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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, April 24, 2015

Feeling Squirrelly

Sorry I missed you Wednesday, just been super focused and the week got away from me! But it's the weekend and I'm gonna hang out with some writer peeps tomorrow to brainstorm some books.

I leave you with this:

Have a GREAT weekend!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Music Monday

Today I'm going to share a track I recently heard and that I realized I'd loved it as a kid. I'm not sure where I originally heard it. I think my dad had the album. I'd have to say that aside from parades and marching band music, this was probably my first real exposure to classical music. I really enjoyed it then and these days I listen to a lot of classical music.

Anyway, the album is called Hooked on Classics and each track is a conglomeration of some famous classical pieces, usually by theme or composer. Here is the first track, merely named Hooked on Classics, Part 1. Enjoy!

Friday, April 17, 2015

TGIF and Writers Group

Yep, it's writers group weekend and I'm very excited to spend the day with some of my very best pals...

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy Wednesday!

What more can I add??
Monday, April 13, 2015

Music Monday

I've found this fantastic Internet radio station--it's called They have a ton of genres available--which I didn't know until I pulled them up on Google. I listen to the classical genre and am never disappointed in what I hear, from favorite soundtracks such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, to classical staples such as the Moonlight Sonata and Fur Elise to fun tunes like Steamboat Willie and the Fantasyland Theme from the amusement park.

Today's song is the theme song from the movie Beetlejuice. I wasn't a big fan of the movie, but the song is just fun.

And who can resist Julie Andrews singing "My Favorite Things" from the movie A Sound of Music? Most of the songs played are instrumental, but we get the singing with this one, because it just wouldn't evoke the same fun and be as uplifting without them!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Perfect Sleeping Weather

Spring has definitely sprung here in North Texas and while it might get a bit humid during the day sometimes, the overnights are simply perfect. I have my bedroom windows open and it's delightful to snuggle under the covers and feel that cool breeze wafting over you.

It's been hard to drag my butt out of the bed in the morning for the last two mornings (but I've done it) because of that cool air/snuggle factor. Tomorrow is Saturday, however, and I'm gonna sleep like a baby until I wake up on my own.

Hope you have a super weekend!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

First Quarter Goal Update

Well, we're a quarter of the way through the year, and I thought it a good time to check in on how I'm doing goal wise...My list is to the left and starting at the top...

1) do more crafts -- um, no, not so much at this point, although I did make some chocolate bath salts for a friends birthday in February...

2) self-publish a book -- not as of yet, although I did get back into the writing groove, original fiction wise (as opposed to fan fiction), and have been cruising along getting words on the page; it feels good...

3) research degree programs --  nope, not yet...

4) work on the yards --  sorta kinda -- that is to say the DH has started mowing and weed whacking on a weekly basis, but nothing extra like trimming the holly or planting flowers or whatever...

5) ramp up the proof reading business -- have had fairly steady jobs since the beginning of the year, so yes, but time to go send out some more ads and notices into the universe for the second quarter...

6) clean up/clean out the house -- I've done a little cleaning out, not too much cleaning up; I was gonna wait till the dog was gone, but she's back for good so time to get off the pot; I did bring the mop and bucket home from the office, so floors will get a mopping very soon...

7) get healthy and well -- trying, but it's slow going; I'm not feeling entirely 100% yet, but making progress...

8) write 2500 words a week -- so we're 14 weeks into the year, which means I should have written 35K words by now; in reality, I've written 27.5K at this point; so I'm a little behind...

9) read 3 million words of fiction -- blew that away by the end of February; I'm interested to see where I'll be by the end of the year...

10) reach the 120LB. mark -- haven't really worked toward this at all yet; things just haven't been conducive to me putting in the effort, although I do walk on the treadmill every weekday morning without fail; I really need to get back to proteins and salads...

And there you have it!

How about you? Have you made progress on your goals?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Music Monday

Today I decided to go back in time a bit, to my youth. Music wasn't a huge influence or enjoyment in my life probably until I reached junior high/middle school. But I do remember Mom having the radio on a lot and a few songs I enjoy even now.

So today's selection is American Pie by Don McLean....

I discovered while looking at a top 100 list of 70s music, that I now enjoy a lot of songs from that decade, but I don't remember them from back then. I know them from more recently, some from my radio station, JACK FM, and some from Glee!!!


Friday, April 3, 2015

It's Spring and it's Friday...

So the weather's been lovely and I've had the windows open. Of course, it's spring and the west Texas winds blow heavily across the northern plains, so by the time summer hits, I'll have a fine layer of dust in the house.

But oh how I love hearing the birds chattering and chirping all day, and I enjoy enjoying the weather, it being, as Goldilocks might say, just right. It's such a short window here in Texas, so I try to take advantage of it as long as I can. Or until the family starts complaining that it's too humid or too hot or both. I have a higher tolerance for both than the rest of them.

Have a super weekend!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Home is Where Your Sticks Are...

Dear Rayna is back home with us. She had gone back to her daddy, but due to some technical difficulties, she couldn't stay. DD took her, but that wasn't working out either and so DH decided we'd rather have her back than see her go live with strangers.


