?  Nothing, nada- I’m a big goof and end up laughing my head off whenever I’ve tried to prank someone.

What book are you planning to read next? Scott Nicholson’s Creative Spirit. I’m reading Write Good or Die right now and he’s one of the contributors so I’m interested to see what his writing is like.

Coffee or Tea?  Coffee but if I’m stressed or sick I like tea. Mint tea with milk or black tea with lemon.

Lemon Torte or Chocolate Cheesecake?Okay, I’ve never tried either of these but I’m going to go with Lemon Torte because I’m crazy for anything lemon. Chocolate is good too but I like my cheesecake New York style and plain.

My 10 Nominees are:

1. My Write Side

2.Madison Woods

3. Nikki and the Novel

4.Kelly Graham, Artist

5.Twinkle, Twinkle

6.Tracey Fetcher King

7.Bridget Straub Author, Artist, Mom

8.Dayo Benson

9.TinkerLab

10.Juise

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Camp Nano

I’ve signed up,it’s offical. For some reason I need not only a goal to make time for writing,but a public goal that could lead in humilation if not completed or something.
(I also think I need meaner friends though, because y’all were all way to easy on me when I didn’t complete Nanowrimo.)
I’m completely kidding on that last part,I’m a complete and utter weenie when it comes to meaness directed at myself.
But I still want concrit if it’s helpful,I promise you.
Ugh,that’s horrible- ignore all of that except the starting Camp nano part.
The story is something I thought of while working with my writing group and inspired by pinterest. Consequently  I’ve tried to stay off pinterest until I done more than with this project. The problem with me is not finding ideas to write, it’s the sticking it through and doinv something with the ideas.
Another problem is that I ramble in blog post,sorry.
The story is called Techie war and while I had written a start to that story I never went futher than that and have now decided to write a new beginning.
I’m told it’s a dystopian novel and even though I never knew what that meant before I was told that, I agree.

Several things have happened to make it a different world than we live in now. The first of these is a Hacker Bombing. A group of Hackers caused bombs to go off across the world but mainly in America, there was no real reason for them to do this besides wanting to prove that they could pull it off. There will be a twist concerning this at the end of the story but for now assume it was all ego-inflated Hackers. (I’ve probably said too much.) These bombings caused several groups who were already weary of how technologically reliant the world was becoming to separate from the majority and form their own community. Think Amish but not really religious- there will be religious people in this group, actually several types of religions, but the group itself just wants a return to a more natural lifestyle. They make their own clothing, they live off the land- they’ve formed communities off in parts of England and Ireland somewhere. (I’m calling them Waldorfs for now.)  The Techies are the majority and after the bombings they embraced technology more but with one exception, internet use is now highly controlled, regulated and watched. All media, art and even clothing have to be sanctioned. Most things in Techie world are manufactured and the separating of the two groups has led to Techies snubbing anything natural and instead only using mostly synthetic, manmade objects. The second thing that has happened most recently when this story takes place is a small (very small) uprising of college aged rebels trying to shut down the government’s main computer. This has led to even more regulations and distrust of anyone who has Waldorf sympathies or is artistic or nature loving. (As the techie and Waldorf communities have continued growing there are now grievances between how much land each should be allowed, obviously the Waldorfs want more land to grow their food and lifestock but the techies outnumber them and have begun wanting to take over the land that the Waldorfs own and refuse to sell.

Main Characters:

Diana Greaves- wife of Basil, mother to Cynthia and stepmother to Andrew. She is American and was a well-known artist before the techie wars

Basil Greaves- multi billionaire head of GlobalTech, a technology empire which has grown substantially since the start of the techie wars (Techie wars; name given to what led to the bombings and the separation and disputes between the Waldorfs and the Techies, think cold war- it’s not an actual ongoing battle or anything) He is English, extremely controlling and a little cold but always polite.

Andrew Greaves-Basil’s 13 year son from a former marriage

Cynthia Greaves- Basil and Diana’s 6 year old daughter

Arthur Burke- longtime friend and associate of Basil, good friend of Diana

Tessa Miller-Green- Diana’s mother, a seamstress and artist who works in fabrics

Simon Green- leader of the Waldorf community, Diana’s stepfather

All I truly hope from Camp Nano is to get writing done on a more regular basis and to get this story started, I know what I end up with may be a hot mess but I’m hoping to be able to gleam something from it.

Will you be doing Camp Nano this year?

Love breath,#PPF

Quick sketch I did this morning, I think it would make a fun painting.

