So, I’m doing Around the Word in 80 Days and I’ve been writing. With both my Morning Pages (ala The Artist Way by Julie Cameron), writing Se’s story, and handwriting– I’ve done over 4k this week. It’s not completely what I wanted to do, but it’s good. Really good. I even did my work’s newsletter. (I deserve bonus points for this.)
How does this put me for the coming week? I’m working to try to make the same or more for this week. So feel free to cheer me on, kick my butt, or send me inspiration. In fact, the male and I had date night Saturday and we went to see Season of the Witch. I really enjoyed the movie. It really helped to push some serious creative mojo in the well and also got my mind thinking in various ways in regards to medieval times, witchcraft and how times have and haven’t changed. Really helps when it comes to the fact I write a lot of pagan themed books.
Do I recommend seeing the movie? Yes, if you want to see some cool CGI, some battle scenes, and something that will make you think. No, if you don’t like to spend money and if you know a lot about the medieval times and how the Church viewed witchcraft and women in general. There are a couple of surprises I won’t spoil for you as they really helped to move and develop the plot along, let’s just say– they do really well with some of the red herrings. Oh yeah, Nicholas Cage looks verra nice in the movie and the young Kay looks very roguish himself! *grins*
I wanted to try something new last night. I played on FaceBook. Yes, I did. More importantly, I postede excerpts of my books, other authors, recipes and generally had a great time with some authors and readers. I want to take this time to thank them for such a great time– and we were online for HOURS. Selena and I are planning to do this again on Sunday on her Facebook page. If you’ve got time and want to see some great books and have fun– come join us. We’ll let you know what time we’re starting.
And yes, I’ll be there on and off today. Come and play with us. There are tons of awesome things to win and believe it or not, there are lots of fun to be had. I’ll be posting pictures and more. And yes, later, I’ll post here about the results of my convo with my doctor. It’s both good and so-so.
Where to find the TRS Holiday Party? http://theromancestudio.com/party/
I’ve created my Yule altar and I’m loving it. My covering is dark blue because I love the colour and it really makes me think of this time as the dark time of Cerridwen. On it, I’ve got my snowflake crystal ornament, a pine cone, my incense burner, my candles, and my rune and tarot holders. As I go by it, it reminds me to stop and think of the meaning of this time of year. It’s the dark half of the year to the Celts- a time of reflection and of determining what is really meaningful to me.
Yule is not just about presents and about homecoming in my eyes. It’s about family and about pruning away the things that don’t work anymore. It’s a time where I look into the ice reflections and ask myself, “Where am I going and where do I want to be?” I normally do this using a bowlful of water with a sprinkle of salt or with a hand-held mirror. I concentrate on seeing me as I am now and how I want to be once springtime arrives. I see what is surrounding me– what things clinging to me that are holding me back and what things would move me forward– but aren’t because of those clinging vines.
During this time, I also start putting together my recipes for the holiday. One of my faves is my apple cranberry sauce. This sauce is great for Thanksgiving or anytime of the year when you can get fresh cranberries and apples. I’ll post it later next week.
The holiday season has started. I’m actually trying to be in the holiday spirit as well. It’s not easy with everything I’m going through. But I’ve made myself a promise– 2011 is the year of little joys. This means honoring and enjoying the little things in life that make us happy and provide us smiles while hitting our emotions. I urge everyone to make this new year as the year of Little Joys. Why? Because it’s important to remember the little things in life that bring pleasure and to remember the first times in life. You know, the first time your child walked, the first time you realized you were in love, your first snow storm you can remember. Those first are things to celebrate. So the coming year is going to be the Little Joys Year– where you enjoy the little things that bring joy and emotion to your heart.
I prepare this holiday season with a heavy heart because things haven’t gone as I wanted them. But I’ve realized the past couple of days that it doesn’t mean I can’t make things better as I go. I can. I just have to believe in myself and those who love me to do so. I’ve been making some jewelry for those I love and I’ve been working hard on getting some other things finished as well. It’s not been easy trying to get things done with all the extra medication and tiredness I’ve been experiencing the past month. I’ve not said anything to those who know me, but I agree with my specialist– my lupus is active again. I should be getting my test results shortly– okay, right now, and yeah, we’re right. It means some prednisone time on top of other stuff, but I’m hoping I’ll be feeling better over the next month or so.
