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Oct. 30th, 2009 10:28 am Let Me Off This Rollercoaster

Wow, it's been awhile. And what a while it's been. The short version (the three main points) is that I fell and seriously injured my arm & hand; I'm recovering slowly with lots of doctor visits, therapy appointments and all that jazz; and the kicker – I was laid off from my job as editor. *out of the blue and not because I missed any work or deadlines*

Yes, I was laid off. Now everyone who knows all that I did and the quality of my work are shocked. I can't count the number of times I've heard people say "But what is XXX going to do without you?" Obviously, XXX doesn't care. After almost 10 years, they let the door hit me in the proverbial rear. *wham bam no thank you ma'am*

But, maybe this is the best thing for my own writing. Still don't make it any easier. *BIG sigh*

Despite all of this hand stuff, I've decided to do Nano again. Might as well, since the job market here is deader than the proverbial doornail. I have an exciting project to work on, and I'm ready to go!

Who else is in for NanoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, this year? My username there is the same as here – myscribe. :)

Current Location: Not AT Work
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
Current Music: Fish Tank Bubbles

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Dec. 31st, 2008 11:24 am A New Year Already

It's roaring upon us – that lovely day when one year ends and another begins.

But really, did I miss some months along the way?

I feel like I'm sleeping standing up right now. I was sick over the Christmas holiday, so that threw a wrench in the whole jolly thing.

Now that the New Year is knocking on that door, there's that whole resolution thing to deal with. I prefer to think of it as goal-setting and strategic planning. *what-eva*

I broke out the plan from last year and tallied up my progress. *cue horror movie music*

*surprise* I accomplished 60 percent of my goals this year. That's more than last year (52)! I improved!! *someone give me a present*

I didn't do everything that I thought I would - but there were a couple of nice unplanned additions. I was busier than I thought. *slacker menot*

Here's the shortlist of 2008 projects/goals:
Completed first novel revision
Wrote 61 poems (not counting roughs)
Wrote 10 academic papers (only the biggies)
Wrote 8 essays
Wrote 6 picture books
Wrote 2 screenplays
Completed first screenplay revision
Wrote 1 NF proposal
Sent in 48 submissions
Received 8 acceptances (mostly poems – and a ton are still out with no reply)
Started new blog (related to academic studies)
Finished a successful JoNoWriMo
Finished a successful Script Frenzy

What's the focus of next year? Submissions! I must rev up the submitting engine and take off.

And you know what? I'm ready!

Current Location: Party in my head
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
Current Music: Auld Lang Syne

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Jul. 14th, 2008 09:26 pm Best Laid Plans

It never fails to happen.

I'm plugging along on a project that needs to be finished – and bingo, inspiration hits.

Not the inspiration I want, mind you, but fabulous scenes for every project other than the one in progress. Sometimes I get a lot more accomplished when I'm actually working on something else. *weird*

Is it some kind of WIP inside joke? Those silly WIPs, just sitting around the ol' brain and having a good laugh over a round of … limeade? *of course that's what I was going to say!*

Anyway, back to my task at hand.

So what kind of music should I listen to when writing a grant (a complicated science-related one, no less)? Is there a Bill Nye soundtrack out there? :p

Current Location: Chained to the keyboard
Current Mood: rushedrushed
Current Music: Jeff Buckley

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Jun. 11th, 2008 09:33 am The Future Looks Bright (and um, busy!)

Behold... My Future
I will marry Ben Barnes.
After a wild honeymoon, We will settle down on the beach in our fabulous House.
We will have 16 kid(s) together.
Our family will zoom around in a red Corvette.
I will spend my days as an author, and live happily ever after.
whats your future

Poor Chris Evans is heartbroken, I'm sure...

Current Location: La la land
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Katy Perry

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Apr. 30th, 2008 03:41 pm Put That Script in the Oven

It's done! More than 100 pages of script finished in a month - by me! *rejoice*

I'm officially a Script Frenzy winner. *go me*

"Burden of Light" needs revising - but is in much better shape than I expected.

Now, it is time for a party! *everybody salsa*

Current Location: Da Moon
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: Cake

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Mar. 10th, 2008 01:57 pm A Kind Word

Have you ever had a compliment that came at the most-needed time?

