Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US and I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I am writing this as my turkey is roasting in the oven and my cranberries are boiling away. Yummy!

This is a time for gratitude and thanksgiving. In a time of nasty politics and devastating events, I think it’s even more important for use to stop and take stock of what we truly have. In reality, we could be a lot worse off. Our country has been blessed.

In that spirit, this is what I am thankful for (abridged version). I am thankful for all of my family and friends, real and imagined. I am thankful that we are able to celebrate together and are basically healthy. I’m also thankful that we can send my kids to a Baptist school. I’m very thankful that I have an understanding husband who doesn’t mind eating leftovers for the entire month of November so I can write. He’s also very understanding and hasn’t called the police for my day dreaming how to murder people! I’m thankful that my girls do not bend to peer pressure and are geeky, smart, and love to read. I am thankful for parents and in-laws that are loving and supportive and truly enjoy spending time with us and their grand-kids. I am thankful for the most spectacular pack of nieces and nephews an aunt could ask for. I thank God daily for the many gifts he has blessed me and my family with.

What are you thankful for today?

On with the Row80 goals:

1. Start revisions of book 2 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series-
I’ve completed one read through. It needs lots of work. Goal is to revise/edit the first 100 pages- I think it’s safe to say this ain’t happening until later….
3. Plan one new short story- Done.
4. Edit/Revise Mystic Brew–  Done.
5. Finish plotting Book 3 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series I have an idea of what’s going to happen. This will be what I write for NaNoWriMo, so I have to do this in October- Done
6. Participate in NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words-  41,566 I’m a little behind on my word count. I planned on taking today off, but I am so close to the end. My hubby is taking the kids away so I have a few hours while the turkey roasts to write.

7. Read 8 books that’s for the whole round 4.    Done!
8. Be a good human and socialize online Goal- Barely. NaNo comes before socializing.
9. Be a good Baptist and join a Wednesday night group– Yeah, I’m think this may not happen
10. Finish my daughter’s bedroom The wall is up! yippee. It’s still not move in ready but we are getting there.My daughter moved all of her books into the bookcase. She couldn’t wait. She checked the paint several times a day and didn’t understand why she need to let paint cure!

How are your goals going?

-CK

I survived the Week, give me a Cookie

Thank you for all the well wishes this week. I know I didn’t respond to comments, but they were much appreciated. I’m mostly well, I have a lingering earache. That may be my TMJ and not from a cold. Hard to tell. The kids are out for the week, Thanksgiving break, and I am looking forward to my first day after Thanksgiving shopping in four years. I always had to work. My girls think they want to go aw well. The oldest would enjoy it, the youngest doesn’t do well waiting in line.

Most people hate shopping after Thanksgiving, but I have fond memories of it. I would go shopping with my mother to Dillard’s and McRae’s. Shopping was different then, I must be getting old. The stores would set up tables filled with doughnuts and juice to encourage you to shop longer. The sugar rush also made you feel better. Dillard’s had a small cafe called, The Copper Kettle. We would usually stop and have lunch there. They had a counter and it was a treat for me to sit there. I thought I was an adult because I could eat next to a total stranger! It was the only restaurant I had been to that had a counter. Those stores no longer exist, but I’m sure I can cultivate new memories for my girls.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, but Thanksgiving has my favorite food. This year I’m in charge of the turkey. Yikes! I’m not a turkey person, I view it more as a receptacle for gravy and cranberry sauce. My mother loves turkey and only gets it at Thanksgiving, so I’m making turkey. Every family has traditions for holiday’s they vary from family to family. The food also varies. But those traditions are firm. Heaven help the person who tries to change them.

We spend Thanksgiving with my parents, Christmas day with the in-laws. Everyone helps by bringing a dish. The meal is traditional- turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, etc…We eat a late lunch, we call it dinner, and spent the rest of the day helping my parents get ready for Christmas. My hubby thought we should change the menu. My mom’s oven isn’t working right and she can’t make the turkey. He suggested Gumbo. Gumbo! I love Gumbo, but that is not Thanksgiving. Needless to say his suggestion went down in flames.

