As the title has mentioned, life has been…interesting for lack of a better word.
I have been watching videos and reading on how to do things in the interest of finishing my brothers quilt.
During which, my body decided that I have not had enough of being sick and decided that I should be allowed the joy of knowing of what a kidney stone feels like, and then have another sitting there making my life painful in not fully dropping.
So I hate standing up since my kidney lets me know that it hasn’t forgotten me. How I wish for the days past!
Also, during this time there has been a mixup between the Drs, the pharmacy and my insurance. Resulting in me being off my depression medicine and my emotions being severely out of whack. I go from not feeling anything to crying at a drop of a hat for no apparent reason.
It doesn’t help to say the least.
And if all that hasn’t been enough, my cat has gone missing when the whole me being taken to the emergency room at 3 am because of the aforementioned kidney issue. Yesterday was the worst because both my dad and I heard a cat meowing. I have a pier beam house, so everyone has been looking underneath the house in case she is too hurt or sick to make her inside.
Then, to make things more fun…
For those who have tried something new, or pushed publish on their new stories know, there is that hesitation in doing so. I get it still, in fact.
Well, I’ve been practicing the quilting method I am going to use, and I keep repeating to myself that I should be perfectly imperfect as the many quilters I have been watching tells. That the mistakes show it is handmade, and that while I see them, others wouldn’t….
However, I have been able to see them on others. I also have that need to be perfect. All culminating in a huge hesitation to do the first stitch of many… along with the many reasons above.
I also need to finish this so I can work on the commissioned piece I have. Which is a seat cover that my mom and I still disagree about on how to do. Oi vey…..
I also want to write but find myself unable to concentrate.
In short, my life is a mess, and it’s not ending anytime soon. Hopefully today I will sit down and start working on the quilt. So I can get the seat done, and feel free to start on the many other quilts I have yet to do. Get the meds I need, along with dealing with the pain in my back (literally). And be able to sit down and write, with my Stormy watching from the cat tree.
Sorry about yesterday, it was a BAD day. But I am awake and I worked to get the results all done and updated.
Without much ado, First Place for the General Vote:
The other placed Entries:
First Place for the Kittyinaz’s Facebook Group is:
And the other Placed Entries:
And that wraps up the Writing Challenge for December. The top banner will take you to the challenge page for you to see who all wrote your favorite stories. I wish to thank all who entered, you are more than welcome to reply back to the comments left on your stories. Also, you need to send me a link to your story if/when you post it to your site for me to link up. Don’t think I will remember just cause I follow you or I reblog you. Just leave a note on your story or contact me on Facebook with the links. I admit I am finally getting old and sometimes things slip past me.
As you can probably guess, I am taking off the 1st quarter this year. I have enough on my plate without worrying about anything right now. I am also going to be working this weekend on a couple of projects, and have a 2nd bday party for one of my nephews. And since one of them will be paid, it’s safe to say I will be working on that even if it extends into next week.
In regards to the stories, I am working on the chapter. I have one more section left to edit, then I will be forwarding it to the beta. I have added so many words so far it ain’t funny. But the last section has a meeting then the first date for someone in the story!!! I wanted to make sure I don’t half knock it.
Thanks for all your patience. I am trying to get back in the swing, but for my family, the holidays don’t end until after February 15th. We get a month break from bdays. Unless I am wrong, which could be happening! Maybe I can get to work on other things?!?!?
I have the results of the contest and am waiting for the ladies in the group to do their own voting. IF you are a member of the Kittyinaz’s Facebook Group, please head to the group and put your vote in for your choice!!!
While I am waiting, I am updating the banners in Photoshop with the places and I made new Ribbons for the contest:
I did this since the old ones were bothering me with the nice ones I made for the Kittyinaz’s Facebook Groups. Notice that we only go 1-3rd place with Runner up now inserted for more if there are enough entries. It will be used for 4th place, or more depending on the entries. For Instance, this contest gets one Runner Up. Also, the colors of the ribbons will make it easier for you guys to see who won what. The middle is just me sayign which contest it is for.
I have been working on Chapter 10 of the Tired Wings. I spent last weekend prepping for my next quilt, though this weekend I may be working on something someone is paying me for. Of course, paying gets priority over my wants. I have some more quilts to make for others, but I will be working towards making some to sell. I’m setting up a page here on the site to showcase the ones I already made. Once I am ready, I will be making an Etsy page, but I will also sell from this site since it is part of the theme we have. But this will not be for awhile, since I only played, and will be dealing with that in the future. I have all these neat toys, and I want to play with them!!!
