lmeighmy: Found Photo. I Do NOT hold the copyright and am only using it for entertainment purposes. (Typewriter)
I've been struggling for the past two weeks over what I wanted to write here. I'm resistant to the thought of going back to a "This is what I did today" format, so I'm trying to find interesting things to share on my blog. My friend, Patti, told me to write about my passion. Right now, that's writing--but not just my own, and I'll talk about that in a minute. Right now, I just want to say that things have changed a lot for me. I don't have as much free time as I did a year ago, but in many ways, that's a very good thing. It's forcing me to grow as a writer, to learn how to better manage my time, to learn discipline, to make time for what matters (even when it seems frivolous) rather than just doing whatever strikes my fancy in the moment. While that may be well and good for some people, it's very undisciplined, and one cannot be successful letting the winds take them every which way.

In an effort to earn some extra money while having fun with something I enjoy, I've become a part of a new Web site for writers. It's called Your Story Starters, and we're trying to gear it toward writers suffering from what many refer to as "writer's block," as well as teachers looking for material for their students. We offer prompts--story starters--that will get people thinking and, of course, writing. We've seen many sites on the Internet, many books, offering prompts. Most of them are very basic, or they're just plain weird or funny or--definitely not what we're offering. We try to give some tips and questions to get the writer or student thinking, to get them excited about the piece. We're not getting these prompts from other sources. We're putting a lot of time and effort into them because we want to offer the best product out there. We want to go above and beyond what everyone else is doing. We want to put out a product we can take pride in, something that people will recommend to others.

As a result of this, I'm learning a bit about social networking. I've had a Twitter account for a long time, as well as a Facebook account and a Google+ account, but I haven't used them as much as I could have. Mainly, they just seemed very overwhelming for someone who didn't really have anything to say most of the time. Now that I have something to talk about, I find I'm actually looking for things to Tweet or update about. And I'm finding I really love our hashtags (#yss and #yourstorystarters), even if we've only just begun using them. We're not making any money with this yet, but it's only a matter of time, right? The most important thing right now is that we're having fun, but we're also treating this as a real business, because that's what it is. It's work, and hard work at that, even if it is fun work. I'm glad to be a part of this, and I plan to do my part in making it the success I believe it can be.

In other news, Nanowrimo is coming up. I have no idea what I'll write. I haven't worked out any storylines. But I think I'd like to write some kind of fantasy. I have a D&D-style story I was working on, but I want to change it to fit my own fantasy world. The character names will all remain the same, but I'll have to tweak certain details. Should be interesting. I think for this year's Nanowrimo, I'll concentrate on the character's backstories. I should have plenty of information to come up with a novella length document. :)

I also have another story in the works. I'm working on the outline. It's slowgoing, and it's not for publication. It's for the roleplay. It's an interesting concept, and there's a lot to consider in this story. I want it to be complex, but interesting. Most of all, I need the characters to be real. Shouldn't be a problem. The hardest part is plotting, which is always the case, and I've got lots to go on in that regard. I'm still really loving my character, Dakota, too!

And now for the personal stuff. Eric and Chelsey have moved back up to Joplin. I won't go into detail, but Eric's already got a job, and he's also working on their new house with Chelsey's dad. It's a ton of work. Chelsey's been really busy, too. And Josiah's started pre-school. From what I've heard, he really loves it. :)

Jeff's still working at the greenhouse, and I still can't help wondering when they'll "go out of business" again or something, but I'm trying to stay positive and learn contentment where I am. Most of the time, it's relatively easy, but there are times when it's not. Just need to keep from letting those times bog me down. Easier said than done. 'Nuf said?

My mom's here. She's been here for more than two months. It's been a good visit. I feel kind of guilty spending so much time back in the studio working on this or that, but we get time to socialize in the evenings, too. And I imagine she loves the peace and quiet as much as I do.

