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Blowing the Dust off – A new start in 2014

Posted in blogging with tags on January 1, 2014 by Nellie

I wish I could say that I was busy doing important things that I forgot about the blog and hardly posted in the past year, but I can’t really say that. It was more exhaustion of real life and then not feeling the writing muse beyond writing a couple words a day. Work got hectic and then I was punched in the gut in the summer and then after it was all very ‘MEH’.

Hopefully work will get better now that we have a new person to help with the load. Now we have four people doing the work of five instead of three. I lost my horse at the end of July due to a health issue that she had gotten when she had her foal. I’ve said it before to my roommate that if I ever met someone from that broodmare farm, I would be hard pressed not to punch them in the face. But she was a pasture puff the past few years so at least she was happy the last eight years I had her.

I need to organize all the bits and pieces of writing that I have on different files. Get my thoughts organized and see if I can actually keep up writing with short stories. And find someone who will be a beta when I need one.

2013 wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t great either. I look forward to not having another year like this past one again. I’m going to start slow and say that I’m going to post to this blog at LEAST once a week. If I get an extra post in, then that’s considered bonus, right?

Start small. Isn’t that the way to go?


Chugging Along

Posted in blogging, writing with tags , on April 8, 2013 by Nellie

I really didn’t write much this weekend. The goal I set for myself for Camp NaNo was 30,000 words. It’s doable without being TOO much, really. I’ve done 15k and 25k. 30K shouldn’t be that much of a problem. So far, I’ve only written about five thousand words so I need to write about 1500 a day to get ahead and stay ahead. I’ll have to see how it works.

Yesterday I was kind of busy. I’ve taken to volunteering my time and helping transport rescued cats to their forever homes. Yesterday I drove two very fluffy cuties to meet the last leg of their journey. They are so adorable. It was also my birthday. I’m at this point that while I like to get some things: a gift card for B&N, maybe a really nice bottle of wine, a road trip somewhere, it’s not a big deal really anymore. So I spend my time helping gives cats a second chance when they were close to not having that chance. It’s good for a little extra karma and I’m an animal person. It feels good to make someone else’s day and help them out where it wouldn’t have possible before.

The name of the group on Facebook is Underground Railroad Rescue Kitties Network or URRKN. If you’re interested in joining, just pop over. Though if you don’t do Facebook, I can see about what can be done to join up. And it’s only a few hours a month, if that, of your time. It’s really not that bad.

Struggling along

Posted in blogging, writing with tags on March 20, 2013 by Nellie

This whole juggling schedule I need to work on is trying. I know other people do it but I’m still trying to get a schedule down for work/writing stuff. I’ve written more this week than I have last week, even if it is only a couple hundred words at a time.

And I have done zero work on getting things together for Camp NaNo next month. At least I only need to come up with 30k words. I think I can manage that. I hope. It should be an interesting month, that’s for sure. I need to find some new sound track music to help during my writing. If I listen to anything with lyrics, I’ll pay attention to what the song is about than just pushing forward. On top of that, I want to read again. I haven’t really read anything that didn’t have to do with work for the past two weeks.

Bleh, that does suck.

And in true fashion, considering that I’m having problems writing, I can’t think of anything really interesting to talk about.

So, have a good week and see you Friday.

Midweek Blahs

Posted in blogging, recipe, writing with tags , on March 13, 2013 by Nellie

I missed Monday’s post. But I did have a valid excuse. Work has been crazy. We have someone retiring and there are two of us who have to take over some of the duties she does as well as our own work. While that doesn’t seem bad, we used to be a team of 5 to a team of 3. There is a lot of reading documents, meetings and making sure that we can keep things in budget while making sure programs still can provide services. A state commonwealth public servant. Once upon a time I would have recommended state employment to people but we have seen some heavy cuts and we’re supposed to get more and frankly unless you know someone big, you’ll just be at the bottom of the totem pole and get stepped on.

I don’t think I’ve really written much in the past week because my mind has just been so tired after work, on top of the time change. I’m trying to turn it around. I’ll have to see how well I do in the next two days. At the moment, in the one chat room that will hold sprints for Camp NaNo, all the warm up sprints are too late or mid afternoon so that I’m not home. So there isn’t anyone really to poke me on chat or something and have a small word war.

I was talking to someone though and she gave me a link to make your own chicken nuggets which look really yummy. And since I’m such a nice person I’ll share. Cause really, these look too yummy to keep to myself.