So hopefully tonight I will finish up Chapter 10, so I can work on the next ones and get it off to the Beta. Then I will be turning my attention to Sacred so I can get that one ready for you guys. Hopefully, after that (or even during!!) I will feel up to writing. I will admit, my muse is chuckling along with the chapters and they are getting MAJOR edits. This chapter was originally 2,630 words. It is safe to say I exceeded 1K words added to the chapter. I am close to the end, so we will see if there are any more to be added.
I think I forgot to put it in here, but I did get a story written to me for my bday…
She has told me she has plans to continue it and I am looking forward to it if she gets the time! I am not sure if I like the banner yet, so do not be surprised if it changes. But seriously, go read it, and let her know what you think!! I am so much looking forward to reading more of it!
I am off to finish up the chapter and the names on the banners. See you hopefully about this time tomorrow. I make no promises, cause I really understand how people here in Houston are getting sick. Yesterday the heater was on in the night for us, and today the AC had to be kicked on cause it was heading into the middle 70’s inside the house. Our weather is rocketing from one extreme to another. From what I understand, it is going on in the US in other places. It sounds funny, but I wish it would just stay cold. Summer is coming soon enough and it will probably be a scorcher again.
Yes, you read that right. I actually have a chapter for you to read!!!
It’s me finishing up the Twilight/Marvel that I have had written all this time. I am needing to get to work on finishing the rest of the chapters and sending them out, but this is a way for me to get back to writing. I edit past chapters and slowly it eases me back to my style of writing. I will finish up this one and then work on Sacred and the rest of the load.
However, you will find me tapering off from editing and getting back into writing soon enough. So until I get enough banked chapters, I will be posting once a week. When during that week? No idea. But I will aim for a week at a time, once I get banked chapters. Banked chapters mean they are back from betas and I have done my part as well. Right now, there are not many. And they are for stories that are for my first fans.
Just a reminder, the writing contest is up and waiting for your reading pleasure. (Click the little banner above to go there if you haven’t had a chance yet!) The other fandom featured for those that are not in the know is Moonlight. Please still give them a read, others have and find the stories very enjoyable. No real knowledge of the fandom is needed, it just gives an extra umph. And for those of you reviewing and reading,
So here is the chapter for those that want to jump right in:
And for those that want to start from the beginning:
Wow… When I commented that I was sick and needed some me time, I never expected it to take this long to get everything in order!!!
Then not only me but the wonderful 4Padfoot got sick as well. Aint we a pair?
But now we are both on the road to feeling better and got both of our sides done with the contest.
That’s right!!! We finally got the contest all loaded and ready for you guys. It just took a month and 9 days longer than we wanted… Oi Vey. But these stories are awesome!!! Give them a chance, reading them and you might find some new fandoms or new love for an old one! You have until Feb 5th for voting.
And while you guys get reading (and hopefully commenting to give love to the writers!) I will be finishing up the update to Tired Wings that I am working on. Yes, I am trying to wrap up this one so I can get on to the others as well to get back in the groove of writing/editing and more importantly, posting!
So click on the banner to be taken to the contest. I look forward to seeing how awesome you people are by blowing up my inbox with comments for the authors!!!! Just a reminder, Authors, you cannot reply until after the 6th CST.
Thanks for everyone’s patience on this. It is greatly appreciated.
I am working on the banners for the contest. I am also STILL fighting being sick. I was doing great until we hit the gas line…
For we were doing good things, planting trees. Many many trees. And had our lines marked before. And this line was NOT marked, and WAAAAAY too shallow. Like 8 inches down instead of the 18. We had been encountering roots for a tallow tree that we are going to cut down that ended up being the same size and color as our gas line to the house. on the last tree to the background, we hit it. It won’t be fixed until tomorrow. And we did this the weekend before the last. With the freezing temps, they are dealing with a lot of broken pipes.
So, fast forward to yesterday and today, with the temps in the single and teens wind chill, and below freezing since 2 yesterday, I believe. If not sooner. We just raised enough to hit the freezing temp but still having the wind chill factors in the 20’s. I’m in the office with my mom, drinking tea, with Tucker and Connor and a heater. The door is closed so we can be comfortable in layers. Luckily everyone in the house is from cooler temperatures. My family from Pittsburgh. M’s is from Michigan, but he lived in AZ where it gets much colder in the winter than people think. You can freeze in the fall and spring at night there. So it does not take long for the things to come up to stay warm. One thing is for sure, I am making more quilts for the house. They are the best for keeping you warm! (as long as you pick the right batting).
