Weekend Coffee Share. My Calling. 8/10

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee share, hosted by Allison at eclecticali.wordpress.com

 

I’ve had a fruit V8 and now it’s time for my half a cup of coffee. You may enjoy whatever you like!  It will likely be another hot day.  It has already been a good morning.  Back to School season is in full swing, and I have been up before or at 6 a.m. all week, working non-stop either physically, to prepare my room, or mentally, to prepare my lessons.

I stayed up ’til midnight last night and woke up promptly at 6:30 a.m.  No 8-hour sleep-in for me.  I’m already getting into the grind, but I rebelled. After laying in bed, stretching and mentally preparing myself for not being able to sleep late for a year, I spent 20 uninterrupted minutes sitting on the porch watching Bixby’s nose twitch and ears perk. He enjoyed it too, I’m sure.

We observed a lot, like the fact that the sun felt good and my new neighbor gets picked up on a Saturday by a big truck blaring Spanish talk-radio, and some other neighbor’s brakes squeal, and the next door neighbor goes out on his ten- speed at 8 a.m. Also, there was still dew on the ground, so I knew I couldn’t get sunburned, on the porch, at 8 a.m. Nice start to the day! Now my brain is awake.
I need to continue porching it through the fall season, too! 

This video is from a July morning on the porch.  I thought you would enjoy it.  Bixby features frequently in my blog posts and Weekend Coffee Shares.  He is my adopted shelter dog and also a girl’s/writer’s best friend.  We go on adventures together and we sit and observe the world together.

 

Since I have mentioned Back-to School, I want to tell you how truly wonderful it is to take the road less traveled.  I went to a training this week that was not packed full, none of my friends were going to  it.  It was about helping kids understand advanced text.  The instructor spoke to me right away and offered me a matchbox car.  That was fun!  Then we had to talk to others about why we chose the one we chose.  We loved talking about that.  When we answered a question, he asked our name and asked the whole ‘class’ to say “Thank you, Pam.”  There were about 40 people in there, but we talked, we moved around, we used our brains.  We were actively learning, and that’s what we need to do with our students.  This was a wonderful break from an over-crowded meeting room with people on their laptops while someone at the front ‘talks at us.’ It got me really pepped up for what I need to do daily, which is, get to know my kids, and then inspire them to do the work that will help them learn the most.  I think about writing full-time, but I know my work in the public school system is not yet done.  It isn’t easy, and many spend just 1-5 years teaching in public schools, but what is best for the kids? I want to do what is best.  This is were we determine or help affect the culture of our nation in the future.  It feels like an important calling to me.  Writing keeps me sane, but maybe my writing will also inspire someone and get them thinking about how we treat each other?  That can be done in any genre.

On the writing front,   the Malachi manuscript is still with beta readers, and I am entertaining ideas for the cover.  I will be taking my last Teaching Gifted endorsement course this fall, so I may have to slow down progress on that manuscript, but I am holding to a goal of publishing it in the first few months of 2020.  Progress is being made on both of my Detours in Time series books to be produced in audio version.  I’m excited!  Detours in Time may be available for audio purchase in about a month! I just finished listen to the first narration and have sent corrections requests.  Yikes!  This is an awesome feeling.  My narrator for Undercurrents in Time is also getting started.  I’ll share more on that later.  In the meantime, here is a brief clip of the narration for Detours in Time:

https://www.untiedmusic.com/emory/Chapter_11_teaser.mp3

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That’s what’s going on in my world!  I hope you all enjoy your weekend!  I know I need to exercise now, but I think a hot bath may also be on my schedule for today.  I think I have worked for it.  🙂

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Weekend Coffee Share. A start and an end. 8/03

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at http://eclecticali.wordpress.com

Have a coffee, hot or iced, a tea, or whatever you like. For me, it’s an energy V8 juice. I’m still experimenting with reducing my coffee dependency. We can sit on the porch if you like. I must warn you, it’s 80 degrees and very humid in this corner of Florida today!

My dog Bixby will gladly join us. He likes to hang out where his people are. Just water for Bixby! He is looking dapper since he got a haircut yesterday, for that matter, so did I!

As a teacher, my summer is almost over, but a new school year is just beginning! July went by in a flash! In case you weren’t aware, teachers not only bring home work throughout the school year, but many teachers are currently shopping for classroom supplies already, checking class rosters, looking up student information, and already doing the background work to know their students’ need. I started that Friday. I wasn’t getting paid. It only lasted an hour; I had so much else to do. So, I’ll get off that soapbox now and ask for your prayers and positive thoughts for this new school year.

