I’m still here!

I’ve been remiss in the neglect of my blog.  I wish I could say it’s because I’ve been focusing on some really new and exciting things, but the truth of the matter is, that it hasn’t been.

So far I’m missed lots of really important goals in the last few weeks.  I lost a DietBet, I failed my CampNano goal, and I’ve missed personal deadlines. Mostly podcast and writing goals.

Why you ask?

Because LIFE!

Apparently, I’ve hit a bit of a weight-loss plateau sooner than I thought I would, so that’s been a struggle.  It makes eating right and hitting the gym that much harder when you don’t see the progress you have grown accustomed to.

The kids were out of school for a week because of #RedforEd, a cause I fully support, but having an unexpected seven days sucked out of my schedule definitely put things on the back burner. Also, they are still planning to begin summer break as scheduled, so those days are lost.

Then there was a power outage for a day, a scheduled power outage, and the installation of solar panels!  HURRAY FOR SOLAR!  But I failed to realize that installing solar panels would involve loud hammering and other noises.  Totally understandable and predictable, but not optimal for recording/editing podcasts. So that got pushed off.

And then, There’s Hero’s Mistake.  Life has also grabbed hold of the people I rely on, and that’s been delayed.  Again, it’s understandable, but yet another goal has been pushed off.

I know I’m going to have to re-adjust my expectations for the summer, not much writing will happen the way I need it to, but maybe the kids can create a podcast/YouTube channel, and everyone can have fun while hitting other goals.

I’m trying to remain optimistic. My twitter is always gaining followers, occasionally writers I respect and admire retweet something I comment on or follow me.  (You can find me on twitter as @dl_spartan and follow me too!)

My therapist changed up my meds, and that has also been an adjustment.  Managing my depression better, while keeping my anxiety at bay has been a challenge. Especially when sometimes the meds don’t make me feel OK. They say it’s temporary as I adjust to the new medications, but that doesn’t mean I feel any better about it.

I’m trying to keep a positive outlook, and in the next couple of weeks I hope to hammer out some stuff so check off a few things from my  ToDo list, but once you’re in a hole, it’s so hard to crawl your way out.  I guess the good news is that I didn’t’ plan on getting much done with over the summer; with the kids’ activities, vacations, and whatever else tries to claim my attention I figured keeping my expectations low was a good plan. So hopefully I can get a bit ahead and close the gap by the time school starts back up again.

I do plan on posting some fun, new material soon (not just me bitching about how life in general). I have my Kitty Shifter Short in the works as well as another couple shorts, I’m turning “The Green Gecko Bar and Grill” into a podcast (which should be out early June), and I hope to have Stan’s Ghost to the point where I can tease a bit of it.  I also have an idea for a podcast and I’m recruiting a team for that right now, and that seems like it will be fun and interesting.

I’m also hoping to start a book review here, mostly naughty books, but if a fellow Indie Author needs some exposure, I’ll happily share that as well.

So please bear with me, better stuff is coming soon.   (and this post is a positive sign since posting any sort of update was a plan, so WINNING!)




My apologies for continuing to suck at this

I needed a break, and then my house was exposed to yet another childhood plague which didn’t limit itself to the children.  But I’m more recovered, and I felt I owed at least myself an explanation.

I do have some big, exciting plans on the horizon.  A writing group I’m in is doing a marathon, so I’ll do that (a week-long drive to get at least 1000 words written a day), AND CampNano begins on April 1.  That’s when I plan to hammer out Stan’s Ghost and get my teeth into A Viscount’s Blunder (working title, it might not stick.)

I haven’t been a total slug.  I recorded a part for the next Coterie Project Podcast called Dangerous by Odessa Silver.  It should be up and available in early April.

So there is lots of exciting stuff in the works still.  I’m having so much fun with the podcasts, that I’m thinking of creating one of my own, where I talk about bugs, spiders and other sciency things that happen in my world.  Because I not only have a writer creative side, but also a pretty determined science side. It might be because I’m a rare INTJ woman or because it’s possible to have several talents and interests.  Whatever.

I’m working on my next short story to share here.  I haven’t decided if it will be The Dark Lord’s Surfer Bride or The Vampire’s Dentist. I’ll take comments into consideration.  🙂

I’ll be back at it all this week, when I’m not entertaining my children (because spring break is a thing now for elementary school kids apparently.) Any suggestions for their entertainment will also be considered.  They want to start a podcast and a youtube channel, I’m thinking learning to knit or baking some pies.  Again, whatever.

Stone Soup, Retold – A podcast

So, If you’ve explored this blog at all, you may have noticed that I have a pretty solid relationship with the SteelStash, and there is a very good reason for that.  He and I have been working on a project together, along with several others at  The Coterie Project. We are a small group of writers who have come together to produce a monthly podcast, and yours truly got to make the first one!

My story is a family-friendly retelling of the familiar Stone Soup folktale with a twist.  You can listen to it The Coterie Project or soon where every you get podcasts.

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Check out @vagariesofmine on Twitter and Instagram, and _bookishbeth_ on Instagram, and be sure to check out SteelStashWriting.com, he’s got a lot of good stuff going.  These are the people who made this episode possible.