Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG and Wacky Life Weather In Sight



It's time for another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, otherwise known as. . .

IWSG!!!

This is a place where writers come with all their doubts, fears, suggestions and words of encouragement, and was founded by none other than the amazing Alex Cavanaugh

If you want to learn more, head on over here. 

Alex's helpers this month are:  Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!  Thanks guys for all that you do!


I still haven't gotten all of my 'technical difficulties' worked out (my inability to comment on Blogger posts or several followers to comment on mine), but so far, it appears to be a browser problem...Google Chrome just isn't always cooperating with Blogger. So, I'm going to have to switch browsers to comment (pain in the neck), and others. . .well, if you notice that your comment isn't showing up and you really want to comment, then it will take a switch of browsers for that moment.

As said. . .pain in the neck.

And now, it's time for this week's question:


When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing? 

At the moment, my life isn't really filled with rain and clouds, but it is doing a weather flip-flop. My husband is living a boyish dream and heading into trucking for a few years before he hits retirement. (The Europeans don't have the huge semis like we do in America, so his little kid heart has always dreamed of cruising across American highways. . .he's dreaming of ice-trucking in Alaska too, but that's still in the future.)
So life is taking a drastic change, since the kids and I will be on our own most of the time. And that with a farm, which I'm not sure will work yet. In other words, I'm getting our house ready for sale this summer and planning on moving...no idea where yet...

Which is such a cool adventure of its own! Florida? Arizona? Oregon? Minnesota? Anywhere!

So, yeah. Keeping my head in writing isn't easy.

But I do it. Writing, like reading, is an escape to a different reality, where only the characters and their problems matter. Do I always feel like writing? Heavens no. But once I sit my backside down in that chair and force myself to concentrate for ten or so minutes, I find myself getting swept up into the other world. It's like getting out of bed on cold mornings. You don't want to do it. . .it hurts to do it. . .you're sure you can't do it. . .but rip off that blanket, get dressed, and suddenly, life's happening.


How do you get yourself to write on those rainy, stormy or simple weird weathery periods in life?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Technical difficulties. . .


Hey, blogger friends and all my wonderful readers!
The last week, I've noticed that I'm increasingly unable to leave comments on other's blogs. I've tried using a different browser as well as logging in several times, but nothing seems to work. The comments are accepted as if they are normally going through, but they never appear.

Since I've been receiving complaints that several readers have no longer been able to post comments on my blog (Kidbits as well as Bookworm for Kids), I'm afraid something is up. This isn't affecting all readers, only some and I'm not sure why.

I hope I can have this problem solved soon. Until then, know I am reading others blogs and wanting to wish you all sorts of things. But the computer world is not letting me.

Bummer.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things



It's that time of the week again—time to celebrate! (I love celebrations, don't you?)

So, what are we celebrating?

Anything. . .everything! Every week, things happen which put a smile on our faces. Although some are hard to forget, others are more passing moments. But it's these small things in life which can make all the difference.


Thanks to Lexa Cain and her co-host, L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge, we can sit back for a second and remember these happy moments.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .


1) Survival of my in-laws! My parents-in-law were run over by a car, while walking past an alleyway. Both are around 80 years old, and we were extremely worried. Luckily, they got out of it with only a couple of broken bones, and only one was bad enough to have surgery. They are staying in the same hospital with their rooms only a couple doors apart. My mother-in-law, is already hopping around more than the doctors like, and my father-in-law is using the time to surf the internet on his tablet. In other words, we're glad it wasn't worse.

2) Starting a new MS! I sent my other MS off to the publisher. . .crossing fingers on that one. . .so it's time for a new story. Believe it or not, first drafts are not my favorite part of writing. I love the new characters, I love diving into their world and experiencing their adventure, but getting those words out one by one is always so hard. I think my inner editor is too picky.


3) My brother received a birthday dance from one of his baby goats! Baby goats are so fun to watch, and this one went into excitement pure on my brother's birthday. Luckily, his wife was quick to catch a snippet on her camera.




And there's still a giveaway running for a very wonderful, nighttime picture book with glistening golden stars AND it's signed by the author. Head on over here to take and peek and enter that.





