Life and Stuff

Thankful for the Crummy Stuff

turkey running
Hang on, hang on. I’m coming.

It’s almost time, my friends, for the annual ritual of stuffing ourselves silly and the mandatory reflections on gratitude. Over the years, I’ve learned that gratitude is largely (maybe entirely) a choice. It’s hard to be thankful for everything life throws our way. Some of it’s more than simply crummy. At the same time, so much of it hides a good surprise, if only we can look at it in a different way. For that gift, if not for the wrapping, we can be thankful.

It’s been awhile since I last posted. I’ve been working through a setback. I’d set out to look at it optimistically but feared it would be difficult to move beyond the decision to be optimistic to really feeling it. Within the last few days, I discovered an unexpected reason to feel optimistic. More on that next week.

Today, I’d like to wish y’all a Happy Thanksgiving. If you don’t celebrate the day, I still wish you a warm day with good food, people you love and enjoy, and much to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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What are you thankful for? Have you ever found something to be thankful for in a crummy situation?

Photo Credit
Turkey-1 by Shelly Prevost, on Flickr | CC BY-NC 2.0

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ROW80 Check Ins

ROWd Awakening

screaming kittty cat

You know how you’re cruising merrily along sometimes…then you plow into a wall you really should have seen coming?

Yep, that sums up the writing part of my week.

Fortunately, everything else is (mostly) going according to plan.

Here’s whats ROWing on:

You can see last week’s goals here.

Writing

Last Week

Three scenes and most of a fourth reworked.

The goal was eight. That probably would have been a big stretch even if I hadn’t hit that wall I mentioned earlier. A more reasonable goal would have been five.

And that wall? Yeah, about that… Continue reading “ROWd Awakening”

just for fun

A Little Musical Magic, Vol. 4

From time to time, I like to share with you music that inspires me. Here’s a song with very sharp teeth that goes right for the throat.

Foy Vance’s Make it Rain:

You might be familiar with Ed Sheeran’s version for Sons of Anarchy. It’s powerful, but the original is my favorite. Foy’s vocals are so raw and expressive, it gives me chills every time I listen.

I’d love to hear a cello arrangement for this. Maybe I’ll come up with one once I have the skills. Which should only be, you know, in a few years.

Previous installments of Musical Magic

What inspires you?

 

ROW80 Check Ins

I See Your ROW is as Big as Mine

vader's lightsaber

About a week ago, in a ROW80* not so very far away, goals were set and met (for a pleasant change of pace).

Here’s how it’s going:

You can see last week’s goals here.

Writing

Last Week

 

2/2 scenes reworked. One scene essentially needed to be written from scratch, the other was short and needed little reworking. Still, it’s more than I’ve accomplished with writing in weeks. It felt very good.

This Week

I’m seriously questioning the likelihood I’ll get the rest of my manuscript reworked before the end of the year. 8 scenes a week? I must be nuts. Still, I’m going to give it a go this week. Actually, it should be 9-10 scenes, given that I worked on 2 last week. Yeah…I’m going to stick with 8.

Continue reading “I See Your ROW is as Big as Mine”

ROW80 Check Ins

On the ROWd Again

road

The ROW has come ’round at last, and a new round lies before us.

By “at last” I mean “almost two weeks ago.” The latest round began Oct 2, but it’s never too late to join. Actually, once the round is over, it’s too late to join. But there’s always the next round.

By ROW, I mean ROW80, the marvelous bloggy challenge that offers us a platform to create goals (writing and otherwise), a cheering section to keep us motivated (while you, in turn motivate your fellow ROWers) and accountability  (since goals are publicly announced).

Also, there may be a very small chance that, upon failure to meet your goals, you will be set upon by zombie hounds…okay, okay, so that last part isn’t true…but, if it keeps you motivated, go with it.

Anyway, you can read more about ROW80 here and see the latest check in post here.

On the to goal stuff: Continue reading “On the ROWd Again”

Life and Stuff

A Day in the Life of a Procrastinator

Procrastination, my old nemesis (sometimes friend), has reared its head the last couple of weeks. I found a video that pretty much sums things up:

In my current procrastinator mode, I don’t know whether I’m giving myself a break to replenish my creative reserves (writing-wise), brewing something great (sometimes procrastination episodes have worked out like that for me), or just plain slacking off (which is a distinct possibility). At the moment, I’m just riding it out.

How’s it going for you? Are you a procrastinator? Do you embrace it or fight it?

Life and Stuff

There is Always Light

Be the light in the world

Many of us are still reeling in the aftermath of the massacre in Vegas. When something like this happens, we tend to question everything. We’re in pain, sad, afraid and angry. We want reasons. We want fixes. We want to make something like this never happen again. But we know it will. History tells us it will.

It’s so easy to give in to the dark emotions, to look at ourselves and say there’s something fundamentally, unfixably corrupt about human nature. We can point to all the horror we can inflict on one another and say: see, that’s what we are. When the chips are down, and the masks are off, we are the monsters we should fear most.

But I don’t agree. Most vehemently, I do not agree. It’s times like these, in disasters both human made and natural, that we see how good we can be. Yes, we’re profoundly flawed, all of us. But we are good too. Continue reading “There is Always Light”

writing

How Do You Get Unstuck?

cat in a tree
Climb the tree, they said. It’ll be easy, they said. There’s a tasty bird’s nest…Oh well. At least the view is nice from up here.

Stuck. Blocked. Out of juice. We’ve all found ourselves there, especially creative types (how we do like to get ourselves in trouble). How is sometimes, in the middle of being stuck, you can’t seem to remember how you ever got unstuck before? You think, I know I’ve gotten myself out of these situations somewhere along the line. Sure,  maybe it’s not the same exact situation, but there must have been something similar enough to help out now.

And, in your head, all you hear is crickets.

And maybe the occasional giggle.

Or maybe that last part is just me. *shrug* Continue reading “How Do You Get Unstuck?”

ROW80 Check Ins

End of the ROW

red fox
There’s a finish line here somewhere. I just know it.

We made it to the end of this round of ROW80*. Break out the champagne. Or something.

Officially, ROW80 was up on the 21st, but I wanted to finish out the week for my goals…mostly because I forgot about the last week of ROW80 being a half week when I was working up Sunday’s goal list.

Overall, this round was a mixed bag for me. I feel like I was much, much slower on my writing than I would have liked, but I was solid on all my other goals.

And there’s some insight on my personality right there. I can do well on most of my goals and still bemoan slow progress on one goal. Silly, really. I need to celebrate the wins, then figure out how to make those wins in my weaker areas (lately, writing).

So, not a mixed big. Overall, the ROW was successful. Go me.

Let’s take stock, shall we? You can see last week’s goals here. Continue reading “End of the ROW”