Saturday, December 26, 2015
As you can see from the photos above, this dreaded holiday called Christmas is finally over in my house.
The colorful zip tied gift was what I gave my daughter, among other things. But I always do one gift that she really has to work for. So, I used about 100 colorful zip ties to seal up a small card box with cash in it. Then I took that zip tied package and put it in a small gift box, taping it down so it didnt rattled or move. THEN…I placed that box into a bigger gift box and taped it down. AND THEN…I wrapped the big gift box, using wrapping paper and then sort of lamanating the entire thing with clear packing tape.
Yeah, she earned that cash. Cursing me the entire time. I LOVE IT!!!
Then you can see in the other photos the kittehs got their stockings full of toys. I just sort of tossed the toys on the floor in the middle of my office. I snapped a good pic of Jeffrey Jones, however BaxterMarie was having none of it. She just wanted to play with all the new shiny toys.
We ate, I drank. I’m still drinking now.
I wrote some, RP mostly.
I have some lovely friends who sent me holiday greetings, and my evil twin and I met for lunch earlier in the week…she gave me a Walking Dead key tag that has Daryl Dixons cross-bow hanging from it. ~SQUEEE~ Its perfect.
My daughter got me an Amazon gift card. I always ask for money or Amazon gift cards. I usually prefer picking out my own things.
I refered to this holiday as dreadful. I dont like this time of year. I get very, very depressed. And I feel nothing goes my way, and, in the true nature of that, NOTHING has gone my way this season. It only adds to the natural depression.
I sent my best friend an Amazon gift card. I imagine she’ll buy books. She’s a reader.
I slept off and on today. Between drinking. And I didnt get any sleep last night, so the alcohol induced sleepiness was helpful.
I’m at a stalling point in my novel. So, instead of putting added stresses on myself, and anxiety, I am stepping away from it until January. Then my editor is going to hate me. >_>
I want to get back into my old routine of setting up at the coffee shop and writing the day away. I was always most productive that way. Here at home I have way too many distractions.
So, hope you all had good holidays if you celebrate.
And thank you Patricia for giving me a kick in the pants. :P
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
So, I indulged the new baby, BaxterMarie, and my grandbabykitty Jeffrey with new presents for each.
Now, at first, Jeffrey was content to just chill and sleep in his. BaxterMarie had other ideas, however. She kept pouncing on his and smooshing the side in. She was more interested in the fins and stuff.
But now, as you can see, she is sleeping snuggly warm in hers.
The two cats are getting closer day by day. It was a big break through when Jeffrey finally let BaxterMarie cuddle with him for a nap.
Today, for the first time, he groomed her. Oh, she didnt like it one bit, because Jeffrey seems to have a fascination with her little feets. He put her in a strangle hold and was like ‘look here, you lil snot, you must smell like me…I shall bathe you and you will like it!’. It was funny to watch.
They are currently over at my laptop desk in the chair fighting. I hear BaxterMarie give a little squeak every once in awhile and have to tell Jeffrey to be gentle. He backs off and minds me well. He’s a good boy.
And BaxterMarie is just a little darling. More often than not she is right here on my desk cuddled against me. And when not cuddling, she is playing with her multitude of toys. I had given the cats most of ChesterAnn’s (Fat Cat) toys. They each have their favorites.
On another note, its Thanksgiving here in the US and I dont care. I mean, not to be ugly or anything, but I’m just not a big holiday sort. I try to do something nice for Christmas only for the sake of my daughter,and this year, I am not bothering with the tree or anything. I got her a few gifts already, and that will be that.
Other news…I have a horrific cold. I know it was brought about by the weather. It was nice here, 80’s, then it dropped down into the 40’s, then it rained and got humid again, and now the temps are back up. The moisture in the air has probably been playing havoc with my lungs, and you all know I have COPD. Blah. So, I am extremely tired and trying to stay on top of things with cold meds and whatnot, while also not laying down much to keep the fluid from settling and building in my lungs. SO…TIRED.
NaNoWriMo is winding down. I have REALLY enjoyed being a Municipal Liaison. I will do it next year, and years to come, hopefully. My word counts have been good and steady and I’m still not finished with everything I want to write. I will admit I have been working my book like a movie is filmed…out of sequence. When I have a great idea for a particilar chapter, I work on it and perfect it, getting it down while its fresh in my head, then doing a completely different thing when it strikes me.
In the gaming world, things are as depressing as ever. No one to write with. And I tried to use one of my old characters to do a little train of thought type of thing on the situation of the ‘city’ and its inhabitants from her perspective. I was trolled majorly bad, or, well, my character was…it still doesnt make you feel worth a damn.
