I See The Sun

The sun has finally come out. It feels like I haven’t seen the sun in months. It’s been cold and rainy. I forgot how pretty a blue sky was. It’s so pretty….

We are knee deep in Mardi Gras in the Port City. Fat Tuesday is Feb. 9th, the official end to the Mardi Gras season. My participation begins and ends with attending a few parades. I don’t belong to any mystic society. I will admit to being fascinated with the whole thing. An area known for it’s conservative social, political, and religious views goes insane for three weeks every year. I find that humorous. The history behind Mardi Gras is just as convoluted as the event itself.

In a nut100_9479shell:

Mardi Gras came to Alabama with the French and was first celebrated in what would become Mobile.

It was put on hiatus during the Civil War and brought back by Joe Cain. Who at this point is more myth and legend.

Mardi Gras parades are put on by Mystic societies. They can be expensive to join and historically have been segregated by gender and race. The membership is traditionally cloaked in secrecy. That’s why they wear masks. Not all societies parade. They’re like greek societies on steroids.

Mystic societies have balls with the coronation of a King and Queen with a royal court. The gowns and dresses created for these events are amazing. They are custom creations that take a year or more to create.

The only day non-mystic people can parade is Joe Cain Day.

From a writer’s point of view, Mardi Gras is an endless source of inspiration. It’s weird and fun. In honor of Mardi Gras I’m posting fun bits of information on my facebook page.

On with my Row80 goals for round 1:

Participate in the weekly Health/Fitness Challenge at church.  Goal this week attend two workout classes and one day on treadmill.  I’ve attended two classes so far this week. No treadmill. Goal this week is two classes and one treadmill. I actually skipped Wednesday night because it was too cold to leave my lazy-boy.
-Read 4 books a month, roughly 1 book a week. Check! I’ve read 6 books in January.
-Edit book 2 in my mystery seriesNada! I’m tossing this goal for now.
-Work on self-publishing Book 1. I’ve sent the MS to another beta reader.
-Institute Meatless Monday. Mostly meatless! We had baked potatoes and I put a small spoon of chili on mine.
-Keep up with the local Critique Group.  Goal this week is to critique 2 stories. I’ve read one story. Same goal this week.
-At some point I need to write a story I’ve plotted. I’ve started working on character sheets. Goal this week is to finish character sheets and review previous plot work. still working on this.

Edit/publish Coffee. making progress. Need to finish blurb and promotion materials. Also need to finish formatting.

On the surface it doesn’t look like much progress has been made. But it has. I’ve been busy everyday, it’s just slow. There are elements to the writing life that take time. Editing takes a long time. Formatting takes time. Planning takes time. Even though it doesn’t look like much, I know progress has been made. So I’m happy.  Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter.

What goal is your hardest?


3 thoughts on “I See The Sun

  1. Interesting about Mardi Gras. I didn’t know any of that! Very cool.

    Sometimes things can be slow. I’m currently trying to finish up a WIP and it’s taking forever. Or so it feels. I think my hardest part is getting my momentum back after I lose it.


  2. Up until recently, revision has been the huge rock wall staring me in the face. I decided that I would climb it, or at least fling myself against it repeatedly, this year. So this is what I’m doing:

    Along with a few friends from my local NaNo group, I’m submitting a weekly crit piece- about 5K words per week. Not only am I getting invaluable feedback on my own writing (useful for my own revisions), doing them for the others in the group is building my revision vision and letting me flex my muscles. We’re a little flexible on the submission and critique timing, but committed to a piece a week.

    I just finished a beta project for a fellow ROWer (I had it entirely too long!), and have a few other longer betas on tap.

    I am of course also working on my own material, because I don’t want to waste anyone’s time by asking them to look at raw writing.

    SO I’m gradually either scaling or chipping away at that rock wall…now, to figure out how to keep up with all the comments on my blog….


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