Speechless

Some random blabber for you.

So I woke up this morning with the same thought I’ve had every morning for the last few weeks……I really need to work on a blog post.  I can come up with all kinds of excuses for being such a slacker.  Four baseball and softball games a week (courtesy of the niece and nephew), basketball games, a demanding job and trying to keep up with regular family life makes for one busy and exhausted gal.  However, this is what I love to do, and no amount of “busy” should keep me from doing what I love.  There’s no excuse for that.  Considering this…..here I am!  So when I logged in and saw it’s been THREE MONTHS since my last post…………SPEECHLESS!!

On another note, I live in Brevard County,  Florida, which is a little over an hour from Orlando.  The tragic events that have happened there over the past week have really felt way too close to home.  It is hard to escape thinking about it when it’s on every news channel, every website, all over social media and in the mouths of my friends and family.  I just don’t understand how so much hatred could fill one human being’s body to make them take the lives of others just for doing nothing at all, but simply being themselves.  It makes me so angry!  And then I see some of the ignorant posts on Facebook from people automatically pointing fingers at this or that.  How about we first finish mourning the loss of 49 Americans and then maybe…..just maybe…..we can understand that the shooter (a/k/a many other choice words I won’t quite use right now) is really the one to blame here.  Sure, there might be other things that can be done to try and prevent this or that, but ultimately, put that pointing finger away for now!  What ever happened to accountability?  Again…….SPEECHLESS!!

On a more positive note, I am picking back up on my children’s book.  I basically have it finished and just need to fine tune a few things (names of characters, towns, etc.) but I feel pretty damn good about it so far.  I have been hitting a wall on coming up with the specific names, but hopefully some creative bug will slap me on my head soon.  Anybody have any suggestions?

My Woman Cave

I’ll start off by giving my bad news….my Grandma finally passed away on Wednesday afternoon.  It’s incredibly sad and I’ll miss her tremendously, but I know she was ready and she can now be at peace.

The good news is that, in attempting to keep my mind occupied, I have been very productive with my writing.  I am in the process of setting up my woman cave…a/k/a my writing space.  My birthday is Sunday and this writing space is my birthday wish.  We are turning our breakfast nook into my writing space.  It’ll have a desk, bookcase and whiteboard.  I started picking up some office supplies to keep handy and will order the desk and bookcase this weekend.  I also went to the library and picked up a ton of children’s books for research.  I’m trying to figure out what age group I want to target with my children’s book, so these books will help with that research.  I also picked up some books on writing children’s books so I could get some tips and pointers.  I started reading all of these books last night and have some great ideas.  I’m getting very excited about it all!

I talked to a good friend about really making my writing a priority.  I am going to commit myself to writing so many hours a week and if I don’t meet that quota, I will have some type of punishment.  I haven’t decided on that punishment yet, but I’m hoping that will get my butt in gear.

My question to all of you is…..do you have any tips on making a great writing space?  Also, any ideas for punishments on not meeting my goals?

I did it!  (Insert Round of Applause)

So it’s not even 6:00 am on Friday morning and I am on my way out the door to head to Jeepin’ with Judd!  So this will be my quickest post yet.  Please excuse any grammatical errors.  I just wanted to send you all a quick update.  I FINALLY HAVE A GREAT IDEA!  It’s for a children’s book and it’s not a poetry book, but I feel like it’s pretty darn brilliant!  I haven’t seen it done yet, which is an obstacle I kept encountering.  More on this later…..had to meet my one a month quota.  I’ll have some updated Jeepin pictures too!  Have a great weekend!