Got a few things on my mind this evening, but I think I should probably start with the fun stuff...sound good?
The YA Giveaway Hop ended last night and I had about 250 entries total. I utilized the Random.org/Rafflecopter pick-a-winner genuineness and got the following five winners...
Entry #95: Chen C. (tweeted the giveaway) - wins Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Entry #130: April H. (tweeted the giveaway) - wins If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Entry #151: Sarah W. (blog follower) - wins When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
Entry #38: Aurora M. (blog comment) - wins Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Entry #141: Lexie M. (blog follower) - wins Prism by Faye and Aliza Kellerman
Congrats to you all! Emails have been sent, so please respond in 48 hours. Thanks!
This year, I made a goal to complete 25 projects around the house. They could be either craft or home decor or organizational, etc - but whatever I chose, it had to be something that a little blood, sweat, and tears (hopefully minus the blood) went into. My problem is choosing which project I want to complete first. Do I attack the kitchen in all it's humungous amounts of to-do's? Do I keep it simple and just do the cutesy art projects? Do I start ripping down the crappy shelving units that were installed when I bought our house seven years ago but never replaced? Or do I start in one room, do everything I think I might want to do in there (i.e. paint furniture, make curtains, touch up or repaint, etc) and then move-on, knowing full well that I may be doing the same project in a separate room with the same colors? It's safe to say that by challenging myself to DIY goodness, I've only succeeded in giving myself a really stupid reason to stress. Got any suggestions to help me on this? ......ooh! Maybe I should do a crafty to-do list first? With homemade chalkboard paint and magnets, and such :)
(not really sure why I'm doing my numbers in Spanish. I took French in school. Anyway...)
Writing has become the focus of my free time as of late. So yes, blog posts are (still) sporadic. A wonderful twitter friend mentioned in December that she and a group of other twitterers/bloggers were doing a JanFebMarNoWrimo and I'm not all that sure if they are still officially doing it, but I took the idea and ran with it.
- "Jan" has been my OH-THAT'S-WHAT-MY-STORY'S-SUPPOSED-TO-BE-ABOUT month. I did major story soul searching and realized that while I loved my subplot, it also had no business being part of this story. Maybe a sequel, but not the one I was writing. So I thunk on it, thunk some more, and then cut the crap out of it. And then proceed to replot, replan, and rewrite. Good times, indeed.
- "Feb" is going to be my GET-YOUR-CRAP-TOGETHER-AND-CHURN-IT-OUT month. I'm actually already in this stage, but it felt good to write that all in caps. And it's so nice to see 26K (as of today) of my newly-focused story already out there and knowing it's only going to get better.
- "Mar"...well...we'll see what March brings us. My hope is that it's lots and lots of editing. Squee!
I'd just like to mention that routers and cable modems and all things electronic with wires and complicated cross-referencing to make each and the other work...yeah (rolls eyes) those....well, they're crap and the way they decide to go out all the time even though they are brand new AND hooked up correctly is really starting to tick me off. Here's a big shout out of suckage to the manufacturers. ::blows raspberries::
Okay. That is all for this hump day. Cheers!