Love breath

Worked on this before Valentine’s day but finished it just this week.

It seems like ages since I last did a Paint Party Friday(most probably because it has been ages!) I haven’t been as productive as I would like to have been.

A sudden urge to clean absolutely everything and get caught up on laundry(our washing machine was broken for three weeks and we tried to get by washing the bare minimal at our laundromat). I couldn’t put my finger on it but I’ve been really restless and wanting everything tidy and organized I want to have a fresh start before we carry on through the year…then my daughter was telling me that the first day of Spring falls on the 20th of this month and I had to chuckle. I’m not going crazy(yet) my body was just telling me that I needed to do some Spring cleaning.

It’s not glamorous or anything but it is needed this year I have been a little lapse in keeping on top of everything. Besides the catching up I’m also trying to introduce a family rhythm- not a schedule those do not work for us! Just a loose routine to follow on certain days. I think it’ll be good for the kids especially my youngest.

Hopefully when I come out of my temporary fog I will be ready to write and paint at more regular intervals I’m just fleshing out what the best time of the day for that is as my drop everything and do this right now method was not working for me or us! I’ve set up a little office nook in a corner of our living room and am thinking of ways to make our garage more friendly place to paint.

I’ve missed Paint Party Friday and also some writing communities while I’ve been away and because I enjoy it so much and you do so much to keep me inspired I’m making it a priority to participate again sooner than later!  (Starting with this submission for PPF 😉

Can’t wait to enjoy lots of wonderful artwork tonight!

While I was gone…

I have been gone from this space and my other..forever. And yes that is a slight exaggeration- but only slight.

There are reasons, my keyboard being left on our coach while I got up to make a coffee and then ending up getting stepped on, possibly even jumped on and becoming unusable was one of them. But I found an extra one late last week so I hope to be back and writing on a regular basis. (Yay! Trust me I need the outlet- there are pages of barely readable (I have horrible handwriting) very badly written  poetry lying around the house that prove that fact.

When not writing horrid poems I also got caught up on all the episodes of Downton Abbey and Once Upon a Time that I had missed, thank you online streaming. 🙂

When I wasn’t completely  immersed in that magic  I was finishing my painting(tree lady), getting frustrated with my remaining painted wine bottles- they’re just not coming out like I wanted,making a few clay dolls (some of which have actually not gotten broken) and sewing felt plays capes for my youngest daughter’s fairy dolls.

Which is actually something I feel comfortable giving a lot of time to right now- the sewing, crafting stuff I mean. I go through …seasons? Sometimes I want to write a lot and sometimes I want to paint a lot and sometimes I just want to craft(all day but pesky things like feeding people and having clean clothes interrupt). I think that maybe I never truly excel in anything because it is impossible for me to devote myself completely to one area- I’m fickle. I’m working on it.

I’m about to post something I did manage to write for my writing group last week. It was a godsend that I picked a 30 minute prompt to work on rather than chose to submit a longer piece. It meant that I was able to borrow my husband’s computer for thirty minutes and I had the added bonus of him keeping an eye on the time for me- he’s working on a new website for custom tattoos and running into issues- tearing him away from his screen for 30 minutes was almost pushing my luck. 😉

I need to work on a schedule, I say this to myself way too many times  but I do feel the need for one. There are just so many things that I want to find the time for and so many things that I feel like I should make time for- I’d like very much to not feel stressed about any of it. I want more stillness in my life but I’m so naturally all over the place myself I find that a hard thing to imagine.

Didn’t my last post promise no more rambling?

Ramblings

recent....work

I’ve been feeling off lately- it’s why I haven’t updated either of my blogs- I have ideas but putting them to paper hasn’t been happening. Thankfully that doesn’t mean that I’ve not been painting or writing off-blog.

I’ve recently become a member of a local writing group that I met through Nanowrimo. Taking part in the meetings has been really helpful towards making makeself carve out time for my writing.  I was inspired to start working on a Dystopian novel(or short story, seeing where it goes!) The group is fabulous and full of very talented writers so I’m trying my best not to let my two or three demons out to dampen that for me.

Depression, Feelings of Inadequacy and Social Phobia are my nemesis. They strike out whenever they can(usually when I’m trying to pursue growth)and I’m just willing them to go away and leave me alone this time.

I’ve also decided to show some of my artwork at the Chicken Farm (local art hangout) tomorrow. I just dove into that and am hoping for the best! Bear with me I won’t always ramble, I promise.

