Archive for February, 2011

Crafty Creature

Monday, February 28th, 2011

I spent time on the weekend attempting to put together some sort of crafting/sewing area in the bedroom used by B.E.’s daughter when she comes to stay with us. In doing so, I opened and emptied a number of boxes that hadn’t been touched since I moved from Toronto in 2005.

Uh, yeah.

I have solemnly promised B.E. that I shan’t buy yarn or fabric for the near future. I didn’t realize I had so MUCH of both! Who knew?!?

Also, I believe that I must have a touch of ADD, as I found perhaps six or eight (I dunno, I didn’t actually count) projects (mainly knitting ones) that are incomplete. Blankets, sweaters, mittens, a stuffed animal, etc.

Oops. How embarrassing. Apparently I have problems committing.

Anyway. Things are slowly getting organized, although I may need one more of those plastic drawer units that are on wheels to finish up. And maybe a couple of small plastic bins, too. But it’s a start. And at least this way I know (more or less) where all of my supplies are, so I can simply pull out what I need and get to work.

That’s the theory, anyway. We’ll see what happens when I start something new or finish up something as yet incomplete.

Friday Footage - Whoa

Friday, February 25th, 2011

This is so freakin’ cool. I love it. It’s like science fiction, or something. I just hope I’m around long enough to see these sorts of things become commonplace. Wouldn’t that be a mindjob?

Ranty McRanty-Pants

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I feel…annoyed.

Maybe it’s something in the air, but things in general feel grating. Like fine-grit sandpaper on your skin. It doesn’t hurt, but you can’t miss it.

I’ve noticed a lot of stupidity in the air lately — a ton of local drunk-driving convictions, kids/teens committing vandalism and other petty, dumb things — and for some reason it’s all rubbing me the wrong way.

Maybe it’s partly because I’m a rule-follower. To a fault, sometimes. (To wit: many years ago I tried to take an extra IKEA catalogue from one of the stores, on top of their two-catalogue-limit maximum. I just couldn’t do it. I actually became nauseous and felt horrible. Over a catalogue, people. A catalogue. So maybe my view on all of this is just a tad skewed.)

So it really butters my buns to see people flagrantly breaking rules when everyone knows those rules to begin with, and there really are no excuses (especially with drinking and driving. Dudes. Seriously.).

I’d turn to vigilanteism, except I’m too much of a wimpy chicken. And I’m a (rapidly-approaching-middle-age) housewife with kids. Vigilantes are single loners with no family or friends to speak of, right?

Anyway. I digress. (Boy this blog is certainly living up to its name tonight, huh?) There’s something very slightly caustic in the air, and I’m just hoping it clears by tomorrow.

(I think tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and clear. That’ll help burn it off.)

Well, it’s almost my bedtime. I’ve said nothing of import, so you can all go about your lives content in the knowledge that I’m a rambling prat and apparently have a lot to say about nothing. Maybe I can get better.

Or maybe I should just write more fiction.

:P

Benchmarks

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Do you people do this?

Have you ever found yourself saying things like, “Once this happens, then I’ll be able to focus on that.” or “After this is finalized, life will be so much better.”

I catch myself doing it all the time. The fact that I was doing it just now was the impetus for this blog post. It’s tricky, isn’t it? Sometimes I think focusing too much on creating the perfect circumstances for whatever it is (life, job, love, etc.) means you’re either a) not accomplishing what you want to do because you’re letting outside influences affect your plan or b) you’re not accomplishing what you want to do because you’re not looking at the big picture and instead focusing on micro-details.

This is not a good thing. Well, I certainly can’t find an upside to it. Yes, maybe sometimes those “ifs” and “whens” truly are dependent on something you have no control over (like legal issues, or waiting on another person to give you info/help you/provide resources or support) but most of the time they’re not.

I think we spend too much time looking ahead at then and not paying close enough attention to now. To give you an example, I sometimes find myself thinking, “Once Ms. Junior Peanut is old enough, then I can really get back to serious writing.”

Well, sure. All you parents out there know how much time and effort are involved with raising children — and the amount of time and effort seem to be inversely proportional to the age of the child, but I digress — and don’t get me wrong, that is time absolutely well spent. But it doesn’t leave a whole lot for anything else. Right now, it’s enough that we all have clean clothes to wear and meals on the table. And really, just when is “old enough”? I have a sneaking suspicion that’s the answer of a procrastinator.

Guilty as charged, your honour.

But there are moms (and dads) who not only have infants in their lives but also manage to write books at the same time. So there must be a way to do it, right? The question becomes, what do you sacrifice to be able to do what you want to do? And when do you wait versus when do you just close your eyes and make the leap?

I think this is a motivation post. I’m not entirely sure because I feel like I’ve just been rambling on. But I think I just need to stop worrying about when the conditions are right and just do what I can. Maybe now is the right time to just enjoy my new baby girl and not think about writing books. Maybe I’m just prioritizing poorly and need to fix that so I can do both. I don’t know what the correct answer is to all of this. And that, on top of everything else, is the most frustrating of all.

So what say you, Gentle Reader? Any thoughts?

Social Media And Me

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Sounds like the title of a bad ’70s public health video or something.

But seriously, I get the need for authors today to use social media in order to talk themselves up, get their name out, bring attention to their books, etc., etc. My problem is, I’m not a fan of using it. I’m on Twitter (as you can see on the sidebar to the right), and I’ve got a Facebook page, in addition to this blog (and incomplete website) but I’m not using those two media effectively.

I’m trying to decide what to use. I need to narrow my choices down and use perhaps only two things. The blog is a given; even though right now my posting is haphazard, I feel like this is my main internet presence. This has been around the longest, and I’m the most comfortable using it.

At this point I’m considering deleting the Facebook page and just using Twitter. I think it would be a quicker and easier way to relay important information and post links to book releases, blog posts, etc., with minimum upkeep.

I dunno. What do you folks think?

Frankly, I think it would probably be more important just to spend time writing good books, but hey — what do I know?

(Some days, not a hell of a lot…)

That’s It, We’re All Going To Hell

Friday, February 11th, 2011

This post by Chuck Wendig makes me both peesnortle with laughter and weep bitter, bitter tears at the same time.

Welcome to my world, peeps.

(How we all doin’ out there, by the way?)

Sorry, Folks

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Have company for the week. Have been absent getting the house ready, and will now be busy spending time with said company.

I’ll try to pop back when I can. Thanks for being patient!

xoxo