Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Yeah, What I Said Before

So I make this huge proclamation about how I am going keep up with the blog and such. Then I disappear for a month. I have a good excuse this time, I promise. I was moving and had to wait for Internet and other things before I could hook back up with the online world. As it is, I am sitting on the floor with the keyboard in my lap. The hubby has to move his surround sound equipment before I can put my desk where it needs to go. Work has been hampering progress. We are short-staffed and I just don't have the energy or stamina to do anything besides eat and sleep when I get home. It's been horrible and the husband is giving me crap. I keep asking him if he knows what it is like to grow a baby.

I visited the doctor again yesterday and got some interesting news. I have gained a whole 2 pounds so far this pregnancy. My blood was lower than last month's reading and this is the second month this occurred. I see a pattern but the doctor didn't say anything about it. I did mention that I didn't always get to eat at work because sometimes I couldn't take a break to do it. He didn't seem too thrilled about that one and said I would start getting very dizzy if I didn't eat regularly. I got a note to take to work that says I need to take more breaks. He said all of this before I could even mention that I almost fell on my face Sunday at work because I couldn't stop to eat anything.

I have this unnerving urge to write, but a topic seems lost to my brain so I am going to go mull over something.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

I Have Found a New Leaf and I Am Turning It Over

So I haven't kept my promise to post things. At All. I have gone through some massive changes in my life, and I am trying to sort everything out.

Change #1: The husband and I are expecting our first child at the end of January. It's a very exciting time for us. However the first trimester took a lot out of me. I haven't found a day job yet, and working nights was draining against the exhaustion that I was feeling. I did good to make it work every day, much less do anything else. However, I am getting my energy back and that in turn is making things much easier.

Change #2: We are moving. It's not real far away. Next door, in fact. My husband's aunt lived there and she moved, so we get her place because it's bigger. Unfortunately, it needed a lot of work due to neglect and leaky plumbing. The plumbing thing was nothing new because the water here is atrocious and we have leaks all the time. However, in other parts of the house, the walls were damaged from kids and dogs, and the carpet was so worn you could see the underlayment. All that had to be repaired and we were wanting to move heavy furniture earlier this week, but all our help fizzled out on us. I'm not allowed to help with this part and it's driving me crazy because I usually do these type of things.

My mother also decided the place needed painting so she painted almost all the rooms. It looks very spiffy now, so I am happy. The only rooms left to work on are the laundry/utility room and the nursey. They didn't have high enough priority to make the first round.

So with this stuff going on, I haven't written much. I've had a couple of good story ideas, but I just don't know what to do with them. I gave up on the first one for the time being. The storyline is too trite and has been done too many times. If I can twist it into something more original that what I had previously thought of as original, then maybe it will become a WIP again.

I am making a vow before everyone that I am going to keep this thing up-to-date now with all sorts of goodies.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


So I am finished with college. Forever. No more school work. Until I decide to go back and get another degree. At any rate, I have been taking the last two weeks to enjoy some time off and work on putting my house back together. So far it has been relaxing. No extra stress and NO HOMEWORK. That part is exciting.

However, I am getting stress on all sides about getting a job, not having kids yet. There's all kinds of weird stuff. My parents mostly. The husband doesn't say much. However it's really annoying. I am enjoying the restoration of my sanity with a great deal of pleasure. Between the multiple crises of April coupled with finals the first few days of May, I could use a little time to myself and to the things I have neglected. Jobs will always be there, and I need some time to evaluate what it is that I want to do. I have a job right now that pays the bills, so I can afford to do this, and I see nothing wrong with it.

The only down side with all this relaxing is that I haven't been doing much writing. I have been more worried about getting my house organized in some fashion again and fighting a war with the dust bunnies. I swear they are aliens or some evil, destruct force. They multiply in same fashion as their animal namesake and will use that ability to take over the world.

Okay, so maybe my brain has too much time on its hands now, but I have put it to some use. Though I haven't been putting the fingers to the keyboard, my brain has played with my story. I've been thinking about it and the direction its going almost constantly, and the best part is I don't even do it consciously. I catch myself thinking about it quite often. This is how I know it's a keeper. Even with the gaping holes and the terrible parts right now. It will work out one day.

So I am hoping that I can get the house cleaned this week, get the ceiling painted within the next week or two because that has to be done, and develop a plan to keep my house clean (in some sense). I wish to develop a routine and I am working in that direction.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

A Long Pause

So, I haven't written much lately here or on my novel. I was sick two weeks in a row with different ailments. That was not too much fun. Someone remind me to stay away from everyone. It's also the crunch time of the semester. So many things to do and sooooo little time. I am behind needless to say and more things happen.

I went to the
AITP Collegiate Conference. I didn't place in anything, but had a good time, hanging with the guys. I was the only girl so I didn't have much of a choice. However, the laptop the school provided for us to compete with provided a good opportunity to transcribe the portions of the novel I'd written by hand.

So far this past week, my husband's grandfather had open heart surgery. My husband's grandparents pretty much raised him, so they are all close. It went well, and he's recovering extremely well. The doctor wanted to send him home two days after the surgery, but he opted for a third day to work on his mobility. He's home now and in great spirits. My mother said it best when she said, "Attitude is everything."

On a more depressing note, a guy my husband's age and schoolmate died when we were at the hospital for the surgery. It was a very sad incident. When I returned from the trip mentioned above, my mother informed that a guy I hung out with several years ago died in a
helicopter crash in Afghanistan. That isn't the best article, but it gives the basic information. It all has me more than a little sad.

