Blowing the dust off - A new start in 2014

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I wish I could say that I was busy doing important things that I forgot about the blog and hardly posted in the past year, but I can't really say that. It was more exhaustion of real life and then not feeling the writing muse beyond writing a couple words a day. Work got hectic and then I was punched in the gut in the summer and then after it was all very 'MEH'.

Hopefully work will get better now that we have a new person to help with the load. Now we have four people doing the work of five instead of three. I lost my horse at the end of July due to a health issue that she had gotten when she had her foal. I've said it before to my roommate that if I ever met someone from that broodmare farm, I would be hard pressed not to punch them in the face. But she was a pasture puff the past few years so at least she was happy the last eight years I had her.

I need to organize all the bits and pieces of writing that I have on different files. Get my thoughts organized and see if I can actually keep up writing with short stories. And find someone who will be a beta when I need one.

2013 wasn't horrible but it wasn't great either. I look forward to not having another year like this past one again. I'm going to start slow and say that I'm going to post to this blog at LEAST once a week. If I get an extra post in, then that's considered bonus, right?

Start small. Isn't that the way to go?

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May. 14th, 2013

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I know I haven't been around much. Work has been crazy to say the least. There are two of us trying to wrangle doing the work of three/four people. We already know we lost the one position and I'm bidding on the other because it would be a promotion. And both contractors are just having a ball filling up our calenders with meetings. (Gah, so many meetings). Usually when I come home, I am so brain dead. I'm sort of irritated over not having written much of anything or even reading. I really need to fix that, even if it is half an hour before I go to sleep.

On top of that, I haven't done much jewelry making either. I need to get working on some things. I've mostly been doing custom requests.

If anyone wants to take a look, it's currently up on Facebook, Bead Foundry. I'm working on getting stuff up in an Etsy shop as well. Small stuff but I'm hoping to have more up soon, depending on my time constraints.

Writers: Does anyone use Duotrope to search for open calls? I know they have gone to a subscription service of like 5 bucks a month. I've been tossing it around for a while on if I should join it.

Mother's day was nice. Went out to eat at a local diner that has banging food, went to a place that opened up that is frozen yogurt that is pretty damned yummy and got stuff to start the garden for this year.

This year has not been working out much. Had to get a new car because my Saturn was just taking too much to keep inspected, Cyrano crossing the Rainbow Bridge, the freezer dying and having to get a new (used) one and the motherboard on my laptop slowly dying. *sigh* That's the new one. There is the choice of spending the money on having the motherboard replaced or buying a new laptop. The new laptop really isn't much of an option and considering that Microsoft now came out and said that Windows 8 is pretty much a failure, I really don't want to get one. So it's pony up the 300 and get mine fixed.

It might be helpful to write more if I had someone to do it with but those I have on any sort of messenger usually aren't on at the same time. At least then it is the whole accountability thing.

Anyway, enough whining from me. It's time for another fun filled day at work tomorrow.

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I'm trying to still get my energy back

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I know that I've dropped off a bit and I have so much reading of blogs and people's stories that I need to catch up on. Work has been...crazy. Already, the meetings on top of meetings are starting up and we have to figure which one has more priority. The past week (and a half) I haven't read anything at all, not even a book. Which sort of pissed me off. Same with writing. I'm managing to squeak out words here and there just to get something down.

Before I said I need to time manage a little better. That's been off and on. I'm trying to make some jewelry to get some extra money on the side. Even started to learn how to make chainmaille jewelry. That's been fun actually.

Of course, maybe it would help with the energy if it actually felt like Spring instead of a late winter. We had winter slop this morning and most of it has already melted away. I'm just glad it didn't do it this weekend.

There is a group on FB, Underground Railroad Rescue Kitties Network (URRKN) that I joined where people volunteer to drive rescue kitties to their new homes. I got to help two bonded boys tabbies to their forever home. I just drove to Allentown which is about an hour and a half. I signed up to do it again with another pair that were rescued from a high kill shelter in Alabama. We're still waiting for some more drivers. If you know of anyone who wants to help with kitties to go to their forever home, I can post a link later. There are all sorts of kitties across the country that are being set up to get driven to their forever homes.

But right now, I think I'm going to go to bed because I'm tired. Ugh. And the year is already a quarter of the way done. Where did it go? I'm going to bed and trying to get some sleep.

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Crazy Train

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That's how I about feel. There is a bit of a shake up at work in that the one woman I work with is retiring to take care of her grandson. We used to be a unit of five. One other took a promotion and we doubt that the position will be filled because they have been hemming and hawing about it and not saying anything. While we have heard that M's position will be filled, with the way the state budget is going and how it's already been said that we'll be taking some hits again in regards to positions (AGAIN), I'm not holding my breath on hers either.

So that is three of us trying to keep eyes on various projects that we need to monitor on behalf of Program Offices so the one contractor doesn't try to put in crap or give themselves a huge amount of money for a project. Three of us to police everything that is coming down is going to be a strain. Bleh. I haven't really written anything or even read anything. The past week alone I have been so freaking tired and the time change didn't help.

