Out of Pocket for a Few Weeks

Hello everyone,

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted since January 2nd.  I put up my ROW80 goals on that day and then came back to work on the 3rd.  Let’s just say I’ve had a few work projects converge at basically the same time.  Add to that a couple of personal things that need taking care of, and there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the week to get my writerly work done.

I let a few people know about this, and my Canadian buddy Natalie Hartford suggested I do a quick post to let you guys know that there’s a reason I’ve dissappeared for a while.  Thanks Nat.

I suspect it will be around the end of February before I can get back in the swing of things again.  I appreciate your patience, and I’ll try to promote my buddies as much as time allows over the next few weeks.

You guys rock, and I really appreciate all the support and encouragement you give me.  Keep rocking, and I’ll see you as soon as I get these projects back under control.  Here’s a nice tall glass of iced sweet tea to sip on while I’m gone.  Refills are on the front porch, as needed.



Mashed Potato Monday – ROW80 Goals

Hello, and welcome to my ROW80 goals. This round’s goals are going to be pretty lean, but I’m hoping I will be focused on what’s important.

1) WWBC – Finish protag and love interest evos, and help my team members
2) Blog – Two times/week plus ROW80 check-ins.
3) Health – 3 workouts/week, along with healthy eating

I hope you decide to join us in this round of ROW80. You won’t regret it.


ROW80 – Final Check-In

Wow!!!  I can hardly believe that another ROW80 is in the books.  It has been amazing yet again.  In looking at my original goals and what I accomplished, I’ve had some successes, some failures, and some that fell in between.  Let’s take a look.

  • NaNoWriMo – I finished the pre-NaNo camp, finished my 50,000 words in NaNo, and I’m continuing to follow PlotWriMo.  This one was a goal achieved, and I’d give myself an A here.
  • WWBC – Here I was woefully short on what I wanted to accomplish.  Several things happened, but at the end of the day I just didn’t get much accomplished.  An honest score here would be a D.
  • Blogs – With the exception of the days I was sick, I kept up my blogs for the quarter.  I’d say an A- on this goal.
  • ROW80 Sponsorship Duties – With the exception of the time I was sick, I performed my sponsorship duties.  Another A- here.
  • Exercise – I had bursts of good, with times of not so good.  I’d give myself a C- on this goal.

All in all, not on the dean’s list but with the exception of the WWBC I think it was respectable.  I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.  I can’t wait until January.  I’ll see you guys then.

~clink~ ~clink~ and ~clink~

Sweet Tea Tuesday – Old Friends

Hello everyone,

A couple of weeks ago I had two old co-workers contact me via email.  One was looking for help filling a spot at his company and asked if I knew anyone that might fit the bill.  The other just emailed to say hello.  I then realized that it had been a while since I had contacted several of my old co-worker friends.  I sent out ten emails to touch base.  Most of them emailed me back to catch up.  One really stuck out.

You see, she emailed me back to say she had sent me a FB message a few hours before, and I obviously hadn’t read it yet.  I thought it was odd that she knew I hadn’t read it.  As it turns out, the email was about a good friend of ours that no longer works there and was recently hospitalized with inoperable cancer.  She went by to see him, and he asked about me and several other people he had lost contact with throughout the years.  I called the friend that sent the email and talked to her for a while to find out the details.  I then called the daughter of the friend in the hospital and asked how he was doing.  She said that he was doing well and handed the phone to her father.

It was amazing how upbeat he was during the conversation.  We talked for almost a half hour, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed so hard.  He’s a great guy, and I’m going to call him again tonight to see how he’s doing.

The name of this Tuesday post each week is Sweet Tea Tuesday, so I have to tell a story about my friend.  He’s a good ole boy, and loves sweet tea.

I needed someone to go with me to see my customer, who is located about 90 minutes north of Toronto.  I asked if he would come, and he said he’d love to.  We flew to Toronto and drove up that evening.  We stopped at a little restaurant on the way, and when the server asked about drinks, he said that he would have sweet tea.  Well, I started laughing because I knew they wouldn’t have any.

Then she said, “Would you like lemon with your sweet tea?” 

I was floored.  He told her that he would like lemon, and asked why I had laughed.  I said that I’d never been to a Canadian restaurant that served sweet tea.  The server then returned with a glass of ice and a can of Lipton sweet tea with lemon.  Okay, TECHNICALLY this is sweet tea, but let’s just say it wasn’t what he expected. 

He looked at the can of tea, looked at me, and then smiled at the server and said, “Uh ma’am, I think I’ll just have a cup of coffee.” 

I almost fell out of my chair I was laughing so hard. 

When I talked with him last week, I told him that I loved that night, and when I recounted the story we laughed about it all over again.

So how about you?  Have you recently talked with any old friends that you’ve been out of touch with for a while?  If not, I challenge you to look in your Outlook, old address book or Rolodex, or dig out your high school annual and pick a few people to get back in touch with.  Let us know how it goes. 

Here’s a nice tall glass of iced sweet tea to quench your thirst while you do it.  ~clink~

ROW80 Sunday Check-in

Hello everyone. I hope you’re almost finished shopping, because Christmas is almost here. I’m actually feeling human again, and I like it. Christmas carols don’t bother me nearly as bad when I’m not coughing and in a Nyquil/Zicam induced coma. So how have things gone since Wednesday?

