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Victory is Mine!

Unfortunately I’m not referring to my book. I forced myself to sit down and write last night, but due to a series of distractions out of my hands I didn’t get much accomplished. And by the time the distractions could be stopped my eyes were too heavy to stay awake.

The victory I’m referring to is that I finally got my iPod to sync! Who knows when and if I’ll be able to get it synced again, but right now I’m happy about the fact that all of these news songs I’ve acquired over the past few weeks are finally on my musical companion.

I predict I will be victorious writing this upcoming weekend though. I have a three day weekend (because of Memorial Day), and fully intend on finishing up what I’ve been avoiding like the black plague – rewriting those first five chapters into three. I will do it! Or so I hope. I feel like if I can just get past them I will be on a roll again and so I really aim to get them out of the way. I hope by the end of the day Monday I’ll be posting about their completion and word count and feeling all sorts of – yay, me – I hope. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

And I’m seriously giving thought to walking to the carnival this weekend. It’s not a huge one or anything, but it’s not even a mile away. There’s no excuse not to at least visit it, even if it’s just for cotton candy. And the weather is supposed to be nice. When I say nice, I mean tolerable – normal spring weather. Not the sticky hot nonsense we’ve been having lately. More like 70, sunny and breezy which is much better in my opinion. Who knows, maybe my pasty skin will actually get some color. Probably not since the sun seems to reject me, but it would be nice to not look so translucent since my arms and legs will be more visible now in summer like attire.

I also plan to finally finish “The Forest of Hands and Teeth.” It’s never taken me so long to finish such a short book and it’s not that the book isn’t good because it definitely is. It’s just that I’ve been having a hard time staying focused on anything these days. It’s like I have ADD or something and it’s annoying the crap out of me. I already have “As you Wish” by Jackson Pearce to read too and you know I can’t seem to go a week without ordering a new book. I don’t want to get too backed up. Also, I desperately need a bookshelf. I have groups of books scattered all over my house now, with no true place to call their home. I’m thinking about having Heath make me one for the living room. One large enough to house all of the books we already own with room to grow since my addiction doesn’t seem to be fading any time soon.

Today I started writing a short story about the squirrels outside our house because they are hilarious to me and I love speaking for animals. I hope to wrap it up tonight and capture some pictures of them in the act so you won’t think I’m completely making their actions up. I don’t typically write comedy, but this one sort of is. I hope it comes across that way at least. My brand of funny isn’t always obvious in text, so… we’ll see I suppose.

Peace – Sarah

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Focus, where did you go?

I want to write, but I wiggle in my seat unable to keep a coherent thought.

I want to finish “The Forest of Hands and Teeth,” but it sits and stares at me like it’s too far away to reach at the moment.

I want to utilize the song pumping in my ear for something awesome, but I can’t figure out what.

The dishes in the sink are calling my name, my love is sick and needs my comfort, and I can’t stay focused on a damn thing even though I really want to.

Ugh!

Peace – Sarah

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Weekly Randomness & It’s Good (If you like music, that is)

So because I haven’t accomplished much this week, writing wise, to speak about and don’t have a fluid way of doing this post I’m going to break it up in BOLD. 🙂

NOTE: We are having a wicked thunderstorm right now and I love it!

WRITING – I have decided I will rewrite the beginning of the book, cutting down the first 5 chapters into 3. I need to reduce the word count anyway and there is an excessive amount of unnecessary details in these chapters. I’ve avoided it the last two days. I will resume Monday though – for sure.

MUSIC – Musically this week, I sampled lots of music online and via the library and finally purchased some the other night. You wouldn’t think I’d need more music considering I just recently got such an abundance of it that it nearly took over my life, but somehow I’m still hungry for more. And what I’ve found was ever so satisfying that I feel compelled to share the handful I’m playing on repeat tonight with you.

Arctic Monkeys – I didn’t realize that when they released singles they also included several other new songs because I own the albums and haven’t needed to buy a single. When this dawned on me yesterday I went a little nuts with purchases, but it was worth it. The two I’m listening to the most:

I Haven’t Got my Strange

Fright Lined Dining Room

I couldn’t find this on youtube anywhere so you can only preview it HERE, but this is my favorite download of the bunch, so check it out!

Sleepy Sun – I first saw this band opening for Arctic Monkeys so it’s fitting that their latest album “Fever” would come out when I have an epiphany about Arctic Monkeys B-side tracks. One of the songs on their album is available right now on Amazon for FREE download so I urge you to just go and download it to listen to it, it costs you nothing and you may end up with a free song you enjoy. Shoot, the entire album is 3.99 today, it’s worth the purchase.

FREE Song: Open Eyes – Click HERE to download.

Marina – I couldn’t find the album version of this, and this was the best live version of it I could find. I saw this live though, as an opening to the set, and it was fantastic!

Miley Cyrus – I Can’t Be Tamed

So I really like Miley. I know I’m too old for it, but I love Hannah Montana and all that moral goodness it represents. I’m a Disney fan til the end. Period. But here’s my problem with Disney kids. I grew up with Britney, Christina, and Justin on Mickey Mouse club and look where their careers took them. It saddens me to see how Hollywood changes people or how it forces them into a point of view that’s not true. Britney especially out of the bunch. I still love her music, I can’t help it, but I hate to see what became of her life, of her potential. So… when I see Miley come out with this kick ass song and the video attached, I worry. I know she’s an “adult” now, but I don’t want her to damage her good girl image. She can still be hard core and be decent too, right? Maybe it’s the older version of me speaking, but I just hope her fate doesn’t lie in the same as Britney’s. I read Lynn Spear’s book about the whole Britney Meltdown and it was heartbreaking. I don’t want to see Miley travel the same road.

Despite all of these feelings though, I can’t help but like this song.

READING – I didn’t have much of an attention span for “The Law of Nines” this week and haven’t opened it since this past weekend. “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” finally arrived so I think I’m going to revisit “The Law of Nines” at a later date. I hadn’t gotten that far into it anyway, and “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” is a lot shorter in comparison so it won’t take over my life for too long. I’m wondering what I should buy next. There are currently 65 books or box sets in Amazon wish list and they’re all so different. Which to choose, which to choose?

Peace – Sarah

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It’s funny how…

… A day can change so drastically from start to finish and for no real good reason at all.

I was crabby this morning, dragging myself to work against my wishes after waking up an hour before I needed to because my bodies stupid like that. Then at work, joyous work, the banter around me was twisting my nerve with every word coming out of their mouths. And I’m getting quite tired of the expected norm. I may just start voicing my angst.

Other thoughts and situations provoked my irritation throughout the day and I didn’t really have a better outlook going home than I had coming in today. But when I got home, somehow it all escaped me as if I had forgotten why I was so disgruntled throughout the day – as if the day hadn’t actually drained me. It’s like something in my brain said, “Okay stop, this is stupid,” and my aggression just faded.

I like when my “self” corrects itself and doesn’t drag out for days. 🙂

I bought two new books this weekend – If I stay by Gayle Forman and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. I’m not sure why I bought two at the same time because now I don’t know which one to read first. And I still have The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind to read, but its mass is intimidating me right now. Experience reading his work tells me to hold off a bit unless I want to completely abandon my own book for two weeks to finish his (which I’m not prepared to do at the moment).

Off to watch LOST. I can’t express how sad I am to see it coming to an end, but all great things must end so…

Peace – Sarah

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