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S is for #Success #atozchallenge #MFRWAuthor

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2015] - Life is Good

Osiyo~

S15 is for Success~

Success comes in many forms. As a writer I had a goal to get published and I succeeded with my first book, an ebook novella, Home sold to the Wild Rose Press in 2010. My second book sold to Lyrical Press, Inc. and released in 2013, then again in 2014 when LPI sold to Kensington Publishing and they bought my book.

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Station 32 pendant and brooch gifted to Vonnie Davis in honor of her Wild Heat firemen series.

As a jewelry artist I’m still working toward the goal of selling my work on Etsy. I have a store there, but nothing in it yet. I’m hoping this year will change that. But I’m making jewelry, along with other items I call totems, and trinket things. I’m in a year-long project with polymer clay artists Lisa Pavelka and Katie Oskin this year called the Pavelka Project. I’m learning to do things I only wished I knew how just five months ago. Today I decorated the top of a Carmex jar lid–you know those little 1.5 inch diameter jars of lip balm– with a tiny polymer clay spring flower garden! With a butterfly and a dragon fly!! And lady bugs! How cool is that? I’ll be posting it on my clay blog, Fanciful Allure, this week (maybe tomorrow since it’s baking at the time of writing this post, which I totally forgot to post earlier). If you want to take a look, (and believe me, you do! LOL) I’ll be posting a link here later.

I’ve succeeded in raising three wonderful daughters and am feeling very accomplished as a grandmother these days. I’m a wife of almost 32 years, a sister, an aunt and great aunt. I was the second daughter to two wonderful parents, and though I can’t say how great I was at that role, I hope I was a good one before they passed.

I have friends I try to support in their ventures with my blog, critiques and, when possible, Beta reading. I may not always be able to get to everything I offer to do, but unless something happens (like the flu last week, ugh) I usually do what I set out to do.

Though my writing is suffering some now, I can’t let that drag me down. I keep at it, keep trying. I don’t expect more of myself than I am capable of doing, but I do tend to try to do more than I might know I can. LOL Still, I have to believe I am still successful in my life these days.

Now it’s your turn. How do you measure your success?

Dodadagohvi~

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Spring Fever? #MFRWAuthor #atozchallenge #KthruN

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2015] - Life is Good

Osiyo~

Well, it seems the universe, or powers that be, or something is trying to make me drop from the challenge again this year. I was struck with the flu about the time of my last post and have been laid up since. That’s not what I expected when my sister and I discussed Spring Fever. πŸ˜† Today I recapture my freedom. LOL Hey! I refuse to be bullied, so off with you, flu! πŸ˜€

I am finally almost feeling human today. But despite all good intentions, I find myself four days (letters) behind again. Ugh. So, I’m going to cover K thru N here today. Hold on tight. πŸ™‚

K15Β  is for~

Β  Kindness. I love when neighbors step up. When father in-law (fil) had to go to the hospital three weeks ago it was the kind, and new, neighbor next door who took Andee into her home and fed her pudding, with her own children, while waiting for the ambulance and Andee’s aunt to arrive and take her home for the night. It’s the little things that can make a bad or scary situation better, even if just a little. Pudding can ease many things. πŸ™‚ Thanks Kimberly!

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L15is for~

Love. As I mentioned, I’ve been sick. Since taking in my father in-law and our oldest granddaughter, it’s a rare day when I get to just sleep in, sick or not. On the occasional Sunday when Mitch is home, or intermittently throughout the summer is about all I get. While my girls were growing up I don’t think I ever got a real ‘sick day’ because, well, moms and dad’s in a mom roll just don’t get that privilege. I get that and accepted that years ago.

