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2015 Reading Challenge

I've pledged to read 26 books via the official Goodreads challenge. The rest of my 3 million words will more than likely come via proofreading jobs and fan fiction. Everything will be listed on the other side of the blog and you can view the details and numbers here.

2015 Goals

  • do more crafts
  • self-publish a book
  • research degree programs
  • work on the yards
  • ramp up my proofreading business
  • clean up/clean out the house
  • get healthy and well
  • write 2500 words a week
  • read 3 million words
  • reach the 120lb. mark


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Day After Thanksgiving...

Dinner was a delicious offering at my sister-in-law's house. Thanks, Tracey! And we made it home safely, though slowly in the pouring down rain. It was still warm at 70ish on the way home. The cold front arrived sometime overnight and now it's brrrrr chilly!

My apologies for the video--I did not actually watch it before I posted it. It was the official music video and so I just posted it. Last night, I wanted to listen to the song, so rather than put the ear buds in, I played the YouTube official video and was a little shocked by the video...ahem. Again, I'm so sorry. And if you skipped it, you're lucky. I wish I could unsee it. The song itself is fine, but the video...don't be tempted.

I think at some point I mentioned NANOWRIMO and that I was going to be working on a fan fic for an exchange. Well, I turned in the fic two days late, and it's not even finished. I guess I should say I was able to end the fic at a good and logical place, but the story isn't over for our intrepid heroes, even with 22K+ words of it. So the writing will continue, though there's no longer a deadline to worry about. I can take my time and participate in life again. Being immersed in that world was exciting and invigorating, but when I came up for air, I was a bit tuckered out and crashed early for three days straight.

I had fun in that world though and want to go back, so I've started writing the next part--though not at a such a feverish rate. I spent some time on a timeline and started an outline, though it needs a bit of fleshing out. Just a bit though.

The rest of the weekend will be spent holed up at home. We're supposed to have rain all weekend. Who wants to be out in that? The only place I might have to go is Pet Smart for dog food. Let's see how long we can hold out.

Enjoy your long weekend!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I suppose I should expound on all the things I'm grateful for, which hasn't change much last year, so I'm still grateful for all the people who put up with me and for my house, a car, and food!

But today I'm happy because it's a four-day weekend which is starting early for us and because I've written this mini-epic and I love it.

So we're celebrating with some music. This song became the defacto theme of this fic, which reached a stopping point because I had to submit it, but is not finished...

Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday with those you hold nearest and dearest. Or those who are just closest. :)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Temptation, thy name is Robin Robins...

I got into work Friday and found this:

Who's Robin Robins you ask. Well, she owns/runs this marketing program for IT and MSP companies to which hubby belongs. Each year at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day, we get a lovely gift from her, such as the one above.

But here's the thing...I'm sort of unofficially participating in this weightloss-off with DH and his family. They hatched up a plan over DH's birthday last month and he encouraged my to join in the fun. Since it's been my goal all year to lose that last 10/12 pounds (and it's now crunch time), I figured maybe a little healthy competition might help.

Anyway, we're supposed to weight in each Monday morning and chart our weight. And you know what, I've actually lost weight each week, even if it's only been a few ounces.

And now THIS!!!

Well, I figure as long as it all stays at the office, I'll only be tempted three days a week. And if I only have one bite of something each day and add five minutes of walking on the treadmill, then I ought to be golden.



So that's the plan.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Fall Friday

It's been a month since our last Fall Friday and the trees have definitely changed. There's technically only a month left of official fall, but for us here in Texas, we sometimes get lucky.

I gotta say, my camera and my photog skills leave a lot to be desired, but here's what the trees are looking like.

On a side note, the grass is loving the chilly overnight temperatures and warmish sunshiny days. I haven't seen my yard look so green in years. I haven't pulled a single dandelion or sticker bug either. Of course, we now pay a guy to come mow every two weeks, so that's definitely helping with the weed control and the lush-looking grass.

Hope you have a super weekend!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

There is TV in my immediate future!

Yeah, like this afternoon! It's ten years or more since I've had access to live TV. When we still attended church and there was a big push to get out of debt, we got rid of cable. I've never missed it much until last year when Sonshine left home and the house was super quiet. I've finally adjusted to that, but I've wanted to get back into watching NASCAR and baseball and to checking out hockey. It's also be nice to be up to date on TV shows I'm watching rather than a week or more behind.

So anyway, DH needed to upgrade our Internet connection at home and was able to secure basic cable for additional $20/$30 (we'll see how it actually shakes out). It's what I was hoping to pay anyway, so having better Internet in the bargain is a boon. Now if we could only get a WIFI device that worked consistently.

