When you know

Since my wonderful husband is so awesome and watched the kiddo all weekend and Monday, I figured I would take another week of blogging.

This weekend was amazing. I volunteer at PAX South every year since it started. I enjoy working at conventions much more than attending them. I may not get to sit and watch a panel or whatnot but I do get to see more of the show than most people. I get to experience the awesome feeling of having a solid part in building up my community.

I really do love working with everyone. We all have a common interest in what we are working on and the shared goal of making our show work so smoothly that people think it is easy to run a convention. I love the look of joy on peoples’ faces when we get to introduce them to their hero. Overall a very exciting experience that I don’t think I could ever leave and just attend a convention as one is meant to now. I am tainted to the hidden secrets that most don’t know about.

On a side note, should you ever find yourself in Texas in January for PAX South, you should consider volunteering. We love people. We love making new friends and we love adding new people to the group of people who get shit done.

 

Speaking of which, I guess I should go work on that last chapter of my novel now huh? Well one more video of Bull won’t hurt!

What is GGGS?

Hello once again everyone! Tina here.

When we first started up this blog I had to make a lot of promises to my husband that I was going to work hard and stay on top of my part. It wouldn’t be fair to have him invest so much time and effort into something I would just leave by the wayside in a month.

Which is a bad habit of mine. I start up something new to get enough information to stop. Typically just as my husband is getting into it! So if you see short stories on here from me… That’s because they are so much easier to write for me than a blog-style writing. I would also like to review games, movies, and books in my own special way. Like ‘The Magicians’ that I just binged on Netflix. SO GOOD but soooooo graphic in its slam your face in this rawness. Which is kinda nice that things don’t stay stuck to the norm of what you expect to happen. This is one that I might have to force Kris to watch with me. 

OH and Anime reviews! I love anime and I have always just kind of kept it to myself unless someone asked or brought it up first. Now, I think I should start my own little Geeky girl gab section. Call them GGGS. So look out for them! If you have suggestions for books, shows, anime or even Youtube videos I should check out and talk about let me know!

Let’s Procrastinate

Kris here

I wanted to touch a bit more on the subject I glazed over last week. It’s almost time to comfortably give up those New Years Resolutions, so I just wanted to get in one more jab before they go! Early January, I wrote myself out about 15 objectives for January, figuring I’d have plenty of time. I mean I have all these days where I’m not working, I just have to do some work for 2-3 hours a day right, no prob. Aw dang, I forgot I was going to be sick this week! Texas, my love for you…well I don’t love you but come on, call off the trees! Allergies are crazy in the winter. I also forgot all the days my wife or child would want to spend time together, “family time” they called it. Pah! I have goals to attain!

I think it’s pretty easy to work out the sarcasm in that last sentence – of course the moment my 4 year old tells me to play Minecraft with him, I’m all over it. Wife wants to go watch a movie? Well don’t twist my arm here sheesh, I’ll probably have to eat milkshakes or something too. You see where this is going. Setting up minor monthly goals I think is a good idea, but it’s probably more attainable to reach for the quarters after all. Yearly quarters, that is – 3 month blocks where I have all this time to goof off and then hastily do everything I planned in the last weekend. So far this seems to be the way to go – I’ve accomplished probably about a third of my original plan, but I could definitely expand this instead of giving up halfway there just because I feel like I’ll fail anyway. Besides, things are better in bulk – that’s why Cosco is a thing. So Let’s jot down a few too many goals for January – March and see how many we can do.

* Clean out the car I haven’t driven for 2 years (Spiders everywhere!)
* Figure out what the heck is in those bags against the wall in the garage. I’m sure they’re housing spiders.
* Finish at least outlining the map of a world I’ve been worldbuilding. Seriously I started in November.
* Name the countries in the map after I finally finish it
* Write a short story – how can I have a hobby editing stories if I never practice
* Make some progress on a not-short story. Let’s say, finishing the outline.
* Build something amazing from these K’nex. The 4 year old they belong to can help
* Watch a movie with my wife something like once a week or once biweekly. She loves movies, I hate em. Sacrifices must be made.
* Put up a blog every Wednesday!
* Memorize at least 2 new kanji a week (I pretend to study Japanese a lot, I’ve had to have picked up something)
* Don’t write blog posts while being sick. Let’s put a tentative on this one

Eleven points for roughly eleven weeks, I can totally do that! I’ll probably have to take off that last week in March from work though.

