I don’t spend a lot of time watching TV, but there are a couple of shows that I do try to keep up with and Grey’s Anatomy is one of those shows. Over the years television series have grown bolder and stranger, and when they add that bit of weird element to the storyline, I find myself remembering that this is a fiction created for entertainment, not a reality show or nonfiction.
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Season 15 Premiere – With a Wonder and a Wild Desire
The theme is wild, and at first, I wondered where this storyline was heading. We have some main characters that are almost killed by the car speeding out of control. The incident causes these characters to wonder at their life’s purpose. A hero syndrome sets in and they feel like they can do great things. But then there is the power of three. When the third time charm comes to pass, the superpowers wear off leaving the characters still contemplating the meaning of their existence.
For the Wild Desire, there are two new doctors introduced to Grey Sloan Memorial. I think I would nickname them the wonder twins. I wonder where they came from and I wonder what their purpose will be in the coming episodes. The athletic doctor named Luke looks like a has been California surfer whom Meredith crosses paths with at various points of the episode. She is older and wiser, but I question the age of Luke. Could he be older than he looks? I’m not certain.
The episodes had a few humorous moments even though serious matters were happening such as the surgery to remove a bowel blockage.
I enjoyed this episode even though it had its very fictitious moments where I would say, “It only happens on Grey’s Anatomy.
Next week is the Premier for Station 19. Last season ended on a cliffhanger. I’m waiting to learn who makes it out of the building alive.
Publishing World is always changing. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with all the changes whether it is technical or business wise with publishing houses closing.
I’ve been away from writing and publishing for too long. My goal for the rest of the year and the coming year is to reestablish myself as a writer. It is time to say goodbye to writer’s block excuses and begin filling paper after paper with lists of this and that to give me jarring ideas for the stories that I have in progress. I need to clean up my to be finished pile and start publishing new stuff.
Is this a Lack of Commitment?
Truthfully it has been lack of time.
Class work eats up most of my free time leaving me with the need to use whatever little time I have left for some form of entertainment. That entertainment may come in the form of playing Sim City – my way of trying to learn about economics, World of Warcraft – for the adventurer in me, or attempting to create some craft project. Those craft projects never get very far before I give up due to lack of time and forgetting where I left off.
So why the change?
– School is not over yet but
The publishing world is moving on without me, and I don’t want to be left behind or forgotten. Look at the changes going on with Amazon’s KDP and CreateSpace. I have used those sites for years to publish my works, but I don’t want to have to move everything and receive fewer publishing services. I want better distribution for my books.
That is why I am moving my works, slowly, away from KDP and CreateSpace. I needed to find a better distribution program for my books which is why I started removing my Wings from Ashes series from KDP and CreateSpace.
For beginners, I am using Draft to Digital for the eBook distribution. My books will still be on Amazon Kindle, but they will also be on Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook, iBooks, and several other outlets. The print versions will be moved to Ingram Spark so that bookstores will be more willing to stock my books in their stores. However, because of the cost involved, this move will happen slowly over the coming months.
In the meantime, I will begin plotting and planning as much as time allows. NaNoWriMo is right around the corner, and I want to be able to say done by November 30th this year.
So much time has passed since we last met. I’m still in school burying my nose in textbooks every night. I just finished learning about Investment Analysis and International Business. I can’t wait for the day that I can afford to practice buying stocks and other securities.
It is so hard to believe that I have come so far in the past three years. The dream of having a college education is coming true. That goes to prove that one should never give up on their hopes and dreams, one twist to the future can change a person’s course for the better.
Summer is Almost Over
I can’t remember when the last time summer was this hot for New Hampshire. Even the dog and cat are finding the heat uncomfortable. They have both discovered the table fan can provide some relief if they sit in the right spot on the bed.
