Category Archives: The Currents

Planning…..

Juggling everything that I do doesn’t always mean I’m successful at it. No pics this time folks. My week has gotten away from me a bit. This week and last were pretty busy with baking projects with SamBee’s Sweets. Virtually no real writing has been accomplished on the book. Though I am working to get scenes in as I can between all the other projects and work hours. Really, I’m just trying to keep myself going with the day job where I’ve had bosses in the office for audit and meetings. So, believe me when I tell you that this lady is absolutely ready for a break of some sort. Hopefully this weekend I’ll have a chance to catch up and recouperate.

Things are looking up in many ways. That’s a good thing. It also means that I’ll be busier than I have been in the past. That could turn problematic if I don’t plan ahead. So, for my blog this weekend I’m likely going to give you a bit of a walk through of my planning technique and what I use to keep track of it all. I’m sure that, since there is a holiday weekend, I’ll find time for some photos of the current incarnation of my planner.

I am really looking forward to a couple of days to focus on creative projects. I’m hoping to find a couple of hours to be at the easel painting in the midst of all of the merry making. But there are so many preparations to be made for the Gala in October. We plan to get started on those things to minimize last minute things. It will already be a super busy week leading up to it. But, it should be a great opportunity to put our work out there and really let the community know we are here and doing some tasty things.

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In which the author is sidetracked…

Wow, the time got away from me.

I’ve been most of the week in my little writer’s studio working away on my novel in the time that I’ve had. Happy to say that it is going really well. Hoping to be at the halfway mark by the end of the day today. We shall see if the muse sticks around like she has been. So far, so good. The outline helps. But it has been good to be doing what we writers do.

I am going to try to have something a bit less trivial next post. I’m looking over options from my brainstorming sessions to find something interesting to bring you.

I’ve been thinking over the idea of bringing an episodic fiction series to Patreon. Initially thinking about something with a bit of a vintage feel to it. For those who don’t know me well yet, you’ll find that I love the Victorian Era fashions and social graces. I’ve wanted very much to write something set in that era. I’m not sure if it would quite fit the usual steampunk mold or not. I’m not about the cogs and gears so much. But, I do think it could be interesting and find an audience. For me it would be a bit different from the usual style as well. That sort of break could be good for me.

Speaking of breaks, I did take one this evening to watch Kong: Skull Island. I’d seen the movie while on a date when it was in theaters. I’m not usually an action film girl. I made an exception here because I remembered it being pretty good. (Well, it could also have been because of Tom Hiddleston but, I digress.) It was a good film. I think it went into a greater detail that opened the whole concept up for a new generation to enjoy. Definitely was more about the myth behind it and wove in a whole history that was interesting and kept you riveted.

I have mixed feelings about the remakes I see now. It almost feels that Hollywood isn’t willing to take chances on new ideas anymore. There is no shortage of new fiction out there to pull from. Many a novelist also dabbles in screeenwriting. We’d love to see our characters brought to life on the silver screen. But, again, Hollywood would rather invest time and resources into making a new version of King Kong or It for example. I get it, those are sure box office revenue winners. They are in it to make money. I’d just like to see more storytellers get their work to the audiences that will love them.

Before I call it a night, I want to take a moment to reach out to all of you. What would you like to see here? I have ideas but, I would love to answer some of your questions as well. It can be about writing, self-publishing, creativity, or even just life in general.

What’s on my nightstand?

There seems to always be an interest in what authors are reading. Make no mistake, most of us are always reading something. Some of our favorite places are bookstores after all. So, I’m going to do a recurring posting series talking about books I’m reading and what I think of them. Hopefully I’ll be able to promote some of my fellow independent authors in doing this too.

phone-1052023_960_720I admit that I’m a slow reader. Between a day job that consumes many of my waking hours and trying to write my own fiction, this blog, and market the whole, I don’t get a lot of time to read for pleasure. But there is always something on my Goodreads shelf, Kindle Fire, and bedside table.  In fact, I’m one of those people who start a lot of books and take forever to finish them. If you want to follow me or connect over on Goodreads, I welcome you to check out the profile by clicking here.

