There’s Not Enough Time in the Day

I haven’t been doing much writing as you can see. It’s been nearly three months since my last post and honestly it feels longer. Part of me hasn’t felt like writing, but I have also been busy with other things. And that part of me says there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that I want and need to do.

I guess that means I need to start scheduling my day again.

During the school year it’s easy. We have and stick to a schedule. Now that it’s summer we’re able to be more spontaneous and do what we want, when we want to do it.

But what happens when you want to do everything? (Not literally).
What do you do when you have things needing to get done, and have other things that you would like to do? For the most part I do okay with that; just not lately.

The housework calls, the kid’s need me for something, I’ve got to read my email, time for lunch, crocheting beckons, the many books I have are screaming to be read, start cooking dinner… the list goes on.

Time to sit down and get myself organized. It’s time to make a schedule.

Why Do You Write?

Do you write for pure enjoyment? Do you write to share recipes? Maybe you want to share helpful information about computers or weight loss tips and advice. Maybe you want to be a published writer, be it poetry or a novel…

Why do I write?

First, I write for several reasons. I enjoy it. I enjoy the creativity of a good poem or story. I like to try to encourage others and build them up. I like sharing information that I’ve learned or that I think would benefit others around me. And yes, I like sharing recipes.

Second, Do I want to be a published writer? No. I don’t see that happening. At least not until I’m dead. I have written a good number of poems, most are personal, so I wouldn’t want to see them in print for the world to see unless I could avoid potential embarrassment. However, in some instances, parts of my life could read like a book.

Last, but not least:  ~New content to come~

For some time now, I have been wanting to write about some of my life experiences. Some of which are quite difficult for me to even think about, let alone speak or write about publicly. But I believe it has the potential to help others who are facing or that have faced things that I have. I am hoping to begin posting stories within the next month or so. With that said, some things may be uncomfortable for some people to read. I will include a warning at the top of such posts.

Lost and Found: Inspiration

Has there ever been a time when you felt inspired to write but there were just no words? You have many ideas, but none of them suited the sudden, urgent need to write? You just want to pen a motivational story or an inspirational quote and send it out into the world?

I experience bursts of inspiration like that on occasion and it drives me nuts! It’s like I’ve grabbed a pen, put it to paper to write and find that the ink has dried up. Not only that, but something has sucked the very life out of the pen so that it crumbles in my grasp.

Well, maybe I should explain a bit further…
I have a lot of ideas, not just for writing, but other creative outlets as well. Add in the usual life stresses, mixed with a few less-than-usual stresses… mental clutter? It’s like a log jam or a clogged drain. The flow is missing.

I experienced this very thing last night. I couldn’t sleep and I was feeling a little creative so I went online. Nothing fun on Facebook, so I logged into WP and started reading blog posts from my feed. One in particular, a poem, full of emotion…

Inspiration struck!

And just as fast as it came, it was gone.

Inspiration lost. (sigh)

I have read several articles and blog posts about writer’s block. I have written a few of my own. I have also read about different techniques, tips and tricks that people use to help ward it off. But I have yet to try them. Why? I don’t really know.

Here are some tips I’ve read about and should probably try:

1) Do Freewriting. Write every day for 10-15 minutes. No matter what comes to mind, just write and get it all out on paper. Eventually you may get some ideas stemming from those writings.

2) Step away from your writing and do anything that’s creative. Paint pictures, write poetry, design images in Photoshop, make a scrapbook or collage, or build something in the garage (wood or metal working, or cars). Work on another creative project for a few hours or days and then go back to writing.

3) Move your body. Exercise, yoga, dance, Tai Chi. This may sound funny, but when you get your body into flow, your mind follows.

4) Eliminate distractions. (Yeah, right! Come to my house for a day or two. This is NOT an invitation by the way). Turn off the phone and unplug from the internet. Clean up your work space. A cluttered desk puts the mind in a state of confusion. Carve out some time in your schedule just for writing. Ask loved ones to honor your space so you can write without interruptions, or write when everyone in the house is sleeping. Giving yourself time and space to be in solitude is important to staying focused.

