So where have I been? To be honest, I'm not sure. I sort of feel like I'm drifting lately and have been all over the place.
I just lost my writing mojo there for a while and didn't feel like I had anything important to talk about...not that what's on here now it all that important. Maybe the word I am looking for is "interesting" and that's all relative anyway.
So what have I been doing? Well, I started the summer off by entering the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge and wrote 50,000 words! A pretty big deal...if only it would pay off. I think writing that much is fun, but tiresome so I haven't really written since and I may never enter that again, we'll see. I haven't touched the novels I am working on since then and it's got me kind of down. I want to make this published author thing happen, but I got so many rejections before, it's hard to get motivated to finish the series. I have had many other stories pop into my head and I actually got started on several of them a while back, but none are complete. I need something to jump start my creative mind so I can finish them and send out queries.
Got any ideas? I also thought about just publishing them myself on Amazon or the other sites, but I don't know where to begin and it all seems very daunting without any paid help.
I did take a little vacation with the kids and my mother recently. It was fun, and challenging, but mostly fun like all trips with the family are. It wasn't a relaxing, lounging on the beach kind of vacation (sigh), but we did do a lot of things and I saw lots of my extended family over the fourth which was awesome.
A few other things, little things, that I've done recently...renewed my interest in Kimono with the help of reading this blog. She wears her Kimono so beautifully and I love looking at her pictures. She's really funny too so it's a fun read. She is so adventurous, in my eyes. I could never wear Kimono way out here in this rural community where I am, unless it's Halloween (which I did once...sorry no picture). People would think I was a crazy weirdo...and they'd probably be right, I just don't necessarily want to show it in public. :-p
If I were in the city, I totally would. Anyway, it has me shopping online for some Kimono of my own...just in case I have the chance to wear it.
I've also expanded my Blythe doll collection to the grand total of three (sorry no pic of #3). I wrote a guest post on BlytheLife.com (see previous post) and found two more gals that wouldn't totally drain my account...which is so hard to do with Blythe. Both sellers were generous enough to include tons of extras in the sale, such as clothes, shoes, etc. Those can add up very quickly...I've seen shoes, dolly size mind you, for upwards of $50! I don't own said shoes, but I can dream. I don't think any of my own shoes are that expensive. :-/
It's fun shopping for them anyway. Blythe has also opened my interests into other dolls and toys, mostly vintage, but some new like Monster High dolls,(I love all the interesting creatures), and Unazukin, (those are seriously cute).
I've really been enjoying Flickr lately too and I have several pictures, though not great ones, of my Blythe and other things there. Check it out if you are interested.
I haven't been cooking as much as I would like, but I am trying to change that starting this week. My DH has a weird and very busy work schedule and we don't even get to eat supper together very often, especially during the week, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't cook a full meal...right? Well, that's what I keep telling myself. In any case, I was tired of eating crap all the time, so I'll do my best. If you have any simple but tasty recipes you'd like to share...I'm open.
I will try to post here more often, though my reader list is small...thanks for following at all, I really appreciate it. I'd love some comments and for you to also check out my author blog. Let me know what you think there too (though it's been neglected also).
My Etsy shop has gotten tons of hits lately, which is fantastic, though I haven't sold anything in over a year, not fantastic. I have plans to add some Blythe jewelry, but haven't even made them yet. (Sigh) Where's that creative kick I so badly need???
All in all, the summer had a great start and it seemed like all would be swell, but now it's nearly over (our kids start school on Aug 14!) and I feel I don't have much to show for it.
If you have any suggestions to help kick start me. Let me know...
Thanks for reading!