I know that I’ve really sucked at blogging as of late. It took me a while to adapt to my new job and the hours (and driving) that comes with it. As a family crisis counselor, I travel to family homes and assist them with intensive in-home therapy three times a week per family. I love my job, but it did take me a good while to get my schedule under control, learn the job expectations, and develop my own style for success.
Needless to say, my writing was put on hold. I took 2016 off from writing in almost every way. It did not hurt. However, I am finding that beginning is hurting. I lost my motivation, lost my routine, lost some creativity, and honestly, I felt I lost a huge part of myself. Granted, story ideas, characters, and plot twists played within the confines of my mind so I can’t say I quit E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. Continue reading →
It’s amazing the way people can claim to be one thing but don’t seem to realize their actions and words shout out the complete opposite. I’m a pretty mentally strong person and I can take a good dose of evilness before it begins to wear me down. My heart aches for people who suffer from depression, lack of confidence, or anxiety and have to face bullying and ridicule from friends, family, and even strangers. I do my best to think this world is full of goodness admist the awful, vile things we are forced to see on a daily basis. I could use some uplifting beauty in my life right now.
I know that you were scared. I know that you keep worrying and stressing. Not writing is slowly killing you on the inside. But you’ve been here before and you’ve escaped the darkness, resolved to push through all your fears. You keep telling yourself that you aren’t a writer, but you know deep down that isn’t the truth. You feel that constant need to write. It is a niche that refuses to go away. All those single line sentences that leads to wondering if that’s a good line for story. Names you here suddenly spark an idea for a new character. You see someone do something and you tell yourself you know exactly which character would do that. All those things you secretly do all amounts to one fact. You are a writer. You may let those fears and doubts drown you for a week, maybe a few months, maybe even longer than a year. It won’t change the truth. You are a writer. Always will be. So suck it up buttercup. Just right now. Yougotsdisfersure. Love, Me
Making family time a priority shouldn’t be difficult, but let’s be realistic. It is hard. I work long hours and so does my husband. I’ve long since utilized Groupon in helping me plan a monthly family day. This includes making a big homemade breakfast, eating as a family at the table. Next comes an activity, sometimes educational and fun, othertimes just fun. Then we go out to eat (usually another discounted meal thanks to Groupon or not). Then we go home and relax, play kahoot or watch television together.
It’s not much but it is a huge something. It’s making memories. It’s attending and being present and telling my family with actions and behaviors they are loved, important, and deserve my time and attention. And that is something they can take with them for the rest of their lives.
I’m not a perfect mom. However, I believe these activities make a huge difference in how they grow up. So, what are some of your family memories.?
I don’t like to be all dark and dreary. Today was even a really nice day. My youngest daughter turned eleven. Still, for some reason… Something flipped on my Edgar Allen Poe switch. So here is a list of things … Continue reading →
Taking the bull by the horn and deciding to dive into the grueling activity of writing a novel, there are a number of things the author must decide. Characters, plotline, to use magic or not, how much research is needed, and so so much more. Today, as I work to edit a previously written novel, I embraced, for the first time in my life, a new decision to make. Do I want to use chapters? Like…Chapter 1, chapter 34, chapter 799. (just kidding)
I’ve read a myriad of novels that broke portions of the book in a number of ways. I’ve read books, recently, where instead of using chapters, the author just wrote the character’s name whose POV was for that portion.
So I’m taking an active approach and asking you, my favorite people: Does it matter whether the book has chapters or names to divide sections? Does it even need chapters? What other suggestions might you have to offer?
I had to take an hour’s leave from work today so I could go get fingerprinted. I just received an email letting me know I am qualified. One of the definitions of qualified is: officially recognized as being trained to perform … Continue reading →
This afternoon I had to go pick up some pre-employment paperwork. Then I headed home to drop off my ten year old daughter before heading over to get my drug test done. I just passed the railroad tracks and was sitting in line, waiting for the stoplight to turn green, when out of nowhere, I’m thrown forward! Someone had rear-ended me. Fortunately, both me and my daughter as well as the other two people in the Lexus behind me were okay. The other party was apologizing to me and looked really bummed. My daughter and I were pretty shaken up.
Since they were sitting right on the railroad tracks, I suggested we pull into a parking lot. I called 911 and waited for the police officer to arrive. We swapped insurance, the officer took my statement, then handed it back to me. Everyone went their own ways. I asked my daughter if she was okay. She was a bit shaken up still, as was I. Continue reading →
I don’t know whether it is because I’ve grown so busy with life (teaching/lesson plans/ect) or whether I got lazy or whether I fell out of writing or what…
but I really do want to be socially active. When I had my blog Bitemybook I did a lot of blogging. I reviewed books, I wrote interesting articles, and I was definitely active. So much that I wanted to revive the site, and I did (for a brief minute.) I just found that wordpress gets so much more action and more people are able to see me on my drowninginwords site. So I stuck with what worked. It was different because I had some awesome people helping with my previous blog and this one is solely mine.
Anyway, I’m rambling. I do that sometimes. LOL
The purpose of this is to let you, my loyal followers and visitors, know that I intend to bring you more.
More of my life experience. More of my thoughts. More of my creativity. More of my writing. Essentially…more of me. You’re Welcome. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
TO BE CREATIVE AND ARTSY~~ Last Christmas I really wanted to give my husband something homemade. So in June (I think) I purchased a paint-by-number piece with good intentions of completing it and wrapping it up. I think it’s still … Continue reading →