Plus considering that the Governor and Legislature are once against screwing us over in regards to benefits and such (Big surprise there and let's not talk about how they are cutting our lunch to 1/2 hr a day and calling the extra 2 1/2 hours that we're losing as a 'raise'. Are you freaking kidding me?!?!?), I've taken up jewelry making to try to earn a little extra money on the side. Even picked up making chainmaille jewelry which is fun. Facebook page I'm thinking of putting stuff on Etsy too.

I need to sit down and make a schedule of time to just putz around on the net, writing time and jewelry time. On top of trying to keep up with the two writing coms I'm in.

Fun fun.

Table of DOOOOOM!

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(I so need a Gir icon for this)

Oh 2nd Tense and Screenwriting, how you are going to be my Achilles heel.

01.Word: Unrequited 02.Word: Kept 03.Word: One 04.Word: Indentity 05.Word: Found
06.Place: Lake 07.Song: Heartless (cover) by Dia Frampton 08.WILDCARD 09.Quote: "Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey." - Lord Byron 10.Picture: Fence
11.Word Count: 763 12.Person: 2nd 13.Tense: Present 14.Format: Screenwriting 15.Genre: Drama


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April Camp NaNo

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A quick post for the night. (I really need to post on here more often)

If there is anyone who is doing the April Camp NaNo and would like to be in the same Cabin as I am (there is a total of 6 people per Cabin), feel free to put my name on your list. I haven't finished with Cabin Assignment yet.

My Camp NaNo name there is Nellie.

I guess I should start writing down what I want to work on, huh?

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Valentine's Day....Whatever

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BLAH! Valentine's Day can be over now. Thankyouverymuch.

That is all.

I learned how to make homemade bagels. They were pretty yummy.

This recipe makes 12 bagels.
1 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1 1/2 ts Salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tsp yeast
Set bread machine for the dough cycle. Let the machine knead the dough once, and then rise the dough for only 20 minutes in the machine. Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and form into a circle by pressing the ends together. Wet one end if necessary. Place on greased baking sheet, cover, and rise 15 to 20 minutes.
Bring water to boil in a pan that is not aluminum. Lower a few bagels at a time into the water and cook for 30 seconds on each side. Remove,drain on towel, sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds and place on greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 425 F oven for 8 minutes or until golden.



Or if you don't have a breadmaker:
1 pkg dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 3/4 cup flour
2 quarts water

Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water. Stir in sugar, salt, and 1 2/4 cups of flour. Beat. Stir in remaining flour. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead for about ten minutes, or until elastic. Place in greased bowl then turn greased side up. Turn over again and let rise in warm place for about 15 minutes, or until double. An indentention should remain if you poke your finger gently into the dough.

Punch down dough; divide into 8 equal parts. Roll each part into a rope 6 inches long. Moisten ends of ropes with water then pinch together to form a circle. Let rise for 20 minutes

Heat oven to 375F.

Heat 2 qts. water to boiling in kettle. Reduce heat Add 4 bagels. Simmer for 7 minutes, turning once. Drain on kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining bagels, simmering four at a time.

Place bagels on baking sheet. Bake in oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until brown.

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When to say goodbye

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I have a question that I wonder if anyone could help me answer. I've been working on getting my writing in order, complete with all the half-finished stories I started in hopes of getting my writing on track and not so chaotic in regards to trying to get published.

When do you say good-bye to a story and stick it in the drawer to never see the light of day because it is just that bad? I pulled out the story I did for NaNoWriMo in 2004 and was thinking of going over and seeing what could be salvaged and if it is even a viable story for something. This story had been recovered from a hard drive crash so I was seeing what I would need to reformat in the terms of wordage.

I saw glimpses of where I needed to think of different names because some were too close to each other and a bit of a character change from semi-evil to semi-good. And the abuse of ellipses, oh the abuse. I cringed looking at it.

I'm half debating just slipping it back into the stack to be forgotten about or not.

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When to say goodbye

Saber kitten
I have a question that I wonder if anyone could help me answer. I've been working on getting my writing in order, complete with all the half-finished stories I started in hopes of getting my writing on track and not so chaotic in regards to trying to get published.

When do you say good-bye to a story and stick it in the drawer to never see the light of day because it is just that bad? I pulled out the story I did for NaNoWriMo in 2004 and was thinking of going over and seeing what could be salvaged and if it is even a viable story for something. This story had been recovered from a hard drive crash so I was seeing what I would need to reformat in the terms of wordage.

I saw glimpses of where I needed to think of different names because some were too close to each other and a bit of a character change from semi-evil to semi-good. And the abuse of ellipses, oh the abuse. I cringed looking at it.

I'm half debating just slipping it back into the stack to be forgotten about or not.

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Blog Hop and Random things

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Day 1 of my World Building Blog Hop entry is here. It should be interesting to see what I can pull out for my steampunk world and redoing history and all that fun stuff.

What the hell did I get myself into with it. XD Either way I do need to get things nailed down if I want to do anything for it. I actually thought of something for the African area but as for a plot, that is alluding me. You know, for saying I was going to take a break from Steampunk to give my mind a rest, it doesn't seem to want to rest now that I'm not concentrating on it.


Of course with the good comes the raging stupidity. There are two links. Second one has a rape trigger so proceed with caution. That one just makes me rage so hard.

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Now I'm going to go look at pictures of kitties to help with my mood.

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