Pay Day Eve!

So far this week, I have:

  • Put out a major fire at work. I have worked a couple 10-hour days. The situation was so urgent that I actually had to skip talking Game of Thrones at the water cooler Monday morning, so you know this was serious.
  • Written at least 6 hours on Barghest. It’s coming along! I’m done with an early draft, and I’m setting September as my finish date again. I did a lot more pre-planning on this one so it’s going easier than Virago did. I’m finishing up the ending while working on some revision notes, and am going to start the real revision process next week.
  • Made plans for the camping trip I’m taking this weekend. I haven’t been camping in like twenty years – I mean I’ve roughed it, but I haven’t done it on purpose, just made do when the power went out for more than a few days or visited a relative who didn’t have power. It’s exciting!
  • Helped a friend pack for an upcoming move. She’s a single Mom undergoing chemo and has three kids, and the move is taking place next week. I helped for three hours last night and am going back next week after my trip. Thankfully she’s hired movers for the heavy stuff, but she just needs help organizing and packing.
  • Researched capsule wardrobes. This is an exciting concept. You reduce your wardrobe to about 40 necessary items, and just rotate them. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of ‘what should I wear today?’ I’m a huge fan of simplifying things and streamlining processes, so this will be a fun experiment. Since I work in an office I’ll have to break some of the rules, but I don’t think the capsule wardrobe police will be breaking down my door any time soon.
  • Researched henna hair dyeing. I am tired of my mousy, ash-blondish natural color. I stopped dyeing my hair in late 2012 just to see what my natural  hair color was like. I have a lot more gray than I would have thought, and that doesn’t bother me. It’s that my hair is just so boring.
  • Fretted over my lawn. A friend is trying to get my lawnmower working but he has had it for almost a month, and my landlord has been known to drive past my house and send me unfriendly texts when my lawn gets shaggy. I could borrow my neighbor’s mower, which I will probably do tonight just so I don’t have to worry about it anymore. But borrowing his mower demands that I mow his lawn too as a courtesy, and because he’s on the corner he has twice as much front lawn as I do.
  • Went to the gym Wednesday morning, which is not great since I’m supposed to be going three mornings a week, but at least I made it the one time. And I did great!
  • Found this, which is tiny but which made me laugh:


I hope your week is going well! And if you’re on the same pay schedule as me, hey– we’re almost there! 

And check back on Monday for more Game of Thrones coverage – things are really speeding up now, only three episodes to go!

A Tiny Hiatus!

Hi folks!

Thank you for following my blog – I appreciate each and every one of you, from the folks who don’t say much to the ones who chat all the time. Blogging is so much fun and I’ve met some of the nicest, most intelligent and passionate folks through this medium. I’m so glad I’m part of this community, and I’m glad most of all that people think enough of my posts to follow my blog. Thank you so much for spending a few minutes listening to me!

I’m slowing down on the film reviews lately and it’s because I’ve been working on fiction a lot more. I still watch movies and TV, but I don’t always have something insightful or interesting to say and I’d rather say something useful or interesting than just say ‘I watched this’ for the sake of keeping active.

I’m continuing with my Game of Thoughts coverage, because those are WAY fun to write and live-watching the show with everyone is such a hoot. We’re all in this together, to the bitter, bitter end!

Other than Game of Thoughts, I’m going to take the next two weeks off from writing posts – I’ll still comment and read other people’s posts, but going to take a small break from blogging. I’m volunteering at MegaCon 2016, I joined a local speculative fiction critique group, I’m knitting a blanket for a baby shower, I’m writing, cooking, and working out more, and I have some major deadlines coming up for my job.

So please, forgive a bit of slacking on my part! I hope you stick around for the new content, and take care of yourself in the meantime.

See you in a few weeks!

Tiny Potato believes in my Tiny Hiatus


One Hit At a Time!

Some of these are things I can do something about. Some of them are things I must accept and deal with to the best of my ability. As anyone who has read Slaughterhouse-Five or been through recovery knows, the important thing is knowing the difference.

I had not intended these check-ins to become a regular feature, but life piles up and here we are.

Here is the Current State of Affairs in the Benevolent Dictatorship of Jennsylvania.

