My Top 5 Viewed Posts in 2015

According to WordPress, here are the top 5 viewed posts on my blog for 2015:

Feeling Like a Failure (Monday Finish the Story) {It is with sadness that I mention Barb’s (host of MFTS) passing – RIP Barb & thanks for inspiring us}.

Old Typewriter (another Monday Finish the Story)
Inside a Painting (and another MFTS)
A Tap on the Shoulder (2 Minute Write)
Watching Him Fly Away (and again, a MFTS).


2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

#NaBloPoMo #WeekendCoffeeShare: 2015, Nov 1-7

With National Blog Post Month happening, I am making an attempt to post each day during the month of November.  I have been writing for a writing challenge each day and hope to continue this each day.  In lieu of a writing challenge, I’ll try to write a short story of some sort.

I have been successful thus far and have written/posted the following:

I wish you all a wonderful week ahead, and may the must be with you all.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: 2015, Nov 1 – NaNoWriMo & Camp thoughts

National Novel Writing Month (known as NaNoWriMo – or even NaNo, I guess) officially starts today.  I know many writers have already started writing about it giving tips & advice.  The only advice I can bring to the table is to try not to get overwhelmed…  Take each day one at a time and don’t hit yourself over the head if you don’t quite make the numbers.  I’m not saying don’t strive and do best to reach the goal of, what is it 50,000 words (minimum) for the month but remember this isn’t life or death.  Do your best, that’s all you can really do, right?!?….   Speaking of 50,000, let’s break that down for you shall we….  50,000 divided by 30 days, that’s….. around 1,666 words each day (you’ll end up needing to write about 20 extra words on that last day or so somewhere in the month).  That’s actually not that bad if you have something to write, which  I do not but then that’s why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo myself.

Heck even Camp NaNaWriMo, which is a lot less strict and allows for a let lower goal in regards to word count (something like 10,000 words), was difficult for me to manage this last time around.  I only managed to get in 4,880 words (out of the 12,000 word goal I had set for myself).  The year before went quite a bit better with 15,000 words.  I think the problem, for me, this year was that  I was trying to write an actual story where as the year before I was just doing individual micro stories each day…  In fact, my writing project for the last Camp NaNoWriMo (back in July) is still sitting on my computer pretty well untouched.  To be honest I haven’t gone back to it since “Camp” ended.   I posted some excerpts from the story in both Camp NaNoWriMo as well as in Romance.

I’m kinda hoping I can get back into some writing – at least doing some writing challenges.  Right now it seems like I’m juggling a lot of stuff…  Family needs, Starting my own business as an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay (check out my personal website and my Facebook page), plus keeping up with my Public Safety Tidbits stuff…  And I don’t see this  changing or letting up anytime soon.

Well, that’s that for now…  Hopefully I’ll get some more writing here.  Have a wonderful day and May the Muse be with You.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: 2015, July 05-11

Don’t have a lot of time for this weeks Weekend Coffee Share  and I do apologize for jumping in and out like this.

What can I say about this week?  Smh – Not much really.  Feels like Camp NaNo has turned into a complete flop for me this year…. Oh it isn’t the camp – nothing wrong there that I’ve seen, but then I haven’t really been involved in using the resources to their full potential (hell I’ve done good just to manage to do any writing on my story) and sure isn’t my cabin-mates  (they  have been awesome)…  I should take a sec and introduce you to a couple of their blogs:

A Novel Journey

Writing Wings for You

I have managed to get in a total of 3,249 words on my story so far.  In many ways, I guess it’s coming along better than I had hoped – considering it’s my first time trying  for an actual story rather than just micro-type stories (or whatever you call them)….

Well back to work – Got plenty of things to work on: Planning a Mary Kay facebook party; Work on adding more product to some online shops; Get some writing done….  But first, I need seriously need to consider dinner.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: 2015, June 28 – July 04

Good morning everyone.  Hope you’re having a great weekend and a wonderful Fourth of July.  I have to apologize for my last Coffee Share.  I was feeling a bit glum in terms of writing.  I’ll try not to go down that road again.  As you may know I joined, for the 2nd time, Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s similar to the regular NaNoWriMo in November except that it’s a lot less formal (I guess you’d say) and the minimal word counts allowed are considerably less – I want to say as little as 10,000 words for the month (Camp runs from July 01 – July 31).

I’d like to say I’m off to a great start but it hasn’t been going as well as I’d like…  As of last night, I should have been at about 2,580 words and I’ve only logged 1645 – Got some serious catch up to do. Which means I’m really gonna have to cut this Weekend Coffee Share short.  I’ll post later more on Camp NaNo as well as another quick excerpt from my story.  But before I go, a quick ShoutOut and Thanks to Diane from Part-Time Monster for doing this.

I do hope you

#WeekendCoffeeShare: 2015, June 21-27


Hey there all.  Only got a few minutes for a quick coffee share.  Getting ready to head out to the store again… Yes, I was there early this morning but turns out I need a couple other things to make cupcakes and while I’m there, I might as well grab popcorn for “movie night” –  I have a hankering for The Railway Children, plus (I think) hubby found a couple other movies for us to watch.

The biggest excitement, which I know I already mentioned, was that I signed up (and have been invited into a cabin) for campnanowrimo.  It starts in just a few days.  Last year I want “pantser” – in other words writing by the seat of my pants…  Guess you could say I’m doing about the same this year but with just the tiniest bit of more structure in that instead of just writing random short stories, I’m actually going to attempt the semblance of a book…  We shall see.