What about you? What put a smile on your face this last week? See a shooting star? Find a freshly made pot of coffee at work? Buy a new pen?

What are you celebrating this week?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG


It's time for another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, otherwise known as. . .

IWSG!!!

For anyone who might not know what this is, I see it as a type of Alcoholics Anonymous for writers. Not that we want to stop writing. . .oh no! But writing is hard on the psych. We are a strange group who is often misunderstood, frustrated, down, confused, or so euphoric, we hardly know what to do with ourselves. And here is where we come with all of those doubts, fears, suggestions and words of encouragement.

If you want to learn more, head on over here. 

Alex Cavanaugh's helpers this month are:  Mary Aalgaard,Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner! Thanks guys for all that you do!


This month I have not been able to reach all of my writing goals. I could blame it on my computer, which was on its death-bed for a few weeks, but I also wasn't in the swing of things. So, this month's question fits right in for me.

 How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?

I take time off.
I sit back, enjoy a movie or a book. Or shut the laptop and stroll across my farm. My brain needs a little bit of time to reboot before diving into whatever I need to do next.

Oh, and I don't mind grabbing one shot of Bailey's or a whiskey and just smiling into space, enjoying the freeing feeling that completing something gives.


What about you? What do you do when you hit one of those writing goals or finish up edits or what-nots? Do you go bungee-jumping? Take a few hour nap? Put on those fancy shoes and hit the town?


How do you celebrate?


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Now, for something completely different. . .

I reviewed a lovely board book over on Bookworm for Kids a couple of weeks ago, and after seeing it, the author, Deb Gruelle, was nice enough to offer a signed copy to me to give away! *squeal*


If you'd like to take a peek at my review, head on over here.

If you'd like to throw in your hat for a chance to win this beautiful book (and it is pretty with shining stars and everything), just say so below and leave your email address or Twitter name so I can get a hold of you.

The winner will be drawn at midnight on March 17th and be announced here on Kidbits as well as over on Bookworm for Kids on March 18th. The winner will also be contacted over email or Twitter (depending on what they leave in the comments) and has 48 hours to claim their prize.

Little print: The author is sponsoring this giveaway. The winner must be a resident of the U.S. and there is no possibility of a monetary or substitute prize. And who would want that anyway? The book is really a treat as it is.

Super little print: Even if you don't have a little child, I bet you know someone who does and would love the treat!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things

It's that time of the week again—time to celebrate! (I love celebrations, don't you?)

So, what are we celebrating?

Anything. . .everything! Every week, things happen which put a smile on our faces. Although some are hard to forget, others are more passing moments. But it's these small things in life which can make all the difference.

Thanks to Lexa Cain and her co-host, L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge, we can sit back for a second and remember these happy moments.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) A new laptop! (This celebration is why I basically disappeared for over a week). Mine has been slowly dying and suffering for months now. First, a shift-key stops working, the fan overheats every now and then, the battery went out a long time ago (it's the 3rd one, and I knew my poor laptop was meeting its end so I didn't buy a new one), a few more keys fell out, and then my 'r' and 't' died along with several numbers two weeks ago. . .*sigh* A slow and painful death. I tried to clean it, but that wasn't the issue. So good-bye my friend! My wonderful son saw my pain and decided to give me an early birthday/Christmas present (for the next 2 years, I told him). So, here I am. . .back and typing again!

2) An award for my review blog Bookworm for Kids! I was ranked 32..33 or something like that and was SO honored and thrilled. I find it amazing that my little 'ole blog. . .which I do for sheer fun reasons with no aspirations. . .is winning so many awards. It's mind-boggling and definitely putting a smile on my face.

3) Done editing a story! Again! This manuscript has seen more edits than cows in my neighbor's pastures (which is quite a lot). But off to a new WIP now. . .greener pastures too?

4) Tons of rain and warmer temperatures! This is a 'farmer' celebration. We've had a long stretch of pretty dry weather. Months and months. This last week held 9 inches of rain, which was wonderful. Combined with the warming sun (around 55-60 degrees now), the grass is shooting up, and I'm having to feed less bales—something my elbows are happy about. Oh, and we got a baby calf, the first of several, I hope. I'm watching those moms out of my window everyday. They've got such huge stomachs that I wonder if they won't burst soon.


