NANOWRIMO 2014!!

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It’s here!!!!  November has arrived and that means most of us will be spending our free time writing!  Yep, NaNoWriMo (that’s National Novel Writing Month for those who have never heard of this before) has invaded our lives.  NaNoWriMo is like that one family member you never get tired of when they come home for the holidays, and the best thing is the visit lasts for a whole month!

This is day 3 and as of last night, I was up to 4,512 words written/typed.  I am so proud of myself! This is my fourth year attempting NaNoWriMo and I have yet to emerge as a winner.  Finishing a novel is one of my main goals in life, and if this is the year I do that, all I can say is I will be one ecstatic person!

I will post updates on this site and my other site, Smith and Moon (yes, I will finally use the site!  That’s the name of my novel . . . well, that’s the name of it now).  So far, the writing process of this novel has been fun, and I am really looking forward to the end. I can’t wait to see the finished product, even if I will spend most of next year revising the book.  The revising will be worth it, because it means I will have something to revise!

Are any of you participating in NaNoWriMo this month?  If so, I just have this to say . . .

GOOD LUCK!!!  I can’t wait to see you at the finish line :-)

-Ruby

Burned Out on a Beautiful Wednesday

Who came up with the idea that working five days a week, 8 hour days, was a good thing?

This girl is burned out from being in this office for most of the week.

Any suggestions on how to get over this feeling of monotony and boredom, along with the feelings of despair and fatigue?

WAIT!

I shouldn’t be like this today!  It’s Wednesday and I am supposed to provide wonderful observations to get us through the rest of the week!  Oh no – I am failing on the task here!  Hmmm, let’s see what I can give you . . .

My bed was warm.  I loved it.  I did not want to get out of it.

Ok – that’s what I got.

WAIT!  THAT’S NOT ALL OF IT!

I did get a free chicken biscuit from Chick-fil-a today, so THAT was awesome!  Free food is always a good thing – don’t you agree?  Also, the weather is GORGEOUS today . . . which makes me sad that I am inside a building all day.

STOP IT!

The negativity slithered its way in again.  MUST STOP THE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS!

One more thing to add to the good thoughts:  my brother is coming home this week from college for his fall break.  So, despite all the negative thoughts, that is definitely one GREAT thing I have to look forward to this week.

Have a great day, and don’t let the negative feelings and thoughts ruin your week!  We can do this!

-Ruby

Bookworm Status: Saying goodbye is never easy when it is the characters you love . . . and other news

Photo credit - Ruby Middleton 10-7-14It’s here . . .

The last book in the Heroes of Olympus series.  I am excited, nervous and not quite sure if I should start this one yet.  As soon as my calendar reminded me that today was the day, I knew I was going to the bookstore right after work.  There was no waiting around for this one – I had to have it today.  Now, that I have it in my hand, I am dealing with the dilemma of not wanting this particular world, this series, to end.  To put it all in one statement:  I don’t want to say goodbye.

You know the saying – all good things must come to an end.  Well, I think I may wait around to end this world.  This is the second time I have had to say goodbye to Percy Jackson and friends.  The first time, when the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series ended, I was not aware that Rick Riordan was going to create another series. I was so heartbroken and sad to say goodbye to the characters. So, imagine my surprise that the second series comes out, and I am again immersed in the world of Percy Jackson, along with new characters from both camps (Roman – Camp Jupiter, Greek – Camp Half-Blood).  Now, I have to say goodbye again.  Sigh – saying goodbye NEVER gets easier.

On the note of endings, I found out that next month, the Naruto manga is ending.  Why?  Why so many goodbyes? I have been watching the anime, and am planning to read the manga.  Now, I know this world is also coming to an end.  I have a lot of catching up to do, but when I do come to end of this (the anime and the manga), my heart will be broken again.

I know we have all seen the below picture so many times, but it fits how I am feeling right now:

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In other book related news:

*I went to my first book club last week!  Of course I will write about that.  You know I have to write about my new experiences!  The book we read was Eleanor and Park.  It was awesome!  Look out for that post.

*This past weekend, I went to visit my brother in college.  One of the places he took me to . . . was the library.  It was so big!  I was not expecting it to be that huge.  We did not go on all the floors because I felt everyone was getting bored, walking around and staring at books that they probably see on a daily basis (you know, college life).   I do plan to go back there and explore more.

*This Saturday, I will be at the . . .  WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER!  This woman-child is so excited!  Yes, I called myself a woman-child and I am ok with that.  Not only am I going to a theme park, but I am going to one based on Harry Potter.  Yep – I am going to be child for a day.

*I am applying for a position at the library here in town, and I AM SO NERVOUS!  This could be a life-changing event for me, but I am not going to get my hopes up.  The best I can do is apply and see what happens.  One of my co-workers said to me that you will not know if you are qualified if you do not apply at all.  Well, I am applying!

That is all the news I have to share.  Night time has fallen, and it is time for bed.  Sorry for being out for a week – I had a lot going on (but that is still no excuse, I know.  Don’t yell at me!).  I will get back to my regular schedule this week.  Have patience with me, puh-lease!

Until we meet again tomorrow, sleep well and have wonderful, fantastic dreams of peace and love :-)

-Ruby

A Book Lover’s Perfect Night

The air is cool, and night has arrived.

My apartment is quiet, and I am alone.

I am wrapped up in a blanket, with my favorite socks on my feet.

A book and a cup of coffee are waiting for me on my end table.

Yes, this is the life for me.

No drama, no noise, no stress.

Just me, this quiet environment and my escape into another world.

Yes, this is perfect.

This is a perfect night for me.

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The Weekend is Over, and Another Week Starts

You have no idea how hard it was for me not to blog at all this weekend. By getting in the groove of writing a post Monday through Friday, I got used to sitting at my computer every night and typing out my thoughts from the day. When Saturday night came around, I felt lost, like I was missing out on seeing a great friend. This blog has in 5 days done something that most people in my life have not been able to do – it has made me trust it completely. This blog has become more than a thing I do each night . . . It has become a friend to me. Is that possible? Can a blog be a friend?

My mind was on a rampage Saturday! Lots of topics to discuss this week ran through my mind . . . And being the slacker I am, I did not write any of the topics down in my notebook. I know! I am a horrible person! I remember two of the ideas, but I cannot remember the others, and it is driving me crazy. You have to realize, though, that is has been a LONG time since I have written like this. My writing has been on hiatus and now, it has come back with a thirsty vengeance. It’s parched and the thirst needs to be quenched.

Unfortunately, writing for the other site did not happen. I am still stuck on a few ideas about it. Oh, and about that short story I wanted to write? It was not something I truly liked, and it eventually got scrapped for the moment. Stories come to me all the time, but the moment I try to get it on paper, it loses its steam, its momentum. Is it me? Am I doubting myself too much as a writer that it is causing me not to be as creative as I believe I can be? Doubt has a way of stopping you from moving forward, and the battle against doubt is never an easy one. It is a battle that must be fought because I am tired of it controlling my life. I need to know if this is something I can accomplish. How can you push through the doubt that parades itself in your head?  Do any of you have ultimate battles with doubt like I do, and if so, how do you come out as the victor?  I need some pointers!

Well,  sleepy time has arrived.  I will see you all tomorrow . . . and I can honestly say that knowing I will be sitting in my chair tomorrow night, typing away my nightly post to you is something I am looking forward to.

Until we meet again tomorrow, sleep well and have wonderful, fantastic dreams of peace and love. For those of you who are in a different time zone, if it is daytime, then have wonderful, fantastic daydreams of peace and love :-)

-Ruby