Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy Monday!

Hope you guys had a productive day! Did you get anything accomplished toward your goals? Me? Why, yes I did. My immediate goal is to have a chapter uploaded to both crit groups for review while we're gone this week. As long as the weather holds up...I'll go into town for coffee and check email by Friday.

A fellow OKRWA author has recently been asked to participate in a group blog. I was trying to cut back on my blog visits, so the ones I do check out need to be writing relevant. This one looks very promising, great authors and an interesting topic. Check it out for yourselves...

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Good news?

I accomplished part of my goal to get healthy this year...on top of the 10 lb weight loss. I finally decided to go see a doctor about my back. I've had a bad back for years and several doc's told me to take Motrin and be more careful about how I lifted heavy objects. Nowadays I'm having many more bad days than good and am getting tired of living with the pain. Hubby got tired of seeing me hurt and insisted we go see a doctor. So I did.

You just can't imagine my relief when the doc told me to stand and pushed on the exact spot that gives me trouble. He had me bend in several different angles and asked so many questions that gave me confidence he actually knew what he was talking about. I almost cried when he said he understood and will refer me to an orthopedic specialist. He's not sure of the exact problem but said he could feel some "gnarly spasms" going on and it's most likely a disc issue. He prescribed four different medications which I frowned on...but he asked me to trust him. I took them and within 15 mintues...I wanted to go back and kiss the man. Hubby agreed. ;) Doc said he wanted to keep me comfortable while waiting to see the specialist. And I am. The first time I took the muscle relaxant...saying I was loopy is an understatement, but the pain went away. For the first time in years I was able to sleep through the night.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

We're home!

Well, we got home Thursday night and spent some time with a family friend who has just returned from Iraq. Got to hear some stories, some of which I probably didn't need to hear. He also showed us footage of when their convoy was hit with an I.E.D. How his wife was able to sit and watch it over and over again is beyond me. So the guys got to share war stories and got a military family perspective on the upcoming administration changes and how it'll affect them. It's amazing to hear real life perspective compared to a vote bartering politician's or biased media reports.

Anyhoo...nine days is too long to go without cyber connections. We leave out for the cabin again on Tuesday and I think I'll have to make a point of going into town several times. Little man was able to play in the snow and thinks it'll still be there when we get back.

Amazing. It's the middle of January, a new year, and I still feel good about my simple resolutions. I've lost 10 pounds from just cutting out pop and crappy snacks. I haven't caught up with everyone on crits...but I'm keeping up at least and actually working with one person at a time. So I feel good about seeing progress. I'm keeping my resolution to 'just do it'.

My WIP is coming along. Not as fast as I would like, speed will come as the words flow. At least I feel confident about the new changes though. I'd like to have the partial revised and subbed by the end of January. We'll see. Looking forward to a productive week!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Good Monday morning!

I hope everyone had a great holiday break. I know several of you have set aside today to get back on a writing schedule. Alot of kiddos are going back to school and spouses back to work. Yay! Don't get me wrong...I love my cowboy. But it will be nice to get back into our routine.

I'm proud of myself because I've actually worked on my WIP everyday. I've been going through and taking out as much backstory as I can. The hard part though is changing the beginning to start with more conflict. I downloaded everyone's chapters that I need to crit. We're headed back to the cabin and hopefully I'll keep get a ton of work done. I would LOVE to get my partial revised and subbed. I'm "determined" to finish this story and move on.

I'm "determined" to get published this year.

Friday, January 02, 2009


So how was everyone's New Years celebrations? We actually made it to midnight...had our sip of champagne and went straight to bed. LOL. But what was important...? I did what I set out to do. Easy-peasy you say? Not for me. But it started out my new year exactly like I wanted. I followed through with my first goal of the year. We had a variety of appetizers and sat around with little man and played games with him. Our oldest went to a church lock-in with friends and had a great time.

I love this time of year. Fresh and full of motivation. My writing buddies are all focused and determined which fuels my fire. I'm hearing the word determination alot. I was able to catch up on some of my crits, but not all. At least I put forth a valiant effort and didn't just give up. I even worked yesterday while everyone was laying around being lazy.

With that said...I'm off to butcher and rebuild my chapter. Have a productive day!!