Posts Tagged ‘new beginnings’


Yesterday I mentioned that I am going to write a minimum of 100 fiction words each day this month in an effort to get back to fiction writing. Here’s the first installment, written late night on January 1. I won’t always share them but, as it’s the beginning one, I’m sharing this one. It’s 108 words so it fits the minimum.


She stood above the desk staring at the blank piece of paper. It was at an angle, as if someone had been about to write something. Who could it have been and to whom was this bit of writing for? What was going to be written? Was it business or was it personal and did it have any connection to her job here? Like any good detective, she was filled with more questions than answers. She took one last look at the desk and everything on it before returning to the adjoining office where the body lay waiting for the CSI team to finish their work.

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The Fool is about to set off on a new adventure. He is innocently trusting the world around him as he takes the leap of faith. A perfect card to start a new year!

If we were having coffee today, January 1, 2017, we would be at my house. It’s too cold to go out and as I sit here typing, it is snowing. It isn’t expected to be much or stick at all. We’re at about 34 degrees. What is really keeping me close to home, in fact close to bed, is my back. For the past three days the pain has been excruciating. I didn’t re-injure myself so I don’t really know what made it hurt so much. I am so stiff I can barely move. Sitting up is difficult and making my way from the bed to the kitchen is quite a challenge. Today it is slightly better and I am hoping that moving around slowly and carefully will not cause more pain. Cross your fingers for me.

One of the reasons I really want to get moving is that I have been re-focusing my energy and time on Tarot. I offered a special in my Tarot group for a $17 new years reading. I got some takers and I have been enjoying doing those readings. I even got to help a fellow blogger by doing readings for a couple of her fictional characters! Those were fun and I think she is finding a lot to work with as a result! And I am happy because the money has gotten me much closer to being able to pay my light bill (scheduled for disconnect later this week)! I am about two more readings away from having the money to pay the bill.

It has been a challenging couple of weeks. I am missing an envelope with the cash to pay my rent for the next four months. I know it’s here in the house but I can’t remember the safe place I put it. I have been looking high and low and I think that might actually have something to do with my back pain. I’ve been climbing the step ladder and looking under furniture and moving boxes, all to no avail and all contributing to the back pain. And stress. That’s why I’ve been quiet here. I can’t seem to concentrate on anything but finding that envelope. I am taking the day off to focus on other things. I have until the 5th and if I absolutely have to ask, my mom has agreed to lend me the $600 and she can send it Western Union so I can have it the same day. I hate to do that but I don’t have much of a choice if I can’t find the envelope by then. I’m hoping a day of rest from looking for it will let me see things differently tomorrow and I will be able to find it.

So aside from my Tarot and trying to find copy editing and proof reading clients, I am going to attempt to write at least 100 words of fiction each day. That doesn’t sound like a lot but some days are so challenging that it will be difficult to do even that 100!

What are you all up to? What are you focusing on this year?

#WeekendCoffeeShare is a weekly blog link up hosted by Diana at Part Time Monster. Come on over and take a look. We’re all friendly and at last look, none of us bites!

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Sunrise on Haleakala

Welcome to the first #WeekendCoffeeShare post of 2016! May we continue to share our worlds over delicious beverages throughout the year! I think the picture of the sun rising over Haleakala crater in Maui (taken in August of 2004) is a fitting way to open this post, and I always love to share this photo, so there’s that!

If we were having coffee, you would see that the sun is bright out today but looking out from inside, it can be deceiving because we’re sitting at 27 degrees  with a “feels like” of 18 degrees. Let’s see, what is the conversion…-2.7 degrees actual and a feels like of -7.7. That’s pretty chilly, any way you look at it! Even with the heat on inside the house, it’s chilly! How is it in your neck of the woods?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this past week has been very busy doing not a lot! I’ve been spending a lot of time with my daughter and the boys which has, most nights, kept me over at their house late into the night…or late into the morning, actually! This coming week, on Tuesday, I will be packing up the car and heading for Seattle to house sit for my son…and dog sit…and cat sit…while he and his wife go to Hawaii as their last vacation trip before the baby comes in May. It will guarantee me alone time. I used to go up there and just stay in the house while they were gone but the last couple of times I have been there I’ve ventured out a bit. I can now get to anyone of several breweries, to the Seattle Center (Space Needle plus), Pikes Place Market, Discovery Park (lots of hiking and beautiful views of the Sound), and other places. I’m hoping for dry weather, even if it is cold, so I can get out and take some pictures and go for a hike or two. I will be there for a full week.

