ROW80 Check-In for 01/22/12

Happy Sunday ROW80ers!!

I almost forgot about checking in today!  It has been one stressful weekend.  My husband and I have been on the house hunt (and what a headache it has been).  Anyways, it is nice to have had a day to just sit down and relax!  The last three days have been so crazy that I haven’t had a lot of time to write.  I’ve mad a little progress, but nothing to write home about. 🙂

Thursday- I took a much-needed break from everything and went to bed early!

Friday- I didn’t get my blog posted.  I worked on my short story during lunch and also did a little more writing later that evening.

Saturday- I was out and about all day looking at houses, but did manage to sit down and start writing my next blog!

Today- I posted my six sentences (Six Sentence Sunday) and did some blog-hopping.  🙂  After I post this, I intend on finishing my next blog post and hope to work on my short story a little more.

I’m getting things done (slowly yet surely) and am anxious to get the new week started!  I hope that each of my ROW80 friends have had success this week. 🙂  This week I am picking up, dusting off, and trying again!

~Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives. Viktor Frankl~


Six Sentence Sunday #10

Happy Sunday Sixers!

I hope that everyone had a WONDERFUL week!  Sunday rolls around before I know it and I find myself scrambling around to get my six sentences prepared.  This week, I decided to skip ahead just a bit!

Gigi and Mildred were talking about the characteristics of the house.  I’m picking up with Mildred reminiscing about her late husband, Charles. Enjoy!

 “We love our house and are so blessed to have the ability to share it with others.  My husband and I opened up 22 years ago, and it has been nothing but a joy.  However, my Charles passed away around this time last year, leaving me with the upkeep of the general kind and also of my patrons.  I have been so blessed to have such loving neighbors that help out frequently and to make sure that I have all that I need. “ 

Sensing the sorrow in her heart, I immediately tried to steer the conversation in a different direction.

Another six completed!  Thanks for stopping by to check it out.  🙂

For other great posts, check out!!  Have a great week!


ROW80 Check-In for 01/18/2012


Happy hump day fellow ROW80ers!!

It has been a great week for writing! **YAY**  I hope that everyone is doing well!

Here is this week’s breakdown:

Monday- I posted a blog entitled “Lost In Transition…My Awkward Journey Through the Unknown!”  My word count for the day totaled 1,293. *WOO HOO*

Tuesday- I actually made decent progress on my short story.  It feels like it is beginning to flow! My word count for the day was 300. I also managed to write out some details for my flash fiction and came up with three prompts for my blog.  🙂

Wednesday- I did some blog hopping today (trying to catch up).  It was a late evening for me, but I am going to at least get in 30 minutes of uninterrupted writing in after this is posted!

I have no complaints so far!  The week has been pretty slow for me, which means I get to write!  Best wishes to all for the remainder of the week!

***Happy Writing***

The Versatile Blogger Award!

A big THANK YOU goes to Jase Rosenburg for the Versatile Blogger Award nomination!!  I couldn’t believe it when he told me!  He is such a wonderful person who is fun to talk to and is always there for a writer in need.  I’m thankful to have connected with him. 🙂  You can check his blog out here!

1.  Nominate 15 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

2.  Add an image of the versatile blogger award.

3.  In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.

4.  In she same post, share seven completely random pieces of information about yourself.

5.  In the same post, include this set of rules.

6.  Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

And now, the nominees:

1.  Jase at (Ressurected Writer)

2.  Ryan at (Reflections from the East End)

3.  Karysa at (Karsya Faire’s Way)

4.  Sadie at (Sadie Hart)

5.  Robb at (Robb Skidmore)

6.  Rachel at (Rachel Hanson)

7.  Christine at (Christine’s Words)

8.  Veronica at (Veronica Scott)

9.  KE at (K.E. Saxon)

10.  Carly at (Carly Fall)

11.  Veronica at (Veronica D. Hall)

12.  Gayle at (Gayle Ramage)

13.  Taryn at (Taryn Kincaid)

14.  Raelyn at (Raelyn Barclay)

15.  M. Todd Gallowglas at (Words, Words…. Words)

Seven random things about me:

1.  I’m a huge Nicholas Sparks fan!  (I actually met him last year) 🙂

2.  I dare to be original.

3.  I’m pretty much a loner.

4.  I’m a very quiet person (until you get to know me) 😉

5.  I’m addicted to Starbucks!

6.  I suffer from anxiety.

7.  I am an 80’s music fanatic!

Lost in Transition…My Awkward Journey Through the Unknown!

