Actively procrastinating and losing my mind :) + Publication updates

Let’s be real here, people that seem to always find loads of time to write and research their work…… SUCK BALLS!!  lol  

No, no you don’t.  I suck.

I suck because I can’t seem to get my head together and focus on my writing. *insert face palm emoji here* lol

Everyone else that plans and manages their time better than I do, are worth plenty of praise. You guys are all bombshell people and are the standards I should be living up to. ❤

So, to proceed with my ” I’m mad I’m not writing, so I’m going to write a blog about how mad I am” post :’D

I’m currently 5 chapters into my next novella… and stuck on so many stupid little details…

We are 24 chapters into Stonecrest (Whoop Whoop!!) and I have all confidence we should publish the eBook before the year is out 😀 And Hopefully the paperback will follow right behind it ❤

I’m super excited to physically be lining up books for publications, I really didn’t see myself being at this point by this year. Not that I didn’t (Don’t) have high hopes for my life and writing career, I just try to be down to earth and realistic about the workloads I put on myself and didn’t think it would be a realistic goal for this year… but maybe I’m being to lenient on myself and lowering the bar a bit to much?  

Maybe I can manage everything just a little better and readjust my goals and plans?

Maybe I should stop saying “Maybe” and Just do it as the Nike brand says.  Lol

I am aiming towards having my next eBook out this year and shortly after, if the publishers like it, having the paperback follow right along.  And then early/mid 2020 having my next novella published as well ❤

 

And now that I’ve rambled for a few moments, my brain feels empty enough I can now focus on book and work on some research.

And hopefully get to bed at a decent time frame …. 

I support the World Wildlife fund 💕

@world_wildlife 🐋

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My grandparents have been donating to the World wildlife fund for as long as I can remember. We get all our new calendars from the collection my grandma receives every year 😊

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🐯 As for me, I’ve been donating to them and signing petitions since my very first job. The most satisfying place I spend my money (besides the book store 😂).

I like knowing I’m helping and making a difference in the world.

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Normally, I stick to maximising my donation as much as possible and always opt out of the additional “Thank You” gifts. But I’m human, and I love stuffed animals, so every now and then I select a few to receive.

But Bruiser likes a soft plush as much as his mommy does, so I opted to share my April donation with him this time😊

The The World Wildlife Fund is still looking for a few more donations by tomorrow April 22- Earth Day.

If your feeling giving today, help us reach our goal of $3,200 members.

We’re only 38 members away!

Even if you don’t join by tomorrow, give donating a little thought.

We only have one world.

And these animals don’t have a voice.

We’re the only ones who can make a difference

Jen

Traveling with pets

Always Call AHEAD!

I think that is the biggest piece of advice I can give you and I cannot stress it enough.

Even if the website says “Pets accepted/allowed”, it’s always safe to call ahead and verify their statements.  9/10 there are restrictions or hidden fees involved when you travel with your furry (or feathery, scally ) pets 🙂 So don’t let yourself be blindsided.

When you call to inquire to about their pet policy, always be sure to ask about breed restrictions and any hidden fees. Be specific!  Don’t shy away from asking to many questions, these are your kiddo’s, your companions, and best friends so ask even the smallest questions that come to mind.

I’ve dealt with some places that are very upfront with their pet policy’s, including breed/species restrictions and weight limits. But I’ve also dealt with the more shady sided places who won’t tell you all the fees involved with having your pet stay with them or won’t be as upfront with you about their breed/ species and weight restrictions.  And that can mean extra charges that you’re not budgeted for.

And just because the website doesn’t mention a pet policy, it does not mean they don’t have one. So again, Don’t forget to ask.

 

And that’s something else to be mindful of, independently owned establishments who can set (and change) their own rules at a whim.

Yes, it happens.

I’ve stayed in places that swear up and down a specific breed is not allowed and will fight you about allowing your pet to stay,  but when you walk around and look, you’ll see plenty of other owners out walking that very breed.  And they don’t always have that service pet stamp of approval.  Sometime’s they just drew the long straw when they signed in.

I have even had hotels begin to deny a service pet on grounds that they didn’t want to deal with the room cleaning that “most pets leave when you check out”…. Yup…  And boy did I have a lengthy conversation with that owner.

