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Hello February

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I can’t believe it’s February, already!

Where did the time go? The last several months have just flown by. I wanted to blog, so many times, but life seemed to get in the way. It all started when I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) it was a last minute decision, so I only had about a week or so to prep. I really wanted to blog about it, but I just didn’t have the time. I was so focused on getting prepped and then getting my word count in everyday.

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I have to say, that it was exhausting! But I’m glad I did it, not sure if I want to do it again though? My birthday is in November and I never get to just relax and enjoy it. If I’m not doing NaNoWriMo, then I’m packing orders for my Etsy Shop for Christmas, and making pottery. There’s always so much to do in November. In 2014, I actually did both…packed orders and participated in NaNoWriMo…what a nut! But I did it…I won!

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 Thankfully, my Etsy Shop was on vacation this time. All I had to do was write, but it was a lot of work. I won again…Yay! After it was over, I needed a well deserved rest from writing. I took about a week off, then I had to start my Christmas shopping, I hadn’t even bought one thing. I was too busy writing. And of course we had to put up the tree.

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Isn’t it pretty?

I blinked and before I knew it, December was over.

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Happy New Year 2017

On January 2, 2017, right when I was about to edit the chapters I wrote during NaNoWriMo, my computer decided not to work anymore. Oh, Yay…Happy New Year! We called some computer repair people, but I wasn’t about to spend $200.00 just for them to come to my house. Are you kidding! So, we tried to fix it ourselves, did tech support online, it didn’t work. Then my husband called HP and after talking to four different people they said, “Sorry, we can’t help you. We don’t make that one anymore.” After making a few more calls, someone told me it might be the graphics card. So, we bought one. I was really hoping it was going to work, but it didn’t. At this point, I was starting to get a little worried, because I hadn’t saved some stuff to my backup drive. I did save all my writing, thankfully! But I hadn’t saved any photos for like 16 months, and I wasn’t sure what else I hadn’t saved. Since it wasn’t going well, I started shopping for a tower online, then I went to Best Buy and found one I liked. While I was at Best Buy they told me, “If you buy a computer, we can retrieve the data from your old computer for $85.00.” Oh, Yay! I was more excited about that, then buying a new computer…how weird is that. 

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While I was purchasing my new tower, I found out I had to buy a new printer, even though my printer was perfectly fine. It wasn’t compatible with the new tower. This is what I purchased, it’s also a scanner, and a copier…and it’s wireless. I really like that! My computer is too, but if I use it wireless…they said it would be slower. I definitely don’t want that! So, my new tower stayed at the store while they set it up and when it was ready, We had to bring in my old computer so they could transfer the data. I have to say, it felt like I was leaving my child behind. It really did! That tower has never left my site, not even when we moved. It came with me in the truck along with my backup drive.

When my husband picked up both computers, Best Buy told him, “It was the mother board. It wasn’t worth fixing.” I was still hoping to fix it, even though I had already bought a new one. I wanted to give it to my husband, so he could have a desk top. He has two laptops, one is his work laptop (only used for work) the other is eight years old already. Since I had to get a new printer, I was giving him my old printer which is not very old. My old printer is only 5 years old, so is my old computer. I would think that it would have lasted longer than that. My other PC lasted for more than 11 years.

Thankfully, my monitor was still compatible with the new tower.

Although, a 23″ monitor would have been really nice.

Once we had everything all hooked up, I had to figure out how to use it. They don’t come with instructions anymore. It annoys me to have to look for the instructions online, I’d rather have the manual right in front of me. Best Buy did show me a few things, but I forgot most of it by the time I got to the car. Good thing I took notes. I have to say I’m not a fan of windows 10, windows 8 was much better, in my opinion. It took me 5 minutes to figure out how to shut off my PC…well, maybe not 5 minutes, but it seemed like it did. They made it so complicated. I’m getting use to it now…sort of. At least I’m not complaining about it, like I was the first week I had it.

I’m so behind now…in everything! Going without a PC for 8 days was not fun, and it certainly wasn’t fun figuring out how this new computer worked and windows 10. I can’t even tell you how many emails I have now, and I was doing so well, on one of my email accounts. I get so many of them and that’s just one account. I haven’t even gone to my other email account yet.

When I delete them, they just come back and bring lots of friends!

I couldn’t work on the book I had worked on during NaNoWriMo, which I called Abigail (don’t think that will be the title though) while I was without a PC, because I forgot to print the last 4 chapters I wrote. Good thing I saved them to my backup drive. I didn’t edit any of the chapters from Raven Hill, because frankly, I didn’t feel like it. But I did get to start on some stuff I’ve been wanting to do while I was without a PC. I started a plotting journal for Raven Hill. I really need to nail down the ending. The plotting journal is so much fun, I think I found a way to make me like plotting. Which is amazing! I’ve been trying to force myself to plot for more years then I’d like to count.

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 This is my plotting journal.

I love this mix media sketch book, it’s perfect.

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Here’s a little sneak peek.

Future blog post about my plotting journal is coming soon.

Before I knew it, January flew by.

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Please be good to me…February!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Inspiration Board #6 – part seven

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For a split second, I thought I saw something in the window on the second floor. Suddenly a gust of wind blew my hair in my face, and I couldn’t see. I pulled my hair away from my eyes, and that’s when I saw it. I froze. I couldn’t move. I was afraid, but yet I was fascinated. I took a couple of steps closer, so I could get a better look. It looked like a girl standing in the window, but not a real one. It was a misty white cloud in the shape of a girl. I stared at the window, then suddenly the misty white girl looked real, and she was staring right at me. I gasped. I couldn’t look away, I don’t know why. I just kept staring at her, and she kept staring at me. Then she put her index finger to her mouth, like she didn’t want me to tell anyone. I shivered. The hair on the back of my neck was standing up, and I could feel goose bumps all over my body.

