Winning my heart is easy! #MFRWauthor #blogchallenge #amwriting

 

First of all, I want to send well wishes, hopes and prayers to all that were affected by the hurricanes and wildfires. I hope you are all safe and damage is to a minimum. I missed you all last week since my computer crapped out on me. Luckily I have a techy son and he saved everything.  I don’t really have any advice on time-saving, as I am just a kitty that chases anything shiny! I did learn a few focus tricks.. Now to put them to use!

This is week 37 of the 52-week MFRW blog challenge. This weeks topic is Five Ways to Win My Heart. This is in no particular order.

Flowers. Not from a shop but potted plants, bags of bulbs potted rose bushes. These keep on giving year after year and not only a few days. I can always clip a few to bring inside.

Doing things without being asked. My daughter is spoiling me while she is here. she sweeps, unloads the dishwasher and keeps the laundry caught up daily. My Daughter in law also spoils me by helping me weed, driving me to the store and Dr and helping cook a few times a week.

Books. Last year I had an author send me her entire series I had helped promote, beta read and reviewed. I was surprised when that box arrived totally unexpected.  I have authors send me free books quite often, and the other day one sent me two audio codes to use for any book I wanted. I would have gotten one of hers but I had them all. so I let her recommend me some.

Charm and a kind smile.  bay’s giggles, cute kitties and There s nothing like a nice smile, and someone doing something kind like opening doors, passing on favors any act of kindness. I’m a goner! I guess that’s why I love cowboy books so much.

and of course CHOCOLATE!

Now let’s go see what wins the other author’s hearts.


 

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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?

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.

 


Let’s go to the Movies #MFRWauthor #blogchallenge #romance

Hi, Y’all welcome back to the MFRW 52 week blog challenge. This is week 20. I can’t believe I have hung in there for 20 weeks!  This week’s topic is My Favorite Movies inspired by books. This should be easy right? Nope. I don’t  watch that many movies. I will admit I was a Twilight fan when it came out and saw all of them. Sorry, but the book was so much better. But yeah!  The young girl in me enjoys a sparkling vampire and sexy shirtless werewolves now and then so shoot me!

I guess my favorite would be  The Divergent Series. Divergent,  Insurgent and Allegiant I really liked this series but I have to admit I haven’t read the books.

I also loved the Hunger Games again I haven’t read those books but I do have them on e-book. It’s funny some of my friends in my writing chat group call me Katness LOL.

Now to a different Genre. The Help was really good. both in book and movie, I think I preferred the movie.

The Lovely Bones was a chilling movie. It broke my heart and no way would I read the book after that since I know books usually have more detail.

So it seems I have a pattern. If I read the books I prefer the book and will watch the move but once I watch the movie I usually don’t go back and read the books.

Except for Nicholas Sparks. I am a fan of both the books and movies I Adored the Notebook. It’s one of my favorite books and movies. I don’t think you can go wrong with a Nicholas Sparks book or movie.

What are some of your favorite Movies inspired by Books? Do you prefer the movies or the books?

I’m curious to see what the other bloggers watch, come go check them out with me!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Writerly Wednesday~Schedules#timekeepers #writingtools #amwriting

Last week I made my decision on the project I was going to begin. I also knew I needed to work on the timeline first. My beta agreed to be my timekeeper and push me towards my goals. I agreed on two weeks to work on the timeline then to begin the rewrite that would be my last before she got it. I decided to get it to her by April. Man do I have the work to do.

My homework for yesterday was to have her my tentative schedule and daily plans by today. I kept it simple. 30 minutes to wake up, get my first cup of coffee in me, and sort my emails tending to anything pressing. after that writing first. at least two hours and no less than 2 chapters a day. I am reading through, making notes and especially checking for timeline issues.

Monday was a bust. I got up an hour late feeling awful. My allergies are doing me in. Hubby got up working on budgets and kept calling me in. then we had the budget meeting and I had to sort some medications and make Dr. appointments for us. When I got back online I was told my Tuesday blog had posted, so I went to see why. While there I decided to work on my Wednesday blog. I decided to make a header. That header led to 6 more. ( hey in my defense now I have all my blog headers done for my blogging.) I was showing her the shinies and she asked me if she was supposed to support me in all things writing, she did understand the importance or push the story first. I said story first.  She was a doll yet politely pointed out in the time I had made the pretties I could have done my chapter work.  She was right. I did have these on the schedule for the weekend on my blog work days but I was off schedule.

Being an amazing drill sergeant she had me drop and do that chapter I owed he, LOL

Now back to the subject of Schedules.  They are awesome tools if you use them.  But what is the point of having everything lined up then jumping around like a frog on a hot sidewalk.  I use to have a very detailed calendar and write things down by the half hour. it was so overwhelming and upset me so much if I couldn’t do it that it did more harm than good. I found that less is more.

I put the three most important things.. 2 chapters, reviews/blog, email/ social media Instead of giving them timeframes I  simply write that. I have about 6 hours I dedicate to my computer/ writing. I will do my two chapters ( and any makeup if needed), then down the line.  I drew a line under those three and put Housework/craft. This is not daily chores as I work those in the morning. I can only sit about 30 minutes to an hour then need to move. I have chronic back injury.  So I work my first sprint with my girls, get up and sweep or do a small chore, rinse and repeat. The afternoon house is decluttering I am trying to do I have a list of chores I would like to get done this year, so i will tackle in small bites. I think I will alternate. Do a chore one day some crafting the next. This way neither will be so overwhelming to me.

I also switched to one schedule. last year I had it on my computer on a large desk calendar and in a day planner. The only one I really used was the day planner so I eliminated the other two this year.  This week is my first on my new scheduling and I will keep you up to date if this works. Scheduling is a personal thing for everyone. What works for me won’t work for everyone.  Do you have a tried and true schedule that works for you? Do you use a calendar or computer or a fancy Bullet journal?

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