Weekend Plans

Lots of plans this weekend. But one thing I really need to do is create some jewelry. I’ve neglected my jewelry making of late, and I’ve got the itch. Tonight I’ll start by cleaning off my workspace and organizing a little. Tomorrow I may make some earrings or start a bracelet to match this steampunk inspired necklace.

What are your weekend plans? Anything fun? What is your favorite creative outlet? 

Reading Challenge Update

According to Goodreads, I’m six books ahead of schedule for my 2018 reading challenge. Wow!!! Of course, taking the week of January 8 off work, and being at home with a sick hubby that week gave me plenty of time to read. A lot. 

This week I was not quite the reading machine. But I did finish Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King and Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander. I can recommend both books to anyone who likes horror, thriller, suspense. 

Yesterday I started Finders Keepers, King’s second book in the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. I can’t read it fast enough. Starts with a bang and keeps going. I read last night until my vision was so blurry I couldn’t distinguish letters on the page. 

What are you reading this week? What is your favorite recent read? Have you read anything this year that touched you deeply? 

Reading Update

Did you know Goodreads does not count short stories in the yearly reading challenge? Neither did I. Sigh. Oh well.


I read two seriously good shorts on Thursday.

1. The Last Rung on the Ladder by Stephen King

2. Repent, Jessie Shimmer! by Lucy A Snyder


Earlier in the week I read Primitive by J.F. Gonzalez. It was the first thing I’ve read by that author. Not at all what I expected. It’s horror, but done well and very suspenseful. Very thought provoking. I will definitely read more of his work.

I also read Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. Wow! What a book. So subtle the intensity snuck up on me, honestly not really hitting me until the end.

Saturday and Sunday I read Chills by Mary SanGiovanni. It’s supernatural horror and suspense. I enjoyed the story very much. But what I most enjoyed is Ms. SanGiovanni’s ability to bring characters to life and to make me care about them. And, her ability to pull me so deeply into the story that I can feel it.


I read several authors for the first time this week that I will definitely read again.

1. Richard Chizmar

2. Lucy A Snyder

3. Mary SanGiovanni

4. J.F. Gonzalez


What have you read in the past week? What have you loved? What not so much? Any new-to-you authors that you can’t wait to read more of? A new genre you’ve discovered you like? Did anything surprise you? Move you?

Friday Fave

I’ve hesitated to post this particular fave just because it’s from a membership only online store. But I love this product so much I can’t not make it known.

This lotion has seriously changed my life. I’m not exaggerating. In late 2015 I visited a dermatologist to discuss my super dry, very itchy skin. As in I used to claw my arms bloody in my sleep due to itching. She could never pinpoint the cause. I already used scent free detergent and soap, no perfume, etc. The only things that kept me from scratching to my bones was to use the super strong topical steroid betamethasone and ice packs. Back then I was going through two tubes of betamethasone cream per month just on my arms. That’s a lot of steroid.

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Sometime in late 2016 one of my Facebook friends posted about an online grocery store where members could buy science based, non-toxic health and wellness items as well as personal care and household cleaning items. I scrolled on by. I’d just spent a horrible four months involved in a MLM company and wanted nothing that sounded similar.

But she kept posting. Not pushing. Not selling. Just saying, get info, no pressure.

After she posted about something she bought for her elderly father that helped his super dry skin, I messaged her. She sent me the info, but I still didn’t join.

Finally, in January 2017 the online store had a $1 membership special with a money back guarantee. I decided to try it out. I bought one of their smaller packages with some cleaning supplies and laundry supplies as well as a bottle of this lotion. (In the coming months, I will post about the cleaning supplies and laundry detergent.)

But, OMG, this lotion y’all. With the first application I knew it was worth joining the shopping club just for this lotion. Since using this lotion I have not even used one whole tube of betamethasone cream. I realize my results are mine, no one else’s. Please don’t mistake me here. But there is science behind the formulation.

I can tell you, I do not buy any other brand of lotion. I won’t use any other brand of lotion.

I have not woken up with bloody scratches on my arms since switching to this lotion. I’m no longer using large amounts of super strong topical steroid.

For me, this lotion is truly amazing and one of my very favorite products ever.

What are you loving this week? Have you discovered a new product you can’t live without? Or, still enjoying a product you’ve used for a long time? Have a new favorite song? Food? Dessert?

 

How Have I Missed Yvonne Navarro?

Seriously, y’all, how have I missed author Yvonne Navarro all these years that I’ve been a horror literature fan? I’m pretty sure I have not buried my head under a rock.

So, a few weeks ago on his podcast, The Horror Show With Brian Keene, Keene announced the first several books for the podcast’s bookclub were listed on the show’s Facebook page. I read the selections and thought the February book, Afterage by Yvonne Navarro sounded interesting. 

After I bought and downloaded the book, I looked up the author. She’s been around for over 20 years. How have I not heard of her? And then I started reading the book. Wow! It’s great. 

If you like post apocalyptic fiction and/or vampire fiction you MUST do yourself a favor and read Afterage. 

 

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Writing Goals 2018

Writing goals…the phrase that freezes my innards. At least it does since NaNoWriMo 2014 was the last time I met a writing goal. 

But this is my year. This year I will crush my writing goals. It’s time. 

My big goal for the year is a finished manuscript by 9/1/18 which is just in time for SCBWI Midsouth Fall Conference. I want the paid critique option. I’ll also enter the manuscript contest. Then, there’s the peer critique group for even more feedback.

Next week I’m outlining (yes, you read that correctly) my WIP. Once that is done, it should come together pretty quickly.

I also have some short fiction goals. 

And, I want to try to get an agent. (Yikes! Can’t believe I said that out loud!! Scary!)

No excuses.

 

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