Celebration!


It’s ocurred to me that I’ve posted several times about things I’m dissatisfied with — not journaling frequently, not celebrating all the Sabbats, etc. There’s really nothing wrong with that. It’ll happen from time to time. But I want to take a moment to celebrate all the things I am really, really pleased with — and there are many. I think it’s important for me to mention the good things too. 🙂

  • In the past two months, I’ve gotten a lot of knitting done. I’m most of the way finished a blanket that I started a year and a half ago. I’m almost at the end of the third, and last panel. Then I just have to stitch them together and do some touch-up work and it’ll be done!
  • I have AWESOME family and pretty good friends.  I’m especially extra grateful  for my Mom, my grandmother, my Dad, Phire, SJ, and our pets.
  • My Mom’s cat, who was very ill seems like she’s going to be okay.
  • My Grandmother bought me chocolate and hair clips. She collects her easy open medicine bottles and her spare food storage containers and gives them to us. She’s also bought me clothes recently.
  • My Dad drives us to run errands at least once a month most months and drives me to doctor’s appointments frequently. He bought us sunflowers, bottled water, and decaf coffee, and he bought me clothes recently.
  • My Mom is kind and willing to go to bat for me. She bought stuff for me to use in Florida (I didn’t go — long story) and is sending it hear.
  • Phire and SJ are incredibly sympathetic and kind, and they go above and beyond looking after me when I need it (which I sadly do sometimes these days).
  • Our pets are amazing, friendly, playful, cuddly, and caring.
  • I LOVE or beautiful house and property.
  • Phire and I planted the sunflowers my Dad gave us yesterday (with phone assistance from my Mom — the Master Gardener).
  • I tied back the Rose of Sharon that has been blocking the side of the house. I think it’ll need a more permanent solution (the stakes and twine are pretty weak), but it’s done!
  • Phire and I also trimmed the front hedges, at least somewhat.
  • Phire and his friends collected someones junked pickup truck bed cab. We’re going to repurpose it to give the feral cats someplace to shelter in the winter. He and I moved it across the backyard.
  • I applied to college in April. Sadly, I didn’t get in, so
  • I’m applying to a second college now! Phire helped me with getting stuff together for it.
  • SJ ran to the store today to get food for us and he cooks awesome meals for me.
  • I got my first shot of Prolia for osteoporosis treatment yesterday. While it was a really rough day, and I’ve had some minor side effects, so far, so good!
  • I’ve been reading good books lately, and a lot of them.
  • I updated, edited, and added to my blogs yesterday, making major headway in a huge overhaul of them.
  • CampNaNoWriMo July has begun! 🙂
  • I think I blogged more in the last 24 hours than I have in the last two months. 😉
  • I have SO MUCH more energy than I used to on most days, at least for now.
  • I’m also generally healthier than I’ve been since I got sick.
  • Last week, I washed all the dishes in the house. ALL of them. Trust me — that’s no mean feat. And I pulled it off!
  • Phire rearranged the living room and it looks better that way.
  • I’m largely more productive than I’ve been able to be for years.
  • I can exercise a little sometimes now.
  • And then there are the million and one other things I’m grateful for — love, food, a roof over my head, running water, electricity, air conditioning, drinking water, internet, cell phones, books, journals, as much of my health, mental acuity, emotional well-being, and mobility as I have, my Gods, Ancestors, the faeries, my guides, and for happiness, and beauty, and so many, many other things. 🙂

I’m sure there are other things I forgot to mention.

And — they’re off! Sort of…


Today is the first day of July’s CampNaNoWriMo. Actually, yesterday was because I’m writing this in the early morning hours of July 2nd in the Eastern Timezone. But since I haven’t gone to sleep yet, I’m calling it today. At one point, I still thought I’d get my word count goal in for the day. Now I’m kinda doubtful. But I’ll see. I’m still super excited though, because I’ve been looking forward to this, I completed the last CampNaNoWriMo, and I still have plenty of time. I also think it’s totally understandable that I didn’t get started yet, because I got SO MUCH else done today. Yesterday. Whatever. Anyway, I’m blogging partially because they’re been things I wanted to say, and partially because I feel like I might not get a lot of blogging done during CampNaNoWriMo (and  know I’ve been too busy and otherwise occupied to blog a lot during the last couple of months). But looking back, it seems like I actually blogged a lot more frequently than I usually do these years during the last CampNaNoWriMo. So who knows how much I’ll blog during the next month and in the future after that?

