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Happy Saturday, everyone, and welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at https://eclecticali.wordpress.com I haven’t done one of these in a while, in fact, the last time I did one my coffee was iced. Of course, that normally wouldn’t mean anything since I am in Florida, but this past week, we’ve been going through a cold spell. I’ve been indoors a lot, writing very little since my desk is by a drafty window. I’ve been reading and watching Netflix, though. I’ve been wearing layers and layers every time I step out. We got down to the upper 20’s one night, even! No snow here, but they did get some flurries in Tallahassee. However, we got our share of ice. Hence, my title, “Generating Heat.”
To generate heat, one must burn calories. Funny, to do so also generates energy, so it all fits with my word for the New Year! I’ve decided, instead of making a New Year’s resolution, I will focus on a keyword for the New Year: Energy. While I’ve had very little writing focus due to my drafty window (and the holidays) this last week, I wrote a post on my New Year’s focus word that you may view and read here, if interested: A Word for My Intentions
During the week, I attempted to visit a senior woman from church that I visit regularly. She is in a nursing home. Since social interaction is so beneficial, they don’t keep their patients holed up in their rooms, which is great. However, there had been a few patients with flu symptoms, and visitors were not allowed for a few days. These things happen, I suppose. Flu has been going around. I can only imagine how rough that would be for elderly patients who aren’t completely mobile. I was able to get out to get together for dinner one night with my work buddies. It was fun, and the Italian food was excellent. Other than that, I was indoors a lot this last week.
At any rate, in the spirit of generating energy so that I can be positive toward others, I’ve been going to more challenging yoga classes. I haven’t even fallen down, but I sure do modify in every class. You see, my ‘Energy’ goal will hopefully bring about better health, and even mental health, as far as positive mindset. Positive thinking generates positive results, right? Yes, I believe it does. I also, having time on my hands this Winter Break, have to force myself off the couch or chair with upbeat music. Monday, my choice was Sister’s of Mercy “This Corrosion” and then “Danza Kuduro.” “Danza” speaks for itself. It is used in Zumba classes across the world, I am sure. I used to do Zumba, and it was great exercise. I get aches and pains these days and focus on low-impact yoga, but a 10-12 minute interlude at home is a good break in my day. It is so upbeat, and I even remember a few of the moves from Zumba class. Now, “This Corrosion” may not be anything you’ve ever heard of. The Sisters of Mercy is alternative and may be even considered Gothic/Industrial, but this song was on the soundtrack for The Restaurant at the World’s End, a funny, yet dark movie with Simon Pegg and a bunch of alien androids and a few other humans. That’s what brought the song back to my memory. Pegg’s character was my favorite of the humans, such a troubled, yet adventurous soul. His character even wears a Sister’s of Mercy t-shirt through much of the movie. Anyhow, I used to dance to this sort of music, as well as 80’s New Wave, in my youth. So, when I dance to it, I flail like an idiot, because who can remember how they danced 20-30 years ago? I also reach down to get my dog to dance with me. He barks the first time, then puts his feet up the next time I reach down. It is glorious fun, such an energy builder, and thank God no one can see me! But the dog…he may be secretly filming with a hidden camera… Oh, who cares! It is all for the sake of being silly, and laughter burns calories too!
Music will definitely be my go-to source of energy. I have made a pact with myself to do things that feed my energy. My hope is the results will be a renewed energy in my job and focus/energy for writing. My writing certainly needs to be more focused. I don’t know how I ever got Detours in Time published in 2017, but I did. I had a lot of help, and that is the way a professional does it. I have written a sequel, and it is going through revision and beta-reading now. In fact, I fleshed it out from 45,000 to 61,000 words this November. That was my NANOWRIMO accomplishment on a small scale. It definitely will be published in 2018, but I will need to keep my energy and focus going! Most of what I have written lately has been flash-fiction, one of my first loves in writing. However, one day I had thoughts running through my head about a character in the sequel whose life and goings-on I want to follow, whose story I want to tell. He is young, a survivor, and still learning who he is. I spent a few hours on the day of New Year’s Eve getting some of his story in writing. We don’t control these ideas, do we? I already have a 4th installment in Norrie’s story from Made for Me, but I haven’t touched it after writing 4,000 words three months ago. She will come to me later with more of her story. I really sometimes believe that is the way it happens! Writers, I am not alone in this feeling, am I? I’d love to be more organized, but, I’ll have to go with what works for my brain.
It feels like I’m meandering here, but besides some of the brief writing “possession” and lack of focus I’ve experienced, I’ve been enjoying Netflix and went to two movies over Winter Break. This is a big deal; I hadn’t been to a movie since Wonder Woman or Dr. Strange. Not sure which, I may have my order mixed up; it was whichever came out last summer. I didn’t even get out to see the new Bladerunner, and I am such a rabid fan. I know I was busy writing in November. No worry though, it comes out for Netflix in January and I already have it on order! I took my mom to see Thor: Ragnorok last week, and she loved it for the brawny Thor character and the powerful women it depicted. She didn’t get the mythology and back-story, but I loved it all. On New Year’s Eve, my sweetheart and I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was a great movie! We were in a theater with reclining seats, and I had drank a hot toddy with dinner; that may have been a mistake, but anyway, I got the gist of the movie, and I enjoyed it. On the homefront, I have had time for Netflix and my ongoing obsession with Haven. Audrey has come back again! Seriously, I love this show, but my favorite was when everyone in town thought it was Christmas in July all brought about by a snow globe. That one definitely had a Stephen King feel to it. I’ve also already seen all of Season 2 of Glitch. There seem to be plot holes galore, maybe because they’re saving things for the next season, but the setting and the whole idea of second chances is quite intriguing. I also hear there are more Black Mirror episodes. That one really makes me think. I have to be ready when I watch it.
Truly, I do look forward to warmer weather. My dog can’t even enjoy his walks these days. He does his business, then turns back toward the house. I owe him a dog park visit come warmer weather! Being indoors a lot, I am reading too: still reading Outlander, the Fiery Cross, alternating between Kindle and Audiobook. It is so long. I’m over halfway done though, and I’ll feel very accomplished when I finish! Sometimes I take a break to read one of many books on Indie publishing, marketing, or writing. Perhaps my word for 2019 will be Focus! Nah, too soon to decide that.
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That’s the gist of my week. How was your week?