December 27, 2008
This was taken on our trip home from our Clarks Fork fishing trip. These hills are near Muddy Gap, WY, which happens to be the setting of my current novel. Carin was gracious enough to stop for a few minutes, but I kept taking pictures as we drove down the road--which is why you can see the reflection of the camera in this shot.
December 23, 2008
So the deal is, you open your "photo file" and post the fourth picture. I'm a bit befuddled since my files all are tucked into folders--so I'm trying to decide if I should open the fourth folder, or the first folder and the fourth picture--I have options!
Okay--so I went with the first folder that had pictures I own in it. Apparently I have several folders with pics I've snagged from other people and from the internet!
This was taken in 2005, in Peru. I was visiting a Compassion project. These kids wanted to be in a picture, so we took one :) . Fond memories.
And I tag--Sarah and Sarah and Dianna...
December 20, 2008
December 15, 2008
Our Christmas sing-along quickly took a nosedive into a karaoke night. And I'm pretty sure someone spiked Jessica's punch. That girl was on fire! At one point, Scott was laughing so hard he had to quit playing the piano. Didn't stop us, we kept on singing.
And then, there was the gift exchange, done in true White Elephant form. The gift I took sparked a cat fight between two of the pastor's wives--never saw that coming!
December 13, 2008
December 10, 2008
Usually, I get into the season. I love it. I'm a huge fan of giving gifts. I like the lights and the festivities.
But this year, I'm just not feeling it. I don't know why. But the whole joy of the season isn't happening for me. I'm trying. I'm even going willingly to parties. That says a lot.
Maybe I can find a little Christmas around the corner...
Where do you find Christmas cheer?
December 6, 2008
December 5, 2008
First, Dara and her mom stopped by the store while I was working. It was great to see her again--she is looking amazing. Africa really agreed with her!
Then, I got some super deals. By combining coupons and sales, I got about $45 worth of product for $4. So now I have a neck warmer, a reed diffuser and some presents. Got to love it!
As I drove home, the sunset was amazingly beautiful. Lots of pink and purple and gold, all sneaking around the mountains. Really awesome.
Then, I stopped and got a free cheesecake from HoneyBaked, compliments of the real estate agent who sold dad the house 12 years ago. She sends us a coupon every year for a free pie.
For dinner, I got Chick-Fil-A. More coupons. Free food.
So yeah, it's been a good day. I'd even venture a great in there!
December 3, 2008
2. I've competed in a National History Day competition. And by that, I mean at the national level. In D.C.. It was a blast.
3. The first guy who proposed to me has been in a movie (13 Going On 30) and on the show Monk. Steve--it still would never work, but I love you anyway :P
4. Growing up, I always wanted a dog. And I never got one. I had a cat. Now, I want a cat and I end up babysitting my sister's dog.
5. I've developed an allergy to dogs.
6. I was in the Peace Corps for one month before deciding that Namibia wasn't the place for me to serve.
7. I've written a screenplay.
8. There are three evil foods, they are of the devil. Corn. Strawberries. Sauerkraut.
9. My best friends all share similar names. We are Sara (me), Sarah P, Sarah B, and Dara.
10. I love Mt. Dew. It's my version of coffee.
11. My favorite color is purple, and that's what I painted my room.
12. I wear glasses except for when I'm only working on the computer. My up-close sight is fine, so fine that wearing the glasses makes it harder to see close objects.
13. I've received three marriage proposals. Sadly, none of them were overly legit.
14. I am a second born, middle and oldest child, all wrapped into one. And now you all understand my deep psychosis.
15. I despise spiders. If they are in my space, they must die. If they are outside, I will stomp at them until they run far, far away.
16. I drink only loose leaf tea--yes, I'm a tea snob.
November 29, 2008
November 28, 2008
November 25, 2008
In order to help out the Colorado Springs regional word count (we are hovering between 50th and 55th place), I'm going to explore a few of the scenes from other view points. My entire novel is written in first person POV. Tabitha, my main character, is sixteen. So I'm interested in seeing how some of the events play out in someone else's mind.
I can't verify the novel until later today...but soon I shall have a purple bar on the NaNo site. I live for the purple bar!
November 22, 2008
November 20, 2008
I'm tired of groups wanting equality and wanting everyone to be accepting, and then those same groups turn around and are unaccepting of those who are different than them. Perhaps we need to start a revolution that shouts for freedom to be ourselves, to not have our beliefs questioned, to be able to do what WE want.
I know one thing, if I were still a member of eHarmony, I would cancel over this. Just because I think it's weak to give in when refusing to provide a service is something that we should be able to do under the name of freedom.
I wonder when this nation will realize that we are in a handbasket that is flying down a road paved with good intentions...
November 17, 2008
I'm almost to 40,000 words. This is pretty early, but my story just seems to write itself. I love writing in first person, it just comes out easier, and I think it's more fun to read.