So, what am I reading?

Big Magic

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Big Magic cover courtesy of Elizabeth Gilbert’s website. https://www.elizabethgilbert.com/

 Creative Living Beyond Fear – by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book is a great read for anyone who is ready to make the leap into a more creative lifestyle. I found it to be both inspiring and practical really. Gilbert doesn’t mince words when it comes to the valid fears that come up when you consider embracing your creativity.

She talks about various concepts that depict creativity as a series of experiences that are almost spiritual in nature. It is not a new concept. In fact, I find that the more creative people I talk to, the more I find most of us hold that belief about our own unique experiences in living this creative life. And there is something almost transcendental about bringing something to life on the page, easel, or whatever other media you choose to work in. What it definitely takes to do that is courage.

Big Magic is a huge pep talk for creatives. Wonderfully modern and frank in tone, Elizabeth Gilbert essentially tells creators to push aside the fear more often than they give into it. Reminders that while ideas are always out there, they may not all work out or be great ideas for a particular artist. The key is to step out and make the art instead of wishing we were or pining away for a life we aren’t willing to allow ourselves to lead.

I am definitely taking a page from her book of wisdom.  Realizing that life is about discovering what we are capable of.  I’m taking steps to write more and put myself out there more. Which is why you see me more often here and hopefully on the Amazon virtual book shelves in coming months.

What is your favorite book on creativity? I can always use more on my shelves.

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On The Move: Big Changes Ahead

It has once again been a while since I last posted. I am happy to say that I have a good excuse for my absence. One that, in all honesty, I should have talked about prior to it all happening but, with everything that’s happened in the last two years, I was afraid of jinxing it. Considering how hard my fiance and I have been working toward this for a while, I didn’t want to speak prematurely. Then when it happened it was all so fast that honestly, my head is still spinning.

We got our own apartment finally. Not that the arrangement we were both in was all that bad, it wasn’t. It was just time for us to have our own space for a change and get on with our own family life. So, we’ve done just that. Yes, there are still things to work out. But things are all coming together finally. It seems like it has been a long time in coming honestly. I couldn’t be happier though.

Writing is, of course, going slow at the moment. Unpacking takes a toll on you. But, after next week it seems I will be back in the saddle on a regular basis. And let me just say that will feel pretty good. I am feeling very inspired in the new apartment though, I don’t think it is the apartment itself so much as it is the company within it. Having the ability to feel like I have my household again is something that I have wanted for a while. To actually have it is a little surreal right now. Things have become blissfully normal.

I am keeping this short to get back to work on things while I have a chance. Just know that I’m working on scheduling things. If you email me it may take me a week to respond. Just be aware and I’ll say thanks in advance for your patience. I’ll be back to posting regularly soon.

69 Questions- A Meme

hese question and answer memes were all the rage back when I started blogging in a personal journal. I can remember doing them with my online friends often. We’ll file this under “fun stuff” or “getting to know you”. Here are 69 random questions about yours truly. And if you come up with more like these, I’ll compile them into another random post and answer them.

1: Could you go the rest of your life without smoking a cigarette?

Absolutely. That is never a habit I wanted to pick up.

 

2: Are you single/taken/heartbroken/confused?

Happy to say taken. Well, at least, I will be soon. Engaged.

 

3: What if I told you that you were pretty?

I’d likely blush and say thank you.

 

4: Ever been told “it’s not you, it’s me”?

Oh yeah. Many times.

 

5: Are you interested in anyone right now? Romantically?

My fiance. We made the engagement official on Mother’s Day.

 

6: What are you looking forward to in the next week?

Lots of things. Most notably the possibility of moving.

 

7: Do you want to be single?

I’ve found that I do not do well when I am single. So that would be a negative.

 

8: Did you go out or stay in last night?

Went out but not as late as I usually do. I’m sort of stretched between two households at the moment.

 

9: How late did you stay up last night?

About 1:00am

 

10: Can you recall the last time you realized you liked someone a lot?

Yes. As a matter of fact it was back in early December.

 

11: Last three things you had to drink?

Iced Tea, Green Tea, and half tea/lemonade mix.