So if I don’t hear from you before Thanksgiving, I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

What traditions do you have?

 

 

1. Start revisions of book 2 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series-
I’ve completed one read through. It needs lots of work. Goal is to revise/edit the first 100 pages- I think it’s safe to say this ain’t happening until later….
3. Plan one new short story- It’s a novel, still counts.
4. Edit/Revise Mystic Brew–  Done.
5. Finish plotting Book 3 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series I have an idea of what’s going to happen. This will be what I write for NaNoWriMo, so I have to do this in October- Done
6. Participate in NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words-  37,529 I’m a little behind on my word count, I took a day off but made up for it on other days. I’m good with the progress. My novel has taken a turn I didn’t expect. I don’t know if it will work or if I’ll have to change it during revisions. I didn’t exactly write myself into a corner, but it’s pretty darn close! I plan on writing today thru Tuesday. I’m taking Thursday and Friday off. Wednesday i have to cook a turkey, so I don’t know what will happen with that.

7. Read 8 books that’s for the whole round 4.    Done! I finished book 8 Wednesday and started two more, neither of which are on my TBR.
8. Be a good human and socialize online Goal- Barely. NaNo comes before socializing.
9. Be a good Baptist and join a Wednesday night group– Yeah, I’m think this may not happen
10. Finish my daughter’s bedroom The ceiling fan has been moved to the “new” center of the room so now we can actually put the paneling up.  A little electrical wrok still remains. The room had ugly white paneling up, so we have to put the same up on the new wall. Either that or strip it off all of the walls. NOPE! Eventually all of the paneling will be painted a pretty seafoam green.

How are your goals going this week?

-CK

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving America.

I have a lot to be thankful for, some are for things that don’t always feel like a good thing.  Like my job.  It keeps me exhausted, but at least I have one, even if it is for only 4 more weeks.  There are many in America that don’t have a job.  So I am thankful for that.  I am thankful to live in America where I can take part in the governmental process and have the right to worship as I please and express myself freely.  I am thankful for the armed forces, for their daily sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families.  It is that sacrifice that keeps us safe.  I am thankful for the food I have, even the sweet potato casserole I just burned while trying to keep up with my word count.  There are many today who will celebrate at food pantry’s and with free meals provided by organizations.  I am thankful for my preteen girls, yes I really am, they show me daily the innocence still present in the world today.  I am thankful for my husband who puts up with a lot of crazy from me.  And I am thankful for my parents who love me and raised me with love, understanding, and wiggle room for self expression. I am also thankful for all the wonderful writer’s I have met online.

  Happy Thanksgiving to y’all.

CK

 

Row80 Update Wednesday

It’s time for a Row80 update.  Granted not much progress has been made since Sunday, but here we go anyway.

    • Writing:  The third week slump seems to be in full swing.  Finding time to write is getting harder the closer Thanksgiving gets.

  • Editing: Finish editing my WIP, Dead in the Water. Finish edits by October 21. Done
  • Submissions: Start submissions October 22  Nov.1, send out 2 a week the rest of the round.  Stop laughing….think positive.  Nada.  Try again later.
  • Social networking: This is the hardest.  I am bad at just liking a post or a tweet and leaving.  So my goal for this is to respond more to blog posts, even reblogging, and be more involved on twitter. That’s not measurable.  Comment on 3 blogs a week. Check (I think)
  • Blogging: Have 2 nonRow80 blog posts a week.  Done  11/18 The Spelling Bee
  • Coffee: Master my new coffee pot.  Apparently there is a learning curve.  Done

I’m not beating myself up over my progress.  I do have a life and I have made more progress writing than I thought I would.  How are your goals going?  Is the upcoming holidays causing you chaos?

CK