Thankful Thursday – Weirdness

thoughtfulThere is a lot of stuff happening right now and I have no idea where any of it is headed, but I’m choosing to be positive and thankful that there is so much potential in my life right now.

I’d write a lengthier post on the subject, but it’s National Novel Writing Month and I have a story to write!

For NaNo, I’m working on The Blood Waitress Club. Right now I’m trying to figure out where I’ve left off as I started it a couple of years ago. I’m loving getting reacquainted with it ❤

R~

Make-it Monday – October Plans

It’s a new month, so some goal tweaking and other changes are in store.

1. Reducing Facebook use: The app has been sucking up too much of my time, so I’ve disabled it on my phone. I’m keeping messenger, but I’ll only use Facebook sparingly going forward.

2. The Page & The Magician: I’m targeting the end of this month to have my edits complete on it.

3. Movie logging: I’m moving away from keeping an album on Facebook related to my movie watching and switching to Letterboxd. I was using Letterboxd earlier this year and stopped for no real reason. I think it’ll generally be less maintenance and I can connect it to Facebook anyway.

4. NaNoWriMo Prep: I’ll also be taking some time to get ready for National Novel Writing Month. I plan to add as many words as possible to The Blood Waitress Club in November.

That’s it for now. I’m hoping some allergy medicine kicks in soon as I’ve got an allergic rash that’s making it hard to fall asleep. I hope you’re having a better night than I am.

R~

Merry Monday – Low Motivation

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I’ve been feeling pretty down lately between the ending of a relationship and the realities of being a student at a college that is on strike. It has been hard to keep up my usual positive state.

I never realized how much even the smallest instructions from my teachers help me do what I need to do. Maybe it’s also their constant genuine encouragement that helps me get my work done. I know I’ve been struggling without them. I really didn’t think this would happen to me as I can normally write without the need of a deadline.

Truthfully, I think part of it has been the stress of a relationship that was stuck in limbo. The rest? Not having been taught how to do the things that I need to do. The internet is good, but a mentor can teach the same thing in less time because you can ask questions instead of plodding along in the dark with only a candle to light the way.

I’m finding my groove again though. Watching Beyond Stranger Things has been helping as they talk about how they go about adding little details to the scripts like an election sign or using Dig Dug as a game to thematically mirror the tunnels in the show. That has helped guide me to do similar in my treatment for a South Park episode and cut things that don’t relate to it. It will likely help me to write my feature film documents as well.

Speaking of my feature film documents, I’m going to use NaNoWriMo to do them via the NaNo Rebels method. The final script may only be 20k or so, but with the beat sheet, the treatment, and the rest I’m thinking it may be close to 50k. It’s always best to get any words down at all even if I don’t reach the goal. Because I’m doing the NaNo Rebel path, I can use anything I write in November in my word count. I’m pretty sure with all of my assignments, I can get up to 50k. Really, all I care about is getting shit done.

Well, I’m zonked and I need to get some work done later. I meant to post this on Monday, but got busy with comedy show stuff and a birthday dinner.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

 

Thoughtful Thursday – November Madness

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Well, like every November, there seems to be too much going on.

After spending my days writing copy, I spend my evenings either studying French or writing a novel. One might think this would burn me out, but while writing copy can be draining, writing a novel feeds my soul.

I am a little worried though. It has been a long time since I have had to write an exam, especially a French one. There seems to be a lot of hours left to complete in the online portion. I’m worried I won’t make it. At least the course is cheap if I have to repeat, but I’d rather not.

I need to fix my kitchen drawers, which are in pieces in my living/dining room, so I can make room to practice iaido. Any extra time I can spend will be helpful to prepare for grading. I’ve started some ankle strengthening exercises to reduce my wobbliness. I aim to get the drawers done over the weekend, so I can get on the rest. That, of course, dips into my French time and my writing time.

C’est la vie.

Ciao,
R~

NaNoWriMo 2016


It wasn’t until the screen asked me what novel I was going to work on that I decided it would be The Blood Waitress Club. It is a tale of roller derby and demons. It used to be vampires, but no one wants to read about vampires these days. There will be an assortment including vampires instead.
Right now, all the odds are stacked against me to succeed at my 50,000 word conquest. I suppose I can count my blog posts technically, but that doesn’t help me complete the novel. This month, outside of work, I need to log 25 hours of online French learning, 9 more hours of classroom learning plus a final exam. I also have to prepare for Nidan grading, so I can’t miss any time to write more. 

Whatever. As long as I add to the current word count, I’m going to call it success even if I don’t reach 50,000.

Good luck fellow NaNoWriMo participants. I’m off to buy a book for this project.

