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If we were having coffee…

I would tell you…

 

~ Lost one of my writing coaches this week.

Julie

RIP – 12/2001 – 10/2017

She was an extraordinary pup and spent many hours sitting by my side while I wrote. Julie was one of my main inspirations for the story Aaron and Keja even though Keja is a golden retriever and Julie was a long-haired black lab mix who had a Rottweiler for a daddy. It was her time. She was in pain from arthritis and was having difficulty standing and walking. I feared how she would handle the winter months because last winter she was already struggling. Snow and ice were no longer her friends.

When she was a pup, she loved to lay in the snow until she was entirely white, and then walk with her mouth open scooping up the snow to eat. She’d have a choking fit whenever she tried to do this with a snowbank that had gobs of sand mixed with the snow. I’d try to warn her, but she wouldn’t listen.

 

May you rest in peace, Julie, we will miss you dearly.

 

 

~School Updates

This term is focused on Psychology and Statistics. I like – no – love psychology. Statistics well, it appears that statistically, most people don’t enjoy statistics because it is a hard concept to understand. I hope I pass. It was a huge risk taking statistics. I will continue to attempt to do my very best and not give up with that class the way I had given up on pre-calculus in high school. My saving grace is probably the fact that I have psychology at the same time to help temper any anxiety I feel about taking that risky class. 4 more weeks to go and statistics will be over!

~A little bit of Writer Advice

“I say, it’s getting tough out there selling books. I’m beginning to see the signs.”

 

Today I received my first desperate book review request from an author who does not realize that sending a chapter of their book to someone without it being requested is not really kosher.

I hit the delete button on that one.

I get it. You want your book reviewed so you might sell a few books, but please, don’t send me a bunch of crappy text in an email, and I don’t do Pdf’s either.

Right now, I really don’t have enough time to review random books. I work a full-time job, and I have plenty of school work eating up the rest of my time. Any books that I am reading at the moment are a prerequisite of my Professor, or they are directed at my potential career.

Unless you’re G.R.R. Martin with the book Winds of Winter you need to find someone else who is looking for something to read.

Go to Goodreads and give copies away in their book giveaways.

Or

On Amazon, create a giveaway with them to help find reviewers.

When you beg or spam readers you lose readership.

I don’t even know what that book was about. I can’t remember the name of the author who sent me the chapter. I only remember that I hit delete.

 

I’m booked up for the next 3 years.

 

~ NaNoWriMo is coming soon!

 

I’ve been plotting and doing a bit of writing. I still don’t know what this year’s story will be about, but I’m ready for November 1. Hopefully, I will have a stronger plot outline by then.

It has to be a romance no matter what.

Boy meets girl + girl meets boy = happy ever after.

Anyone have story twist suggestions?

I’m game to hear them.

 

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If We Were Having Coffee – We would talk about the past year.

It’s been a while since I last posted. More like a month has passed since I wrote about the coming March for Science. How did that go anyway? I didn’t see any big bangs taking place. While they marched I planted two new trees. A Cherry and a Honeycrisp Apple after which I moved those Cherry bushes I had been meaning to move for the past four years. They are much happier for the move. The plum tree was relocated too.

Last year we had no blossoms on our peach tree. This year we have this:

 

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Sorry, I haven’t been making my weekly posts. My schoolwork has kept me busy. I really dislike Microeconomics; it’s not my cup of tea. I would say that this has been my most difficult class to date. Half the questions on the quiz were not actually mentioned. You sort of need to feel your way to the correct answers even though it is a multiple choice quiz. The course is so difficult and the text we have been using is so dry, I went and purchased a different textbook in hopes that it would help me to better understand the information. If only I had thought about using a different textbook after taking the first quiz, my grade might be a bit higher.

Bitten with Binge Watching

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I broke down and checked out Vampire Diaries. I loved it so much that I had to watch the entire 8 season episodes in one month. I couldn’t stop watching. The show was emotionally intense. I needed that to help me understand the elements found in romance. I’ve since moved on to the spin-off series, The Originals, and I have discovered another short lived series by the same author, The Secret Circle.

Last month we joined Netflix. I’m surprised to see the changes that were made for the streaming service. I’ve found too many programs I want to watch. A co-worker introduced me to the OA and then I discovered Haven. I really enjoy the paranormal suspenseful mysterious romantic shows.

Maybe when I have my 2 week school break in September I will be able to tackle one of my abandoned/neglected manuscripts.

School has been going great even though struggling with Microeconomics. The environmental studies are interesting. I’m working on a research paper covering the Edward MacDowell Lake in Peterborough, NH. Maybe someday I will use this lake as a setting for a story.

Surprisingly, I have finished my first year of college. This term will end on May 13 and I will be well on my way with my second year of school. The extra two terms I take in the summer shortens the time it will take to finish my Bachelor degree. It has been busy and leaves me without much time for family, fun, writing, or those hobby activities like crocheting, quilting, and knitting.

The new Grandbaby is 7 months old. She is so adorable. Meanwhile, Jasmine is going to be 7 years old. I told my daughter she is catching up to me in age.

 

 

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Ava, 7 months old dressed for Easter

 

 

 

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Jasmine in the Pink straw hat with her friend.

