Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February Wrap Up

Wait...what's this? Two posts in the same week?

I know. I can't believe it, either.

Okay, so we've finally reached the end of February. I say 'finally' because it feels as though this month  (this year) has gone on for about twelve million years. I wouldn't mind this phenomenon, if I were actually getting anything done, but the harsh truth remains that I really am not.

Whatever. I'll just try again next month.

Today, however, I am offering up a review of the goals I had set for myself at the start of February and a little bit on how I did with them.

Here we go...

1. Send Second Nature to the printer.

Yeah. That didn't happen. But did you really expect it to happen? I'm still working on the blurb for the back of the book. Three-quarters of it is done and ready to go. There's just one paragraph for which I haven't yet found the right wording. I'm a little afraid that I'll be working on the blurb for the rest of my natural-born days and a good portion of my being-a-ghost days, which is sad. If I'm going to be a ghost, I want to do way more interesting things than write blurbs for the back of books.

2. Read at least four books.

I actually managed to do this one. Not only did I read four books this month, I read eight. Sure, three of those books were kids books that were lying around my mother's house (some series about a pigeon who wants to drive a bus and eat junk food), but they still count, right?

3. Walk, run, or bike at least three miles each day.

I fell short on this one, but not by much. I missed the mark on two days (one by a little, one by a lot). Every other day, however, I either met or exceeded the three mile mark, which is a vast improvement over January. The Man and I have even started one of those "Couch to 5K" type programs to help us become actual runners and not theoretical ones. It's going really well. Here's some footage of me running:

4. Do two fifteen-minute yoga workouts each week.

Yeah. I managed one ten-minute workout the entire month. So...yeah. Still a little work to do here. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time getting back into the routine, but if anyone can come up with a way to blame Florida rather than my own laziness, then please let me know. I couldn't find a gif I liked for this, so please enjoy Baby Groot instead:

Recap of Other Things I was Looking Forward to in February:

—The Super Bowl.

Yeah. That did not go the way I had hoped it would. But, like, congrats to the Eagles or whatever.

—This Is Us

Well, I sobbed and then sobbed some more. This show makes me cry a lot. I have a friend who's afraid she's this cold, unfeeling monster because she never cries while watching. I've assured her I'm just a big baby. Here's some footage of me watching the show:

The Black Panther movie

I thought it was a lot of fun, and I want to be Shuri or Nakia or Okoye when I grow up. That is all.

—Ren Faire visit

This didn't happen. Other things came up, so the Ren Fair visit has been bumped to March. I'm trying to decide between two theme weekends: Saint Patrick's Day or Harry Potter. I know you wouldn't think it, but it's been surprisingly tough to settle on one. The Man, being the superhero that he is, has suggested that we just go both weekends. Which seems like a good compromise to me.

The Winter Olympics

I watched so much curling. (Yet, I still don't understand it. Like, at all. I was even reading about it online, and I still don't understand it.) And figure skating. And downhill ski racing. Congrats to the U.S. women's hockey team on their gold medal. That was a hell of a game, even if it did make my Canadian friend very, very sad.

Okay, that's going to do it for me today. Tune in on Monday when I write about my March goals and plans. I promise it'll be more riveting than it sounds*...

I know it's just Wednesday, but have a great weekend, everyone! Thanks for stopping by.

*—Possibly not more riveting than it sounds.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Souper Soup

Hey, all!

Today on My Pet Blog, we're pleased to be taking part in the Souper Blog Hop, celebrating the latest release, Pea Soup Disaster, from super (see what I did there?) author Elaine Kaye.

Participants are asked to share a favorite soup recipe, or—if you're like me and you don't cook anything that requires a recipe—just share a favorite soup...even if it comes from a can. Which is good, because pretty much anything I can cook comes from a can.

My father used to make pea soup, this big giant pot of it, whenever he had a ham bone. I never had any. It just looked so...gross. I like peas, I'll eat ham, but pea soup? No way. However, my significant other loves it, so whenever my father made a batch, he would send me home with a big container for him.

Personally, I've always been partial to Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup. We had it as kids, usually mixed with some kind of pasta, and the meal just stuck with me, I guess. Even today, Cream of Chicken soup and elbow macaroni is one of my top go-to comfort foods.

And because I'm a smart ass, here's a picture of the soup in a bowl...

Congratulations, Elaine! Wishing you much success!

Gregory Green loves his mom’s pea soup, but when he eats it at school, all of his friends make fun of how it looks. He doesn’t think it looks like bugs, and it tastes good! Then at recess, his friends run from him, screaming, “He’s a monster!” Gregory doesn’t know why his friends are being mean until he sees his skin is green. The teasing gets worse until an unlikely friend comes to the rescue—his teddy bear, Sammy. Sammy usually only comes to life for Gregory and his family, but Sammy has an important lesson to teach Gregory and his classmates.

Available in Print:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elaine Kaye got the idea for Pea Soup Disaster from her son who loved to eat her homemade pea soup. Pea Soup Disaster is the first of many fun stories featuring Gregory Green and his teddy bear, Sammy, as part of the Gregory Green Adventure series.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.

Find Elaine:
Website / Instagram / Litsy - @ElaineKaye

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Take This Book And Shelve It (An IWSG Post)

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group.

I'm assuming that everyone coming out here today is already well-versed in this group, but if you're looking for more information, or a complete list of participants, click on the above link.

This month's co-hosts are: Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte.

This month's (optional) question asks, "What do you love about the genre you write in most often?"

But I'm skipping that question in order to discuss with you something that's been weighing on my mind.

How do you know when/if you should put aside a project?

See, I have this WIP I've been working on off and on (more off than on) for a while now. Its working title is Vinnie & Ellie, so you may already be somewhat familiar with it. In case you're not, it's a maybe-not-actually-a-romance novel I decided to pull out of my unfinished manuscript pile last year in an attempt to, you know, finish it.

And this attempt started off reasonably strong, I thought, but has steadily slowed over the past few months. Whatever momentum I had at the beginning is gone. It's like I no longer have a feel for the characters, who they are, or what it is they want or do or...anything else. It feels as though the only way this book will be finished is if I make some kind of deal with a crossroads demon. I'm stuck. I'm blocked. I'm...I don't know. Disinterested, maybe. I don't know exactly what it is, but every time I sit down at the computer to work on it, I soon find myself doing my best Cave Slayer impression.

I don't want to give up on this project completely. I like the main characters (mostly) and I like where the story's headed (mostly), or at least where I think the story's headed. (Or where I'd like it to head. As much planning as I do, I still seem to never truly know where a story's going to end up.) There are a pair of scenes of which I am particularly fond (mostly...just kidding. I really am fond of them, which for me, is really saying something) and I would hate for them to go to waste.

But in spite of these truths, I just can't seem to make myself work on it.

Which brings me back to my initial question.

How do you know when/if you should put a project aside?

Should I find a way to power through this dry spell (or whatever it should be called)? Should I stick it back in the unfinished manuscript pile and find something else to work on? Should I give up writing in favor of becoming a professional consumer of baked goods? (That is a job, right?)

Have you ever been in this situation? What did you do to rectify it?

Thanks for stopping by today. See y'all next time.