Author Progress Notes(2)

On the writing front, I am awaiting beta reader feedback for the WIP, Malachi. Ellie’s story is becoming a work in progress, more to follow later. I’ve spent at least a week going though the narration of Detours in Time to compile editing notes for my narrator. I should finish the last chapter today! It will happen soon, I can feel it! That and, I am waiting on a 15 minute checkpoint from a separate narrator for Undercurrents in Time. I really felt it needed a female voice, and I feel confident of my narrator. I can’t wait to share the news when these audiobooks hit the shelf at Audible! Since I already brought up the weather, let’s move on. Also possibly pertinent, is that I am making an effort again to grow my Mailchimp newsletter list. If you are an author, you may also know that everyone says we need a list, but I am still trying to make it work for me!

Also in the writing arena, I posted a poetic response to Friday Fictioneers about a week ago. I’d love for you to read it: https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2019/07/29/break-the-endless-loop-amwriting-fridayfictioneers/

That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and if you take your coffee hour on the porch, be sure to cool off afterward in front of a fan, and water the dog!  Summer break is almost over for me, but summer is still in the air!

Weekend Coffee Share, 7/20. Writing, Living, and Hanging with the Dog.

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Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at Eclectic Ali

It has been another really hot week, but I have managed.  Several days were half cup days, one day iced coffee, and today was a glorious full brewed cup of coffee day! You may drink whatever you like, my friend.  I’m sorry you missed the dog-walking this morning.  We ran into two neighbors with dogs, and after the initial barks and noise, I walked with them, and the dogs all got into line, like going on a walk with their brothers/sisters.  It was great.  Now to cool off.  Let’s sit down for a few minutes…

My days have been a joyous celebration of mostly introvert heaven and a little bit of friendship time. There is the joy of deciding for myself what I’ll do each day. Coffee hour on the front porch (usually cut short by the heat); my dog enjoys sitting there off the leash, sniffing the air and making noise at passersby. There’s beach time, no more than once a week, but having gone three times this summer so far, it is still more than the usual Sept. to May time frame. Reading hour, writing hour, social media/blog/book news time, Netflix hour during lunch (as I have already binged all that I will binge for this summer. I’m looking at you, Ozark, Stranger Things,  and Seasons 1-2 of The Handmaid’s Tale); then there’s exercise HALF hour with yoga hour twice in the week. I’ve taken to walking with my dog in the park or walking on the beach in sockless sneakers for a half hour. It’s a great way to get a tan without being a target for sunburn. So, I think I have divided my time in a healthy way, with occasional visits to our nearby sports bar where I play trivia. They have an awesome chicken wrap for dinner, and my son likes to go there, too, so that takes care of dinner!

Many folks I know are planning or are on vacation, and I’m just waiting until the end of July for a short St. Augustine getaway. I’m saving money though, so I am thinking about places to go this Winter and maybe a family trip next summer.

Author Progress Notes(2) My new graphic!

On the author front, I’ve pretty much wrapped up most of the writing I wanted to do.  The Malachi manuscript is with a beta reader now, and I get random ideas for the Ellie manuscript now and then, so I am writing them down.  I get what I think are excellent ideas for dialogue, so I have a jumbled mess in her Word doc, so at some point I will need to make an outline.  I know how it begins and how I want it to end, the rest will come to me.  I made the graphic above in a burst of coffee fueled energy, and the joke is, it contains an outline, as if I planned everything ahead! You can see from the statement before this, I am largely a pantser and only plan when I know I have to tame the wild weeds growing rampant in the lush field of my mind.  Actually, the joke should come after my next paragraph, so I suppose I’m just being ironic today.  🙂  Maybe there will come a day when I’ll follow the outline.  Are you shaking in suspense?

DetoursInTimeAudible Coming Soon In Audiobook! This is the audio bookcover.

The Detours in Time audible version should be done in August or July, and I have put Undercurrents in Time up in ACX.com for auditions.  I’d like it to be released shortly after the Detours in Time audible version.  Seems like a sound decision.  I also added Made for Me, my first published fiction book (novella length) to a group effort of selling our .99 books.  Made for Me is light sci-fi that describes what a “weird date” might be like in the future and then explores the relationship that fellows, a sort of societal taboo.

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If you’d like to learn more or download Made for Me, a light read with an unexpected ending, it can be found on Amazon, Made for Me on Amazon

It is also available at other retailers such as B&N, Kobo, and Apple by clicking this link:  https://books2read.com/u/4Xo50v

On the topic of world domination, I guess am 1/1000 of the way toward my goal of having my books on the shelf in every country.  I am not a Math person though, so we may need to add some zeros. 😉

That’s all I have for today!  Life is good, my friends!  Have a great week.

Weekend Coffee Share, 6/29/19

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at http://eclecticali.wordpress.com

Pull up a chair and grab your drink of choice. As you can see, Bixby prefers a puppicino! NO, I porbably didn’t spell it right; it’s a made up word anyway!  It has been a hot week. The heat and humidity together made it feel like 110 degrees at times. Yikes!