We're hoping to go up to Joplin before my mom goes back. When the kids moved back up there, we went with them. Jeff drove the truck, and I kept him company. This was when Isaac came through, but it wasn't really that bad. It was kind of nice, actually. And as always, it was great to see Jeff's dad and step-mom. We want to go up there again within the next six weeks. We need to sit down and discuss when would be a good time. We'll also need to head to the airport at some point, when my mom has to fly back home.

Oh! One other thing on the subject of writing--sort of. I actually won a book! I follow The Plot Whisperer, Martha Alderson, on Twitter and Facebook. I also subscribe to her email, since I tend to miss a lot of tweets and status updates. In one of the most recent e-mails, I saw that she was doing a mini tour on the Internet, and I could possibly win her new book, The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-By-Step Exercises To Help You Create Compelling Stories. All I had to do was comment on an entry to be eligible. I didn't expect to win anything, but I wanted to comment and let my support for The Plot Whisperer be known. I figured I'd buy the workbook after a little while, so winning wasn't really all that important to me. But I won! I actually won! :D So far, I really love it. It asks a lot of really great questions about the plot, the characters, etc. I plan to use this for my Nanowrimo book of backstories, too. It should help make my characters and their world ever more complex and realistic, as well as the main story, when I get around to creating it. :)

~L

lmeighmy: (Animated Harvest & Raven)
Jeff's finally back to five days a week. He'd been working 6-day weeks for about 2-3 months. Now that he's off that extra day, it gives us time to do some other stuff if we want to, although we haven't yet. He spent this past Friday mowing the lawn. Fun day off! :P But it freed him up to shop on Saturday. The AC in our car smells weird when we turn it on, so we have to drive around with the windows down and the AC off. Because of this, we did our shopping early on Saturday morning. We came home, Jeff did some more mowing, then took a shower, then we went out to get some new sneakers. We both needed them. I got a pair of Ryka Devotion trainers. I love them! :D We also went to PetCo. My Betta died, so we got a new one. Black Jack (his body was very dark red and looked almost black, but his fins and tail were blood red with one streak of blue) was a Crown Tail Betta. The new one is a veil tail. He's teal and blue with a little red. I also got a cory cat to replace the one that died a while back. I got a few for the main aquarium, too--including two new Dwarf African Frogs! :D I've missed having them. They're soooo cute! :)

Anyway, that's been about the most exciting day lately. :P

We've continued going over to the kids' apartment on Tuesday nights. Last week, we had Chocolate Chip Kahlua (I used Kamora instead of Kahlua, though) cake to celebrate both of their birthdays, which are exactly one week apart. I also got a few things for Chelsey. Eric had wanted some protein shake mixes for his birthday, and we'd given those to him the week before. He was really excited about them, too. :) And we also played Apples to Apples. That's a very fun word game.

Health and fitness stuff under here... )

I've been working on backstories for the characters in a new story I plan to write. Right now, I'm working on their backstories so I can get to know them. These stories show where they're coming from, and it will help me determine where the main story will go. I'm really excited about it. It's an alternate universe story, but the alternate universe, at the beginning, is only slightly different from ours. Something will happen that will change things dramatically. I can't wait to explore all my ideas--ones I have now and ones I'll get later on. Writing is an adventure! :D

And that's about it. Now I've got to go grab my lunch and start roleplaying! :)


lmeighmy: (Animated Harvest & Raven)
Just checking my e-mail before I go workout, and I thought I'd update here. Things are going well. I got a new test kit for the aquariums, and I tested them all yesterday. Everything looks fairly good, but I need to get something to raise the pH level in the community tank. Monday (I think), we noticed we had two new baby guppies. Well, one of them has disappeared (likely eaten by one of the adult fish), but now we have four new teeny tiny baby guppies! :D They're so, so cute!