1) Still saving PlotWriMo info for next year’s rewrite.
2) I’m working on protag for Wednesday, but it’s not looking good. I have to hash out a couple of things before I’ll be ready.
3) ROW80 sponsoring is good. I was able to hit most everyone, and will definitely do that today.
4) Blog posts went up, so I was good there.
5) Exercise was good, with ab exercises during the week and a BodyPump yesterday at…..6:55 a.m.

So how was your week? Don’t let up in the home stretch. ~clink~

FGT Friday – Holmes’ Post That Made Me Think

Welcome to Fried Green Tomato Friday.  I usually have funny posts this time of the week, but this one is a little more serious.  Hopefully, it will make you think.

Back in November when I was in the middle of NaNo, Piper Bayard’s writing partner Holmes was interviewed by Ellie Ann Soderstrom’s blog about being an intelligence officer (click here for the post).  I made a comment on the post, and Holmes’ response stopped me dead in my tracks.  With his permission, I have copied the response below.

“I tend to take a very broad view about what constitutes national security. I am one very small piece of a huge mosaic. I am always aware that many people have given far more than I have to ensure the freedoms that we enjoy in our western civilization.

There are young people (and a few old ones) in and out of uniform around the globe risking their lives for us as we write this blog. We should never forget that they will not all come home alive or with their limbs intact. Whatever I have paid is insignificant compared to their sacrifices.

One need not carry a rifle on foreign soil to defend freedom. When a nurse does his/her job well while short staffed, when a good teacher manages to inspire a child while managing a class of thirty youngsters, and when a factory worker avoids short cuts and turns out a truck that works properly they are all using their integrity to make us strong enough to maintain our freedoms.”

While the first paragraph shows Holmes’ humble nature, and the second paragraph expresses most people’s gratitude for those who sacrifice life and limb, the third paragraph was the one that floored me.  As individuals we have to be aware of how our actions, no matter how large or small, impact our nation.  I work in manufacturing, and I’m damn proud of it.  I sell industrial products to keep businesses running; conveyor belts specifically.  I’ve always taken personal pride in the companies I’ve worked for, and the products we produced.  However, I never really considered what Holmes pointed out above about how it strengthens our nation when we take pride in what we do and accept nothing less than our best.

Thanks for making me think, Holmes, and thanks once again for your service to our country.  So do the rest of you agree with Holmes?  I know I do.  How can we strengthen our nation by small acts?  Let us know your thoughts.


ROW80 Wednesday Check-In

Hey guys.  I think I’ve finally shaken this cold.  I’ve been working, but there has been absolutely no gas in the tank for writing.  Thanks for all the kind wishes while I’ve been under the weather.  I really appreciate it.  My writing goals have suffered, but I plan on finishing this ROW80 strong for the last week.

  • PlotWriMo – Continuing to read and store this information for future use.
  • WWBC – Nothing this week, but I will definitely have my protag posted next Wednesday.
  • ROW80 – I did do some encouragement Sunday, but I’ll hit it hard today.
  • Blog – Suffered terribly during my cold, but I’m back on track now.
  • Exercise – I did RandomAbs.com workout today while on the road, and plan on BodyPump Friday morning and Sunday.

How is your week going?  ~clink~

ROW Sunday Check-in

Between a hectic work schedule and fighting a cold, I’ve done very little on writing this week. I’m hoping my cold has taken a turn for the better this morning so I can catch up on some things this week. I’m doing this on iPhone, but I’ll have Internet access tomorrow and can catch up. Have a great week.

1) PlotWriMo – I’ve been reading them, and saving info for future reference.
2) WWBC – I’ve not done anything this week.
3) ROW80 – I did last Wednesday, and plan on doing today, so technically I’m fulfilling my obligation.
4) Blogs – I’ve not blogged since last Sunday. I plan on getting back on track Tuesday.
5) Exercise – I did statbike at home this week, so I didn’t give my cold to my gym buddies.

Not a great week, but I’m glad I’m starting to feel better. So how was your week?

ROW80 Sunday Check-In

Hi there,

Short and sweet, as I’m a little under the weather today.

– Finished NaNo and working on PlotWriMo posts.
– WWBC is slow, but I hope to get next evo out Wednesday for critiquing.
– I didn’t post Friday, but will get back on track this week.
– ROW80 sponsorship went well Wednesday, and I will follow up today.
– Exercise is going well, with three workout sessions this week.

How’s it going for you guys?

ROW80 Wednesday Check-In

Super quick check-in, as I’m out and about today and only have a couple of minutes.

  1. NaNoWriMo – Woot!!! I finished with a little over 50,000 words.  Go me!!!
  2. WWBC – Didn’t submit anything this week due to holidays, but will definitely get it back on track next week.
  3. Blogs – Kept it going through queued blogs.
  4. ROW80 – Difficult due to holiday non-internet access and travel today.  Sorry guys.
  5. Exercise – went to gym yesterday, and will definitely get in at least on more work out this week.

So how are you guys doing?