In other news, we had a storm blow through this past Monday. Tornado watch, possibly tornado warning, but no TV, so I had no idea what was going on outside except that it was blowing pretty hard and it was keeping me awake. See what my priorities are??

So when I got up Tuesday morning, I was rather surprised to see this:

I heard nothing!

Damage was only to the fence and relatively easy to fix but we gotta cut up the huge length of tree. I think we'll be hiring out!

Anyway...  hope you have a great rest of the week. See you Friday!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday, Monday...and the heat is on...

Yeah, so I missed Friday. Sorry. By the time I remembered I hadn't posted, the day was half over and I just decided to let it slide.

I mentioned several projects last week, and I have just had another one ramp up. So even more busy and now with a deadline for completing a fan fiction looming...

This weekend the words just poured out of me. I'm not sure where they're coming from but I'm not complaining. The biggest issue is that my fan fic eyes got way bigger than my time-frame eyes. The story started out as one thing and morphed into something else during the pouring out of words. Yikes. I have to have this thing submitted by the 23rd... I'm already considering asking for an extension of a few days.

See those last two lines? Those are the weekend's words.

But now it's Monday and I have all the standard Monday tasks to get done...

Hope you had a productive weekend!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Hump Day--

Enjoyed my second viewing of Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet. I caught more of the dialogue, actually understood a few more of the funny bits rather than taking my cue from Benedict, and mostly succeeded in following the plot despite the beauty that is Ben. He has these really lovely arms and I was a bit distracted while they were uncovered. I keep thinking I need to read Hamlet or at least the cliff notes to really  wrap my brain around the whole thing, including the humor, so that when it is released on DVD, I'll be ready.

In other news, the weather is lovely still. Although, surprisingly, DH has even complained that he's cold. I had to close the bedroom windows and kick the heater on over the weekend. I've had moments of chilliness, but that's not unusual...

My NaNoWriMo project is coming along nicely. I'm enjoying the story and rediscovering my joy in writing. I've just over 11K words, though I'm not keeping up with the recommended daily word count and was never aiming for the 50K word goal. Could I do it? Perhaps with a bit more prepping before hand. But I've found that knowing too much about what happens makes me not want to write it.

Not sure I'm ready to dive back into pursuit of publication, either, because writing fan fiction is a unique endeavor and I love it. I don't have a lot of original stories rolling around in my head like many of writer friends do. My ideas are sparked by the characters I love from TV, books, or movies, the characters who touch something in me. So, yeah...

Well, then, time to get the day started. Have a great rest of your week. See you Friday.

Monday, November 9, 2015

SHERLOCK is coming...

I love the BBC's Sherlock as most of you know. The show airs three movie-length episodes every two to three years. The next series won't be filmed until next spring and subsequently aired until 2017, but fans have been given a treat in the interim. The lead actors, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, shot to super stardom as a result of their roles in Sherlock and have become hot acting properties. Happily they were able to carve out some earlier this year to film a one-off episode that takes our Sherlock, normally set in contemporary London, back to his time roots--Victorian England.

Not only will it be airing on TV (PBS here in the States), but also in the theaters!

So Sonshine and I will be going to see it (since he'll be in town).
Friday, November 6, 2015

So...Writer Peeps!

My writing group doesn't meet in November. We used to do a retreat, but for various reasons we don't anymore. lovely critique partners and me love each other so much and enjoy our after-the-meeting meetings tremendously that we've decided to get together this month anyway.

One lovely peep is opening her home tomorrow and we will gather, visit, chat, brainstorm and just enjoy each others company.

And like the many flavors of Peeps now available, we are unique and crazy and fun!

Hope you have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

It's Suddenly Gotten Busy!

Not that I mind too much, it just means I have to pay attention to my time and keep track of my projects. I now have two series bibles on the books, as well as two critiques. There's also my cross stitch project, which I'm thankfully ahead of schedule on, and a writing project due the 23rd.

And just because the above note is boring, here's this...

Hope you're having a good week!

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  • DH = my husband
  • my Brown Eyed Girl = my oldest daughter
  • DD = my Darling Daughter (the younger one)
  • Sonshine or Marching Band Boy = my son
  • NT = the North Texas chapter of RWA
  • RWA = Romance Writers of America

Read in Oct 2015

  • The Frost if All Over by chryse
  • Broken Resolutions by Olivia Dade
  • Wherever Destiny Takes Me by justacookieofacumberbatch
  • Unbranded Air by suitesamba
  • Deductions of a Lesser Mind by SilentAuror
  • Without Words by allonsys_girl
  • The Party of Four by emcee
  • The Full House by emcee
  • The Pirate Highlander by R.L. Syme
  • Song of the Dauntless Knight by antietamfalls
  • Alternate and Missing Scenes from A Cure for Boredom by EmmaGrant
  • A Cure for Boredom by EmmaGrant
  • And Then You Wake by SomeoneElsesDream
  • 26 Pieces by Lanning
  • The Very Best of Times by Moranion
  • The Hollow Verse Series by ScopesMonkey