Ciao,

R~

Merry Monday: Obstacles and Choices

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I’m not a stranger to people not wanting to take a chance on me. My mother had a heart attack after having boy number two and the doctors recommended she abort me as they felt it too risky to go through with the pregnancy. She told them no because she was sure I was her little girl she’d been wanting.

When I started school no one wanted to play with me. No one wanted to share toys either, so I went to the books and read to myself.

I didn’t have much in the way of friends until high school. I was bullied. I was also petite and not athletic, so I wasn’t wanted in gym class. I couldn’t understand why points mattered. They didn’t translate to marks after all.

I wasn’t quick to make friends in high school. The kids who gave me a chance were the oddballs. I found myself in theatre, choir, and band. I also got involved in various committees and helped plan events. I plan things for a living now.

After college, I had trouble getting a job. Despite doing a good job at a work placement, the Catholic school board didn’t want to take a chance on hiring me, a non-Catholic. It was a while before I landed a job.

But I never let obstacles stop me. I recognized that I was pretty horrible at the interview, if I got that far, and signed up for a government-funded course on resumes and interviews. I then landed a job on the corrections help desk.

The job following that, they only gave me the access I needed once my colleague couldn’t be there and things got into a bad state. They didn’t want to take a chance that I had the skills despite education, certification, and experience.

I chose to go back to school to upgrade because I was tired of terrible managers. That resulted in a job before graduating. A telecom company gave me a chance and I did good work until the government divested them.

I took a chance and decided to leave the stressful environment, despite how much it was like a family, then landed a job in Ottawa. The day job is going well and I enjoy the people there.

This week is starting less than great. Some of the things bugging me are minor. Small things are combining all at once into a ball of frustration.

  1. I’m trying to sell a guitar the ex-husband gave me because it reminds me of the past and because I want a 3/4 size since I’m 3/4 sized, but the neck is twisted and repairing that would cost more than buying a new guitar. It’s more twisted than a truss rod adjustment will fix.
  2. A benefits claim was only partially paid out despite 100% coverage. Their note suggests naturopathic claims are not reasonable, despite 100% coverage and that it was well under my yearly allotment for naturopathic coverage.
  3. Somehow my bank and condo got out of sync and I got an NSF charge. More money spent for no reason.
  4. I might be falling behind on NaNoWriMo and I’m really wanting to finish my editing this month.
  5. I tried to install Magic Duels on the weekend on Steam to improve my skill. The play button is there and it’s free. Problem is, I can’t add it to my library, so I can’t play it. Was just another frustrating thing.
  6. It’s so hard to find that person that gets me. I want someone to share my life with.
  7. My finances are a little tighter than I’d like. My own fault for buying a little more than I should have off Amazon.

So I’m choosing to focus on what is in my realm of control and what I can bring into my realm of control. Everything else is not worth stressing over.

  1. On the guitar, my action plan is first to try and sell it for parts. Next, see if the guitar shop will give me anything at all for it in trade, even $5, it’d be more than I can get anywhere else. Option 3 is to donate it to get it out of my life. My plan for buying the one I want is delayed now, but I have an acoustic and I should be writing anyway 😉
  2. I shouldn’t have to appeal this, but if I want to get the cash, I’ll have to jump through hoops. Really, they’ll probably lose more on my appeals than it would cost to just pay my claim.
  3. This has happened a few times now. The best course of action may be to either change the account it comes out of to the one with overdraft protection, or stop automatic payments.
  4. I guess I need to get my butt in gear. I took some time off this weekend to catch a breather and do some long overdue cleaning. I made my writing nook much easier to get into.
  5. I logged a support request. I should be writing anyway 😉
  6. Well, I bought 3 Paint Nite sessions. Maybe I’ll meet someone there? I’m also on Happn, but nothing has come of it yet. I hated OK Cupid and Plenty of Fish. Otherwise, I’m not great at opening up and getting to know others, but I’m trying to get better at it. Maybe I should hang out in the fantasy section at chapters or in the library (where books are free).
  7. Instead of buying my guitar, I’m paying off my debt. The family will be giving me money in a couple of months for my birthday anyway.

Perhaps not the merriest of Merry Mondays, but I’m trying. And one of my afternoon meetings got moved later in the week, so that’s a happy thing 🙂

Ciao,
R~

Funky Friday: April 2nd – 8th

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It has either been a quiet week, or my writing has made me oblivious. Most of this I was completely unaware of without Google.

