Monday, February 25, 2013

Inspiration Pass Along!

I was honored to receive this award from the fabulous Livia Peterson. Thank you Livia!
The deal is that I tell you 7 things about myself and pass it on to some fellow bloggers. So here we go...

  1. I'm completely impractical. I've finally decided to embrace it because it's not going to change. I'm okay with it. Sometimes it's even fun. 
  2. I am a chocoholic. It's so bad that my son, has written in the notes section of his iPod, make brownies when mom gets grouchy. At least he knows what to do, right?
  3. I teach keyboarding and reading fluency at an elementary school and I love it!
  4. One of my favorite places to visit is Zion National Park in southern Utah. It's beautiful and fun! Especially if you love to hike.
  5. I would like to travel around the world and with my family. I think it's important for my kids to visit new places, meet new people and learn about different cultures. One day we'll do it!
  6. I'm a complete socialite, but I also really cherish and need my alone time. 
  7. I hate to carpool.
Now I would like to pass this award on to:
& Rachel Schieffelbein

What are you looking forward to this week?

Monday, February 18, 2013

Another Deep Dark Secret...

Yes, I have two secrets! The first was from my post last week and my husbands lack of romance. *sigh* So, I suppose it's only fair to dis on myself a bit too.

I suck at buying presents!

My husband's birthday was a couple days ago and I still haven't bought him a present! Now, I'm not usually this bad. I usually have a present for him several days early, but this year, I had NO IDEA what to get him. Seriously! There's nothing he wants or needs that's less than $1000, which makes it pretty much unaffordable. And... the stinker, wouldn't help me with any ideas. His best answer was, "I don't know. Nothing, I guess." 

ARGH! Very frustrating!

I did work hard to plan a special date to take him out though. I scheduled a couples massage for us, because he loves them and I know his backs been hurting. Then we went to dinner at Tepankyaki, which he got to choose the place. After dinner we hit the movie, IDENTITY THEIF, which is more his kind of show than mine, but I have to admit, I thought it was hilarious. I love Melissa McCarthy. I would have liked it more with fewer f-bombs, but the show itself was cute.

Back to presents though - I didn't just suck with his birthday this year. I was bad when I had to buy something for a boyfriend in high school, or when it's my best friends b-day or something like that. And the more I try to get something special, the worse it is! It's aggravating because I really WANT to give good presents, but alas... it just doesn't happen.

I'm even worse at picking out cards! I don't buy them. My hub is the king of cards though. He always remembers them and always picks a good one. And yes - I didn't get him a card either. DOH!

It's your turn? Tell me one thing you're really good at and one thing you're bad at!

Now hop over to Falling For Fiction! I'm posting over there today and we have a fun "Matchelor" game coming up where we will help match you with critique partner(s) if you're looking for some!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Deep Dark Secret...

Yes, I've chosen Valentines Day to reveal my deep, dark secret. Prepare yourself... it may or may not be what you're expecting. *giggles*

First off, I've come to dread Valentines Day. Not necessarily dread, but to me - it's really just another day. And yes, I'm married. Trouble is...

(and here's the secret)... my husbands romance-o-meter is on zero. Sometimes it even drops into the negatives, but it usually rests on zero.

This is the man who sent me 12 beautiful, long stem, fire and ice roses when he went on his first hunting trip when we were dating. WOW! I was so impressed. But now we're married. And we have bills and three little kids to pay for, amongst other things, so who wants to spend that kind of money on flowers, right?

During the first few years of our marriage this sudden lack of romance was horrible. Seriously depressing. But now - *shrugs shoulders* eh, don't really care. Okay, I don't care most of the time. We don't really worry about Valentines presents for each other and that's fine. But when he asked what I wanted for my birthday, I told him I wanted him to send me something at work. (Who doesn't love a romantic display of affection at work to show off their man, right?) Well guess what? The boy did GOOD! Really good! He sent me a dozen long stem lavender roses that were TO.DIE.FOR! *sigh* I'm glad he still has it in him when he wants to.

But here's the problem... writing romance!

Seriously! How am I supposed to write an awesome romance without any inspiration? UGH! It's horrible and quite frustrating at times. But guess what? There is inspiration in other places AND... we're writers... we have IMAGINATIONS! And that's what I use my imagination for!

FYI --- my husband must be getting better. Funny boy ordered me something in secret (to be delivered to me at work) but he didn't realize the confirmation email would go to our shared email account. *insert evil laugh* So I may or may not have seen it and hurried and deleted it so he wouldn't think the surprise was spoiled.  Yes, I do have an evil side!

So, no matter what this holiday brings you... 
Happy Valentines Day!
 FYI ~ I really do love my husband, despite his lack of romantic ability. I especially love that he makes dinner on Sundays! Man, that guy can cook!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Soup...

Having spent the entire weekend with sick kids and them being able to eat nothing but soup... that's pretty much all that's on my mind. 
SOUP!

I grabbed soup and sandwiches at a local sandwich shop for lunch on Saturday. I got broccoli and cheese while my daughter ate chicken noodle. And the soup was pretty good, but I started to realize... I HATE SOUP!

Okay, maybe hate is a harsh word. I dislike soup. Homemade soup is pretty decent. I can at least tolerate it most of  the time, but canned soup is barf-on-me-grosstastic! I really only eat Campbell's Chicken Noodle when I'm sick, and that's it.

However, I really hate trying to "JUST" eat soup. It doesn't work. There is no way it can possibly fill me up! I need bread with it and lots of it! Bring on the carbs and empty calories, I don't care! I love that stuff!

