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3 Things From the Past Week | 24

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It never fails that I feel completely out of control on Monday’s. There’s always too much to do and not enough time. But Tuesday’s… on Tuesday’s I kick ass. On Tuesday’s I work diligently, find time to write, spend time with my boys, and manage, even, to cook a mean eggplant parmesan for dinner.

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Self-care matters. I never feel quite so like myself when my nails are freshly trimmed and painted black.

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My son is smack in the middle of that age where they’re old enough to know when they’re doing something wrong, but not quite old enough to understand real discipline. My aunt was a grade school teacher for years, and then a principal (she is now retired) and about two weeks ago we were discussing my problems with disciplining my son. She suggested we try a rewards system. Sticker charts work for a lot of kids, but that wouldn’t allow us to take something away to discourage negative behavior. My aunt mentioned popsicle sticks in a jar.

We didn’t use popsicle sticks, but the idea is the same. When he does something positive, like eat his whole meal (this is a problem)  or put away his toys, he gets a clip that he attaches to a string where he can see it. If he behaves poorly, we take a clip away. When he gets ten clips on the string, we give him a hot wheels car (only $.94 each–totally worth it).

So far it’s worked wonders. Let’s hope that continues.

Review: Break Line by Sarah E. Green

Break Line by Sarah E. Green

The ocean is my heart. My first love. A part of who I am. That doesn’t mean I trust it. It’s too vast, too wild.

I’ve decided that I’m going to be honest and say that I struggled through this book a little–but it’s not entirely the author’s fault. For one, I just thought the characters were a little young for me. If I were ten years younger I’m sure I would have enjoyed it more. Instead, I kind of found myself breezing through it, trying not to cringe at the heroine. I did, however, enjoy reading about the hero’s struggles, which is really the only thing that saved this one for me.

Honestly, as the author’s first book, it’s a great start. As someone who just began self-publishing in the last two years, I know how hard it is. I can definitely say that I would give another book of hers a shot in the future… if the age range is a little more appropriate, that is.


If you want to read it and decide for yourself, instead of taking my word for it, snag a copy on Amazon.

Thank you to Enticing Journey Book Promotions for providing me with the eARC.

 

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I was invited somewhere recently—a big event on a holiday I’m not so much a fan of. I thought about coming up with an excuse not to go, but then I realized how silly that would be. So I told my friend the truth. I told her it’s not my kind of thing and we’d rather stay close to home and keep things simple.

My friend replied, “I knew you were going to say that.”

At first, I laughed. But then, slowly, it came to me: am I really that predictable?

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I came back from Brian Head feeling like a whole new person. The time away from the city, the fresh air, the feeling that comes along with writing 10,100 words in just over two days—I can’t put a price on it. It was just what I needed.

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Even though I woke up too early—and with a headache from drinking too much wine and not enough water the night before—I can feel it.

The drive. The urge.

I know even before I open my laptop that I’m going to kill my word count today. I feel good (again, despite the headache). I feel more and more like myself as the words flow.

I’m smiling as I write. It feels like so long since I’ve felt this way.  I could do this, I think. Really do this.

Everything feels different when you’re up in the mountains. The air is significantly cooler, more fresh. I can breathe here. It’s quiet. Everything moves more slowly.

Even myself.

As I write this I’m almost halfway into my three day weekend in Brian Head, Utah with two girlfriends. One is working on her third book, the other is starting her first.

It’s impossible to ignore the electricity flowing through the room right now.

I can’t wait to see what we create.

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August Reading List

August Reading List

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love September. If I were still living in Canada I’d be pulling out my sweaters and boots and searching around for my first pumpkin spice latte.

But I’m not still in Canada, and here in Vegas, the weather is nowhere near fall. Whomp whomp whomp.

Anyway, onto the books. Ack! August was not a good reading month for me in terms of fiction. But in terms of non-fiction and getting my act together re my novel rewrite, then it was a total success.

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I was dreaming about overnight camp.

There were a few similarities to the camp I spent summers at as a kid. The way—for two weeks—you were the best of friends with nine other girls. You thought you’d never make friends like them again, and it broke your heart to leave them behind at the end. But then by the time school started you’d forgotten all about them. Or the way you learnt just how painful black fly bites are. Or how you had the art of bathing in ice cold lake water every second day…

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Yesterday I started reading a book that, at its core, is about female friendship. I haven’t gotten very far into it because I keep stopping and scribbling down notes in my journal. Friendship in your thirties is so different then when you’re younger. Some day I’ll find the right words to explain what I mean by that.

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I’m well aware of the fact that some days are just going to drain me. Some weeks, even. Like this week. I’m siting here absolutely blown away by the fact that the weekend has…

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I’ve stopped being able to write in coffee shops. They used to be the only place in which I could focus. Home holds too many distractions, I said.

Now home is the only place in which I get anything done.

When you’re a new, aspiring writer you read all those blogs that tell you to designate a writing space that is completely yours. I never believed in that. I always thought a writer should be able to write anywhere.

I grew up in small houses. Cozy, I’d say. I love my house here in Vegas,…

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July Reading List

It’s been hot as heck here in Las Vegas this month. I mean, uncomfortably so. I don’t spend much time outside when the weather is like this, unless I’m in the pool. And if I’m in the pool, I want to be laying in our new margarita pool float with a book in my hand.

Most of what I read this month, though, I read inside where there is air conditioning and iced coffee never too far out of reach. My kid has even taken to picking up a book off my shelf, slid back onto the couch and open it. “I’m mama!” he says excitedly. I so approve.

What I read in July:

  • WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE by Samantha Irby  – Some good, some bad. I haven’t read Samantha Irby’s writing until now and while this collection of essays started out making me laugh and smile it quickly fell flat. I found myself glossing over paragraphs at a time. It’s too bad, I had high hopes.
  • ALL GROWN UP by Jami AttenbergI’m not one of those people who sit high atop their married with children horses and tell everyone else that their life should look like mine—so with this in mind, I kept giving All Grown Up a chance. I get that Andrea’s life turned out differently than she liked. I get that she’s incredibly unhappy and terribly unfulfilled, but what really got me about this book was that she seemed to do absolutely nothing to change her situation. In fact, it seems that even though she was in therapy, she only really dealt with “life” by doing drugs and sleeping with men she knew for a millisecond. And that I just don’t get. This book was touted as being “wickedly funny”, which is a gross overstatement. I may have chuckled a time or two, but that does not a wickedly funny book make. All Grown Up was just a sad, disjointed sob story that fell flat.
  • CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS by Sally Rooney – I had written a lovely review on this book, and then my website crashed and I lost it. What I do remember is that I loved this book. I loved the interesting, complicated relationship between these two friends. I couldn’t put this one down.
  • GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong – Before reading “Goodbye, Vitamin” I did something I don’t usually do—actually, something I downright refuse to do, which is look at the reviews of a book before I read it. You see, I want to open a book unbiased; I don’t want other people’s thoughts swarming around in my head before I’ve even given the book a chance. I logged on to Goodreads and read four or five reviews. Thankfully, they didn’t stop me from buying the book. Goodbye, Vitamin was written in small vignettes that made my heart beat faster. I was so pleasantly surprised.

In Progress

Here’s what I’m currently reading:


Coming Up

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