Monthly Archives: March 2010

Give Me Body Or Give Me Liberty

The Culprits

The fam and I went shopping at the outlets this past Saturday on the hunt for new sneakers for the kids as well as soccer cleats for my son. My husband knows that I am in desperate need of new clothes *wink*wink* and encouraged me to go in a few stores to try on some things. Since he was buying and I didn’t want to hurt his feelings by saying no, I complied.

Happily, I picked out tops and bottoms to take back to the dressing room.  Hubby even suggested some items that he thought might look nice.  It felt invigorating looking at all of the spring attire. Believe me, I am ready to shed my winter “coat”, so to speak.

Once I got into the dressing room, my euphoria ended. As I tried on the first outfit, I realized it didn’t quite look like the one on the mannequin.  As a matter of fact, it looked nothing like the one the mannequin was wearing.  She looked sleek and I looked…frumpy. She was in top form while I looked as if I just came out of hibernation and needed to lose my extra blubber.

I stood in awe of myself…and not in a good way.  What the hell had I been eating all winter?  I tried on another Continue reading

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Give Me Cream and Sugar, Baby…Hold The Coffee

Back in the day when I was a little girl, my grandmother turned her john blaze (that’s hot if you didn’t know) coffee into ice coffee.  She had a special tall glass that she always used and she would sugar and cream it up to her liking. While my grandmother went about her daily chores, she would leave the tall glass of deliciousness on the kitchen counter where it would be open game.  Yes, you guessed it! I would take secret sips of it when no one was looking and thought of it as my “special” treat.

When I grew up, surprisingly I didn’t become a coffee drinker.  Soda and sweet ice tea were my libations. But then I became pregnant with my second child five years ago and suddenly I started to fantasize about that damned ice coffee my grandmother made. So one day I hopped into the Starbucks, ordered decaf and asked them to put it on ice. You would have thought I had five heads.  The girl at the counter asked me to repeat Continue reading

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Either She Goes or I Go…

For the last few weeks I haven’t touched my WIP.  I was using lack of time as an excuse.  I work a full-time day job and have a seven- and a four-year-old.  To top it off, my husband works the late shift, which means I’m the only parent to help with homework, do dinner, and baths.  So, as you can tell, writing definitely takes a backseat in the evenings, but it’s not totally impossible. 

I just came to the realization that I was using “no time” as my justification not to write on my novel when it was really something Continue reading

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“Let’s Go Crazy…Let’s Get Nuts!”**

Well, I finally did it.  I finally broke the curse.  You know the one.  The one where you can’t wear the color white, shorts, short sleeves, tank tops, flip flops, sandals or any other summer apparel after Labor Day and before Memorial Day weekend.  Let me rephrase that.  You can’t wear Continue reading

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How I Love Thee, Sunshine…

Gosh! Where in the H did the sun go?! For days we have been over wrought with rain, rain and more rain. Let’s not even mention the cloud cover that’s hiding that beautiful sun. Ugh! It can be downright depressing…if you let it.

Key point here: don’t let it or anything in general get you down! Don’t let the haze sway your thoughts and ideas. That sometimes can be easier said than done, but it is doable. You just have to bring the positivity into view…AND stick with it!

It’s amazing that I am even giving this advice because I often find myself letting the cloud cover sneak right on in and influence my writing notions. Sort of like a sneak attack. Bam!! Then I become annoyed with myself because I let it happen.

But…yeah, yeah, here it comes…at least I recognize that I have allowed the predicament to seep in and I’m willing to turn it around. Then I stop asking myself “how come” and “why me” and start preaching “what if this, then maybe that” or “let’s get ‘er done.” Boo-ya! Then the clouds start dissipating, the gloom lifts, and the writing gods somehow bless me with some wonderful ideas. That sunshine starts peaking through and words flow again! Money shot!

So, to offset the blah, what do you do to chase away the doldrums?  What is your money shot?

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