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Happy February, everyone! I thought I would just post an update on my projects and goals. Since it’s the middle of winter and flippin’ cold outside, what else are you going to do?

In January, I published 6 blog posts, which is almost as much as I published last year alone! Woohoo! One thing that did help me write more was having a working computer again. I purchased a new laptop with a keyboard that works flawlessly (unlike the previous one where I had to punch. the. keys. several times to get it to work even once). It’s also a lot faster than my previous computer and has a longer battery life. This has made writing a lot easier (as well as cutting down on actual time spent on the internet since I’m not waiting for forever for a page to load). My other big writing project (that is, my novel) is not coming along nearly as quickly as it should be. I really just need to buckle down and do it. Setting public (and attainable) goals are supposed to be motivating so here it goes by: February 28, 2013, at 11:59pm, I will have edited 60 pages of my novel. This may not seem like a lot to you, the reader, but trust me, it’s a lot. And by editing, I don’t just mean looking for grammatical errors, but also expanding and adding scenes as well as fleshing out descriptions. Three weeks hardly seems like enough time. But now it’s out there and I need to stick to it! (Any nagging is appreciated.)

Of course, I still am working on that never-ending reading list. At last count, I have 19 digital ARCs waiting to be read on my nook. Oy! The next one up is The Dinner by Herman Koch, which is actually set to be released a week from today. I heard it’s supposed to be the next big seller. I’ll let you know how it is. Currently, I am about to finish Beautiful Creatures, whose movie version is coming to theaters on Valentine’s Day. Since I am once again single, I will be going to a viewing with a friend/coworker who has also read the book and was just as instantly obsessed as I was. Seriously, talk about gripping the reader from the get-go.

Finally, I hope to have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards up on my Etsy shop by the end of the month. It may seem early for them, but I have to pay a small fee to post a listing and it lasts for only 4 months. By posting holiday cards 4 months out, I am getting the most for my money. Of course, I didn’t do this on time for Christmas last year or Valentine’s Day this year (I have some unlisted valentines – email sarcasmincluded@gmail.com if you’re interested!). So that’s another overall goal of mine: make and post cards 4 months before a holiday.

Alright…I won’t keep you any longer. Go. Enjoy time with your family. Have some hot cocoa around the fireplace and tell stories. Or, if you’re like me, grab your cat and share her body warmth. Cry into your cup of Ramen noodles and hope that life doesn’t stay like this forever.* Hope that one day, spring will come.

Cheers!

*To my family and friends reading this: Don’t worry; I don’t cry into my dinner. I wait until I’m in bed.

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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in About me, Crafts & Hobbies

 

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Yes, I know it’s been awhile (only half a year) since I posted so I’ll try to make this “catching up” post brief.

The most significant change in my life is my relationship status. Fred and I called it quits back in September, though we both saw it coming for a while. There are no hard feelings between us – we just wanted something different out of the relationship that the other couldn’t provide. Yes, we still talk, but not like we used to. He moved out and I’m in the large apartment by myself. For the most part I enjoy the quietness of living alone again but I do get lonely at times.

The holidays were the worst for this. My sister came to spend Thanksgiving with me and we had fun crafting art for our walls. I spent Christmas at a friend’s house, expecting just good food and good company. The family surprised me by getting me a wonderful gift – a certificate for a massage! Needless to say, I felt that my coming with a partially drunk bottle of spiked eggnog was not a significant exchange. Gift aside, just being around people on Christmas was good. Had I been home, I would have been on the couch crying. (Although, come to think of it, I did cry that evening, but that was because we saw Les Miserable.) New Year’s was probably the most uneventful; I spent a few hours at Judy’s house watching The Twilight Zone marathon. Just before midnight we flipped to another channel, one showing the ball dropping in Times Square. When the clock struck midnight, we gave a very unenthusiastic “woo”. And, no, we did not kiss (pervs). So, I wasn’t alone for the holidays or my birthday (smack dab in the middle of December) but that doesn’t mean I didn’t shed a few tears.

Not all is gloom and doom, though. I am expecting to become an aunt soon, which is very exciting. I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say on the internet so for the time being, I won’t say anything else. Mom and Dad are enjoying retirement. Last year they took a three week trip to New Zealand and Australia and next week they’re going to Tahiti. What an adventure!

Of course a new year brings new goals. My goal first and foremost is TO FINISH EDITING MY NOVEL AND SUBMIT IT TO IUNIVERSE! I wrote that in all caps because it’s been four years – FOUR! – since my dear friend Mike gifted me a publishing package. That’s too long and it looks like I’m ungrateful for the wonderful opportunity to see my words in print; I’m not ungrateful, just scared. But I’m also anxious to move on to another writing project. This one just needs to be wrapped up first.

I also want to continue to grow my card business. If I hadn’t mentioned in previous posts, I make sarcastic greeting cards called Sarcasm Included. I opened an Etsy shop and have a corresponding blog. I’m reading books about making your craft into a business and just have to remember: one step at a time. Also: craft every day. That is something I need to be better about (as well as writing every day).

The other big goal for 2013 pertains to books. (Who’d have guessed?) Last year I had a goal to read 40 books, which I did (sadly, counting a few picture books) so this year I have a goal to read 45 books. Last year I also hoped to read 6 classic novels but I didn’t even read one. I think I was overwhelmed by my first choice, which was The Annotated Wizard of Oz. “Overwhelmed by The Wizard of Oz?” you may be thinking. Yes and I’ll tell you why. The annotated version started off with 100 pages of introduction to L. Frank Baum’s life and the evolution of the Oz series. And I’m not talking 100 pages of paperback proportions. The book is wider and taller than the average hardcover book so the amount of text per page is significantly greater.. I’m talking 100 pages of that.┬áSo I got through that (it took awhile but I did it) and then I started in on the actual book itself. First was Baum’s own one-page introduction (ah – one page! How nice!). Unfortunately, this came with three pages of annotated notes.

So that’s where I stopped with that. Too much too soon. If I’m going to drudge* through 100 pages of introduction for weeks on end, I want the rest of it to be easy. I think I’ll go back and read just the book at some point and skip all the notes. Either way, lesson learned.

That’s the news for now. Hopefully I’ll be posting more here as well as my other blog and Etsy shop. Thanks for reading!

*It was actually a very good, detailed introduction and I enjoyed it for the most part. It just felt like it took forever because one page took several minutes to read so reading for an hour and only get a few pages done made it feel like I wasn’t accomplishing anything at all.

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2013 in About me

 

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