But our summer wasn’t just the heat, the humidity was unbearable and too much rain. Much of my garden felt the effects of the storms. I lost my entire crop of peaches this year to the chipmunks, squirrels, birds, and the bugs. The peaches were ripe almost a month too early. Not enough rain in April and May made the peaches small. Too much rain in July and August made them mushy.
No worries though, I still have a past crop of peaches in the freezer. If you freeze the peaches with their skins intact, this will prevent them from freezer burn and are great for baking.
Maybe next year I will try buying into a CSA and avoid the need to weed.
NaNoWriMo is around the corner.
I have begun plotting. The goal is to plot out a story that will hold my interest long enough to write all the way to the end in 30 days. I have several unfinished manuscripts where I have hit the spot in the story and can’t decide what is to take place next. I don’t think it is a writer’s block that stumps me but time constraints and the desire to find fun things to do with my time other than writing.
I tend to cycle through various hobbies before finding my way back to writing. The ultimate search for creativity drives me to the final point. So I am making lists of everything about my characters.
Next Writer’s Conference is December 8, 2018 – NHRWA Winter Frolic 2018
I miss going to Writer’s Conferences, this event I’m looking forward to that will feature two speakers.
Kristen Higgins for Character Development and Damon Suede for Plot
This is a one-day event at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside, Portsmouth, NH.
A registration fee of $140 is open to the public but does have limited seating.
Link for those who are interested can click here for more info.
I have longed for summer to start for the past six months but all that heat at once was not on my agenda. We have no Air Conditioning in our home due to the cost of the added electricity on the bill. The fans did run all week long, and they didn’t seem to help much with the high humidity. After taking Monday and Tuesday off and having Wednesday as my holiday, I could not wait to get back to work and find relief from the humidity by hiding at the office and enjoying the perk of office air conditioning. I didn’t want to leave work because the humidity was unbearable.
They always say, be careful about what you wish for because you might not like what you get. I wanted summer to arrive since winter is not one of my favorite seasons. I was when I was a kid; I don’t know what I was thinking back then. I remember spending hours out in the snow, sledding and making snow forts. Now I can’t spend more than 5 minutes in it before I am freezing.
Short Summer Break from School
This past week was my big summer break from school. I finished up American Studies which was the study of the American Family from the Puritan Era to Contemporary 1980’s. I guess we do not need to study families of today because we are busy experiencing today’s concept.
I enjoyed the class. We did have to read My Sister’s Keeper and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Harriet Jacobs story was interesting and saddening. The treatment of women, both slaves and white women during the 1800’s was horrific. The rape, emotional abuse, and physical abuse they had to endure while trying to keep their families together was the theme of the book. White women had to deal with their cheating husbands who tried to excuse their behavior by blaming the need for their infidelity on keeping the slave stock breeding. It must have been hard on the wives to see so many slave children running around with faces similar to their husbands and the knowledge of how they came to be. Black women put up with torture as well. The 1800’s was a very trying time to be a woman.
My other class was just plain fun. Fundamentals of Music focused on the theory of music. It was one of my easiest classes. Not sure if this was because I had six years of band experience with clarinet lessons the main reason why the course did not appear to be that difficult for me.
Next term, which starts this Monday, my classes will be Investment Analysis and International Business, marking two terms left until I begin my Senior year. If all goes well, I will have my bachelor’s degree by October 2019. Woot!
I have come so far and worked so hard to get here. The plan I have for when the schooling finishes is to write book after book after book since I won’t know what to do with myself when I don’t need to study any longer.
The plants are growing. Tomatoes have set fruit; the beans are loaded with flowers and setting their pods. The zucchini is getting big, and I see many buds coming. Our cucumbers are vining, and the peppers have also set fruit. The grapes have gone wild with vines going everywhere. I chopped back the vines in late spring, and you could not be able to tell now if you were to see them.
We have peaches, apples, and some cherries. Three cherries out of twenty I guess is not a bad ratio when the birds are added to the equation. Now if only I can keep the apples on the tree this year we will be looking great for the fall. We are in the middle of a drought here in New England just like last summer. Last year, all the apples dropped from the tree before August because there wasn’t enough rain.
