Sunday, June 19, 2016

Renovating, Writing…Same Thing?


We bought our house 8 years ago and immediately had plans. Let me add here that our home was great, but we wanted to do a few updates to the house.

Standing inside our empty home, we didn’t worry about where the furniture would be placed. That was easy and it would be easy to move it around if we didn’t like it (love the furniture disk, slides so easy).

Instead, we decided what we wanted to change. The order in which we would make these changes and just how quickly we’d get them done. By the end of year two everything inside and out should be finished.

Several of those items are still on the list.

It’s been eight years this month.

You know the saying, life happens or life got in the way or anyone of those life moment things. All true, life did get in the way. Jobs changed which caused the daily flow of our household to change. Surroundings and worker peeps within the job changed. We changed churches, which brought on more change. So yeah, life happened.

Two months ago, Science Guy and I decided to do the back yard and get that item checked off the list. Easy enough. We got a few quotes, I picked out the pavers (love them), and the fencing we were putting around the pavers. We bought an amazing grill cover/hut and we’ll finally be able to put up the canopy for the outside dining area. We had dates and deadlines and it was all going to be done in two, no more than three weeks.

That was six weeks ago, and it’s still not quite finished. We are now shooting for July 4th weekend. It’s going to be beautiful.

Oh yeah, the writing part. You open that blank page and begin. You’re not worried about the placement of the scenes. You plotted them out and you know where they are going to land. At least in this first draft.

And then it happens. Things change. You realize that your character can’t do this or that until much later in the story. Or perhaps it won’t work at all unless you order more fencing (I mean add more to the scene). You may find out that you’ll need to change or cut out an idea to make everything work.

But when you’re finished. When you walk out on those beautiful pavers or finish those edits and it’s really the end you can sit back and smile and know that all the hard work has paid off.

 

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,

Vicki

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Time


Time.

The definition says it's the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present and future regarded as a whole. A point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon.

Without time, all who wander might actually be lost. Today time represents both the past and the future.

It's been forever since I attended a TARA (Tampa Area Romance Authors), meeting. Life, as they say, had definitely got in the way of my writing. Or so I liked to tell myself. Reality was I let it slide. Sure, I thought about it. Even opened my wip and added a bit here or there. But I didn't write the way that writers write, the way I used to write. I wasn't in my office at 5:00am before work, or in there after work until late into the night. Nope, I'd somewhat decided that just maybe I wouldn't ever do it again.

My heart and soul had other plans. What I've learned is that if you're truly a writer, your character will not let you completely go. They may take a vaca with you, but eventually they are going to start waking you up in the middle of the night, talking to you while you're at work (be really careful not to talk back to them out loud, people will wonder), and any place they think they'll breakthrough for a moment.

Then today happened. I'd rejoined RWA 3 months ago. I had my PRO status back in place and I beautiful new office area (thank you to my Science Guy), and it was time. Time to go home. To go back to the place where I knew I could talk to others like me. Who would be glad to see me and who would totally understand hearing voices was always a crazy thing.

I was going to be late. Maybe I should just wait until next month. But hadn't I already used that excuse? Walking in late meant everyone would see me. For those of you who know me I know what you're thinking. This girl isn't shy and if people see her then she'll be fine. But today was different. It wasn't about me. I wasn't the president, heck I wasn't even a member anymore. I was person who would interrupt the meeting. Do get where my head was going??? I was going to wait for a better "time".

Science Guy looked at me and said, "It's going to be great. Have fun and join when you get home." I love him. He knows me so well.

So, there I went. I walked in to the business meeting. Whew, that was great. Sure people were talking, but I hadn't walked in during the speaker, Lori Sanders Foley's, presentation.

And just like that I was home. Time was once again moving in my world. You see I am a writer and this group, these women, some who I've never met and some who I've known for years, they are my people and time has seen fit to bring us together again.

Vicki

Friday, August 9, 2013

Just Saying Hi

I wanted to stop by and say hi and to let you know that I really will be back one day soon.

