WIP Wednesday [December 2018]

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I mean… what is December, really? It’s filled with holiday shopping, wrapping presents, prepping for family, gathering with said family and friend, and stress. Lots and lots of stress.

So, what did I accomplish this month? What have I been working on? Nothing really writing related, that’s for sure.

I’ve tried and I’ve little bits here and there, but for the most part I’ve been dealing with real life things. Some good, some bad, unfortunately.

Most of my December work in progress has been prepping the blog for 2019 as well as coming up with a decent timeline and plan for my writing for 2019. Which, I’ll be writing a blog post about soon and also in January.

My thoughts are all over the place at the moment, if you couldn’t tell.

This week has been tough since this past weekend didn’t go as planned so now I feel like I’m rushing to get things done before Christmas. I have a lot of things to do this week that has nothing to do with Christmas so I feel like I’m scrambling. I’m usually in good shape at this time but I only just wrapped my gifts yesterday. Normally they would have been under the tree two weeks ago.

But what can you do?

It doesn’t feel like Christmas to me. I see the tree in my living room, the lights outside everyone’s houses, the chill and snow is in the air, everyone is baking… but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had the time to sit and enjoy it. I hope I’m able to finally take a breath this weekend and take in the festivities of Christmas and enjoy it all because we all know it’s going to be over in a blink of an eye.

So, yeah. That’s what’s happening on my end. Busy with lots of things but writing and sometimes blogging have had to take a backseat. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes.

What have you been working on this month? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Give Yourself Some TLC

It was the day after Christmas
and all was now calm.
No one was stirring
not even my Mom.

The holidays are over and so is 2017 for the most part.

I’ve spent 90% of my life on the computer and internet the past couple of months writing, blogging, and lately getting ready for the new year.

Work certainly takes a lot out of you as do the holidays.

So this is a gentle reminder to take care of yourself. The busy days are over. The stress should be gone.

Even if you have more writing and blogging to do, let it go for now. Take this day (or the week) to kick back, relax, and reflect on what a great job you’ve done.

Reach out to some family and friends you haven’t talked to or seen in a while and catch up. Sit on a couch with any new books you received as gifts, make a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate and enjoy. Sit in front of the fire if you have a fireplace. (I do not. Sad day.)

Spend the last week of 2017 recharging. Brainstorm resolutions that you’ll only keep for the first couple of weeks of the new year (as you do). Go out with friends and family.

Remember that you work hard each and every day and it’s okay to take breaks. It’s okay to give yourself a little vacation, even if you’re not going away anywhere fancy.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday. Please be well, be kind, and bring in the new year with lots of positivity.

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How is 2016?

How Are you 2016

We’re a week into the new year. It’s kind of crazy that this time last week was New Year’s Eve. It’s even crazier to think that two weeks ago was Christmas Eve. Time sure flies and it’s all a blur.

I’ve been doing well with a schedule I came up for myself. I’ve been slowly editing George Florence Monday through Wednesday. I edited a lot on Saturday because I went to Barnes and Noble.

I haven’t been there in a long time because of life and holidays and such. I can finally get back into my routine of going there every Saturday.

Sunday I worked on something with Kris that will be opening next month. I don’t know how many of you will actually be interested in it, but Kris and I are having fun with it and hopes it’s successful.

Today and tomorrow I’ll be working on blog posts. I had one ready to go for today. It was a new feature outside of my blog, but it was for my blog. Something happened so it looks like I won’t be doing it for a while.

Hence this random update-type post. I didn’t really have a back-up plan for what to write today.

Of course, I have plenty of drafts in my posts folder on here, but none of them looked appealing to me this morning. One of the drafts is from April 2014. Seriously.

It’s a post I still want to write and post on here, but it’s not really relevant anymore. I want to wait until Kris and I do that certain activity again and kind of freshen my memory on what we did. Yes, that one is writing related.

So I guess that’s all I have for today. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday!

How are your New Year’s resolutions going so far?

The Day After Christmas

Writing Christmas Gifts

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas day yesterday! I hope it was filled with family and friends. I hope everyone had a chance to sit back and relax.

Of course, with the festivities over, today is the day to really sit back and relax. Take a look at all the new toys you’ve gotten, take it all in, and have fun.

I got a few writing-related things for Christmas, such as the Writer’s Market books in the picture above. I’m hoping to put them to really good use in 2016. I hope 2016 is the year for my writing!

My sister also engraved a journal for me. It says, “Raise your flag let your voice be heard. Put your heart into every word you say.” They’re lyrics from a song and the pen is engraved with the title, “We Are Giants.” It’s by Lindsey Stirling, a violinist my sister and I really love.

 

I hope Santa treated everyone well this year!

WordPress Wish

Wordpress Wish

WordPress changes a lot of things. I feel like they’re changing the format of the website all the time.

The Reader is different now and there are more steps to get to the old WP Admin screen. I don’t know about any of you, but I still use and prefer the old WordPress over the new… even though the “new” is getting kind of old at this point.

If WordPress is going to keep changing things, you know what I would really love for them to have?

Folders.

I don’t know if that would help any of you, but it would certainly help me out a lot.

I write many of my blog posts in advance and I’m a very organized person in real life. It would be awesome if I could be just as organized on my blog as well.

My draft box is so cluttered with upcoming blog posts that it’s hard to keep them all in order. I have a planner to keep track of which posts are to be published on which days, but I would love to organize my categories.

Every Sunday is Short Story Sunday. Every Wednesday is Inspiration Station. Fridays are Time To Write and Saturdays are Book Reviews.

Short Story Sunday and Time To Write are always written well in advance. Inspiration Station I try to and the Book Reviews I only write in advance if I finish the book in a timely manner.

Either way, I would love for my draft inbox to have folders for each feature on my blog. It would make my life easier for when I upload posts.

Did you hear that WordPress? That’s what’s on my Christmas wishlist this year.