There are several other tactics that you can find on Google or whatever search engine tickles your fancy.


references* and other links:

*7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block
10 Ways to Combat Writer’s Block
Top 10 Guaranteed Ways to fight Writer’s Block
Fighting Writer’s Block — Part 1

I Totally Forgot About That

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A few weeks ago I signed up for Blogging 201. I got caught up in some of my other interests and completely forgot about it. (Ugh!) I haven’t checked my email so I even missed the reminder. I know I’m only a few days behind, but I don’t feel like playing catch up, not right now anyway. I suppose I could always forgo the days I missed and continue through until the end and then go back through it.


That’s not like me. I made a commitment I’m going to stick with it and go back and catch up. I probably won’t catch up on all of it tonight, but I’ll catch up before weeks end.


Well it appears that I’m not that far behind after all. Some of the assignments seem to revolve around planning and not much about writing. So I’m safe.

Blogging 201: Set Three Goals

Today’s assignment: consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals you want to achieve.
1) Try to create a blogging schedule.
This could be difficult with my current schedule as a homeschool mom, but I can at least try it.

2) Plan out and finally write the BIG Post.
I have been debating whether or not to write or even how to write about one of the most difficult times in my life. I feel that it could help others who are going through or have gone through what I experienced.

3) Continue improving my writing by doing so more often even if it’s short and sweet.

Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog | BlogHer

With so many bloggers out there who like to use photos, this is an IMPORTANT read. Please reblog to share with others.

I have been quite copyright conscious for the better part of the past decade when I started learning about signature tags. Back when MSN had groups, I joined one group to learn how to make them, and joined a few others along the way.

After awhile, groups were starting to get into trouble for using graphics by various artists and a big controversy started in the Signature Tag community. Some artists were willing to work with groups and individuals as long as they followed the artists TOUs. But more groups were found (especially on Yahoo) that didn’t care to follow any copyright rules.

Many artists banded together and came up with a way to allow us to use their graphics; some free of charge, others you had to pay. I thought it was a fair deal, but was saddened that a few of my favorite artists were pay to use; prices were probably fair but I couldn’t afford it. And there were still many groups/individuals who continued using copyright images with disregard to the Artists.

It’s been several years since MSN dropped groups; some moved to forums. I’m not sure whatever became of the people or groups that disregarded Artists copyrights. But I’m guessing there might have been some that were fined or had legal issues.

Anyway… I think bloggers need to be more cautious when using photos. Either use your own or contact the owner and get permission. Otherwise you’re taking a chance of having legal issues like the writer below had.

Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using
 Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog | BlogHer.
Excerpt from the blog post-

Here’s what I learned about Fair Use:

It doesn’t matter…

  • if you link back to the source and list the photographer’s name
  • if the picture is not full-sized
  • if you did it innocently
  • if your site is non-commercial and you made no money from the use of the photo
  • if you didn’t claim the photo was yours
  • if you’ve added commentary in addition to having the pic in the post
  • if the picture is embedded and not saved on your server
  • if you have a disclaimer on your site
  • if you immediately take down a pic if someone sends you a DMCA notice (you do have to take it down, but it doesn’t absolve you.)

NONE OF THAT releases you from liability. You are violating copyright if you have not gotten express PERMISSION from the copyright holder OR are using pics that are public domain, creative commons, etc. (more

Playing with New Content

Going through Blogging 101, I’ve been learning about several things.

Reader’s who have been around awhile have probably noticed that I changed the theme of my blog.

There are other changes that you may not have realized.
The new buttons at the top right. If you have played around with them, kudos to you!
If not, this post is to help make you aware of them, as well as their contents.

I have been playing around a bit with widgets and pages today and the last week or so.
The first button (dark salmon), is where links to my pages are located. (See below)
There is a new page (My Poetry), and the My Fitness Story page has been updated.