I have things to get done today, so I suppose I should get to it. But it's been nice taking it easy this morning.
How is your Monday going? Off to a good start? Tell me about it!
November 15, 2008
November 14, 2008
I have no desire to unify with any group that is only interested in being unified under their rules, under their leader. I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise. These are the same people who want to celebrate diversity as long as that doesn't include the right wing, gun owners and Christians.
I love them because they are human, but I sure don't like they way they think.
November 12, 2008
But with that, there comes a whole slew of other factors, some of which make life more difficult. Last year, I was starting a new job (not to mention the one I started in October!). This year, I'm house-sitting for over half the month. Throw in the fact that my family shows no appreciation for my non-financially rewarding pursuit, and things can get a bit stressful.
I am thankful for having a wonderful group of writers this year--not only are they writing like the lean mean NaNoWriMo machines that I knew they could be, but they show up for write-ins and they say thank you. It's heart-warming.
And my dearest and best friend (the one NOT doing NaNo this year), Dara, did ask about how my novel was going. All the way from Ghana. It means the world to me that she remembers such things, even though she's half a world away and trying to finish up her Peace Corps service.
And since you asked (or you would, if we were face to face now), I'm doing very well on my novel. Yesterday I netted 6,000 words. That might be a personal one day best! My total word count is 27,000. That puts me well past the halfway mark--and it's not even the 15th yet!
Okay, I have some writing to do. So do you. Leave me a comment. What do YOU love about November?
November 8, 2008
November 6, 2008
wine OR beer: neither--mixed drinks!
coffee OR tea: tea
night gown OR pajamas: pj's
bath OR shower: mostly shower, with an occasional bubble bath
lefty OR righty: mostly righty but I can do a lot with my left hand...
cake OR pie: pie, but not a huge fan of either
pumpkin pie OR pecan pie: pecan
one story OR two story: why can't I have lots of stories?
dog OR cat: cat, don't have one, but want one. Not so much a dog person
early bird OR night owl: night owl baby
sport utility OR car: drive a car, want a Jeep
vanilla OR chocolate: mint?
scrambled OR over-easy: depends on my mood
dress OR pants: pants, usually
mustard OR ketchup: mustard, not a big fan of ketchup
red OR green: green
laptop OR desktop: lappy
coke OR pepsi: coke
flats OR high heels: flats
fiction OR non-fiction: fiction, hands down
pulp OR no pulp: no pulp
hugs OR kisses: um, going with hugs for now
will YOU play along OR won't you?
I will tag Miss Pottenger, because I know she can't resist--and Aimee, because I know she updates her blog on a regular basis :P
November 5, 2008
I can safely say I've never been so far along on in just four days of writing. I haven't even done my words for today. My goal is to be over 12,500 by the time I go to bed. Maybe I should challenge myself and shoot for 15,000. I could do it. If I wanted...
November 4, 2008
Seeing as I hate watching coverage of most anything on tv (because let's face it, there is only so much you can say about the same piece of information, and I get tired of sweet nothings fast), that brings me to two options. As much as I adore House (and oh, I do adore him!), I have a novel to write.
So I'm going to spend election night at Panera with other people who are more focused on writing a work of fiction than watching one unfold on tv :P .
Happy writing--and go vote!
November 3, 2008
I should be writing right now.
November 1, 2008
October 31, 2008
This is a sestina--one of my all-time favorite forms. It hinges on the repetition of six words (I like to use nouns myself) in a given order through the first six stanzas. Then they combine in three short lines in the last stanza. The repetition gives this form a rhymth and flow that is unique (and not drive by meter, I might add!).
The way I like to write sestinas is to have random people give me a noun (now you know why I ask!) and then use those to write the poem. Yes, this means I have less control. It also means that I sometimes have to tie together ideas and objects that no sane person would put together. But that is part of the fun.
This particular sestina was written as a challenge between some friends. We all used the same six words and each wrote a sestina. It was a blast! And here is the result:
Elegy for Constantinople
Dream with me of Istanbul-
of Constantine eating licorice,
a culture in generation,
shrouded by one man’s nebula.
Byzantium hears its epilogue
played over and over on the piano.
In these Turkish streets, my footsteps piano—
I tread ever lighter through Istanbul
searching for the epilogue.
Wedged in cobblestone, the blue-flowered licorice
pulls me into a botanical nebula
and I am anchored by a deep-rooted generation.
Will I ever see my own generation?
A child of mine, sitting at this piano—
sent across space from a sparkling nebula,
whispering the secrets of Istanbul,
sneaking twists of licorice—
Will I ever see my own epilogue?
Pinpoints of prophecy litter the epilogue—
Hints to a wiser generation,
advice sweetened with the root of licorice,
rings through time, hitching a ride in the notes of the piano.
