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The Roses of Success

The other day Rachel and I actually sat down and watched a movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Starring Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, and Lionel Jeffries, it was a musical fantasy live-action movie revolving around a family and their magical car released in 1968. Dick Van Dyke has always been a favorite entertainer in our household, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a fun movie to rewatch every once in a while.

One of the songs in the movie is called The Roses of Success, sung by Lionel Jeffries as Grandpa Potts and a chorus of eccentric inventors. The whole point of the song is to embrace failure, to never give up despite set backs, to be thankful that you’re moving forward enough to figure out what doesn’t work on the way to figuring out what does.

It resonated more with Rachel and me at our ages now than it ever did when we were younger. We’re both working on getting our writing off the ground, both with novels and blogging, as well as our networking with good friends aiming for similar goals. It was an uplifting song, one that was perfect for this fun, even if silly, movie. I hope that, if you haven’t gotten the chance to see this classic movie, you do one day!

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Posted by on June 1, 2017 in Home

 

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No WiFi For a Day

It’s amazing how much we’re connected to WiFi nowadays.

This past weekend, our WiFi randomly decided to stop working from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon when our father called our service provider and they did their magic to bring us WiFi back.

Saturday night, Rachel looks to me and asks, “Since there’s no WiFi, you wanna trim the cat’s nails?”

This is apparently how ingrained WiFi is in our everyday lives.

It obviously wasn’t the beginning of the apocalypse or anything, but considering the pair of us blog often and use our social media sites for said blogs and connecting with friends, it was a bit odd. However, we each spent Sunday morning reading on our deck before the sun disappeared behind rain clouds, and it was great! Both of us finished the books in about two and a half hours. It’s been a while since I’ve done that.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Home

 

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Blog Resolutions

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  • Continue posting every day — last year was the first time really committing to this blog, and it’s been a fantastic habit both for my writing and for communicating with others (see, Mom, I promise I won’t turn into a hermit!).
  • Schedule out more posts in advance — I’m a procrastinator by design, but by actually scheduling and writing out more posts ahead of time, I’ll have more time on my hands to work more on my writing, reading, and drawing (… and video gaming).
  • Read more — definitely need to carve out more time for reading, not only to include some more reviews on this blog, but also because think of all the awesome books I’m missing out on!
  • Be better with commenting — I’m awful at this one, and I aim to be a lot better. Don’t take as long to reply to comments on my own posts, but also poke around more at other blogs on WordPress. I follow some amazing people around here, and I need to show them more love!

What about you all out there? Got any good resolutions, for blogging or otherwise?

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2017 in Home

 

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Early Bird or Night Owl

What’s the best time of day for your writing?

Rachel’s one of the early birds of the family, always getting up two hours before she actually leaves for her day job to get a head-start on her writing and blogging. Meanwhile, I’m lucky if I can roll out of bed and remember to put on actual pants before taking the kids to school a bit after seven in the morning.

I tend to go to bed after Rachel does, usually spending an extra hour or two while everyone else in the house goes to sleep to write in my notebooks. It’s a nice, quiet time that’s only interrupted when I start making more and more spelling mistakes due to getting tired.

Maybe my late nights are why I have difficulties getting up in the morning… Or I could blame the puppy for joining me in bed in the early morning hours to snuggle!

What about you? Are you the type of writer who does his/her/their best work in the morning, the afternoon, or night?

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2016 in Home

 

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Why Writers Are Not Mathematicians

Rachel: “This is why we write. We like English, not math!”

So, usually as I’m writing for NaNo, I pause every once in a while and highlight the words I had written for that particular session to see how far along I am. Let’s use today for example. Rounding the numbers, I was at about 7000 words, a little ahead of my daily goal, and I needed about 500 to reach today’s goal. You with me so far? Okay, so I wrote for a bit, then paused and saw that I had about 200 words, which would logically make my NaNo total about 7200 words. However, upon seeing the whole of my NaNo, I apparently had about 7450 words for it.

… What? How does that even remotely make sense? How did my 200 words turn into an increase of 450 for the story? Which count do I believe?

On one hand, I’m like, “Hey, I only need about 50 more words!” On the other hand, I know I did not write that much just yet. For NaNo’s sake, where it counts the story as a whole, I’m going to update my word count based on the amount of words my Word program claims my novel has rather than just add on my daily count to the previous scores. I just hope the NaNo validator at the end of the month agrees with my Word document!

Happy blogging, everyone!

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Home

 

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On Par

Caden: “Look, I’m trusting you all not to kill me anytime soon. Can’t you trust the same of me?”

I’m a touch over 7,000 words into my Camp goal, which means I’m on par for the month so far. Hopefully I can keep it up until the end!

I plan on writing a post at some point giving a few more details about this novel, or at least writing a bit about the characters (especially since there have been a couple of posts where I quote them at the top). However, I’m afraid I must keep this post a bit short, because I’m pretending to have some semblance of a social life tonight. 😀 Actually, some of my coworkers and I go to a sports bar and grill that has 25 cent wings on Monday nights. Yeah. We’re cheap. Me, even more so, considering I get free water with the wings instead of an actual drink, haha!

On a last note, I’m liking this little writing routine I have. Whenever I first get the chance to relax and go on my computer or laptop (affectionately called Jarvis and Pip, respectively) for a couple of good hours, I write my story, getting up to the goal I want, then I come and post here. I get my writing done and reach out to a community of other writers, whether their blogs are about books, food, or dogs.

So, thanks to this community, and whatever genius decided to create WordPress. Happy blogging, everyone!

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Home

 

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