Tuesday and Wednesday of this week were two of a handful of days I can count on one hand with two fingers missing. Monday I was up to take Andee to get her cast on. But the other two days Mitch left me sleeping while he got Andee up and off to school before he left for work. I was so unprepared for that chance to just be sick and just worry about getting better. It’s not, by any means, that he never cared before. But when our girls were growing up he was often at work long before daylight and it was my role to take care of the rest. Now, for the first time in a very long time, he’s in a more relaxed job and position and able to care for me if I need it. We’re both in a position that we can do things we weren’t able to in those earlier years. I’m taking this time to thank my husband and let him know how much I appreciate him. Thank you, Mitchell. I love you!

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M15Β  is for~

Β  Murky Words. I’ve been struggling all month. I have two WIPS I want, need, to complete and get to my editors soon. One is an absolute deadline of June 1. The other, well, let’s just say I’m running out of time and can’t get it back. So what’s the problem? I’m calling it murky words. That is those words you know what they need to be, you know where the story is supposed to go, the A+B=C formula is in place (that is not to say there IS a formula to writing, just that you know the beginning, middle and end of the story). But it’s the in-between that refuses to cooperate. See, I know where I want both stories to go and how to give these two couples their HEA. I just can’t get those murky words to clear and become what I envision. Good thing I’m not a quitter and am determined to see these couples see that happy ending one way or another. πŸ™‚ Do you have those stories that just don’t seem to want to be written? How do you handle them (remember, deadlines on both, so I can’t set them aside any more than I already have)?

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N15is for~

Necklaces and other goodies. I’ve mentioned my artsy side, that I make jewelry, among other totem-like items. I’ve sold some necklaces inspired by the Highlander Beloved series by one of my all time favorite ladies and authors, Vonnie Davis, and some tiny bookshelves with miniature books for AJ Nuest’s Golden Key trilogies. Then there are key rings for Sarah Grimm’s Midnight series. I swoon for Dom! I’ve made a clock out of a CD, created a pretty Carmex lid (both as taught by polymer clay experts Lisa Pavelka and Katie Oskin) and Christmas ornaments for the grandgirls, and had a lot of fun with those. It took me almost a year to decide to start a website and blog for my creations. I should share the fun. So, a couple of months ago I did just that, then posted a couple of blogs to initiate the site. Then I sort of just forgot about it. Silly. Well, I thought I’d share that site here. My crafts are titled Fanciful Allure and I look forward to having you visit me at my other home in cyberland. I’m still getting it all prettied up, but there are a few creations around the site you might enjoy. If you see anything you might like forΒ  yourself or to give as a gift, though it’s more a hobby right now, I might be able to make something for you. Just email me from there and we’ll talk. πŸ™‚ Shares here and there would be so appreciated to help get the word out about my craft blog. Thank you for reading and, in advance, for visiting my ‘Lisa’ site!

Dodadagohvi~

Hiatus, Frisbee, Relaxation and Jewelry #jewelry #frisbeegolf

Osiyo~

So as I said a while back, I’m on hiatus from writing. I needed a break to focus on family and personal lives for a bit. That doesn’t mean I can stop thinking about writing and my characters, who sit surprisingly quiet and patient as I take this needed break. πŸ˜†

As some have seen in a couple of recent posts, I dragged my other favorite pastime back out after nearly ten years. Jewelry. I’ve taken that one to a new level this time around though, adding polymer clay to my creations.

Jewelry IS fun!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAAs with all creative outlet ideas, some things work, some don’t. This yellow and purple piece started out as a necklace pendant, now…well, I’m not sure what it is other than interesting since it took on a life of its own. πŸ˜† What does it look like to you?

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERABut then, this army green pendant turned out perfect and the dusting of pearl glimmer powder really lights it up and shows off the subtle texture I added to the flattened center.Β  It’s really more even and centered than this picture makes it seem. I’ll make something simple with this so as not to detract from the laid back focal.

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I returned to my beads for this next project, and this has to be one of my favorites to date. I don’t know who made the glass rocks, but they are beautiful (unlike this closeup photo!) and so earthy that I fell in love and had to make earrings to match. I call this set Red Dirt Craze.

