Busy, Busy, Busy, But Writing

Hey y’all!  I’m a so sorry I have not posted.  Until yesterday, Valentine’s Day, I have been so busy.  Between teaching 2-3 classes literally everyday, assisting my daughter when she’s in virtual class, and writing, I’ve been swamped, and tired.

The good news is that I’ve been creating as well as revising.  I’ve nearly finished all the rewriting I had to start on, now I’m creating new stuff, and digging into files for stuff I started when I first ‘officially’ picked up a pen and wrote my first sentence with a topic in mind.

I’m working on a rough draft of a piece I titled ’17 to 35′.  One day, probably a month ago, I was sitting in my bedroom in front of my mirror.  I was doing something, not looking in the mirror, but I did stop to look.  However, instead of looking at myself, I looked at the stuff I could see in the mirror behind me.  There are pictures of me sitting on our windowsill, when I was 17.  I’m 35 now.  Life has greatly changed.

I also wrote a new piece titled ‘The Text Message’.  It’s about a text message I received from a friend, and our entire conversation, that ended our friendship.  I felt used by this person because he had the audacity to slam me an unfaithful friend when I didn’t help him do something.  More details to come when you buy my book after it’s published.

Finally, I came up with an idea to write a piece which I will dedicate to my mother.  ‘A Dedication to My Mother’ will be about the good my mother did do for me though I considered her a terrible mother when I was younger.  Not only do I write about my feelings towards the things she did or didn’t do, I’m thanking her for all that she did do without realizing it.  She was a good person, just mislead.

So, y’all see, I’m writing, but I’ve also been booked nearly solid for classes, I’ve been preparing my daughter for her Interim Assessments, my husband and I had a court hearing to appear for about his current disability, and I’ve simply needed to take time for myself.  The court hearing about his disability, really put my nerves on edge.  Not knowing which way they were going to go.  The good news is, everything is just fine, and things are back to normal.

My husband and I enjoyed a nice, quiet Valentine’s Day.  We haven’t been able to for several years.  Either he was working at a restaurant, I was working, we didn’t have money, or we didn’t care.  We’ve experienced a couple Valentine’s Day’s when our moods were soured by a situation and we ignored it like it was a Tuesday.  Last night we cooked a flavorful dinner for two of salmon filets, fresh asparagus spears wrapped in bacon and roasted in the oven, sauteed fresh mushrooms, diced onion, and diced fresh garlic, cooked in white wine, and Long Grain Wild Rice.  It was a box of Rice-A-Roni.  The dinner was absolutely delicious.  Salmon is my favorite fish, but I love seafood in general.  After dinner, we played a couple quiet games of scrabble while drinking a couple beers.  Neither one of us kept score.  I had a lot of fun.  How was your Valentine’s Day with you Valentine?

Well, for now, I’m going to close, but look for my next post to be around or after St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m getting ready for cooking up some corned beef and cabbage and getting my Guinness on.  Maybe I’ll share a picture of my St. Patrick’s Day outfit, complete with a leprechaun hat.  It’s so cute!  Anyway, until next time.  Thanks for reading y’all!

A Little Business ‘Reading’

Hey Y’all!

This is just a little something I wanted to share with y’all.  I’m working on creating a link so you can print out your own copy, but these things take time.

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As always, thanks y’all, for reading and following me.  Your support means everything!

Spring Cleaning Brings Brainstorms

Hey y’all!

 

I thought ‘Spring Break’ meant vacation.  Yeah, a vacation from working on one thing to concentrate on another, smaller project.  I wound up filling my spring break with spring cleaning.

 

For two days our weather was absolutely gorgeous, so I opened the windows and shampooed the carpets!  What’s sick, I can’t wait for the first week of summer vacation to give the carpets another good shampoo cleaning.  I hate carpet, but I do enjoy playing with the shampoo-vac.

 

Wednesday, while the weather was proudly displaying the sun, radiating small, warming heat rays, I was basking in its brilliance, absorbing all I could for all it was worth at the time.  The sun felt so amazing, covering my back as I worked, raking dead leaves from around our hummingbird tree.  I would imagine, by raking up the dead foliage, it’ll irrigate the dirt so oxygen can get to the soil beneath.  Makes for an appealing front yard scene.  After I finished raking what I’ve come to call ‘Hummingbird Hill’, I swept the garage patio clearing it of the foliage raked off the hill and cleaned off our outdoor furniture.  One of these days, I must invest in a tri-folding lawn chair for the summer.  Fun in the sun, some reading and sketching, for relaxation and refreshment.

 

Friday snuck itself back into the week, signaling spring break is almost over.  I’m kind of sad by it because now I’m yearning for the summer with our extended 2-month vacation.  A break from my daughter’s schooling.  At the same time, like spring break, summer break is time off from one position to work another.  I’m going to get a break from tutoring to teach more, plus more time to work on building the business.  More time to write and edit narratives.  More time to sketch.  More time to build on brainstorming.

 

I don’t know what the summer season will bring me, but I am hopeful.  I have a lot of ideas, and as the saying goes, cliche as it sounds, ‘Time to lean, is time to clean.’  Brainstorm.  Research.  Action.  It’s not work if you love what you do.

Thanks for reading with me y’all!

