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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?

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Slacker(ish) Alert!

Okay, so I must admit that I was a little surprised when I saw that it has been 24 days since my last blog post.  Wow……there goes that New Years resolution!  While I’m pretty bummed that I let it go so long….I promise, I actually have been productive.  I finished my woman cave (a/k/a my office, a/k/a my writing spot).  It’s been awesome!  I’ve been doing research, including reading different aged children’s books to get an idea of what age group I would like to target.  I’ve really done quite a bit.  In fact, I even FINISHED MY FIRST DRAFT!  I just couldn’t stop myself last night.  The words just kept coming, so I just let them.  I’m feeling very proud of myself, but I’m dreading the next stage.  Revision.  I know how important this stage is, so I need to make sure and do it right.  I’d like to also work more on my characters as well.  So my question for all of you is, do you have any tips or suggestions on the revision process?  I’ve read that it’s usually good to let a bit of time go by in between revisions, but I would love some more pointers to help me along the way.  As always, thanks!

Random Remarks

To make up for my pathetic post last week (all like 5 words of it..haha), I actually do have some updates for you guys.

I’ll start by telling you that I had an AMAZING time at Jeepin’ with Judd!  We were able to go on 5 trail rides and rode the moderate obstacle course.  It rained a good chunk of the day Saturday….but mud and Jeeps go together like peanut butter and jelly so this was obviously a non-issue.  This year’s event had a much bigger turnout than last years and there were some growing pains, but it was still a blast.  Here are some pictures for you!

Onto other things now.  My husband and I just had to deal with something that was so devastating to us.  It may seem silly to some of you, but it was a punch in the gut to us.  Early last week my husband came across a dog that the Sheriff’s office found running in and out of traffic on a busy highway.  They called animal control out and were told that she would likely be destroyed within two weeks because she was a pit mix.  Obviously, we couldn’t let that happen, so he brought her home with him.  We grew so incredibly attached to her in such a short amount of time.  She was THE BEST DOG EVER!  She was less than a year old, but was well behaved, housebroken, loving, affectionate, cuddly….just perfect.  Seems like it would be a no-brainer to keep her, but we had more factors in the equation to consider.  First off, we have two (almost) 16 year old cats that would absolutely disown us if we kept her.  We tried introducing them and it didn’t go well at all.  I know we could’ve given it time, but I really didn’t want to make their last few years of life miserable.  Secondly, we have an almost nonexistent yard.  She wouldn’t have room to run and play.  And third, we like to fly by the seat of our pants and didn’t think it would be fair to pass her off to babysitters so often.  Anyway…you know where this is going….we found a new home for her Wednesday.  We did update her on all her shots and got her all squared away with heartworm and flea prevention.  She’s in a wonderful home now and the new owner even named her Kelly (our last name) in honor of us saving her.  It still sucked and we both cried like little babies, but alas….it’s over.  Here’s Babygirl….n/k/a Kelly.

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I still miss her, but the new owner said we could visit anytime we want.

So while we were dealing with this whole dog drama, I got a phone call that my Grandma is going to be dying any day now.  Her last rites were even given.  So for the last two days, I’ve just been staring at my phone waiting for the inevitable.  It’s a terrible feeling.  I know that she is ready though and she lived a long life.  It also still sucks, but that’s life for you.

So believe it or not…..with all the ickiness lately, I do have a silver lining.  Book ideas have been flowing like hot lava lately.  I have one idea for a children’s book that I’m crazy excited about!  It’s something that hasn’t been done yet, but I see so many possibilities with it.  I’ll obviously have more on that as time passes.  I also came up with another idea that I’m really excited about for an adult fiction book.  I’m making my notes, but trying to focus on one thing at a time.  It’s just exciting for me because I was having such a tough time brainstorming stuff initially.  Now it’s just coming to me left and right.  Maybe with gloom comes gain.  I don’t know, but whatever it is, I’ll welcome it with open arms.

Another incredibly exciting bit of news……The Walking Dead starts in 2 days!!!!  Woohoo!!!

A Shel Parallel

As a kid, I was dramatically obsessed with Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.  I’m pretty sure I knew every poem by heart, yet still read it over and over again.  I’m not sure what made me think of it recently….but it’s been on my mind.  It got me thinking about possibly trying to branch out and try writing a children’s book.  A book of children’s poems to be more specific.  I just remember how big of an impact books had on me as a child, and I can’t help but think of what a rewarding feeling it would be to have that same effect on a young and curious mind.  I’m just wondering if anyone out there has tried this and can give me their opinions on it.  I will do some research but would love some first-hand input.  Anyone?