 

 

If We Were Having Coffee I’d Tell You About Surviving Christmas and 2016

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How many times have I said I will start Christmas shopping in July?

 

The last-minute shopping panic is over, I’m so glad life can return to normal even though time is limited due to school work. I have one year and six months left to finish school, or three plus if I continue on to a Master’s Degree. For the past six months, I have been sticking my nose in a textbook every night, pushing myself to learn topics that I don’t really enjoy. Math was never my favorite subject, that means Finance, Accounting, and anything that requires equations including economics must be learned by use of strict discipline. Those A’s and B’s I have gotten in any of those classes were more than earned. I worked hard, very hard, for those grades.

Maybe the worst classes are almost over for the time being. – sigh –

 

What’s in store for 2017 Classes?

 

Microsoft Office 2013 – I am really looking forward to the next term, almost to the point of excitement. For the past six years, I’ve been playing with Office on my own, stumbling around the software while learning how to format eBooks and print books for publishing. Imagine what I could do if I learned to master the software?

My other class for the next term is Science I. I liked science in high school. Physics and Biology were my strengths. Chemistry falls into the same category as math, with massive distaste. Give me finance over chemistry any day.

 

Term 4 will give me a second round in Science II. Microeconomics is my other course. Hopefully, I will enjoy the business element of economics over the world element.

 

Summer I will prove to be interesting with America’s Themes and Dreams and Marketing. Maybe by the time I get to the Marketing class, I will be ready to release a new book. I have several works in progress at this stage.

 

So far, 2017 is looking to be an exciting year.

 

Summer 2 may start to shape and change my future career with Human Resource Management and Sociology. With one term left to complete to fulfill what is needed to complete an Associate Degree in Business. The rest of the year will build on my Bachelor’s Degree.

All these classes and working full time does not leave me much time for writing nor doing the things that I love doing. At the same time, I am following the dream of acquiring a degree which I have wanted to do for the past thirty years. I can only imagine where I would be today if I had started on my career earlier in life.

If it hadn’t been for Mike making that call to my high school that day to inquire about getting my transcript, I might have continued to put my education off.

 

I expect to have a Bachelor’s Degree by the time I am 55 years old. (Probably before that age).

2016 was an eventful year. It is true, when a door closes, a window of opportunity opens. You just need to learn to find those windows in the places you least expect to find them located.

 

If We Were Having Coffee – I Would Tell You – About My Current Events

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This appears to be an active year for me. I’ve been so busy while this year is flying by. Where did summer go? I can’t believe that fall has already fallen upon us. I love the fall foliage, but I hate seeing bare trees later in the season. I’m not a fan of winter either. Spring and summer are my favorite seasons.

First Off – 2nd Time Grandma

I’m a grandma again!

My daughter gave birth a week ago to a bouncing baby girl. Ava is healthy and happy. She was 6lbs 5 oz. and 18 ½ inches long. I hear she is already lifting her head on her own. Her big sister, Jasmine, is so proud to be a big sister. She helps her mommy feed Ava. I’m not sure if she is changing her diapers yet, I will find out next weekend when we go visit her.

Jasmine is also learning to do cartwheels. For a six-year-old she almost did a perfect cartwheel in a video my daughter posted. I couldn’t help but smile when she did a headstand against the wall for her last part of her performance.

Great Job Jasmine!

My Classes Continue

I’m still enrolled at Franklin Pierce University

My third term began two weeks ago. This term I have Principles of Accounting I and Composition I. I like them both. When I first signed up for these classes, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like accounting since it deals with working with numbers.  I hadn’t been a fan of Principles of Finance and struggled through that class. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but I did pass the course with flying colors after working hard at learning the curriculum.        

Accounting is sort of fun. It is task oriented, which I don’t mind, but I like seeing how different accounts affect each other to make the final balance. I could be possible pick this as a major when I sign up for continuing on with a Bachelor Degree.


The composition course is fun too. I knew this course would be to my liking. I love writing, but all my experience has been with fiction and blogging. This course makes me think about issues and how to develop an argument for an essay or a report on the subject matter. It is technical writing. I can make this class work, but I prefer fiction writing overall.

My Goal: to make the Dean’s List once again.

For the past two terms, I have made the Dean’s List. I did this even though I wasn’t crazy about the course matter I was learning. The class on careers was interesting, and I aced that class easily, Finance, on the other hand, was to me, boring. I had to fight to stay away while reading the textbook. There was a lot of reading too.

Online College Classes are equal to homeschooling.

The last term I had Principles of Management and Business Law. Business Law was parched reading. I think I did fall asleep several times while reading the textbook. Management was a bit easier to comprehend, but that too was a struggle to stay awake with the amount of reading I had to do.

I did ace both classes regardless with a higher score than the previous term.

So far this term, the grades are up there. Hopefully, I can keep them there.

Work in Progress

I have begun working on a new story. You can watch my progress in the sidebar on the right. Lemons, Dilemmas, and Oh Baby is a contemporary romance. It is a slow go this is naturally due to my limited time I can work on the manuscript.

Thanks for stopping by for Coffee. Come back again soon.

