02.22.16 – End of Day Notes

What I did today: I had a late start of things today. It was nearly 11 am before I rolled out of bed. Groggy. Exhausted. Doped-up. My feet gave me quite a fit last night. Burning. Nerves jumping. It was very late before I went to bed – around 2 am. The only way I would be able to sleep was to take an Elavil for my feet. Hence the grogginess, exhaustion and dopey feeling. Although I sleep like the dead from one of those little green pills, I do not actually rest. So I was up much later than usual and had to immediate make coffee and dive into my daily routine. Somehow, I got all of the writing done, but sadly the emails and challenge posts will suffer today, but then again, this is becoming a stuck record for me. Some day I will catch up.

What I learned today: A very groggy me makes many typing mistakes.

What I am most proud of today: Even with late starts and fog-brain, I can still write a decent story.

What did you do today? Learn any lessons? Have a reason to be proud? Share your thoughts with me in the comments!

#MondayMusings – Research Junkie


If research was a drug, I would totally be a junkie. I am obsessed with it and I could get lost in it for hours. And I have many, many times. Sometimes the research is brief. Other times, it is extensive and takes days or even weeks to complete. I don’t mind the hours of dedication though. I would much rather have something well researched than to find out later I’d made a serious mistake.

Lately, my research has been on Film Noir for an upcoming project in March. I’ve been watching old Film Noir movies for a couple of weeks now trying to get down the essence of what Noir really is. Dark. Suspenseful. Twisted situations. Mysterious characters.

I think I get it. I hope I will be able to translate all of that into the written word. I really want my story to be a success. It will be a month-long project, a serial story, a WhoDunIt type of mystery. I’ve never taken on a project like this before and it a real challenge for me as a writer.

Are you obsessed about something? Do you feel like a junkie because of your obsession? Share your thoughts with me in comments.


Share Your World – 2016 Week 8


for Cee’s Share Your World

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing? Dusting. It makes my allergies act up.

What was the last URL that you bookmarked? Writing Horror And Making A Living With Your Writing With Michaelbrent Collings

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you? My feet. It is almost always my feet. They are telling me that they are on fire and they hate this damn neuropathy!

Would you rather have a two-bedroom apartment in a big city of your choosing or a mansion in the country side in the state or country where you currently live? I can see the advantages to both. In the city, I could use one bedroom for sleeping and the other for my writing studio. There would be tons of places to visit: museums, theater, coffee shops, art galleries, music venues, the Opera. Ordering in food would be easy. But the noise, traffic and pollution would be unsettling. In the country, IF the mansion was surrounded by woods, a pond or lake, and gardens, it would be ideal. I could turn any of the rooms into a library, writing studio and art studio. It would be peaceful and quiet, no neighbors for miles. I guess at this stage in my life, the country mansion would be more appealing as I value my solitude and silence.

Bonus question:  

What are you grateful for from last week – I am grateful that my cold didn’t linger longer than it did. It did last for about 8 days, but the worst of it was over in four. 

and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? – I am anxiously awaiting the 29th when I will be writing two stories that day. A leap day horror story and a special once in a life time story. They should be fun!