Happy New Year!

Back up a moment…perhaps I should start by saying Merry Christmas. :)

How was your Christmas? For the first time in four years, we had a white Christmas…I was SO excited!  Did anyone else get a white Christmas?

My parents gave me a sweet little Kindle Paperwhite, which I absolutely love. I’ve never had an e-reader before, other than the Kindle app on my phone, and I must say that I’m thoroughly hooked. Of course, I’ll take a hard copy any day, but if I must read an e-book, the Paperwhite is the next best thing.

Also, I got three paperback books, which I have already read. *sheepish grin* They were all A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

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I have spent the past four days totally relaxing. Trust me, it has been divine. I lost count of how many novels I’ve read, but it was at least seven in a three day period, all of which I’ve been wanting to read for some time but haven’t had the chance to. And, thanks to my new glasses, I was able to read for hours upon hours without going cross-eyed. :)

Purposely, I put writing away for those four days. It was hard, but I’m glad I took the time off. My brain was exploding with ideas (halfway good ideas, too!) for my stories. And since I’ve allowed myself to write again, I’ve been typing up a storm!

Happy New Year! :)

Wednesday crept up on me…

Well, it’s almost ten am on Wednesday and I just realized that I forgot to post something!  Grr!

Nothing much exciting has happened around here, other than being extremely busy in preparation for Christmas. That and a few of us have gotten colds (unfortunately, I am in the lucky few). Writing has been pushed to the back burner despite my efforts to keep it a priority. I suppose it is still a priority, just…lower on the list of priorities. ;)

Clara’s Story is progressing slower than I would have liked, but it is still moving along. I’ve also been sneaking in some time on a secret story, which I am incredibly excited about. I am going to attempt to keep this story shorter than my other books, which seem to be a consistent 85,000 to 130,000 words.  We shall see how much I can control myself.

I recently got a new keyboard! Typing on my laptop on my desk was giving me horrible wrist pain, so I began looking into one of those silly-looking curved keyboards. And finally, I found one that I absolutely love! It helps my wrist pain substantially and after I got used to the funny angle of typing, I can type just as fast on the new one as I can with my laptop’s keyboard. Here’s a picture of my writing area (one of them, at least) :

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Please excuse the messy desk. :)

I will not be posting next week because it will be Christmas Eve’s Eve, and my family will be rather busy. So merry Christmas, one week early!

One Lovely Blog Tag

I was tagged for the One Lovely Blog Award by my friend, Hope.

Rules:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. List seven fun facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate fifteen bloggers of your own…well, the rules say fifteen bloggers but that’s a lot; just tag as many people as you feel like tagging.

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Okay, seven fun facts about myself (that’s a lot!!!)

  1. I was never able to stomach coffee until about two years ago, but now, I love it.
  2. I am a night owl…staying up until two or three in the morning, no problem. Getting up before seven a.m.; “Wha de oo say?”
  3. My favorite genre to read is historical fiction.
  4. I’m not a huge fan of watching movies…if given a choice, I’d pick reading a book over watching a movie hands down.
  5. My favorite color is light, pastel purple.
  6. I play seven instruments.
  7. I write from 9pm to 12am.

I don’t know who to tag…I only know of one person reading this blog who has a blog…but if any of you wish to do this, please consider yourself tagged!

“The Storm of the Century”

Sorry to have this post so delayed. Last night, a massive windstorm hit the area we live and nearly decimated the city. Hurricane-force winds caused trees to fall across powerlines, across roads, across houses… the entire city is without power. All the hospitals (there are 4 of them) and such are running off of generators. The media is calling this the storm of the century.

There are no large trees in our yard and we were very safe in our house. Unfortunately, our dock is entirely ruined from the 10 foot waves that were knocking it around for hours yesterday. Our the dirt behind our sea-wall has washed away and the wall is falling in. Though this is not at all good, I keep thinking of how fortunate we are when compared to others who had trees crashing through their houses.

Mercifully, our power came on about a half hour ago, which is absolutely a miracle. We live 30 miles away from the nearest large city and are usually on the bottom of the priority list. I am half afraid that the power will go out again as the repair men try to repair all the broken transformers and snapped lines!

As for writing…it’s going very well! I didn’t get much done yesterday with the power out, but that’s okay. I’ll catch up today.

Hope you are all doing well and nasty storms are leaving you alone! :)

Reading, reading, reading

I stumbled across a few pictures of me reading several years ago. I started looking through some of our multiple photo libraries to find more.

 

(Age 9)

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Story behind this picture. I managed to read the first 12 Elsie Dinsmore books inside of two weeks when I was ten years old. I was literally reading in every single spare moment. My eyes were so sore and crossed that I couldn’t see five feet in front of my face without the world being blurry. Mom and Dad told me that I needed to go outside for awhile. So what did I do? Go outside, pull a chair onto the grass, and keep reading. Made sense to me. :)

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If I’m trying to read (or if I’m reading too much and shirking from my other duties) I typically get a sick or sleepy baby thrown in my arms. (Age 10 above, age 13 below.)

