Category: Distractions

Rhythm Interrupted

Apparently Ali has run out of reading material. Imagine! and she hits me with the refresh of shame…. Anyway, there’s a very good reason for not posting. Yes, I’ll blame the baby. But I’ll also blame everything that comes with a baby. Namely: relatives. There are mother-in-laws, grandmothers, mothers, uncles, cousins, etc. Everyone wants to…

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I Wanna Print Something!

I’ve been out of printer toner for about two months now, and that’s tragic enough. Today I purchased a two-pack of the toner necessary to get my printer up and running…then tore apart my husband’s stash of cables to find the correct ones to connect to the computer (nope, the printer has not been hooked…

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Unpacking Books

It just goes to show that people do not care about your stuff as much as you do. I’ve been unpacking boxes upon boxes of books. Normally, this is not a burden for me because, in most cases, it’s like discovering the books I’ve meant to read for years all over again. Sometimes it’s like…

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A New, Fruity Metaphor

Recently I chit-chatted about ‘refilling the well’ of creativity. The only problem I have with that is that I don’t feel like a well. I feel more like a grape. When I’m working on a big project, or a pretty steady stream of little projects, I begin like a grape–round and ripe and full of…

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Filling the Well, as it were

Julia Cameron, of Artist’s Way fame, recommends what she calls “artist dates” in order to “fill the well”–meaning you can’t create something if you are tired or empty, as it were. That state of “I have no ideas!” can be remedied by taking yourself out somewhere: to the movies, for a walk, working on something…

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Heroics for Beginners

For those of you looking for a fun, quick, fantasy read, then I recommend to you: Heroics for Beginners by John Moore. And when I say quick, I mean this story moves from point A to point B quick. You just get to know the hero–or wannabe hero in this case–and then it’s off to…

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Strange and Norrell

Here’s something that’ll get to the friendly-neighborhood-demon (hey, she said it)… I finished reading the gigantic book Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell these last couple days. First, let me say that I was very impressed by Clarke’s use of language. She captured the feel of Lord Byron/Jane Austen’s world very well. I felt like I…

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A Planned Reading Spree

After I finish the rough draft of FJR, I have planned to go on a reading spree. But, I’m having trouble deciding which stack of books to read. Stack 1: Stuff that I just wanted to read. These are in no particular order by no particular people, just books I thought seemed interesting and picked…

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Minesweeper Scores

Okay, I’ll never beat J.K. Rowling’s sales. But, by golly, I shall defeat her Minesweeper score. Her fastest score for the expert level, if I remember correctly from her website, is a 99. So far, my fastest time is 125. Only 26 seconds to go and I can take her. If only my wrist wasn’t…

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