I've also begun buying Christmas cards. I wanted to send cards from Leanin' Tree, but they're more expensive than the ones I usually get, so I'm buying a few at a time. I love Leanin' Tree cards. :)

I've been doing a little writing. I'm working on a story for the roleplay, but I'm also writing backstories for some characters for another upcoming story idea. I also have another scene/short in mind for a story I've been thinking about for a while, but I haven't started it yet. But writing comes after homey stuff. I try to do things around the house in the mornings before I get online. This morning I just did the dishes and fed the fish. Normally, I'd be working out right now--or fixing breakfasts for the next few days, but I decided to wait a bit. I have to get some chili started in the slow cooker, and thought maybe I could work out before that, then take my shower afterward. I hope to get some writing in before my workout.

Boring enough for you? ;)

We've been hanging out at the kids' place on Tuesday nights. We switched it because Eric prefers any other weeknight to Fridays, but we can switch once in a while if we need to. Anyway, Eric's trying to get me to convince Jeff to work out with him. I'm trying, but it's not easy. I'm not hounding him or anything, but I want Jeff to be in good physical shape.

As for me, I've started doing Leslie Sansone's Walk Slim: 5 Really Big Miles. It's a lot of fun, but hard! The farthest I've gotten so far is just a little past the three mile mark. But that's okay. I'm easing into it. I want to be fit, but I don't want to kill myself doing it! :P Anyway, in spite of how hard it is--or because of it--I'm having a lot of fun. I can't wait to work out again today!

Have a good one!

Lois

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I know I haven't posted anything here in a really long time, so I thought I'd tell you what's been going on here--even if it's a bit boring. ;)

I'm getting over a bout with the flu. Lots of coughing, fever and chills early on, but it's getting better. I haven't been able to work out in a while, and I've missed it. Just don't want to start up again too soon. I've done that, and I had a relapse. I want to be careful so I get over this bug.

Speaking of working out, I'd been doing some Walk Fit and Walk Strong workouts. The Walk Strong workout uses hand weights, and I loved it, but I wanted something new. I finally got a DVD I'd been eyeing for a short time: Leslie Sansone's Walk Slim: 5 Really Big Miles. I haven't had a chance to try it yet. I got sick just after. I hope to start it later this week. There's another DVD I'd like to get, as well: Leslie Sansone: Ultimate 5 Day Walk Plan. And this: Leslie Sansone: Walk It Off & Tone It Up (2011). I just found out about her Walk By Faith series, a "Christian inspired workout series," too. Wow! :D Anyway, I plan to get back into the ones I have, at least. Some of the reviews for these, from actual users, are very inspirational.

I'm still writing, though not quite as much. I've hardly written anything since I first came down with the flu, but what I am working on, I'm having a lot of fun with. 10K Day is coming up next Wednesday, and I plan to put in as much time as I can in my AAU story, as that's the one I'm concentrating on right now.

We had bad storms come through this past weekend. There was a tornado in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. I think that's about an hour from us, maybe 45 minutes. That was the first one I'd heard about. I lost track after that, but I know there were a ton of them--over 120 tornadoes altogether. Anyone know of any companies that are hiring in areas that rarely/never get tornadoes? ;)

Jeff and I have started going over to Eric and Chelsey's place once a week to use their bandwidth and hang out with them. We're going twice this week, though. We're going to play some Dictionary Dabble with them tonight. :) I'll be downloading some episodes of Highlander: The Series and Full Metal Jousting while I'm there, too.

And I got a new phone--a Samsung Captivate Glide! I absolutely love it, but it's so tempting to go above and beyond the 300MB data plan. Thankfully, I can use Wi-fi when we're out, too!

Other than what I've mentioned, there's not really much going on here. Still roleplaying and having a ball with Lucky Raven, but I think Dakota has taken over as king. And then there's Doc, as well. I'm still kind of feeling him out, but I'm getting a good handle on his character. As far as which character's my favorite though? I'd have to say Dakota--by a long shot. He's becoming everything I envisioned him to be, and then some. I also need to do some work with Lucky, and I look forward to it, even if it will be slow going. :)

I've also started my own private blog over on Word Press. Just a place to vent and dream and other stuff.

I'd better go. I need to start getting my stuff together for tonight.

Have a good one!

~L

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