A Writer's Journey

December 6, 2018

Getting Back on Track

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Update: I was going to post this last week. However, my laptop decided to die on me…again. Turns out it wasn’t the AC adaptor (though I’m sure that was going too). Our IT guy at work did some investigating and found that there is a known battery issue with my particular Dell model. He found a fix and checked out a few things. Hopefully, we don’t have this issue again.

But I appreciate crossed fingers just in case.

In last week’s post, I talked about why I had gone silent for almost a month. I also mentioned that I was working on my Advent story and it was consuming pretty much everything. Well good news—I’m done!

And it’s a relief to say that.

To review: For the past few years, the Outlaw Queen fandom puts out an Advent Calendar in December. Each day unlocks new gifts, which can be fanart, fanfics, fanvids, etc. They are all Outlaw Queen themed and all revolve around Christmas or winter. We enjoy getting these gifts and the team who designs the website each year does amazing work. Even the “404 Error: Page Not Found” page is a gift when it gets found!

I don’t want to give too much away about my story as it is one of the rules. It’s a fake dating AU that I hope everyone enjoys! But as I noted, I did change Robin’s backstory about a week before the story was due and had to scrap 9,000 words, essentially starting over.

Talk about a crunch, huh?



November 13, 2017

A Change in the Air

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Two weeks ago, I went to a YMCA training course on Fiscal Management. Pretty much, it explains the budget, how to build one and how to monitor one so you can help with your YMCA’s fiscal responsibilities. I’m in a department that’s considered “overhead”—we don’t have a revenue stream, so the other departments cover us. But I’m not here to explain that to you. It’s just…background. Setting, if you would.

That morning, it had been freezing in my room and I had been hesitant to get out of bed. But I knew I had to because I had to go to this training. So I pulled on a nice warm shirt, some warm pants and then checked my phone for the temperature. When I saw it was in the thirties, I knew I had to break out my jacket for the first time since the winter. My car heater was jacked up and I headed on my way.

When the training was over for the day, I stepped outside and paused. Because it was a day that just screamed “November” to me.

It was overcast and the skies were gray as a cool wind blew. My jacket kept me warm against the cold air as I hurried to the car. Around me were trees, all starting to change colors. Reds, golds, browns and oranges stood out against the gray. It was beautiful.

For a moment, I just stood in the parking lot admiring how perfect a fall day it was. It just reminded me how much I love the season.

November 16, 2015

Confused Weather

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What month is it again? The calendar says November but the weather is like “April. Maybe May.” It’s confusing! Let’s take a couple Thursdays ago, for example. It looked like autumn outside—gray skies and leaves falling from the trees. But it was 70 degrees outside. I was able to walk around without a jacket.

And I drove to work listening to Christmas music. The city where I work had put up the lighted snowflakes and Christmas wreathes. It was kind of weird. But also a case of déjà vu. Last year, we had warm weather early in November. I felt the same thing then as I do now.

I wish the weather would pick a setting and stay there. This up and down is killing my sinuses. I need a break. Right now, the weather needs to stay cool. It’s November. Thanksgiving is coming as is Christmas. The weather is supposed to be getting cooler. We’re supposed to break out the warmer clothing. I think they’re cuter anyway.

And it’s time for some hot chocolate. I love it but only when it’s cold enough for it.

So how ‘bout it, weather? Can you pick a temperature and stay with it?

Thank you.

November 12, 2012


Filed under: journey,writing — mackenziew @ 3:30 am
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For those who don’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo! Participants pledge to write an entire 50K word novel throughout the entire month. It’s worldwide, actually, and everyone supports each other.


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