But not all places are out to get you or make it twice as hard for you to travel with your pets.

I’ve stayed in a few places that actually allowed a pet that they would normally deem “restricted” because they saw how obedient and well-mannered they were.   And a couple of hotels even allowed me to stay with my pet for no fee do to his smallness and lack of messy behavior. These people are the real MVP’s in my eyes.   They don’t judge a book by its cover and they allow for loopholes in their policies so they can better accommodate their guests and renters.

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I wish more places would be that way and more open-minded to certain breeds and pets. Some really don’t deserve the bad reputation they have acquired.

Be sure to be polite about you inquiries 

When you call up a hotel or an apartments leasing office, don’t jump down their throats the second they start steering you away from bringing your pet.  Some of the people you’re talking to are simply doing their job and following the procedures set by their employers.  

While I know some places are rude from the moment they answer the phone to the time you check out, you just have to take the higher road and keep a professional tone and outlook for the sake of your pets.  Sometimes you just may be catching someone on a bad day, or they may have just spoken to someone before you who screamed and cursed them when they were denied permission to keep a loose pet snake in one of their rooms.   

I’ve listened to this phone call, it happens lol

So keep it cool and collect. And remember the old phrase ” You catch more fly’s with honey than you do with vinegar“.

Be honest about your pet

The second most important thing I can stress while you look at traveling with your pets.

Don’t tell them spike is well potty trained if in fact, he messes on the floor when he’s left alone.  Or he has separation anxiety and may tear up the furniture or chew chair legs when you run out to get groceries or have dinner.

Don’t promise them that the pet stays in his cage unless supervised, when your normal is letting them have free run of the bathroom while you’re at work.

Be honest about their vaccine history.  Like taking your pet to a daycare, you want him/her to be protected from anything they may come in contact with.  So be sure to keep up to date on your vaccines , flea/tick prevention and heartworm medications. 

And it doesn’t hurt ( I recommend it actually) to check out the area you will be in and talk with your Vet about any issues that may be more common in that region VS your home town.    A city pet may not need to worry about ticks as much as a country pet would. So keep that in some cases your pet may need a little extra protection.

I could go into so much more detail, but I think this a good start.

I’m all for traveling and being able to take your pets with you, I don’t know how some people can go without the comfort of a pet.? For me, its truly a challenge. And I would much rather pay a little extra or look a little harder to find the right place for me and my kiddo’s 🙂

Life things- Mini update

I take so many random and strange photos when I travel 😊

Honestly, most of the time I’m only taking the pictures to capture the feeling I had in that moment.

Memories are magical

So in the last few weeks I’ve found a screw in my tire (🤔 to convenient), I’ve had a girls trip to Mississippi to pick up my sister

We hit a few choice spots when we headed back ✌🏼

We also ended up spending the night in Atlanta due to finding a bubble in one of my other tires ( tires and me have no damn luck 🤦🏻‍♀️)… it was an irritating delay in our plans but we made the most of it and ended up having a great day while we waited for a spare 😊

And after all that, I spent an entire weekend revising and editing a few pieces I’ve been procrastinating on.

It feels so damn good to sit down and write lately. And I mean good.

I feel like my voice changes from time to time, but for the most part, it stands true to who I am and what I’m trying to share with the world.

I’m so thankful for you guys who listen to me and share your own stories with me 😊 It’s amazing to be in such an inspiring community.

Keep the lights on your muse 💋

Facebook and Instagram have taken a holiday…

And I’m sure I’m suppose to be extremely freaked out… but honestly….

I’m only trying to figure out how to talk with the few social media friends I spoke with regularly 😂 ( note to self, exchange emails from now on ).

I don’t even care that a combined 15yrs of pictures and videos could be lost, hundreds of networking connections gone in a blink of an eye or that I can’t scroll through and see what’s going on in the lives of the “insta famous” influencers I follow and friends and family back home 🤷🏻‍♀️

In a way, I’m glad this happened.

It’s shown me that I’m not dependent on social media, I just use it out of boredom, procrastination and the occasionally “What’s aunt Tilly been up to lately” 💁🏻‍♀️😄

So, for those who don’t know (which is probably very few of you) Facebook and all related apps – WhatsApp and Instagram- Crashed today worldwide.