I have more items but these are a few I made most recently. I’ll be selling “Lisa’s Pieces” once I have a nice base stock pile, but for now I do take special orders and I will try, and have made, jewelry items to match with some (romance) books for authors and promotion as well. I’ll reveal some of these at a later date. It’s such a relaxing craft, much like writing a new book can be, before the editing phase, which all writers know is NOT relaxing as we yank out hanks of our hair! LOL

But, as with writing, we also need to get in some physical activity and I was introduced to a great one yesterday. My son in-law discovered Frisbee Golf this summer. In fact, we had a big tournament held in our little town here back in April that sil played in as his first. Wow! My sil was practicing a couple of weeks ago and ran into the world’s champion disc golfer (his actual title!) and autographed one of sil’s pro discs with that guy’s name on it. He saves that trophy on a shelf in his office now. LOL But I digress. So my daughter has also gotten involved in this air-form of golf and I get to watch my little Kia a lot more while her parents play. Happy gramma days there!

Frisbee: it’s not just for kids anymore

Well, yesterday was one of those days I never want to talk about, much less repeat…EVER! My darling daughter took pity on me and invited me to get out for dinner at her house. She made roast, one of my favorite dishes, so I couldn’t say no if I’d wanted to. I brought leftovers home and had it for lunch today. πŸ™‚ We were just finishing dinner when her husband called her into his office and when she returned she said Kris wanted to know if I would like to go play Frisbee. Why sure. I’d played with Fribsees all the time as a kid. Who hasn’t?

I actually couldn’t understand the big deal with the tournaments and a kids game that attracted thousands of adults. After all, you throw a disc. Period. Right?

Wrong!

We went to a “9-hole” course not far from home (they live just five minutes from me so the course is close to us both) for a short game because our town’s course is 18-holes and very long. Kris said it generally takes 2-3 hours to complete that one, and we didn’t have that much time to play since it was already after six. First thing my daughter handed me one of her discs and Kris began telling me to hold it like this, do this with your fingers here (the bottom), then press down with your thumb like this to bend the disc… Wait. Bend the hard plastic disc? With my little, weakling hands, with my thumb and wimpy fingers? I laughed. Riiiiiight.

Disc_golf_in_basketI was after Stephanie and Kia (remember she’s five years old. lol). So I stood on the approximately four by eight foot cement Tee pad surrounded by pretty green grass and dubiously eyed a steel basket draped with chains and cemented into the ground. It looked like it was at least 100 feet away. How in hell was I supposed to throw my Frisbee that far? Into that little basket?

Surprisingly, it wasn’t as difficult as I knew it would be to grip and bend my loaner disc, aaaaaand throw! OMGosh. It went all of ten feet. Pathetic! My second throw wasn’t any better as my disc smacked a pole on the black top, then rolled half way across the parking lot! In the opposite direction of that little basket. Ugh I don’t remember tossing a Frisbee as such UNrelaxing WORK! Well, I was in it for the exercise, right?

We walked over to my disc, remember the parking lot? The rules are that whomever’s disc lands the farthest from the basket goes first on each throw (unless you throw past the basket I think). Oh- and I wasn’t expected to make a basket in one throw! Like golf, that would be a hole in one (throw or swing). Cool, yes, but rare. I think it took me at least four throws to make my first hole. LOL And so our game went; me going first at every round and last in every basket .

Little_Axe_disc_coursemarkedThis image to the left is the course we played. You’ll see where #1 begins (at the top of the picture in white, we didn’t use the pro tee in red)) and the basket at the fuchsia dot, in relation to the parking lot. The green dot on the gray in the image (parking lot area) is my disc on my second throw. There was probably 30 feet of grass between the black top and the basket and I missed it by a long shot. LOL

On the second hole a man I’ll call “Roger” caught up to us and we offered to let him “play through” but he declined and said he’d just join us if we didn’t mind. Hey, what’s one more? I’m sure Roger could use a good laugh and I was the one to give it to him with my less than stellar form! Do you know, there’s a certain way to hold the discs for different effects? Three that I used yesterday.