I miss the simpler days, as a child, when ambitions were so exciting!  When you are young, the sky is the limit.  But now, as an adult, I realize that those ‘dreams’ are much harder to achieve.  One thing I can say for sure is this: my life has definitely not gone as initially planned!  However, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

After high school, I made the decision to skip the whole ‘college’ thing and be my own independent woman!  (I would like to thank Beyonce for the not-so-great advice)  Yep, I was going to do BIG things on my own (or so I thought).  Come on, I was eighteen years old and a know-it-all, right?  Ha!  I was so wrong.  Let me tell you about my first big decision as a ‘legal’ adult!  Apparently, I was ‘grown’ enough to pack up and move thirty minutes away from the comforts of home.  Now that was a struggle!  Hard times or not, I was trying to prove a point and moving back with the parents was NOT an option.  One year after my new-found independence I was working TWO part-time jobs to make the equivalent of one full-time, forty hour work week.  By this time, I was fuming mad and running low on optimism.  Why had my genius plan gone awry?  Hmm, could it have been because I wasn’t as clever as I claimed to be?  By golly, I do believe that is correct! **LOL**  I continued this stupidity for about a year and a half and after no progress, it was time to pack it up and move back home.

I moved back home at the ripe old age of twenty!  This time, I was smarter and wiser than ever! (Can you tell that I like to build myself up?)  Here I am, just moved back home and once again I am back to pounding the pavement, looking for a worthwhile job.  I had played around with the idea of going back to college, but I decided to take another unknown path.  What was I thinking? Oh, I wasn’t.  Trust me!  I will say that this is the point where I did begin to discover my career path.  However, you must bear with me.  About two weeks after moving back, I landed a FULL-TIME job at a local custard business.  Food service wasn’t my ‘cup of tea’, but it was a steady paycheck and it actually paid above minimum wage!  *WOO HOO* I was ecstatic.  (Sense the enthusiasm?)  The attire wasn’t too bad either.  We could wear black or khaki pants with white polo shirts, black apron with the company logo embroidered on the front, and my least favorite of the look, the black visor!  I did not do hats of any sort!  (Hat hair, duh??)  It was also a pretty laid back job too, with good hours.  No complaints here.  So, I’m a working girl making pretty good money (and tips), liking my job, happy as can be until HE came along!  Before I continue my adventure, I would like to note that I stayed at my little custard job for three years (it was also a seasonal job only open for about seven months out of the year).  After my first season, the boss made me the store manager and I had a pretty hefty raise too!  Yep, I was living the high life.  (I’m such a kidder) In all seriousness though, that was when I decided I wanted to be in management.

Now, back to when HE came along!  He was a guy I knew throughout my childhood (I prefer to leave names out of this).  Ah, we were the best of friends all through school.  We even dated each other’s best friends for some time.  One day while I was working, he and some of his co-workers came in to have lunch.  It was so nice to see an old friend.  A brief meeting was all it took to get the ‘fireworks’ started!  From this point on, it all goes south!  Basically, we dated for about two months, got engaged, in another two months we were married!  (What was I thinking!!??)  It only took me a couple of months to see that he was a real jerk and well, I ended up leaving on our one year anniversary (Jan 15, 2006).  I know that sounds heartless, but I had many valid reasons for my harsh exit.  Actually, there were too many to count.

We were married in January of 2005, my season at work picked up in March.  It was exhausting trying to find work during the off-season.  A low earnings slip definitely did not cover my monthly expenses so during that break I had no choice but to find some type of work.  One word: Retail.  I loathed the mall by the time I was able to leave.  By the end of summer, I was ready to look for a more permanent job.  October 5, 2005 was my first official day at First Community Bank.

