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Catching Up Pre-NaNo


Just a peek into my last few months,

In the next few posts, I will try to share all the books I’ve read and the things I’ve made over the summer until the current  WIP. Since my son moved in and we now have a truck we go shopping a lot which takes days if not weeks to recover from. The ride over the hills is rough no matter what vehicle you use, it seems.

Most recently we took a trip to Reno to visit friends and family. It was due to a family member who was to go into surgery. But that didn’t happen. Instead, it became more visit for fun than support. The truck is supposed to be a club cab but only if you are very miniature people–or luggage. So only two of us get to ride at a time. Good thing there is a good CD player.  But the trip wore us out anyways.

I have been adding to my collection by more oldies and goodies. First of all, they are cheaper by far, but also because I want these just in case my memory goes away. Music will bring me back. At least that’s my theory. New ones include John Denver, The Supremes, Michael Jackson (Thriller, the main call to my soul, still gives me chills and creeps me out!) I know there are others but I am too tired to get up and find my CD carrier and confirm. And, I have a million reviews to write and knitting to share so… That’s all you get for now.

Oh, I’ve been binging the usuals as the living room TV doesn’t get real TV and I try to be in the LR to knit. This moment nearing the end of season six of Game of Thrones (Battle of the Bastards.) I watch everything, the commentary is after the actual and then deleteds and other features. I’m thorough. Walking Dead is next and I’m on the next to last season. I do watch the current seasons, so I do know that this is Rick’s last show this next Sunday. I’m curious to see what happens next. I love long series shows. My son is making me watch Breaking Bad soon. Not sure how I will feel as I don’t see a reason to glorify drug dealers no matter what their circumstances–others have had similar and worse situations and didn’t go there.

Okay, so this is all the set up I would normally put in my book reviews but Amazon wants purer reviews than I like to write to keep myself informed when I read them in the future. I think what is going on in my life bleeds into my reading experience. If life is uncomfortable I get bored or angry with certain kinds of books. If it is exciting I get bored with books easily, too. So … Get ready!

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I keep telling people about Cee’s blog. Here’s a WordPress special feature blog about her. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

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By nature, blogging is communal — we write publicly and interact with readers. Some people, like Cee Neuner at Cee’s Photography, have built communities around their sites. Cee hosts weekly photo challenges that not only encourage people to practice their shooting skills — they provide a welcoming space for bloggers around the world to connect. Here, Cee talks about her love for photography and what motivated her to launch challenges on her site.


What is your philosophy around photography?

Cee with her camera

I am a visual person, so being behind a camera and looking for beauty and color is in my DNA. I take photos because I enjoy it. The world comes alive. I love looking through my viewfinder: I see life so much clearer than I do without the lens. I am fortunate as I have a natural ability for composition, and that makes taking photos so…

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The Scary G Word


I’m learning a lot from this blogged series. Maybe others will find something here.

Cee and Chris

There is a word I use all the time that scares people.  I wish I could say it right now, but I’m afraid that if I even hint at it you will run away.  I know, because I’ve seen people freak out when I say it.  I watch them turn pale and get those deer-in-the-headlight eyes.  I can see that they’re looking for an escape route.  But I have to say it, so here goes.  Stay calm and keep reading.  It’s not nearly as scary as you think.

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Feeling Stuck?


I can’t wait to learn more!

Cee and Chris

(Note:  no turtles were harmed in the writing of this blog.)

Are you feeling stuck?  You know the feeling…. like you’re in a rut and can’t seem to get out.  You wind up with the same crummy relationships.  Or maybe you are in a job that is not fulfilling.  Or maybe you have given up on your dream of going to Europe.  Or finishing your degree.  Or… the list is endless.

No matter how you try to motivate yourself, at the end of the day you are still in the same place.

You kick yourself for being lazy.  You berate yourself for your lack of discipline.  You feel like a real idiot when you can’t figure out why you aren’t moving forward, even with the things that are most important to you.

You spend all your energy dancing with the Should Monster.  You know the Should Monster, that annoying fellow…

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From JJiJ’s fearless leader to those who participated.

January 31st is almost at an end here at my house, so I feel I can safely say Just Jot it January 2018 is in the bag. We did it!

Huge congratulations to all of you who managed to post every day. It’s quite the feat! And even if you jotted something down every day but didn’t post it, you still completed the challenge; JusJoJan is all about the writing, not necessarily the blogging.

I’d like to give a special shout out to our kind providers of the Daily Prompts. Your help was much appreciated! All titles are clickable links. Check out any you missed!

Drama, by Ritu – January 1st
Boisterous, by Dan – January 2nd
Passionate, by Rosemary – January 4th
Memories, by Cage (no post) – January 5th
Indelible, by Ruth – January 7th
Pants, by pensitivity – January 8th
Coffee, by Barbara – January 9th
Humiliation…

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My Secret Garden


I would like to try this when it gets warmer. Wet felting can’t be done in my house right now. This reminds me that I want to work on my needle felted seahorse soon. This is so clever and beautiful.

A Thousand Words

In addition to turning wood, I have been doing a lot of painting lately. The process of painting is also a very meditative and healing experience for me. I become lost in the colors, the brush strokes, the layers.

The original painting in these photos is of an encaustic-inspired mixed media piece I finished recently. I called it “My Secret Garden.” I created layers upon layers with a base of alcohol inks and acrylic paints. Each layer is covered with a mixture of Golden Heavy Gel Matte and Regular Gel Gloss plus a dash of water. This creates a wax-like finish without all the mess (and expense) of a traditional bees-wax encaustic medium.

Each layer contains a variety of items including gold leaf, wire mesh, buttons, copper wire, beads, dried flowers, feathers, and etc.

My inspiration came from spending time in nature and my garden. It is taking the time…

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[Dar’s comment: THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN SAYING AND THOUGHT I WAS ALONE! PLEASE READ!!! By the way, Rest in Peace

Something enormous has happened in the past forty years: girls are finally reading stories about dragons and space travel.

Source: Finding Science Fiction and Fantasy for Female Readers


I have family and friends who need to see this post beginning to END, LOL!

Cee's Photography

Photo taken in early January 2018 and notice the Halloween decorations still out.

This Which Way challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on.  You can walk on them, climb them, drive them, ride on them, as long as the specific way is visible.  Any angle of a bridge is acceptable as are any signs.

CWW Photo Challenge 

The possibilities for this challenge are endless. If you would like to find out more about what type of photos are allowed in this challenge or view past week’s entries, please click here.

  1. Create a Which Way post on your blog.
  2. Then add a link to your blog in my comment box.
  3. To make it easy for others to check out your photos and post, title your blog post “Cee’s Which Way Challenge” or “CWW” tag.
  4. Remember…

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I just went through this list and put everything on wishlists. Maybe you’ll find something interesting here, too. Thank you Elfkat for posting this!

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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Prompt Me, JusJoJan 2018


Hey, all! You’re used to getting prompts from me; now it’s your turn!

Just Jot It Januaary is not only a fun way to meet people, it’s a great way to inspire writers to keep writing once the holidays are finished and life is returning to normal. Prompts are an incredible device to get the imagination going. Wouldn’t you like to inspire a bunch of bloggers to write? Of course you would!

What I need is 22 single words to use in the Just Jot It January challenge. Read the rules carefully! This is how you can be included:

  • The first 22 comments on this post that include a single word will be the prompts for the 22 days in January that I won’t be writing my own prompts (aka One-Liner Wednesday and Stream of Consciousness Saturday).  If you write more than one word in your comment, for example, “My…

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