I just did, and it made an otherwise terrible day, a bit brighter.

Of course, it's always nice to hear that you're a really good writer. ;)

Journalists rarely receive positive feedback – but when they do it means a lot. It reinforces for me to always remember the person behind the article.

Just one more thing to remember when I'm famous! :p

Current Location: Chained to my desk
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Current Music: My monitor's rumblings (should it be making THAT noise)

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Jan. 29th, 2008 11:46 am Those Voices in My Ears

Do you use music as a tool in your writing?

I use music as a part of my writing process. I tend to choose music based on projects. My choices always make sense to me. ;)

My limited music collection often leads me to listening to the same couple of CDs for a project repeatedly. It doesn't bother me. If I've purchased a CD that means I love it – otherwise I'm too cheap to spend the cash. *cheapskateme*

Now that I have my snazzy RED iPod (yeah, Christmas for me), I can set up playlists for each of my projects. Of course, I’ve set-up playlists for all my WIPs and potential WIPs. And probably procrastinated a little too much when I should have been working...but it was fun!

My collection is quite eclectic. The only thing you won't find is country. *sorrycountryfans* Wait, I have one by Faith Hill from a collection of songs somewhere. Does that count?

Current Location: Wherever the tunes are...
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: Cake (on the iPod no less)

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Jan. 16th, 2008 09:53 pm The Things We Say...

Went to lunch at a great catfish place today.

Had to share this snippet of conversation from the table next to me where a Mom and Dad sat with their toddler daughter. (The place was hopping. The tables were close. They were talking LOUD.)

Man walks by and recognizes Dad: Hey you. (Man and Dad greet with gusto) Terrible with names, but I know that face.

Dad: So-and-So

Man: Great to see you and the Mrs.

Mom: You probably not met our new addition.

Man: Who is this precious little one?

Mom: Say "Hi."

Toddler: (not a word)

Dad: Come on, honey. This is the man who kept your Daddy from going to jail.

Me: (double-take, almost spits food at photographer sitting with me when he gives me a "did I hear that right" look)

Toddler: (not a word)

Current Location: Glad to be home
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
Current Music: Cake

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Oct. 4th, 2007 11:13 am Never Give Up

None of us thought it would happen. We'd given up hope for anything other than greenery. Yet, after being dormant for 20+ years, I find these blooms.


This crape myrtle was bought from Louisiana at least 22 years ago. It was before my father died, so I was about 6 or 7. I remember driving home from our cousin's with them carefully wrapped for the journey. It was the year I broke my arm falling off a horse named Domino (a really big horse).

And now it's given a beautiful surprise - and a reminder that no matter how long it takes, it's always possible.

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Current Location: Home
Current Mood: thankfulthankful
Current Music: Songbirds

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Sep. 23rd, 2007 10:24 pm The Strength of A Voice

Daisy Bates and Adolphine Fletcher Terry were two women who shaped the future of education in Arkansas. Without them (and many other women and men involved in integrating the schools) history would have been sadly different.

The voices of those who fought and persevered against all odds to make the world a better place should resonate in us all. The courage of people like the Little Rock Nine and all those who supported them is humbling.

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: John Michael Talbot

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Sep. 3rd, 2007 11:50 pm Labor Day Hoedown

I did it! I actually accomplished some old-fashioned work.

Guess the lazy summer bum in me is ready to get back to business.

Over the course of the weekend: I submitted poems to three places, received rejection (after a day) on one set of poems, and revised a screenplay.

Even squeezed in some play time with the PrincePup. He demands it after all (and who can resist when he flashes his cute face). *wrapped@shadow'slittlepaw* Took my Mom out to lunch. And had my Sis and Bro-in-law (the PrincePup's fave playmate) over for fajitas.

All in all, a good weekend. Of course, tomorrow is back to work. Three day weekends are such bliss, but what a let-down when it's over.

One down, two more to go.