“This can’t be real. It can’t be!”

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Inspiration Board #6 – part six

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Inside…Raven Hill

Check out the sneak peek here…

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Zach Collins

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I glanced at Joey, his jaw was twitching and his nostrils flared. Then I looked back at the three boys, who were crossing the street.

“Great,” complained Matt. “What do we do now?” Matt looked a little worried, but Joey didn’t look worried at all, he just looked mad.

“Well…Well…Well…boys, look who we have here,” smirked the boy in the middle. “I thought I smelled something foul!”

“Shut up Zach!” Joey’s jaw twitched again.

“What’s wrong?” Zach walked a little closer. “Having second thoughts?” a nasty grin started spreading across his face. He’d be kind of cute, if he didn’t look so mean.

“I knew they would back out, I knew they wouldn’t do it,” said the boy with red hair.

“What’s the matter Joey, you chicken?” the tall boy flapped his arms like a chicken, while the other two laughed. I decided right then and there, that I didn’t like them…at all!

“Shut up you moron!” yelled Matt. I glanced at Matt and saw his face turning red, and then I looked at Zach, who looked even meaner than before.

“What did you say?” asked Zach angrily.

“You heard him,” Joey balled up his hands.

“I’d be careful if I were you,” threatened Zach. I looked around…from one boy to the next, it looked like there was going to be a fight, a real fight.

“Why don’t you leave them alone?” I snapped. Oh crap! Did I just say that…out loud! I bit my bottom lip. Why do I always open my big fat mouth, at the wrong time? It always gets me in trouble.

“Who’s going to make me?” Zach sneered. “You!” then the three of them laughed, so I gave them a dirty look. “You guys are mean!” I narrowed my eyes.

“If I were you…I’d keep my mouth shut and mind my own business,” Zach gave me an icy stare.

“Who’s gonna make me?” I wrinkled my eyebrows and clenched my teeth.

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Victor Collins

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I heard someone call my name. I looked over my shoulder to see who it was. It was Matt. Then suddenly, I banged right into someone. It felt like I walked into a brick wall. Books, papers, file folders and a brief case went flying through the air.

“Oh, I’m so sorry,” I bent down to help the man pick up his things.

“It was my fault,” he bent down too and…

“Ouch!” I touched my forehead. I saw stars for a few seconds. Then I started laughing.

“Are you okay?” he looked concerned. “I’m so sorry. I wasn’t looking where I was going,” Then he laughed too and rubbed his head. “Today is just not my day,”

“I wasn’t watching where I was going either,” I looked into his brown eyes and smiled. “Are you a teacher here?” I picked up his books and handed them to him, and then stood up.

“Actually, I teach next door…at the high school,” he took the books from me and picked up his brief case. “Thank you,” he smiled. The man who was with him was still picking up the file folders, and Matt, April and Violet chased after the papers that were flying around in the hallway. Every time someone opened the front door, the papers would fly all over the place.

“Are you sure you’re okay?” he asked me again. “I’m Victor Collins,” he stuck out his hand and smiled.

I stretched out my hand and shook his, “Nice to meet you Mr. Collins.”

He raised one eyebrow, “From the look on your face, I’m guessing that you’ve meet my nephew Zach,” his smile spread across his face, making the dimple in his chin more pronounced. “He’s a little difficult at times, but deep down he’s a good boy.”

I frowned, “Actually, he’s not very nice at all,” I quickly covered my mouth. Did I really say that…out loud? Oh, no!

Victor Collins laughed. “You never told me your name,” he said still smiling. “I don’t think that’s fair, do you?”

“I’m so sorry! I shouldn’t have said that. It wasn’t very nice, it just slipped out,” I looked at him and then looked at my shoes.

“That’s okay. I don’t even remember what you said. So, are you going to tell me your name?”

“I’m Lacy Quinn,” I looked up at him. He was wearing a plaid jacket, a light blue button down shirt and jeans. His smile quickly faded for some reason, and he looked a little surprised. There was a few seconds of awkwardness, but then his smile returned.

“Nice to meet you Lacy Quinn,”

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This was written during NaNoWriMo. Technically…it has not been edited yet. I just gave it a once over. I think it’s okay!

 

Tabitha

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“Gwen, you have company,” my grandmother smiled. “Tabitha’s here, and she only has a few minutes,” then she left.

Gwen pointed at me. “You are so lucky,” she got up and headed for the doorway, and then she turned around. “This conversation is not over.”

I rolled my eyes and took a deep breath. What do I do now? I grabbed a hand full of chocolate kisses and followed Gwen into the book store.

 

“So, we meet again,” Tabitha said.

“Yeah,” I smiled.

Gwen glanced over her shoulder and then looked at Tabitha. “You too know each other,” she frowned.

“We meet this morning,” Tabitha smiled. “Robin forgot her lunch money, so we had to chase them down on the way to school.”

I walked up to the counter and stood next to Gwen. “Would you like a Hersey Kiss?” I opened my hand and offered her some.

“Oh…yeah,” Tabitha grabbed a couple. “Thanks,” she smiled and then un-wrapped one and put it in her mouth. “Mmmm…I love these.”

“Me too,” I smiled. “Gwen, you want one?”

“Sure,” she took a Hersey Kiss and started to unwrap it.

The bell rang over the door, and we looked to see who it was. Two girls walked into the book store, one girl had blonde hair and blue eyes and the other one had reddish-brown hair and brown eyes.

“Great! Just what I need,” Tabitha rolled her eyes and made a face.

 

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Sarah and Seth

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Sarah Adams

She enters the story here…at the book store

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This is her twin brother…Seth

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And their little brother Tommy