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Poetry and Food

Posted: March 28, 2011 in my life, Raw Food, Writing

While that title makes no sense – it will if you keep reading. 

I have two big things planned for April.  The first is Go Fresh!  It’s an eleven week initiative run by Penni Shelton over at Raw Food Rehab.  Clicky the link if you’re interested in what that’s all about.

Secondly, my friend Shanna (lovely Shanna) has started or rather, picked up a ball that was dropped last year and is doing a poem-a-day thing over HERE. (again, click the link – I promise it’s safe for work…if your work allows you to visit blogs).

If I can figure out how to single space the poem, I’ll post them here.  Eh. I’ll post the poems here either way.  As for the Go Fresh initiative, while I am doing weekly weigh-ins there, I’m not sure if I’m going to share it here (well I’m sure I will but perhaps not weekly because I’m lazy).

I hope all is well with you and that the weather by you is a lot warmer than it is here in SE Wisconsin!

But it could be worse… I’m sure



Okay – so I haven’t written in forever.  Mostly because I’m too busy surfing everyone elses blog, hoping they’d post something to entertain me for a while.

I did not “win” the NaNoWriMo challenge. I fell far short.  Mostly because I lacked an outline. Well I lacked half an outline. The part I did have outlined went off wonderfully.  Next year the outline will be done WELL before November.

November is a tough month for me because I have two Thanksgiving celebrations to attend.  One takes up a whole weekend.  But it’s well worth it.  I think if I would have been able to keep up my momentum (adding a bit more on weekends when I wasn’t out of town) I would have won.

I have mixed feelings about this. I feel bad that I didn’t “win” however I also feel I succeeded in getting the 15k plus words I did get in.  This is huge for me because I tend to write short stories.  In fact, I was thinking next year instead of writing a novel, I’d write a series of short stories, but then, it’s not a novel, it’s a collection of short stories so . . . feh.

In other news, I am pretty much done with Christmas shopping (Yay!) and now have the task of wrapping presents (boo!).  I seem to forget about step 2 of the plan.  Step 1: Buy Presents and Step 3: Watch as presents are unwrapped, are great. It’s Step 2: Wrap Presents that I continually forget about when buying Pillow Pets for the grandkids.


November wasn’t a total loss.  I submitted a short story in the Blue Kingdom series called Mages and Magic.  It’s scheduled to be printed this winter.  It was weird seeing my name on the back cover and going through all the different stages.   I was really shocked to see that my story was approved.   Not that the story wasn’t good, I’ve submitted other stories that were good, it was just that I expected there not to be room.  But I will admit that this time I made damn sure my story was short – I believe it came in under 3k after revisions.

Oh and after NaNoWriMo, I was in a bit of a funk, I was behind on everything so I ended up spending way too much time in front of the TV or PC numbing my brain (If I can’t live the exciting life of luxury, my Sims can ;p) but am finally back on track and catching up on my mail (sorry for any of my pen pals that are reading this – I’m working on the pile as quick as I can!).

So – that’s it for me now.  I’ll post a more info about the book when I have it.  I hope everyone is keeping warm and that you’re all having a relaxing holiday season – and that you’re done wrapping presents too 🙂



Writing is going slowly.   I write best during the mid-morning hours. Unfortunately, I’m at work five out of the seven days I can do this.   So I often end up staring at my computer after work and perhaps trying to type a cohesive sentence or three.

I should not be so hard. I did submit a short story last night so I did get something done.

The headache I’ve had since Saturday doesn’t help.  And neither does surfing the net or bouncing around online checking on old MMO’s I used to/still play.

I would say that losing the internet would help my concentration, but I have the Sims 3 loaded on my PC and laptop and you don’t need the internet to play that.  Oh no you don’t.

Here’s hoping I can get rid of the headache and find my words tonight (and to stay away from the internet!)


First of all, let me apologize to the few people who read this.  I have been quite remiss in posting here – mostly because I’ve been perusing other blogs and looking for entertainment (how selfish of me!) and not reciprocating.

