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Posted Oct 17, 2019 at the weirdgirl
I've changed over to a new face cream, one that's "age-appropriate" for my current circumstances. Those circumstances being that I am NOT the 20-something my heart and emotions and even dreams feels that I am, but I am, in actuality, ooold...er. Let's just say my insides don't match my outsides. However, my outsides have argued that hormone fluctuations are really wreaking havoc on my skin so I decided to try the next phase in skin care and forgo the cream meant for younger selves that I have been using for years and still really love and move on to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at the weirdgirl
That's why I'm writing this post. I've avoided my blog. I've been avoiding writing in general. Not all summer. I had a good run in the beginning. I've had a lot of introspection and a lot of deep thoughts but it's been scattered. I've been writing in pieces. That might sound confusing if you're not a writer. You're writing, so that's good, right? But when you're writing in pieces that often means you're not finishing. It's a lot of jumping around. There were some deaths this summer. People I knew, people gone much too soon. There have been shootings. Everything... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at the weirdgirl
It is the end of the school year! Usually by this time, there have been so many events and and extracurriculars and end of year of projects (besides getting up at the ungodly hour of 7:00 o'clock every morning for months!) that we're all a little bedraggled and ready for a good summer rest. Summer plans are made but the day to day is vague and heavily reliant on "nothing". But I don't know, this time it feels different. There is energy in the air. It feels like something is about to HAPPEN. I don't know what exactly, but it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at the weirdgirl
I seemed to have tweaked a muscle in my collarbone. I wasn't even doing anything, just sitting at a meeting and when I moved it felt funny. I didn't think pulling that particular area was even possible. I mean, I can't flex my breasts like Dwayne Johnson can. Especially not both girls separately. He really gets them going so that seems like he would pull a boob eventually. (I suppose I should call them "pecs" but that just seems silly. We all know he's boob popping.) I figure there must be a gene that lets you isolate those muscles. One... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at the weirdgirl
Ugh! I did not mean to let so much time pass between posts. Things got real busy real fast. I got called for jury duty right about the same time that I realized I needed to plan whatever we were going to do for the summer, and also at the same time that I needed to get a bathroom remodel going because, oh my god, our bathroom is falling apart. I mean, it's functional. It works, you can use the toilet and take a shower and all that. Just try not to pay attention to the dripping faucets (3), broken... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at the weirdgirl
I gotta tell you I'm not digging this menopause thing. It's painful, lumpy, awkward, and odd. There are also smells. Years ago, I put together a whole list of the Things They Don't Tell You in Lamaze, all the silly, gross, funny details and shared experiences of pregnancy. I'm half-tempted to start a new list for menopause. Except I'm really hoping it'll be over before I have enough for a list. Really, really hoping. Who I am kidding? I've already got enough; I just don't want to relive them. The symptom I'm currently enduring is my boobs growing. Because, apparently,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at the weirdgirl
Things have been alternately busy and pokey lately, in that way that culminates in having too much to do one day and not caring to do anything at all the next. On the busy end, my kiddo (who is suddenly much too grown up) finished his play for drama and his drum show and then went off on an 8th grade D.C. trip during spring break. Whoof! (Yeah, a whole lot could be unpacked there but I'm putting it on hold lest I go maudlin.) And in two weeks he has auditions for high school! (Oh, my heart.) In between... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at the weirdgirl
I seem to be in a good writing groove at the moment (knock on wood, fingers crossed, step on a cat... wait, no). I've hit a pocket of ideas for the second book that I'm exploring and it's turning into some interesting copy. I have a rough outline and an idea of the big story arc, but I'm still definitely in the experimenting phase. I actually really enjoy this part. All the small details start to come out but it's still very open and organic. I begin recognizing layers of themes; ones I intended but also surprises that develops as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at the weirdgirl
I wrote this a year and a half ago... "Occasionally I come up with mottos for my life. It's entertaining and sometimes pithy. Or maybe they're just mottos for the moment, since I keep changing my mind and creating new ones. But one of the overarching lessons I keep running into through my trials and tribulations is this one: Stop holding back, Girl! Which is a little scary because I'm not exacting a shrinking wallflower. And maybe that is the point because I think I need to scare myself a little." I never posted it; it's been sitting in forgotten... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at the weirdgirl
Anyone who knows me (or has visited this blog before) knows I am not a cook. I can bake up a storm and make anything with sugar, I'm just not skilled with, like, the stove and meat and stuff. Plus, Keen's food tastes way better than mine, and even if I'm a crappy cook that doesn't make me stupid. Given a choice I'll eat the tasty dishes, thank you very much. But I have been trying to expand my skills over the years, considering I have a young'n to provide for on the days when my husband isn't home. Tonight... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at the weirdgirl
Well, this blog has unofficially gone from having a baby to entering menopause. I say "unofficially" because while my hormone levels are technically well in the grooving to the oldies range I'm still having spotty encounters with Aunt Flo, and while I love and honor Auntie in my life, it's really about time she stop popping by. It's not you, it's me. OK, some of it is you. You never call, you're kind of flighty. You're always talking about cats and making a mess. You eat all my chocolate. I'm done. Anywho, I think the confluence of high hormones and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at the weirdgirl
