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The Future

The Future
The Future

Sadly, I haven’t been able to keep up with all of the assignments for Writing 101.  But I think this one looks like fun! 🙂 So here I go! 🙂

Next month I plan to … I plan to continue all the great stuff that I started (like all the great interviews I’ve done) and I am looking into getting my hands wet in a new series.  Here is the poll.  😉  Give me your vote and it shall be awesome!

What does the remainder of 2015 hold for me?  Well I am hoping for the best.  I hope it will be as great as September has been to me!  I hope to continue to create amazing content that you guys love!  Overall I hope you amazing people love what I have been working on and that you share with with your friends! Without you guys, I wouldn’t be here today! 🙂

I believe that my future looks like…  With a lot of hard work, I would love to be able to achieve my goal of being a published author.  That would mean so much to me and it would show my daughter that with hard work, she can achieve her dreams as well.  So I hope my future is happy and I am able to achieve my goals!

In the future I could do without …  social media.  Not that I don’t like it but it sometimes feels like it takes up so much time. It is nice to connect with others, don’t get me wrong, I just feel that we as a people have connected online but disconnected offline!

5, 10, 20 years from now…  I really just don’t know.  In five years I would have a six year old, in ten years I would have an eleven year old and in twenty years I would have a twenty one year old!  I don’t want to think about that!  But when it comes to my writing I done have a very loose five year plan. I’ll share that at a later date but I will let you know, I will have a book published, one way or another! 🙂

Well, that seems to be it..  I hope you guys enjoyed Writing 101 as much as I did. 🙂 I hope if you like what you have read, you will follow me so you can still get lots of amazing writings!

Until next time…

Drawing up Blanks

Drawing up Blanks
Drawing up Blanks

I’m drawing up blanks… It’s very rare that I can’t think of anything to blog about. I often can blink and come up with a new idea….

Not today, I’m drawing up blanks…

Maybe it’s because I woke an hour earlier and I have been trying to get as much done before my daughter wakes up! But I’ve tried this before… I was able to get some stuff done.

Today I am just drawing up blanks…

My blog has been going so well this month and I am scared that it might not last… But I have felt like this before and it hasn’t brother much…

Today I am drawing up blanks…

I have a lot of great posts coming up with some much great info and great (and helpful stuff). I can’t wait to share it with you guys!

But today I am drawing a blank…

It could be the rain… Nah, I love the rain! It’s so peaceful and I get so many ideas from it…

Blank… That is all that is in my head.

I don’t know about you guys, but I am kinda enjoying the blanks… I’m not so worried and I am able to just breathe. Sometime being a creative person and always coming up with creative idea takes a toll on your body and mind.

Today, I’m okay with drawing up blanks!

Until next time….

An Ode to my husband

An Ode to my husband

Today, my husband and I were talking about what he was planning on doing for his week vacation.  It just occurred to me that he has never been home for a week with our daughter.  He has always gotten up and went to work.  I just wanted to share my appreciation for him. 🙂
So I decided to create a simple and easy ode for him. 😀

Thank you!
Thank you for all the hard work you do.
Thank you for loving us so much!
Thank you!

That is all.

Until next time…

Non Writing activities

Non Writing activities

So, what do you do when you aren’t writing?

Wait, people do other things than write? Uh-oh, I’m in trouble!

As many of you know, I am a full time stay at home mom. Most of the day I am just chasing my almost one year old (three more days!) around the house. Within the last week she had given up in napping so that has cut down on my blogging/ writing time. But don’t fear, my husband had chosen next week as his vacation so I might get a great chunk of stuff done! J

Outside of chasing her and playing with her, I do a LOT of reading. I mean, a lot. I am often reading two of three books at a time and countless magazines and articles of all sorts! (Hey, I got to stay in the know with the rest of the world!)

I have tried to sew, crafting, painting and other hobbies but I have failed at almost all of them. That is why I have a series (it’s more of a monthly series) about any time I have tried to do a DIY project and failed! If you can’t laugh at yourself, you need to lighten up!

One of my friends have been bringing me to dance class on Thursday nights. But I have only been to two classes so I will let you guys how that goes!