It warns of crusaders sacking Istanbul
and the serendipity tucked within the nebula.
Time wraps this world in nebula—
withholding clarity until the epilogue
as it paces the shores of Istanbul.
Waltzing along the final generation,
minutes trip through, like scales on a piano,
or a nymph feasting on licorice.
From seed to pod to bean to candy delight, licorice
dances in a course nebula,
bowing and blushing, displaying piano
as it delivers a one-word epilogue.
Flora and fauna continue generation,
overtaking the streets of Istanbul.
Let the taste of licorice be this dream’s epilogue
and the nebula of the last generation.
I will play life’s piano and dance on rooftops in Istanbul.
October 30, 2008
I've been waiting for a year now to get another perm. Curls help keep me from hating my ever so straight and ever so flat hair. But curls also cost money. Thanks to a dear friend who took some B&BW stuff off my hands, I had some extra cash. And Shelly told me about the Salon Professional Academy where they do perms for considerably less than most places (and the students are checked every step of the way, so a mishap is no more likely than with any other place).
So I have curls.
But I also have chemical smell.
I don't recall a perm ever being so very smelly before. I didn't sleep a wink last night because the chemicals were so overwhelming. I rinsed my hair this morning just to help (plus, it was frizz city and I can't handle frizz!). I have to hold out until tomorrow to wash it--pray for me!
(photos to come when I have a) someone to take the picture and b) my laptop to upload said picture.)
October 27, 2008
I've written three NaNo novels over the last four years (I took off the year I went to Africa). I love the rush and the frenzy.
And this year, I'm looking for sponsors. The organization that puts on National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) does this as a non-profit. This is their 10th year hosting the event--and they have almost 60,000 people registered to write this year. They even have a Young Writer's program that is encouraging youngsters to write and flex their creative story-telling muscles. And I'm asking you to support me in supporting them.
So if you would like to sponsor me. You can make a one time donation or sponsor me per 1000 words. Just visit here to make a donation. It's safe, secure and you are helping a great cause.
And check back often in November as I post my running total word count!
October 25, 2008
October 24, 2008
It's when I get to do something fun that I don't normally do. Maybe it will be a review, or a poem I've written or a guest blogger. You'll just have to tune in on Friday's to find out.
Today, you get a book review...
As many of you know, I have a goal to read 100 books in 2008. I'm close. This book, The Third Angel, by Alice Hoffman, marks my 90th book! Here's the review I posted on www.goodreads.com and on CleanPlace:
Wow. Double wow. This was a great book. I wasn't so sure at first--I was a bit nervous because the story was just so so. But as the story developed it became this beautiful, sparking spider web of lives and loves and hopes and pains that I just couldn't tear myself away. I read 2/3rd of the book in one night--and only stopped because I had to get up in a few hours. I could have read this one in a single sitting if time had permitted.
When I finished, I really wanted to sing "It's a Small World After All" but with a mellow undertone and in a minor key--because that was how the story made me feel. The cool thing, I think, about this book, is that one of the characters in it writes a book that can be read front to back or back to front--and you get a different story. This book works a bit the same. If you read part 3 then 2 then 1, you would get a different effect of the story--but still the same words.
And a fun trivia fact, Alice Hoffman is Jodi Picoult's favorite writer--and with good reason!
October 22, 2008
And as it turned out, my souffle was free because it was about to "expire". That just means they had held it to max hold time and would throw it out. Since it was just expiring, I didn't mind. So I got my favorite breakfast for free.
Now if only the creepy old guys by the window would understand that it's rude to lift the shades and allow all the glares off the cars parked outside in--then we would be having a perfect day!
(I'm sad to report that I've seen nothing wacky this week--nothing. The lack of strange and bizarre things is starting to concern me.)
October 21, 2008
* why I can't use shampoo and conditioner at the same rate.
* why the floor is always 5 degrees colder than the top of the room (okay, I do understand this one, I just fine it odd that it's always 5 degrees).
* why I didn't know how cool forensics were in high school or early college when I might have had a chance to get a degree in it.
* why Sprint thinks that their "product placement" commercials would make anyone want to buy their phones.
* why ANYONE would watch Celebrity Rehab--honestly, I don't like these people anyway, why do I want to watch them act like spoiled children.
October 18, 2008
October 16, 2008
October 13, 2008
The major drawback to staying at this place is that they don't have wi-fi. There isn't a wi-fi signal in the area to even mooch off of. What do they have? Internet on a Macintosh desktop computer.
While I think Apple does fun commercials--I'm very unconvinced that Macs are better. In fact, after the last two weeks, I'm pretty sure I won't buy one. Ever.
PC's, for all their instability and failings, seem to work logically. I can find stuff and make programs work like they should. They have multiple buttons on the mouse to give you options, including the amazing scroll bar. When I tell my PC to copy something, it does it. It doesn't pretend to copy. The PC also knows the difference between a backspace and a delete. They are not the same thing.