And these are the days as a banker…

In my four years at FCB, I worked at three different branches and carried three titles.  I quickly learned that my male cohorts moved right on up, whereas I found myself scraping at the bottom for the first two years of employment.  (It has always been said that women do not have a glamorous place in the world of banking)  Exhausted from the entire butt kissing scene and going that ‘extra mile’, I decided that it was time to go back to school and make something of myself.  Within the week, I was officially a college student! *Woo Hoo*

It finally felt like things were piecing together.  I can remember feeling so good, so free.  Going through a divorce at the age of 21 was rather scary.  However, in the end it taught me how to be strong and that no matter what I may face, there IS a light at the end of the darkest tunnel.

In April of 2006, I met Adrian- little did I know that he would end up being hubby number two.  (The FINAL hubby, I hope!)  There are no words to describe him.  He is such a wonderful person with a huge heart and I could not ask for a better person to share my life with.  (Anyone who can put up with me is a trooper!)

Let’s fast forward a bit!  August 18, 2007- I married my best friend.  I ended up leaving the bank halfway through 2009, only because my hours were cut.  It was so hard to leave the place where I had worked so hard to make a name for myself.  I took a position at a trucking company doing accounts receivables and pretty much hated that job.  Besides, I missed my cozy little office and the daily cup of Starbucks coffee.  School was completed in 2009 and I also took a Children’s Writing course (1 year).

The present:

I now work at a Credit Union doing what I’m good at- playing with finances.  My job is fantastic!  Writing has finally become a part of my daily routine and I am soaking in every minute of it.  I’m so thankful for all the wonderful writers I have met along the way!  Although I am not proud of some of the decisions I made, it is because of those choices that I am a much stronger person today.

Maybe I like taking the unknown path.  It makes life a little more interesting.  I’m choosing to let loose, color outside of the lines, and just go with it!  That definitely sounds like a plan.

***Have a Happy Monday!***


Sunday ROW80 Check-In 1/15/2012

Hello to all of my ROW80 friends!! 🙂

I can’t believe it is already time to begin another week!  Well, there hasn’t been much of a change since my last check-in.  I’m not sure if that is good or bad! 🙂

Thursday- I did write for one hour.  However, I did not add very much to my story due to all of the changes I made!  I did a read over and decided that I wasn’t happy with some of the wording.

Friday- Posted my blog “If I Knew Then…What I Know Now!”.  I decided to go with that theme on Fridays; that is, until I run out of ideas!  As for my short story, I only worked on it for about 45 minutes. 😦

Saturday- One hour of writing succeeded!  Once again, I did some rewriting.  Plus, I did manage to get caught up on reading some blogs that were posted earlier in the week.  🙂

Overall, I did not accomplish what I hoped to (as far as word count goes), but some progress is better than none!  I am getting a little discouraged with my story because I feel like I am getting nowhere with it.  Optimism is definitely on my list of priorities for this week and thereafter!  I apologize for my rambling. 🙂

Here’s hoping that all of you had a successful week with your writing!  Life has a tendency to throw wedges in the way, but with the right attitude we can overcome anything!

Best wishes for the week ahead!!

***Have a great Sunday***

Six Sentence Sunday #9

Hello readers and fellow sixers!!

Another week has come and gone and once again I find myself planning the new week ahead!  It is exhausting. 🙂  Last week was a little disappointing because I felt like I accomplished nothing.  One thing is for sure, I ran around like a crazy person all week!

I will now get on with this week’s six! Of course, it is from my short story “What Matters Most” (the one I feel like I will NEVER finish).   Enjoy!

Right as you walk in was the stairway, decorated with fresh green garland and twinkling white lights.  The fireplace was crafted with perfectly proportioned stonework and a honey oak mantel to complete the look.  Hardwood flooring and crown molding accented the rooms.   Off to the right I could see into what I assumed to be the dining area.  In the room was a beautiful antique table that had a setting for each seat and a baby grand piano in the far corner.  It was ravishing!

I enjoyed writing out the description of the bed and breakfast!  It is exactly what I would love to have in my next home.  There is a lot of ‘wishful thinking’ going on in my head! 😉  Thanks to everyone who stopped by to check out my post!  It is always a pleasure to hear from you.

Don’t forget to click over to to read posts from other awesome writers!!  I also have a list of wonderful people on my blogroll!

***Have a great week and happy writing!!***