Anyway, we’re off! Good luck to everyone participating, and congratulations attempting what I know is a mammoth undertaking for most folks (myself included). If you’re writing for it this month, may you pen, type, or dictate lots and lots of words! For those who aren’t enjoy watching the ride! 🙂

A Hopefully Quick Post of Minor WordPress Griping


A few months ago, I was pretty pissed off at WordPress. I had forgotten about it but now I remember. And I’m angry again. First, they changed the layout for the dashboard. That irritates me, but I can live with it. Then, the app was malfunctioning on two phones with two different OS’s. I’m now using a third party app that words a lot better, but has it’s issues when I blog from my phone. And, for a while, the actual wordpress site was malfunctioning on laptops.

But the thing that really, really got me was that it now seems difficult, if even possible to include share buttons for different social media sites on the .com wordpress sites — as opposed to the .org one. There does seem to be a complicated way to do it…maybe. WordPress, I am not good with technology. I don’t even think I have the hardrive space required to port over to .org hosting. I definitely don’t know how. And no, WordPress, don’t tell me how easy it is. Furthermore, I can’t afford to pay for a url for my blogs — I especially can’t afford five urls. And, if I ever did pay for a url and then couldn’t afford it later, all that I’d written would go kaput.

Now, on at least two of my blogs, several widgets aren’t working. These are the widgets that make following easier. Specifically those widgets. Maybe it’s because of the themes I’m using. Maybe it’s a glitch on my computer alone. Maybe it’s even showing up on other computers.

But that and the lack of sharing buttons seem to me like a subtle, but hostile way to keep blogs followers down unless they switch to .org hosting as opposed to .com hosting — and thus a way for WordPress to make more people pay them more money. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to be able to have as many blogs as I want, and I’m grateful to be able to blog for free at all, but I am really, REALLY irritated about this.

The Great Blog Overhaul of 2015 (otherwise titled, “Whoo-HOO!!”)


Right now I have five current public blogs. Count ’em. FIVE. Mind you, most of them still don’t have much on them yet, but they’ve all at least got something. And I spend hours today overhauling and updating them. There’s only one that I didn’t really touch. For all the rest, I did some major work. It may not seem like much, but it was for me. Mostly what I did consisted of creating new pages, including breaking some of the pages I already had down into multiple pages on each blog. I also wrote and posted several new pages. Most of these pages are identical to each other from blog to blog, or at least very similar. But I wrote at least one lengthy page specific to one blog. I now have a separate page on almost all of my blogs that links to the other ones. I have a page on most of them talking about people I mention frequently. And I have some pages that have similar information phrased differently on some of my blogs.

I changed the wordpress theme of “Island, Ocean, Sky” from “Brand New Day” to “Somethng Fishy”.  And even though I still don’t have any posts on that blog yet, I wrote a new page for it expounding on the title, which you can read here. Hopefully, I’ll put at least one post up over there soon, but I can’t promise it. I also changed and edited some of the widgets I have on there.

I tried to fiddle with the widgets on Seaside Symphony too, but I was only partially successful. I remember having problems with that before, and by the time I got to it tonight, I had been at it a long while so I just gave up temporarily in frustration.

I added pages about the other people I write about, one describing a new header photo, pages linking to my other blogs, and an explanation for why and how I cross-post.

Yeesh, even as I’m typing this blog post, I’ve gone back to adjust and fix things.

I also did some editing, almost all of pages, but I did do one blog post. I fixed typos and changed places where I used the wrong word. I also added missing links and I updated some out of date information.

This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a REALLY long time, so I’m uber-excited about it! But I knew it would be a massive undertaking and I also mostly blog from my phone these days, which really in’t conducive to most of that stuff. So I’ve been putting it off. But not today!

There is still so much more that I want to do, for example, adding new categories and going back and putting the appropriate posts into those categories, as well as any new ones, but I think I made incredible progress and I’m incredibly pleased with it.

That’s not all I did today, either. I may write a blog post about that too, but I may not. We’ll see. Honestly, there are SO MANY blog posts that I want to write right now. We’ll see if I get any of them done soon. 🙂

 

New Contests and Some Other Random Stuff


Bitten By Books, which is a website I have come to dearly love is having two giveaways for fifty dollar gift cards. By linking to them on my blog, I gain extra entries, and I highly recommend going to enter them. It’s not hard to enter and you find out about great authors that way. Here are the links:

Maggie Mae Gallagher Release Party

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Joel Fox Interview and $50.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest

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Hopefully, those links work.

In other news, this is the first time in a long, long time that I’ve written a bog post from my computer as opposed to an app on my phone. And since my phone doesn’t like the WordPress app, I use a different app for it. So this is the first time I’m seeing the new layout for the dashboard and control panel, and I absolutely can’t stand it. Then again, I’m not known for my fondness for change.

