Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Picasso--America's favorite wild horse

I came across this article on Facebook and in a effort to expend my blog topic horizons, I thought it was the perfect thing.

Image from iStock Photo, obv--Picasso is the horse on the left.

Read about Picasso, America's favorite wild mustang--an inhabitant of the Sand Wash Basin in Colorado.

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Thanks to my uncle who shares the images, I've followed this group on Facebook called "Nebraska Through the Lens" and it's awesome. As the name implies, it's just members posting photos of life in Nebraska. While I grew up in California and live in Texas, Nebraska will always be the state of my heart. I don't know that I'll ever get back there for anything other than visits because my hubster and my life is in Texas. And also I hate the cold...

I wish I could share some of the pictures, but I can't...but you could go find it and see for yourself, if you're so inclined.

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Hope your week is going well...see you Friday.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Rain Rain Go Away ~ Writers Retreat

This was the view from the dining room of the rental house we stayed in for the retreat. It rained Thursday afternoon and drizzled or rained most of Friday. We don't complain much about that in Texas in January because we always need rain in Texas no matter the time of year. But Saturday and Sunday were bright and sunny though chilly. But--January.

My goal for the weekend was to plot out the next anthology entry, write its synopsis, and come up with a title. While plotting is still a skill I feel insufficient at and need to work on, I still need to do it. So...I used one of my favorite tools after utilizing various other ones prior to the weekend and came away with decent story arc. I also wrote a new synopsis based on the plot points I came up with. As for the title...well, those are trickier. And sometimes (most times for me) the book needs to be written before the title becomes clear. And it's not written, so titling fell by the wayside.

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In other news, I hadn't realized how anxious I was about my writers group meeting until I was staring down the barrel at it. As president, I run the meeting, so I was worried about the conversation in terms of what's going on with our parent organization getting heated and out of hand.

I mean--no one had sent angry emails asking us (the board on behalf of the chapter) to protest or make demands or anything of that nature, and I tried to send out periodic reports so they knew the board was aware and following the goings on. But you never know. The one person who I was unknowingly worried about the most didn't attend the meeting, so there was that whoosh of relief at not seeing her.

On the other hand, several other members expressed their appreciation for the board's lack of a knee-jerk reaction and that our first priority was our members and our group. So a very big WHEW for me.

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Today I'm back to work and business as usual, both from a writing perspective--up early to exercise and write--and from a day job perspective.

Have a great week.

Friday, January 17, 2020

It's-a me, Mario!

Super Nintendo and Mario and the gang were a part of our lives for many years, especially when Sonshine was much younger. I have fond memories of the one video game I learned to play and the time spent with the kids making my way through the worlds of Super Mario collecting coins and stars.

The other day I read that a Super Mario theme park will be opening up in Japan this summer and that eventually we'll have them in Hollywood and Orlando as well. I'd love to go there with my boy some day.

In other news, I heard this little tidbit, which I thought was quite interesting as a person who grew up in California but now lives in Texas:

California would be the 5th largest economy in the world if it were its own country (after the US, China, Japan, and Germany — the Golden State's economy is bigger than the UK, France, and India).

Texas is six positions lower on the list. :0)

Anyway...have a great weekend no matter what state you live in.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Happy Hump Day


Oh, wait. It's only Wednesday...

But it's actually Friday for me, because I'm leaving the fam behind and going on a little writers retreat for the next several days. I get to hang out with five other really cool women for the weekend, writing and talking about writing, and maybe brainstorming, and just generally chatting and de-stressing.

Last but not least--STARS WON last night in yet another comeback. And as an added bonus the win was against a team we're jockeying for position with. Not only that but we've won all four games we played against them this season. Next time we play them it'll be in the playoffs.

Have a great rest of your week...

Monday, January 13, 2020

*well* That doesn't happen very often...

A hours-long weather event passed through the North Texas corridor and across the Metroplex Friday night.

And while that isn't unusual in and of itself--the fact that our house was smack dab in the middle of one the tornado warning areas definitely was. We fall into plenty of watches, of course, but usually, the warning areas are just to the north or just to the south of us--not surrounding us. That was a little disconcerting, I must say. Luckily the storm was pretty fast moving and we were out of the "danger zone" fairly quickly. Or should I say, the danger zone moved away from us. :0)

And then early-ish Saturday morning, we had about 10-15 minutes of snow. Nothing stuck, of course, because we're still too warm in general, but it was cool to watch while it lasted.

And then the weekend got up to sixty-ish degrees both days. Go figure. lots to do this week to be gone Thursday and Friday...

Have a great week.