So, I've been having to schlep my way to Panera every few days to get things done online. It's a tad annoying, considering that it means less time by said pond and woods!
If I ever live in such a lovely place, I'm totally having wireless internet so my friends won't suffer!
October 11, 2008
October 10, 2008
That was close.
Some days we don't know the angels that keep us from harm. Today, I know there were angels between my car and the one behind me. I'm every so thankful!
October 9, 2008
October 8, 2008
who is driving this crazy thing?
Two for the price of one...
What sort of wackiness did YOU see this week?
October 7, 2008
October 6, 2008
October 4, 2008
October 2, 2008
I can't wait for Dara to be back. I miss hanging out with her. She is the all-time best person for me to watch movies with because she gets my quirky humor. We are the sort of friends that will go out for a "quick" dinner and still be at the restaurant hours later, deep in conversation. I appreciate Dara's outlook on life, her artist eye and her amazingly generous heart. She is a true blessing in my life.
And in two months, she will be back here, in Colorado. When she left, I told her that the balance of the world was now off-kilter. I'm anxious for it to stabilize again!
October 1, 2008
This week, the thing that made me go "huh?" was the Domino's pizza guy in the drive through line at Chick-Fil-A. I wish I'd gotten a picture, but I had no camera with me :( .
September 30, 2008
September 29, 2008
Rumplestiltskin eat your heart out!
September 27, 2008
September 23, 2008
I went to see her today and Taytum is adorable. Just over 6 pounds, dark hair and the longest toes I've ever seen on a newborn. But talking doesn't do much--here's the photos! (I didn't take many because Trey, her proud daddy, handed her over to me shortly after we got there--and I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to hold the bundle of cuteness!)
Here's me with Taytum...
And her proud daddy...
Shelly showing Taytum off to Will and Kayla...
(I didn't take any pictures of Deb because women who have just given birth shouldn't have cameras stuck in their faces. Not to mention that between Shelly and I, we held Taytum almost the whole time.)
I thought not.
(I'll have to check with Carin, but this is some house in England. She visited there recently. Must be great to work for the government!)
September 22, 2008
So far, I'm happy to say I've discovered a new author that I love. Her name is N.M. Kelby and she has four books out. I've read three of them, In the Company of Angels, Whale Season and Murder at the Bad Girl's Bar and Grill. Kelby is quirky and fun. Check her out! Here's her very happy picture from GoodReads.com (where she is a friend of mine!)
September 20, 2008
Anywho, here is your first Saturday Snapshot!
This is a picture of the first African sunset I ever saw. Taken from my hotel room in Joburg, South Africa. It was rather lovely, don't you think?
September 19, 2008
It's now September (breathe...I know, you are asking yourself how it got to be September already, I totally understand!) and I'm still in waiting for this new position. But there is good news on the horizon. The position was approved by the board and now the job description just needs to be written and approved by HR.
So I don't have a start date yet, but within a few weeks, hopefully I will. Keep praying (if you've been praying with me--I SO appreciate it!) or start praying that things will continue to work out. I'm really excited about this position and the way it will use my skills and talents!
September 17, 2008
September 15, 2008
Baby Girl isn't any closer to showing her face, but Deb and I had a good time hanging out. Guess it's time to go work on the blanket so when baby gets here, she'll be kept warm.
September 13, 2008
And I got him the eight nugget combo with lemonade (medium) and fries (large). So I bring the drinks back to the table and he looks at it. "That's not a large drink, is it?" I blink. "You didn't ask for a large drink," I said.
He shrugs and I go to get the food try. Once sitting, we start in on dinner and he eats his fries first. Then he opens his nuggets. He looks at me and says, "eight is the big pack?".
My somewhat snippy reply was, "No. The twelve pack is the big one. The eight pack is what you asked for."
Somehow, he just didn't get out what he really wanted last night. Next time, he can come up and order with me!
September 11, 2008
September 10, 2008
I've amassed a lot of belongings over the years. I have a bed, a poof chair, two popasan chairs, bookcases, dressers, side tables, televisions, lamps. But the one thing I DON'T have is a kitchen table. I've wanted my own kitchen table for a long time. I've come close to getting one a few times. Yet the table still eludes me.
Somehow, the table has become sort of a marker to me. I think when I finally get one, it will signify something major in my life.
Or it could just be a kitchen table.
September 7, 2008
We saw some great sunsets...
And here is my tent--I was right on the river so I was lulled to sleep every night!We went up to the Crandle one day, here is dad fishing and a shot of the river--
I was obsessed with taking pictures of berries and other small objects this trip...
I was fascinated with this tree...
Here's a close-up of the moss...
Hope you enjoyed those bits of heaven!