Monday, February 19, 2018

Where I've Been: An Almost Year in Review

Happy Monday, Lurkdom!

It's been almost a year since I last wrote and a lot has happened. Some of it great, some of it not so much. Regardless of what it was, I've been BUSY.

Well, what the heck have you been doing?
Parenting. A lot, a lot of parenting. Munchkin demands takes up a lot of time. But you know what? That's okay because she is the funniest, craziest, cutest Munchkin around. She loves the movies Trolls and Sing so much I can most definitely do monologues from both. She tells me to shush if I want to sing her to sleep and insists on eating apples in their natural, uncut, unpeeled form.

With all of my time being consumed by my daughter I'm learning how to crunch in writing in different ways and that is an ongoing process. I'm trying to do more writing in the morning so I can spend my evenings doing things like watching movies with Hubby or crocheting or staring at the cat but I got to say this is a hard transition.

I've taken up bullet journaling for this year with mixed results so far. For the 2nd consecutive year, I've picked a word for the year which is create. (Hopefully I will post more about that soon.) I'm working with an editor to self-publish Phoenix Rising. I constantly want to throw everything out of our apartment and start everything over from scratch. Hubby's unemployed and I volunteered to learn about another line of business at the day job.

There have been some other awesome things going on but I don't want to slam it all down in one shameless post. Instead I will leave you with a few fun photos of the last year and hope you all will share with me what you've been up to in the comments.

Slippers from a local con

Sandra Boynton 1st bday cupcakes
How we roll: Shirts, socks, and all the Cheez-its

Trolls has even taken over The White One's life

Friday, March 3, 2017

Introducing Things I Haven't Told You

The art of the daily blog has pretty much slipped away, at least for me. The scant time I have between the day job and raising Munckin* I use to focus on writing. It only makes sense. What good is an audience if you don't have a book? Of course, the same can be said for the other side of the coin.

But I haven't forgotten about you, Lurkdom. Honest. I'm working real hard on trying to get it all figured out. So to help myself with this, I'm introducing a new feature. It's called Things I Haven't Told You.

What in the Sam Hill are you planning?
Well, it's not that hard to figure out. We've been in a relationship for nine years. There are things I haven't shared with you that I believe will entertain you. Perhaps even resonate with you. And what is blogging if not about connections?**

Okay, Miss Smarty Pants. What haven't you told me?
Glad you asked.

I've talked about SFLN on here a few times. During those mentions, the word "mime" comes up. If our friendship has transcended blogging, you've also seen me talk about mimes on Facebook as it relates to the WIP. I have history with mimes. This has nothing to do with me being slightly French or the fact I used to have Mime Hunt as a screen saver either.

I studied mime and clowning in college.

This wasn't my major and it was only for a semester, but it was a valid course of study. Miming is interesting as you have to tell a story with only your body. To do this well, you need exceptional body control and be able to isolate body parts. It's really challenging and, in it's own way, a workout.

I'll be the first to admit I wasn't great at miming. I didn't have the patience to properly execute the techniques learned. This doesn't mean I don't have an appreciation of the art. It's a classic going all the way back to the Ancient Greeks and still thrives today.

And I still break out into the occasional mime routine.

If you want to try your hand at mime, I say nothing. That's the first rule of mime, Lurkdom. All kidding aside, if you want to try your hand at mime, you should! Expert Village has a great YouTube series on miming techniques.

* Internet-nickname pending. Right now, we'll go with this.
** And possibly being a vanity project.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My One Word for 2017

The Lurkdom knows how much I'm anti-resolution and am more about goals. Being a new mom hasn't changed this, if anything I'm more pro-goal than before. Historically, I always fall short on what I want to achieve.

That's why this year, I'm working a new angle. A lot of people are already on board the one word for the year bandwagon, but I'm new to it*. If you're new to it too, you can read about it here. (Disclaimer: I ignore all the happy-fuzzy God things for reasons that I will not get into here.)

This year's word? STRIVE.