GOOOAL(s)

2017 is finally underway and it’s time to look at new years resolutions! Well until February, when the resolutions get in the way of chocolate.
 A lot of people around me are fond of self improvement goals that are a touch on the vague side. Lose weight, teach myself programming, learn a new language! All admirable, but easily given up. After all, languages can take quite some time to master.
While observing the many successful people in my life, I’ve noticed a marked difference in our goals list…most notably, they actually have one to begin with. Apparently they update them monthly or quarterly, instead of every January 1st. Their written objectives are more easily attainable too- my “learn Japanese” seems a lot harder than their “learn 30 kanji per month.” I also see a lot of micro-objectives listed. The ever-popular weight loss resolution is suddenly a lot more feasible when you set a little breadcrumb trail to follow (note: don’t eat the breadcrumbs.) Ten pounds lighter than I am now on this day next month, ten pounds more the month after, and suddenly you can pencil your objectives in on a calendar. Success! Well, no it’s just the beginning of the process, but at least now you have directions.

Sleepy Time Poems

Space is so vast and wide.

Just like back side.

I watch you tumble and toss.

“Just one more time”

You rocket off into the sky.

Don’t you realize it’s way past nine?

I sit in bed, computer at the ready.

Watching videos, eyes getting heavy.

I open up to our little blog.

Posting your shame so others can play along.

Kris get your silly ass to bed.

I won’t get up when Nik needs to be fed.

~Poem by sleepy Mom.

Crafting up a good book

When you have a crippling addiction to stationary and office supplies like I do, you often run into the problem of not being able to find just what you want out of a notebook or journal. This problem has haunted me for years. I have a bookcase shelf dedicated to housing all the forgotten or impulse-bought notebooks of my past. When I start looking to buy a new one I always get the husband chiming in, “Do you REALLY need another notebook or do you just want it because it looks pretty?”

YOU KNOW WHAT HUSBAND! BOTH! Okay, both. I want the pretty looking notebook: so new and shiny and full of possibilities, and I need something to fulfill that want!

So as I watched some of my favorite DIYers on YouTube make a nice, thick notebook, I drooled a little. I have never seen a journal with 500+ pages in it! I hit the internet in a fever looking for something quick and easy to fill this new void I had discovered.

Well, this one is reasonably priced but the reviews suck. “You can see pencil through the page.” Well, that is right out. Oh, this one’s pretty. I like the cover. Oh, what is that? It is made from the hide of small children and costs $400? No, thank you.

What is a girl to do? I waited for Kris to get home and showed him the video that leads me to a path of sadness.

“You see? I watched this and then I was like, ‘I need a 500-page journal!’ and I couldn’t find anything on the internet. It is broken I say!”

Kris sat there for a bit and just stared at me. I waited. He almost laughed, then coughed and went back to his grumpy face. “You watched that video, where she MADE a journal you liked and thought ‘I need to buy one’? Tina. Make one. I know you could. Hell, you could probably figure out how to make your own paper too if you looked for a bit.”

I then wasted the next two hours of his time forcing him to watch videos on how to make paper. Pointing out the people who could have done it easier and watching the Reading Rainbow episode I watched as a kid to learn how to do it myself.

So I guess out of all of that, I am going to be taking on the task of learning to make my own journal for a creative time when I am not writing. I sometimes need time to think between events in my story to figure out how they would really react and not just how I want them to react. Once I get started and make my first journal I will be sure to post pictures and share my results.

Good luck out there,  see you guys next Wednesday.

So let’s do this

I started loving stories when I realized I could escape my life to play in a world that was built by someone else. I started a love affair with reading and would consume any book that I could get my hands on.  I naturally like to learn as much as I can about everything I set out to do, leading me to start learning about writing my own stories. My poems and short stories in school were met with high praise from my teachers and friends, but I never took it past that.

This November I took part in NaNoWriMo and hit my goal of 50,000 words. I have a pretty great skeleton of a novel, I just need to add more meat to it. I’ll be working on this story for a while, but I did something I had never done before. I wrote a full book! Something more than just a 500-1000 word story. Showing myself that I can do this.

I  hope in starting this blog I’d have a place to post my work. Keep writing even when I don’t feel like it. Write about what I am reading or learning. Even reviews on games I’m playing with my husband. Who knows?

Here are My own personal goals for 2017:

 

  • Get to the Beta reader stage for ‘Bonds’
  • Write 1,000 to 2,000 words every day.
  • Continue to expand my information and knowledge in writing.
  • Blog once a week
  • Start an idea notebook and keep any stray thoughts in there for review after I finish ‘Bonds’
  • Keep our twitter up to par
  • Keep our facebook up to par
  • Start a collection of new and upcoming novels
  • Attend a writing workshop

 

Pretty much all I can think of for now. Dancingdude is calling me to play Roblox… Laters!

Tina