Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group

So, I totally missed last month's IWSG. I just completely didn't realize it was the first of the month or something.

My bad.

But here we are! The first IWSG for fall 2014. I cannot believe how fast the year is going.

As I mentioned on Monday, and a few weeks ago, I have been crazy busy. I knew going in that September was going to be my hell month, and it more or less was.

I had edits for All That Remains to finish up. I also had a bunch of pages on my still untitled WIP to turn in for my next MFA packet (that's due on Friday) as well as a ten page paper to write.

I probably should have been super stressed and junk. But surprisingly I wasn't. I mean, I could kind of feel that it was there, just hovering behind me, waiting. All "hey, are you suuuure you don't want to have some sort of stress freakout?"

But I was like, eh, no thanks. Instead I think I'll put my head down and get back to work.

I had definitely reached the point, though, where I had so much work that the only way out was through it. Which is in general I guess a good attitude to have. And honestly, if I had that attitude all the time things probably wouldn't stack up as much (though, to be fair, September Hell Month was just a timing thing and not brought about by slacking or anything.)

On the plus side about getting through September is now I have a bit of breathing room.

Until November that is, when NaNo starts. And yes I'm participating this year. I have a sequel to write. Which means my goal for October is to try and finish my WIP.

Will I be able to? Guess it's time to find out.

Monday, September 29, 2014

In Which Sometimes I Hate Good Books

So I'm busy right now.

Like super, super, holy crap busy. SO much work to get done. But I am getting it done which is awesome and makes me feel all accomplished like a mother-effing adult or something.

So while I'm doing all this work (edits, MFA writing and papers) I'm also still reading. Because of course I am. At the very least I need a book to read on my lunch breaks. And maybe a bit before bed.

And how awesome is it when you're reading a book that is absolutely amazing and you can't stop thinking about it and all you want to do is sit and read it?

Like, I'm finishing up the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. And man, I love it haaaard.

Normally, that's pretty awesome.

Unless you're trying to get a buttload of work done, like me, and instead you keep thinking man, I wish I could get back to reading my book. Or I could just take an extra 5 minutes on my lunch break so I can finish this chapter.

Ugh! Good books, you are KILLING me!  Why you have to be so good??

I finally finished the last book yesterday and it was a huge relief. Because yes it was great, but also, I am so exhausted with desperately wanting to read it and stuff.
Also, now I'm a bit burned out on reading. I need to read something completely different. Good thing I have a ton of picture books from the library I need to read for my MFA. That'll be a nice change of pace.

So how about you? Read anything awesome lately?

Monday, September 15, 2014

In Which I Edit

Hey all.

I'm in a time crunch right now, working on edits and MFA homework, which means no blog posts this week (and maybe next week as well, but we'll see how things go)

See you on the flip side (do people still say that? Yes?)

Monday, September 1, 2014

In Which I'm At The Minnesota State Fair

No real post today, pals. It's Labor Day which means it's my last day to hit up the MN State Fair.

It is a delicious time of year.

deep fried cheese curds

ham and cheese savory scone


This happened

Chicken fried bacon
Brother, Twin, Me

Corn Dog!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday Weird: The Nampa Doll

On August 1, 1889, professional well-driller M.A. Kurtz was working near his home in Nampa, Idaho, along with two crewmen, when their steam pump spat out a piece of brownish clay about an inch and half long.

The clay, though, was shaped like a man.

Which, wouldn't be that big a deal except for the fact that the little clay "doll" had come from below a 15-foot layer of lava rock, 100 feet of sand, 6 inches of clay, 40 feet of more sand, then 165 feet composed of clay, sand, clay nodules mixed with sand, and coarse sand layers - 320 feet down.

The small doll is composed of half clay and half quartz, and according to at least one expert not the product of a small child or amateur.

Though badly worn, the doll`s appearance is still distinct: it has a bulbous head, with slightly discernible mouth and eyes, faint geometric markings found mostly on the chest around the neck, and on the arms and wrists which may represent clothing or jewelry. The broken leg was most likely caused by the drill.

The pump for the drill only worked in one direction - meaning, if the doll had fallen into the hole from above, it would have been destroyed by the pump. In a study, a professor found quartz grains under the doll`s right arm had been cemented by iron molecules which also indicates extreme age.

Geologists know the lava rock layer occurred before the last ice age. Scientists estimate the layer in which the doll was found at is over 300,000 years old.

Today, the Nampa doll is on exhibit at the Idaho State Historical Society in Boise.

Thoughts and theories?

Monday, August 25, 2014

In Which I Spend Some Of My Advance

So, as I may have mentioned, my book ALL THAT REMAINS sold this year. WOO!!

It's still awesome when I think about it, (and sometimes it doesn't feel real).

I'd always planned that if I ever sold a book, I would buy something fun with some of my advance money. I think this is something that EVERYONE should do. Because, yes, I have bills. And house repairs. And pet repairs. And a bunch of stuff I should buy for responsible reasons. And I should also just sit on any money and not touch it unless I have to.

But also. I sold a damn book, and that's awesome and really the culmination of a crap ton of hard work over a lot of years. And, you know, living the dream and all that.

So, yes, there should be some celebration with that money. Something that you can keep forever, so you can always look at it and think "I bought that with the money I earned from writing a book".

I know some people buy art, which is an awesome idea. But I am out of wall space in my house, so that wasn't quite for me.

Jewelry was the obvious idea, but I also have a lot of jewelry and I don't get to wear it all, even the pieces I love. But my mom thought I should buy a ring, because I don't have any rings and it's something I could just wear all the time.

I was a little skeptical at first until we started looking at rings.

So I decided I would wait until august when the MN Renfest starts (and of which I hold a season pass) to check out the jewelers there before I bought anything. I figured the renfest jewelers would be good because A) a lot of them are small businesses so it's always nice to support those. B) because they are handmade, everything is unique. C) and because many of them sell wedding rings, I figured there would be some high-end stuff, which was what I was aiming for.

So this weekend I went ring shopping. I had narrowed it down to 2 shops, but one just won me over.
And here's the ring I bought!

I went with amethyst, since it's my birthstone

I will never be a hand model

So there you have it! I sold a book, and I bought a ring, so I can always remember this awesomeness.

How about you? Have you ever bought anything fun with money you earned from writing? Or if not, what would you think about buying with writing money?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Fun

It's Friday! Woooo! That means it's time for the weekend! Which means a bunch of fun!

So let's get to it!



Chalk art


The Moeraki Boulders are a big attraction, found on Koekohe Beach near Moeraki on New Zealand’s coast. The huge, gray, spherical stones formed in sediment on the sea floor 60 million years ago and were revealed by shoreline erosion. The boulders, some of which stand alone and some in clusters, can weigh several tons and measure 10 feet across


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