Sunday, November 6, 2011

More Than One Happy

 Happy Anniversary to Proper Tension; Happy Birthday to me; and happy, happy to everyone out there.

That's all.  Just happy, happy.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

I Did It

I closed two of my accounts at a major international bank.  Even if it hadn't been suggested by the Occupy Wall Street movement, I would've closed them.  I'm tired of ridiculous fees for their "services," such as they are.  It's really not that hard to close and open bank accounts, even if you have automatic bill payment systems set up.  I think that's just a myth perpetuated to make us more inclined to accept increased service charges.  Enough already.

Friday, November 4, 2011

TGIF - Now I Understand

It's been a rough few days for me - overwhelmed by schoolwork, my desire to participate in SheWriMo, and all the other things (aka the rest of my life) stranded on the wayside.  Fridays have really become the light at the end of the tunnel: a day to both regroup and get some work done.  Today I not only managed to finish a flash fiction piece that I'd started months ago, but I also submitted it and another story for publication.
 I also finally used a gift certificate from my birthday last year (it was going to expire tomorrow) and treated myself to some Malabrigo yarn to make the Transverse Cardigan from the Spring 2010 issue of Interweave Knits.
Ever diligent, however, I will mark at least five papers before I start to wind the skeins.  Promise.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

So Appropo

An appropriate image and sentiment from our Nikki McClure calendar.  Write someone a letter today.  Imagine how happy they'll be to receive something other than bills and catalogs in the mail.

SheWriMo or The Pen is Mightier than the Resentment

Okay, not really.  I'm not resenting anything or anyone (well, there is a student...) right now, but it's at that ever-special time of year when all the papers are coming in, and I risk blood loss via paper cuts.   It would therefore seem natural that I would ignore invitations to take on another task...unless that task is related to my writing, which is currently in a state of suspended animation.

That's where SheWriMo (SheWrites More) comes in - a challenge from the SheWrites community to write something everyday, and not only to write something, but to make your intentions known on the SheWrites site.  I actually do write everyday, but it's usually only in my journal.  I haven't really worked on a story since, oh, maybe September.  I sent my short story manuscript to an editor (who still has it, which to me is a good thing) and in the meantime have mostly been logging rejections and noticing the dwindling number of submissions still alive out there. 

Anyway, I took the bait and posted that I would write a blog post today.  Voila!  Mission accomplished!  If only it were always that easy.  (Note, evidently November is also National Blog Posting Month - say what?)  What pleases me even more than accomplishing today's writing goal is the support of the SheWrites community.  Shortly after I'd posted today's mission, someone replied with encouragement.  Seriously, that is just what I needed.  It's really too easy to be isolated in one's writing practice (which is one reason for this blog as well).

I'll have to think about what tomorrow's goal will be.