 

12: Have you pretended to like someone?

When I was much younger. Though, I have to ask myself what I was thinking about certain “relationships”.

 

13: Have you ever told somebody you loved them and not actually meant it?

No. I can honestly say that despite the confusion over those words from time to time, I truly meant it as I understood it when I did say it.

 

14: Honestly, has anyone seen you in your underwear in the past 3 months?

Other than Mom? Nope.

15: Is it hard for you to get over someone?

In the past it was difficult for me to get over one other person. Ironically, it wasn’t all that hard this past time. Maybe that says more about the depth of the relationship though.

16: Think back five months ago, were you single?

Yes. Technically I was single. My fiance and I were really just starting to date.

 

17: What were you doing at 12:30 this afternoon?

Watching a movie with my fiance and talking about moving into our own place.

 

18: Hold hands with anyone this week?

Oh yes, many times. *Smiles*

19: Could you go for the rest of your life without drinking alcohol?

I could, yes. If I had to. I’m not that big on alcohol actually. I enjoy a cocktail once in a while though.

 

20: What would you name your future daughter?

I don’t know. I like the name Abigail. I also like Calliope and a whole slew of other names.

 

21: Do you miss anyone?

Of course I do. Don’t we all?

 

22: Have you kissed three or more people in one night?

Romantically, No. But yes, family. Nana, Pa, Mom, Dad etc. We always made the “goodnite” rounds in our house.

 

23: Did your last kiss take place in/on a bed?

Nope.

 

24: Are you good at hiding your feelings?

Sometimes. Though, I find it more difficult now than ever before.

 

25: Have you ever cried from being so mad?

Oh yeah. That’s a sure indicator that you’ve screwed up if you’ve gotten me to that point.

 

26: Who did you last see in person?

My fiance. Unless you count my stepdad in the next room who wanders in every now and again.

 

27: Are you listening to music right now?

Nope.

 

28: What is something you currently want right now?

I hate to say it but, money. I need to raise a little over a grand so I can pay off the legal fees and get on with my life with my future hubby.

 

29: What is the last thing you said out loud?

“Just fair warning to be careful with the dogs. There is another oppossum out there Dad.”

 

30: How is your heart lately?

Very full and quite content.

 

31: Do you wear the hood on your hoodie?

If it is raining or windy, sure.

 

32: Are you wearing socks?

Surprisingly, yes. I used to hate them. Now, I’ve come to really like to wear them.

 

33: What do people call you?

Anne, Sam, Momma, Sugar, Babe, Sammy Jo, Mommy, Aunt Sam… I answer to “hey you” anymore honestly.

 

34: Will you talk to the person you like tonight?

I talked to him earlier. Will see him first thing in the morning for church as well.

 

35: Are there any stressful situations in your life?

I have never known life to be stress free. However, I’ll take the stresses I currently have over the stress involved in the last 7 years any day of the week.

 

36: Who did you last share a bed with?

Odie or Cinnamon (mom’s dogs… aka. My little brother and sister)

 

37: Did you do something bad today?

I don’t think so. LOL I could be wrong though.

 

38: When was the last time a member of the opposite sex hugged you?

About four hours ago. Just before I headed home.

 

39: Do you get stressed out easily?

Depends. Sometimes yes. Sometimes no.

 

40: Will you sing today?

Yes. I’m always singing in the car, while doing housework, even while I’m writing.

 

41: Have you ever wanted to tell someone something but didn’t?

There are many things that I would like to say to a few people. I won’t though. Easier to let go than to allow myself to get all upset again over their B.S.

 

42: Who do you go to when you need to talk to someone?

Usually my fiance, my mom, or my best buddy. Of course, my stepdad is always there to lend an ear in confidence as well.

 

43: Have you ever been taken to the emergency room in an ambulance?

Can’t say that I have.

 

44: What are you listening to right now?

The hum of the air conditioner.

 

45: What is wrong with you right now?

Nothing really. Just trying to figure out a way to raise funds for two major life events.

 

46: What is on your wrists right now?

Nada

 

47: Where did you get the shirt/sweatshirt you’re wearing?