Read in Sept 2015

  • They're Gonna Be All Right Series by ImpishTubist
  • The Runaway Highlander by R.L. Syme
  • Sherlock: Give Me a Label, I'll Make Confetti by IBegToDreamAndDiffer
  • Patience by EmmaGrant
  • The First Trip by Phyona
  • Favors by Aria_Lerendeair
  • Trigger by wendymarlowe
  • The Temper Between by Phyona
  • The Last Drop by Phyona
  • Seek Out the Unworthy by squire
  • Bury the Bells by unknownsister
  • Of Chocolate Mice and Little Green Men by naughtyspirit
  • Being Unprepared by naughtyspirit
  • My Life as a Fairy Tale by naughtyspirit
  • Sentenced by SarahKnight
  • The Fix by peg22
  • Uphill by scullyseviltwin
  • Working on the Edges by earlgreytea68
  • The(y) Kiss by anarmydoctor
  • A Service in Belgravia by KeelieThompson1
  • One Fixed Point in a Changing Age by KeelieThompson1

Read in Aug 2015

  • Back in the Day by KeelieThompson1
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 90 by serpentynka
  • Silk Road by saki101
  • The Seventeenth Page Affliction by EmmyAngua
  • The Adventure of the Bridegroom's Photograph by spacemutineer
  • Nowhere To Be by allonsys_girl
  • The Alphabet of Sherlock Holmes by SilentAuror
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 89 by serpentynka
  • Silhouettes by allonsys_girl
  • The Rising Tide by allonsys_girl
  • Of Razors, Pipes, Red Notebooks and Rugby Jerseys by allonsys_girl
  • Positive Reinforcement by Mildredandbobbin
  • Of Course I Forgive You by allonsys_girl
  • Dirty Love by saziikins
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 88 by serpentynka
  • Inexplicable by EmmaGrant
  • Eyes Up, Heels Down by Codename Meretricious
  • Tea by wendymarlowe
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 87 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 86 by serpentynka
  • Dr John H Watson, Sexual Surrogate by smurff
  • Tigers Make Good Pets by tenderly_wicked
  • Just Staying by tenderly_wicked
  • However Improbable by earlybloomingparentheses
  • Help Us to Surive by solrosan
  • Heartbeat in the Brain by Indybaggins
  • Runaway Highlander by R.L. Syme
  • Collateral Damage by SilentAuror
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 85 by serpentynka
  • The Mystery of the Olive Green Chair by allonsys_girl
  • Undressing by unovis
  • What Are You Going to Do About It? by brbsoulnomming
  • Yes and No by emungere
  • Shallow Grave by SilentAuror
  • A Study in Bees by daasgirl
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 84 by serpentynka
  • How I Impregnated Your Mother by Mildredandbobbin
  • Disguise by kaalee
  • Sherlock Never Noticed the Cameras by wendymarlowe
  • The Lucky Few by saziikins
  • Conversdations With Idiots by scullyseviltwin
  • Reason Goes Before a Fall byLorelai_Lee
  • Breakable by MissDavis
  • Sharp Bits and Safe Paths by midgetnazgul
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 83 by serpentynka
  • Boxing Up a Life Together by flawedamethyst
  • Barter System by brbsoulnomming
  • Phoenix by Lono
  • What You Really Want by type_40_consulting_detective
  • I Don't Speak French by Ricechex
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 82 by serpentynka
  • Echoes Through Time by chellefic
  • A Negligible Accident by flawedamythyst
  • A Close Shave by poppyalexander
  • Grip and Release by PetraTodd
  • How to Be Brave by stillaseeker
  • Thrust Vigorously by Dlnnanzor
  • The Boys of Summer by mazarin221b
  • The First and Only Convention of the Scotland Yard Matchmaker Committee by ImpishTubist
  • Paper Hearts by testosterone_tea
  • Slip Out the Back Jack by yaycoffee
  • Smoke by poppyalexander
  • The Scent of Home by PetraTodd
  • Her Boy by saziikins
  • LHT-HNL by scullyseviltwin
  • Blande Barista Seeks Dashing Ballet Dancer: Inquire Within by prettysailorsoldier
  • I Fall Through the Cracks Until You Catch Me by sc010f
  • The Newlywed Game by patternofdefiance
  • Game Night by Random_Nexus
  • Gotta Have It by poppyalexander
  • Blank Canvas, Warm Bed by taylorpotato