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Summer Hibernation

Bear and cubs ‘denning’ (cred: Wikipedia)

Most people talk about Winter when they refer to hibernating.  The idea of lying low, resting, conserving energy to get through the harshest months when fuel is scarce and the it’s hard to grow more food…

Not me.  Not this time.  I’ve hibernated for the last few weeks.

A lot of it was just mental exhaustion.  After this past winter and spring, I tried to keep up the insane momentum I’d been maintaining through the summer, hoping it would help smooth transitions in the fall…  Nope.  It just beat me up.  There’s a time to shut down the out-put and work on in-put…refilling those wells of creativity and energy and…

Well, just rebuilding one’s self.

I’m also dreading next week and have been for the past nine months since we signed up for it.  We’re going camping next week.  Mind you, I really do like camping, but I hate the transition time, the shift in mental ‘place’ that it requires, … the timing this year (girl stuff), the leaving my cats, my books, my computers, my ‘space’.  I love it when I’m there.  But it’s like a party…  or like the trip to NYC we took yesterday….  the build up terrifies me and shuts me down, and the longer the build up…  the more there is camping crap piled high in every room of the house, the more it’s mentioned we need to “do this/do that”, the more I start to shut down.

I know I annoy my husband with my waffling.  Of course…  I’m not the one who’s talked about needing to get his fishing license since June…

Anyway, I’ve been in a bad headspace and have avoided every online thing I could.  If it hadn’t been a need to reconnect with some specific people on Facebook about a childhood friend’s recent death…  I wouldn’t really have even posted there.

But I have written some.  I’ve read more.  Lots of reading.  And some television.  And walks….  and…  well, generally just stuff.

And I felt I sort of owed you all a bit of an explanation of where I’ve (not) been and where I will be for at least another week or so.

Much love ♥

Sorry, I Don’t “Like”… — a ST4S post

Your Book’s Page

Like books

Like books (Photo credit: Mark J P)

Been thinking about this for some time now…  Yes, I love books.  Yes, I love authors, and supporting authors I know gives me the Happy Giddies.


I can’t bring myself to Like pages on a book by book basis.  I won’t do it.

In my opinion, I’d be doing the author a disservice if I did.  I almost never keep up with updates or promotions so I can’t share and pass the word along.  My “Like” is a meaningless number in the corner of a place that is meant for social interaction.

Some might say that number means something in rankings, and maybe it does.  But a book is a thing.  And author is a person, and I want to know what the author is doing.

  • Is s/he writing a new book?
  • Doing a book tour for that novel I enjoyed?
  • Did s/he make a new blog post?
  • Post a cute kitteh pic on their page?
  • Has celebrity become too much an s/he now intends to retire to a Tibetan monastery in obscurity?
A segment of a social network

A segment of a social network (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I “Like” a book’s page, then what happens when the author writes a new book?  Will the author keep posting updates of interest on the page for the old book and the new book?  Would fans of both pages get duplicate posts?

Sorry, but with all the amazing authors out there and all the great books written by each one…  that’s just too much to keep track of.  I have to make more choices, and some of those choices may seem harsh.

So, no, I don’t Like your book’s page.

ROW80 Check-in

Steady progress, though not a lot of progress.  Here are my goals, with update notes:

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences  not much writing except notes–I spent a few days doing a beta read
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song  I‘m working on my fanfic at the moment; I need to renew my passion for writing
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) on a consistent schedule check
  • maintain active sponsor participation I still need to write my sponsor post; I’m caught up on other sponsor duties
  • energize myself with more physical activity not as much as I should have, but at least I got more than I had expected
  • reclaim my writing space no progress in the office, but four bags of donated clothes left the house
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) weekly progress involved cleaning out my email and some extra fan pages on Facebook I don’t keep up with enough to follow
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more…  a world of more not as much progress here; I think I needed a bit of space these past few days

That’s it for today.  See you on Wednesday for a new WIPpet and ROW80 check-in.  Until the, enjoy this kitteh!

English: A lolcat of my cat Kylie, meowing.

English: A lolcat of my cat Kylie, meowing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Some Words Sunday — Blog Awards

Prize distribution

Prize distribution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have mixed feelings about blog awards.  Can’t say I like them, but I don’t hate them; I appreciate the kind thoughts of people who nominate me for them, but I hate the thought of accepting them and passing them along.

It’s not because I don’t want to tell people how awesome I think they are, but because I fear I’m putting extra pressure on them to do something because “I said so.”


Starlights by Eden Mabee

I feel like it’s not my place, people are busy, yadda yadda…

But I’ve been recently nominated by a bunch of wonderful people who write fun blogs, and well…  I’m honored.

I still don’t know what I want to do about them, but for the moment, let me list the awards and the kind people who gave them to me.

  • Back in March the amazingly energetic Amybeth Inverness gave me The Next Best Thing (I say she’s amazingly energetic because she maintains two blogs, does a lot more social media than I do, great interviews, attends conferences and with several kids.  Wow!)
  • Talented WIPpeter, ReGi McClain tagged me earlier this month for the Beautiful Momma Blog Award.  Thing is, I don’t really call this a “Mommy Blog”.  Mentions of my son are because he’s an important part of my life, and this blog is here to share parts of my life as a writer and creator.
  • Jessica Minyard sweetly offered me the Seed of Light award given to people who inspire through words and/or art.
  • Speaking of Seed(s) of Light, I was just offered one from ReGi as well, which is odd because I was thinking of naming her as one of my inspirations.  Have you seen her WIPpet posts?

Well, that’s a lot to consider.  Some of these will involve answering questions, some simply need to be passed along to new bearers who do great blogging, all deserve to be acknowledged

Thank you all.

ROW80 Check-in

Not as much got done since Wednesday as I would like.  Bare minimum…  that’s the phrase of the day.  No backward steps, at least!

Five sentences a day keeps something new appearing on the page daily.  I love it, because there is never a time I feel like I cannot get five sentences written.  Before bed?  Yep, I can write five sentences.  Waiting in line?  Okay, maybe I only get one sentence done, but usually if I have to wait in one line, I am usually out and about doing errands that involve more lines–more sentences written.  As soon as I get up?  Oh, that’s easy!  I can even write five sentences as I wait for my computers to boot up.

Editing has been less vigorous, but that wasn’t on my list of must do‘s for these weeks anyway.  I’m spending more of the time figuring out where I want to take my fiction during the JuNoWriMo.  Some of the time has been spent watching shows and discussing reactions with my husband as to why we are drawn to certain characters or not.  Some was spent daydreaming (a very important task!)…


Carefully by Eden Mabee

Attention to my social media presence has made a resurgence of late.  I’m trying to be more involved, though in smaller doses so I can still get things done.  This week I resumed activity on Reddit, and G+ has seen me post and comment several times since Wednesday.  I’m not being as active on Twitter as I’d like–I keep missing the StoryDam and BiblioCrunch chats, and I only made a few #teamsprinty sprints.  And Facebook I’m cautiously approaching twice a week for visits and comments…  Hours drift away there.

On the “extra activities” end, I missed only one day of crunches (35 a day now, but I may be adding some more soon).  I’m finally getting my callouses back for guitar playing.  Although between guitar and piano practices, I’ve had to resume my physical therapy exercises for my wrist as well….  And to help my son along, I’ve been practicing some karate and fencing.  I’m eagerly looking forward to my next Renaissance Faire.

That’s about it from me.  Why not stop over to visit more ROWers now that you have some free time? wink wink nudge nudge