Current Location: Sleepytime
Current Mood: recumbentrecumbent
Current Music: Lovehammers

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Sep. 1st, 2007 03:51 pm Lazy Days Are Over

Summer is over. And it's back to work for me. I took the summer off to rehabilitate my hand and spend time with my nephews, niece, princepup and the family.

I gave myself the freedom to take a break. It was fun (not the handercizes though). Had some new ideas and penned a few poems - but nothing major. I wish I could say the hand was back to normal. But it isn't and this may very well be as good as it gets. *phyllis-sadface*

So, I'm back on LJ for reals now. *pinkieswear* With the extra day off this weekend, it is the perfect time to get back on the horse (so to speak - last time I was on a real horse, I broke my arm). I have three projects I need to polish before submitting.

I've had to revise how I work because of the hand issue. But through my day job, I've had to find what works (even if it takes a lot longer). The revising won't be as writing-intensive, so it seems a good place to start.

Wish me luck!

Current Location: BIC
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Saving Jane

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Apr. 25th, 2007 06:29 pm Where have YOU been?

Yes, I have neglected my LJ for like EVER.

Didn't anyone miss me? *sad puppy dog eyes*

But I had a good reason. Not a fun one and not really all that "good," so let me rephrase – I had a legitimate reason. I had surgery on my hand. :(

Yes, you read it right -- I said HAND. What strikes fear in the heart of a writer who makes her living from her craft -- well, surgery on a hand is definitely one of them.

It's over now and I survived. I'm trying to regain some normalcy. You don't realize it, but you use two hands for a lot. Without one hand, even simple things are difficult if not almost impossible.

Makes you realize how many obstacles people who are permanently disabled face – and overcome. It's something easy to miss when you go about the tasks of common life. I am not doing so well with it, but it is sloooowly getting better.

On the writing side of it, I've done nothing. Club 100 went out the window before the surgery and indefinitely until I recover. *physical therapy is my new friend, sorta*

I did manage to send out some subs before the surgery. Two acceptances so far! I also wrote some ideas out by hand, some new and some on current projects. That was all I could manage.

I'm ready to get back into it. I just physically can't right now. And I'm okay with that. I've given myself permission to be a goof-off. I look at it as extra time to percolate.

It's funny that when I'm all out, setting goals to get things done – wham, there comes a life curveball.

During my recovery, I did spend plenty of quality time watching a backlog of DVDs with my puppy (a.k.a. prince lap dog). He's so spoiled now – it is not even funny. We've seen an odd assortment.

From westerns (season 1 of "Young Riders")
Young Riders

to forensics (season 1 of the original "CSI")

to the Civil War (the epic mini-series "North & South")
North and South

And my personal nostalgic fave – the complete "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century."
Buck Rogers

The pup prince thought it was cool.

I so should have named him Twiki!

Current Location: Land O'Recovery
Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: The Pink Spiders

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Feb. 2nd, 2007 10:49 pm Snow Day!

Some snow blew into the neighborhood for a couple of days. Here's a view of a winter wonderland (also known as my backyard).

And my (not so little anymore) pup had to check out his first snow. He thinks it looks fun (especially if he can eat it).

Even the back of his head is cute!!!

Current Location: The warm confines of home
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: Baby It's Cold Outside

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Jan. 11th, 2007 12:43 pm Goal-Setting Fever

Okay, vacation is over! *boo*

I must say I enjoyed my time off. I need more, but too much makes me lazy.

So I buckled down and made some goals for this year. After I evaluated my progress last year of course. And calculated my percentage of success (why, did I do this – procrastination or boredom, you pick).

I accomplished 52 percent of what I set out to do in 2006. That's pretty good in light of all the obstacles I had in my path last year. Many of them are still there this year (darn those obstacles), but I am learning to navigate in spite of them. *cue inspiring music*

I'll spare you the long version and give you a brief look at my goals for 2007.

Blog at least once a month.
Maintain and finish Club 100.
Complete/Revise specified projects (one from fiction, poetry, screenplay and nonfiction).
Submit something before 2010.
Follow up on submissions before 2015.

Not to worry – my actual goals are much more specific (35 and counting). Just wanted you to get a snapshot, not put you to sleep.

I've kept up with my Club 100 since the first of the year. *go me* No record-breaking numbers there, but it's better than a big ol' zero.