I'm currently plotting my next book and although I've not been as productive as I'd like to be I am at least getting something on paper. Ummm...yeah, paper. I haven't put it in the computer just yet.

Games. iPhone games. Love them/hate them/so addicted to them. I've deleted a couple and hid a couple and now I have two that I really need to give up. My characters would be really happy if I did that. Well, all but one. One of them likes to see what my nbrs are doing in their places. She likes to ooh and aww over the decorations. Silly girl, her story will be next when this book is finished. YOu'd think someone who likes pretties and likes attention would want to have her book being written.

Anyway, just wanted to say hi and to let you know I'm still around.

TGIF,
Vicki

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Time flies

Really??? It's been a little over a year since I last blogged. Wow! Life has been anything but normal in the household. The day job is no longer there and I've been doing the search and find for a few months. The big difference is there aren't any words on the sidebar to tell you what you're looking for. You get a clue, send a resume and yeah...instead of a real job you're new email addy is now full of spam. 

I'm kinda at a crossroads with my writing right now. Although I'm working on the second book in the BloodSpell trilogy, I'm also thinking about a totally different genre to write in. More to come on that later. :)

Science Guy and I have been doing some landscaping on the front of our home. Two more plants/trees to put in and then I'll put up some pictures for you. I love seeing the color as I drive up to the house. 

So, how is everyone doing? What's happened/changed in your life in the past year?

Vicki


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thursday - Um Yeah, Just Thursday

I know I've been gone and I know I said I was going to be here more often, but right now is a bit crazy at the day job. The world of 24/7 Shopping TV is hetic to say the least. Anyway, I'm also working on a new website/blog which I'm hoping to have live by the end of the month. As soon as it's ready to go I'll let you know. Hope everyone is doing great! Vicki

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Blues...or Musings - Take Your Pick :)

It's Monday. That should follow with enough said, but just for those who perhaps love their Monday's, I'll resist the urge.

Maybe a Monday is your Friday and you're excited to have your week day time off. For me, the day brings crazy long hours, which leads me to want to do nothing but veg in front of the TV when I get home. After feeding the doggy babies and Science Guy, that is.

Tonight starts 'Dancing With The Stars' and although I said I wasn't going to watch it this season, we've already got it TiVo'd. Guess we'll see if it's going to turn out to be okay or not and then make the choice.

However, no matter how crazy of a day it's been, no matter how much I'd to do nothing but put on a pair of pj's, cuddle back into one of our oversized red chairs, watching TV while my mind wanders aimless through the show, I can't. I won't.

Why? Because I must write. I'm in a very small dingy, making my way to the writing island where other author friends are partying, err...I mean writing furiously (there's cabana boys and margarita's there).

Should be fun since my hero has just been thrown for a loop when he saw what the heroine did. And the coolest part is she doesn't really know what she did. She knows something changed, but she's not exactly sure what it was. Just yet that is.

Your turn. How was your day? Got any plans for tonight, or are you going to veg and re-coop from the day?

xoxoxox,
Vicki

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Five

It’s been a week of weeks, but Friday is finally here and I’m about 30 minutes from being free for the weekend. Free to write, read, and okay…write. A lot. I’ve got to finish this wip very soon. :)

So what has the past week brought?

Let’s see…

1. Saturday’s TARA meeting ROCKED! Lauren Abramo was amazing in both sessions and dinner with her was way too much fun.

2. I got a new phone and it’s a smartphone, a iPhone to be exact. I love it.

3. Since I got said phone I’ve downloaded a couple of apps and although I do love the Kindle for iphone, I’ve got to say, I’m addicted to Zombie Farm.

4. The time change has brought wonderful long evenings, walking the dogs again is not only good for them, but for Science Guy and I as well.

5. Watched Idol and truthfully didn’t think the right person went home. Not that I thought she would stay for a long time (if she didn’t show what she can really do), but there was another that based on this week’s performance, I thought would be the one. But hey, everyone got their vote and apparently didn’t feel the same way as me.

What about you? How did your week sum up? Exciting? Crazy?


Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,
Vicki