Happy Legalization Day Canada!

If you want to wave the flag above, there are a number of places to purchase it including Amazon and Ebay. I borrowed this image from an Amazon seller named Ruffin Flag Company. Check it out here.

I hope everyone who partakes has a good day and a safe one. Don’t go to work high and don’t be an idiot when it comes to things like driving. Also, please don’t show up at the voting booth high next week.

Don’t forget to puff, puff, pass 😉

R~

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Thoughtful Thursday – Short Weeks

Sometimes short weeks feel longer than regular ones. The first time I heard that, I shrugged it off in disbelief. But this week, I feel it.

I think the phenomenon can be best described as Vacation Brain. It’s where your thoughts continually drift toward weekend plans. This is often experienced on Friday afternoon during regular weeks, but seems to happen for much of the day before a getaway. Productivity becomes as slow as the clock, whose seconds seem like hours.

I have a busy weekend ahead including a wedding and a family visit. They are in two different cities.

I have some things to do yet like laundry and packing, but now that it’s finally the evening, my heart’s into cuddling and watching a movie. I figure I can manage a bit of play time in with the responsibilities. Laundry mainly washes itself…

A few other things to do before leaving town like an oil change. It seems there’s always something.

I think I’m getting very close to being caught up though. Pretty soon my life should be smooth in the right areas and exciting instead of where it’s hectic now. At least, that’s the plan.

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~

Thoughtful Thursday – Things Are Often Different Than They Seem

So, I’m walking around Sparks Street searching for my boyfriend, who doesn’t have a phone. Yeah, he’s old school. Anyway, I’m searching for him because he’s not at the meeting place we picked earlier today. He’s late. And not a little late. He should’ve been there more than an hour ago. I’m getting worried and also maybe getting ready to get mad at him as I’m thinking maybe he took off.

Anyway, I’m walking around and run into this older woman. She makes a comment about the being too many illegals. I’m thinking she’s talking about refugees and give her a strange look. She then says that no one respects stop lights anymore and just walk illegally. These illegals are everywhere. The term she should’ve been using was jaywalkers. I figure she’ll get herself into trouble someday with that, but I continued on my way.

I had to give up looking for the boyfriend and contact his family. He eventually strolls into the bar we were going to after the meetup point.

There were multiple places all nearby and he was at the wrong one.

All the worry and anger for nothing. I could’ve flipped out at the woman or him and been wrong on both accounts.

Life is funny like that sometimes.

R~

Make-it Monday – Update

Today turned out different than I hoped. Normally, I would have been at work, but the tornado reeked havoc across the city and anyone who could was instructed to work from home. I also had an appointment regarding an old loan that didn’t go the way I had hoped. Looks like my credit rating has gone down since July and my next step is to figure out if it’s on the mend or if there’s something I’m not aware of as it takes a bit of time for the things to be rectified. I have faith it will be okay soon, one way or another. My mortgage is up for renewal this year, so I’ll be able to have some negotiation room there. At least, that’s what I was told.

I am fortunate to live in an area that wasn’t affected by the tornado. I didn’t even lose power!

I got some editing done this weekend. There are six chapters left to go through before I send The Page & The Magician back out. I’m not sure I was truly ready to finish it before now. I feel like my writing has improved much from taking Scriptwriting.

Also this weekend, I won my first award at B-Movie Club. It was for the one-eyed puppets in Rock n Roll Nightmare.

It’s back to work tomorrow, so I best be off. Autocorrect almost had me write something very naughty there. I’ll leave you with that.

R~

Thoughtful Thursday – Differences

thoughtfulI’m reading Terry Prachett’s Soul Music and there have been a number of times I was annoyed while reading it. So annoyed that I almost abandoned it.

Why?

A few things.

At times, I’ve noticed it’s written by an old white guy. Now, I’m not an uber feminist, but in it he tends to make jabs at youth being clueless and other such things that make it really evident.

There are also footnotes that I’ve found pull me out of the story, so I had to ignore them to move forward, which means I’m missing a bit of the story in order to enjoy the story and that seems silly.

As I read further, I realized he made fun of everything. There’s even a subtle jab at Michael Jackson’s musicianship that is both a jab and yet not at the same time.