Personal News:

  1. Happy: I’m doing OK for NaNoWriMo. I’ve finished editing chapter 10 of 24 and there are 22 days left. My word count is not rising substantially, but I figure a smaller book that is (hopefully) well written is better than a crappy book that meets word count.
  2. Strong: I rearranged my bedroom and could lift things I couldn’t before. Martial arts is paying off! But, oh, am I sore today…

News around Ottawa:

  1. Annoyed: They’re still trying to figure out this taxi “issue”. Apparently, there may have been a plan to blockade city buses. Of course, the taxi union is saying there was never a plan to block buses. Personally, I think they should just innovate already. If Apple attacked Android phone users every time an Android phone had a neat idea, they wouldn’t have the customer base they do. It’s called competition. Get over yourselves and think about the customers! Paying ridiculous fees to go for a short ride in a cab is not acceptable.
  2. Blazé: Apparently, Garth Brooks was here. I’m not a country fan, so I don’t keep track of those things.
  3. Fed Up: A snowstorm hit the Capitol region as many headed home. I would be one of those that had to navigate without winter tires as my dad changed them over Easter. We got about 14cm that day and broke a record. The next day, the rain took much of it away.
  4. Helpless: There was another shooting. Why are there so many of these happening lately?
  5. Exasperated: The idea of supervised injection sites is stirring up controversy. I hate when people in power chime in on something they know nothing about and are unwilling to do actual research before making a decision.
  6. Intrigued: There’s an insidious mineral destroying the foundations of homes in Quebec. It’s such a big deal, the federal government is getting involved.
  7. Shocked*: It seems like the weather people have little clue about what April will bring to the Capitol region this month.
    *That was sarcasm in case you mistook that for actual shock.
  8. Amazed: Nintendo will have a new Zelda with a female actor doing Link’s voice.

News in Canada and the Wider World:

  1. IndifferentMerle Haggard has left this world. Again, I’m not a country fan, but I know many loved his music and are upset.
  2. Yay: The unemployment rate is improving.
  3. Sad: An RCMP officer was killed in the line of duty. She was a young mother.

Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend. There is much to do this weekend for me. Much writing and martial arts ahead intermingled with mundane things like laundry.

Ciao,
R~

Funky Fridays: March 25th through April 1st

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I’d say I’m sorry I didn’t post on March 25th, but it was Good Friday and I was traveling for Easter. That said, I’ll try to briefly recap some things that happened. I apologize that many of them are depressing. I put the happy ones at the beginning in case you’d rather not read about the awful things that happened recently.

  1. Relieved: I finished writing, editing, and submitting my short story Solarium, which is about a failing Mars simulation.
  2. Excited: Camp NaNoWriMo starts today! Let’s hope me and my cabin mates are ready to get some serious writing done. I’ll be editing The Page & The Magician. I’m currently on Chapter 7 of 24.
  3. Brave: Today also marks the beginning of April, which is Sjögren’s Syndrome Awareness Month. I was diagnosed with Sjögren’s recently and given the amount of misinformation there is about the condition, how prevalent yet unknown it is, and how much it affects me on a daily basis, I’ve decided to do my part in raising awareness. Check out my posts on the autoimmune disease with the funny name.
  4. Indifferent: The federal budget was released. I didn’t see anything particularly shocking, but I didn’t delve into it either.
  5. Busy: My coworker is gone to Florida for 3 weeks vacation, so I’m doing some of her stuff. I don’t mind, though. It seems I have a lot more to do at work suddenly with many other projects starting at the same time.
  6. I got to watch a friend read from her novels on Wednesday evening at Ottawa ChiSeries. I really enjoyed listening to SM Carriere and David Neil Lee. David was funny. My friend was a little nervous but did really well. She had some stumbles, which I think she’s being overly hard on herself about as she soldiered on and the audience was never left in the lurch. I bought another of her books, which I only do if I really enjoy the way someone writes. I’m not sure when I’ll get to it as I’ve been talked into joining a book club, but I’ll find time somewhere.
  7. Angry: There was a shooting in Bells Corners. The young woman succumbed to her injuries. There have been far too many shootings and stabbings in Ottawa this year. It used to be a safer place to live.
  8. Thankful: A man lost his life on the highway not long before I reached that section while driving back to Ottawa after the long weekend. I’m thankful I wasn’t speeding that day. The visibility was quite awful and I figured it’s better to take a little longer and make it safely home.
  9. Livid: The verdict was announced in the Jian Ghomeshi case. While I agree that the lack of evidence and the lying of the plaintiffs is not acceptable, there’s still a problem and the judge recognized that the verdict didn’t mean Ghomeshi is innocent. It’s ridiculous that in 2016 people still get away with treating others in such ways.
  10. Helpless: There was a bombing in Pakistan over Easter. Whenever I hear about such things, I feel helpless. Everyone recognizes how sad it is that things like this continue to happen, but this is one of those things that doesn’t have an easy answer. When westerners try to help it only compounds the problems, so some gather from afar. Just a couple of days before there was a bombing in Brussels.
  11. Disgusted: People awaiting sentencing are being forced to live like abused animals. An inmate’s death seems to be the only reason anyone is trying to fix the overcrowding issue. The minister’s directives seem to be falling on deaf ears.
  12. Frustrated: A construction worker lost his life when ice fell on him. Even worse? The union raised the risk prior. This right here annoys me greatly as a project manager. There was absolutely no reason for this tragedy to occur. Safety should be paramount on construction sites!