Torrid baby, yeah!

 

48: What do you like better: hot chocolate or hot apple cider?

Chocolate for the win!

 

49: Do you make wishes at 11:11?

I usually do and say a little prayer. 🙂

 

50: Are you a good artist?

I try. But, honestly I’m mediocre at best and only with plants. I can’t draw people to save my life.

 

51: Love really is a beautiful thing huh?

When it is with the right person, yes, it really is.

 

52: Do you miss the way things were six months ago?

Nope. Things are pretty much the same for me.

 

53: Ever been on a golf cart?

Yes.

 

54: Do you have trust issues?

To a degree yes.

55: Ever stayed up all night on the phone, with who?

Yes. Many time with old boyfriends and best friends.

 

56: Do you own something from Hot Topic?

Likely somewhere in there. My ex was fond of that shop. I do have some make up from there come to think about it, oh and my favorite cologne came from there.

 

57: Do you use chap stick?

Sometimes

 

58: Have you ever slapped someone in the face?

Yep. They deserved it too.

 

59: Do you have a little sister?

Nope. My brother’s wife is likely the closest thing to one I have.

 

60: Have you ever been to New York?

Yes, don’t really care to go back either. Nor do I ever want to have to go back to L.A. but, I figure I’ll eventually need to go to both again.

 

61: Think of the last person who said I love you, do you think they meant it?

Yes, I do. In fact, I don’t even have to question whether they meant it or not. The way they treat me tells me that they do.

 

62: Have you hugged someone within the last week?

More than one and many times.

 

63: What were you doing at midnight last night?

Trying to wind down. Working on writing.

 

64: Have you ever regretted kissing someone?

Oh yes. I’ve paired off with some lousy kissers. Sheesh.

 

65: Is there one person in your life that can always make you smile?

Yep. 🙂

 

66: Were your last three kisses from the same person?

Yes actually. 🙂

 

67: Have you kissed anyone in the last five days?

Yep.

 

68: Would you rather sleep with someone else or alone?

Depends. There are just times that you want the bed all to yourself. But right now, wishing I could snuggle up with my fiance instead of Odie.

 

69: Will next Friday be a good one?

If all goes well, then yes. Either way it will be good. It could just be great!

Om : The Current State of the Writer

So, in honor of Memorial Day, I kept my post to the day and what it was about. Now that we’re all through the barbecues and swimming and ushering in the summer, it is time to get back to the regular posts.

Last week was full of stress factors for me. I work for a temp agency at the moment doing clerical work for a clinic. All in all, it isn’t a bad gig. Fact is, I enjoy what I am doing and the people I am working with. I wouldn’t be opposed to the job going full time however, that isn’t likely to happen because the position that I’m in is supposed to be bilingual. Such is the story of my life, it is always something it seems.

Anyway, I opted to work a day in an outlying clinic over an hour away last week. The normal receptionist was taking a day off and they needed someone to cover. I didn’t mind going. In fact, my day was nice and quiet at the office.

The fact is, my fiance has been working on getting my truck tuned up to try and save on fuel costs. On the way to the clinic, my truck lost acceleration on the hills and my gas tank was draining unbelievably fast. Then when I was coming home in the middle of a major thunderstorm with tornado warnings (something I’m a little phobic about) the truck decided to stop working all together. It just died.

Thank God my Dad was just coming through there on his way to work when it happened. He turned around and came to me and got me home. But here I was car-less for three days until Dad got a fuel filter and changed it out. I had to go to Walmart when it was done and I stopped at the fiance’s house. He immediately went to tweaking things and ended up tweaking more over the holiday weekend to where, now, its running like a champ.

So thankful that the men in my life now are good with cars. I know nothing about them really. I can check the fluids, tell when something isn’t quite right, or explain the noises and make a guess on what is happening but, to get under the hood and know what I am looking at, yeah… no.

I didn’t do terrible over the holiday weekend. We kept things fairly light. Though Saturday, we ate way too much pizza when we took the munchkin on her first trip to Chuck E Cheese. We all had fun though. Her dad and I played as many games as she did. And I loved every minute of it. I love the fact that we can cut loose and just have fun even if we do look like a couple of dorks in the process.