Chicken Nuggets

See you on Friday when I hopefully have a little more energy. We’re having cake. Maybe the sugar will help.

Weekend Hustle

Posted in blogging, writing with tags , on March 8, 2013 by Nellie

So, it’s yet another Friday night. Where do they all go. I should have something thought up but I don’t. Not much of a surprise but then I’ve been feeling crappy today. I don’t know if I picked up something that someone already had or what. I thought I only had a mild case of the ‘blahs’ last week and got over them but I’ve been feeling exhausted today.

As much I sort of sat at my desk at work staring blankly at the computer when I could have been working on words. As such, nothing really got done. It could be that the weather flip flops. That always makes me feel tired and blech because the weather isn’t making up it’s mind and it’s usually during that time that I get sick. Not stay in bed sick, well maybe a day, but just a run down have zero energy but still enough to get going kind of sick.

The sick that makes you sort of cranky but the effort to be cranky at people is even too much.

I seem to have started off the month like that as I’ve only written once or twice. And I’ve seen some open calls for shorts that I should get on if I want to make a go at this writing thing. Head, meet desk (or table in this case).

I think after this post I will be going to be because in the two hundred words that I’ve written, I’ve yawned like three times. Usually a sign to give up the ghost for the night. Tomorrow, maybe I can wake the muse from the warm covers and see if she wants to do something. Plus i have a few challenges that I need to write for. Hopefully something coherent will come out of it.

Though yet another set of characters has popped into my head. Luckily I’m not quite sure how to describe them or their actions quite yet onto paper. They can stay up there until I’m ready for something different.

I can say that I am NOT looking forward to the time change this weekend and losing an hour of sleep. I’m glad to see Spring show up but that part sucks.

Have a great weekend.

Midweek Hump

Posted in blogging, writing with tags on March 6, 2013 by Nellie

It’s Hump Day and another day down. I have to say that I’ve been bad. Tonight is the first I’ve written for this month period. That’s bad. But things have been getting hectic at work so when I get home, my energy is half shot and trying to think of twists and turns. Bleh. I have felt it, at the back of my head “I should be writing. I need to get that story done.” The mind is more willing than the body. I’m hoping to remedy that a bit. Even with the work schedule that is looming on the horizon.

The final tally for February is 25,214.

The starting tally for March is 768. Hopefully this is just a slow start. <a hrefCamp NaNo is starting up next month and the one thing that has changed. Instead of 50,000 words being the goal, you can put the number that you feel will work for you. So it is very relaxed this year which is nice. So on top of getting back into writing every night, I have to work on what story I'm going to work on.

Maybe sitting at the dining room table will help with writing when I'm taking breaks from making things. I know going out to places like Panera Bread can help too because it gets me out and sitting on my butt. Though one of my favorite places, Atlanta Bread Company, closed. And they didn't announce it or anything. Just locked the doors and cleaned out the place. I found out by reading an article in the paper. They had some really yummy French Onion soup. Ah well.

What are your favorite places to go out when you need to get away from your own set up at home?

Late Night Ramblings

Posted in blogging, February NaNo, writing with tags , on February 27, 2013 by Nellie

It’s pretty bad when my cat is giving me the “it’s time to go to bed now, mom” look as he lays and waits for me to get off the computer so he can get with using me as a pillow to sleep on. Such is my life.

I’ve been pretty busy right now with work as there have been things happening and due to the nature of how hirings are handled, hoping that it isn’t permanent as there are only two of us to do something that is the work of three/four people.

I want to say that I have something to write about writing but at the moment, my mind is sort of ‘bleh’ at the moment. I’ve progressed on my half-NaNo this month. The past two days I had been too tired to even think straight so no writing had been completed but I managed to write over two thousand tonight and will have about two-three thousand to finish off at twenty-five thousand for the month. Just as long as I don’t get distracted and actually do writing over my lunch.

I would have written today but I had to get a new upright freezer as the one I currently have is on the fritz and the roommate and I are tired of fighting it as this is the second time it decided to do something stupid. And when I mean new freezer, I’m talking new used because that’s all I can afford right now. Either way, it will work and the place I got it from, a local mom and pop operation, gave us a six month warranty.

Annnnd, I think that’s all I’m going to write before it all becomes incoherent and a mishmash of keys.

See you on Friday!