Respecting the process…

Ok, so Wednesdays from now on are going to be about writing.  Hopefully I will have some updates on my own progress but today I will post some advice from one of my favorite authors.  Kevin Hearne writes The Iron Druid Chronicles, an urban fantasy series set here in Arizona.  I found out about Kevin from a friend that has known him for years, they met through teacher type activities while teaching at two valley high schools.  After Kevin signed on with Del Rey he was able to quit his teaching job and writing is now his day job.  Check out his website to get his whole story and to check out his awesome books.

Writing Encouragement No. 1

Hearne Hounded

Some thoughts on word counts and respecting your own process

Kevin posted a bit of conversation that started on Twitter and added some of his own thoughts to this entry on Storify.  Kevin encourages everyone to do what works for them individually.  He points out that there is ‘no One True Way’.  The important thing  is to do what works for you so that you can finish the story.  If it’s finished then everyone can read it.  Wise words from someone who has been there.

Click here to get the full post on Storify.com



The backstory…

Vinyl curtain

Several years ago, Sully and I bought this shower curtain.  We had slowly started to decorate our master bathroom for Christmas.  We’d gotten some snowman towels and a few other items as gifts the previous year.  I saw this ‘Let it Snow’ set in an ad, either Bed, Bath and Beyond or Linens and Things before they shut down their stores.  I really liked how it looked with the curtain and the towels, cute and fun without being  juvenile.  Of course, it helped that it was mostly blue and snowflakes are cool.

Years ago, I had no idea that I would eventually change the decor in the bathroom for each season.  One of the reasons that I liked the ‘Let it Snow’ set was because it was more Winter themed than Christmas.  The rest of the house is red and green and the bathroom is all blue and white.  I really enjoy it and because it is a winter bathroom I can keep it in there for an extra month or two.




curtain hook set

The shower curtain was packaged together with the hooks.  The hooks are cute, white with sparkles.  I believe the collection originally had small and larger hand towels, bath towels, a trash can, a rug and the shower curtain and hook set that all matched.  By the time that we were looking at it the hand towels, shower curtain, trash can and rug were left.  The trash cans didn’t look great, one was cracked and the other was scratched up.  We passed on the trash can and the rug, which was white, not a good idea in our house.

In the years since, we have collected various decorations and now have a fully decorated winter bathroom.  It’s all snowmen and snowflakes in blue, silver and white.  The crazy thing is that we’ve only bought a few of the decorations.  Most of them have been gifts and a few were handmade crafts, projects for gifts and the prototype ended up in the bathroom.


The makeover…

  Shower curtain


I bought a white fabric shower curtain at Bed Bath and Beyond.  I used clothespins to pin the vinylIMG_1637 - Copy curtain to the fabric curtain.  Then I used white thread to sew the two curtains together with a zig zag stitch along the seam between the curtain and the top.   I trimmed the top section off leaving the white ring area for the hooks.





I bought some trim to cover up the zig zag stitch and the raw edge of the vinyl curtain.  My first thought was the oversized bric a brac trim, but I was worried that the raw edge wouldn’ t be completely covered.  Boo saw this trim and thought that the poof balls looked like snowballs.  I liked the wide base of the trim and the loops in between the poofs.  I used tacky glue to attach the trim to the curtain.  I wrapped the trim around the end and kept it in place with a clothespin.                       


I don’t have a picture of the new and improved curtain hanging up.  It was time to change out the winter decorations with the spring decorations.  I will try to remember to post an updated picture next December.




The hooks needed some help too.  I should have taken a before picture but didn’t think about it.  Both the glitter and the paint was coming off of the snowflakes.

I punched some holes in the side of this box, stuck the hooks through and used painter’s tape to hold them straight.

First, I painted them white.  After the second coat of white paint dried, I decided to re-apply the glitter.  I painted the snowflakes with white craft glue and then dipped them in glitter.  I taped each snowflake back on the box and let it dry overnight.  They look good as new, actually better than new.  Super sparkly is good.  




Pretty nifty…

I mentioned back on December 20th in my Counter this… post that I needed to make some changes to my laundry alcove.  There was too much to do over the holidays, so I put off making any real decisions until after New Year’s.  I originally put it off because I knew that I would avoid stuff that needed to be done to play around with my new area.  Now, I am glad that I put it off.  I got an Amazon gift card for Christmas which I used to order some baskets for the shelves I will be putting together for the alcove.  

As ridiculous as it sounds, I am really excited about painting in there.  Since the area is open now I would like to paint the walls a light color.  Our entire house is white, no color on the walls at all.  Except for Boo’s room.  Before Boo was born my sister came over and painted a mural on the walls, a castle on one wall, a magnificent tree on an angled wall in the corner and vines growing up next to the closet so we could track Boo’s height.  It’s very pretty Boo has always loved it and at eleven she’s having a hard time parting with it.  She wants a more grown up room but doesn’t really want to paint over the kingdom quite yet.

Ok, forgive my tangent there, back to an entirely white house.  The shade of white matches very closely with Behr’s Swiss coffee.  It’s a nice color and it works in our house as it’s a very open floorplan.   Saying that, I would love some color on the walls here and there.  I would have to be creative with the color placement as that open floorplan means that the rooms share walls and ceilings.  It would be difficult to paint my kitchen without painting the Great room.   I could paint sections of the kitchen though, like the section of wall between the counter and the upper cabinets.  I am using my laundry alcove as my experimental painting project.

I was talking to Faith about how I was going to stop by Home Depot to pick up some paint color chips to try to see if I could find a good color to go with the washer and dryer set.  Faith told me to let her know what colors I was looking at so she could look up the colors on her color fan.  Several years ago her father picked up the Behr color fan deck when he was at Home Depot.  She got it for free which is pretty awesome because they are $35 on the Home Depot website and $40 on the Behr website.  I had asked about them one time when I was at Home Depot, the person I talked to really didn’t seem to know what I was talking about and wasn’t all that helpful.  After that I gave up on the idea, I was even contemplating spending the $35.  I don’t think I really would have spent the $35 because I would rather spend that money on repairs or decorating.

Today while Boo and I were out with Gramma we stopped by the Home Depot near Gramma’s house.  I picked out some paint chips and then decided to ask about the color fan deck.  I talked to one gal who then referred me to another and this gal actually gave me my own Behr color fan deck.  I was so excited, she only had two left.  She said that the rep from Behr tells them to give them to people that ask.  I am sure people who get them are more inclined to buy paint and other supplies.

It seems silly but this is pretty nifty.  Faith and I chatted over Facebook looking up colors and using the Behr website to find other colors that coordinate.  I now know all of the groovy colors that she has in her house.    I need to go match colors to my washer and dryer now.


Good and busy…

Today was a good day, busy but good.  I got a few things done around the house and then we did some shopping.  During the afternoon I got out my Cricut and made some cute cards for my great nephew’s birthday party in the evening.  He loves Disney Cars so I used the Disney Cars Cricut cartridge and the Disney Mickey Font cartridge.



Day 17 

1.  Water –  2 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 17 (head slides, hip circles and sa’idi turns)

3.  Writing  –  

4.  Exercises – Arms/Stretching

5.  Project –  Garage (2 x 20 minutes)


Owning it…

I needed this today.  I probably need this everyday but especially today.  Thanks to Lani Diane Rich (one of my favorite authors) for reminding me that I need to stop thinking about all of the other stuff and just write or edit, or rewrite.  🙂

Check Lani out at StoryWonk.com,  I am a Great Writer is from her blog.

June+1My June +1 for today was reading for 30 minutes.  

I love to read and I need to allow myself that time.