Celebrate the Small Things

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This is Friday and that means it is time to Celebrate the Small Things, as part of a weekly blog hop led by Lexa Cain.

This week, I have to be honest – I am exhausted. Between the 4th of July and my birthday and a couple other things I’m just simply wrung out – not in a bad way exactly, but right now all I want to do is crawl back in bed and go to sleep again, and I am actually, literally sort of mad that I can’t do that!

That said, I had my birthday this week, in which I turned 25. (Kidding! It’s a bit higher than that but I won’t say how high!!) Family in town for that and for the 4th of July. I also – because I’m nuts started CampNaNoWriMo with a 70000 word count goal and am thus far on track with that, a little bit ahead because I get twitchy if I’m just barely holding on.

My breakfast just went ding – making toast, yay! so I’m going to finish this up and have my toast and cereal. I love toast. With fresh creamery butter. Seriously, it’s my favorite breakfast food. I’ve actually totally unnerved restaurants by ordering toast and tea with milk and they’ll be like – um – okay, seriously? Yes, seriously. I consider it a treat though because I know a more balanced diet is important, and okay that was only ever in the UK where their breakfast foods admittedly scare me. Like marmalade which is gross. I know, woman cannot live on toast alone, et cetera. But if I could, I’d be so happy.

How was your week? Anything wonderful you’re celebrating?

P.S. In case you’ve never seen it, this is marmalade. Tell me it doesn’t look a little creepy….


Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate blog hop

It’s Friday, and that means time for another post of Celebrate the Small Things.

This week, I’m celebrating some gorgeous weather, lots of writing done and writing goals met, and starting July Camp NaNoWriMo – and the second book in a planned trilogy. Still rocking this great Twitter writing group too, and seriously it is good to be getting back on track with my writing because for a while there I really wasn’t. Also, speaking of things I really need to do and sometimes lapsed on, visited the gym regularly this week too, every other day.

Also, this past Sunday I got to go to an Earth Fair with family in New Jersey, see some great local art, and get a bear-ful of honey from a local vendor. I picked this particular bear because his eyes and nose are smudgy but still there. 🙂

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Also, I found out that there used to be a bike monorail at the site. Yes, a railroad just for bikes! I am a little fuzzy on the purpose but apparently the guy who once owned the property was a bit of an eccentric.


Celebrate the Small Things

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So, it’s Friday, the day when we get together and share the good things that have happened.

  1. I got paint. From a really nice guy who works at Home Depot. I even did the survey thing because I wanted to say how awesome. Now I just have to use the paint to paint the top of my garage door. I’ve never painted anything in an adult,  not art class way way before, without someone else supervising I mean, which is totally different. I’m nervous. I may actually have some fun watching the paint dry. =D
  2. Father’s Day with dad. We actually had  really good one where we went to his favorite park afterward and we are heading back this weekend.
  3. Last but not least, awesome Twitter writing group! These guys are helping me to write every day with daily sprints at 9:30PM ET. It occurred to me that I’m now juggling like 15 novels in various stages of completion. Which is almost like real work.

That’s pretty much it. How was your week? Positive feelings to all.

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate blog hop

It’s Friday and that means it is time to Celebrate!

  1. I am celebrating getting slightly ahead of the curve and (mostly) writing this the day before. 🙂
  2. I have a new garage door that actually opens and closes automatically. This is a small thing which is now nearly a year in the making due to – lots of problems.

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  1. I’m getting back into the Flash Fiction habit.
  2. I’ve started editing a novel with a lot of characters and tangled plotlines by writing out individual plot synopses for each character. I’ve never it this way before but it’s really helping me get a handle on things and I’ve spun ten or so scenes so far out of this project.
  3. Also I signed up for the summer reading club at the library and got a cool lanyard. Yay.

The one thing I have not done much this week is sleep.

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate blog hop

For this week’s Celebrate the Small Things, I kind of want to start out by saying this feels like a week where I got nothing done, but usually by the time I’m done typing I realize that isn’t entirely true and it makes me feel better, somewhat. =D

  1. I weeded somewhat. Okay I still feel like I’m at war with my yard and my yard is winning BUT the tide is turning somewhat. I tried Round Up and my yard laughed at my feeble attempts. A few plants yielded but the peskiest ones (including a couple patches of what I’m pretty sure is poison ivy) simply laughed at my pitiful attempts. So … I put on my triple layer glad it was cooler than usual for June clothing and pulled the weeds out myself with only a few teensy poison ivy bumps on my forehead. Next time, hockey mask?
  2. Writing wise, I have made serious inroads into my antagonists. I keep cross-populating antagonists across my novels. I watched and totally loved Deadpool (which definitely earned its R rating because it was like South Park meets Daredevil) and found myself oddly inspired by the crazy. Thank you Redbox for the free movie code.
  3. I got a lot of almost-summer spring cleaning done. I’m typing this from the library where I borrowed a book called the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Organized and it is so helpful. I get a lot more done at the library.
  4. Also I visited the gym every other day this week. I sold the one for-pay article I wrote although I’m mostly focusing on my fiction at the moment.
  5. As mentioned in Item 1,  I really want to celebrate what a gorgeous week it has been. The weather apart from the thunderstorms has been so pleasantly cool and just about perfect. Why can’t every day be spring and/or fall?

How was your week? Happy June!

Celebrate the Small Things

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Okay it’s been a month since I’ve posted so I feel like Celebrate the Small Things Friday is more like an entire month. My dad turned 80 and we had a lovely surprise party. He also has received a completely unsolicited offer for our childhood home which is a bittersweet blessing because it is time to move on.

This week, I’m celebrating that is National Donut Day as Lori MacLaughlin reminded me. Yay! The first year I found out about this I drove over to the Dunkin Donuts and (seriously) ordered an iced coffee and pretended to be surprised when they said you get a free donut today. After all, I’m not the kind of person who would go out of my way to get a free donut. The cashier was all like – right, you and the other hundred people who “happened” to come by.

Honestly, I really wanted to know if that was a real thing because – seriously?? Yes, yes it is.

Also this week I’ve been buckling down on writing the bad guys for several of my novels and finding they’re the same bad guys I keep trying to deal with – over and over – again and again. I’m sort of proud of myself, sort of frustrated.

How was your week? Anything great, not-so-great, bittersweet?


Celebrate the Small Things


This week for Celebrate the Small Things I am celebrating:

  1. Getting lots of writing done.

2. Getting a free Cinco de Mayo t-shirt from Moe’s (one of my favorite chain eateries ever!) I got there at opening time and there was literally a line around the store. Someone had even brought lawn chairs to sit in. The person I was meeting got there earlier (a half hour earlier) and said there were already people in line ahead of her. Still, fun!

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3. Last but not least we went to the library book sale and I got three books, including Fahrenheit 451, which (true confession) I have never actually read. I was debating whether to get it in print or finally read it online after downloading it, because it has to be all over the place right? Right. Then I thought – it’s the kind of book I need to own in print! So I bought it in all of its tattered, used book glory.

I now own the last print copy of Fahrenheit 451. Kidding. But…. You never know! I really need to read this book. I feel like I’ve read it already because people talk about it all the time and I even have a quote from it on my Kindle. I think I avoid it because the mere idea is so scary and horrible I’m afraid it will give me nightmares. I get seriously twitchy just thinking about it – people burning ALL books. But why????

I’ve made up my mind. I will read Fahrenheit 451 just once, in print. And then burn it so I will never have to read it again. Kidding again! Maybe…

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How was your week? Done anything you’ve been dreading? Made steps toward doing anything you’ve been dreading? Burned any books lately? Just checking.