What do you guys do when you aren’t dancing or writing? Let me know! J

Until next time…

Coffee Date

Coffee Date
Coffee Date

If we were having coffee right now, I would be gagging.  Coffee is like the nastiest thing on the planet…   Hot chocolate on the other hand, now that is what is up! 🙂

I’m not a fan of coffee.  I don’t like the taste, the smell or anything else when it comes to coffee.  I’m the person who goes to the coffee shop and gets chocolate milk to go with my doughnuts!  (Dunkin Donuts for life!)

But if we were having coffee (well, you might be having coffee), I would have a cup of hot chocolate.  We might be visiting about all sorts of things.  If we were really close, I would be talking about my daughter’s first birthday (I even wrote her a letter) or how I can’t wait for Halloween.  I mean, who am I kidding, I am telling everyone about my love for Halloween!

If you were on of my writing minded friends, I would talk about NaNoWriMo.  Are you prepared?  Have you plotted anything out?  What region are you in?  What is your idea about?  Are you going to be involved in some write ins?  Which ones?  I would also ask how your other projects are!  I would also cheer you on about any achievements you have reached.  I would listen to any advice you have found online or something you learned about this week with eager ears!

If you were one of my mother friends, I would ask how your little on is and what they are up to these days.  I would listen to your stories about what trouble they had gotten themselves in and how you had to handle it!

Whatever friend you are to me, I would listen with an open ear to any problems you might have. Are you having trouble balancing life with work?  Is your child getting more stubborn within the last week?  Are you feeling forgotten?  Do you need a break to take a bath.  I am here for you (well, are close as I can be via the blog and the internet).

If we were having coffee, what would you ask me about?  What would you want to talk about? Tell me below!  🙂

Until next time…

Dear Serenity. A letter to my daughter

Dear Serenity. A letter to my daughter

Right now as I right this you are playing with your toys, screaming on the top of your lungs. As I type this, you area asleep in your crib, dreaming the afternoon away.  As I type this, I have a few tears rolling off my cheeks.

I know you won’t be able to read this until you are older, but that is fine.  I am writing this eight days before your first birthday.  You have grown up too fast!  Everyone warned me that it was going to happen that way!

I hope this letter finds you well and that life finds you well.  Maybe you have more siblings, maybe you don’t.  I don’t know exactly how your life will be when you are reading this but I hope it’s the best that it can possible be.  I hope that I have been a great source of help to you! (And of course your Daddy too!) 🙂

I really want to tell you that I love you dearly and I want the best for you.  Even through you might not always agree; like when I slapped your hands way from the hot stove or when you try to climb into the trash can.  I know you wonder what I am doing at the computer or what I am doing while I scribble in one of my many binders.  I am working hard, just for you! Well, not directly for you but I am trying to achieve my dreams so you don’t have to struggle as hard or as long as I have!

I hope you will grow up to understand that if you want something in life, you have to work hard for it.  Please don’t ever try to talk the easy way out.  It will hurt you more than anything.  If you need help, just ask; I promise we will never just leave you hanging.  We will be here for you.

I hope I have installed the love of books, words and writing.  I just hope it’s not for the same reasons I came to love them.  You will learn so much from reading other works of arts and I hope I taught you that reading is fun!

I hope you understand why I cried as I washed your bottles for the last time today.

I hope you understand why my cheeks were wet well we kiss attacked each other.

I hope you understand why sometimes I can’t finish playing ‘patty cake patty cake’ with you.

I hope you understand why sometimes I stand in the doorway of your room while you sleep and count your breaths.

I hope you that I am still there when you read this and I am able to give you a hug and tell you once more, “I love you.”

Love,
Mommy

Hook ‘em with a quote…

Hook ‘em with a quote…

“I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.”

Nora Roberts

This is one of my favorite quotes when it comes to writing. Let me explain.

As writers, we often have an inner judge, jury, editor and critic that lives in our head while we are trying to write. We worry about what other people are thinking or what others might think. That is one of the major causes of writer’s block. Then at the end of the day, we have nothing. You can’t fix nothing!

