How many can I list? #mybadhabits #MFRWauthor #amwriting

It is time again for the 52-weekMFRWblogchallenge. It is week 35 and the topic is My Bad Habits.

At least this week it is easy. I have tons of bad habits.

 

Number one is nail biting. I have tried to stop but to no avail. I actually don’t bite my nails but the dried cuticles underneath so I always have sore looking and. I’ll never be a hand model.

#2. I constantly going around shutting doors and drawers. If something sticks out I have fixed it.

#3 I set expectations and goals so high no human can meet them. When I worked I was a manager and my to do lists for each shift were always long. It looked like a lot but would write things exactly. Most of them were small chores and I would rather they stay busy.

I believe this is why I never finish a story. I set my to do list so high that I work on it and never get to the writing part or am too tired when I do. I have whittled down a lot of my workload so that it is more attainable and to put the writing first. I will see how this happens.

I am a list maker. I have lists for everything. Cleaning, decluttering, crafts to do, crochet projects to do, gardening, menus, grocery lists, to do for writing, to do for home, schedules, I even have a list of my lists.

biting nails, not finishing what I start, too long of a list (see what I mean, setting expectations no human can meet personal and at work

I mean well…

That brings me to my writing. I have lists of stories that are finished drafts, some even completed, some that have been submitted rejected and I need to redo, lots of unfinished stories, lots of ideas for stories.

I have a bad habit of starting something then getting overwhelmed and stopping.

I may be staying on track working on a story when a new idea strikes. what can I do but stop and write it down, work out the characters. If not I will forget it.

I also have the bad habit of falling into the internet trap especially Pinterest. I can waste a full day there. I’ll pin recipes for hours and maybe use one on occasion.

Do you have any bad habits? Let’s go see what the others bad habits are?

Doors #MFRWauthor #opendoors/closeddoors #blogchallenge

Hi and, welcome back to the MFRW52week blog challenge. This weeks topic is opened doors or closed doors. I sat here scratching my head for a long time. What the heck does this mean?  I am stumped.

 

Does it mean do you prefer open or shut doors in your home? I like the shut. I have am a bit OCD and I go nuts if someone leaves a cabinet door open or a door half-open. Now the entry door is another story. When it is nice outside I open mine since it is in the office so I can see out and it lightens my office. Molly and the cats fight over the pillow in front of it to look out too.

Career wise I have had a few doors slammed in my face. I submitted two stories to two different publishers and was rejected. As I have learned more I see my mistakes and why the stories were rejected. One of them even sent me a letter and told me of the mistakes and to fix them and resubmit she would review and give me a second chance. I never did. I just put the story in an unfinished pile and I may work on it at another time. The other was for an anthology and they only chose so many. Both of these publishers have closed their doors so it was a blessing in disguise. I still have the rights to them and didn’t have to fight for them back.

I am considering self-publishing with my current story so that is an open door as I don’t have to worry about a publisher rejecting me.  I still may submit someday and face the doors again.

Do you face doors opening and closing?

Let’s go see what the other authors  thought of this topic


 

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Cats Meow Survivor @TM Smith #favoriteauthor #MMromance #giveaway

 



Guess what… Survivor is available now! 
I’m so excited to share this story with you, the first in a new series. There’s murder, suspense, romance and passion. What more could you want?? The synopsis and buy links are below, and be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a surprise swag pack!

Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only thirteen years old—his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Despite the tragedy and resulting anguish in his life, Taylor knows how lucky he is.


Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer a call in Devonshire, one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods. They think the young boy in various pictures throughout the home has been kidnapped until they find him, shaken but alive. Officer Moore recognizes the pain in the kid’s eyes, having lost his own mother to cancer when he was just a boy. He steps in, making sure Taylor is placed with a loving foster family. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.

 

A decade later, the case remains unsolved and the once gangly, uncertain teenager is now a college graduate who knows exactly what he wants. He’s coming home to the man that helped mold and shape his life, the man he’s loved for as long as he can remember, Frank Moore. But Taylor isn’t the only person returning to Dallas, and while Frank is distracted by his own conflicting feelings and the new bond growing between the two, the past creeps up on them, determined to finish what was started ten years earlier.
A note from the author…

I hope you enjoy Frank and Taylor’s story. It’s been a long road to get them settled, but I’m happy with where this story has taken them. When I started this book, the intent was to write a stand-alone story, but that has changed. Characters continually evolve throughout the writing process, and there are several characters in the book that want to tell their story. I’ve grown especially fond of Rory and I can’t wait to write his book, which will take us back to when he first joined the Bureau, and continue on to his happy ever after.
Please be advised: This is a May/December romance, and as in life, there are sexual situations that take place prior to the main characters finding their way to one another. This is not gratuitous; it is meant to show character growth and self-realization. There is absolutely no cheating.

 

 

 

 
A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia;
TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now
calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or
ticking away on her next novel.
 
Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and
decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is
passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people,
Love is Love!
 
Author links: Amazon || Smashwords || Website || Facebook || Twitter 
 
 
 

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Chia seeds~ not just for growing on clay shapes #eatinghealthier

I am sorry I haven’t been posting much. Things have been crazy around here. We have been dealing with a grandson and some behavioral issues, found out my dad is diabetic and I stayed with him 6 weeks to help him adjust, and my daughter moved in for a while so her husband can go to Iowa find a job and new home for them.

I have gained back some of my weight I have lost last year but not all of it. It seems after long days of packing moving etc I am too sore and tired to cook or plan a healthy meal and we have eaten carb laden casseroles, frozen meals, and pizza.

I really need to get back on a regimen. My daughter is going to help me learn Yoga and I am going to cut my carbs and portions back once again.

I had written a post back in 2016 about ancient grains that my personal trainer had told me to try eating in place of flour and higher starch carbs.  you can read that post here http://cathybrockman.com/2016/01/21/foodiefriday-why-cut-carbs/

I know most of you have heard of Chia seeds from the commercials with the funny heads and cute animals you grow the seeds on. I have an alligator my dad gave me.

Images property of  http://chia.com/chia-pets/

But did you know they are so much more than that? Today in my email I got a post from a friend at Jen Reviews about the facts of chia seeds that I would like to share with you.  There are also 8 recipes in that post. My daughter has some chia seeds and we have been looking for recipes.

https://www.jenreviews.com/chia-seeds/

Maybe we will try one. If you try any or have a chia seed recipe you would like to share please tell us about it!

Time for a Refill

Hi Y’all, it’s time for another MFRW52 week blog challenge post. We are on week 33 and our topic is How do you recharge?

I really need to recharge. If you’ve been following you know I have been at dads, came home to help daughter move, just a couple things on my agenda.

I wish I was like the cyberbots on old tv shows where you took my plug and plugged me into the wall, unfortunately, I lost my charger.

normally a hot soak in the tub with a glass of wine or a shot of Disorono then cuddling with my Kindle would help but with a three-year-old in the house even the bathroom isn’t private, the noise levels are defcom three. (Or 53). I can’t  drink the wine having to take my pain pills or muscle relaxers.

But things should settle down soon. And I can    Get recharged.

But the answer to the question is simple. On a normal day, I read to recharge my batteries, occasionally have a glass of wine. So fill me up, please!

Let’s go see what the others do to recharge.

 


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