Happy New Years!

Do you know how it is when you make a few gifts for people for Christmas and then realize that you can’t give them out without making gifts for a couple  more people and then you basically drive yourself insane to make 35 stocking stuffers for your family members in two weeks? (Which is completely crazy because at a huge Christmas party when everyone’s busy opening big bulky presents no one really notices if their weird aunt who likes to make stuff made a cousin something, but anyway.)   Something like that happened and made me step away from writing for a while. Next Christmas I’m not doing it again unless I start way, way earlier. (I honestly think I just like finding ways to make myself a little crazy or something. It’s called theskyisfallingitis I think, but that was last year and that’s all done for…probably.) Now that I’m all rested I’m ready to dive into writing and reading again.

This is a shiny new year all full of hope and promise and for me,  promises to start working out again, write more, paint and create more, live more authentically and to simplify.

I don’t want to call any of those resolutions, so I’ll just call them good intentions and leave it at that. There’s a lot to be excited for in this  year and I’m choosing to focus on all of that and not so much on anything remotely doomsday2012ish despite my husband’s best attempts to make me do otherwise.

Have you made any resolutio………… I mean do you have any good intentions for the new year? 🙂

Nanowrimo in Retrospect

This was my first year participating in Nanowrimo. I can definately say now that it was every bit as crazy as people told me it would be. I didn’t make it to the finish line of a 50,00 novel (I only got to 37,048) but I am still happy that I took part in the challenge. It taught me a lot about myself and also gave me ideas of how to participate in this again next year.

Yes, although the end of November had me trying to stay up all night(which I was never able to do, what can I say? I’m getting older or something) and forgetting why I had walked into a room (even more times than usual) I enjoyed the whole experience.

 It was awesome feeling like I was part of a community of writers trying to meet a common goal. I even met a group of local writers which was very cool. I never got to meet up with them in person, but we have formed a facebook group and plan to meet soon.

I learned that I can write a lot more than I thought I could. I’ve always been able to write a lot when I get going, sometimes it’s even been hard for me to get to my point but 50,000 words is a daunting task! It’s more daunting once you’ve written your first 1,000 words and you realize that you have 49,000 more to go. Prior to Nano I don’t think I had ever written more than 1,000 words in a day. I now know that it’s possible for me to write 3,499 in one day if I push myself.  (I read about an Simon Hayne’s method for writing up to 7,000 words in one day but that wasn’t doable for me this year, that’s pretty hardcore writing stuff so I don’t know if it will ever be my goal! )

It was interesting to know that I could maybe write a book. This may be a strange statement coming from someone who didn’t finish Nano or my novel(yet) but I have made progress. I’ve gotten involved enough with these characters to want to finish their story. This being said, I was two days away from the end of Nano when I began to think about rewriting the whole thing from the start. It definitely needs working into, I know that much. Sometimes I feel like I may have added too many sub legends that could be their own books if worked into but I don’t know.

I also learned that I can spend time with my family and write and do housework.

There had been a time earlier this year when I had convinced myself that something had to give. I felt like if I spent too much time writing the kids or the house would be neglected. I took part of a “play every day with your child” challenge while doing Nanowrimo so I know it is possible to do both. Some days it is challenging, but it is always possible.

I also learned what I want to do next year. Writing in four spaced out intervals of 500 words at a time is my plan. I tried this based on what I read over at Spacejock.com  and it’s very doable. It certainly works much better for me then trying to sit and knock out a huge amount of writing in a limited time period, which is what I did at first.

As for my Nanowrimo novel, I haven’t even looked at it since the end of this challenge. I really wanted to step away from the whole thing for a little while. I read the first part so many times and then edited some of it, but after that I just wrote so there’s no telling what is in there. I am leaning towards just posting the story with a little editing and then doing a rewrite but I’m still thinking about it.

I have also decided to participate in Story Dam on a regular basis (Love this community) and I want to join  the Friday Fictioneers.(I haven’t participated in this yet but I really want to!) I think this will all help me stay connected with writing.

Other than that I’m also getting caught up with housework because the last week of Nanowrimo took a real toll on what got done around here. Basically what got done was laundry, meals and dishes and that’s it! I am also working on finishing up an advert calendar that I was sewing last month and never finished on time and I’ll be launching a new coloring page website soon.

The main thing that Nanowrimo reminded me of was how happy just writing makes me. This has made me promise myself that I am going to do my best to see that I make it a regular part of my life.