31 Days of Wild Hair?

buttonOkay, so I’ve decided. Sort of. I’m participating in the 31 days of creating “something” or sharing “something” and I’m not entirely sure that all I want to create or share can be categorized into one place that fits, so… You may think that I’m going to post pics of my wild hair each day. No. I’m just gonna get a wild hair and post whatever I am inspired to share, whether it be a new photo of something, a poem, a story, doing something crazy, etc.

I thought, “Oh, I could do a vlog. Yeah! That might be fun. Even though I don’t know how to vlog nor edit. And even though I would like to be a recluse and never show my face nor speak out loud, because the sound of my own country twang gets on my own nerves…” Ok, scratch that one. That idea lasted about 10 seconds.

So, what will I come up with today? Well, you have my photo (not actually me) and that’s what I have come up with for my button to submit to the challenge and update y’all on what it is I’m doing, which is…well…this 31 day thingy… That’s about all I have come up with so far. So, as soon as I know what each day will bring, you’ll know. Fair enough? *scratching my head asking myself why, why, why*

If you are interested in participating in the 31 day writing challenge, hosted by Nester, check it out and join in.  I set mine up under “Too Awesome to Categorize.”  ’cause that’s just how I roll.  *hands on hips swingin’ side ta side*

Happy Days!  *smooch*

159-171: One Central Idea Your Thoughts Come Back To

Day 13 of 365 days of the 5,000 Question Survey – the next 13 questions (if you’d like to join, please see the link in my post from Sept 18th or just the link:

159.  Do you believe that this experience was truly mystical or do you think there is some scientific explanation for it, only you don’t know what it is?  This question is part of #158:  Have you ever had a spiritual experience (an experience that cannot be explained by science) – Each experience was a true supernatural miracle.

160.  Do you get offended easily?  Depends on my mood.

161.  Would you still love and stay with your significant other if he or she had to have a breast or testicle removed?  If I had a significant other, of course I would love and stay with him after such a difficult time.

162.  Do you believe in fate or free will?  Free will

163.  Do you believe that only boring people get bored?  No, I believe it depends on who you’re with, where you are and what surrounds you.  Sometimes, it’s simply laziness or lack of imagination.

164.  Can life change or are we all stuck in vain?  Life can change on a dime.  Or less.

165.  What changes are you afraid of?  I can’t think of changes I’m afraid of but several I’m not looking forward to; one being my daughter leaving home to go off to college.

166.  Are you a day person or nocturnal?  Depends on the day, what I have going on and my energy level.  If it has to do with working on my book, I am both a day person and nocturnal.

167.  What one CD could you listen to for an entire week (no mixed CD’s, it must be an album)?  If You Wait by London Grammar

168.  Which is worse, working in retail, food service, or an office?  I’ve done all three, so I’d have to say food service.  I think…

169.  What’s the coolest job you ever had?  I’ve had a couple but one I enjoyed was when I was in the Air Force in Montana as a Ready Augmentee, which basically means I was a fill-in rent-a-cop for the Security Police whenever many of them were deployed.  I earned expert marksman with the M16 and 9 mm and worked the front gate as well as patrolled the base and airfield (depending on the day).  I performed these duties periodically but this wasn’t my main function/job at Malmstrom AFB.

170.  What is one central idea that your thoughts seem to come back to?  Everything happens with a reason behind it.  Every single thing.  There’s no such thing as coincidence.

171.  Have you ever wanted to be an actor/tress?  Yes, when I was a child.  That ambition lasted for about 5 minutes.


Curious.  What would your answer be for 167 and 170 and for any other questions that resonate with you?

A 31 Day Writing Challenge for October

My friend, Colline, is participating in the 31 day writing challenge, hosted by Nester.  Colline also turned me on to Kate’s blog and challenge, which is to blog each post for 5 minutes — sort of like a 5 minute Friday but for every day of October.  I might do that, too.  Now to decide what to do it on.  Here’s Kate’s list for each day:

Now, to decide what to do.

On writing?  A poem on each daily topic?  A photo that represents each topic?  On family?  On connecting to God/my soul & others?  On motherhood?

As you can see, I have some contemplating to do.  A decision will be made by tomorrow.  Hmmmm…  And then, I’ll have to create a button for my theme.  Something new to learn.  Fun…  Fun…

This sounds like a fun challenge.  And who doesn’t have 5 minutes each day?

Y’all Might Think I’m Crazy…

But then I just might be.

My daughter is turning 15 this week.  *sniff*  My baby.  15.  I just can’t believe it.  I was a born planner.  Do I plan everything?  Well, mostly, but not everything.  I mean, I can be pretty spontaneous at times.  However, her Sweet 16 is a year away and although I want to make 15 a sweet birthday, I need to definitely plan ahead for the Sweet 16th one.  So…

Any ideas that you have or that you can find that might help to create the bestest, most super fantastic blow out of a Sweet 16th birthday, please forward your ideas my way.  You can send them here as a comment or you can email me at adjustingyourfocus@yahoo.com or becomemoreme@yahoo.com, or message me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/adjustingyourfocus.

I want to create many lasting memories for her that she can look back on with fondness and great nostalgia.  Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!  :)


A Whole Other World: The Publishing Industry

Carol B Sessums:

All writers need to read and remember this.

Originally posted on Anna M. D. Rider:

Beyond the writing, there is another world. It is a world where people like Frank Herbert receive twenty-three rejection letters before a publishing house agrees to pick him up. It is a world that rejected Stephen King’s Carrie saying, “We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.” And it is a world where Vladimir Nabokov was recommended to bury Lolitaunder a stone for a thousand years. It is the world of publishing, and it is not for the thin-skinned.

Writing a book takes time. An author will spend endless hours sailing their way through the inner workings of their mind, creating, building, and pouring themselves into the page. The excursion often proves long and tiresome in their quest to “The End” as they battle with an ever-changing destination, personal demons, and the infamous inner-critic.

One moment you are ready to dock, the next you are being forced into the opposite direction by a shift of wind or…

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