Hopefully I can begin working on my novel again soon.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Not Much Getting Done

It's somewhat depressing that I have not been able to squeeze much writing time in. It's crunch time for the semester and my classes have me all tied up. Not to mention that my work schedule is inconsistent and that continues to make things difficult. However, I feel better about my story as a whole, and when I find the extra time (hopefully beginning next week) that I need, I can get into full swing.

Until then, wisps of story parts flow through my head, circulating and waiting for an opportunity to speak.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

A Long Gap

Well, I haven't posted anything in several days. A massive understatement. Spring Break was great. I took a couple days off and did nothing, and I needed that. I really wanted to get the house clean, but relaxing was top priority. I feel better, but this week is hectic school-wise, and I'm afraid I won't get much writing done. I am also working more, which I need the money, but it will leave me exhausted by the end of the week.

On another note, yesterday I forgot my notebook that I write in during breaks on campus. Rather than just take off writing the story, I decided it would be a good time to lay out some overall direction. It actually worked out well. There will be kidnapping, and battles. A few deaths and a little love. I just need to flesh out a few of the places where new ideas sprang forth and demand details. I really like what's going to happen, and some things I knew about found where they belong, as well as new things showed up that will demand I go back and add in towards the beginning. I am excited, and that's all that matters.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Rereading my posts, I wonder why I have so many extra words in there. It seems lately that the connection between my brain and my mouth, as well as the one between my brain and my fingers has short-circuited.

Ah, well, perhaps after some rest next week, I can fix that issue. Until then please be forgiving, as I do not always have the time to go back and edit my posts.

Progress Today

I have just finished the history of the magic and the abilities that make Pippa unique in her world. How and why the weapon she must wield is special to her and why it is there to begin with is all there. I typed out a 1200 word book report type thing, summarizing the critical points of that story. It would actually make a good prequel.

With all that squared away, I now understand why my story must happen this way. I can feel the natural flow coming back into my mind, and I look forward to working on it again. The hesitation is gone. Thank you everyone at Absolute Write and to Holly Lisle for the valuable input that sparked my idea for the backstory, and helped me decide that settling that now is the proper course of action. There is always so much to learn.

However, as much as I desire to write now, I have homework to do now. I have to study for my test tomorrow, as I do not yet know if I am working tonight or not. Also I have to do some things for the group I am leading in Sr. Project.

Good luck to all of my fellow writers in having a successful, productive day.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

I'm Writing Again

I haven't posted since Sunday, but bascially, I got some homework done. Yesterday, I played around on the computer some, did some homework, and then went to my classes for the day, my CIS Sr. Project and environmental Geology. The geology course is a night course, which means it is 3 hrs long. For a Spring Break present, he let us out at the halfway point. He's a really cool guy. Check him out here.

So in class last night, I decided to go ahead and write out the backstory. I started a book report looking thing and so far it is working out fine. This is what happens when you have a good idea.

Getting ready to go to class now. I missed Operations Management (boring!) and I still have Accounting Information Systems. I'll see how it goes.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

A Little About My Story

Here is a brief summary of my story in its current form. This thing is evolving regularly, and I am going to have to find a way to focus it. Anyway, here it goes.

My story is about a young woman named Pippa, 18-20ish, who has to wield a powerful weapon to defeat an evil man and the army he has created. With the proper tools, this man can use the weapon's magic to take over the world.

I created several classes for characters to belong to, and the people receive training based on their abilities, magical or not. It is similar to Druid, Ranger, Warrior, etc., but some of these abilities are different and I have created different names, but I believe it will be easy to recognize the similarities, and therefore, easy to relate.

The MC does not having any training from one of the formal academies because her class is so rare that the last time one of her class existed was a long time ago (I haven't decided how far back that should be yet), and it was an ancestor. As such, her mother and uncle have trained her for this class as best they could based on the history. She understands the responsibilities she must endure.

However, the evil man has already stolen the weapon from her house, and she has to get it back before he discovers how to use it. This man has also stolen the main tool he needs to be successful, and is also trying to figure out how to use that. In the process, she must discover how to use it herself, and she enlists the help of people from other parts of the world in her quest.


I'm not going to get much writing done today. I have homework instead. Two-count them-TWO semester-long projects this go round and they need my attention.

Here in a few weeks, I should be able to get more writing done as my commitment to one of the projects will finish with me participating in the last team that I am required to do. Then I will only have to meet during the times the entire class meets. Hooray!

So I am off to work on my Computer Information Systems Senior Project and my group project for Accounting Information Systems. And I have homework for my environmental geology class for tomorrow. And some homework due on Tuesday and a test on Thursday for my operations management class. Then it will be Spring Break after that, and I am so excited.

I have also been somewhat reluctant to write due to a self-imposed dilemma explained here. I am taking advice and hopefully by Tuesday, my regular writing day, I will make a decision and proceed with glee.

Welcome to My Blog!

Hello and welcome! The main purpose of this blog is to share my progression in writing my first novel, providing you with an interesting read, and for me, the motivation to work harder to focus my writing.

Of course, by the title, I intend to include other aspects of my life where appropriate. Joys, frustrations, triumphs, and failures. Anything interesting actually.

More to come tomorrow. My spelling has become horrible, so I must be tired. Off to hit the sack!