He says a lot through subtext. There is so much of the book that is true to life that one might not be able to fully understand depending on their life experience. Had I read it 10 years ago, I think I would’ve missed much. I want to read it again in 10 years to see how I feel about it all then and to see if there is more that I haven’t gotten at age 37 because I haven’t yet lived as much as he had when he wrote it.

I think it’s masterfully written despite the few things that annoyed me. Perhaps it’s partly because of my love of music or my spirituality, but I feel like it’s a work that has impacted me deeply and may affect my writing for decades to come.

A key message in the work is that great things can only be achieved by vastly different groups of people appreciating each other’s differences and using their diverse talents to make something more than each individual could alone.

There’s also a different bent on differences I noticed when he talked of Death’s inability to properly create things like towels. Death’s towels might as well be cardboard cutouts because Death can’t understand the concept of a towel.

I think it is a work that challenges one no matter what one’s current worldview is, so long as they are willing to let it.

Today I’m thankful for all the differences in the world that both annoy and enrich me.

It also has me wanting to write music… It may or may not have rocks in.

With gratitude,
R~

Make-It Monday – New Directions

bitmoji_goalsFall marks a return for many to school, to a regular work schedule, and to the activities enjoyed in cooler weather. For me, that means it’s back to martial arts and to a more rigorous and disciplined writing schedule.

It was nice to see my writer’s group tonight. We talked about how everyone’s summers went and what their goals for the year are including what each of us might work on during National Novel Writing Month in November.

One of the things we often ponder and discuss is how best to support each other, because that is a key reason for bothering with a writer’s group. Not that it’s the only reason, but it does help define group direction. There are all sorts of writing groups. Some push each other to reach their goals. Some just read and offer feedback. Some just get together to be around other humans.

Many writers find just having regular contact with other writers can be helpful for inspiration and for touching base with other people who get it.

Get what?

The life of a writer has many layers to it. So many people don’t understand that writing isn’t just a hobby for many, but a calling. Many of us couldn’t stop writing if we wanted to. The pen beckons us to lay down the words as our characters lead us into discussions we might never have had with anyone otherwise. We take everything in around us and bleed onto the pages, screens, and anywhere else we can put the words because they will cut themselves out if we try to ignore them.

All this to say that I’ve always found fall brings a sort of fresh start. It’s a time to figure out whether or not the direction I was heading is right for me at this time in my professional and personal life. I spent a lot of last year worrying about what time to publish my blog posts and trying to blog everyday because some articles said I should. Well, I’m done with what articles say I should do. I’m just going to write posts when it makes sense for me to. Lately I’ve felt like blogging has been cutting into my writing time and I think it’s far more important for me to get some projects finished and out into the world for people to enjoy than to blather on about something just to remind people I exist. At least, I hope they’ll enjoy them…

So expect that I will be busy getting things done.

Things like:

  • Rewriting Crisis.
  • Polishing The Rat Race and submitting it to contests.
  • Completing The Blood Waitress Club (first draft).
  • Finishing edits and submitting The Page & The Magician to publishers.
  • Shopping Puppy Chow around.
  • Writing screenplay #2.
  • Working on some collaborations.
  • Learning about song writing.

What I’m not going to work on at this time:

  • Doing more with martial arts beyond practicing, teaching, and enjoying it.
  • Doing more with my blog because being a professional blogger isn’t my goal.

More on where I’m at with this blog right now:

  • Make-It Monday is one of my favourite posts to write.
  • Theatrical Tuesday was fun now and then, but I really don’t enjoy writing reviews, so I’m going to use it for talking about specific experiences like working on movie sets or when I do background extra work and the like.
  • Warrior Wednesday I like, but I struggle to find the time for it and I’d rather be doing martial arts than writing a blog about it.
  • I miss Thoughtful Thursday, so I might bring it back.
  • Frisky Friday hasn’t been happening because I feel like too many moments are too precious to share with the world.
  • Symphonic Saturday has become scarce because I’ve had no time to work on my music recently.

I haven’t fully figured out the blog stuff, but I expect I will soon. It will be a lesser priority than all my other writing regardless.

R~