The Curious Call of Cravings

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Ever have one of those days where all you crave is sugar, sugar, sugar? I’m having one of those days right now.

For me, its usually the sign of an oncoming migraine, a huge, looming thunderhead rolling toward me. But unlike storms, sometimes the headaches can be fended off.

With sugar.

So obviously I need to eat as much as I can, right? I mean, it sounds perfectly logical to me, but then again, I’m the one with the tiny voice inside my head alternately whispering — then yelling — SUGAR!

In fact, it’s all I can do to keep myself planted right where I am and finish this post, instead of getting up, going to the cabinet and taking just one more of those coffee caramels I got from Trader Joe’s. Just one more. Caramel.

It’s not as though you could tell if I did, could you?

As far as vices go, perhaps sugar isn’t the worst I could have. Though recent studies indicate it’s pretty terrible for you. All this time we were giving the stink-eye to fat, and it turns out that fat isn’t too terrible a fellow.

Well, unsaturated fat, anyway. His cousins, saturated fat and trans-fat are killers. It’s awkward at Thanksgiving.

Where was I? Ah yes. Sugar craving. Which it seems I’ve managed to distract myself from with images of fat globs sitting around a turkey and sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top.

Mmm. Marshmallows.

We can’t always help where our mind goes, or what’s churning in the back while we slap on a smile and pretend to be present. What we can do, though, is focus harder on being present.

The rest will take care of itself.

Probably.

Or I’ll get another caramel. Whatevs.

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 Her Cousin Much Removed

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Changing Tide of a Blog

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With this blog, I’ve never really tied myself down to a strict subject. Initially, that was the plan; book links and blurbs and reviews mixed in with original posts.

Then I discovered I enjoyed the original posts. I enjoyed sharing a morning thought, a bit of whatever was on my mind that day.

Still a bit to read, right?

It’s the freedom, the randomness. The ability to talk when I have something to say, even if it’s about the way the sky is melding into the horizon in soft bands of blue-gray.

But the other thing I’ve discovered about blogging is the way it comes in cycles, the way it ebbs and flows. There are times when the posts flow steadily and hitting publish is as certain and easy as taking a breath.

And then there are times where a casual chat across the virtual highways aren’t where the mind goes. Periods when even squeezing in a couple of hundred words feels like a betrayal to your to-do list.

That’s OK.

To hold onto a thing — even a thing you enjoy — too tightly is to crush it, to take the joy it brings and grind it to nothing. Writing is work. Remember that. Writing is work. Most writing is not airy; most writing is not breezy, no matter how expertly one can make it sound that way.

But blogging is a simple conversation. And there’s never a need to fill a silence just because it exists.

Hey, did you see a real-life scientist scienced Aunty Ida?

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

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#MAYkingItWork: Get Cozy with those Manuscripts!

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And so here we are, our first full week with our choices chosen. It’s a bright, sunny Monday with the faint echoey racket of something being built in the distance, a day with muted traffic sounds and, mercifully, no hammering.

As I wrote that, the echoey construction sounds turned to hammering. Touche, universe. Touche.

All I can think about at the moment, though, is the Sally Yates hearing later today. It’s tough to focus on the fictional world when the real one reads with far more plot twists.

Artists have, throughout history, created art in the most bleak of circumstances. Creativity is also a form of escape, and when it works, when it’s flowing, you can disappear inside of it as the real world melts away.

Yes, even the sound of heavy metal tools on heavy metal beams.

OK, maybe not that.

If I stop paying attention to it, maybe I won’t notice it anymore. What was I saying?

Right. Creativity.

It’s not always a smooth road to a finished project. Actually, I’d say it’s rarely a smooth road to a finished project. So as we find the potholes where we threw our hubcaps of momentum the first time (trust me, I know, I know) consider maybe the time just wasn’t right then. Maybe there’s something about now.

Have a dusty, unfinished manuscript you need to work on? Join us in May for #MAYkingItWork! Commit to a project and commiserate with us!

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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

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Z is for Zero (Hour. Ish)

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Here it is! The illustrious, oft-talked-about-but-rarely seen Z! Thirty days of blogging, and we finally made it to the tip of the tail-end of the alphabet.

How about that?

April is but a blur, and May is staring us in the face. Well, as much as a month can and will stare, given that most months are very polite. February, I’m looking at you.

It’s more of a challenge than you expect, isn’t it? It certainly was for me, even without Camp NaNoWrimo this year. Still, we zipped through it, and here we are, and we should all be very proud, however we fared this month. Because we tried it, and stuck with it (maybe) and did the best we could when we didn’t.

So yay for that.

I’ve definitely met some fantastic other bloggers because of the challenge, and how can that be anything but a win?

Thanks to everyone who came by and tolerated some pretty terrible jokes and more than a handful of puns. I can’t wait to see what you have in store next month.

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Y is for Yes (Nearly)

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Well, we’re nearly through the alphabet! I have to say this wasn’t my most successful A-to-Z Challenge, out of the two that I’ve done. Huge sample size.

I definitely lost it on the visiting part of the challenge, which, when you think about it, is the fun part. I’ve kept up the posting, though. Six days a week is a lot, even with the short posts.

But regardless of how smoothly or unsmoothly, as the case may be, it’s gone, still April has flown by, a sea of letters stacked neatly one after the other. It’s tough to believe May is right around the corner. Or is it even a corner? I mean, it’s the day after tomorrow.

Whoa.

Time is funny.

Anyway, here’s to yes: yes for trying something challenging, yes to sticking with it, and yes to it nearly being over.

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X is for X-tra (Creative)

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Yes, it’s a cheat. I admit it. I didn’t go for one of the legitimate X-words, like xylophone (why is it always, always xylophone?) or xenon. Because really, what kind of post can you write about a xenon xylophone? Also, I think there should be something called a xenon xylophone.

On the non-cheating side of things, I think I have finally kicked this stupid cold, sending those mean, irritating germs on their merry way. Or not on their merry way. Whatever it is that happens to germs when they’re forced out, I seem to have done it. Yay! So though I’m a little on the tired side (and let’s be honest, who isn’t) I am no longer in possession of a nose that, in direct conflict with at least three laws of physics, is completely blocked and yet running at the same time.

Hopefully that means I’ll be around to say hi and visit all of your wonderful blogs I have neglected, A-to-Zers and non-A-to-Zers alike. My germs were not much for blogging, I’d have to say.

So back to the challenge, and my x-tremely lax choice for the letter X. I don’t know about you, but for me, X has to be the hardest letter to find a legitimate word for. I can’t wait to see what everyone else has chosen, and how you all have solved for X.

Yes, I went through all of that to make a pretty weak math joke. Don’t judge me. It was worth it and I’d do it again.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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W is for Winding (Down)

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So here we are all the way at W, and I have to confess I’m still not feeling very well. In fact I’m contemplating a nap despite the drills and the other grinding sounds. How I’ll accomplish it, I’m not quite sure, but it feels as though in a few minutes it won’t even be an issue.

Stupid cold.

Thanks so much for all of the lovely well-wishes. I’m hoping that this is the last day for these persistent germs, they really don’t know when they are no longer welcome. Well, they were never really welcome, so they also don’t know an invitation when they see one.

And now another pretty picture.

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Now please excuse me while I go take on some germs.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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