And what about you? What put a smile on your face this past week? Catch a ray of sunshine? Stay up all night reading a book? Smell a wonderful pizza?

What are you celebrating this week?



Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things


It's that time of the week again—time to celebrate! (I love celebrations, don't you?)

So, what are we celebrating?

Anything. . .everything! Every week, things happen which put a smile on our faces. Although some are hard to forget, others are more passing moments. But it's these small things in life which can make all the difference.

Thanks to Lexa Cain and her co-host, L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge, we can sit back for a second and remember these happy moments.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) Bald eagles! Yesterday while feeding cows, there were two bald eagles darting between the tops of the trees. They were calling to each other, flying up and landing a few tree tops further away. I simply enjoyed watching them for a few minutes.

2) Valentine's Day crafting! Not me. My kids. There was a Valentine box competition at school and especially my youngest went all out. She found a video on youtube and made her own version with tons of pink puffiness, hearts and glitter. She's only 10, so it was quite the project for her. But that girl was determined. Unfortunately, she didn't win (the judges came when the kids weren't there so she couldn't show them what it did). But she didn't mind and was all smiles that she'd simply accomplished something like this.



3) Writing! I'm just going to celebrate this, although there's nothing really exciting to announce. But I've been editing, brainstorming and writing away. . .which is simply fun.


What about you? What put a smile on your face this last week? Getting some hints of Spring? Eat some chocolate? (You don't need Valentine's Day to do this. . .trust me. I'm a pro) Find a pair of rubber boots on sale?

What are you celebrating?




Friday, February 2, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things


It's that time of the week again—time to celebrate! (I love celebrations, don't you?)

So, what are we celebrating?

Anything. . .everything! Every week, things happen which put a smile on our faces. Although some are hard to forget, others are more passing moments. But it's these small things in life which can make all the difference.

Thanks to Lexa Cain and her co-host, L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edgewe can sit back for a second and remember these happy moments.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) A surprise visit from my daughter! She decided to come home yesterday evening out of the blue. Although she's only 1 1/2 hours away at college, we don't see her very often. So we enjoyed it.

2) Eggs! My chickens have been on a laying pause for several months, but this week, they graced me with 4 eggs. Keep it up, gals!

3) Writing! I had a short out to a beta this week, a synopsis out for extra eyes, and will have a couple things out of the door soon. Out. . .out. . .out. See how long we can keep this momentum going before it slowly runs out of steam. An energy drink for writing would be great. . .and no, I don't mean coffee.

4) Heading off into a new chapter of life! We had some sad but not unexpected news in my hub's job area ... *cough* company bankruptcy... but we're using it as a signal to go ahead and hack another thing off of his life's bucket list. Like many little boys, he's always secretly wanted to drive a big, awesome semi truck around and experience life on the road. So that's what it is! He starts training next week. He's a bit nervous and unsure, although a little excited too. I can't blame him. It's a pretty big jump from a doctor's degree in nuclear engineering and management to trucking. And being an odd German with an 'impossible to miss' accent, he'll definitely stick-out.
He's considering blogging/vlogging his adventures, which knowing my husband, will include quite a different twist on things. . . but isn't that always the case with engineers?


Anyway, that wraps up our week.

What about you? What put a smile on your face this last week? Dip your toes in a lake or stream or puddle? Go ice skating? Take a bite of the most fantastically greasy and unhealthy hamburger ever?

What are you celebrating?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things

It's that time of the week again—time to celebrate! (I love celebrations, don't you?)

So, what are we celebrating?

Anything. . .everything! Every week, things happen which put a smile on our faces. Although some are hard to forget, others are more passing moments. But it's these small things in life which can make all the difference.

Thanks to Lexa Cain and her co-host, L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edgewe can sit back for a second and remember these happy moments.


This week, I'm celebrating. . .


