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~

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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 – Living Life


Here’s what I’ve been up to while I’ve been spending less time on Facebook:

Writing

I met with my new writers group for the first time on Friday. It’s quite different than my old one as we use Google Hangouts rather than meeting in person. I found it works well. Also, instead of having everyone read everyone’s stuff, the author reads and then everyone takes a turn giving comments from the notes they made while listening to the reading. Overall, it takes less time. With a biweekly meeting schedule instead of monthly, I think it’ll be easier to keep motivated. I’m a little greener than the others, but it seems we all have different strengths and weaknesses, which is a great thing. 

After the meeting, I was inspired to fix the pieces I had read and add some new parts. A Saturday morning fire alarm might’ve turned into going back to bed if I wasn’t still feeling inspired to write.

Christmas Preparations

My first Christmas movie pick of 2016 is Gremlins. A story about conquering the evil you accidentally created is totally full of holiday spirit. I wouldn’t have wanted to be the one that cleaned the microwave. I should’ve popped some corn before it as it made me want some salty, buttery, and crunchy deliciousness.

I put up my tree:

As far as shopping goes, my mom is getting books that have short stories of mine in them and some treat I haven’t bought yet. One brother is done. Dad will get liquor. And the other brother is the hard one. He might get a gift card with a treat. I’m having to spend less this year with my income split in half, but I’m sure they’ll enjoy what they get anyway.

Kendo

I’ve taken up Kendo. This time I think I’m really going to do it. I’ve tried it on two other occasions. My first day ever at the dojo was one. That was after doing two other arts before, which made the day very long and my feet very sore. The second time, I was so out of breath that I felt like I was dying. This time, I lasted the whole class despite struggling with a caffeine overload. I only needed one break to catch my breath. In the cold months, I often have trouble breathing. I don’t have regular asthma or any heart issues, so the cardiologist said to do more cardio. I’m more in shape now than I was in previous years, so it’s time to take up Kendo for real. It’ll help my Iaido in some ways too.

Renovations

I’m slowly pulling up the crappy peel and stick tiles in my kitchen, so I’ll be able to replace the floor later. The fridge is on wheels, so that won’t be terrible. I might have to buy wheels for the stove. 

Life in General

It seems that everytime I want to do something simple, it’s anything but. I wanted to do laundry and needed to add money to my laundry card. Normally, this is easy. Today? Today the machine decided it didn’t want to work. It did it in a way that made me think my bank account was empty, by telling me it was declined. So, I ran back to my unit to check my balance. Not great (mortgage, insurance, and condo fees came out on this pay), but enough to do laundry. I tried again. No worky. I was about to call the company then decided to run out in the snow to the other building to see if I could use theirs. Besides, I figured the office is who should be calling to get the machine fixed. I had to explain to her a couple of times that I needed someone to let me into the laundry room. That machine worked.

Anyway, this seems to be how most things are lately. I got a cupboard for above my toilet to clean up my bathroom. I had to build a platform for it because the stupid toilet is a weird, extra tall model. It would be my preference for a shorter one that doesn’t have the elongated bowl. I really don’t think elongated bowls are necessary. Learn to aim or sit down to pee.

A friend is helping with my kitchen drawers. His tool isn’t working and bad things happened for him recently, so this hasn’t gone smoothly either. 

*Sigh*

I’m just trying to get my place clean and organized.

Anyway, back to work.

Ciao,

R~

Thoughtful Thursday – Social Media Break

I’m taking a break from social media in December. This is for a couple of reasons.

1. I need a break after all the election stuff and from the constant stream of mostly depressing stories people share.

2. I have things to do around my home like figure out how to pull up peel and stick tiles that have partially pulled up, but are sticky enough that they don’t want to fully pull up. Also organize my closet. Also figure out how to move my appliances out of my way for cleaning and flooring.

3. Christmas parties and shopping for loved ones.

4. I need to finish the edits on The Page & The Magician.

5. I need to finish writing The Blood Waitress Club.

6. I need to figure out distribution for my books.

7. I must determine my next step with regards to publishing The Page & The Magician.

8. December just feels like a good month to focus on friends and family too. So my closest friends, the ones that don’t put drama in my life, will probably see the odd like or comment.

I’ll try to keep posting to the blog, but it may fall behind. Sorry in advance.

