(personal/writing) Blowing off the winter dust

You know, it’s been a LONG winter.  Maybe not GRRM long, but longer than I wanted.  Much longer than I wanted.   But it’s finally warm out.  The snow is gone and there is music in the morning when I go out.  I’m still adjusting to my work schedule, but it’s getting easier.  I’m not …

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(personal) A complaint to Daniel S Mead, CEO and president of Verizon Wireless

This is the letter that I have just put in the mail to Verizon Wireless’ CEO.  Why yes, I’m more than a little pissed off. Dear Mr. Mead,   I want to start this off by saying that I have been a loyal Verizon customer for over 5 years.  I have a family plan with …

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(writing) Thoughts on writing a series

Saturday I finished the plot summary for the second novella in the Pendragon Casefiles season 1, which is tentatively titled Deep Waters.  My goal for April is to get the plot summaries done for the remaining 5 novellas in the first season for the casefiles, so that I can write them and release them every other …

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(writing/personal) A new week, a new season, a new start

Theoretically, it is now spring.  *pauses for a look at the snowbanks outside*  Theoretically, it’s going to start getting warm any day now.  Too bad no one told Mother Nature that.  Apparently, whoever was supposed to get her a calendar for Yule forgot.  All I know is that it wasn’t me this year.   I’ve …

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(health/personal) Happy first day of Spring!

To celebrate, I got up early and christened my new swimsuit at the Y.  It felt SO good to be swimming, in a swimsuit that FIT and didn’t feel like  I was going to have a wardrobe malfunction if I breathed wrong.  (I really needed a new swimsuit, let me tell you.)  And it felt …

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(writing/cons/personal) Decisions to be made

It’s been a long week.  I seem to be saying that a lot lately.  I think it’s because it’s the end of winter – I’m so tired of the cold, and the snow, and the cold, and did I mention the cold?  I hate being cold.  I’d so much rather be hot than cold.  And …

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(food) Bread! Gluten-Free bread, even!

I love bread.  No, trust me, you don’t understand – I REALLY LOVE BREAD.  And now I’m gluten-free.   Sadness.   Except that I finally found a bread recipe that works and tastes like BREAD.  So here it is.  The original recipe came from Food.com and was done by GlutenFreeGirl in 2006 – I’m giving …

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(writing/personal) Monday, my old enemy, we meet again.

I’m trying really hard to keep updating this blog.  I feel bad that it seems to be only on Mondays – I promise, I will get onto more of a schedule soon.  Life has just been…well, life, lately.   Hubby is still job hunting, and any good thoughts (or job prospects!) that you folks can …

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(writing) Need for Speed

I’m not a fast writer.  I think my  best day was 8k, and boy, was my brain exhausted after that.  I average 300 words a day, which is a drop in the bucket for some people.  I know writers who routinely do 3-4k a day and consider that a light day.   I used to …

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(personal) Life: 1, Val: 0

It’s been that kind of week.  Hell, it’s been that kind of couple of weeks.   Let’s see.  First of all, my hubby was laid off last week.  Then, my great-uncle died.  That was last week.  I thought, okay, I can handle this.  After all, I’m still employed full-time.  He’ll find another job.  I’m feeling …

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