As a lover of NaNoWriMo, I have learned a few things. First off, I learned that getting the words on the page is the first step in writing. It doesn’t have to make sense (on the first draft!) Just getting the words on the page should cause you to celebrate! That’s the second thing I learned; celebrate the little steps you take. In the long run it will help you achieve your overall goal! The third thing I learned during my writing journey is that you can fix the bad stuff but you really can’t fix nothing. (Have you ever tried to pay something with nothing?)  Get the words down first and then fix it later!

It’s okay to have bad stuff – bad pages, manuscripts, or just bad words. That is part of learning. And to write is to learn.

What do you think of the quote? Let me know!

Until next time…

Steph’s writing corner.

Steph’s writing corner.

Today’s Writing 101 assignment is all about where the magic happens – in other words, where the writing happens! I love sharing about my writing space. (It also asks questions about  writing habits, equipment and other things.  I will get to that in a few!)

We had just moved into a new place and it had a sun room.  It was dead space for us for quite a while but them we decided to create an amazing place for work to happen! It has become my favorite place in the house.

wpid-20150914_095312.jpg We have two desks, a corner desk and then a small glass top desk (that we have had forever!)  It has become our work corner!

wpid-20150914_095146.jpg This is the main computer in the house:  As you can tell, I have sticky notes all around the screen and I am never far from my notebook! 😀 We also have surround sound speakers that I like to use (I listen to classical or just instrumental soundtracks) when I am writing heavy or important screens!

wpid-20150914_095150.jpg  The other half of our corner desk.  This is where we keep pens, sticky notes, books, and other important stuff for life and writing! 🙂 (As you may have guessed, I use the desk more but my husband does use it to get his paperwork done for his work!)

wpid-20150914_095203.jpg We have had this desk for such a long time! It houses our (very) ancient laptop that I use when my husband needs to get some work done!   If you take a look on the wall, you see a calendar.  Keep this in  mind, I will talk more about it later on! 🙂

On the other side of the room are my bookshelves!  But I will go over those another day (and when my daughter hasn’t help rearrange them for the tenth time that day!)

What are your writing habits?

I am a strong believer of writing everyday.  I am a 100% night owl and I get most of my great writing done after the needs of the house are done and asleep!  I also keep an eye on my word count!  I am a lover of NaNoWriMo on top of that all so I have high writing count goals with a short period of time. But this doesn’t work for everyone and I understand.  I have had to train myself for this (and I am thinking of creating an eBook to share how I do it with others! Keep your eyes open!)

What equipment or supplies do you use to write?

Now I have a few different things that I use.   wpid-20150914_132231.jpg First I tend to always have a three ringer binder with filler paper!  I love these things.  (I love all kinds of office supplies!)  But I am a huge fan of binders (I use them for pretty much everything from brain storming to editing and showing off)  But I think I will post about my love of binders in the future.

Once upon a time I used to be all about ‘handwriting’ all my stuff because that is what all the great have done…  But they all lived before computers have taken front and center.  So I do use the computer for about 95% of my writing.  I use Word for a quick thought that I have before I can really work on them.  For most part, (close to 90% of my writing) I use Scrivener.  There is some much I can say about this program (and so many other writers agree with me!) But for the moment I will just say that is awesome and that you should go check it out!  <3 

What do you need and or want in a physical space?

Most important things to me, for my writing space, are a comforty chair, a solid working computer and a door.  But I love to have  a great sound system to blast off all my classical music and chocolate!  Other than that, I am happy!  🙂

Now, before I go, I wanted to share something with you guys.  Remember earlier in this post I told you to keep an eye on the calendar on the wall?  Well, here is a close up to it.  wpid-20150914_133959.jpg.  This where I keep track of my word counts every day.  You can click on the picture so you can see how many words I have gotten this month!  (Sorry I have HORRIBLE handwriting.)  But I strongly suggest that you do something like this.  This works for me!  I hate seeing zeros on there!  Don’t worry the first month about getting high word counts; just worry about getting words on the page  and then put how many you wrote.  Then aim to write more!

Well, that’s all for me at the moment! Keep an eye out for more posts about what I talked about! 🙂

Until next time…

Writer’s Procrastination

Writer’s Procrastination

I am in the middle on this statement.