The Good:

  • I have been writing almost 3k words a night for the last week, not including blog posts. I also have some places I want to send my fiction and nonfiction writing. I attended a cool spoken word performance Saturday night, am going to a writer’s group with friends Tuesday night, and to another writing group Wednesday night. Writing and I have our teeth in each other again, and neither is backing down.
  • I am working out with coworkers in the parking lot after work. I forgot my workout clothes but don’t care, I’ll do it barefoot in my work capris and blouse. We do calisthenics and kettlebells like the wild savages we are, and it’s AWESOME.
  • I am going out of town this weekend for my family reunion. I’ve made Herzog’s appointment to be boarded at the vet, and  must remember to pack his favorite toys, something to snuggle, and a bag of spinach as a treat because he is a very strange cat.
  • I have to make something to take to the reunion, so I am making the Pioneer Woman’s Green Bean Casserole recipe. I made it a few years ago for the holidays and it was a big hit.
  • I have a new blue dress for the reunion and it is cute. I am excited.

The Bad:

  • Some fucko stole some personal information and tried to use to it to file a false tax return. This is coming JUST as I have paid off some major debts and a light appeared at the end of the tunnel. So help me, the light will not turn out to be the dumpster fire of some jackwad ruining my credit. NO SIR. I put fraud alerts on my accounts.
  • This might be the tip of an iceberg of a bigger problem. I am being VERY careful.
  • Because of a snafu with my insurance, I may have to find a new therapist. I go to a therapist once a month to check and make sure my head is staying on straight, and now I must either change after 3 years and get a referral, OR I could keep going to her and paying her whole fee out of pocket, which I can’t afford.
  • I have been loaned to another project at work, so I have two different projects to keep up with right now.

The Ugly:

  • THREE separate friends are battling cancer in various forms. All I can do is be there for them, cook them healthful meals, and offer them rides and a shoulder when they need it, but what I wish most fervently is for cancer to magically take human form so I can take it apart with my bare hands. THE THINGS I WOULD DO TO IT.
  • The news is depressing as shit and I have all but given up on keeping up with it in depth, and just follow sound bites which is the worst way to follow news.

How We Do

Some of these are things I can do something about. Some of them are things I must accept and deal with, to the best of my ability. As anyone who has read Slaughterhouse-Five or been through recovery knows, the important thing is knowing the difference.

I am strong enough to weather the things I cannot change.

And as far as the things I CAN change…



… Around here, we take those problems One. Hit. At. A. Time.

Say Hello To the Person In the Seat Next to You On the Burning Plane

So from me to you, I hope you’ll hear me and believe me when I say It’s going to be okay.

I’m still alive! Just busy.

I’ve been watching a lot of movies, but haven’t had time to blog about them. I’ve been working on fiction, and wrote up an entry on Mudder of Dragons about my trip to New York and I’m working on another one for tomorrow. Go check it out if you’re bored or stuck in traffic!

Patricksponaugle linked to an amazing Oatmeal comic on Twitter last night and reading it really gave me pause. Here it is:

It’s going to be okay.  

You need to read it. Right now. Don’t save it for later, don’t scroll past and think ‘Oh I’ll read that later’ like I almost did, because I am NOTORIOUS for such and then forgetting. Just read it. It takes less than five minutes.


If we are alive and reading this, we’re all on that burning plane RIGHT NOW, and we all have the opportunity to tell someone ‘It’s going to be okay.‘ Half of the act is saying it out loud – the other half is believing it yourself once you’ve said it.

It’s easy to gloss over the nuance of human suffering with what seems like a platitude… but really, it’s true. Holding on to hope in times of desperation is one of the best things about humanity – maybe that sounds like bullshit off a greeting card, and people say it all the time in situations when things AREN’T going to be okay and bad things happen anyway… but that isn’t what life’s about.

It actually reminded me of something that happened to me, one of my life’s great regrets.

The rest of this entry is behind a cut because it deals with the death of a family member and a personal failing on the part of the writer. I invite you to read it, but please be warned, it’s depressing.

Continue reading “Say Hello To the Person In the Seat Next to You On the Burning Plane”

Thursday, Better Known as Friday Eve

In Which The Author Doesn’t Say Much of Value Other Than An Apology

Happy Friday Eve, Dear Readers!

It continues to be a hell of a week – hell of a month actually, but I’m not getting into that.

But there’s hope on the horizon, swirling toward us like Falcor from the dawn-touched clouds in The Neverending Story – FRIDAY. 

I Can See Friday From Here!
I Can See Friday From Here!

Although not a payday Friday. Ah well, can’t have everything!

Sorry I’ve not been posting much here. I’ve been watching stuff but haven’t had the mental energy for a really in-depth analysis of anything lately. I’m planning a round up of posts from the archives that will help orient new readers (HELLO AND WELCOME NEW READERS!), but haven’t sat down to work it out yet.

So bear with me! New posts are coming!

I hope your week is going well!