101 Things I Love

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Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme by Novel Heartbeat. It’s a chance to talk about non-bookish passions and interests so you.

This weeks topic is 101 things you love. Here goes…

1. My husband
2. My kids
3. My family
4. My BFFs
5. My 2 pugs
6. Running
7. Country music
8. My old worn cowboy boots
9. Books
10. Warm Weather
11. Espana
12. Malbecs
13. Date night with my hubby
14. Fruit punch flavored G2
15. Trish McEvoy 9 perfume
16. My duct tape flower pens
17. Hablando en espanol
18. Teaching
19. EOS lip balm
20. my i-Pad mini
21. Pittsford Dairy
22. “Gone with the Wind”
23. “Sweet Home Alabama” – the movie
24. Coffee
25. Hardwood floors
26. A clean house
27. Fall
28. Lilacs
29. Peonies
30. Saturdays
31. Netflix
32. Peanute butter and jelly sandwiches
33. Chipolte
34. Lululemon clothes
35. Art
36. My backyard
37. My sister’s potato salad
38. My daughter’s curly hair
39. My daughter’s
40. My son’s dimples
41. Wegmans
42. “Mis zapatos”
43. My strength training class
44. My Hunter boots
45. Spring
46. Small purses
47. Strawberries
48. Coaching Odyssey of the Mind
49. London
50. Las islas canarias
51. Welch’s Fruit snacks
52. Laura Mercier makeup
53. Pittsford, NY
54. Summer
55. Summer dresses
56. Anthropologie
57. Wine parties
58. Watermelon
59. My tub
60. Snow angels
61. Dandelions (because they were the only flowers I was allowed to pick as a kid)
62. Mendon Ponds Park
63. My computer
64. Pajamas
65. Blue eyes
66. The color pink
67. Jeans
68. Musicals
69. School supplies
70. Winter
71. Candles
72. Hot cocoa
73. The Maple Tree Inn
74. Bracelets/Bangles
75. Lists
76. New york City
77. The smell of ironing
75. Pickup trucks
76. Breakfast foods
77. Ice cream
78. The Village Bakery
79. Dance parties
80. Owls – los buhos
81. Photography
82. Artists
83. The Prado Museum
84. Exchange students
85. A fireplace
86. Chocolate Chip Cookies
87. Twizzlers
88. Quotes
89. Movies
89. Moleskin notebooks
90. Thin crust pizza
91. sweet potatoes
92. Warm blankets
93. Blake Shelton
94. Luke Bryan
95. Kip Moore
96. Graphic T-shirts
97. Concerts
98. Barcelona
99. Hot air balloons
100. Birthdays!
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What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

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I’m only a few chapters in, but I can’t wait to find out what happens to Trace and Olivia. And who doesn’t like a hot mechanic? I know I do. Trace has agreed to help shy Olivia with her ‘Live List.’ I can’t wait until they get to the item on the list where they ‘dance in the rain.’

2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’ve crossed the finished line. “Never Far Away” is complete. I sent it off to the formatter last week.

I’m planning a release date of May 20st.

Here is my beautiful cover designed by Regina Wamba at www.maeidesign.com

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3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Authors, Readers, and bloggers. I couldn’t exist without you!

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

This past weekend I celebrated other’s Day by running a 5K to benefit Breast Cancer. I dedicate this post to everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

"STAY FIERCE"

“STAY FIERCE”

I Reached My Turkey Trot Goal!

Sunday was the big race, the 5 mile Turkey Trot. I had been training for the past month. My goal was to finish in under 40 minutes. I wanted to run it as fast as I did last year, or even set a new PR (personal record). I wasn’t sure if I could do it. I thought I could, but I never like to get my hopes up. I don’t like being disappointed. Anything can happen during a race. Plus if I over think things too much, I don’t do as well.

It was a great morning for a run. No wind, sunny, and 35 degrees. My first mile was great – 7:20. My second mile was just under 15 minutes, and at that point I knew I had in in the bag. I felt great, ready to run as hard as I could. Mile 3, I was still going strong. I just ran. I didn’t think about anything. I love the high I get when running. I hit mile 4 at 30:42 seconds. All I had to do was finish the race. And the faster I went, the sooner I’d de done. Shortly there after, a mom I know passed me pushing her 8 month old baby in a jogging stroller. I felt inspired. I couldn’t keep her pace, but I kept my own steady. I pushed it as much as I could at the end, finishing with a time of 38:34 seconds. I was thrilled. I had a new PR. My overall pace was 7:43 min/mile.

I’m also looking for a PR in my word count. Last time I did NANOWRIMO I wrote around 30,000 words. To date I’ve written 26,667, so I’m almost there. Like the Turkey Trot, my money is on me setting a new PR.

How are you doing with the goals you’ve set this month?

Nanowrimo and The Turkey Trot

November is Nanowrimo and The Turkey Trot. It is time to get my typing fingers and my muscles in shape.