 

If We Were Having Coffee – I Would Tell You Why I Write?

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Writing is an expression, and I express myself much more freely in writing than oral. I like stories, and love to tell them. I don’t write to make money. Nor do I expect to make a lot of money. Things happen, and I am inspired by day to day life.

I could overhear a conversation that makes me think of a similar incident. It may not have happened to me, but maybe to someone else. It could spark a warning that I need to convey to those who might only hear it in the form of a story. As in “Road Salt”, four teens take a road trip while stealing cars. One of the teens is an addict that uses the substance called Bath Salts. It has a devastating effect on the other three teens. Thankfully the drug isn’t as widely used now a day, but I wrote the story when there was a cry to the public to become knowledgeable of its devastating effects on the families, friends and the individuals that were using the substance.

“Aaron and Keja came about from my love of animals. I kept thinking of what my dog and cat would say if they happened to hold a conversation. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres to read, so naturally, it would become one of my favorite to write. I was a JRR Tolkien fan while in high school. When I started my Orgarlan series, I wanted to write a fantasy series that was different from the usual high-fantasy we have come to know. So I made the Orcs and Goblins the good guys, the humans minorities, and the elves to be the enemy.

Perspectives are always subject to change.

The next book, “Witch Book”, was kind of a fluke. I wanted to attempt some more poetry while writing fiction, which I did as a spell. I fell in love with the story and wrote the whole thing in ninety days.

Yes, I know, I need to expand the series. But I became involved in Romance Writers of America, so the fantasy series took a temporary back seat while I learned to write a new genre. My next goal is to advance my writing by integrating romance into fantasy and adventures.

My writing has slowed down; it is only a temporary situation. Currently, I am attending school and will return to writing when I am done with my degree. Though, now that I don’t have the time to write, I want to write. It will be a challenge to schedule writing time in the coming months, but I may do so anyway.

You can’t stop the muse when it wants to let loose.

If We Were Having Coffee – #WeekendCoffeeShare

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ଓଡ଼ିଆ: କଳା କଫି (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m well overdue for a monthly coffee share. I have so much to share. So much has happened since we last sat down together. Where do I begin?

Back in April, I returned to work after being in the unemployment line for 8 weeks. That vacation set me back financially. I won’t be taking any long vacations for a while. The whole incident left me in a bad sort of way. I couldn’t write, not one single word. I was probably having a bout of depression for having spent those last 9+ years of my life working for a company that came up with a silly reason to let me go.

It wasn’t because I was a poor worker. I had excellent attendance, a hard worker, even met quotas that were unreasonable high. They were stressing everyone out with continually reminding us that there was another layoff cut coming down the line. The reason they gave me for letting me go was – wait for it – my age – pff! They couldn’t come up with anything better than that. Ugh! Who ever heard of such a thing? Isn’t that discriminatory? I thought they couldn’t use age for determining whether to keep a person as a worker.

Then they called me back – But this time as a temp. I had no choice, it was either take the job or lose the unemployment benefits. So, of course, I said okay. It is bad enough to return to your previous employer 8 weeks later as a temp, losing 9+ years of employee benefits – 4 weeks vacation – as of this past week, they have once again changed the playing field. Now they no longer pay temp employees holiday pay.

I agree, it is time for a career change. This leads to my latest endeavor.

I returned to school! 35 years later, but here I am, a 50+ college bound student. Now that I’m enrolled in school and working full-time as a temp, I have no time to write. What happens when you have no time to write?

That’s right, you want to write. I have thought of all sorts of stuff to write about while doing my homework. I’d have to tell my muse, “not now, I’m busy. Can’t you see, I’ve too much homework to do?”

How’s that coffee of yours, do you need a refill?

One of my courses is Career Image. I discovered that my best match career is writing. Go figure J

Now we are working on career goals, and I got thinking…

The goal for the rest of the year for writing: Blog once a week. That will take care of the muse and keep me in writing practice, and get these fingers exercising. I’m shooting for Sunday posts, which is my best day for getting things done unless my work schedule was to change suddenly. Who can say at this time?

 

 

“If we were having coffee…”? – #weekendcoffeeshare

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English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto: Taso de kafo. Français : Photo d’une tasse de caffé Español: Taza de café (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’d tell you why such a glum face.

I’m one of those writers who needs to keep a full-time day job besides writing. It is how I connect to the world. Interacting with people is what keeps me going. It is where I can come up with new ideas. Inspiration comes from the daily interaction with co-workers.

So why so glum, you ask?

For the past few weeks, I was part of a workforce reduction. That’s right. I was displaced and left to scour the internet in search of a new day job. It’s not so easy to do these days, that is unless you have some sort of degree.

Last week, out of frustration, I applied to go back to school to get that needed degree. I should hear back within the coming weeks. It does look promising. I also got my job back – pfff – as a Temp, that is.

I used to believe that companies would reward their workers for loyalty and good work ethics. I guess that isn’t the case anymore. Or at least, at this company. I know, you ask, why go back to them? I had no choice. I need the job and the interaction if I’m going to write.

“I’ll be that one person who continues to work until the day they die.” – Linda Nelson

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