The year is starting out right. I don't have to set any personal goals, do I? *pretty please*

Current Location: Work, where else
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: All-American Rejects

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Dec. 7th, 2006 04:10 pm Say What?

What was I thinking trying to do NaNoWriMo this year? It all fell apart quite figuratively. Why I try to accomplish anything in the months of November and December is beyond me. Next time, somebody slap me!

It wasn't a total disaster. I managed to squeeze out about 14,000 words (and it hurt). Better than nothing, but I'm still a NaNoWriMo failure. Too bad they don't give out a graphic for that...

I'm starting to get that itch that comes around this time of year –- the goal-setting one (just the kind you were thinking of, I’m sure!?!). I might wait until after the first of the year to do it. After all, I do have to assess last year's goal (and the outcome looks bleak).

One thing I know for sure. I must do some marketing soon and get some submissions out. Because everything else is languishing in oblivion out there (or some peeps are ignoring me, which is not nice). *ick* Of course instead of writing some letters *double ick*, I could shop for Christmas presents.

*going shopping*

Current Location: Out the door
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: The sound of my own footsteps

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Oct. 26th, 2006 11:32 am Free to Work Some More

I am relieved! I've dug out of my enormous pile of extra work and can see the sunlight. *freedom* If anyone comes near my office with an "Oh P, can you" or "I need a little...," they might get squirted with a squirt gun. Don't think I'm joking either! *takes aim*

On the home front, I'm giving NaNoWriMo the old, college try. Don't ask me why! *iamquitenuts* November is always a terrible month for me both work and family-wise.

But I'm still doing it! It'll be interesting to see how much I can squeeze out. It will definitely be better than not much at all. I will at least plan to make my 100 words a day goal. Since I have to restart and all.

This weekend, I'll decide what my new project will be for it. I have plenty of ideas pining away for me. I just need to revisit them and see what motivates me the most. Anyone else doing the NaNoWriMo thing? What is your project going to be for it?

I also have to polish a couple of poems to round out a chapbook I want to submit. Not a lot of hope there, since poetry is such a hard sell. But I'm tenacious and don't know the meaning of the word "quit."

Maybe that's where my puppy gets it!?!

Current Location: Coffee break, even though I don't drink coffee!
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
Current Music: Dave Matthews Band

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Oct. 16th, 2006 10:04 pm Time Happens in a Year

Today is a sad day for me. It's been a year today that my sweet, little dog died. She was 14, but still a puppy at heart.

I was going to blog more about it, but some things about it are still too raw for me. I'm healing. It just takes more time.


It's good that for most of today I was crazy busy and didn't have time to stop and think. Until now.

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: Michael W. Smith & Death Cab

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Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:43 am Where Have YOU Been?

The short answer? I've been hiding under a rock, trying not to be sick the past couple of weeks. But last week I spiraled into sickierness (*new word*). Don't worry - I went to the doctor and I will make it. ;)

I had to take a break from my 100 though. *don't cry* I had to work overtime due to some last minute work projects. That's in addition to my current projects that are on deadline for now as well. For my own peace of mind I had to concentrate on them. Of course, this is a recurring problem that at the moment I can do nothing about. It could be worse. Believe me, it has been much worse.

I have done a lot of thinking lately about my various projects. It's funny how things come up that reinforce why I think they are important. And I've managed a few handwritten scribbles.

Oh, and one of my screenplays won second place in a contest. And I kinda forgot I entered it, so it was a nice surprise. I almost deleted the message as spam, but then it hit me - why would spam have the title of my screenplay in it?

Now, who can tell me where my tissues are at? *blowing nose*

Current Location: Lounging
Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: The rhythmic patterns of my coughing

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Sep. 12th, 2006 02:46 pm Progress Report, Day 10-16/100

It's just me, playing catch-up. Did you miss me? *silence echoes*

Anyway, I've been keeping up with my 100 words a day – even amidst all my parties and such. *snicker* Let's see if anyone notices that I switched to posting my progress weekly and not daily... *cats out of the bag*

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,257 / 700

Current Location: Waiting to go home
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: Simple Plan

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