A-Z Challenge Time!

Many years ago, I participated in an A-Z blog post challenge. In April, not counting Sundays, there are 26 days. So the idea behind the challenge is to post a new blog post each day in alphabetical order. April 1st would be an entry for the letter A and April 30th would be an entry for Z.

In years past, this has meant that I posted a potpourri of ideas, but I like the idea behind that because there is a creative aspect in coming up with each entry. Sure, I could make it more challenging by having a theme, but let’s face it, life is just crazy enough as it is without throwing that into the ring…so anything goes. I could post Instant Pot recipes or I could share pictures of my dogs. Could it be a book review? Maybe you will get a social distancing observation entry. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what comes next.

Are you a blogger and you want to participate in the challenge as well? Drop a comment with a link to your blog and I will keep a list here. Please, only family friendly blogs. Believe me, I have a mouth like a sailor, but my mother could be reading this…second thought, she would enjoy that too much. My third grade teacher could be reading this…let’s keep things clean for the Irish Catholic Parochial School teachers out there. 😉

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Hello there!

It has been months since I posted, but I needed to step back for a while. My dissertation is in the analyzing stage which means I am writing up all my research into the final drafts. We also just had my husband’s social security disability hearing. After three long years, we are hopeful for some good news in the next month. My leadership class jokes that I don’t sleep and I have to admit they are pretty close to the truth.

How are you hanging is there? Since we are in Maryland, we are currently sheltering in place. I am teleworking which is interesting. I teach virtually, so it is not much of a shift for me. However, with so many others also teleworking, the internet has been pretty unstable. My son is also just starting virtual schooling. We are still waiting to see what that will look like. It just started today and so far none of his teachers are fully ready. It looks like we are not going to have to worry about sticking to someone else’s schedule though. Thankfully, the days are nice, so even though we can’t go anywhere, it is comfortable to just be home. Today we had dinner on the deck and even spent time in the Swim Spa (it’s heated, so perfect all year long!).

There is no normal right now and if you try to fake that everything is normal, you are probably just going to add more stress. Take a moment to just sit and relax. Play music when cooking. Watch movies together with your family. Play a board game. Go for a walk with the dog. Set up a tent in your backyard…or even in the middle of your living room. You do you!

How are you going to remember these days? You can stress about them or you can use it to your advantage. Only you can say what will fuel your fire. If life is burning you out, then give yourself permission to take a break.

Just a happy boi enjoying the sun

Ack! What Have I Done?!

Writer’s Digest is sponsoring a critique contest with agent Kristen Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency.

Simple, just submit the first 1000 words of your manuscript and you have the chance of being featured in an issue of Writer’s Digest with a corresponding critique from Kristen. This is a wonderful opportunity to see just what it is that you are doing right or wrong. Well, if you get selected, that is.

It is also a very scary prospect because if you are selected, then your work will be featured in an issue of Writer’s Digest with a corresponding critique from Kristen.

Yeah.

Well, criticism is suppose to be good for you and very helpful, so I have thrown my lot into the ring. I just emailed the first 1000 words of Stranger Than Fiction to the contest (BTW that has been renamed to Hooking the Hollywood Hottie, will change name on WIP list when I get access to a real computer). The contest ends Sunday, May 22nd 11:59pm. If selected, I will hear from them by June 30th.

What have I just done?

Smallville and Other Randomness…

Sorry, Jennifer can’t come out and play today. To paraphrase Spongebob, I have the ick. Seriously, I am kinda wanting to swallow glass because it has to be better than the way I am feeling right now and I was actually doing better this afternoon and all.

You know you are not doing good when a shot of the “so you can rest medicine” just ain’t doing it for you. It could also have been my perseverance to make sure I stayed awake to watch the finale of Smallville. *sigh* What am I going to watch now?

I could have done without that first hour and if you haven’t seen the episode then please avoid…

*spoilers*

I loved the opening with Chloe reading the comic book to a little Ollie Jr. Very cute, but I felt like the whole bringing Lex back was a bit of a let down and they could have done more. Not surprised with how they handled that whole knowing Clark’s secret thing, but Lex actually seemed like he had moments of goodness there at the end. That whole Lex for President angle comes from the comic verse so I am wondering if that is foreshadowing future movieverse. Also where were all the superheroes? Martian Manhunter, Star Girl, Black Canary, Cyborg, Aquaman? Why weren’t they at the wedding? Even Perry or Cat from the Daily Planet? The only recognizable face in the crowd was Martha’s.

Ever notice that no one in a comic/movieverse can get married without some evilness occurring? Cyclops and Jean Grey get propelled into the future to raise Nathan aka Cable, Chloe’s Smallville weddings, Clark & Lois’s wedding, the opening of the Incredibles!? Makes one wonder what it must be like to be a witness at one of those things and think “not this again!”.

Yeah, think I have another story idea. Which is not cool cause I kinda need to finish the one I am working on. Wednesday, in the car of all places, I had a major brainstorm for one of my stories that I put on the backburner that will completely negate the seven chapters I already have written. See this is why none of my stuff gets finished. I have plot line ADHD. It is very serious and I need to focus.

Okay, the “so I can rest meds” are finally kicking in now that the tv is off.

Goodnight!

X is for X-Men

It was so hard to think of a topic for X, but then a blog post from Writing Rockstar Meg Cabot about her reading choices had me thinking about X-Men.

In case you couldn’t tell from the blog title, I am a little obsessed with superheroes. I am, however, a bonafide Marvel lover. To me they can do no wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I love Smallville and Batman (You did know Batgirl was a librarian, right?). Plus I am very excited for all the superhero films coming out this summer, but DC just doesn’t hook me the way Marvel does.

My ultimate favorite are the X-Men and my favorite pairing is Jubilee and Wolverine (the whole movieverse thing had me disappointed for a while, at least my girl was in the director’s cut). When I was in high school and college I used to read fanfiction based on the series. My favorite site was WolverineandJulbilee.com. The fanfiction is no longer up, but the site still sits there in honor of the best comic duo ever (yes, I wanted them to hook up. JeanGrey is just a skanky two-timer who can’t make up her mind). The website creator, Marjorie M. Liu, went on to become a published author in her own right (New York Time Bestseller in fact!) and her books do have some x-factory goodness to them.

When I was student teaching, I had a student who wrote X-men fanfiction. It was pretty good, but the cooperating teacher thought she was wasting her time. I wish more teachers would recognize the value of comics in encouraging readers and writers who do move on to more challenging stuff (not to mention that there are some really deep topics covered in comics that can be just as challenging as anything to be found in a classic).