Thats’s Not Trash!~Thats Crafts! #MFRWauthor #hobbies #crafts

Welcome to week 6 of the 52-week MFRW blog challenge.  Each week we have a topic.

This week’s prompt is…My hobby is … When I’m not writing.

I nearly shouted in joy when I saw this topic! Hobbies? Boy, do I have hobbies!* Looks int the nearly bursting craft room.*

I  am not a hoarder.. nope I’m  sticking to it… I am a recycler and crafter. I see beauty in all things trash… well not all things but most. I use to throw it all in trash bags in a closet in my hall until I had the perfect project or time to make something with it.  Of course, then I could never find what I was looking for.

When we remodeled, a craft room was on my wish list. My husband took the old back porch we never used, enlarged it and made me a combo craft/ exercise room.  He also made me the perfect work table as well.  The table is big enough for my sewing machine, serger and cameo to sit out all the time and still have room to work. It is also big enough to cut out fabric on.

I use the kitty litter in the big yellow buckets leaving me buckets I can’t seem to toss as well.  When I had to unpack that closet, we tore out for the remodel I came up with a way to reduce my hoarding and organize as well. It also uses up those buckets. ( I knew they would come in handy and save me money on tubs!) I marked each one with the items I collect such as plastic creamer bottles, Jars, you get the Idea. When each bucket is stuffed full, I can’t keep more of that item until I use some out of the bucket. The buckets stack neatly behind my exercise equipment.

I also have my craft supplies. I have those plastic drawers I keep those in.

Sewing and Crochet are my favorite hobbies. I collect dolls of all sorts and like to sew for them,  I am starting a craft page and website to sell my goodies on in the next couple of months.

I can’t throw away old clothes since I see projects. I have tubs of jeans, t-shirts, assorted sweaters. Same rules apply. These tubs get full I have to let go the others. I have plenty things planned. I have a set of placements cut out already.

I have tons of fabric as well and yarn.  I finally got that all sorted and organized as well.

So as you see I have lots of hobbies besides writing.  Do you have any hobbies?

Don’t forget this is a blog hop. Anyone can join at any point in the MFRW 52 week challenge…  Click here.

Let’s go check out the other authors and see what their hobbies are!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teaser Tuesday~Pot call the Kettle Black #MMM #NaNoWriMo #romance

It’s Teaser Tuesday time.  This week I am sharing Simon’s view of his first meeting with Topher. Things are about to change in both men’s lives. I know this hasn’t gotten deep into the story yet, but next week I will be switching to my current WIP.  It is the book this one spins off from, and you will meet both men there but not as in-depth.

I hope you enjoy this teaser. It does have some man on man interest so if that’s not your thing you may want to wait until next week.

Simon Plus Two is a Nano project and is extremely rough, so please forgive any mistakes it will soon see an edit.

Simon Plus Two copyright2016

Simon Meets Topher

I heard the door open and close. I knew it was late. I felt eyes on me but didn’t want any confrontation. I have my phone on my chest and my smartwatch on, so alarms will vibrate and not wake the other guy up. I laid my work clothes on the chair by the door, so I can slip out and not wake up Annie’s son. I had heard all about the confrontations yesterday afternoon. I had been at Max’s before the game. TJ had texted me a short version and filled me in on detail before the game.
Vibrations against my arm and one a little lower than it should be woke me up. My phone had slid precariously down my chest resting against my groin.  I quickly turn off the alarms, swing my legs over the bed and adjust my morning wood. I had some great dreams of Max and needed to head to the shower to take care of the aftermath. I caught a glimpse of blue or is it black? No maybe a mixture of both, spread above a handsome face. I saw piercings. Several of them. I’m not into that look, but they looked good on him. Real good. My erection got harder if that was possible. Suddenly brilliant green eyes met mine. He scoured my body his gaze landing on my engorged cock. I noticed his tongue flick out and moisten his lips. I could see the want in his eyes. Suddenly he jumped up.

“What the fuck are you looking at me like that for you queer!”
Hmm pot calling kettle black?
“Shh, you will have everyone rushing in here. I’m not gonna tell your secret.”
“I don’t have a secret! I—Uhh-Just—get out of my room Cocksucker!”
I could see the panic on his face. He jumps up, and immediately I see I am right. The poor guy is hard as my first attempt at biscuits.
I reach for him to calm him down. We don’t need people bursting through our door both of standing there with dueling dicks.
Too late. The door slams open nearly coming off the hinge. TJ rushes in followed by Annie. OH No. I grab my pillow, press it into the man’s arms knocking him to a sitting position on the bed. He still glares. Irate. Confused. TJ grabs for him. I step in front of TJ.
“What the Fuck! You will not call Simon those names.”
Annie stands in shock. “What did he say.”
I wince as TJ repeats what he heard.
The man sat still. I can tell he is thinking of things to deflate his problem. The commotion took care of mine. Then I realize I am standing there just in sleep pants, no shirt and my room bursting with people. I wrap my arms around myself hiding my nudeness.
TJ notices. Hey guys, why don’t ya start breakfast? They nod and head out the door leaving Annie and TJ. He hands me my shirt. I notice the other man watching as I put it on.
“Christopher. I won’t tolerate that in this house. You were raised better”. Her eyes were soft, her voice kind.
I can still see the panic in his eyes as he avoids his mother’s gaze.
“I want him out of this room. This is my room. You wanted me back. So I want my room back. Or give me enough money to get back to New Orléans and I will leave you alone.” He shouted.
“I’m sorry Christopher, but you have issues you and I have to deal with, and until then you stay. Once we work it out between us, you can go where ever you wish. Caleb said you could work afternoons and evenings with him at the feed store. I want you working some here.”
“Get him out of my room.” His breath is getting quick his hands shaking.
“I’ll work out the room arrangements with the other guys. By this afternoon we should have it all settled. I am ashamed of you Christopher.”
“TOPHER” He screams.
You all go on. I’ll be a few minutes we will be down for breakfast and decide if there needs to be a room change then. I turn to Topher. He is becoming bluer than his hair. I show them all out and slip beside him. I shake him slightly.
“Take a deep breath Topher.”
He turns to me his face ashen.
“Why don’t you want her to know. She will accept you she has been nothing but kind to me.”
“You’re not her son. Not her flesh and blood. You didn’t let her down by not following her dreams. You weren’t the selfish one that took off to follow his own dreams. You’re not the one that’s not going to give her grandkids. ”
“It’s best we continue sharing rooms. This way you can call your boyfriend, Skype, do whatever you need to be yourself. In here no pretending. But you would feel so much better if you tell you mom you’re gay.”
I expected him to deck me. Instead, he slumped into my arms and started crying hysterically.

