Saturday, August 29, 2009

Summer's End

I can't believe there's a week till school starts!  Mental!  I didn't accomplish much of anything this summer, sadly, though I guess, given all the stuff going on I shouldn't be surprised.

First, we had Bolerama, which was awesome this year.  The kids are now at an age where I don't have to spend all my time yelling at them to stay off the road.  Then again, I did spend all my time untangling fishing line from the trees around our camp site...they were practicing casting.  They did catch a few fish when their daddy took them to the lake, so all that practicing came in handy.

Next the kids were in art classes for a week, which should have netted me some good writing time, but I was having a mild panic attack about my own course and the upcoming "having to read outloud to strangers" thing.  

Obviously, the next week was my own workshop...AWESOME!  I won't go on and on about it again, but it did have my hyped up to write like crazy...except...

My aunt died the next week.  It was really devastating for everyone because she wasn't very old and it could have been prevented had she not been so afraid of going to the doctor in the first place.  I spent a lot of the next week scanning old pictures with my brother to help put together a slide show for the memorial.  She was a great woman, one of the best teachers in the county, and a wonderful aunt.

Anyway, the rest of the summer we did a bit of swimming, went on a canoe trip to Bottle Lake (Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park) and spent a night camping at Balsam Lake.  Next week, we're going to try and hit Algonquin, do some hiking or maybe camp one night if it isn't too cold...it's been getting down to almost 0 at nights!  How nuts is that?


Friday, May 01, 2009

Excuses

Four months of 2009 gone and I've done...no writing! Bad me! I could say there were legitimate reasons, but that would be a lie. I've been reading fan fiction, and doing other pointless things. I have found some cool ways to procrastinate though...

Delicious Library - a mac platform inventory software that lets you use your iSight (or other web cam) as a UPC code scanner. Very cool and soooo much fun. I've been scanning books, movies, and video games.

SousChef - another mac program that is for organizing recipes. I have HUNDREDS of cookbooks and magazines full of recipes and I can never find what I want. I've spent hours sitting on the floor in the kitchen, with magazines scattered all over the place, and by the time I find the recipe, I'm either too damn tired to cook, or I don't have all the ingredients. I've spent a week wittling down the pile though. Most of the ones I've done are from Canadian Living magazines...which is cool cause all the recipes are online on their web site...I just copy and paste. I hate having to type out the instructions for a long complicate recipe.

Bento Lunches - weird way to procrastinate, I know. It started with my daughter being so picky. She won't eat sandwiches, or wraps and because of loose teeth, won't eat apples in her lunch either. I was having a hard time finding things that I could give her until I got the may 2009 issue of Canadian Living (Yes I love this magazine) and saw the article on Bento Lunches and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. *light bulb* The kids love Naruto, and so I thought, why not do bento lunches for them? Beats buying prepackaged snacks all the time. So I've been researching, compiling lists of ideas and trying out things on the kids to see if they like it. They LOVE rice balls. In my searches, I found an amazing thing...people post pictures of their lunch online! I was shocked. I mean, yeah, some of them are pretty damn artistic, but it was still odd...helpful though! I got lots of ideas for things to feed my kids. My son LOVES steamed asparagus, cooled, and cut into bite sized pieces. Not to mention there are some beautiful bento boxes for sale out there. I'm using containers from the dollar store, but I think for Christmas I might get them each a nice one.

So yeah, that's how I've been wasting my time. There's also the leaking roof, the broken hot water heater, and the frantic cleaning rush that preceded a home inspection so we could get a loan to fix the roof. I did manage to almost finish making myself a real office though, so I can get the desk out of the living room and have so privacy when I write. This is handy because the kids are starting to get really good at reading and I don't want them peeking over my shoulder as I write sex scenes. Bad enough when the hubby does it.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

High speed

Yay! Finally! High speed internet is here. We had weather problems for the installation guy, then he got sick, then car trouble! But now, I'm all speedy and stuff.

Writing news.... I'm working on a couple of new projects. I feel bad about not working on the sequel to Dragon's Birth, but I'll get to it. Right now I'm working on a 4 part series that involves camping and canoeing...my favorite all time thing to do. I'm hoping to do short webshows from the routes that will be used in the books. Should be fun.

Back to surfing!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

D'Arc Side Challenge

It's a new year and in an effort to get more writing done, I've joined Bianca's writing challenge. 2500 words a day, with 2 days off because of the hubby. Oh and some Wii fit each day.

To keep up with all the other challenge participants, check out Bianca's blog: biancadarc.com/blog