I got my new laptop in, thanks to my mommy. I unboxed it, but have yet to set it up and turn it on to get things how I want them. I am just too tired and have no drive.
I know the girls at the coffee shop will be glad to see me on a more regular basis once again. They are always asking why I dont come in to write anymore.
My old laptop isnt completely dead, its still good for some things. It lasted me a good while, and I put it through some abuse. Its just obsolete now. And even with a new battery, it wont hold a charge. It always has to be plugged in and that is a major inconvenience. Especially for using MSWord. It seems to drain my battery life incredibly fast.
But, that will be a thing of the past now, with the shiny new laptop. And I will take extra special care of it.
My next major purchase will be a new computer. Just the tower. I have a great monitor set-up, great keyboard and mouse, great webcam. And I can strip the blu-ray player from this tower to put in a new one. I am really good about making use of things.
I think, however, that this desktop is going to last me a good while longer. Everything on it works great. I just replaced the video card and put in a new hard drive, and added the max RAM, so its fast and smooth. Its just a little…ugly…lol. No, not really. It still looks sleek and all, you can just tell its an older model. I’ve had it over 6 years now.
Well, I’m just a chatty Cathy today, arent I? You’ve fallen asleep, havent you? If not, you are now lulled into a nice mood to take a nap. :P
Happy Food Coma day to all you US folk.
~loves and squishes~
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Someone had sent me a link to Cuddle Clones when ChesterAnn (Fat Cat) had passed. I thought the whole idea behind the site was lovely. You can see what they do here, http://www.cuddleclones.com/index.html .
It is pricey, I know. But each item is hand made. Custom ordered to your specifications and pictures you provide.
Today I recieved a ‘quality check’ email asking me to look over the progress and see how I like it and give my approval.
Is that not AMAZING!! Again, its pricey. But to me, it was worth it. And, well, pro-tip…you can go to RetailMeNot and find discount codes. I had found one for 20% off.
I think for anyone who has lost a dear pet, this is a wonderful way to preserve a little piece of it.
The Cuddle Clones site also does more than just cats. They do dogs and horses as well. They can replicate a favorite stuffed animal from you or your childs past. They can take drawings you’ve made and make them plushies.
But their primary goal has always been to offer those of us who have lost a pet some little bit of comfort. Not only do they do the plushes, they have figurines and have recently added wood burning plaques.
I cant wait to finally recieve my Cuddle Clone of ChesterAnn. I will post pics of her when I get her in!
~love and squishes my darlings~
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Jeffrey Jones has taken to loving BaxterMarie into the family.
Both has to visit the vet today for different reasons. Both are healthy, however.
I swear, come 3AM, its like the Talladega Motor Speedway up in this house with the way the two of them tear through it chasing and playing with each other.
The above picture though, well, its a special moment. Its the first time they have cuddled and slept together. Jeffrey was in the seat first, and BaxterMarie jumped up there. At first Jeff didnt now what to make of it, but as he isnt feeling up to par, he just went with it.
In other news, I have broken the 50000 word count goal of NaNoWriMo already, but still have SO much work to do for Book Two. ~sigh~
In gaming, well, I think I have totally lost faith in people and those games. Perhaps I set my expectations and hopes too high on people, especially people who were once close friends or who have indicated that they wished to pursue more things with my characters and theirs, and then leave me high and dry.
Back to NaNoWriMo – this past weekend was our regular Write In on Saturday, but we followed up with a Mid-Way Party of sorts. I just brought some extra goodies and pizza. I love this eclectic group of people who come in for the events. Sometimes we dont see the same faces, but there has been one constant face there that makes me giggle. I, of course, end up chatting more than writing. Or cracking jokes. Or, well, just being me…me and my weirdness. To know me is to love me. Or wanna push me off a brigde :P
I hope you are all doing well in both your lives and your ventures, whatever they may be. If you are a Wrimo, well, WRITE ON!!
Be sweet, my darlings! ~squishes~
Thursday, November 12, 2015
So, something unexpected happened the day before yesterday.
As you can see from the pictures, I have a new kitteh in my life. I believe with all my heart my late Fat Cat guided all this.
I took Jeffrey to the vet to be …well…snipped. Nothing unusual happened. Dropped the grandbaby off to get snipped, went home, wrote for my NaNoWriMo word count…
Later in the day I am called by the vet to picked the poor de-nutted Jeffrey back up to bring home. I go…as I am waiting for them to fetch him from the back, I noticed a HUGE cage in the receptionists office. And then a little tiny movement.
Well, me being so nosy asked what was in such a big cage. Honestly, I thought it was a ferret squiggling around in the blankets.