I hope you like my guys. I have a thing about characters and I want these two men to hit you hard. One sweet the other you may not like much. At least for a while. So what do you think about Simon and Topher? do they need more development? if so what?
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Sorry Editor I’m Shifty! #MFRWauthor #romance #bloghop

 I do stick all those capital letters in there on purpose to keep you on your toes. Just kidding.  I have a bad habit of capitalizing out of the blue. I will be rereading my work and find capitals everywhere! That is everywhere except where they should be. I also have a bad habit of not capitalizing I.  Gosh how many times have I  put little i instead of I or ill instead of I’ll. I get in a rush and leave off apostrophes, and of course, I have issues with commas as well.

I found something that helps with the comma issues. I use a software called Grammarly.

It is an editing software that helps me with most of these things (except the capitals littering my work.) Grammarly has helped me cut back on my commas and get them in the right place. I am not recommending using this in place of a real life editor.  I use it as a tool to help save my editor time to mess with all that small stuff. Now she can focus on eliminating my capitals!

I am also very wordy.  I tend to like descriptions and writing about food. Every story I write has several meals in great detail. I don’t  know id this is a problem or not.

I have trouble finding ways to stop saying but or so, or as if.  I have come a long way in two years, after writing my first story for a story blog. I know I still have a lot to learn. Thank goodness for editors and their patience to work with me and all my issues!  I can tell my story, and they can help me find all of those goofs! I will give them job security.

Do you use a writing software along with your editor? Readers, do you like to read about things such as meals and descriptions of the settings and characters? What is overboard?

 

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Bring on the popcorn~Let’s watch TV! #MFRWauthor #bingewatching

 

 

Welcome to  #MFRWauthor 52-Week Blog Challenge. This is week 3, and our prompt is TV shows I binge on. I am not a big TV watcher. I would rather have a book in my hands or a headset on with my newest audible.

In the evenings My hubby and I set aside some time to watch tv together whether it be a movie or a show. This fall we were watching  Designated Survivor.  Kieffer Sutherland still has it! It was pretty good for an action show.

He likes documentaries so Christmas we binged on The Search for Jesus.  New Years he binged on Conspiracy Files on the BBC.

I did marathon watch  Pretty Little Liars with my granddaughter this summer, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t look for her to come over so we could get to the next issue ( I’m not allowed to mess up the schedule, so I have to wait for her)

My Hubby and I found a good series that had one season called Glitch and we binged that. I t is supposed to come back later this year.  As you can see, he is the TV controller in our family I just watch or crochet while he does.

I would like to get in on the hype of Sherlock and Torchwood before its taken off Net Flix. My Granddaughter says I need to watch One Tree Hill.

My trouble with binge watching is I don’t like to sit that long watching TV so one or two episodes at a time are about all I can do.

My binge watching is basically the Food Channel or Cooking Channel or if I can find a missed Top Chef, Masterchef or Project Runway.

 

What are your favorite shows? Anything you binge watch?

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How does my family survive living with a writer? #MFRWauthor

 

How does my family survive living with a writer?

Hi, Y’all. I have joined the 2 weeks blog hop challenge. Each week we are given a prompt.
This week’s Prompt is How does my family survive living with a writer.
It’s just my husband, me and all the furbabies. My husband and I are both retired.
Writing gives me something to do. My husband stays out of it. (unless I need money for a cover or editor or something LOL.)
I usually get up early in the morning, get my grandkids off then come home and write. My writing time is done by the time the kids get home. My hubby sometimes sleeps in so the house is nice and quiet. Right now my office is cold, and I am down in my back( a disability I have) so I have been using the long chaise in the house. My furbabies love it. Molly, my dog, will curl up close beside me. Chloë, my special kitty finds her a nice cozy spot, usually next to me on a leg or down on my feet. Sometimes Kitness, my other cat will join the big loving pile.


I do have a beautiful office I should be using, but then I couldn’t cuddle with the furries.
I do wish someone in my family was more excited about my writing. It’d be good to have someone to talk to about my craft and discuss my stories. I have a great little group that does that, though.
Do you write or have a craft? How does your family deal with it?
Check out the other bloggers to see how their families survive writing.

 

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