Friday, April 29, 2016

This I know for sure...

I thought I'd share a short list of the things I'm trying to live by this year. For the most part, I feel like I'm doing a pretty good job of following them.

1.)  Keep things simple. The simplest way to do something is often the most efficient way.

2.) Make a "To Do" list every weekday and have everything crossed off by the time you go to bed. -- I make a list for every day but Sundays. I did have to learn to pare down the daily list into one that I knew would be manageable. Putting things on the list and then not having time to get to them left me feeling defeated. My list usually consists of 4 to 6 things every day.

3.) Treat people like you want to be treated. Treat people that you meet with kindness and respect and help them when or if you can. -- Actually, I've done this for years as it was the way I was raised but it's always a good thing to continue to strive to do.

4.) Set aside at least an hour a day to work on goals and priorities that are important to you. If you don't make time to do what's important to you, you'll never reach your goal whatever it may be.

5.) No matter what setbacks you may suffer, keep moving forward. Do your best to keep your sense of optimism, enthusiasm, and determination to succeed.

Do you have any keys to life that you try to live by?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress): Back in the swing of things. I've written a new transitional scene and revised three chapters.

Quote of the Week: "Be a Pineapple: Stand tall, Wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside." ~ Unknown

What I'm reading:  Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz. This is a great romantic suspense novel. I hate having to put it down.

Random things:  All of the trees on my street are budding with new leaves. Some are just budding while others have small, newly unfurled leaves. The tree in my front yard -- It's still bare with not a bud or leaf in sight.

Random Photo of the Week:


                                     Sometimes I wish more people knew this.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Apologies

Sorry, no post today. My uncle was found unconscious on his kitchen floor.

Friday, April 22, 2016

This I know for sure...

I mentioned a few weeks ago on a "This I know for sure..." post that I'm jealous of my sister's skill when it comes to crotcheting and other needle arts. I've made blankets but nothing more.

I came across the directions for a mermaid blanket on the internet the other day. I've decided to give it a try. It's a blanket, which I know from past experience that I can make, but it's different than your usual blanket so it might be a bit of a challenge.

Here's the link and a picture of what it looks like:

                                                  Mermaid Blanket by Blogunity

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress): I didn't get much done last week. I ended up working 2 hours extra each day last week except for Friday. Hoping to be back to regular hours this week.

Quote of the Week: “When it comes to following your heart’s desire, there’s no such thing as being too old to start or too young to start. It’s the happiness of your heart that counts.”~ Unknown

What I'm reading: Twisted by Cynthia Eden. I just started this book, but am already enjoying it.

Random things:  I bought a rowing machine over the weekend. I had my right knee rebuilt a few years ago so I'm limited in what I can do for exercise. I was told I'll need knee replacement surgery but my orthopedist and I are trying to put it off for as long as possible because I'm "too young." I guess they don't like to do it unless you're at least 50 years old so that you have better odds of not having to undergo the surgery more than once. I've been told that the parts only last 20 years or so, then may need to be replaced.

Random Photo of the Week:


                                I saw this on the internet and it made me laugh. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

A Matter of Taste

Reading is very subjective. While in college I was assigned to read Catcher in the Rye. During the class discussion, everyone, including the professor, kept commenting on the baseball metaphors in the story. I sat there wondering if we'd read the same book because I didn't pick up on a single baseball metaphor. Although, I guess I could say in my defense that I know next to nothing about baseball so that may explain why I didn't pick up on those references. But, I digress...

One reader may love an author's work while another reader may say, "eh, it was okay" when referring to that same author's books. I guess you could say One person's treasure is another person's meh.

I know the saying is really, "One person's trash is another person's treasure" but I would never call an author's work trash. Being author myself, I know what it's like to agonize over every word, sentence, and paragraph as we build a snippet of dialogue, a swift vision of a scene, the smell of a setting, or the voice of a yet unknown character into a fully fleshed out living and breathing story.

I always find people's differing tastes in books interesting. My one sister loves James Patterson's books. Me, not so much. My oldest sister loves Stephen King and other authors in the horror genre. Me, definitely not. I have too vivid an imagination and reading horror novels gives me nightmares. I don't watch scary movies either. I love Diane Kelly's Death, Taxes series. A friend tried reading the first book and didn't finish it. She didn't like the main character.

I often ask family and friends about the latest books they're reading or have just finished. I have two reasons - one, you never know when you're going to find that great new-to-you author whose books you can't wait to read. The second reason is I'm curious if they liked the book or not and why. I don't know if it's the writer in me trying to figure out what appeals to readers or if I love books so much that I like talking about them with others.

Do you ask family and friends about the books they read?