Friday, August 19, 2011

My Blogging Hiatus

First of all, I want to wish everyone a Happy Friday!! I want everyone to enjoy their weekend, and spend it living to the fullest. My guy and I will be tackling a huge chunk of our backyard this weekend, and somewhere in there I'm hoping to finally learn how to drive our new standard vehicle! :p

Now I want to say something. Before I do that, though, I want to say how much I appreciate all of you who have visited and read my blog so far and have left comments. I only started this blog a couple of months ago (has time really flown by that fast?) and so far my expectations have been exceeded. I also appreciate your patience as I navigate my way around the blogosphere and find my direction.

I will be taking a hiatus from blogging for the next couple of months. I mentioned in one of my posts last week that I've been dealing with some personal issues, and that issue has now become my number one priority. This summer my partner was diagnosed with cancer. After many tests, and surgery, he will be undergoing chemotherapy for the next few weeks, hence my hiatus. I want to reassure all of you that his cancer is a very treatable one, and we have no doubt that he will beat this!

{To my beautiful partner- I LOVE YOU!!}

I appreciate your patience, and understanding during this time, and I will be back to blogging before you know it!

à bientôt!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Big Thank You to This Blog ...

I just received my copy of Groundswell by Katie Lee in the mail today via Chick Lit is Not Dead. I won their draw a few weeks ago and I cannot wait to start reading it!

Thank You!!

Quote of the Day

I find the more I learn, I realize how little I know, so my first piece of advice is to always keep trying, experimenting, and learning.

- Read more advice from ceramics designer Reiko Kaneko at This is Glamorous

The Importance of Being Educated + A Chess Analogy

{Image by Janis Christy/Getty Images}

Okay, so the title of my post is sort of a lame attempt at word play -- The Importance of Being Educated/ The Importance of Being Earnest -- get it!? My post actually has nothing to do with the play so forget about that. What I want to talk about is education (duh!). Why am I talking about this? Because I've struggled with school my whole life, despite my belief that it is important. I also want to talk about it because I have recently been in the process of going back to school. Despite my love for writing, you should know that it doesn't pay my bills (you can read about that here), and even though my partner is extremely supportive of me and my creative endeavors, I have a need to contribute more, and to want to do more, than what I can make on my writer/waitress salary, hence my going back to school (also, it's not just the money, I just really don't like waitressing or working in retail). 
And I know you all are just aching to know what I'll be studying so I'll tell you ... duhn duhn duhn (*oh the suspense) ... I'm enrolled in a two year Paralegal program, along with slowly working towards my Bachelors in English (which has been a slow-going, lack-of-money attempt). 

I recently had some doubts about going into the program, doubts about moving in a direction that seems opposite of where I want to go (i.e. be a full-time freelance writer and make mega bucks by sitting in my home office and making my own hours, etc.), and I related my doubts to my partner. Even though I was starting to feel excited about this new direction in my life, I somehow had this idea that by studying something other than writing, that I was betraying myself and my future goals. What he said next totally blew my mind (in a good way) and I want to share it with you all:
Life goals are a bit like playing chess: your objective is to checkmate the 
opposite king, but to do so many things have to fall together. 

Sometimes, during a game, you will move an unimportant pawn, to lose a
turn, or see the opposing play unfold to better defend. This pawn,
unimportant at the time, might be the key to the final play, when you
finally checkmate your opponent. Similarly, in life, something that
seems unimportant at the time might become a key in
obtaining your life goal.

- My Guy

Ladies, you're going to have to back off because he's MINE!  ;p But what he said really opened my eyes. In non-chess terms, sometimes you have to go in a direction that seems opposite, or unimportant, to what you really want, but in the end it's all part of the journey. 
As for my belief in the importance of education, I really do stand by that; however, I do believe that life can be just as educational as a classroom, if not more. That being said, without the foundations I learned in the classroom, I wouldn't be half the writer I am today (and I could always be better) and I can't wait to continue with my journey and see where all the twists and turns will take me! 
What do you guys think? 
Do you prefer classroom education or life education, or a combo of both? 

Friday, August 12, 2011

So You Wanna Write a Novel ....

I'm so sorry I've been AWOL this past week. We had friends visiting from out of town, have been dealing with some personal issues and I'm in the midst of planning my best friend (of 11 years)'s baby shower! I've also managed to squeeze in some writing here and there. Since it's Friday, I'll leave you with this video I found on youTube by dwkazzie, who wrote a legal thriller called The Jackpot.

Happy Friday Everyone!!!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Art of Procrastination

Procrastination; it’s an art, really, and I have been perfecting it for years. The following are a few tips and tricks to help you procrastinate. Now I’ve put a lot of thought and effort into what I’m about to say and -


Oops ... sorry about that. I had this overwhelming urge to go jump in the shower; nothing like feeling squeaky clean before sitting down to write. Then afterwards, I realized that I really needed to make the bed. Don’t you just hate crawling into a messy bed at night? I know I do. Then I felt hungry, so I went down to the kitchen to make some lunch, and after heating up some leftovers, I couldn’t leave the kitchen without doing the dishes. Nothing bugs me more when I’m going to make supper in the evening and there are dirty dishes left by the sink. Then I realized I’d worked up a thirst after eating, and doing the dishes so I needed something to drink, naturally. So I poured myself a tall glass of water and went to go sit on the couch and enjoy it before heading back up to my office to write, but after seeing some crumbs on the floor I needed to whip out the swiffer vac and clean those up. And after that I thought I might as well wash the floors while I’m at. And of course, after all that cleaning I needed a break, so I watched the latest episode of Drop Dead Diva.

But I’m back now, and ready to pass on my golden nuggets of wisdom; except, I’ve forgotten what I was going to say...

{Image by Richard Krzmien via Writer at Work}

I was going to post this yesterday, but unfortunately my computer came down with a nasty virus posing as an anti-virus scanner {vista security 2012 -- Beware!!!!} so I had to put it off ... no really. I wasn't procrastinating, I swear ... 

Any tips for overcoming resistance/procrastination out there? Or ways that you procrastinate? Please share your wisdom with me in the comments!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Happy Monday ...

At least it is for moi because today is a civic holiday for some of us in Canada, so I'm getting to spend an extra day with my guy before the week officially begins tomorrow!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've been spending as much time as I can outside in the beautiful weather, and getting some (much needed) yard work done -- I might post some before and after pics eventually. We're transforming our tiny backyard into a full patio, so I'm very excited to see the end results. Since we're doing a little bit at a time, it might not be until the end of the summer.

In the meantime, it's always nice to enjoy a refreshing beverage after working out in the hot sun, and I've discovered a very yummy gluten free beer at my local LCBO.

{Image by Cate Emond}