I know yesterday or the day before, I’d been planning to write more for CampNaNoWriMo, but it just didn’t happen. The phone company turned off our phones due to a foul up on their end, even though we paid them far more thn we’d agreed to with our payment plan. SJ got them to fix it and Phire ran errands in our old home town. It also took me a few days to recover from the marathon errand running Phire and I had done with my family when the came down on Sunday. From Thursday to Monday, there was some drama with someone we barely know, but I think it’s over now, mercifully. Yesterday, I had the cramps from Hell and couldn’t do much more than lie there. But today I’m much better.

I also wanted to thank all of you who read this bog, my other blogs (not that there’s much on them yet) and who like and follow me here. I really appreciate it.

I’m going to see about writing some more for CampNaNoWriMo, but I hate to take the computer away from Phire, there’s lot of kitchen work to be done today, and the task of starting back up with writing again seems daunting. I’ll try to post how it goes.

In one last note for this blog post, I’m going to try to do an overhaul on my blogs soon. Probably nothing major, but creating a new page for my other blogs, maybe updating my about me pages, and possibly adding some new widgets and categories and hopefully a work in progress bar — stuff like that. I also want to start posting to more of my other blogs soon as well, though I’ve been wanting to do that for a while. And I’d also like (I think) to start my general, “life” blog soon, which is a little more complicated than it sounds.

*Edit — the embed codes didn’t work, so I’m going to include links to the pages where the contests are:

http://bittenbybooks.com/author-maggie-mae-gallagher-release-party-and-50-00-amazon-gift-card-contest-live-here-2/

http://bittenbybooks.com/author-joel-fox-interview-and-50-00-amazon-gift-card-contest-live-here/

CampNaNoWriMo and Journals


This is what eight years of journals looks like^^

Bear with me if that image doesn’t show, and I’ll try to fix it later. I’m writing this blog post from my phone.

I feel like I’m being a boring blogger. Not only is this supposed to be my general Pagan blog — and I haven’t been writing much about Paagan stuff, but I’m also hardly writing about anything besides CampNaNoWriMo and journaling.

Still, that’s because I’ve hardly been DOING anything else except writing — NaNoWriMo, journal entries, and blog posts. I should be happy, though. And I am happy, because I’m getting those things done.

I did do a little bit with Pagan stuff in March, starting my Ancestor journal and celebrating Ostara AODA style.

Yesterday, I only wrote four hundred and eleven words. Actually, when I stopped for the day, I was literally one one short of my word count goal for the day. That was uber-aggravating. So, I opened my word processor back up and wrote another paragraph or two.

So, I did make my word count goal yesterday, but not by much.

So far, my Easter weekend marathon is about 50/50 — great the first day, not great but acceptable the second. We’ll see what today holds. I haven’t started writing for it yet today because Phire’s computer is broken, so we’re sharing mine until we can afford to get him a new one, which may be some time down the road, but hopefully not. And he’s on it right now.

Yesterday, I DID write seven pages and some change in my journal, finishing that notebook in the process. I am noticing a pattern: the days that I didn’t write in my journal, or didn’t write much in it are the days I got the most written for CampNaNoWriMo and vice versa.

My last journal lasted seven months and I started a new one today.

I’m going to try to get as much written today as possible, because tomorrow, I have to actually go be an adult — call the utilities company, figure out our budget for the month, and pay the bills. Maybe I’ll do some dishes too, but that might be reaching a little high, especially because I’m still hoping to write tomorrow, too. Maybe I can delegate the dishes to Phire or SJ.

I still have three days of buffer, but next Saturday is one of the days that I doubt I’ll be able to right, as my Dad and Grandmother are coming down to take us to run errands, which I deeply appreciate. They usually do that about once a month and it makes our lives a lot easier, since we don’t have a car. And it’s good to get to see them. But we normally go to anywhere from three to seven places on those days, so it takes several hours or all day, and it’s exhausting. Sunday is another day that I’m not sure I’ll be able to write, because these days I usually need at least one day and sometimes more to recover from big errand days.

So I’m going to try to build up additional days of buffer today.

I’ve been reading far less than I normally do in April. But that’s to be expected. I should be careful because I get cranky if I go for too long without reading. But I also get cranky if I go too long without writing.

What I’ve been reading the most of is back issues of The Writer magazine. I have about six months of issues that I hadn’t read. At the time it was an annoyance that I didn’t have the time to read them. But it was only a mild annoyance, because the reason I didn’t have time to read them was because we had just gotten our puppy. We were adjusting to having her in our household and she needed almost constant supervision. Now, that she’s older and better behaved (though she still needs a lot of supervision) I actually have time to read them. And the timing is perfect, because it’s really helping me to concentrate on CampNaNoWriMo and creativity.

If I already wrote some of this stuff, I apologize. Brain fog being a thing, I don’t always remember what I wrote before and I don’t really have the time or energy at the moment to double check.

Phire just handed of the computer to me, so I’m off to go write some more. Wish me luck!