I keep hoping to have time to do more writing for challenges but with everything going on, I’m just not getting as much of that done as I’d like…  Sadly, writing & blogging doesn’t get work done around the house or in you work or…. well you get the idea.  The whole “Camp NaNo” thing is really going to keep me busy in July as I I have a goal of 20,000 words by the end.  Yeah, I know, peace-o-cake for you writing expert types, especially those of you who can better afford the time to sit and write (I’m not jealous, really I’m not… I know that just as much as there are those who have (loosely put) plenty of time to write, there are those who struggle to find a few minutes here and there…  Besides, in some ways, I only have myself to blame in that some of the stuff on my plate is of my own doing but I just can’t give them up (not when it has to do with my Public Safety Tidbits stuff…  And how do I tell my family that I’m too busy for them  or that I’m not willing to look for work (when I’m the only one who can)….   SHUT UP Taini,  way too much bitching and complaining there….  it is what it is….

Enough of my crap…  How’s your week been?   Got a bit carried away with all my ranting.  Cupcakes and popcorn and movie and I’m sure I’ll feel much better 🙂


#WeekendCoffeeShare: June 14 – 20

Hi again.  Having a good week writing?  How’s your writing project coming along?   Don’t forget to get up and move about —  A walk, A bike ride (even a good stretch can make a difference).  Besides, getting out can help get those creative juices going if your stuck in a writing wrut (rut)….  Don’t know about you but I can’t help but think that some more coffee for our Weekend Coffee Share is sounding good right now…  But then again some of you may prefer tea —  That also sounds mighty good.  (Insane considering the triple digit temps we’ve been having around here).

Well, I’ve gone and done it..  I’ve gone and signed up, once again, for Camp NaNoWriMo….  Talk about nervous (*gulp*)  I’m no where near ready for this to kick-off on July 1st.  I’ll be posting a little bit more about signing up for Camp NaNo in another blogpost a bit later.  Guess you could say that’s the big excitement for me…  Did I mention nervous?!?

This last wednesday we (the WWBH Hop Ladies) made the difficult decision to put on a permanent hold the weekly  Writer Wednesday Blog Hop.  It was with sadness and a heavy heart that we decided to do this but  one by one we find ourselves at a place in our lives where we just didn’t have the time to devote to keeping the hop running.  It’s not that it takes a lot of time, if there’s 4 of us doing it (even could 2 could manage and have in the past) but we’re all being pulled in other directions and dealing with overly full-plates .and families that need us.

Well that’s whats been going on around here.  How about you?  What’s been on your plate this week?



#WeekendCoffeeShare: June 07 – June 13

Did you all have a good week last week?  How about the weekend?  Have fun?  Are you revived and revitalized and ready to write?   Once I get my Coffee Shares hosted by PartTimeMonster out of the way, I think I’m gonna try my hand at a couple of writing challenges.  Lately, I’ve been neglecting them.  Partly, it’s been due to the lack of necessary time (well mostly that).  But the lack of muse has not been helpful either.

It seems writing often ends up taking a backseat in my life.  It’s one of those things that my family just doesn’t understand and sees as somewhat of a a waste of time.(sometimes I think they see it as a complete waste of time).

I guess I’m on a bit of a rant this weekend (and I’ll totally understand if you want to turn-tale(tail) and abandon our little coffee share….

There just never seems to be enough hours in the day just to do all the household and home office chores that I am either obligated (or feel obligated) to do, make sure my husband (who is disabled with a SCI) and son (who has mild aspergers) have what they need, plus spend time searching for a job and/or work on ways to bring in an income & career growth….  it often seems that I am playing a balancing act between everything.  The obvious answer would be to remove things from my plate…  But what??  I can’t give up the things my family needs (they wouldn’t go for that idea).  I can’t give up career growth or money making – The SSD my husband receives and other assistance isn’t enough to make it through the month (and assistance from one’s parents is not all it’s cracked up to be).  I should be thankful for the help we’re getting but sometimes I wish we could just leave here and not deal with the crap.    Solution?  Walk away, leave – Problem? – I have a feeling my parents would throw a fit if we were to try and move on without a suitable home for our son (As for me and my husband – well we really don’t matter at all)…..  Ah well, Rant Over.  Besides, it really doesn’t change or fix anything….  I’m gonna finish out the rest of my coffee shares and then try to have a go at some writing challenges.  Who knows, maybe I’ll come up with something good – At the very least, I’ll feel better 🙂

Check out my other Coffee Shares on:

Jottings and Writings

Public Safety Tidbits

Life Happens

#WeekendCoffeeShare: May 31 – June 6

I’m afraid this week has been pretty boring in the writing/blogging department.  With everything else going on, there’s barely been time for any blogging…  Much less writing.  I did manage to get my WeekendCoffeeShare’s out on my various blogs:

And I also was able to do a DailyPost Prompt post this morning

As for writing any stories for challenges, or otherwise – Afraid not.  I’m hoping, but not promising anything.  Gotta a few things to take care of today, but we’ll see….  (One can always hope, can’t they ?!?).

In the meantime, what writing projects are you working on?  How’s the project coming along for you?  I heard/read a great piece of advise for those dreaded “Writing Blocks”

  1. Take a sheet of paper (or you can type if prefer) and just start writing what ever random thoughts that come to mind…  You don’t care about it making any sense, just WRITE!!
  2. Take a break a way from the writing project for a short while – go do something else for a little bit and give your mind a break – it could be your mind is getting overloaded and you need to step back/away to allow your mind to reset.

Just a couple ideas I came across this week.  Have fun writing and may the Muse be With You.