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Balance?


Do all new bloggers go through this? I get so distracted now browsing other blogs that it seems I forget to write my own. And then there is all the reading I do. If you want to see my reviews check out my shelves on GoodReads.

Today I started on my second read of the last two books of A Song of Ice and Fire. In this second reading I am following the prescribed list according to Boiled Leather.com. Maybe it is because of watching the series and talking with my offspring about both books and HBO version (my adult children roped me into it and we have had many, many discussions, and listened to podcasts (Boiled Leather.com once again), or maybe it is that reading the two books in this manner, it all makes more sense this time around. I know more of the characters and the roles they play.

Umm. Did I mention I have ADD? And that I am now 63,  my mind jumps around more than it ever did before. So… The blogging, yes. How do you all come up with such great topics to blog about? How is it that you tear yourselves away from reading to write, blogs or otherwise? I am still trying to figure out that balance. And I’m retired. How do you students, young parents with jobs do it all?

And now I need to get ready for my walk. The weather was hot today so my hubby and I decided to walk in the evening when it is cooler. Don’t have to wear sunscreen this way!

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NaNoWriMo have helped me R-TUTE. Now I have 10 novels and need to learn to edit properly to have something worth sharing. Still the journey of writing has had its own rewards. Love this author’s blogs!

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One of the benefits of attending the same conferences year after year is I get to see which writers are published and which aren’t. Which writers finished the book, and which ones haven’t. It’s staggering how many authors I know who have been working on the same manuscript for two, three, five or even ten years. As NYTBSA Bob Mayer likes to say, “They are just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.”

I confess, I was once guilty of this behavior, too. I would absolutely edit my WIPs to DEATH, and this behavior made it impossible to finish. Thankfully, blogging and writing non-fiction has helped tremendously with my fiction. I have learned to overcome perfectionism and ship.

Just Tell the D@&% Story

I recently finished a novel, but I will confess that, as I wrote, it was sooooo tempting to go back and edit, correct, perfect every sentence. This…

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A little over a  week ago, I was excited to be nominated for the Leibster Award. By Linda G Hill . Thank you, VERY much!

Then I saw the list below for what is required. Yikes! And what is a Leibster Award anyway? I’ve sat on this for a week and finally decided to do a Google search. The first entry is a blog by Sopphey who was kind enough to share her research into the topic. There you can find the history of the Leibster Award and a bit about why it is there.

http://sopphey.onimpression.com/2012/05/liebster-blog-award-origins.html?showComment=1369520456139#c7661018021133390795

 

List 11 random facts about you. The following are MY randomnesses. What are YOURS?

  1. 1.      I am addicted to Game of Thrones, I’m on my second read through and can’t even count how many times I have watched the series.
  2. 2.      I love to sing and play the piano but haven’t been able to since we moved in these apartments.
  3. 3.      I love to read/review fantasy/sci-fi books that are written by woman with strong fem main characters. Obviously I slip every now and then (see #1) You can find my reviews on GoodReads, Amazon, LiveJournal, Smashwords and various other places I am still learning about, i.e. Libboo, etc.
  4. 4.      I love to play with Tarot Cards and read astrology books.
  5. 5.      I am VERY ADD!
  6. 6.      Plarn is one of my favorite fiber to crochet with. I feel I am saving the planet while I make soap dishes, scrubbies, planters, pencil/pen holding bookmarks, can cozies, water-bottle carriers, hats and other items of used plastic bags. I do crochet with yarn but haven’t the coin to buy it. Plarning saved me this last Christmas when I had no money to buy gifts for loved ones. Okay, the plarny items were all that special, but I think my loved ones knew I loved them. And I had fun in creating these gifts.
  7. 7.      I collect dragons. I love dragons. They appear often in my own novels.
  8. 8.      I recently was diagnosed with diabetes. So I am on mission. I have gone vegan and gluten-free, will trying to be GMO free, and organic as much as possible. Oh, and I love coconut oil!
  9. 9.      I am learning about GeoCaching seems like my friends are having fun with it.
  10. 10.  My husband is retired, I’m on disability, so we go to bed hopefully by 4AM and hopefully wake by lunchtime.
  11. 11.  I hate writing about me and making others read it. L

Answer the questions that were asked of you.

Nominate 11 other blogs for the Liebster Blog Award and link to their blogs.

Notify the bloggers of their award.

 

  1. Dreampunk Geek
  2. ESL Donna
  3. Maddie’s Blog
  4. E.J. Runyon’s Author Blog
  5. Suzanne’s Writer’s Dream Journal
  6. Laurie’s Muse and Musings
  7. Lynette Mae, Author
  8. ADD Adult Strategies
  9. Northern Nevada Disability Access
  10.  Eyagee’s Blog
  11. Get on my plate!

Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer once they accept the award.

 

The following are the questions with my answers. What would YOUR answers be?

1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

            Near or on the ocean. I love the beach in any weather.

2. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

I am not a typical fem. There was a time I ogled over shoes. Now I wish for comfort. Mostly I love to go barefoot when I can. That said: three pair of tennis shoes, multiple (10?) pairs of flip-flops, one pair of “dress” shoes.

3. Where were you born? (city and/or country – whatever you’re comfortable revealing)

I lived most of my life in Southern California. I miss the variety I was able to be a part of there.

4. Are you superstitious?

If I were, would I have picked this beautiful black cat that is sleeping next to me out of the scores of cats in the pound?