The funny thing is that some will look at this as a flaw, while others will completely agree with me. And that's what makes us unique individuals! We all have our quirks, flaws and strengths. 

And, as a writer, I particularly love finding a character with an unusual quirk or character trait. Those are some of favorite to read... and to write!

How about you?

Life is a reflection of your thoughts.
Apparently, my life will reflect negatively on soup. Hopefully better on other things though! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Overcoming Adversity!

Today I am posting my contribution to the Overcoming Adversity bloghop that Nick Wilford is hosting in order to help his stepson, Andrew, attend a specialist college. Andrew has an amazing story of his own, which has inspired this bloghop, and I'm excited I can be a part of it.

In the latter part of my life, I've had many family members and friends struggle with drug addiction problems. Sadly, some have lost their lives because of an overdose or other drug related accident. But others still continue the fight to stay clean. This story was inspired by them. For all of them!

  Thirteen Months, One Week & Four Days  


          I throw open the door to my small apartment, let it slam shut, and I sink onto the floor. My hands shake and my heart races as I pull my knees up and rest my forehead against them.

            Just breathe.

            It’s been thirteen months, one week and four days since I’ve been sober, but people still look at me like I just stepped out of rehab. Thirteen months, one week and four days I’ve been working on earning their trust and living a normal life and today I think it might tear me apart. Half the time the problem is mental, but the other half… my body still aches, craves and needs a fix. Today it’s both.

            I try to force my hands to be steady but that only makes them worse.

            “Aarrrgh!”  I scream, hoping to release some of the tension. It doesn’t work.

            I look to the ceiling and run my fingers through my hair. Please God. Please help me.

            You don’t spend eleven years enjoying instant gratification and have it go away. It will never go away. I know it. I’ve had it told to me time and time again. I’m living evidence of it and I’m not stupid enough to deny it.

            But days like these – the really crappy ones, where I go to work and end up having to deal with every jackass that walks through the door – these are the days I wonder how long I’ll make it. How long I’ll survive the “real world,” as everyone calls it.

            Screw the real world. To me the real world is dealt in secret. You watch your back, trust no one and forget about everything with a single shot, or hit of the pipe.

            Truth is – I don’t know how this happened. I wasn’t raised this way, and seeing the hurt in my parents eyes, sucks. But now I have no way to get rid of it. No way to make me forget, or at least not care.

            Thirteen months, one week and four days and sometimes they still look unsure. They still wonder if I’m clean. And I want to be clean, but my body wants to be satiated.

            A tear trickles down my cheek. I wipe it away and get to my feet, angry for being such a sissy.

            “You cannot control me!” I yell to myself – to the craving. I let the adrenaline race through me.  I follow it through my veins and let it surge in my body with a new kind of freedom. A high that cannot land me in jail, that will not make me lose my job or my family.

            I am smart. I am clean. I am free.

            I am smart. I am clean. I am free.

            The words echo in my mind and I try to believe them. My hands are no longer shaking and my breathing slows. Life slows, and I push away the part that yearns for the fast pace of life past.

            I can do this.

            When I open my eyes, everything is still.

The same.

            Except for me.           

            For now, I’m better.

            I throw my keys and wallet on the bar, and allow myself to crash on the fuzzy orange couch I found at a thrift store.  It’s ugly but comfortable.

            My eyes wander to the clock and I realize the day will be over soon. That’ll make thirteen months, one week and five days.

            A smile touches my lips and I flip the t.v. to my favorite sitcom.

             I can do this.
For other great stories of inspiration from this bloghop check these out:


1.Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh2.E Louise Bates
3.David Powers King4.Hilary at Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
5.Getting Past The Fist6.Denise Covey, LAussie
7.Bards and Prophets8.Leigh Covington
9.Tyreans Writing Spot10.Livia Peterson
11.Christine Rains12.Meradeths Write Stuff
13.Donna Hole14.Michael Pierce
15.Nicole Singer-Write Me A World16.Elise Fallson
17.Carrie Butler @ SYAW18.Tobi Summers - Chock Full of Words
19.tara tyler20.DL Hammons @ Cruising Altitude 2.0
21.Empty Nest Insider22.PK HREZO
23.C.M. Brown24.Clare Dugmore Writes
25.Kathy- Imagine Today26.Tangent Shell
27.The Open Vein - E.J. Wesley28.Mina Burrows
29.Use Your Words...30.Ilima Todd
31.Carrie-Annes Magick Theatre32.Kelley Lynn
33.J. A. Bennett, A Writers Journey34.Melissa Maygrove
35.Trisha @ WORD STUFF36.Damyanti@Amlokiblogs
37.Candilynn Fite38.Michelle @ Writer~In~Transit
39.Kittie Howard40.Mary Pax
41.Misadventures in Candyland42.Krista McLaughlin
43.Writing Off the Edge44.Read is the New Black
45.Elsie Is Writing46.Stina Lindenblatt
47.The Eagles Aerial Perspective48.Breakthrough Blogs
49.Lara Schiffbauer50.I had a little nut-tree...
51.J.L. Campbell52.Samantha May: Writing Through College
53.One Magic Bean Buyer54.Brooke R. Busse
55.Writers Block56.Justine Dell
57.Father Dragon Writes58.The Kelworth Files
59.WRITING IN THE CROSSHAIRS60.Dreaming of publication
61.In Between - Adriana Dascalu62.Defending the Pen
63.Left and Write64.Michael @ In Time ...
 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Tracking Jessie Humphries!

Are you looking for this super fabulous woman? 

I thought you might be! And I know where to find her.
*whispers* She's over at Falling for Fiction today!

Be sure to swing by and check out the fun interview with the super fantabulous Jessie Humphries!