As for the currents of the day. Here’s my list:

Currently Drinking : Dr. Pepper & Coffee today Writing fuel since I get one more day with the manuscript.

Currently Eating: I have no idea yet. Likely just sandwiches or something like that.

Currently Reading: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman I picked it up this weekend after doing bridal registry at Bed Bath & Beyond. Had to go to Books-A-Million because my fiance decided he didn’t want to “girl shop” as he called it. So, I found him in the bookstore browsing in science fiction. Yes, I laugh at this because I love this man. He’s the type of man I should have married in the first place. He’s a reader. I should be married to someone who has a healthy respect for what I do.

Currently Watching: Nothing really. We didn’t watch Season 2 like planned this weekend. Maybe tomorrow night. Writing this the night before it posts I’m about to turn on some Tom & Jerry cartoons and crash though.

Currently wearing: Jogging shorts and a sleeveless ribbed shirt. Kept it simple. All black. Needed something cool today.

Currently Looking Forward To: Getting word about the print edition of my book so that I can get on with marketing.

Currently Working On: The series that I will be releasing this summer. Book One is nearing completion at this point. Will be giving some sneak peeks in the weeks to come and will likely post about it at length in this week’s writing post.

Currently Listening To: Some vacation tunes. I’ve always had a soft spot for Jimmy Buffett and that island sound. So I’ll leave you with one of my favorites.

The Currents

Since this blog is supposed to be a little bit of a window into my world for all you readers. I’ve decided to do a little thing I’ve seen here and there on the internet but, of course, I’ll put my own twist on it.

Without further ado, I give you The Currents List

Currently Listening To:  My mom skype chatting with my nieces in Kentucky. Love hearing a kid giggle.

Currently Watching: Nada. The TV is off but, my fiance got a hold of Season Two of Once Upon A Time. I’m really excited to watch it this weekend with him.

Currently Eating: Will be having something sweet in a bit but nothing at the moment. It’s my momma’s birthday so, I think there is a brownie or cake sort of thing in there.

Currently Drinking: Iced tea. Yep, I had two bottles of Coke earlier. I really need to ween myself off of those. I am taking a water bottle with me tomorrow. Hoping that helps.

Currently Wearing: A tank top and shorts. I’m already in pajamas as I’m writing this to post the next morning. I have to leave early to get to a different clinic so I’m not going to stay up as late as usual.

Currently Working On: Marketing copy, Continuity Edits on the Work In Progress.

Currently Looking Forward To: Time with my hubby-to-be and the kiddo this weekend. Working so many days keeps me away from them during the week right now but, that will all be changing soon. And they know I love them.

Currently Reading: I actually just finished an inspired Young Adult book by and author named Ransom Riggs. It is called Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

I was inspired by this book’s inventive story and delivery actually. I was captivated by the excerpt that came across my desk back in 2011. I immediately wanted to have it in my personal library but I wasn’t able to acquire it for a number of unimportant reasons. Then I happened upon it in a store a couple months ago and was so excited over it that my fiance bought it for me. Now that I’ve finished reading it, he’s starting to read it.  I have a feeling that it will go through a number of hands before it finds a place in my fledgling library when we move.

Riggs has an easy to read style that seamlessly blends description and dialogue. The concept of basing the story around these peculiar vintage photographs was positively inventive, in my opinion. The quirkiness of the story and the striking impression of the characters he created for those photos is both intriguing and endearing. I was left wanting more as the book ended and was delighted when my fiance looked online and found that there is indeed a sequel in production now. I will definitely be looking for it on bookshelves and will purchase the hardback copy for my collection. It is a story that I hope to share with my kids one day.

This is the trailer for the book: 

And you can purchase it on Amazon.com here

I don’t know what I will read next. However, I’m actually going to have to take something with me to the clinic tomorrow. From what I’m told it is fairly slow there and that most people who fill in take something to read. Who knows, maybe I’ll get some drafting done while I’m there. Reading is good too though. Just need to find a new book. I think I have s Stephen King book that I haven’t read yet in the back room. Perhaps I will take that.