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For those of you who haven’t read my post about my writer blog, or who are new to my blog, I do most of my blogging on https://mburgesstaylor.wordpress.com now. Once NaNoWriMo is over with I’ll try to post on this blog at least once a month but with preparations for NaNo in October and then NaNo in November I’ll be really busy. 😀

Thank you for reading…

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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in around here, NaNoWriMo, writing

 

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IT’S BEEN AWHILE…

So things have been crazy around here. Tumors (that I still have but have finally eased up some). Pinched nerve in my shoulder blade (for 2 months now and has caused me limited mobility in my right arm–and wouldn’t you know I’m right handed).

I’m still here. Still kicking. But I’ve taken a break. I’m not publishing on my author blog http://burgesstaylor7911.wordpress.com/

According to everything I’ve read authors/writer’s should brand themselves…So that’s what I’ve done. For those of you who are more interested in the writing stuff that would be the blog to follow. This one is more personal…

Things are better. My son will leave for bootcamp the end of December (he joined the Army). My husband starts a new job on October 20th. My grandson started daycare one week ago and loves it. He’s getting so big. He’ll be fifteen months old on the 15th. My daughter has her two year degree and is working on another degree and working. And me, well I’m writing, trying to get well, organizing the house on my good days, and spending time with family. I babysat my grandson the whole month of August while his father was out of town so I was extremely busy that month–that’s when the pinched nerve started…

I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo in November and am trying really hard to write an outline now so that I’m prepared and don’t get lost at the midpoint of my novel like last year.

I’ve also been catching up on television shows and movies via Netflix. (Big fan of Netflix)

Well, I can’t promise I’ll write every day, but I’ll be writing at least once a week. Hope all of you are well.

 

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Burn out

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Coffee cup (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Maybe I was just writing so much, not just the blog, but for Camp NaNo in April, and sending out resumes for jobs… I’m not sure, but whatever it was–I got burn out. I felt wrung dry of anything worth posting. I took a major step back from Facebook or Book Face as my husband calls it. I took a break from posting on my blog. I started reading more. And now I’m in this new place finally, where I’m interviewing for potential jobs, and seriously writing a real outline for a book, and taking a break from the old one because I was in desperate need of a pair of fresh eyes where it was concerned.

I also just got Netflix and found myself up all night watching episodes I missed from a show. That was fun but I paid for it when I finally did go to sleep.

I’ve been feeling the burn out in several areas, not just the blog. I need something to get my creative juices flowing again and I’m thinking it just might be that I needed some real ME time to figure out where I was going and what I was doing–Do I really want to go back to school? If they offer me the one job do I really want to commute? Would I be happy with less money so I don’t have to commute? Could I commute that distance, and in that kind of traffic, for retail hours, and be happy long-term? The answers are NO. I don’t want retail hours. I don’t think I’d mind the commute but I’d definitely mind the traffic. I’d rather take a little less money and not have to commute because in the end I’d spend the extra money or more in gas commuting.

Do I really want to participate in Camp for July if I’m starting a new job? Maybe. Still not sure about that one.

Have I completely abandoned my blog? No, not at all. I just needed a break.

I’ll start posting pictures again soon (I even took a break from that for awhile, other than taking some pictures of the gran).

Sometimes when we spread ourselves too thin, whether mentally or physically, or both, we need a little re-coop time. I’ve been on hiatus. Now I’m coming back.

Time for me to get another cup of coffee and look at what’s going on in the blogosphere and catch up on a few things.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in around here, Blogging, home, life, Photography, writing

 

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I’m a Winner!!!

Camp winnerI won Camp NaNoWriMo 😀  YAY!!!! Lissa won!!!  I have not, however, finished my novel. Camp NaNoWriMo taught me a great deal though. I realized how important it is to write every day. If you want to be a writer you have to write. And I wrote, and wrote, and wrote. It seemed like for a little while there I was physically attached to my keyboard. I also learned that you have to take breaks. Sitting at a desk or even sitting or lying down with a laptop wears on you after a while and you need breaks. You need to get up and stretch, at the very least. You also need refreshments. For me it was coffee, cold or hot, though I prefer hot but there were many times when my coffee got cold because I hit the zone, so I just put it in a glass and added ice to it and made it a cold coffee. Or I had a Starbuck’s Mocha DoubleShot energy drink when I really needed a boost. I also drank a lot of sweet tea (with ice, not the hot kind of tea, which I do like but I like it on cold nights). I did manage to drink water on and off during the day, though not nearly as much as I should have. If I had an unlimited budget and a Starbuck’s nearby I’d have splurged and that would not have been good.