5. What’s your favourite fruit?

It used to be apples, in summer it is watermelon. Right now I am in love with the grapes.

6. If you could collect anything, what would it be? Anything at all.

            Dragons!

7. Name the members of what would make up the ultimate band, dead or alive.

            Mozart, Paul McCartney, John Williams, Ramin Djawadi, Stephen Sondheim

8. What song can you not help tapping your foot to?

            Game of Thrones, keeps me awake at night!

9. If you could paint the walls of your living room in any colour, what would it be?

            My living room used to be a bright yellow. I loved it, helped me wake up in the morning.

10. Are you or have you ever been addicted to a game?

            Card games (online or real cards), Sudoku, Ravenhearst, Apples to Apples and board

games.

11. Are butterflies pretty or creepy?

            Beautiful unless they decide to walk on me when I don’t see them first.

If I notified you of winning the Leibster Award. Here are the tasks to share with the rest of us:

 

List 11 random facts about you.

Answer the questions that were asked of you.

1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

2. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

3. Where were you born? (city and/or country – whatever you’re comfortable revealing)

4. Are you superstitious?

5. What’s your favourite fruit?

6. If you could collect anything, what would it be? Anything at all.

7. Name the members of what would make up the ultimate band, dead or alive.

8. What song can you not help tapping your foot to?

8. What song can you not help tapping your foot to?

9. If you could paint the walls of your living room in any colour, what would it be?

10. Are you or have you ever been addicted to a game?

11. Are butterflies pretty or creepy?

Nominate 11 other blogs for the Liebster Blog Award and link to their blogs.

Notify the bloggers of their award.

Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer once they accept the award.


This looks SO yummy!

Gluten Free, Soy Free, Vegan

I can’t believe I made it home just in time to catch the end of asparagus season!

Inspired by Laura, co-owner of Riverbank Farm, my housemates and I decided to try making some asparagus pasta. Who knew that it would be so amazingly tasty? Freshly blanched asparagus pasta immersed in creamy asparagus sauce, and topped with broiled asparagus. wow.

This is definitely my new favorite meal! Too bad I will have to wait another year for more asparagus. If you have some left, I highly recommend making this tasty dish while you can.

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Serves 5

Ingredients:

4-5 bunches of asparagus

GF pasta, I really like this Quinoa garden pagoda pasta

1/4 cup olive oil, plus some for frying

1/4 cup minced sun-dried tomatoes, plus extra for topping

1 avocado

3 tbsp nutritional yeast

3 tbsp soy free vegenaise

1 tbsp oregano

1 tbsp So Delicious coconut milk (not canned coconut milk)

Juice…

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So love Steampunk Dream!

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Here are some of the music and events from last weekend’s Steampunk World’s Fair.  If you are around NJ in Mid-May next year you should try to make this event.  It is so much fun.  Come in costume or in regular cloths.  Everyone is welcome.

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Steam Powered Giraffe:

First of all, these guys are so fun to watch in person.  They look, act, and sound like robots.  It’s a little freaky (in the good kind of way.)

I had no idea how popular they were.  They filled a massive tent and overflowed into the parking lot around the stage.  Much fan girl screaming was had.

Check out their site here.

The Folks Below:

My family fell in love with this band and stalked them throughout the event.  Not creepy stalking… just making sure to hit their performances.

Check out their site here.

The Folks Below

Kate Kat:

A lovely Opera…

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Part two of the fun my friend had!

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The beautiful people were everywhere at Steampunk World’s Fair 2013.  Everyone was so sweet when we accosted them asking for photos.  No one turned us down and everyone posed and smiled on queue.  It was fabulous.

I chased this lady down the hallway to get her photo crying “Monarch Lady!  Monarch Lady!”  It was worth it.  A friendly Jedi helped catch her attention for me.

DreampunkGeek: Steampunk Butterfly Lady at SPWF 2013

The friendly Jedi.  He really was a trip.  His light saber had a power pack that lit up attached to his belt that looks so snazzy.

DreampunkGeek: Steampunk Jedi at SPWF 2013

Even though it was drizzling outside this gentleman posed for us to snap his pic.  I fell in love with his hair.  Can’t explain it.  All I know is he looked particularly dapper.

DreampunkGeek: Steampunk Dapper Gentleman at SPWF 2013

His parrot moves and talks.  Need I say more?  When I was wearing my wings he actually stopped me and said “I love your wings, and…

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What fun my friend had!

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Am breaking this up into a few posts because there was just so much to see and do.

Steampunk World’s Fair (SPWF) 2013 is officially over.  I’m back home on the west coast and beginning to return to normalcy.

There is so much to say and show I’m not entirely sure where to start…

…I’ll start with me.  (Call me self-centered.  It might be true…)

I was dressed in red as the Fairy Catcher Extraordinaire on Friday.  Then I saw Steampunk C3PO, accosted him, asked for a hug, and made Juana take a photo.  One of my fav moments of the night.

DreampunkGeek: Steampunk Anna and C3PO

Next day I was the Raven Lady.  Lots of black and feathers, although I don’t think you can see the feathers too well in the photos.  My bustle was made entirely of them, and the faux iron wings were lined with feathers on the top.

The lovely Juana…

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Mystery Writing is Murder: Twitterific:   by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific is a compilation of all the writing links I shared the previous week. The link…

To pseud or not to pseud


To pseud or not to pseud. These have been my thoughts all along. I can’t decide on a Psued but feel I need one for my deeper darker writings. What are your thoughts?

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