So I am writing to let you know I am still trucking on. I have three banners to finish. But The awesome bestest friend in the world, Robin, has let me know that our server will be down between 10Pm and 5 am tonight. We do have media to go… you can find it here:
Click on Eric for the downloads
Robin says she will update the folder when she gets home, so check back to see if there are more than listed. I am off to finish up the banners so I can get to editing. I am REALLY ready to edit some stories to send them out to the betas so they can work on them!
So I wrote out a long post on my iPad and now I find where on there it tells me it is loading the post, here on my desktop, it shows nothing,
This has been my life on the computer lately.
To be frank, I worked myself into being sick. Not helped by the fact that everyone around me has something that takes weeks to get over according to Dr’s. Right now, I am having massive sinus issues, so much they are causing other issues, but nowhere as bad as my mom, who has inhalers and those awful 6 a day then 5 a day and so on pills. And a nasty cough that sounds so bad. I have massive irritation causing other issues, not able to breathe, headaches from hell, and being all over yucky. My mom and her boss have the same thing and heard that it will take weeks to get over this.
I also spent all Thursday working to get my computer where I can use it. I went through 8 Microsoft techs, and was up after 2:30 in the morning, but I am slowly loading things onto the computer. Today I am going to work on the banners.
Yes, the banners for the contest. I am sorry, but my life became a train wreck that I could not seem t control at the end. I was trying to finish quilts, thinking I had mailed out things like Christmas cards on another day and then going OH SHIT!! I need to make cookies! to it being Christmas the following weekend. Only after all that, on Christmas Eve did I fall completely ill, sleeping the entire way home from my Brother’s. I got up to open presents and then later to make dinner which thankfully was just lasagna. And since then I have been sleeping and trying to get better.
It was only after Christmas that my mom and M was cleaning up and found Royal Ember’s shirt I made for her as well as some other things that I thought were done that I realized that Christmas cards didn’t go out nor other things I thought (Christmas Contest) were not done, and M had to calm me down from a minor Panic Attack. Minor only because I had no energy for a major one.
After that was when we realized how bad my desktop was and led us to what happened Thursday. Right now I am taking it easy. The contest entries are freaking awesome. I laughed and enjoyed them as I read them as I was bed bound. Right now, I am up for awhile, and plan to work on them. As Connor tries to give me some stuff he finds who knows where. I am gaining a pile of paper right now…
Also, I found out that Teavana is going away!!!! I am trying to find Spice of Life tea, which is my absolute favorite. And I was told to go to David’s tea for my loose leaf selection. Has anyone been there? They are in the northern parts of US and in Canada. I have no idea anything about them, so I am turning to you, my readers, to find out if they are any good. Tea is not to be taken lightly!
I wanted to let you guys know what is going on. The good news, is that I am taking a break from quilting for a month to start working here. Then it will be quilting on the weekends or whenever I hit a wall to help out. I needed something else to do to other than being on the computer 24/7. I will be starting a quilt page for this site, so showcase what I am doing. I am NOT perfect, but I am learning. As I was told at the International Quilt Show, there are no Quilt Police. Just work and do the best I can.
Maybe I need to think that way on writing and stop worrying myself to so much work? ::snorts:: As if it won’t sink in for quilts…..
Now that the contest is over on the Kittyinaz’s Facebook Group, along with Thanksgiving. (which turned out to be a madhouse for me. Truly!!! I ended up sleeping almost all of Black Friday to my hubby’s delight!)
Here are the results of the Voting on this site:
And for the first Kittyinaz’s Facebook Group Choice Awards:
I thank everyone for entering and being patient. Now I am off to work on the 4 quilts I have left to do before Christmas. With my weekend of baking as well as hosting the new writing challenge, my dance card is definitely full!
If you want to claim a banner, I have the author cards linking to their sites for you to get ahold of them. If you do this site, We will try to get in contact with the artists for you. And everyone, remind me to link to your story when you are done!!!!
Yep, it’s that time already. I know I am running late, but RL has been a real pain this year.
I went back to the prompts since it is what I promised. As it stands, these are the 10 for this year. And I did throw one in there that made me laugh. If you guys can work with it, I would be one happy little Kitty!
Just remember, any fandom is allowed. And if the prompt inspires you in any way, it qualifies. Just let me know which did so I can put the right prompt at the beginning of the story. You can change any part of the prompt to work with your muse.
I’m putting these for the deadline of the 10th of December to give you time to write, but as always, if you need an extension, it will be granted.