6-BigKahunaI am still writing. I took a break from the computer and from writing altogether for 24 hours. I needed that break. Towards the end of Camp I ended up with a sinus infection, not to mention I was already in pain, so it was chaotic there at the end. Technically I won late Friday night, early Saturday morning, so I had a little time to spare, and I took advantage of that and rested. I slept on and off all day Saturday and Sunday. The majority of my weekend was spent sleeping, taking medication, drinking fluids, and taking naps. I did manage to watch a bit of television and read a chapter in the book I’ve been trying to finish for over a month, but I started reading it before Camp. I read three Writing books during Camp, but nothing for fun. Writing is fun for me, but I really should have taken the time to read more for pleasure during Camp.  Another thing I’ll make sure that I do when I participate in July’s Camp is outline in more detail. I made a basic outline, and when I say basic I mean basic, which means I began to flounder after the first few chapters. I’ve been reading “The Writer’s Journey” by Christopher Vogler and it’s awesome and amazing. I’ve learned so much in just the few days I’ve been reading it. I’d recommend it to anyone who is a writer. Reading his book has been pleasurable–Wish I had known about it before camp. I really need to get out more. I feel a field trip to the library coming soon.

Now that I’m done with Camp I’ll be posting more. Sorry I’ve been MIA (for those who have been wondering). Looking forward to seeing what tomorrow’s Daily Prompt is.

 

 

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Writing Spaces

The Daily Prompt  wants to know To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it? 

My blog is one of my writing spaces. Part of it is about self-expression and creativity, the search for truth, the experience of that journey. My search for truth is an inner and an outer one. Part of the journey of life, creativity, self-expression, are all woven within the pictures and words I post as I write. Each word is a step along that path.

Do I care about attracting readers? Would I write about certain topics and types of posts if it meant tripling my readership? NO. NO. I remember when journalism was about seeking the truth. Exposing the truth. When you could open up your newspaper, listen to the radio, watch television and learn something, gain some insight about what was going on around you and the world, but the more I listen to radio and watch television and look at the newspaper the more I see sensationalized news. Reality television shows are a great example of this. That little girl and the show Honey Boo Boo is a great example of what I am talking about. I’ve never seen the show, I’ve only seen excerpts and a few interviews of the little girl and her momma. And that was more than enough for me. It horrified me that we have reduced ourselves as a society to watching that kind of CRAP.

I’d rather watch reruns of Law and Order.

I’d love to have readers who enjoy what I write, who are inspired or motivated or touched by something I  said. I want those readers. I do not want readers who are looking for the next sensationalized, faddish, hot topic. I don’t want to base my blog on what is popular. For the past week or more I think I’ve written one or 2 posts. I haven’t been posting because I was swamped with my novel. I sucked at multitasking that last 2 weeks of Camp NaNoWriMo. I was busy with writing my novel, life, my grandson, my daughter who is graduating on the 10th with her associate’s degree, my husband, and suffering in pain from fibroid tumors as well as a sinus infection. Regular life and writing the novel were so much that posting on the blog was a blip on the radar of my thoughts but not a loud one. Bad blogger, I know.

I don’t write posts about religious controversies or my religious views, nor do I write posts about my political views or my thoughts on issues like gun control or the like, except the occasional rant about our current healthcare situation. If it was important to me in a way that was relevant to my blog and my life I might. And one day I just might post something about gun control because as a gun owner and a believer in our Constitution that concerns me, but there’s so much more to that issue than that so I’ve strayed away from talking about it in my blog. Just as I’ve strayed away from talking about other important issues. Once you start the ball rolling on controversial issues there is always backlash. My blog is about learning, growing, experiencing, ranting (on occasion), life, love, relationships, writing, inspiration, and motivation. It’s a place where I am away from all the CRAP and can focus on the positive or at least try to figure out what is positive. Backlash is not usually positive.