Ciao,

R~

Merry Monday – Crunch Week

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I’m heading into crunch week, which started with my first time teaching martial arts and continues with my library writing group, my French oral exam, the last iaido practice before grading, anime club*, a bunch of laundry/ironing/packing, travel, grading, and then my French written exam. And all I feel like doing is relaxing.

*I might not make anime club given the rest of the week.

Iaido

I taught my first martial arts class yesterday. It went OK. It was a good thing I had the book to refer to. I found it helpful when they had questions or specific things to fix. It’s really hard to practice at the same time as teaching. I can’t focus on both at once, otherwise I do both crappy. Since the other classes were cancelled, I got extra practice time in with the other student that is grading next weekend. We have one more class before the big day. Hopefully, the weather isn’t too bad for driving from the GOGA to the GTA.

I can’t wait to see all my iaido buddies!

French

My oral French exam is tonight. Ten minutes to carry on a conversation. In English, this would be easy. In French, there’s still a hell of a lot of words that I don’t know. Also, my dictation skills have gotten worse as I’ve learned more words because I know several that sound similar or the same. At least the classes are less than $50 if I should happen to need to repeat a level.

Writing

I’ve added 6,000 words to my current WIP, The Blood Waitress Club. I feel like I might want to hash out a sticky note plot to be sure I have a clue of what my book is about. With packing and such, I doubt I’ll get a ton done on it this week. My NaNoWriMo attempt will be bleeding into December. At least I’m making progress with the story.

I need to finish the edits on The Page and The Magician and then I think I might search for an agent that represents erotica.

Renos

My drawers are stalled. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get them fixed soon.

I got a space saver thing for my bathroom to get my junk off of the counter. My toilet is extra tall (not my choice, obviously), so I need to raise the cabinet off of the floor to make it work. Stalled again.

Allergies

There are more GF options almost everyday and I get so excited when I discover them! Somehow, I missed when VH sauces went GF. This is HUGE! I loved the cherry sauce with chicken balls 🙂

Well, time to work and get to the rest of it.

Ciao,
R~

Fortifying Friday – A Tiny Bit of Breathing Room

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French

If you asked me last week, I would have said it was doubtful I would finish my online French hours in time. I finished my last two hours tonight! The oral exam is this Monday. The written exam is next Monday.

Iaido

Now I can focus on grading Nidan for iaido. I need to reduce how long it’s taking me to do etiquette. It needs to be crisper too. And I need to run through my kata several times, perhaps by picking out numbers from a hat. I don’t know what kata they are going to give me. I’m worried I’ll forget the numbers and then do the wrong ones and fail.

Writing

I can finally work on The Blood Waitress Club. This story now features witch/vampire/insect demons that play roller derby. I’m collecting ideas for who they may play against. Some of my research includes rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer as I’m looking for different kinds of demons. I want a ragtag bunch of misfits. I haven’t decided who should win, only what the stakes (or steaks, depending on whose perspective) are. I haven’t quite decided if this will be erotica, though I’m leaning toward it. I think I’ll let the story take me where it will 😉

Other

I also have some time to clean my house (it’s a disaster!)… I’ll be glad when December is here because I don’t have a whole lot of people to buy gifts for and mostly my family wants movies or TV shows.

 

*** CONSIDER SKIPPING THE REST OF THIS POST IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE FANTASTIC BEASTS MOVIE ***

I’m hoping I’m not putting anything too spoilery, but it’s possible my lines of thought may give something away.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I’ve seen it! I enjoyed it. There were some funny bits that may be for an older audience. It was on the dark side. There is a death that may be hard to explain to young children, but may also provide an opportunity for real dialogue with them about how the world isn’t always fair and things don’t always turn out OK.

Yes, as some of the reviews suggest, we don’t get A LOT of character depth in this first movie, but I believe this is on purpose. As a writer, I see the value of doing this. Is it the wisest thing for endearment, perhaps not. We’ll have to see what the box office numbers show. I enjoyed the action, and I got enough from the characters that I’m dying to know more. I don’t care that it’s set outside of London. I think that is wonderful! I love seeing more of the world of magic beyond Hogwarts. I still love Hogwarts, but it’s nice to see how other countries might handle something like magical persons and animals.

I have one burning question: If muggles in America, sorry “No-Majs”, are not allowed to know anything about the wizards and wizards can’t date them… What happens when a magical child is born to a No-Maj couple? Do they take the magical child away from its parents? I hope we’ll find out in the years to come 🙂

Anyway, I’m off to make supper and write about demon bug things that play roller derby!

Ciao,
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~