Week Goals: Back to the Keyboard

Got my workspace organized!

Got my workspace organized!

It’s back to my computer this week to get some book work done. I’ve had a good rest, but now I am ready for writing.

I’ve jotted down a few ideas and story starts in the past week or two, so I’ll start fleshing them out. I’d like to do a heavily illustrated YA ghost story collection soon.

Writing goals for this week: Finish up edits/send to proofreaders for Loud Sue with Robin Wiesneth and get Monsters Are Everywhere finally out in paperback.

Loud Sue Promo Cover 1I’d also like to finish one of the stories I’ve started for the ghost story collection I mentioned and another fable I’ve started. On January 30 I’ll be reading to a bunch of kids at an elementary school during my lunch hour.

What are your goals for the next week, writing or otherwise?

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Pace Wins the Race

Bowling with friends this last week.

Bowling with friends this last week.

I’ve mentioned how exhausted I was at the beginning of this year. I took my 24 collapse/sleep as a warning. Apparently we really do need rest when we are sick. I took the betrayal of my body as a reminder that life is a marathon, not a sprint, and I’m not even at the halfway mark yet.

I’ve spent a lot of time since then to evaluate things, reorganize and rest up. This year so far I’ve taken time to reconnect with friends and do social things. I went to a Zumba class, bowling and out to lunch a few times. It’s time to stop rushing through life so much and take more time to savor.

A lot of long term headaches have gotten wrapped up lately and I’m ready to move on from the survival mode of the last few years to thrival mode. This is taking thought and organization… and time. From here on out, pace wins the race.

How’s your new year going so far?

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UnderGlass: Pet Ponderings

For some of us, the reality under glass is more intense and pleasurable than the one we live in. This has benefits – taking out the person to person element in a relationship is safe. If things go sour, we only have to change an email, not a life. Even pets can be digitized, eliminating all the unpleasant parts of pet partnership while leaving the play.

But is it satisfying? Does the poop enhance the play or take the fun away?

Sealed With A Kiss © Angela Yuriko Smith

Sealed With A Kiss © Angela Yuriko Smith

Note: UnderGlass is a photo commentary series on technology as filter that is between us and reality. We go beyond the looking glass every minute, interacting in ways never possible before, while the immediate world continues to spin around us, often unseen. This series is a commentary rather than a condemnation or commendation.

UnderGlass is also the name of a children’s book site, underglassbooks.com, which is the place to visit for excellent kid lit.

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#TBT: Interview with ‘The Frugal Zealot’

money saveIt’s Throwback Thursday and I’m heading back to one of my favorite interviews ever – Amy Dacyczyn, creator of The Tightwad Gazette.

I still remember the day I interviewed her. I was so nervous my voice was shaking and my mouth bone dry.

This woman has been on national television and was my personal hero. I had read her books so many times the covers were falling off.

We did the interview by phone. She was so relaxed and comfortable she soon set me at ease. While we chatted she was canning green beans from her garden. She inspired me to be the kind of person who doesn’t waste, even if I have the means. I would jump at the chance to interview her again.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview, originally done for militarylife.com in 2001, then reprinted in The Dollar Stretcher and then here on my blog in May 13, 2011.

The results of Amy’s extreme cash saving practices were extremely rewarding. In seven short years on Jim’s $30,000 income, the Dacyczyns saved a whopping $49,000. During that time, another $38,000 went to major purchases such as cars, furnishings and appliances. Free from debt, they were able to fulfill their dreams, and in 1989, they bought a beautiful pre-1900 New England style farmhouse with attached barn.

Read the entire post here.

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One of Many

imageSaw this graphic on my Facebook this morning and thought it was a good reminder for all of us that at the end of the game it doesn’t matter  how rich, smart or well dressed we were.

It will be how people remember us.

I hope I’ll be remembered as someone who made the world a brighter place, but it will only happen if I can remember my place in the world – one of many.

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Let It Go, Frodo

Lord of the Rings fans and Frozen fans finally have something in common – the The Lord Of The Rings: Let it Go Parody by The Hillywood Show®! See Samwise sing a heart felt ballad, pleading for Frodo to let go of the untidy gold and silver jewelry fad. Team Frodo or Team Frozen?

I loved this clever and well executed parody but thought it drug on a little after you get a glimpse of Gollum. What did you think?

 

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New Dyslexie Font

Dyslexia FontI have always loved reading and can’t imagine my life without words, but not everyone is able to decode text naturally. People who suffer from dyslexia can’t process symbols easily, affecting their ability to read for enjoyment.

According to Medical News Today, dyslexia is a specific reading disability due to a defect in the brain’s processing of graphic symbols. It is a learning disability that alters the way the brain processes written material. It is typically characterized by difficulties in word recognition, spelling and decoding.

Now, thanks to graphic designer Christian Boer, himself a dyslexic, there is hope. He designed a special font that helps dyslexics decode text easier thanks to variations in letters that look similar. You can read more about Boer and his award winning Dyslexie Font or see samples and an explanation of how it works. He also offers free downloads of his font here.

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Visa Approved!

Having a celebratory toast :)

Having a celebratory toast :)

Mr. Smith just received his visa card in the mail! Finally, two countries and five years later, my husband and I are both legal to stay in the same country. We started the visa process in America in 2011, the year before was spent with me applying in Australia. :)

This wraps up years of struggle, paperwork hurdles and money. Governments kept asking for more money but would only let one of us work. Altogether, between Australia and the U.S., we estimate we’ve spent about $15,000 just to stay together.

Coincidentally, the day before the visa came through, we finally found a house we’d like to purchase. We’d agreed not to move houses until the visa was approved because every move results in lost paperwork and delays. Now we can finally change our address, and we’ve decided to try and purchase a home. But more on that later.

It was a good week, the two weeks of rain and cold finally ended resulting in sunshine again (Yes, we are spoiled down here in Florida.), things at the newspaper move onwards and I can finally leave “check on visa” off of my to do list.

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Be Nice to Writers… Or Else

Writer ThreatBeware of the scribbler. I once had a boss that was so bad he brought me to tears several times. One dark and stormy night I had a gang called the Injustice League come and take care of him in a gruesome way, in a story of course.

Even through none of the violence occurred in reality, I had a deep sense of satisfaction every time I saw this manager afterwards, whatever he threw at me. I could smile brightly at his worse comments because I only had to think of the Injustice League’s work and I felt better.

I am not a cruel person, nor do I enjoy seeing others in pain. I’m also no saint, and eventually, if you push me far enough, I will kill you… fictionally. I’ve fictionally killed off quite a few already, including myself.

No one is safe from an angry pen.

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UnderGlass: Something New

Already small things that happen in the privacy of our living rooms become public and worldwide within hours, due to our ability to share. Mistakes go global within minutes and once they are out there, mob justice and/or adoration can be an unstoppable wave with dire consequences. Heroes are built and destroyed in a day, thanks to the speed of information dissemination. Is the benefit of connectivity worth the price?

Pushing Out © Angela Yuriko Smith

Should Be Deleted © Angela Yuriko Smith

Note: UnderGlass is a photo commentary series on technology as filter that is between us and reality. We go beyond the looking glass every minute, interacting in ways never possible before, while the immediate world continues to spin around us, often unseen. This series is a commentary rather than a condemnation or commendation.

UnderGlass is also the name of a children’s book site, underglassbooks.com, which is the place to visit for excellent kid lit.

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