And Now For Something Completely Different

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cleeseWith April fast approaching, I have been working on my first few posts for the A to Z Blog Challenge.   I have decided to go with a themed approach after all.

I am going to try my hand at writing short stories. A wise and trusted advisor (my hubby) asked if I’d ever written short stories. I don’t normally even read short stories. For some reason, I find them disappointing. I always want “more”. I typically reject short books, too. Call it a quirk of mine, but I like to read L-O-N-G books. It’s also not a secret that I would like to write a book of my own one day. Hubby suggested I practice that goal by writing short stories.

For the A to Z Challenge, instead of writing 26 disjointed and separate stories, I decided to try to tie them all together. I am going to tell the story of a little girl and an old man. Each story will be told from a different character’s viewpoint. I have A through D ready. The challenge will be to tell parts of the same story but never repeating a character. Each day is a new letter of the alphabet. So far the installments are quite short – only averaging 500 words each. That wasn’t intentional, but it works (so far).

We will see if I can continue and successfully conclude the tale.

Image courtesy of Pinterest and Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Blogging from A to Z Challenge for April 2015

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I’ve decided to join the A to Z Blogging Challenge for April – http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/.  I know. I know.  Isn’t my life already crazy enough?  Like I need one more thing on my schedule! Consistently posting every day will certainly be a challenge for me, but I think it will be worth it.

I don’t really have a theme in mind.  I think the alphabet itself will be “theme” enough for this blogger!

atoz-theme-reveal-2015Like my blog, my topics will probably be all over the place.  I’ll write about whatever strikes me that day. The goal is to post every day in April except for Sundays.  The blog posts will follow the letters of the alphabet. On April 1st, I will blog about something that starts with the letter “A”.  On the 2nd, I move on to “B”, etc.

seraPerhaps I’ll try a short story or two.  Maybe I’ll write about A to Z in the squirrel world.  I could do A to Z in book reviews, flowers and gardening or animals and pets I’ve known. I could cover A to Z about my experiences as a trucker’s wife or as a Mom who’s spent many years dealing with Autism spectrum disorders or juvenile Diabetes. In any event, I hope to enjoy the heck out of myself and get in some much-needed blogging enjoyment time.

 

 

 

 

Existing

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It seems some days as if I am just existing. Looking back over my blogging the past few weeks, it seems as if all I have time for are a few squirrel snapshots and an odd book review here and there. That’s about all I have had time (and mental capacity) for.

Anyone who knows me knows I have high blood pressure (my entire family does/did). My Doctor has been trying to add a second medication to the BP medicine I currently take to get my numbers just a bit lower. The first new medicine try made me loopy (foggy-headed and dizzy) and overly emotional. I cried (A LOT). The second new medicine try bothered my asthma (I developed a dry cough and my lungs hurt). I couldn’t walk around without my chest and throat burning. The third new medicine try has lowered my numbers, but it also seems to have side effects. I have muscle and joint aches and pains, and I have a sharp stitch in my right kidney area. I went for bloodwork yesterday to test my potassium and creatinine levels. I am still waiting for the results.

It’s been a rough month. I have felt less than stellar, and I still have to get on with life. It’s been a challenge. I have attempted posts, I have dabbled at book-writing (or story writing), but nothing has gotten posted because it’s not up to my usual standards. Here’s a snippet I started the other day when I was feeling sick and blue:

Superlady doesn’t live here
I can’t do it all
I can’t fit it all in
I can’t keep putting myself last
I can’t let everyone else go first
I can’t take on another project
I can’t ignore my own needs
I can’t expect so much of myself
I can’t make it alone

Yes, I was feeling sorry for myself and stuck in negative land (“I can’t” seemed to be the theme at that moment). My co-workers will get a chuckle about the “take on another project” reference. The difficult part is that feeling sick/blue/broken is similar to high blood pressure. Like high blood pressure, it’s a “silent killer”. There are no outward signs. No one knows you suffer unless they find you crying in the corner (which unfortunately I have done recently). It’s easy to put on a brave face and just keep plugging along no matter how you feel inside.

My internal nature is that of a caregiver. I take care of everyone else – to the detriment of my own health and well-being. I suspect that is something I will always struggle with. It doesn’t make it right. Recognizing that challenge might help me to be a little more selfish on occasion. Work, homework and family can wait or can take care of themselves. I have to become more egocentric.
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