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I was cruising curvy Barbies (because yay! real women!) on Amazon, and of course I go for the redheaded one, even though she's not actually as much of a redhead in real life as she was online. More of a strawberry blond. Not even a true ginger. (Commit Mattel.) But! She's got a butt! I've got a butt! AWESOME! She's super pretty, too. Just beautiful if she were a real girl. Now I kind of see why some people get obsessed with dolls and then do too much plastic surgery. (Not really.) So despite the disappointing lack of redness I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at the weirdgirl
On Valentine's weekend I attended the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference (SFWC). I've gone to this conference three or four times now and I always come away inspired... but I have to say this last trip I just really enjoyed myself! I met great people, I liked the sessions, and it felt extremely personally productive. (Pretty funny considering I didn't write a lick while I was there.) I had a consultation with Agent Laurie McLean that was especially helpful. (Thank you!) I know there are writing conferences out there that are focused on the craft of writing, with writing workshops... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at the weirdgirl
I have been slogging through loglines/elevator pitches for the last couple of weeks. I have discovered that it is much easier to write a logline before you write the actual book! This sounds like a disaster but it's actually helpful, because when I have the book complete I do that writer thing where I blather on like, "Well, it's about this girl who has a temper and gets bullied for her special needs and then she's trapped, and there's magic and homeless people and, oh! and there's this bad guy and then another bad guy, but it's really about belonging... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at the weirdgirl
Sometimes I get things in my head that I just need to get out into the world. I suspect a lot of people do. Ideas that bite and nibble at you until you do something about them. Usually it's words. Sometimes it's art projects, big and small. Some I get done, some I abandon, some I say "someday". The most frustrating ideas are the ones that I don't have the tools for. (Yet.) Some of them are things I know I can't bring into existence. Ones that are just so much essence and spirit and energy that I revert back... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at the weirdgirl
It's that time of year again. New year, same old crap to sort through! I really really really want an intern to clean out my email for me. And yes, before you ask, I only clean my inbox about once a year, sometimes twice. Because it takes a looong time. And it is boring. And I get mouse shoulder from all the clicking. And did I mention boring? I suppose if I had racier emails it would be more entertaining but I don't. Maybe I should start an illicit pen pal affair. Preferably with someone who is slightly outrageous and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at the weirdgirl
Christmas is over and I am sadly relieved. It is always such a rush and a crash and a conundrum to get everything DONE! And while you are doing so everything else from your previous non-holiday life stops, whether you intended to stop or not. Somehow I forget that every year, how all-consuming it can be. Like the memory repressing hormone that kicks in while you're pregnant, only for gift wrapping and baking and frantic cleaning before guests arrive. You remember the jolly instead of the exhaustion. Or part of me remembers, but it sort of lurks in the background,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at the weirdgirl
I've had muscle spasms in my back on and off for the last couple of months, but I gotta say this week... this week has been a doozy. I've been trying to be good with stress, and eating well (dessert doesn't count), and taking the right supplements, and EXERCISE! I admit I'm having a hard time finding that balance of not too much and not too little. In fact, this all started when I started working out again. I just thought I injured myself, and I would get better, but I haven't. And now that my body has had a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at the weirdgirl
Last week I had the rare occasion of an unplanned day. That’s not to say that I didn’t have things to do, because I always have things to do. It was just a period where there was nothing critical and, without any sense of urgency, I had foregone setting up my day. No lists, no schedules, not even an appointment or activity I had to drive someone else to. It was really almost an accident. I was wandering the house when I realized the day was luxuriously wide open. Now usually when I have a sudden break my mind goes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at the weirdgirl
I’ve completely pooped out on NaNoWriMo this year. I participated a couple of years ago for a serious writing push for The Byways (previously named Through the Holes), and it worked! I mean, I didn’t make 50,000 words but I was writing every day and I completed about 20,000 words, then, two months later I finished my first draft. (Four drafts to follow but worth it!) So I absolutely believe in and love the incentive NaNoWriMo can give you. I figured this year I’d use it again to jumpstart my second novel. The problem was I wasn’t sure what my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at the weirdgirl
I'm on the third big revision of my book and I'm at that point where I feel like I'm slogging against the current. And by current, I mean me. I am the fricking current. I know what I want the book to be, it's alive in my head, and (except for some details here and there) I know what the finished product will be. It's probably 90% there. I'm just having a hard time digging in consistently. There are parts I'm still very excited about, and there are parts I'm just really tired of staring at. Here's the thing... there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at the weirdgirl
My house is full of moths. I think there's a moth portal in here somewhere. (That's like a fairy portal, but for moths. But I don't know what those look like so I can't find it. It probably looks like something innocuous like a shimmer in the air or a cheerios box.) There are all sorts of moths, big ones and little ones, feathered and delicate and dusty. They pop up out of nowhere in every room in the house. Sometimes they smack me in the face, because they are nearsighted and need new glasses (obviously). And sometimes they eat... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at the weirdgirl
I was groggy this morning and this video woke me up. Plus, their PR emails are entertaining. Yes, I do reward creativity. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at the weirdgirl
I'm digging some of the new shoegaze sound bands. Cheers! Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at the weirdgirl