Monday, December 25, 2017

A Feathered End

I have come to the conclusion that I turn pages before I finish reading.  I don't know why.  It may be my dislike of goodbyes and endings to things I really enjoy.  Could be my lack of concentration for the time being.  I can say it is a shortcoming. 
I have had my hens since I raised them from chicks.  I had to find homes for the ones that turned out to be roosters.  It broke my heart.  Yes, they had names.  If you asked me, they knew their names.  They came running each time I set foot outside.  They have been truly entertaining and refreshing.
I jokingly called them my therapy chickens.  They kept me busy with my time at home since I was unwell for so long.  But now that I've gotten stronger as of late, my love of travel is again calling to me.  I've taken quite a few trips since I've begun to recover.  They've varied from day trips to several weeks at a time.  It hasn't been easy but I'm getting out again.  I'm looking forward to even more trips to come. 
What does this have to do with the hens?
Having chickens is a time consuming hobby.  Yes, I don't remember the last time I bought eggs, but I've been busy taking care of the feathered ladies.  And with my traveling and increase of activity, I'm finding myself struggling to keep up with their care.  I hate leaving them in their pen.  Lately I've worried even more so about them as predators have learned where they are.
I found the hens a new home as of today.  A friend with land is adding to her current flock and was excited to add my ladies to hers.  I thought it would be easy.  The task itself was simple and passed quickly.  But now I'm missing my girls. 
It was something I was careful to see through.  It has taken me a time to decide it was ok to change and ease my needs at home.  Even still, I'm feeling like a quitter at this point.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Rejoining #Row80 in 2018

Row80 starts January 2, 2018.  I'll join the club.  I haven't taken part since 2012.  I'm a little rusty.  Even still, I'm looking forward to the next round.  This is the part where I state my goals for the first round.  I'm slow to jump in with a huge word count though I want to aim high.  So let's start with a 10k word goal for starters.  Row80 is nice because you can update your goals as life unfolds.  If things are looking great, I'll up the word count.  For now, I'll stay with a smaller set goal.  I won't say which WIP it will be in (though that would probably help).  10k words in any project.  Oneiros is on the table at the moment.  Last time I blogged it was Shattered Remnants.  I'm jumping between stories again.
I'm wanting to redo the opening to Oneiros.  I just don't think it fits with the story.  I don't know what to do with it, though.  It will be redone at some point.  I need to wrap up the last quarter of the story and adjust the beginning.  It sounds intimidating saying it like that.  Great.  Now I scared myself.
I have Pandora radio going with my writing.  I need some new stations.  I'm open to suggestions.  I had Bastille radio going but it's repeating itself now.  I have it on a new suggested station, but I'm not feeling it.  *sigh*
Big changes coming these next few days.  I'll write on it later.  I'm not ready to admit to it just yet.
Another trip to Dallas will be coming up soon.  I'll have to take my laptop with me and see if I can get some writing to happen.  It'll be a full house, so I might be busy the whole time.  We'll see.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Year Later

So it hasn't been a full year yet, but it's pretty close.  I haven't posted in ages.  I am sorry for the lack of writing.  I haven't accomplished much in my notebooks either.  I fell flat in NaNoWriMo this year.  That was a disappointment.  My children's book didn't take shape like I hoped it would.  I haven't given up on it.  I just have to wait for it to come back to me.

Until then, I've been going over notes and writings from 2012.  There's a trip.  While this year has not been one for writing, I'd like to think there's more to come.  Reading has gotten the stories active again.  Now I need to sit down and do some actual writing.  I think I let my WIP list scare me.  Lots of titles going on.  Focusing on one at a time helps.  The stories take turns coming to me.  I need to work with whichever one is active at the moment.  Trying to force one into focus hasn't worked.  Writing became a chore.  My craft and style has changed immensely.  Practicing will bring it back to life.

Shattered Remnants is the story-line drawing my attention as of late.  It's good to be back with my original characters.  Their stories have always been important to me.  I'm still protective of it.  I'm trying to bring myself around to posting it once again.  That would be good practice.  I'm still playing with it and sorting through the notes.  That usually leads to writing.  It's still developing.  Rejoining ROW80 is an option.  The group was encouraging while Where to Belong was happening.  They're still around pushing through writing blocks as a team.  I'll have to nail down a schedule and sign up.  Then the blog would get attention once again. 

See?  I haven't forgotten you. 

It's been a crazy year.  Lots of changes.  I'll share more about it later.

So what's new with you?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Getting Back on the Horse

Working to get back on that horse, just gotta catch it first. 

It has been some time since I last sat down and did some serious writing.  I've mainly stuck to the notebooks and scratchpads for any scribbling and letting ideas go where they will.  I have to get past the piddly stuff and back to real writing.

I've probably said this before, but I never intended for Where to Belong to have a sequel.  I only started writing a follow up story because of certain reviews and comments I've received since I first published.  So I fiddled with the idea, then ran with it.  Then tripped and landed on my face.  Other stories called for attention.  Stuff happens.  Now, though, I've gotten a bit of the kick I've been needing to take my writing seriously yet again.

Always & Forever is coming back from the depths of my 'to be finished' pile.

I hope I didn't say that too loud.  I don't want to scare it off again.  Starting small.  Going back to book one for a reread, then looking over what I have for A&F thus far, and then following up with needed adjustments and a possible rewrite.  If it's gotta happen, it's gotta happen.

Oneiros is still pushing to be wrapped up.  It'll probably come along before A&F.  The difference is that I want to find a publishing house to release Oneiros.  A&F will be on me.  Maybe then I'll have a path worn so I can get more of my 'too many to list' projects out of my head, off the computer, and into hard copy format.  That would be ideal.  And work.  Lots of work.  Yep.

Other than that, the urban chickens are doing ok.  One of the ladies got frustrated with Midge and pecked her head bald.  Not ok.  But Midge isn't bothered by it and the others are no longer picking at her, so we'll take it as a lesson learned.  Midge is trying to go broody, so she needs a better nest.  Their larger pen in nearly finished.  I'll have to make sure a special nesting spot is set up for her.  Poor Midge.

The ladies are giving us three eggs a day.  Someone is holding out.  Not sure who.  The eggs have been finding homes quickly.  The demand for back yard chicken eggs is more than I expected.  That's fine.  The hens are fat and happy.  I hope that means their eggs are even better.

I'll be getting back on FB.  Boo.  I promise it's only for my writer page.  Hopefully that will get me active on my Twitter handle as well. 

Here goes nothing!