Braveness- Otherwise known as “Will I survive Black Friday?”

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For Black Friday my family has always gone tree hunting. We avoid stores, all stores. Since the invention of online stores I spend any shopping time on that day clicking and waiting for it to arrive in the following week.
This year I have no choice. We need a new dryer to save money on electricity. I’ll have to figure out which place to go that will be likely to have room for me to park my extended bed 15 passenger van. I need to pay as little as possible but still get an energy star dryer. We also have a family of nine so we need to have as big as possible. My life won’t always require so many details to align right, but for now I have to use my ingenuity, do a lot of research and I have to muster a huge dollop of braveness like a glob of thick whipped cream on a pumpkin pie.

I’m just hoping I don’t get eaten alive. “Family, just muster on without me until I escape the black pit of traffic and parking insanity!” Maybe this will be the last time I have to torture myself with Black Friday shopping IN PERSON! You be brave too. We can survive such things. Right?

What do you do for Black Friday?

Just don’t get lost in all that black!

Be a Dragon

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I love these sayings going around about being yourself. My favorite, naturally, is about being a dragon. Maybe it’s a good idea to just be a dragon rather than yourself. Honestly I don’t advocate hiding from yourself… unless you’re actually a big scary dragon. I’m a big scary dragon and a big scary wolf. This whole post is getting a bit crazy maybe!

I love dragons. The red guy above is one of my soft sculpture dragons. I’ve been making them since I was fourteen. This is a fancier one with beaded wings. Would you be a dragon if you could have scary teeth and beaded wings?

Dragons definitely have an easier time cooking things, but it wouldn’t work well if you prefer a veggie based diet. Roasted veggies anyone?

What would you be if you could be something else? Being a Unicorn is a popular choice, but dragons often have prehensile talons. I like being able to open a door. And I would be a nice dragon… most of the time. If I was a unicorn people would want to touch me, pull out my hair and ride on my back. No one would do any of that to a dragon. So yes. I’ll be a dragon.

What will you be?

Redefining Cold!

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Here in the Pacific Northwest cold is rather different. We can be going along, all wet and thawed out, when a sunny day occurs. Then everything, everywhere will be frozen, frosted and iced over, like a bunch of frosted flakes.

Yesterday in the middle of the afternoon, surrounded by sunlight we were freezing cold. Not even putting up fencing was warming us up. This morning we huddled by the door to at least have heat at our backs while we waited for the school bus. The kids then ran to the curb when it came around the corner. The heaters are running non-stop and the chill still teases at the edges. This is that bone chilling kind of cold that freezes your nostril hair with one breath through the nose and can give you brain freeze if you decide to breathe through your mouth.

Yes, we technically don’t know how to drive in snow around here, but I’ll get into that lovely aspect of Northwest weather later in the season. Right now everything is just cold. Actually when it is like this we can get snow easily if a weather system comes in fast. Once the cloud cover returns, like a downy blanket, the environment warms up melting the snow or just drenching it with fat warm drops of rain.

I’m frantically trying to type when I can so I can reach 50,000 words in book two of The GearMaker Legacy. Yes, I’m doing NaNoWriMo. But most the time I’m typing with my fingerless gloves on. Sheesh it’s cold!

 

Stay warm everyone!

Fall Finally

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This summer went on extra long this year. Here in the Northwest there should be frost on the ground on a clear morning or chilly rain falling all the time. We are still having warm afternoons and breaks in the weather that make it unclear if it is October or if it’s still August. The leaves have finally started changing color so I no longer feel in seasonal limbo. Without a cold snap the colors are less impressive, but still pretty. We have some storms flowing through. Being in a new area lets me observe differences more drastic than when we moved within a single county for the first decade and a half of our marriage. This area is flat with more likelihood for ocean winds to travel this far inland. I can say I do prefer flat mud! My daughter and I can count on too many hands the injuries muddy hills have caused us.

Right now I’m watching grey clouds skim past us. The long drive I have to go on tomorrow will be tough with all this wind, but I love wind most of the time. I often stand on my front porch just to listen. All my time out there in the quiet of a rural world has inspired a question. Would we be able to hear wind if not for trees and plants?

 

What do you think?

What do you love about the fall?

“You want me to WAIT!?!?!?”

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I am a die hard reader.

I have to force myself to step away from a story until the very end. This means a series really takes a lot of time out of my daily life. I’m raising children so this reading trait is not ideal at the moment. I end up not reading many things because I don’t want to wait, but that would be good because I would break up the reading over years instead of standing over the stove holding a book and stirring. I have the same problem with movies and TV shows. I just watch episode after episode until I realize my husband will be up for work soon and I should at least pretend to be asleep! At least with books I’m a fast reader.

Even my own book keeps expanding leaving my impatient to know the end. A three book series shrank to two and I was happy with that. But recently my characters kept bugging me with storyline that goes beyond the current plans for book two. Okay. Three book series are common. I can do that. Right? Uh oh. They were at it again, those crazy characters. Four books???

Canceled shows that have years of seasons to work through are my gluten free bread and butter. The West Wing can take weeks. The Buffy/Angel world takes even longer to watch. Firefly should take weeks out of my life, not a day or two. At least Farscape got more years before the chopping block caught up.

Seasoned writers have a back log so I can go to the next one without dwelling on the story for years as if I stopped mid-sentence. The first time I drew a line at waiting-for-the-next-one was as a teenager. The Wheel of Time was never going to end. My cousin and I decided to wait until the last predicted one and then read it at the same time. Hah! Has the last one even shown up yet?

With Bujold and her Miles Vorkosigan series I can take my time and not be left anxiously waiting for the next one. I started Harry Potter when book four was coming out so I got a good run of reading in before I ended up waiting… and waiting… and… (sitting on the edge of my seat, biting nails… when… when will I know what happens?)

I need to get better at reading newer authors and being patient for the next book. After all that is what I am asking of my readers. There are good stories I’m missing out on because of this trait.

This is my goal for 2015: I need to find three or four books that will require me to be patient for a year or two after I read them.

Any suggestions?

I recently read The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. It was well worth it, but didn’t leave me with a cliff hanger so I need a few of precipices followed by THE END-see-you-next-book to teach me a lesson help me practice patience.

What are your reading and viewing quirks? What new series are you waiting on book two of?

 

Do you want some practice of your own?

I guarantee an adequate cliff hanger. Try The GearMaker’s Locket.

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