For those of you who don’t know, Nanowrimo stands for National Write a Novel Month. If you want to participate you can visit their website at www.nanowrimo.org The goal is to write 50,000 words in a month, which in theory equals a novel. The turkey trot is typically a race run on Thanksgiving day to help burn all the calories about to be consumed.

I participated in Nanowrimo two years ago. Since I am the type of person who likes goals, this was a positive experience for me. I made sure I sat down every day and wrote. I loved watching my word count go up. It was like signing up for the turkey trot – I had to make sure I went out every day and trained. I couldn’t just blow it off. However, 50,000 words in a month is an unrealistic goal for me. I just can’t think or type that fast. It would be like me claiming that I am going to run this year’s turkey trot at a 7 minute 30 second pace, when my PR is a 7 minute 59 second pace. As much as I would love to run that fast, I probably won’t. For me, writing and running are about the journey. I will be signing up to participate in Nanowrimo and The Turkey Trot. I like the routine and accountability that reaching for a goal provides. I just won’t get hung up on the numbers. I’ll try to do the best job I can. Whether that means I write 25,000 words or 50,000 words. Or whether I run at  a 7 minute 30 second mile pace or an 8 minute mile pace.

What about you? What are your plans for November?

Inconsistent

Inconsistent, that’s me! At least I am consistently inconsistent. Ha, ha, ha. I originally planned to blog two to three times a week. Obviously that hasn’t happened lately. It’s been several weeks since my last entry. I’ve come up with a top 5 list for reasons why I haven’t had time to add to my blog.

Top 5 distractions that keep me from my writing/blogging (in no particular order)

1- My two pugs. Otherwise known as my “crit partners”, are really more work than they are helpful. However, I wouldn’t trade them for anything!

2 – Exercising. I spend one to two hours a day, several times a week, either working out at the YMCA, or going for a run. While exercising is important to me, it is time not spent writing.

3- Grocery shopping. I spend a lot of time running to the grocery store. I can never decide what I want to make for dinner for a whole week, so that means I end up returning to the store several times within a few days time. Plus, there is aways something that I need that I forgot to buy when I was there just yesterday.

4 – Reading. I spend a lot of time reading other people’s books, instead of writing my own. However, I wouldn’t do things any differently. Reading is part of my job. The only way to be a better writer, is to be an avid reader. Also I think of reading as doing research. I need to be up on what is current, and what has and hasn’t already been done.

5 – Laundry. I spend a lot of my time doing laundry. You know the routine. It is an endless cycle. There are always more clothes to wash. I wish there was a laundry fairy, who would make clean clothes appear in neat piles in my drawers.

What about you? What gets in the way of your writing?

Goals

I am the type of person who needs goals or I tend to procrastinate.

Foe example, this is the first summer in five years that I did not register to run the Rochester Half Marathon or the Rochester Marathon Relay. ANd guess what? I have barely been running. Usually during the summer I run 24 miles a week and this summer I’ve only been running 10 miles. It is a little disheartening. I guess I should have known myself better and made sure I registered early so that I could get the training in. Oh well, I’ll be sure to do so next summer.

I also need goals for my writing. I set small goals for myself and then as soon as I reach that goal I set a new one. This works well for me. Sometimes I try to each a certain word count each day. Once I even participated in NANOWRIMO. Although I didn’t write an entire novel in one month, I did write almost every single day and it was fun to watch my word count go up. I also set goals in terms of chapters, refusing to stop working until the chapter is complete.

This summer I have done more reading than writing. I set out to read 15 books this summer, marking my progress on goodreads. I think I am ahead of schedule, which is a good feeling.

Well, now we all know, I am a goal-oriented person. What about you? When do you do your best work?

Writing is like Running

I love to run. It is one of my passions. I may not be fastest, but I’m not too bad either. I like to run with my friends and sometimes by myself. I think a lot about the book I’m in the middle of writing while I’m running. I even look at the street signs searching for new names of possible towns or characters.

Writing is putting down one word after the other; running is putting one foot in front of the other.Sometimes I have a clear path mapped out that I think my characters are going to take and then suddenly they surprise and do something unexpected.When I go for a run I normally have a course mapped out too, but then often times I feel like making an unexpected turn and I end up on a slightly different course, but even better than the one I originally intended.

Either way, for me, it’s all about the journey and the training. How I get there is just as important to me as the end result.

This is a picture of me wearing my team t-shirt from the Rochester Marathon Relay I ran in Sept 2011.

I needed my team for this race and I need my team (my publisher, editors, cover artist, beta readers, crit group partners, and of course my husband, and never leave-my-writing-side pug) to be successful as a writer). That’s why I love the team name we came up with, “Divide & Conquer.” It has become something of a mantra of mine.

Well, right now I’m tying my sneakers for a 5 mile run. Thanks for stopping by.