Tuesday, January 19, 2016

National Popcorn Day

It's National Popcorn Day and I almost missed it. I will probably not be eating popcorn today because I'm working and don't have it with me, but that's okay. Maybe I can pop on over to the nearby little store and grab a bag at my next break. Or wait until I'm headed home and pick up my favorite pre-popped popcorn on the way (Erin's reduced salt popcorn).

There are all kinds of fun and interesting and regular-ol-straight-up facts around the internet about this popular snack. So I won't clutter up the space here when you can find it on your own, or not!

One of my favorites is that popcorn on its own is a healthy snack (unless your are sensitive or allergic to corn, of course). Which makes me happy, because my preferred popcorn style is pretty plain. Here is the healthy fact from IBT:

Popcorn is packed with healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin B and protein. It also contains about 1 gram of fiber per cup, which has more iron than an egg.
Happy Popcorn Day!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Just For Today

Just for today I will not worry.
Just for today I will not be angry.
Just for today I will do my work honestly.
Just for today I will give thanks for my many blessings.
Just for today I will be kind to my neighbour and every living thing.

This is part of my current practice.

Along with writing. And new walking shoes (okay, so they're running shoes, but I'm not running) and regular exercises for my knee from the PT. New shoes which were actually fitted with my feet and my intent - what a difference the right shoes make!

And two upcoming writing workshops (debating on a third one, but it may be a setup to try the other one which starts later this month).

"My" writing group (it's no more mine than anyone else's, but I seem to be the center pin of the soon-to-be three person group). Another group I get to write with once or twice a month, which someone else organizes and hosts.

And - just for today... I like that. I can do that.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

*Blink * Blink*



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It's, um, like. Yeah.


  Happy   New   Year  

Cheers, sure. Hooray.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Submission Time

I've been working on a piece for submission for a few weeks. I've had three people read it: my partner, a friend/writer friend, and that friend's friend who is a writer and editor. I've gotten a lot of feedback (now and in previous attempts at this story). I've cut 1,200 words, added small bits, moved things around, rewritten, fought with a title, killed some darlings and dumped some junk.

The time is now.

The deadline is tomorrow. No, wait, the deadline is today! About 20 hours from now (a little less).

I'm ready to submit.

But, wait! They want a cover "letter" (in Submittable, so 'letter' isn't quite that but it is).

Oh no.

Okay, I can do this. The hard part is done, I have two and a half pairs of thumbs up on the final draft (the friend of the friend hasn't seen the final-final version; but it was his feedback which led me to the final touches which made S say, "don't touch it!").

It's just a little cover letter. Yeah. Um. Right.

Twenty Minutes of Cover Letter Progress

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Submissions Calendar Update

For those of you who subscribed to The Writing Vein Submissions calendar, there has been an update. Due to a synchronization issue, the old calendar has been deleted and a new one put up in its place. If you want to resubscribe to the calendar, or just check out what is there, you can click on the Submissions tab at the top of this page.

The submissions on the calendar are not in any way inclusive of everything there is, nor does inclusion indicate indorsement or affiliation. These are submission opportunities which come my way from groups/pages/email lists I subscribe to, information from other writers/editors/publishers, and so on. I am currently adding some new listings I've run across, as well.

In one online writing group, there was the following list of places to submit writing for December and January. Click below to go on through Entropy for

Where to Submit: December + January

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

To Be Continued

Another NaNoWriMo has wandered through my life and out again. This time leaving me with over 51,000 more words than I had written 30 days ago.

These words are story - fictional in the beginning, an earlier draft of a novel I wrote on its way to being rewritten; then changed to life and energy and experience in search of something as yet unnamed.

The first story will be finished later. A novel. A kind of speculative fiction ghost story type of thing with a plot I like and a world which needs a little more world building for it to all work.

The second story is ongoing. Unfolding each day, refolding each day. Discovery and mystery. A story which is yet to be told and which may or may not have yet happened.

The second story is part of my writing toward the March Corporeal Writing workshop I will attend, and the longer May writing workshop in Methow Valley.

To keep writing. That is the goal. I've lowered my daily/weekly word goals because 1700 words per day is not realistic on an ongoing basis given everything else I have to do and want to do in my life. To keep writing is realistic and I have some good material here to work with.

Reflections: Final Sunset
NaNoWriMo 2015 writing retreat
Oceanside, OR

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015 : Consecutive Win #8

The writing is not yet done, but I did cross the 50,000 word benchmark on Tuesday 11/24/15.

Proof, again, that the annual writing retreats help.

Making time and space for focused writing helps. Being in a place where the only distractions are the ocean and the sunsets and walks on the beach helps. Being prepared with food and drink and snacks and tons of tea helps.

And I did it. I wrote over 50,000 words in the month of November - from 12:01 AM on November 1st until 11:56 pm on November 24th, to be more exact. And my manuscript (in it's very raw form) was validated on the NaNoWriMo website at 11:58 pm.

I am a NaNoWriMo Winner!