Plotting and Pantstering
More brainstorming is needed even though I am off to a good start with the current ms. The story is stalling already, and I am dissatisfied with the direction the story is heading. I fear it will need many revisions before it resembles what I was hoping to achieve.
Well, off to enjoy some more sunshine before the humidity comes back for Monday and I become too busy to enjoy the sun because classes will start again up then too.
It’s been a while since I wrote any fiction. I have about five unfinished manuscripts at various stages that I started over the past five years. This month I decided to pull out of the mothballs and commit to working on that one story every night with a minimum of 100 words.
Tonight I was 26 words under 5oo which is more than I had expected to write during that hour.
Finding time to write these days is hard.
No, wait, that is an excuse.
There have been some nights where I just sat at the screen and stared it down doing nothing but surfing Facebook and Twitter.
Some of the textbooks that I have to read for school are so boring that I find myself nodding off within a half hour of sitting down to read. There is still one and a half years left until I have my Bachelor degree and another year after that for my MBA. Going back to school was the most wished for item on my bucket list since graduating high school 35 years ago.
One month left until I will be attending my first college graduation. Five years after graduating high school, I had given up hope of ever returning to school for that degree. Instead, I got married and had two wonderful children. College became the forgotten dream. I had a pretty good paying job back then anyway, or so I thought. Each time I found another job, my income continued to decline instead of rising. I never made the connection until being forced from my job because of the economic conditions. No one would hire me at my age. Phiff!
Hard work has gotten me to where I am today with my education, and I remind myself I only have a couple of years left until I am back to writing three hours a day.
Until then, one hour can either give me a hundred words or five hundred words. If I get lucky, a Nano word count would be nice.
Oh my, I looked at my site the other day and realized that time has passed since my last post. I missed a whole month. I don’t know how that happened. It‘s not that the homework has been super challenging, just lots of reading and thinking. Today was the last day of Third Term.
We got this!
Term 3 courses were Human Relations and Social Psychology. They are more related than one would think. They are both about understanding people and why they do the things they do and how best to relate to others, very interesting stuff. I’m glad I read those last few books on my too read pile. They were very helpful with the Human Relations class.
What books were those?
Those five books made it easy for me to breeze through Human Relations. If you haven’t read them, I highly suggest that you check them out.
What is coming up for Term 4?
I am looking at Social Policy and Public Administration for this term. I suspect that both of these classes will be interesting as well.
Graduation Is May 12th!
I will be attending my first graduation since 1983 to receive my Associates of Arts for Business Administration. They even sent me an Honors sash. Woot! I read on the FPU site that I will be getting my honors cords at a ceremony on May 9th.
When I was in High School, I never made honors, so this is a pretty big deal for me. I will attribute all my hard work because of learning about discipline from NaNoWriMo. Studying and keeping up with school work does take a lot of focus and discipline. Procrastination is not a good study habit. I like slow and steady, and then I don’t have to worry about panicking to get the work done on time. Deadlines – learning to meet deadlines on time takes discipline and focus.
What else is happening?
I’m accepted into the MBA program at FPU. I was going to seek my MBA in Human Resources, but the narrow competitive field was brought to my attention so I quickly got in touch with my student advisor and she suggested an additional path of an MBA in Leadership and a Graduate certificate in HR which should prove interesting and do-able.
Last but least…
I am making a transition from the manufacturing floor to administration. Woot! I’m moving up in the world. I have my own desk, a cubicle and a pile of purchase orders to fill and file. I like it even though it is working with numbers. At least I don’t have to do much adding. The software does all the adding for me.
I almost forgot. We have a new addition to the family. Keelaa’s new best friend, a kitten named, Abby. They are best friends for life until Abby sinks her claws into Keelaa’s behind. Then they go to their separate corners for a couple of hours before doing it all over again.