Halloween Follow-Up: Costumes

I realized the other day that I forgot to post pics of the kids’ costumes. So, here are the homemades this year: Garfield and a purple snake.

Have a great weekend!

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Back to Reading

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I’m so thrilled to confess that I’ve been able to read 4 books this year, with number 5 well on it’s way. To most of you I’m sure this is an obismally small number of books, but to me, it’s so much!

As a stay-at-home-mom, I’ve found that my reading time has decreased every year since having kids. I could never compare myself to those who read multiple books a week, but I used to read 1-2 books per month. Since being a full time mom of 2, that number has dropped to 1-2 books per year. I’ve been very disappointed about that and it has plagued my mind for years.

However, a miraculous series of events has permitted me the luxury of reading once more–it’s amazing what having a few hours to yourself per week will accomplish–yay pre-k! Between finding a great series to read, vacations, and the new school year, reading time is now mine!

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So, without further ado, I’ll let you know what I’ve been reading. For those of you into fantasy, let me recommend The Immortal Empire series, by Kate Locke. It’s got vamps, werewolves, goblins, English vernacular, and great Victorian fashion. Love, love, love.

I also finished The Life of Pi, and let me tell you, it was amazing! A novel based on true circumstances, it’ll keep you glued to your seat.

Book #5, which I haven’t finished yet, is Climbing the Stairs. I’m about a third of the way through this book and I’m really enjoying it. The story is set in India, 1940’s and focuses around traditional Indian family dynamics vs a more modern view. Lots of family heartache. I look forward to finishing it.

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I’m so glad my birthday is this month! Hopefully I’ll get a few Barnes and Noble giftcards and maybe even reach 6-7 books read for 2017!

So, what’s the best book you’ve read this year? Please flood my comments with great titles!

#WriterMemeMonday

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The past week I had an unusually successful stint of writing. Between Monday and Tuesday, I plowed through almost 2,300 words in my WIP, Refining Sylver. At the moment, my wordcount is just over 57,000 words. I’m so pleased to be chugging along and finally nearing the end of my 1st draft.

I have grand hopes to finish before the end of 2017. However, I usually give myself a reprieve from writing obligations during December because the familial obligations become overwhelming that month.

However, if I can bust through the 60,000 word mark, maybe even hit the 65,000 before Black Friday, then I’d be greatly pleased.

Anyone want to report on word count or how you manage your writing goals during the holidays? Please leave a comment or word of advice! We’re all in this writing thing together.

Being A Mom…And Being A Writer

 

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Life is always busy isn’t? Sometimes I think the craziness will slow down a bit, hit a plateau, were I can catch up on personal things like writing, taking a shower, or wearing a shirt that doesn’t have stains from my children’s poor eating habits on it.

But…it just seems like things keep speeding up–oh, and changing, let’s not forget the constant changing.

This year both of my kids are in pre-k! Yay! Mondays and Tuesdays are now my me-time days. Those mornings I have 2 hours to myself and I am very pleased to say that I’ve been able to write almost every time for the last few weeks.

There have, however, been a few set backs…1. my kids have been sick for WEEKS. We’re talking fevers, throw up, antibiotics, poor sleeping habits, endless rounds of medicine and naps and crying…yay, pre-k! 2. My dog needed stitches for a small cut followed by coning and antibiotics and bribing to eat so I could administer said antibiotics. 3. Hubby gets sick, needs antibiotics…luckily he could feed himself.

…Really, the only one who doesn’t cost me extra effort right now is my kitty (the little orange girl at the top of my blog). A darling little thing that spends most of the day hiding from my family, clawing my rugs, and biting me if I don’t pet her at exactly the right moment.

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Thank goodness for cats…and their particular charm!

With all that complaining being said, I have added over 1,000 words to my WIP, so that’s great! I’ve done some plotting, so I’m fairly confident I know where I’m going and what will happen next. I’ve recently pushed through some unpleasant conversations within the MS that I’ve been putting off for a bit, because hey, who likes the sad stuff. Anywho, they’re done, and I’m gearing up for some more exciting scenes and hopefully a plot twist.

So, instead of waiting for life to slow down–because I certainly don’t see that happening soon–Halloween’s coming (making costumes!), birthdays, school parties, Thanksgiving…etc–I’ll try to surf the swells as best I can–and bribe my kids with candy long enough to snag that ever-lovin’ shower.

So writers and parents, how do you balance your creative time and family time?  What is the 1 trick you could share with the rest of us?

 

Summer’s Officially Over…and What I’m Doing About It.

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Having officially wrapped up my last week of vacation, today I’m taking my son and daughter to their first day of preschool. This will be my daughter’s last year and my son’s first. I’m looking forward to those brief hours in the mornings when I will finally be able to sit down and focus on my writing.

Here’s to knocking out a complete 1st draft of my werewolf novel Refining Sylver before the end of 2017!

As I prepare for fun Fall things like my daughter’s birthday and Halloween, let me reminisce for a moment over these last fleeting images of summer vacation.

 

 

 

 

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