Alternative throws: one of which you hold the disc sort of like a knife thrower tossing at a wall of balloons (or a brave soul). I used this to get over the shrubs I landed in the middle ofΒ  on the second hole and couldn’t throw around.

Fore hand: Gripped between middle and forefingers and the thumb and thrown from the outside position, arm tucked against your side and then extended. I used this as it gave me the most force and control in my throws.

Back hand: How we all throw a Frisbee, crossing our chest and coming around as we throw…that’s the one that got me into that parking lot. πŸ˜†

Unlike those for regular golf, disc courses are cluttered with trees we have to play around and between and I did pretty well avoiding them. To all our amazement, I was good at using my left hand–I’m right-handed–to get around trees and into clearings. Mainly because I can’t aim or throw worth a damn, I fear! Although, on #4 I did land in a batch of poison ivy or oak because that park is chock full of the stuff! LOL After about an hour, lots of laughs and water to rehydrate, and the offer of a little “herbal” pain relief for dd’s headache coming on near the end of the course (which she declined lol), we finished our game. I humiliated myself, laughed at me, enjoyed family and had a blast and got good exercise doing it. I can’t wait to play again! I’m told by Kris that after a few rounds I’ll get better. I’m not so sure about that because, seriously, I was horrible! But I’m up for the challenge. I think I’ll try to convince Mitch to play too. πŸ˜› Miraculously, and best of all, I didn’t hurt afterward with my arthritis. I actually felt invigorated. πŸ™‚

I’ll let you know if I play again, maybe get some pictures for whatever reason and a few laughs. LOL Until then, I’ll make jewelry and host bloggers and live. πŸ™‚

Dodadagohvi~

We’re All Ears: June Inspiration #Lisa’sPieces #jewelry

Osiyo~

For my regular fans and friends, you know me for my writing. I’m currently on a sort of forced/self-induced hiatus from writing while I deal with some personal issues. But you don’t know I also create jewelry with beads, wire and polymer clay. Since I don’t want you to think I’ve disappeared I thought I’d share this other aspect of me. πŸ™‚

It’s my other passion and I’m going to be showcasing some items I make for Lisa’s Pieces (my jewelry designer name) here until I get my jewelry blog set up. Today is the first time I decided to join with a site called Earrings Everyday for their We’re All Ears blog hop challenge. The host loves earrings, handmade jewelry and each month she posts a photo for inspiration and invites others to use that inspiration to create gorgeous, unusual and original earrings. This is something that appealed to me.

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The instant I looked at the June image, which you can see on her site here, I knew what I wanted to make. The swirls drew me in, but it was the top skylight that I focused on with my Cherokee heritage in mind. It looks like a dream catcher to me, and I love dream catchers! So, I decided to keep the swirly aspect and add a dream catcher to my earrings.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve had the pair of silver feathers forever and didn’t know how I wanted to use them until this project. They are perfect, don’t you think? Then I added the mother of pearl birds to the top because my husband thought they needed a little something extra. I agree. πŸ™‚

I used 20 gauge wire and formed a swirl, then tweaked it to the size I wanted and added size .08 Toho beads in black and clear. Since I used black beads and black string to make the dream catcher you can’t see the string in a picture unless I put a piece of paper behind it. It might have been better to use white string. I didn’t, but as you can see with the paper in there… I was able to sew in tiny dream catchers into the bottom of the pieces to attach the feathers to.

I call these “Spiraling Dream”.

It’s been fun participating in this adventure! You can see what others have created using the same inspiring image by scrolling to the bottom of the host post here: http://earrings-everyday.blogspot.com/2014/06/were-all-ears-june-reveal.html

I hope you’ll join me for some of my creations and as soon as I have the jewelry site set up I’ll add a link here to get to it.

Until then,

Dodadagohvi~