So if my ratings plummet or never get any better than they already are, and they’ve decreased the past 2 weeks because I haven’t really been posting, then oh well. I’ll still drink my coffee in the morning and read through posts on my readers, write my own posts and continue to like and/or comment on other’s posts, but my life will go on. I have to live in the real world, I don’t have to live in the blogosphere. The blogosphere is my escape.

 

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Sunshine Award

sunshine-awardShaun at PrayingforOneDay nominated me for the Sunshine Award. My second award in 24 hours… WOO HOO! YAY ME!!! I feel so blessed. Big THANK YOU to Shaun for nominating me!! I appreciate it so much!!!! 😀 Just want to say that I find your story so amazing and I think you and your blog are such an inspiration. For those of us in pain it’s awesome when you find someone who is not only willing to talk about his/her pain but willing to share and inspire others with his/her story. I played soccer (or football as you call it) when I was in middle school and high school. I coached youngsters for a season. And it’s competitive, fun, and a lot of work. When I see people playing I can’t help but smile and cheer them on, so  your story touches me.

(Oh, and I love the accent! My 6th great grandfather came to America in the 1800’s from Scotland and when I hear your accent on your audio blogs it reminds me of my grandfather who still had a bit of the lilt, passed on to him by his father who was Scottish and his mother who was Irish (she came over when she was young so still had much of her accent).

Now on to the rules:

Rules for receiving the SUNSHINE AWARD:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your Blog.
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 Bloggers.
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their Blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
  • Link the person who nominated you.

Ten Questions: I will answer the 10 question that Shawn answered. I am new to this award…

  1. Favorite color:   Purple or Red (I’m indecisive: one day dark red is my favorite and the next day purple (the color is actually called violet since it is the same color as the flower)
  2. Favorite animal:  Dolphin
  3. Favorite number:  7
  4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink:  Coffee
  5. Prefer Facebook or Twitter?  I have FB, don’t have twitter (am I supposed to? LOL!)
  6. My passion(s):  My family, writing, photography, and reading
  7. Prefer getting or giving presents:  Giving, though I love to receive homemade presents or presents that were picked out specifically for me (no matter what they are).
  8. Favorite pattern:  Sheet of Music (Musical Notes)
  9. Favorite days of the week: Sunday
  10. Favorite flower: Yellow Roses

My nominees:

  1. http://creativemysteries.net/
  2. http://misifusa.wordpress.com/
  3. http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com/
  4. http://1writeway.com/
  5. http://adityaviyer.com/
  6. http://theimaginator.wordpress.com/
  7. http://familyeverything.wordpress.com/
  8. http://wileyschmidt.wordpress.com/
  9. http://randomencountersoftheinquisitivemind.wordpress.com/
  10. http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/

Check out their blogs….

Happy Blogging 😀

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2013 in Blogger, Blogging, Blogging Award

 

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Two Awards…WOW

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I am the recipient of 2 awards within a 24 hour period of time. WOW! I feel so horribly guilty though–I’ve been busy writing my novel for Camp NaNoWriMo and have let my blog slide just a little this month. I’ve only participated in a few of the Daily Posts and one of the Photo Challenges. I’ve added updates almost every other day, on occasion consecutive days in a row, about my word count and writing. So I’m not so sure I deserve these awards but I am ever so grateful and appreciative that you think I do. 😀

So here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger award…I’m going in order of receiving the awards:

http://familyeverything.wordpress.com/ nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award (see post here: http://familyeverything.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/winning-the-versatile-blogger-award/comment-page-1/#comment-53)  I’m not sure of what to say except that I greatly appreciate it. I started the blog when I was planning my wedding and it turned into so much more than I ever imagined, so winning the Versatile Blogger Award (I think this is my 4th one) means so much to me because that’s my whole goal–to have a blog that is versatile, that appeals to various readers. Sometimes I write about the pain that overwhelms me (I’m pretty much in chronic pain due to uterine fibroids), other times I write about date night or relationships or family or my grandson, and I also write about writing, as well as participate in the Daily Post Challenge. There are so many of you who are also suffering with chronic pain and it’s such an inspiration when you find a blog that speaks to you as “familyeverything” has spoken to me. (Please make sure you check out the blog!)