1) Creamy lemon chicken! My kids wanted lemon chicken for dinner, so I did a quick Google search (the biggest, grandest cookbook in the world) and discovered a recipe that was oh-so-good! Luckily, I made extras and my husband was even taking it along to work for lunch. The sauce is calorie packed but definitely worth every bite. https://www.recipetineats.com/creamy-lemon-chicken/

2) A slap across the face! ....Whoa! How is that something to celebrate??? (See, I know what you're thinking.)  This is more a celebration of my kids' wonderful, zany and never dying sense of humor. My uncles had it. . .my brothers have it. . .and I'm so glad to see that my kids have it to. To stay humorous is a valuable tool in life. Anyway, my oldest son has been on this weight-lifting, mass-gaining kick for years and eats two meals of rice and chicken every day on top of the regular meals (this is boot camp boy). Last night. . .while cooking up his chicken breasts. . .he suddenly turned around and slapped me across the face with a raw chicken breast. I was dumbfounded. Completely. Utterly. But after that evening. . .and this sounds crazy. . .it was exactly the kind of stupidity I needed. After I cleaned up chicken slime from my cheek, that is.

I mean, who does that???

3) Editing done and a short story off to a beta! I love the freeing feeling of sending those out that door.


So, what put a smile on your face this last week?

Hear a song you haven't heard in years? Discover a new cafe? Get a longer break than you expected at work?

What are you celebrating this week?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things


This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain  and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge

What exactly does this celebrate?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.



Due to lack of time, I've decided to no long co-host with L.G.. I will still be here and hopping around, but I found it harder and harder to really visit everyone during the weekends and post constantly. IF anyone is interested in taking my place, I'm sure L.G. would love the help, so please let her know if you're interested!

This week was cold and has left me celebrating. . .

1) Snow! We actually got snow. An entire 1 1/2 inches *gasp*! I grew up in the Denver area, so this is more of a light dusting, in my opinion. But here, in the Ozarks, it was enough to cancel school for 4 days. They have a huge fear of ice here. . .as in overly gigantic fear. . .but the kids loved the free time.

2) Smoked ribs! We gave my husband a smoker for Christmas, and he finally gave it a try. We made 6 pounds of spare ribs and oh, they were good!

3) Hugs! Especially those from my kids. The cold weather has made them cuddlier than usual. And I've been enjoying every second.


What put a smile on your face this last week? Did you go sledding? Buy your first pair of shorts for the far-approaching summer? Find a warm pair of gloves in the bottom of your drawer?

What are you celebrating?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things


This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain,  and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.


Okie dokie...so, what am I celebrating this week???


1) Snow days! Honestly, they weren't 'snow' days but more 'light ice on the street mornings'. I have to smirk when school cancels here due to a little ice on the streets (I grew up in Denver where we had real snow and ice at times, and school still wasn't cancelled). Especially since the day temperatures here then reached 60 degrees. Seriously, who cancels school when it's 60 degrees outside? Anyway, the kids loved it and wished they had the entire week off. But hey, this coming Monday is a holiday too!

2) Help with wood cutting! It has been cold here (before the sudden couple days of 60), and as of today, it's cold again. I've been going through firewood like it was chocolate, which meant it was time to cut down some more trees. I'm NOT a good tree-cutter-downer. I can split, carry, stack, haul or whatever, but I have tons of fear. . .uh, respect. . .for those trees when they come crashing down. Plus, I don't think I could hold the chainsaw that long (I'm not the Hulk). So I'm again screaming THANK YOU to my brother for helping out on that end.

3) Hot tea! I love a steamy cup of tea, and I've been hovering over these like crazy lately. 



That pretty much sums of this week. What about you? What put a smile on your face? Go sledding? Get a ton of writing done? Or start planning your summer vacation?

What are you celebrating this week?



I'm also celebrating a writing buddy's new release this week. . .Congrats, Ilana Waters!

It happens to be on sale this week for 99 cents.

She's also got an awesome giveaway going for a couple of more days which includes $25 Amazon GC, jewelry, candles, other things and FUZZY SOCKS! I mean, who doesn't need those right now? Head on over to her website here to join in and witness all of the goodness.