The staff at the vets office know me too well. TOO WELL. The two girls smiled. They looked at the silver pendant I wear around my neck that has Fat Cats ashes in it. They say… “Now, Miss Zoe, we know you are still grieving, but hold her, give her a hold.” They proceed to produce the little orange angel you see above.
My lip quivered. I held her. The first thing she did was lick my lips and start purring, curling into my hold. Then she started playing with Fat Cats pendant.
The girls told me that earlier that day, a woman had come in with a box of kittens, five of them, acting like she was there to get them a check up. It was the busiest part of the day for the office. Before they knew it, the woman was gone, but the box of kittens was just sitting in the waiting room unattended. She had never given them any information on herself. She just left the kittens in all the commotion of the lunchtime hour.
The kittens were all checked and stuff, making sure they didnt have any contangions or illnesses. Most of the staff adopted the kittens straight off.
Two hours passed between the last kitten being taken and me showing up to pick up Jeffrey. No one else had taken an interest because she seemed ‘too plain’ in appearance, though she is SO playful and friendly.
Then Fat Cats doctor came out. He placed his hand on my shoulder and told me ‘its not too soon, you know.’. I lost it. I cried. The girls behind the counter cried. The doctor cried.
Jeffrey hissed and growled. But, some of that was pain, I do believe.
So, here I am with a new kitten.
I present you all with BaxterMarie. She exhibits so many of ChesterAnns (Fat Cat) attributes. The way she likes to cuddle in my arms. They way she kicks me off my own chair. The way she lets me know what she wants or needs.
Since bringing her home, she has chosen a favorite toy. Its a little fuzzy/glittery purple ball. She is fiercely protective of it to the point that when she plays with it, she growls the entire time and never bats it too far from herself. When she pounces it, she holds it protectively for a moment before playing again.
Jeffrey is warming up to her. They play chase, sometimes he gets a little too rough. And, because he has to show his dominance, he steals her ball and plays with it. Keep in mind, he has NEVER shown an interest in this ball ever before. He has his own favorite toys which he has hidden from her.
So, I have a new baby.
I am happy with my little love.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Well, we are at the end of week one of NaNoWriMo and I've reached the halfway word count. I still have tons and loads and buckets of ideas for upcoming chapters.
My editor is going to hate me. She knows I completely suck at grammar and tenses (passive voice and such).
I hosted my first Write In today as well. It was GREAT!! Not many people, but a fun few. We chatted, listened to plots and snippets, laughed and wrote.
And then there was the moment I was eyeing up the emergency door. Yanno...just to hear the alarm if I opened it. I thought of it as a zombie apocalypse drill!!! NEEDED!!! EDUCATIONAL!!!
Next week is another write in, followed by our Midway party/event. I'm totally looking forward to it.
My book is coming along well, seeing as I've avoided it for most of a year...lol. Hopefully I'll get it out sometime in the beginning of next year. If my editor doesnt hunt me down and kill me with a red marker. >_> ~sends love to her~
Alright my darlings, Zoe deserves a fresh coffee!
OH!! P.S.: I won first place with one of my characters in the Roleplay of the Month!! Yayness!! If I get permission from the other player, I will try to post the story here.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
This tag was created by Kristina Horner on youtube then found on Tamaraniac’s Blog and then I found it on AnetteReads and I then yoinked it for myself. HAR!
1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?
This is only my second year doing NaNoWriMo officially.
2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?
About 4 years ago a role-play gaming friend of mine told me about it. He wanted to do a joint venture for a story. So we wrote a story together in role-play style, keeping track of daily word counts between us.
3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?
The Road of Darkness.
4. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.
Addison undergoes changes in her life and is faced with dealing with the newfound emotions of it all and more importantly, the feeling of ‘regret’.
5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t give up. Write every day. Even if it’s just a short summary of the day’s events in a journal or notebook. Inspiration can be found when looking back through things.
6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?
Not so far.
7. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?
Definitely music. Motion Picture Scores and orchestra pieces. Emotional music that I can arrange into a playlist. One very few occasions an image can spark an idea.
8. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.
From a yet to be published work. ‘Gabrielle round the corner, coming to the intersection the accident had just taken place.’
9. Why do you love writing?
Writing allows me to do many things that calm me. My journals and blogs let me express personal things; annoyances, attractions, feelings. My role play writing lets me work with others to build stories, and since I am only writing my own character bits, it’s exciting to see how the other writers in the thread will twist the story, allowing me to delve even more into the creative freedoms. My novel writing allows me to take my own little creation of a character or characters on a journey, whether it’s a physical or emotion one, or both.
Doing NaNoWriMo this year? In the past? Play along and answer the questions to give others some insight!
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PS: Which pic should I use on my static pages??