Moving Forward

I’ve spent the last few weeks cleaning and organizing my home office because, well, I needed to.  I needed to get myself completely on track which is why I wrote an itinerary.  Instead of working on a 4-burner stove, I’ve got 6-8 burners going, or it seems like that at times.  Keeping lists has improved my organization skills and switching to a 4-color Bic pen made a difference.  When I organize, I really organize!  Call me OCD.  I promise, it won’t hurt my feelings.  Plus, you wouldn’t believe the difference it makes to merely ‘dress the part’ for your business because it’s made a big difference for me.  When I’m writing, or creating the month’s magazine, or even sitting through online Class Connect with my daughter as her Learning Coach, I may be doing all of these things at home, but I like ‘looking the part’; dressing for the office.  It’s a self-motivator; to take myself serious.

We went back to school this week.  It’s a blessing because I’m able to watch my daughter educationally grow in online school, but it also means summer is officially over.  This year is her last year in middle school, so it’ll be a little bittersweet, but like every year before, I’ll have fond memories to reminisce on and write about in my memoir series.

Speaking of going back to school, I’ve started using social media to converse with other parents and Learning Coaches affiliated with Georgia Cyber Academy through a closed Facebook group.  Maybe, as the year progresses on, I can introduce my magazine.  Maybe they’ll sponsor our magazine!  I don’t know how exactly it works, but I won’t know unless I inquire; and research.

I noticed, I’m growing as a writer.  I’m busting through that final brick wall of self-doubt, allowing myself to write with a creativity that scares me.  I was writing a nonfiction piece for the August issue of McKraft’s Literary Magazine, about school cafeteria food.  I wound up titling it Smells Like School-Made Spaghetti.  The way I described some of the foods I wrote about, not only did I laugh at my own descriptive writing uncontrollably, but I also hesitated because I worried my descriptive writing would offend a reader, or readers.  My hubby is a big help in that area because he does all my proofreading.  We make the perfect team because of this.  He proofs my writing and I proof his.

As for my magazine; we’re still creating it, and it’s building per monthly issue.  I’m no longer printing them out because cost became entirely too much for our extremely limited budget, but I think I prefer going digital where this is concerned.  The cost comparison is definitely persuadable.  The August issue of McKraft’s Literary Magazine I created as I said before with ‘Back to School” in mind.  From my nonfiction piece about school food in the 90’s, my daughter’s essay about her love for GCA, to the cover art done entirely by me. I also included a very simple recipe for manipulatable no-bake cheesecake that makes for a nice slice of tasty, sweet after-school snack.  Yum!

Since creating a working itinerary, my manuscript is beginning to come along again.  Slowly build.  I just finished writing a story piece about my experience on September 11, 2001 for our upcoming issue of McKraft’s.  When I originally wrote the story, I was writing to submit it to Chicken Soup for the Soul- Spirit of America.  No success.  I thought about it again while brainstorming a theme for September, so I grabbed it up and rewrote it.  It’s going in our September issue of McKraft’s, but I’m also including it in my manuscript.  I’m pretty proud of my rewrite.

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Milestone Testing, Magazines, and Talladega

Last week was the epitome of busy!  It kicked off with Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday testing, in-town, onsite, for GCA Middle School students.  For three days, my husband and I were driving our daughter into town, hanging out in a huge college auditorium while she completed her Georgia Milestone testing.  Two to three hours a day.  By Wednesday, we were more than ready for it all to be over.  I got a lot of reading done, finishing one book and beginning another.  I also used the time to color in my sketch for our magazine cover.

After milestone testing ended, our magazine deadline jumped into full gear.  We needed to have our first issue of McKraft’s Literary Magazine ready to print before our end of the week event.  Talladega! The good news is we made the deadline and the magazine looks great for a first edition made from nothing more than an idea and some basic materials.  Arthur Ashe says, “Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.”  Well, I took it literally for a change.  There is no bad news.

Sunday, I spent the day in beautiful, sunny, 70-80 degree weather in Talladega, Alabama at the race watching the Geico500.  I encountered several interesting characters.  I shook hands and thanked a retired U.S Army Veteran, I was approached by a couple of drunk people complimenting my western hat who then made a show of trying to kick each other in the butt, and I met a young lady in college to be an elementary teacher.  She was having car trouble and her boyfriend was drunk because he was at the race.  She was his designated driver, but then her car died, in the parking lot.  I met her after the race when she approached me needing to use my phone.  I didn’t even give it another thought.  She was having major car trouble, her phone was dead, her car was dead, and she needed to call her mother.  She was such a sweet girl, and her mother just as sweet.  I didn’t meet her mother, but she thanked me and my group for helping her daughter in a text message after we’d left.

Joey Logano won the race!  I don’t personally root for him, but I loved the victory burnout he did in his car after taking his full victory lap around the track after crossing the finish line.  This year was my first experience seeing a burnout in person because the two years before, my group was seated either in the Anniston section, or the Lincoln section.  This year we sat in the Talladega section.  The only downside was the one and only wreck that wasn’t on the backstretch happened right in front of Anniston and Lincoln.  Go figure.

Finally, I mentioned before that we completed our first issue of McKraft’s Literary Magazine.  Copies are available upon request for $5.  Message me for more information on how to get your copy!

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