Without much more fanfare, here you go. (For the sake of those that have issues reading the cards, I am putting the words below)
1) With an awkward chuckle, he pointed to the mistletoe above their heads.
2) One brightly wrapped box under a tree, in a clearing in the forest.
3) Everyone received one present at Christmas that hints at what is going to happen next year in really cryptic ways.
4) Your character opens up a Christmas card to find out that it’s addressed from themselves, 20 years in the future! What Christmas wishes and advice does the future version of them have to offer?
5) Satan (or a character of your choice) traveling around the world every Christmas to deliver presents to all the young kids who misspell Santa on their Christmas letter every year.
6) Your character walked away from the life they know and the people they love. Now they are coming home for Christmas for the first time since then.
7) The fireplace animated the shadows of the living room that had many Christmas memories in the years past.
8) Your character has just received a very special Secret Santa gift from a secret admirer. The character decides to figure out who gave him or her the gift. What happens next?
9) A character receives a gift mysteriously for the 25 days leading up to Christmas. Each gift is a hint helping the character recognize true love and friendship in their own lives.
10) A brokenhearted character decides to spend Christmas alone, away from family, friends and loved ones. However, fate has other plans for this character.
There they are. I hope one of them at least inspires you to write! And as always, the rules remain the same, but you can submit more than one story, as long as you do not let anyone know. I look forward to seeing what you guys come up with. The last time I did this, one of the stories so inspired a writer to publish their story!!!
See, my desktop is my main computer. It crashed on me, and after trying multiple times to make it work again, I walked away from it. I used my laptop to work on things for the contest, such as the few posts. Everything else was done before the stupid thing crashed.
Admit it, you want to do the same thing with your computer. I do!!!!
Sadly, not all my settings are transferred to the laptop. Like the Gmail accounts, that hold the entries. And that one of the Artists sent me a message on to tell me I missed their work.
I am so sorry!!!!!!!
So, to correct this oversite, I have a contest that will now on, run with the contest here. The Kittyinaz’s Facebook Group will be able to vote on things and give their input. Right now, all the banners are in there including the missing ones. I have it pinned to the top and will run it through 11/17 midnight.
The good news is that the desktop is kinda fixed. After I finish doing the Banner contest page, I will be contacting the Windows people to see what they can do. I cannot open anything Office related and I really wanted to start editing some stories.
I also am going to start a quilt page on here. Just so you guys can see what I am working on. I have 2 more that ABSOLUTELY have to be finished before Christmas, and 3 more after that that I want to finish. I should be good, especially since this weekend I am spending getting the first project done, my curtains. Then I will be working on the quilts with only breaks to edit some stories here and there. I have all sorts of fun things to help me make them, I have a scan and cut (it’s basically a cricut) and an embroidery machine, that I am already making my summer quilt for….
I am also having to replace some stuff from Harvey. My Christmas stuff gets stored in the garage, and hubby forgot that they were NOT waterproof. I also lost winter clothes and so on. So I am going to have to make (or buy) replacements. The things you never think of.
And for all those who are reviewing, you ARE the reason why my muse is starting to stir. I am going to be editing what I already have written to start with. And getting ahead with the betas and so on. But I will be posting something as well as getting my butt moving on Christmas prompts.
So much to do, and hopefully, this machine keeps working. I can’t afford another one. To get one that works as hard as this one does, we are looking around $1,000. MY laptop was NEVER meant to take the place of this thing. It is supposed to allow me to work out of the office more. Buying the house made it where this didn’t get replaced this year. (Yes, we save money up for the 2 or so years to get these computers, but this one is over 5 years old. It was slated to be replaced but Houses come first. Ancient in the world of computers, but because we spend so much money, they last longer for us.) And since we wiped out our savings for the house, it will be awhile for it to replaced. So I will eek it out as long as I can. Though I plan to make Quilts to see if I can supplement the income some. I have no idea how to go about this, so we will see.
To wrap this up, I fudged up bigtime. I missed 3 entries (which are good!!) to be entered into the Banner contest, and instead, have the contest running in the Facebook Group. It will run until 11/17. If you want to join, you have to answer some questions to be allowed inside. I will be editing written chapters to send to betas. I will be doing the Christmas prompts. And I will be working on making the quilts so I can have Christmas finished. For gift giving at least. And will start posting what I have done so far, as soon as I can get this thing working right.
Thanks for the patience, and double for the reviews that are motivating me to get back to writing. Just to balance Quilting and Writing. Both are outlets for me, and both allow me to work while thinking about the other. Though it is more Quilting allowing me to think on writing, as well as having me listen to music and think of stories.
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