Frozen With Frozen

Friday, 30 January 2015

 It's a snow day! Well for me and the little one at least. The older one had to go to school. There were tears. So, I am sat here on the couch beside Little Miss watching Frozen. Again. For like the 4 millionth time.

It isn't so bad, though. I am snuggled up warm. I have enjoyed a lovely coffee (with homemade vanilla cinnamon syrup and whipped cream) and in about half an hour I can tuck into some homemade baked potato soup from last night. I do love a snow day!

And in just a little bit I will be able to write. After I get a few more things ticked off my to-do list. Of course, what I need to write isn't what is swirling around in my head. My WIP is set in the summer and here I am staring out at lovely, glittery snow while Elsa sings and dances in Disney snowflakes. I wish I was writing a frosty scene.

I wonder if I am the only writer who feels the pull of the weather, seasons, and holidays this way. I was like this writing about Halloween while sitting beside the Christmas Tree. I may sneak away from the WIP long enough to write a glittery scene. I don't have a story in mind, but who knows maybe it will spark one.

2015-- Hell Yeah!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Well, we're are nearly a month into 2015 and I am pleased to say that so far it has been sooo much better than 2014. Years ago, I used to dedicate Fridays to '4 Things'. These posts listed 4 things that made me happy right at that very moment. I think all of this happy means I have to resurrect the 4 Things posting...

4 Things That Make Me Happy RIGHT NOW

1. I absolutely love my new job and my new team at work. They are all hard-working and fun! I am really passionate about the project I am working on-- that in itself makes going to work everyday a pleasure. Add to that the fact that it takes half the time to get there and half the gas... what's not to like?

2. I have gotten free of some of the people and things that caused me drama and grief in 2014. Right now my life is filled with people and things that bring me joy-- especially my kids who are happily playing as I write this. I am making time for friends. I even have a handful of mothers that I chat with in the morning when I drop my oldest off at school.

3. I have found more time to write since Jan 1st that I found in probably all of 2014. Maybe it isn't so much that I have found time, but that I have made time for the things that make me, me. I still need to find time to run, so far this month I have made time to knit, sew, talk on the phone to my best friend, read, and write.

4. And speaking of reading... Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost showed up 'magically' on my Kindle a couple of days ago! Not only have I been waiting for this book, reading it has given me even more motivation to write the book I want to write. And on the nights when I come home from work tired and near-catatonic, there is nothing I look forward to more than to hug a cup of tea and lose myself in Sarah Addison Allen's beautiful writing.

So, there you have it. The 4 Things that are making me happy right now. What's making you happy?

Still Writing

Friday, 16 January 2015

Somehow, I have been able to stay kind of on track with the 100k challenge. I wanted to be further along than I am,  but still I am happy with my progress.  What is driving me right now is two-fold: I am anxious to finally type 'The End' on a story I started a long time ago and I can't wait to start on the next story.

Happy writing, y'all!

On the road to 100k

Friday, 9 January 2015

On January 1st, I started the 100k Words in 100 Days Challenge. I did my first of these nearly three years ago. I have yet to make it to 100k. The first time I did alright. I wasn't anywhere close to target, but at least I was writing.

Of course, at the time I was in prep for (which, by the way I didn't get until years later) so I was counting my articles and blog posts, too. That boosted my word count more than anything. After that round I signed up for each challenge and never got past a couple thousand words. Life got in the way.

This time I decided to approach it differently.  I have decided only to count words written for my fiction. So, even though I am writing this post and wrote 810 on an article this week, I am not counting those. I am only counting fiction.

And, you know what?  It's going all right. Last night I hit 10,919. That is more than I have written in months. I have a brand new job. A big one which promises to take up much of my time and leave me exhausted most nights. I don't know if I will come anywhere close to 100k, but I am still giving it a go. I am 9 days in and feel like I have already won.

I am 9 scenes away from writing  'The End' on a WIP that has been stalled out for longer than I care to admit. I'd call that a win.

Christmas Decorations & Romance

Friday, 2 January 2015

 Happy New Year! 

Or are you missing Christmas? I know a lot of people have been posting on Facebook over the last week saying how much they hate it when the festive period ends. It seems a lot of people out there absolutely love the fun and family time which comes with Christmas and feel something quite like depression when it ends. 

Me, I love the decorating. I love candy canes and reindeer and cranberry-colored candles. I love the lights and the tree and the feeling of warmth the stocking bring when hung on the mantle. The holiday itself is nice, but I live for the sights and smells that start before Christmas—sometimes, way too early, I admit—and last until we can finally force ourselves off of the couch to take it all down.

I also love Christmas romances. For as long as I can remember, I have anxiously awaited the arrival of Christmas romance novels in my local bookstore, or on my Kindle app as it has come to be. There is something magical about Christmas which brings out the best in almost everyone and as far as I can tell, that is the perfect time to fall in love. Even if it’s just with a book.  

The lead up to Christmas this year was a little crazy, so I didn’t get to read much. In fact, I have more than a few books on my Kindle carousel which I started and never really made it past the fist 20%. Not that I didn’t want to go on, I just couldn’t always find the time. Of course, I shouldn’t start a new one until I have finished the first, but…

Last night, I met my word count goal—something I haven’t done in months—and decided to reward myself with two chapters of a Christmas romance (better late than never). I chose CrossCountry Christmas by a lovely author I have befriended on Facebook, Diana Duncan. Not only does Diana write sizzling romances, she also ogles men in kilts and posts snarky e-cards. I can totally relate.
So, last night as I lay shivering under the duvet (it was a cold one), I started her steamy romance novel with the intention of reading two chapters. Just two…

I fell asleep just after 3am. I had read the book cover to virtual cover. 

All I can say is, it was well worth the lost sleep. What a ride! More often than I can remember, I laughed. A few times, I cried. It’s one of those feel-good Christmas-y books with a helluva lot of sexual tension and more than one happily ever after. Oh, and a black and white cat. You know I’m a sucker for those, right.

So if you are missing Christmas, or just want a great read that will keep you turning the pages all night long, check out Diana Duncan’s Cross Country Christmas. Treat yourself!

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