I’m currently reading several books which is new for me as I tend to concentrate on only one at a time. I’m reading Searching For Malumba by Luther Siler, which is a collection of essays around the theme of education. I’m also reading One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, which is a middle grade novel that I am reading for the 2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, and Witch Is Where It All Began by Adele Abbott, a YA mystery novel. Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? Which ones? I am also doing a personal challenge on Good Reads, challenging myself to read 75 books in 2016.

Do you make resolutions? Did you? I don’t like to make them and don’t. I like to “work toward” doing certain things during the year, which for me is much more forgiving than a resolution and so much more doable than resolutions which practically set one up for failure. My “work toward” for this year is about enjoying life and doing what I like to do or would like to do and taking on personal challenges. I’m also going to go back to last year’s word…Create…because my creativity was halted when I got sick. That threw everything off. I’m going back to Create this year. You? Do you have a word for 2016?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I finally wrote my About Me post. I said at the beginning of 2015 that I would write it and I finally did…on December 30…and used it as my first post of 2016. It will go into an About page that will be created this weekend. You will, most likely, not find a lot of new things there if you’ve followed my blog. No surprises. What you see is what you get!

I am fighting against time here because the battery on the laptop is about to die so this is a good place to end this coffee share. Please let me know what you are up to! Plans for the week? Any travel coming up? New projects? Tell, tell!

I’ll leave you with a great song to start the year:

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One day last week, I noticed that the glow in the dark skeleton that I had hung from one corner of the carport was gone. My heart sank. I haven’t lived here very long; only since August. I wondered before putting up that skeleton if it was safe to do so here. I’ve felt safe here. It’s a quiet community, tucked away from most passersby. Would the skeleton disappear I had wondered. I had seen a dozen or so teenagers hanging around. They play basketball out in the street. I had seen them often as I headed out toward the highway. Everything had been safe here while I was moving. I had left windows open to air out the house when I had gone back and forth to and from California. Nothing ever seemed to be wrong during my absences so I had assumed it was okay.

The missing skeleton came from the Dollar Tree so moneywise it wasn’t a big deal. I hunt it on the corner of the carport nearest the street. I figured if it did disappear, it wouldn’t be a big deal. However, on that one morning when I noticed it was gone and checked all the windows to see if I could see it somewhere in the front yard or in the driveway, I was truly upset. I knew it had been hanging out there at four o’clock in the morning when I heard a noise and got up to investigate. I have a motion-sensor on my light outside and it stays on all night so anytime there is any kind of movement anywhere near the driveway, the light goes on, yet someone had come into my yard and take something that didn’t belong to them. What nerve. I got mad. How dare anyone come into my yard and take something that didn’t belong to them?!

The worst part is that it made me doubt myself. Had I not done my homework when I picked this area, this neighborhood to move to? Had my judgment been off? Now I would have to live with my decision, even if it proved to not be a safe place for me. I had a dull ache in my heart.

I didn’t go out that day until quite late. I didn’t have the heart to face the world in the mood I was in. Finally, when it was dark, I had to go out and run some errands. I went outside and locked the door behind me. When I got down the steps to the driveway, I noticed a soft glow to my right. There it was! My skeleton. It was wedged up against the rear passenger side tire of my car. Apparently, the wind had blown it down. I hadn’t even heard the wind inside the house. I didn’t know it had been windy but apparently it had been because I also found a couple of small plants in the driveway. I had bought them and hadn’t potted them into heavy pots yet so they got tossed around in the wind.

I cannot tell you how I felt upon finding that silly dollar store skeleton! It restored my faith in the area I had moved to. More than that, it restored my faith in myself; in my ability to make good judgments and good choices! I felt safe again.

As I picked up that skeleton, my face glowed.

All was once again right in my own little corner of the world.

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When I was growing up, my mother used to tell us that whatever we began the year with, we’d end the year with. If we began it with friends and good times, so it would end. If we began it alone and in tears, so it would also end. The real warning in her saying this to us is that we should be careful what we were doing on January first because that was what we’d do for the whole year. Not literally, of course, but more figuratively. If we began a year bathed in friendship and happiness, so the course of our year would follow. The opposite was also true. (more…)

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