Right now, I’ve got my slow cooker pork veggie soup cooking. It’s fun, easy and colourful. It’s also good for you and really healthy as well. I’m debating on thickening it up once it’s done, but maybe I will. So how do you make this delicious treat?
Pork Loin and Veggie Slow Cooker Soup
1 pork loin, about 2lbs. diced if not frozen, or cut into chunks if frozen
1 box chicken stock
5 stalks of celery, deleaved, cleaned and diced into bite size pieces
10 baby carrots, diced
3 small white potatoes, diced and parboiled in boiling water for 10 minutes
1 small onion, peeled and diced
1 can diced tomatoes
2 ancient red peppers, deribbed, deseeded, and diced
1 tbsp chicken soup base
2 cups water
2 tbsp blueberry promengranate red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, diced finely
Mrs. Dash, Garlic powder, basil, Italian seasoning mix, and salt (amounts to taste)
In slow cooker, layer all the veggies in first. Then mix thoroughly with the stock, soup base, red wine vinegar and seasonings. Add in the pork and cook on high for 4 hours. An hour before serving, add in the 2 cups of water and shred pork to bite size pieces if you’ve not done it in the beginning. Add more seasonings like salt and pepper to taste at the table.
I’m not a NaNoWriMo girl. I’m just not. It’s too much for me to do and have a life. I love Candy Haven’s Fast Draft– but it takes time for me to plan out to do that. So, Dawn Montgomery linked to it on FB and now I’ve joined the insane crew on the Starship 80 Days. How can you sign up? http://aroundofwordsin80days.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/sign-up-for-row80-round-1/ For me, I’m figuring out just how much I need to write during that time– I’m thinking about 1k per day, 5 days a week, with 2 days for promo and free writing.
So come and join me!
Yesterday I received the results of my vaginal biopsy. I had a hysterectomy in the spring of this year, followed by a Pap Smear six months later. That test came back abnormal which meant I needed a biopsy to determine what was happening. I admit, after my mom dying of lung cancer and my male’s sister fighting and beating breast cancer, I really didn’t want it to be anything serious. Our families have been through enough the past few years. Yet, I was informed that I have precancer. This means, left untreated– it will become cancer– and not in years, but in months.
There are scores of feelings and other things running through my mind right now- some good and some bad. Part of me worries on the treatment because they basically must treat this to being similar to cancer- there is no other way to treat it. That scares me- there’s no way around it. Luckily the type of precancer I have is fairly slow growing. It means I’ve got months to worry before it becomes cancerous. I realize that doesn’t sound good since in some instances that it can take years to develop. With vaginal tissue, the time frame is shorter due to the thinness of the area and because of the possibility to spreading to other areas. Of course, I’m dealing with the past of my family which is scary because everything happened at this time of year.
Overall, I’m adapting and I’m learning to accept what’s going on. I’ll be able to handle more once I know what the plan of action is, what the side effects are and how I need to handle the day to day stuff as I handle the after-effects. I am honoured by having good friends and family who are by my side and are keeping me going as I handle these things that have hit me this year. Without them, I’d have crumbled and faded away. But now I need to reflect upon the truth of the Celtic New Year and what I need to get rid of in my life and what I need to work on. Things are going to be slower for me now. I’m not the fast writer of the past, but a slower, richer writer now. I’m relearning how to outdo my ADD and how to handle the challenges thrown my way this year physically. But I’m still losing weight, I’m still trying to exercise. The hard part now is learning how to integrate things so nothing gets left behind– just rotated in turn.
This week you can find me at Selena Illyria’s blog. Why? I’m guest hosting a whole week of BDSM. *grins* That’s right– me, BDSM and many BDSM authors. Glory at it’s finest! How can you get there from here?
Click the link and come join in on the fun!
So, today is Caribbean Day at work. Am I there? No, I’m on vacation! But I did send in some Jerk Chicken and Cooling Ranch Veggies to the party since it’s important to feed the masses. So, yes, because I enjoy sharing, I’ll share both recipes for you. More »
Yes, just when you thought it wouldn’t happen– it’s HERE! It’s here! *grins* Special just for me on my 3rd anniversary with my male– Ride Me, Baby is available!Where may you get this fun, erotic romp? CLICK HERE.
When Baby meets Harley, sparks fly and not all of them good. The man wants her bike for Pete’s sake and has a jealous streak a mile wide.
There’s no way Baby can run a motorcycle shop on her own, not without some serious backing and the mysterious Doc seems the likely candidate. Just what is Baby doing to earn the backing of the mystery man?