And we’ve been given very little information as to why this happened or what caused it …

Facebook did take to Twitter and reported that they are..

“aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

And then again later, via Twitter announced…

“We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.”

Other than that, social media users have received no further information as to the cause of the crash or the expected duration. And let me tell you, people are freaking out!

Twitter has exploded with tweets about the outages. #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown are now two of the top trending tags on the platform.

People are even creating tweets, joking that MySpace has finally received an open window at a chance to regain its popularity 😂 (Anyone remember there old account info?)

Now not all of us are as lost as others. For some, the apps are only glitching and causing minor inconveniences.

But once you start trying to troubleshoot the issue (like I did before realizing what was really going on) you get logged out entirely and are unable to access anything. So you don’t even have the peace of mind of knowing your content is safe and still right where you left it.

*Deep breaths. It will all be ok

So, what’s going on? Will we wake up tomorrow and all will be well?

Or do you think this will last longer?

I’m curious to know you’re thoughts

Boys are such a pain 😛

So, I’ve potty trained pets before. A lot of them actually and I’ve never had as much of an issue as I have with this little man.

Ugh!!!

Why are boys so much more difficult?

My female dogs have all figured out the puppy pad thing in 3 weeks, then alerting me by going to the door by 5 weeks.

But this guy, my little Bruiser man… is going on month 2…3🤔 and we’re still playing the “Don’t pee on my carpet!” game 🤦🏻‍♀️

He’s to the point where he knows and understands he has done wrong. But he just hasn’t gotten a handle on using his pad on a regular basis. Yet. Ughh….

We will have this mastered by the end of the month, I’m determined.

Writing my Novel, despise being annoyed with it. HELP ME!

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I started off writing a very “I know what I’m doing” column style post about working through fatigue, writers block and social agreements to finish your damn book…. But I ended up being talked out of it by a friend of mine and was advised to just write how I feel and how I’m managing it all, in my own words.

So here I am, I’m writing this blog as a form of procrastination because my story is driving me nuts and I’m struggling to get the chapters to flow together the way I want them to… The characters have stopped talking to me…

And of course, Not all the characters have stopped talking to me, just the ones that pertain to this specific book! *Slams head on desk*

Can someone please tell the elf and fairy to stop for a few minutes? I don’t have the energy to deal with them at the moment… Thanks…

Originally, (and planned since last weekends cold/flu epidemic) I was taking this entire weekend to print, read, re-write and then, re-print my current “Top Priority” novel. And sip a few thousand cups of tea while I was at it 😉  But like 90% of all things I try to plan… things change.

Travel plans have been added to my schedule, which means packing and rethinking my plans for the week. And of course, totally throwing out my weekend chill plans due to my brain doing nothing but thinking about driving, traffic, packing light, and Bruiser.

And I may be binge watching Sex and the City again… lol

 

Ok, so really. My goal plan , despise all my distractions (the real ones and the ones I’m making up) is to still get at least half of my re-writing done this weekend.  

The plan of attack:

  • Read your current chapters
  • Compile notes on possible changes and/or things that need to be added
  • Put all notes into a folder (either on your laptop or physical file )
  • Re-write your character index cards
  • Start. Your. Re-Write

And then I have to remind myself not to forget these notes when I leave town so I can keep working on my re-write while I’m hotel-ing it.

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So, what are your Go-To motions for “Getting your writing done” over a busy weekend?  Or even, throughout a busy week when you still need sleep, food and of course… work a day job?

 

 

 

 

Just me, feeling like crap but making the most of it.

I feel like I haven’t left my house for anything besides work in over two weeks.

Can I just say being sick is a pain in the arse?

I hate it. Like a 3yr old hates nap time.

So, while my energy levels are slowly working on rising themselves back up, this bug has made me miss a deadline this week, made me need to push out the deadline for a few mini projects I’m working on, and I  had to turn down a week of covering for another safety rep on another job site due to being half me and feeling like I had half brain function. And let’s not talk about my stomach… it’s still a sensitive topic…

On the plus side of it all, I was able to catch up on a little light reading, dive head first into a new Netflix series and pin-up a few story ideas for future projects. Win, Win right? lol

So even with being sick and feeling like I should be picking out a headstone, I’m still keeping busy and trying to balance health and life.