New Content1

The 2nd button (light salmon), is where you’ll find links to my recent posts and links for some of the blogs I follow. (See below)

New Content2

The final button (light blue), is exactly what it appears to be; a search function.

Menagerie — An Animal Story

Do you have animals in your life? If yes, what do they mean to you? If no, why have you opted not to?

We have always had animals since I can remember.
We had several dogs and cats when I was growing up.
Not all at once. Usually a dog and cat.
Yes together, and they got along fine.
I also had a few goldfish and hamsters.

Some of our fur-babies passed away from old age, others had been ill, or were wounded by other [outdoor] animals; two such required surgery. One recovered, the other died from a blood clot.
One fur-baby had been struck and killed by a car.

Hubby and I have had mostly cats since getting married.
We had a box turtle once, too.

We’ve suffered a few losses and it’s never easy.
No loss is easy.
It may seem like we’re gluttons for punishment…
So why do we do it?

We love animals.
They’re a part of our lives.
A companion. A friend. A member of the family.
They bring love, comfort, joy in laughter.
They can even bring healing.
I can’t fathom going through life without an animal friend of some sort.

[NaBloPoMo 2014] Blogger’s Skill

What is the one skill you see in other bloggers that you wish you had?


A strong vocabulary.

I may not be writing as a published author, but having a strong vocabulary would benefit any writer.

Some of my writing consist of such simple vocabulary. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be boring. I want color, vivid color, in my writing; and not just from my page’s theme.

One thing I miss when I write, my Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. It’s packed away with most of our possessions, so I use the online version sometimes, as well as other useful resources. (

Another reason I want to improve my vocabulary: sometimes I struggle with TOT (tip-of-the tongue phenomenon; sometimes called presque vu) or lethologica.

[NaBloPoMo 2014] Extended Writer’s Block

Have you ever had extended writer’s block? How long did it last? What did you do to break out of it, and do you have tips for other bloggers?

writer’s block: the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.

Before I started blogging, the only thing I used to write were poems and short stories. Writer’s Block wasn’t a big issue because I wasn’t writing every day. I wrote when I felt inspired.

Before I started blogging, the last poem I wrote was for Father’s Day 2011. Prior to that was two years before we moved from Michigan to New Jersey in 2009.

Since writing the Father’s Day poem for my husband, I don’t recall writing much of anything until I started blogging. I do remember attempting to write…

There was a glimmer of inspiration. A single thought, to become a line in a poem…
I wrote it down.
Then, something that usually took minutes to pen, was suddenly lost…
the glimmer fizzled out.

I was discouraged.

I tried again the following day, still nothing.

I felt defeated, but it wasn’t just because I couldn’t write. The circumstances of my life at that time were taking a toll on me and my emotions.

You see, I write from the heart.
I write from my feelings, experiences, and dreams.
I couldn’t write about something happy when I felt so miserable.

Fast forward a few months.

I found one of my writing notebooks and started thumbing through it. I read several poems before stopping on a page where I had started a potential chapter of a novella. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. I knew I needed to improve my writing.

That’s when I decided to start blogging.

I had no idea what a blog was or what to do with it when I got started. I assumed it was an online diary or something of that sort. I found my way to WP and created my blog, then quickly proceeded researching what blogging is all about.
My blog sat idle for a month before my first post.
Two months later, another post. A week later, another.
I was struggling for content. I still wasn’t sure what to do with my blog.
All I knew was that I wanted to keep writing.

Sometimes I struggle with writer’s block. We all do. We could go days, weeks, or even months without writing. It’s frustrating when you want to write but can’t think of anything. Or when you struggle to keep going on a project you’ve started.

Because I have struggled so often, I’ve Google’d for writing prompts, use WP daily prompts, and have found other writing resources.

Have they helped? Um… check my post calendar.
I’m happy to say that I’ve been writing daily for the past two weeks. Sometimes multiple posts in a day.

Will it continue? I certainly hope so. But writer’s block will probably rear it’s ugly head again at some point.