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Age 17. :) Reading is one of the best ways to pass time while RV traveling.

 

 

NaNoWriMo update: I’ve been able to keep up with my word count despite being extremely sick the first two days of NaNo. Finally, I’m feeling better and the words are flowing better. I didn’t realize how many words 50,000 really is. :)

Country Girl Probs

When I came downstairs yesterday morning, dressed and ready for a fun girls day out with yayah and mom and little sis, I was instantly bombarded with questions from my mom and brothers.

“Why are you dressing up so much?” “Do I have to wear fancy clothes, too?”

Why, you might ask? Simply because I was wearing something other than jeans and a plain T-shirt.

Apparently I need to “dress up” more frequently so it isn’t such a shock to my family to see me in a skirt. :)

Writing on the Road

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I’ve had to learn over the past few years to be a mobile writer. Car trips, RV trips, plane trips…and they’re all so different. Sadly, taking my lap desk on the plane doesn’t work very well, but most planes have those lovely fold-down trays that are lovely desks and double as a place to fold your arms up and sleep when you get tired.  In the RV and cars, space is at a minimum.

So how do I do it?

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Well, in the RV it is pretty simple. I take my massive lap desk with me (it takes up a lot of space but I love the crazy thing) so I can sit in the chair, on the couch, or in the passenger chair. I can’t write very well in my bunk because I am too close to the ceiling and can’t sit up. Also, I do a lot of writing at the table.

In the car (sorry, no pictures to go with this one), I also take my lap desk along. I slide it under my seat when not in use.

Plane travel is a little more difficult. Thankfully, my computer fits in my backpack perfectly…there is even a designated computer pouch, Taking my lap desk is out, because it doesn’t fit in my backpack. The fold-down desk works well while on board the plane, but not so much during long layovers in the airport. In the past, I’ve taken my science books to set on my lap (those Apologia ones are massive) or, if my backpack isn’t too lumpy, I’ll set that on my lap to boost my computer up.

Another thing I struggle with while trying to write, whether at home or on the road, is distractions. ;)  In battling that, I’ve found that listening to music through headphones helps drastically. Headphones are important because it blocks most of the outside noise (when you have 6 siblings this is quite important). Listening to soft, classical piano works very well for me.

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People enjoy taking pictures of me when I’m not paying attention. Lovely, huh?  Actually, I think this is a look I get frequently when I’m “writing.”  :)

 

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(Yes, I stuck the camera out the window to get this photo (and the one at the top of the post).  Let me tell you…if anything felt wrong, sticking an expensive camera out the window is definitely it!)

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This photo doesn’t really fit this post at all, but I thought you might enjoy seeing what a circus we look like. Want to know something even funnier? These aren’t even all the bikes! :)

Lighthouse

My family had the privilege of visiting a lighthouse as we drove up the Oregon coast. It was a spontaneous “STOP QUICK! Let’s go see that lighthouse!”  :)

 

From far away…

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There was a  beach we had to cross to get to the lighthouse.

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We walked up the mountain to go inside the lighthouse itself.

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As we drove away, there was a strange cloud formation over the ocean that I thought was beautiful!  It was also the strangest cloud formation I’ve ever seen…

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Have any of you ever been to a lighthouse?

On The Beach

We’re back! We had such a lovely time on our vacation and I took a bunch of photos to share with you all.  :) Here’s pictures of the second stop on our trip…the Oregon Coast.

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This is where I was kicking myself for not bringing my big camera…doesn’t it look a tad like Ireland?

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Reflections…

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On the last day, my siblings decided that we should get our feet wet. Despite the fact that the water was maybe 40 degrees, I rolled up my pants, took off my knee brace, and dove in (relatively speaking). The seawater was so cold it hurt my feet terribly bad. But, I only get to the ocean once in a very long while, so I figured I might as well enjoy it. And I did.

And guess what? My feet got so numb after about 5 minutes I couldn’t feel the cold anymore. :) We had a blast.

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Running towards the warmer sand during the first 5 minutes of painful feet numbing. :)

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Crater Lake, OR

Greetings from sunny California!

My family and I are on a two-week vacation from our home in Washington.  We’re going down South, stopping at lovely places as we loop down into Oregon, California, then back into Washington.

We’ve been on the road for six days now. So far, we’ve seen lava fields and tubes (Oregon…can’t remember the details on that one), Crater Lake (Oregon), and gotten a small taste of the Redwood forest (California). Seeing the beauty of God’s creation in such HUGE displays is absolutely incredible.

I have very limited internet connections while we travel, so here are just a few of my favorite photos from Crater Lake. LOTS more coming when we have a stronger connection.

Enjoy!

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This one (above) is my favorite. :)

 

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