Part of being a freelance writer is the ability to still support yourself even when you’re unable to work your regular “muggle job” hours and bring in that comforable check.  And so, sick or not sick,  I write.  Maybe only for a few hours or minutes at a time, depending on how I feel.

But it’s better than sitting around doing nothing all day.

I’m a firm believer that hard work is the magic ingredient to everything. It’s not always the quickest way to get what you want, but it’s the most fulfilling. At least, to me it is.

They say, Dress for the job you want, not the one you have”. So, in the writing world, that means “write like you’re already contracted to publish.” and write like you’re every word is reaching millions of people and making an impact.

And that is what I’m trying to do.

Don’t get me wrong, I like my muggle job, it’s challenging, keeps me busy, and allows me to travel and see parts of the states that I probably wouldn’t have decided to stick around in and explore. There are days, or even weeks, where I’m tired and miss being home in my own bed, my own kitchen and on a regular schedule.

But all in all, it’s an exciting learning experience and I would suggest it to anyone.

Even when I have weeks when I’m living off apples and yogurt, or pinching pennies to fill my gas tank up… Sometimes because I spent to much on books… the whole experience is eye-opening and rather intriguing to a mind like mine. It’s not as extreme as backpacking around the world, but it’s a close second in my book.

So, what are my plan once I’m feeling better?

Well, besides cleaning my house and giving everything a thorough disinfecting, I have full intent on revisiting this dam we found around here and spending a long afternoon (weather permitting) revising a manuscript while I soak up some Vitamin D and fresh air.

After all this, I feel in desperate need of a vacation and my current w.i.p could use a fresh set of eyes.

So how do you deal with being sick?

Any remedies and/ or cure all’s you can share?

New places bring new experiences and the good old fashion cold

Like waiting a month for permits to be approved so we can have heat and power in our office trailer…

Currently we spend our days playing power roulette with our electronics so we can make it through an 8hr day still “connecting” with the outside world (AKA- phone calls and emails with anyone related to this job and our SC site).

No power also means no main Wi-Fi either… meaning our hotspots run like crazy and I’m just waiting for the phone call telling me I have run over my allotted usage,  any day now.  Sooooo glad I only see and deal with the bill my personal phone accumulates in a month and not the bill the business line receives, because both have been running so much, I’m surprised I haven’t seen smoke. lol

So besides not having power, we also don’t have heat and it’s been around the 40’s lately, raining off and on and rather windy from time to time.

Cue my new found Cold …. Ugh.

 

So, like most new sites, ours is currently a dirt city. But instead of cars, we have thousand-ton equipment driving around. And instead of paved roadways to travel on, we have ruts so deep you could hide in them.

And with the recent weather we’ve had, you might be faster swimming around the site instead of walking or attempting to maneuver an ATV.

I did know a little bit about the construction business before I took this job, but there is such a big difference between knowing what goes on out on a construction site and physically working out on a construction site.  Things change so often from site to site, so you can’t ever assume things will go one way or the other and constant continued education is almost a must.

There is so much more to think about while on site besides just your specific job task. I’ve got to give props to the tradesman and women that work out in the elements and these types of conditions on a day-to-day basis and still manage to get the job done and go home safely every night.

Some of they’re task may be simple, but they can’t just think of themselves out there. Team work is a must for success.

It’s actually quite amazing to watch and see first hand what all goes into some of these structures and designs.

It takes a lot of talent, hard work and a lot of long hours.

And some of these guys really don’t know what they’re getting into when they sign up for a traveling gig like this one.  Some come well prepared , while others… well struggle with the change and new lifestyle.

One of the biggest things I’ve noticed is a lot of these guys end up eating like utter crap and have the worst immune systems I’ve ever seen (kind of like mine at this moment). At first they don’t mind eating out and ditching the time consuming task of cooking and cleaning up after themselves, but it gets old quick… and expensive.   

Really thinking about showing off my weird side and making little hotel food lists for things that are easy to make and cover all the food groups evenly.  I’m sure that’ll brighten the day up for a few people lol either they’ll like it and use it or get a laugh out of me for taking the time to make them.  Win, Win either way right? 🙂 

We’ll see I suppose