Daydreaming or procrastination really does help your creative side to think.  It allows the creative juices flow because your brain is relaxing and isn’t focused on anything.  That is a why so many great ideas come from taking a shower or sitting in the oval office; it’s not a difficult task to do and your brain decides to wonder.  Overall, it sounds great.

But (and there is always a but!), too much of a wonderful thing is a bad thing! Only daydreaming will not get words on the page.  To be able to call yourself a writer means you have to – surprise! – write!  Write everyday (well at least 90% of the time – we all know how life can be!)  Please note, to be a writer, you must write everyday, but for being a published author or other anything else for that matter takes a different set of rules!

I call myself a writer, but that is because I write every day! If I always procrastinated then I would only be a ‘want-to-be-writer’.  That is not what I want to be! This doesn’t make me better than others – it does make me stand out.

But without periods of daydreaming and procrastination, the creative well might run dry. So you HAVE to have a balance between the two!  It’s a delicate balnce and it can be achieved! 🙂

Until next time…

Weekly Wrap-up!

Weekly Wrap-up!
Weekly Wrap-up!

Hello all!  Thank you for coming and joining me on this rambling journey called my blog!

Okay, so this is a ‘wrap-up’ post for the week.  I decided to share this with others to hold my accountable to you guys and share what has been going on in life!

This past week

Most of this week I have been very busy with Writing 101 and Blogging 101.  It has been great fun and I have been meeting all sorts of new people!  (Thank you new people!)   On top of all that blogging fun, I have continued to work on my work-in -progress science fiction project!   (If you look over to my side bar right next to this paragraph you can see how far I have come and what I have left to go!)  I have almost reached my word count goal but plot-wise, I am only about 3/4 of the way through!  I am hoping to get this draft done by the end of the month!

Upcoming Week

  • More Blogging 101 post and tasks
  • More Writing 101 posts coming up!
  • An interview?
  • Increase in word count goal (look below!)

Yes you read that right, I am interviewing a fellow writer and author this week and I will have the post up soon! I won’t spill all the details but keep your eyes posted!

And I am almost boosting my word count goal up to 1,000 words a day! About two weeks ago I posted my August Wrap up and I had set down a plan on how I am going to get 2,000 words written a day!  Well, I am not going into a lot of detail, but I am thinking of publishing an eBook on how to achieve this with my method, so be on the look out for that soon too!  (But it won’t be done this week, maybe next month!)

Next few weeks

I am hoping that I might add a weekly interview from other writers, stay at home parents, bloggers, authors, and  other people in a similar boat to show case how each person balances the call to write and the rest of their life!  If this is something you are interested in, let know.  You can comment below or use my Contact Me page to get a hold of me (but let me know where you are coming from and why you are contacting me! It saves on confusion!)  The interviews can be done in a video, via blog post or something in between!  Let me know what  works for you!

On top of that, I am really wanting to start a writing group.  Now, I haven’t completely worked out the all details, but I know two things.  One, I really would love to host some write ins and two, I would love to connect and share tips with other writers!  Sounds great?  If this is something you are interested in, let me know like I have mentions before! 🙂

NaNoWriMo

If you haven’t already guess it, I am a HUGE lover of all things NaNoWriMo! Check them out here!  Since I already have NaNoWriMo fever, I will start to share tips and different helpful things about  NaNoWriMo.   If you didn’t already know, I’m a Municipal Liaison.  🙂  To start things off, I am just going to share a few links I think you might like or enjoy! 🙂

NaNoWriMo’s Prep Guide
USA :: Nebraska :: Elsewhere – This is my region!
This my NaNoWriMo profile!

Before I go, I thought I would do a little self promotion.  After debating a little bit about it, I finally broke down and created a Facebook page for this blog. Here it is!  So for the love of all redheads, give it a like!  It helps you so you can keep track of me and you get to see what I am sharing!  It helps me by connecting with others!  So I really will love you all! (And if you want to talk to me, you can message me there and I will be able to find it! lol)  So if you want to be interviewed or start a writing group, let me know via Facebook (if that is your cat’s meow!).  Thank you all! 🙂

Until next time…