Here’s the  rules for those that I nominate:

-Thank the person who gave you this award. (This would be considered the right thing to do, as well as common courtesy.)
-Include a link to their blog. Sharing the love and the appreciation is also common courtesy.
-Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers (preferably one’s you follow and really enjoy, that inspire, motivate…)
-Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/
-Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

  1. I LOVE COFFEE! (I’m not sure of how many times I’ve said this when I’m asked to list things about myself, but it hasn’t changed, and will not change. As I type this I am drinking a cold Starbuck’s Mocha DoubleShot Energy drink). I like hot coffee (with creamer (preferably half&half, and sweetener–I’ve just switched from Splenda to an all natural sweetener), as well as the cold Starbuck’s or Java Monster’s. I drink coffee in the morning when I wake up, during the day, and in the evenings–I do drink water, orange juice, and sweetened iced tea in between. (My new favorite coffee is Gevalia. 

  2. I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo right now. It’s my first time actively participating. I signed up last November but my computer went KAPUT one week into it and it took 3 weeks to get the damn things fixed. Big Fail in November. (But I’m a little ahead right now so it is looking like, barring any kind of catastrophe, I ‘l WIN this session.)

    Camp NaNoWriMo

    Camp NaNoWriMo

  3. I’m half planner, half pantser, which means I make a basic outline out of index cards (I use white ones for that), and I make character bios (colored index cards). Then I run with it. I’m OCD about certain things but not other things.
  4. I don’t work, thanks to having uterine fibroids. I need a hysterectomy but we don’t have insurance so…I have slowly but surely been changing my eating habits, and I’m now exercising again (though it’s not easy when you’re in chronic pain) to try alleviate some of the pain and symptoms. I walk 1 mile every other day, which gets me out of the house, plus I get fresh air and sunshine and vitamin D.
  5. I  consider myself to be a writer and a photographer, though I do not get paid for either one. It’s part of who, what, and how I am. As soon as we can afford it I’ll be going to photography school. Gotta love changing careers mid life  but I believe that you should love what you do. I worked at jobs that I disliked to support my children–I was a single parent and I stayed in the finance/banking/accounting arena for as long as I did not because I liked it but because I was good at it and it paid the bills. Truth is, I hated it. I ended up with ulcers, stress induced anxiety attacks, and bouts of depression because of it. This go round, now that I have the chance to pursue my dreams and have a career in something I love I’m taking that chance.

    At the family business…

  6. I am watching my husband, whom I call Mr. Rockstar, sleep as I write this. We moved my desk out of the dining room and into our bedroom so I would have more privacy when I write, and so that we actually spent more time in the same room (he goes to sleep much earlier than I do and he’d rather I were in the room writing than in a different room away from him. I think the click click click of the keyboard helps him go to sleep). Good news is, I now have my dining room back–we’ve even put our table and stools back in there. 😀
  7. I am a big fan of the television show Supernatural. So much so that I would love to get the books. I have seasons 1, 3, 4, and 5 on DVD. I need to get the other seasons. I have a birthday coming up in July…Hmmm. Think I might put that on my wish list. 😀

    UPERNATURAL "Dead In The Water" (Episode #103) Image #SN103-0171 Pictured (l-r): Jared Padalecki as Sam, Jensen Ackles as Dean Credit: © The WB/Sergei Bachlakov

    UPERNATURAL “Dead In The Water” (Episode #103) Image #SN103-0171 Pictured (l-r): Jared Padalecki as Sam, Jensen Ackles as Dean Credit: © The WB/Sergei Bachlakov

Now the 15 blogs I am nominating

  1. http://www.terry1954.wordpress.com/
  2. http://fromthefog.me/
  3. http://wileyschmidt.wordpress.com/
  4. http://thematticuskingdom.wordpress.com/
  5. http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/
  6. http://fromthecsweet.com/
  7. http://multifariousmeanderings.wordpress.com/
  8. http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com
  9. http://therantingpapizilla.wordpress.com/
  10. http://grndmachris.wordpress.com/
  11. http://layedbacklife.wordpress.com/
  12. http://polysyllabicprofundities.com/
  13. http://randomencountersoftheinquisitivemind.wordpress.com/
  14. http://layedbacklife.wordpress.com/
  15. http://purpleborough.wordpress.com/

Check them out! And happy blogging! 😀

 
 

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