Really, my Mother taught me better.  I don’t know where my manners went.  Probably the same place all my missing socks have went gone.

November 1 marks the start of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  It’s been going on for a long time.  About 10 years ago I signed up to do it but didn’t.  I mean I didn’t even TRY – suddenly it was December and I realized I totally forgotten the whole thing.

The next year I tried.  That time I even got a few things going and wrote three chapters and then – nothing.

I don’t have a very good track record with this. However, that didn’t stop me from signing up this year (last minute of course) and deciding that this was the year I was going to succeed.

There are a lot of stories bumping around inside my head.  However I am not good at outlining AND I am anal-retentive when it comes to edit/revisions/reviewing.

Take my second attempt at NaNoWriMo.  I was going along fine but decided mid-chapter three, to change some names.  Most people would make a note at that spot and move on.  Not me.  I had to go all the way back and find/replace all the names – then go back and fix other things I found.

To coin a phrase: Lots of splashing, very little swimming going on.  That would sum up my writing.

I know part of it is my lack of outlining skills.  I’ve had wonderful friends (Jean Rabe and Elizabeth Vaughn) let me go over their own outlines and give me tips, hints, help.

But I would sit down and draw a blank.

Lamenting this to friends I got more advice – but in the end Mike Stackpole was right.  An outline is like a map for a road trip – you may not follow it exactly, but you need it to make sure  you get from A to B (okay, this isn’t exactly what he said but that’s what I got from it).

So, after all this – failure (call it what you will, maybe failure is a harsh word but I didn’t succeed in my endeavors and failure pretty much covers not succeeding) I was pretty much ready to throw in the towel on writing.  I still had stories and characters in my head but they’d be my personal entertainment – should I ever get stuck on a deserted island (hopefully in a tropical climate and no dinosaurs or zombies or the like to disturb my very active imagination).

Then, I was reading my blogs and came across Shanna’s  NaNoWirMo site, and her entry on logging, which lead me to some very interesting blogs by Arleen Barros and Tami Moore.

Suddenly I was filled with hope, inspiration and a strong need to get my butt to the office supply store to pick up some post-it flags.

I am hoping that I will be able to get some semblance of an outline going before the 1st.

Wish me luck :0)



Posted: March 18, 2010 in Crafting, Writing

Yep – that’s the word that pretty much sums it up.  I’m bummed.  In a funk.  Bored.  Apathetic.  Blah.

You get the picture.

I recall the great words of my friend Janet Lee, who once told me that it was easy to fall down – very, VERY easy.  It was hard as hell to get back up.

It appears I have fallen and haven’t bothered to get the hell back up.

And why not? It’s nice down here.  No one expects much from you.

And I am starting to not like it very much, which means it’s time to get the hell up and do something.  Not the type of something that is that wild arm-waving useless type something, but SOMETHING.

Actually, it started yesterday.  I was thinking about things I am (was) passionate about.  The first thing that came to mind was my card making.    But the problem with card making is that they mostly sit around until I get a request from friends or family.

They are pretty cards.  I am quite proud of them.  It has been suggested several times that I look into selling them and to be honest, I would love nothing more.  But I don’t think I can. Not because I just don’t have the backbone to do it, but because of copyrights and all that legal jazz.

I use a lot of stamps in my card making and I have no clue which ones I can use safely and which ones I need to either denote (and by denote, I mean purchase their 2″ x 2″ stamp that must be stamped on the back of the card)   and since I use lots of stamps from lots of different companies (Hero Arts, Stamping Up, Tim Holtz, to name a few)  and since – sometimes the internet isn’t so helpful in trying to find out who allows what – I haven’t bothered.

HOWEVER (and this is what got me to getting) I have friends and family that would love to get something in the mail besides junk mail and bills.  Then I decided to see if there was a penpal type of website – and I was pleasantly surprised to find one called PenPal Party.

So I’m giving it a shot.  I think the art of writing letters is becoming a lost tradition, and I’ll be trying to change that a bit.