Fab Friday (again!)

Finally today, the Babe was able to get the injections from the Pain Management Team, one shot in each of four ribs. This should give him relief from the terrible pain he’s had since he fell when the dogs pulled him off balance. Even though he’s been on the injured reserve, look what he did after the guys did the fireplace stone.

Barn Doors above new fireplace stone

Barn Doors cover the hole in the wall for the old style squarish tv sets, just before flat screens came out. This is a great way to cover up something unuseable for anything but storage. Right now, it appears our WIFI still transmits through the doors and I can once and for all hide all the components and extra decorative items. Win-Win! How the Babe did this while in pretty bad pain is beyond me. Hope the pain is a thing of the past. Time will tell, so prayers said and fingers crossed, he may be on the road to recovery.

We went to the Post and I emailed out their September Newsletter, and sent a copy to the printers for mailing, too. The older folks love to receive mail, so I like to make sure they’re on their way. I’m also learning how to use other social media to promote the Post and their activities. I can also use the time to learn how to use the same social media platforms to further my Author page. It all helps get the word out, whether you want to help veterans or distribute novels. Building your audience, getting the word out.

Today, I received a copy of “Corgi’s in the Wild,” a children’s book my friend, Gabbie Wieck wrote. It’s a delightful tale and I’m mailing one to our little grandkids in Colorado, and taking one over for Gavin and Addison to read to their new puppy, Josie. Dogs like the company of kids reading to them. Check out Gabbie’s book for your kiddos, on Amazon or directly from Gabbie on her Facebook page, Instagram, or Twitter.

Ain’t it the truth??

I don’t know about all of you, but I can assure you I’ve had more than my share of plot twists in life. You have to roll with it or else you can drive yourself crazy. Don’t waste time wondering why, adjust your crown and reign on. I did get a laugh out of the meme, though. I laugh a lot at these things, maybe more than I should, but they’re good fun at times.

My biggest task this week from Sam, my book coach, is to nail down the character arc. It sounds so easy, but it’s not. The book Story Genius, is teaching me. It stresses what keeps people reading, how to get people to want to keep reading, and what you need to do to create that in a book. It’s very interesting, and Lisa Cron, the author, discusses how we are wired for stories, we need stories, we need to tell them, and we need to tell them well.

Some days, it feels like this!

It’s getting dusk out here, the days are getting noticeably shorter. I am a fall lover. And spring. And summer, sort of. And parts of winter. But fall is great, outside in a sweatshirt and jeans nice. Everything begins the slow down, the prepping for winter and new growth of next spring. I appreciate you reading along at this later hour. I promise, it’ll be earlier tomorrow. Take care until then.

Tuesday Musings

Busy day today already! We have a few hours before Gavin needs to be picked up, so we’ll scurry around doing stuff in the house to accomplish something. I’m wanting to get to writing, blog first, and then go on with my book.

An online creative group I belong to is I Create Daily. It caught my eye about a year and a half ago, when I hadn’t even blogged yet, but was researching how to get started writing. Some of the best advice I found was, “Just write.” LeAura Alderson knows her stuff. I’ve joined in on her challenges for writing and art, and am following now for inspiration. She definitely incorporates life challenges within the confines of her coaching us to keep moving. We will, and she encourages us to take care of ourselves as we continue on our creative and caregiving journey’s. Here is today’s post, from the Facebook page. I’m referring to the segment about Hepaestus, the Greek God of Creativity.

I relate very strongly with Hepaestus. I’m disabled with chronic pain, yet I am not broken. I can still contribute. We all can, regardless of our infirmity, still create beauty for others and ourselves to enjoy. So can they. Hepaestus was injured by his own family; sometimes that happens to us humans, too. Perhaps the family knew what they were doing, I would hope not. I just don’t think I dislike anyone enough to wish them harm. Perhaps they knew no better. Once they know what they’re doing, it becomes intentional, and I don’t want to go there.

He rules over the forge, creating both beautiful jewelry and powerful weapons. We can direct our creativity one of two ways; for beauty and protection or for dazzling and destruction. It’s up to us how we use our talents and abilities. Sometimes, it’s necessary to do one or the other, depending on your situation in life. And where you want to go. Pick a good path. Mom, when referring to computer hackers or criminals in general, says, “If they’d use their intelligence for good, think how much better the world would be.” Yes, Mother.

I want my writing to bring happiness and encouragement to people; to little kids (when I write my children’s books), to families (when I write my book about losing Grandpa), and to anyone else who chances to read them. I’m aiming for many published works and musings. It’s great to have the encouragement of the book coach. Speaking of encouragement, I have a writer friend, Gabbie Weick, who just released this children’s book, “Corgis In the Wild.” It’s available now on Amazon. Gabbie did a great job! Help a girl out and order one now for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew. They’ll have fun reading it with you. It is possible to order through Gabbie, the cost is $13, and she can autograph it if you like. I’ll be ordering mine today, later.

I think Gavin and I may do some creating this afternoon. I viewed the first Mixed Media Class I signed up for, to create a cute little picture for the laundry room. Come to think of it, I may tack some twine on the walls in there and make it look like a clothesline. And hang the pictures on the line. Pictures later, but don’t hold your breath! I’m a little slow with things.

What I need to do for writing? I need to start with ideas for my Chapter Two. I have some, it’s fleshing them out that is the challenge. I’m looking forward to Thursday morning and talking with Sam, my book coach again. Baby steps, but I’m learning so much along the way. I am so glad I hired her. Check out her website. She may be able to help you, too.

Off to make a list of things to accomplish this afternoon. #1 will be Taco Tuesday Lunch. The Babe is starving, he says. Have a beautiful day. Be Kind. Thanks for reading. Check out Gabbies book and Sam’s services. Good stuff. See you tomorrow!

Courageous. Word of the Day