More posts will be coming about Sjögren’s in the month ahead.

Ciao,
R~

NaNoWriMo 2015

Well I’ve been doing terrible at National Novel Writing Month this year. Why? Life has been busy.

At the end of October, from the 30th to November 1, there was Can-Con. I successfully pitched my novel to one of the publishers, then spent two days touching up my manuscript before submitting it. I had gotten some outside feedback at Can-Con and wanted to apply it. So that took me to November 4th as a start date. Then I had to spend some time ensuring I had food to eat at the Iaido seminar on the 7th. The 6th and 8th were partially lost to travel. I didn’t get much writing done in the first week.

In week two when I could get some time to write, I was facing the challenges of full-time work, writing course, plus social life. I was also facing a challenge of, “Man, it’s been so long since I looked at this manuscript. What’s it about again?” Also, I had updated my Scrivener to the newest version and it moved some of the text files around, so I had to reorganize and read to figure out what I had already written and what needed to happen in the story.

Week three had me facing a bladder/urinary tract infection. The antibiotics quickly cleared that up, but not without other issues. I was nauseous, lightheaded, dizzy, light sensitive, sinus headache, fevered/chilled… It was fantastic.

Somehow I was able to write 1,019 words on one of the days despite how ill I felt? That’s the only day I’ve written over 1000 words.

So as we head into week four, I have 5555 new words written on Scion. I have martial arts tonight, food allergy treatment tomorrow, and physio on Friday.

There are only a couple martial arts classes left before grading. It’s likely best I spend my free time on that if I want to pass it.

On the upside, the writing course is done and I received interesting and helpful feedback from the other students on several of my stories.

I’ve been terrible at ROW80 for this round. I’m posting a day early, because.

Next month should be a little better for getting my writing in. Not that I’m going to stop working on Scion. I’ll just stop feeling bad about not being up to Nano word count. And when I’m stuck, I’ll work on edits for The Blood Waitress Club. Whichever one is ready first will be my next pitch.

Goals for the Rest of the Round

Scion: 250 words/day

The Blood Waitress Club: 1 chapter/week

Ciao,
R~

Update – October 21, 2015

Well I’ve missed some updates recently. I’m sorry for that, but things have been rather hectic.

Health

I’m in physio for my neck. I think it’s helping put the discs back where they should be. I’m hopeful that there will come a day where I will be pain free.

I haven’t heard about the other stuff yet.

Writing

I’m feeling a conflict.

The course I’m taking to improve my skills is taking up so much of my time that I’m not getting to work on my actual writing projects. As such, I’ve decided I won’t be going for the certificate. I already have tons of things like that for my wall and don’t need more. I’m going to pare down to just what I need to do in the course to improve my skills. I will comment on some of the posts, but 15 per week is too much. I’ll continue doing the assignments as they force me to do things I wouldn’t naturally do, so I think they’re helpful for growth. I also like hearing the feedback from others. I’ll continue giving them feedback too. I’ll also watch the videos because those are the lessons. The readings I’ll do if I have time.

My cover designer is getting closer to having a cover to me. It’s looking really good so far. I’m excited!

I need to do my back cover writeup. I think I started it and may just need to tweak it.

I’ll post my schedule soon for Can-Con 2015.

I’m planning away for National Novel Writing Month as it’s very soon. I’ll be working on Scion, which I formerly titled The Truth About Jacob. It’s an alien conspiracy and it’s currently stuck at around 30,000 words. It’s the first novel I tried to write, so finishing it will feel great. They’re currently stuck in the woods. I plan on torturing them some because characters love that. Right?

Martial Arts

I’m using my wooden sword for a little while as I need to relax my trapezius muscles.

Grading is coming up and though I’ve not registered yet, I’m training for it.

I’m speaking on a panel with three other people at Can-Con about weapons. I’m looking forward to this, but I’m also hoping I don’t get too many questions that I can’t answer.

Life

My tattoo has been finished. It’s just starting the itchy stage. I WANT TO SCRATCH IT SO BAD!!! I know I can’t though. I can slap it and put more lotion on it.

My Halloween costume is getting close to being finished.

Things are going well with the boyfriend 🙂

I feel like I’m always cleaning my place and never getting done. I suppose that’s usual. It’s Back to the Future Day! We need clothes that clean themselves. Dishes too. I’m tired of that crap.

Well, off to do laundry.

Ciao,
R~