I was glad to be indoors for a while at the WordPress Wordcamp today. It was so interesting and at times, overwhelming.

Here are three takeaways:

1. The sessions are not long enough for you to actually set up everything that you might want to on your site, so take notes! I plan to ruminate on the information later.

2. There is sooo much covered, and if you are merely a fledgling techie like me, take note of sites recommended or bookmark them on your laptop to review when there is more time.

3. Make it a point to return the next time there is a Wordcamp in town! Next time, I’ll have a better idea which sessions would best pertain to me. The most helpful today was on planning content. There were many things in that session I plan to put to use!

Besides it being interesting, I met some nice folks, and the lunch was great!

What I’m going to remember most is the idea of having a content plan. Saturday is already a great time for networking and community, as we do with the Weekend Coffee Share.

Besides working a little more on my work-in-progress, Malachi, I joined the Friday Fictioneers prompt challenge and entered my own little flash-fiction.  Mny reders are interpreting it in different ways! Check it out:  Observations at the Theater, Friday Fictioneers

I thank you for stopping by and hate to cut it short, but I am a little tired after this day of learning so many new things and now there is dinner to consider.

I hope you all have a great week! I am planning a little bit of writing on my novel in progress next week, and I’ll be working up that content plan for my blog and social media. Then there is also Independence Day. Enjoy it! I don’t have firm plans yet, but I’ll definitely be comforting my dog from the neighborhood sounds of fireworks. Poor doggie can’t stand the noise. 😦

Weekend Coffee Share. Summer Days and Ways

 No coffee needed for Bixby!

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at http://eclecticali.wordpress.com

Summer is in full swing, and I’m adjusting to sleeping in, more time with the dog, and a lot less stress! On the topic of stress, I’ve been making an effort to have at least two days weekly where I only drink half a cup of coffee. Let me be honest, yesterday was the second day this week, and my ability to focus was really lacking. I was working on a few of my goals as an author, but I was pretty distracted and quite slow to gain traction.  I did make it to yoga, though, and, wow! That is always good for my mood and relaxation.

I’ve been attending yoga twice weekly since summer’s start and going to Stretchzone in addition to more frequent walks. Stretchzone is a place where you do assisted stretch with a person who is usually licensed in Sports Medicine or physical therapy. I really like it, and I’m trying it because having butt in chair to write or laying around reading ( both of which I’ve been doing) can bother my lower back and sciatica.

Seen on Thursday’s walk. Colorful Shrooms!

So what am I up to as an author? Why am I sitting in that chair? I’ve got Detours in Time in audiobook production with an awesome narrator, I’m working on Malachi (work in progress), and I’m starting Undercurrents in Time on the audiobook process. I have to prepare files of scenes from Undercurrents that lend themselves to narration. ( Starting that this week). I’ve had Detours in Time on a Countdown deal for .99 this week which ends Sunday. Detours in Time is a fun, yet thought-provoking read of a woman and a scientist who travel to the future, then back and forward again,  and as a result, they learn a lot about their own families and themselves, as well as encountering some moral dilemmas.  Can you just observe a train-wreck?  That was metaphorical, but think about it.  Find out about Detours in Time or download it here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF

BTW, Undercurrents, the continuation, will also be on a Countdown deal in two to three weeks. I’ll keep you posted, because someone might be interested!

Today, my dog, Bixby and I are on the road with my boyfriend, Kenny. We’re going to Brunswick, Ga to see his dad and stepmom. It will be a low key visit, with conversation and lunch at his house. We’ll be quite entertained watching my dog and their little poodle chase each other around, though!

Road trip photo!

The author tasks and goals will wait until tomorrow, after I’ve enjoyed some sunshine!  Thank you for stopping by for our coffee chat, and have a great summer week!

Weekend Coffee Share. #maythe4th Be with you!

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This week was hectic with state testing, and it is not over, but at least the tests for my subject area are done!  So, I plan to have a little more fun with teaching in the next few weeks, giving them a fun project and having them do some creative writing.  Those brains can still grow a few more synapses before the year’s over!  My excitement for the coming of summer is partly based on having more time to write.  I also have three books I just bought and have started on one of them.  Guess what?  Stephen King is coming out with a new book that I am considering, but I also am putting a book on my list from a past professor of mine, Michael Wiley, who writes local mystery taking place in Jacksonville, Florida.  You can never have too many books, right? 😉  That, and, the next season of Stranger Things drops in July!  Let the binge watching ensue…  I have a week before my second screening test regarding my health, but I am feeling better about it right now, maybe because I am just living!  There were two school parties for students yesterday and the energy just rubbed off on me (though I really zonked out last night). 🙂  I’m also planning something awesome for my mom, my son, and me on Mother’s Day and I’m sure to share it afterward.  Stay tuned…