She's settled back in quite nicely and is enjoying having a yard and sticks to chew up once again.

In other news, my azaleas have started blooming.

Happy Spring!

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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 Apr 2015

  • Bad Influence by azriona
  • Breakthrough by stardust_made
  • Not Nice by Mildredandbobbin
  • The Fundamental Things Apply by raina_at
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 36 by serpentynka

Read in Mar 2015

  • March Fic Challenge by various authors
  • All That You Build, All That You Break by sc010f
  • Out of the Mouth by stardust_made
  • Lines and Squares by emungere
  • Umbrella by emungere
  • Sinking the Land by emungere
  • The Hour Does Not Lend Itself... by stardust_made
  • Unspoken by stardust_made
  • Let's Play Murder (META) by cookieswillcrumble
  • Greg Gives the Best Presents by unknownsister
  • UMQRA by wendymarlowe
  • The Hot Day by orphan_account
  • Armistice by mydwynter
  • Opposition Part by mydwynter
  • The Edinburgh Problem by snorklepie
  • Of Shoes and Ships and Mobile Phones by sc010f
  • Tea by Marmosette
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 35 by serpentynka
  • Countdown by missilemuse
  • The Right Question by RetardedCookie
  • The Pillars of Hercules by orphan_account
  • The Burden of Atlas orphan_account
  • The Spot of Art by sc010f
  • We Wear This Mask by ImpishTubist
  • Time Yet by sc010f
  • What's in a Name by steptostars
  • Lay Down by sc010f
  • Business Time by sc010f
  • And Yet You Proved Me Wrong by treez_r_green
  • Learn to Wear Each Other Well by sinuous_curve
  • Let Me Take You For a Ride by voxangelus
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 34 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 33 by serpentynka
  • Finally by Meredydd
  • Right Hand Man by SilentAuror
  • Pistachio by Marmosette
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 32 by serpentynka
  • Learn to Wear Each Other Well by sinuous_curve
  • Unrepentant by squire
  • The Trouble With "Greg: by wendymarlowe
  • The Holiday Cycle, ch. 2 by flawedamethyst
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 31 by serpentynka
  • And Stand There at the Edge of My Affection by coloredink
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 30 by serpentynka
  • You Bring the Rain by orphan_account
  • At Least There's the Football by sheffiesharpe
  • At Least There's the Football by sheffiesharpe
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 29 by serpentynka
  • Interview with Wendy Marlowe by May_Shepard
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 28 by serpentynka
  • Sherlock's Soldier!John Kink is Getting Out of Hand by wendymarlowe
  • Just Another Day by mia6363
  • When a Fantastic Plan Comes Together by mia6363
  • Nobody Told Him by mia6363
  • The Long Way Home by mia6363
  • Forever Dom by Lavender Daye
  • Same Time Next Week by mia6363
  • Told in Texts by et_cetera55
  • The Bruce Partington Conspiracy by marysutherland
  • Five Times Lestrade Gave Comfort by lucybun
  • The Speech by mia6363
  • Another Man by trillsabells
  • How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sherlock by trillsabells
  • Learn to Wear Each Other Well by sinuous_curve
  • Bulletproof by mia6363
  • Someone Like You by orphan_account
  • Out of the Ashes, chs. 1-8 by wendymarlowe
  • The Key by 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 27 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 26 by serpentynka
  • Two Solitudes by Like Cheese for Mice
  • So Quite a New Thing by forthegenuine
  • Happy Fucking Christmas by gloria_scott
  • Bacause You're Worth It by wastingyourgum
  • Love Letters by aislingdoheanta
  • Jealous Guy by marysutherland
  • You Cannot Libel the Dead by marysutherland
  • Perseverance by marysutherland
  • MISex by marysutherland
  • Persuasion by second_skin
  • Virtually Perfect by Random_Nexus
  • Ex Libris by saki101
  • Seat Assignmnt: Open by saki101
  • We're Sorry for Any Inconvenience by saki101
  • The Kidnapping of Gerg Lestrade by Marmosette
  • First Words by irisbluefic
  • Bonheurs Enfantins, Trop Vite Oubliés Effacés by fyria_yiries
  • A Brother to Relieve by heartofstanding
  • Proportional Response by babydrache
  • Sedation by phoeliac
  • The Sensation of Falling Just as You Hit Sleep by greywash
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 25 by serpentynka
  • Iris by slashscribe
  • Ashes Rubble and the Debris by sc010f
  • This Doesn't Feel Like Falling by Dark3Star
  • Through the Clouds by mazarin21b
  • We Are All Together Alone by Mildredandbobbin
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 24 by serpentynka
  • A Bleeding Heart in Longhand, ch. 23 by serpentynka
  • Enchantress' Destiny by Beth Caudill
  • As We Are, As We Were by CreativeWords
  • Take My Breath Away by Quesarasara
  • The Wedding Present by Bold_as_Brass
  • A Very Delicate Mission by SarahT
  • All the Lonely People by pir8fancier
  • A World More Full of Weeping by Eva
  • Kill Switch by todesfuge