With all the changes in my life, this word is appropriate. It's a kind word, but filled with potential at the same time. I'll strive to be less anxious; I'll strive to eat better; I'll strive not to relate everything back to my daughter or cats. These are just examples because I should be striving in all things**. If what I'm reaching for is attained, great. If not, I don't need to be hard on myself***.

Change is a lifelong thing, Lurkdom. But this year I'm striving to improve myself just a little.

What about you? If you had to pick a word for the year, what would yours be?

* Turns out I'm really not new to this. Looks like I attempted this last year with the word "patience." I forgot about it and so did not work. 
** Let's be honest, I will relate things back to being a cat-mom or a mom-mom. 
*** I'm also striving not to beat myself up too much about things.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Welcome to 2017!!

Dear Blog,

I know it's been almost a year since I've been here and I'm sorry but life got in the way. I know, I know. You're going to say "that's not an excuse" but it is and it's real.

Things that happened in 2016:
  • the day job changed
  • I became a mom

But I miss you and hope to make time for you this year.

Kissy kissy,

Monday, February 15, 2016

Accountability Monday

If you live in the Northeast, congratulations on surviving the coldest weekend we've had in a long, long time. According to one report, Boston had the coldest Valentine's Day since the 50s. But! Despite the arctic temperatures there's minimal snow, so I'm pretty happy. Especially since the day job changed their snow day policy to read as "we don't do snow days," the lack of snow is a blessing.

Winter though has done a number on me. I can't get enough sleep. This makes doing things like anything outside of the 9-5 super hard. Unless you count re-binge watching Veronica Mars that is.

How I Did Last Week

Well, last week I had no goals because I forgot to do that. But I can tell you I did nothing. 

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Exhaustion. There are no words for how tired I've been. This weekend alone I slept 21 of 48 hours. That's almost an entire day of sleeping.

My Goals For This Week

  • Bite the bullet and start the really hard revisions. No more procrastinating! 
  • Send out those mass emails for my role as A/V Coordinator for NESCBWI 16.
  • Continue with the 30 day plank challenge. 
  • Stretch goal: Maybe come up with a better blog layout. Maybe.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Accountability Monday

It's February. I'm not sure how this happened because it seems like I just blogged about patience being my focus this year*. Hubby and I have done more adulting in the last two weeks than we've probably done in the 13 years we've been together, but it's all going to be worth it. Our cluttered apartment is becoming a pretty mature looking home bit by bit and hopefully it will clear out my brain enough to be able push through revisions, writing, and all things businessy.

How I Did Last Week

I rewrote the beginning of my new first chapter and then stopped again because the household stuff actually had to take precedence. Hopefully this week it will be different.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

The adulting again. It really is a two-team effort. Plus, if we didn't continue with The Great Purge of 2016, we wouldn't have found a dozen cat toys hidden under the couch.

My Goals For This Week

  • Complete the new first chapter.
  • Print out paperwork I need for my role as A/V Coordinator for NESCBWI 16.
  • Send out a reminder email to participants of an upcoming workshop at The Writers' Loft.

* Which, BTW, is a major struggle. Patience is not my strong suit at all.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Accountability Monday

To keep myself on task with everything I have to do outside of my day job, I've started Accountability Monday where I'll share my successes and failures from the past week and my goals for the upcoming one. If you too need something to keep yourself honest, feel free to join in.

How I Did Last Week

I managed to complete both of my goals for the week. I did two read throughs for SFLN and wrote about two paragraphs towards my new opening.

Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week

Adulting. Hubby and I for Christmas decided we were getting a new couch and kitchen table, which we did purchase. They will be here by March. (Hooray!) But with the new purchase coming means we have a deadline to make sure we have room for the larger couch. So there was a lot of cleaning and organizing this weekend.

My Goals for the Week

Continue to work on this new first chapter.

Even though I'm not happy with my writing progress, I am loving our almost 100% organized and clean kitchen. We finally got rid of all the plastic storage we've been using since our twenties.

Of course we didn't figure in The White One when we purchased our new storage furniture. I'm pretty sure he'll be *in* our furniture by week's end.

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