Friday, January 24, 2020

This I know for sure...

A friend sent me a link for a Facebook page - Repeat Crafter Me - about a temperature blanket. The concept is to crochet one row for each day of the year. The color for each row is determined by the high temperature for that day. I never heard of this before so I decided to make one this year.

This is the color guide that was given. The suggested stitch is a granny stripe stitch. I decided to use various shades of yellow starting with a pale yellow up to an orangy yellow for stripes from 54 degrees to the 89 degrees and above temperature ranges instead of the colors shown here. I'm also using a standard V stitch instead of the granny stripe stitch.

Here's what mine looks like. It's only up through January 21st. I usually wait until I can do three or four days/rows at a time instead of doing one row a day.  It's hard to tell the purple from the dark blue in the picture. The row at the top of the photo is for January 21st.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work in Progress): I received the comments from my beta readers. I went through them and made changes that needed to be made. This week I won't have much, if any, time to get any writing work done. I have appointments on 3 separate days and my mom has a doctor appointment on another day which pretty much kills my writing time for the week.

Quote of the Week: "Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned." ~ Peter Marshall

What I'm Reading: I'm still reading "The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People" by Dan Buettner. I also started reading "Live and Let Pie" by Ellie Alexander over the weekend. 

Random Thoughts: My cat likes to go outside and sit on the porch even on the coldest winter days. I let come out on the porch with me for a few minutes and then I make him come inside. I don't want him to be out too long.

Random Photo of the Week:

                    You can tell it's cold when you cat crawls under the quilt on your bed.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Novel Writing and Sir Francis Drake

"There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory." ~ Sir Francis Drake

I came across the above quote a few days ago and was struck by how much it could also refer to completing a manuscript. A lot of people say they want to write a book. Some people start writing one, but for one reason or another, never finish it.

I think one of the reasons people either don't start or don't finish is due to how hard it is to write a 300 or more page novel. You have to make sure you have a compelling plot, interesting characters, enough of a storyline to get you through those 300 or so pages. This doesn't include learning or following the "rules" of writing such as point of view, telling vs. showing, and more.

For me the starting and finishing of the story are the most fun. Starting because the idea and characters are new and exciting. The characters usually can't wait to tell me their story. The words flow like water. Writing the end of a story is pretty much the same. Of course, I know the characters and their story by now, but it's still just as exciting as writing the beginning.

It's usually the middle the story that is hard to write. You have to maintain the momentum of the plot. You have to ensure what you're writing is moving the story forward, making sure you are including important plot points etc. This is where I think most people stop writing.

When you do finish that manuscript despite all the pitfalls, missing muses, and sagging middles along the way, it really does feel like a huge accomplishment no matter how many books you've written previously. To paraphrase Sir Francis, it does yield a feeling of true glory.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Multi-tasking Queen?

I try to get a lot of things done by doing more than one thing at a time. For example I'll put our Brita water pitcher in the sink and fill the reservoir. Rather than stand there and wait for the water to drain through so I can add more water, I'll go do something else and then come back a few minutes later to finish filling the water pitcher.

Well, I put some pop-tarts in the toaster oven and thought I'd take a quick minute to throw a load of laundry in the washing machine. I ended up getting sidetracked with other things and forgot all about the pop-tarts until I could smell them burning.

                         I guess I'm not as good at multi-tasking as I thought I was.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work in Progress): I sent images to the person who will be designing my covers and sent the first book out to a few beta readers. I've also set my 2020 goals. I still have to set up a couple of things I'm going to do to track how I'm doing on meeting those goals. 

Quote of the Week: "I try. I am trying. I was trying. I will try. I shall in the meantime try. I sometimes have tried. I shall still by that time be trying." ~ Diane Glancy

What I'm Reading: I started reading "The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People" by Dan Buettner on Monday evening. It's less a book with healthy recipes and more about how various centenarians live, eat, manage stress, and exercise. I'm only a couple of chapters into it, but I'm already finding it fascinating.

Random Thoughts: I've been following or attempting to follow the Mediterranean diet way of eating for the last year or so. I didn't want to follow a diet like Keto, Paleo, or Low Carb. Most of those types of diets where you restrict what you eat can be hard to follow long term (at least for me) so I'm trying to read up on different ways to incorporate healthy cooking that seem a natural way to eat and feel less like a diet. 

Random Photo of the Week:
            This is my ultimate life goal. One I hope to achieve within the next couple of years.