As you might’ve guessed by my previous posts, it’s been a month of doing stuff. Since I’ve already regaled you of my leap from an airplane, I won’t rehash that. But hey, look! I’ve got pictures! Hopefully they don’t make anyone sick.
I mentioned running a 5K. The Ultimate Wine Run was set in a scenic local vineyard (actually the same vineyard my best friend got married in). Thankfully, the day wasn’t too hot. My sis-in-law and I finished in 35 minutes. No, not a great time for anything competitive, but we hadn’t practiced on unpaved roads or uphill, so it wasn’t too shabby for us. We’ve since added running in a nearby national reserve to help prepare for future events.
My best friend and I took Friday night off from the kids to zen out with Paint Nite. The artist within me had qualms with the results of my painting, but the mantra they made us repeat before starting said we weren’t allowed to be critical of our work. So here I am, not complaining that the reflection of the rocks wavers with the water, but the bamboo doesn’t…
Meanwhile, in family life, my son started preschool. Yay! Except for the fact that the bus didn’t pick him up the last two days. Nothing like begging your boss to take off from work early two days in a row just so your son doesn’t miss his first days at school. Oy. But on an up note, I managed to get a haircut, refresh my hair color, and write 1,000 words on Murder Most Fowl. Still, someday, I hope to use my vacation time for actual vacation.
Speaking of Cera (the main character of MMF), I’ve added a song to her playlist. Granted, it doesn’t apply to MMF or any of the Cera Chronicles because I’d place it before the series starts. It encapsulates the rough and disorienting start of her journey (having everything she thought she was supposed to be crumble before her) to the transition to her embracing life on the “road” and building her confidence. My friend Dani doesn’t like the sound, but I love the unique style.
Take It From Me by KONGOS. (Note, some might consider a couple of the outfits in the video risque, in case that bothers anyone.)
Also on the writing front, I finished and submitted a short story to an anthology. Now I’m crossing my fingers to see if it’ll be accepted. My spirits were bolstered by the fact my husband read this story (first thing of mine he’s actually read), and he liked it! But even if it doesn’t make the cut, a friend said it would be a good fit in one of her future compilations.
That’s a rundown of most of what I’ve done lately. I’ve got other events coming up, such as Indie Author Day (brought to my attention by the wonderful Jei Jackson) in October where I might speak on a panel about getting feedback and starting a critique group. Then there’s Whiskey and Words coming up in November where I get to team up with Troy Lambert, Sherry Briscoe, and Renee Settle to hopefully bring people an enjoyably unique night.
Despite everything going on, I think I’ve finally gotten my feet beneath me and I’m ready to go blog-visiting once again. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to catching up!
Have you had much going on in your life lately? Have you ever tried painting in a social setting? Do you enjoy running? Got any writing projects going on?