By the way, today is May the 4th, so May the 4th be with you!  My son and I have been a Star Wars family since he was younger!  In fact, it is likely the reason I have seen all of the Star Wars movies, including Solo!   I believe his dad was the first to take him to a Star Wars movie and that he was too young at that point, yet he wanted to see the next two when they came out.  He also seems to have an imagination like mine, so the other- worlds- and- times concept seemed to really appeal to him.  However, the third prequel installment, where Anikin becomes Vader, was disturbing and sad.  I had to explain a lot to him.  He was about nine, and it’s debatable if he was too young at that point.  Yet, he still wanted to see the three original movies after that, so we bought the DVD set, one of which included bonus content, and the 100- times- watching habit ensued.  When he liked a movie, he would watch it countless times.  I will say, the first trilogy was not as violent or disturbing, so I’m glad to own it.

This brings me to the debate I have seen online elsewhere.  Is it better to watch the original Star Wars Trilogy or the prequels first?  Personally, I say it’s best to watch the original trilogy, not knowing of the relationship between the two main characters which leads to the star-crossed lovers angle.  To hate Darth Vader and then later discover how he actually is Luke’s father and that he wasn’t always so evil, to see what may have caused it, was appealing to me.  I am sure some have opinions that would differ.  🙂

I’m also a huge fan of Carrie Fisher and have read some of her memoirs, so I love this new shirt that I ordered from outofprint.com.  It also benefits library associations.

My dog does not really get all the excitement, but isn’t he cute as Yoda?  Here’s a secret:  that outfit does not fit him anymore, and I think he’s glad.

I am proud to say that I love Star Wars and all you can learn from it about good and evil.  Yoda is the best character!  My son and I bonded over this series, and perhaps it would have been different if I had a daughter instead, but that is not what happened.  I am thrilled to be the mom of a son who is now a young man!

2006.08AustenBdayPicture472  Age 11.

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In fact, I need to get him a Star Wars shirt and see if he would wear it.  That is questionable, but it may be worth trying!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying a coffee share.  I hope your weekend and the upcoming week are both splendid for you!

 

 

 

Weekend Coffee Share. Happy Easter!

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at https://eclecticali.wordpress.com/ . I would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter, whether you are simply celebrating spring time, Passover, or the resurrection of Jesus, whether you are religious or simply spiritual, or even agnostic. As I grow older I am firmly believing it is not my place to judge one’s beliefs but to respect all.

Maybe I am developing a live and let-live philosophy. After all, I do believe in Jesus’ teachings that we should love one another.  I wish it was more pervasive in our world.

I was blessed to help my son celebrate his 23rd birthday on Friday! I feel blessed that he made it this many years, and I have decided that is how I will see every new birthday that I come across, as well. A blessing.  Even though I seem to get more aches and pains as time passes, it is all a blessing.  Well, some of it is downright laughable, so plan on seeing some jokes from me in future posts, as time goes by.  🙂

Saturday, I got some much-neglected writing done; it was such a good feeling!  I am too busy right now and can’t wait until the course I am taking is completed.  This summer, my character and I have a date to resolve his life crisis.  I will leave it at that for now.

We enjoyed a beautiful church service on Easter with music and an inspiring message.  I am in an interesting spot with my faith.  I need more time to just sit and enjoy things, like a puppy enjoys play and greets the sun with stretches, like an elderly woman gets the biggest smile with a visitor and is filled with gratitude, or the way a toddler just wants to be held by its mom.  I am tired of analyzing the nuances of my faith and trying to make sense of it.  This is where I am for now.  The concept of Jesus is the feeling of being totally accepted and protected; he would do anything for me.  He is at once a friend and a parent, and I can’t make sense of it right now.  I can only feel it, but it is unconditional, and I strive for my parenting to be the same.

After church, we had some down time between lunch and dinner, and everyone was watching TV or videos in the house in different rooms.  While I enjoyed the show I was watching, I felt like something more was needed.  It was a beautiful day outside!  I convinced my son we should take the dog to the park and don’t regret it for a minute.  He pulls on the leash and sniffs everywhere, tinkles and marks his spot all over the place.  His gusto is admirable.  In this photo he had already been trying to lead us all over the park.  I am wearing my peace-sign t-shirt.  There is no better day for a peace sign, a loving dog, family, and sunshine.

How about some peace in our world as well?  Unconditional, non-judgmental acceptance of others?  We do not have to accept violence.  We do not have to accept hate.  We can only fight it with love. We must continue to love our families non-stop, no matter what happens in the White House or in the world.  Have a great week, brothers and sisters.