Will You Make It Fun?

Recently, I read a post about how constructive criticism can be destructive. In my experience, I know this to be true. I’m sure you’ve had the same experience. So why do you (I’m including me in this) continue to be your own worst enemies? Why are you your harshest judge? To fight your way free of the mental blocks (writer’s block for those doing nanowrimo). You know the ones that say housework is drudgery or the day job is soul sucking. Or something many of us are saying, 2020 is the worst year ever. It is, but… By telling yourselves over and over and over how bad things are, you reinforce the feelings that only bad things happen. For your sanity, you have to get past that. How? By having fun? What’s that you say? How can you make it fun when things are so bad?  If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun. Katharine Hepburn Unstructured Play Ms. Hepburn may have been talking about rules of acting or laws or life. But here, we’re talking about having fun, unstructured play. A playful attitude and a little bending of the rules that allows all sides to have […]

Are We Having Fun?

It’s been an exhausting month so far (and Thanksgiving is yet to come!) I’ve been elbows to @$$holes with plumbing issues and caregiving and buying a wheelchair van AND continuing to write. It’s 6:30 pm CST Thursday and I don’t have a blog post for Friday morning. I have to ask myself, “Are we having fun?” Plumbing issues You can read a bit about my plumbing issues in my post, Life is Like Plumbing. Do I enjoy plumbing problems or fixing plumbing problems? Hmm. Not really. And yet… As long as you’re having fun, that’s the key. The moment it becomes a grind, it’s over. Barry Gibb Learning Tons Buying a wheelchair van has been stressful. I did a lot of research. Who knew there were different conversions? Different ways to enter the van? Not to mention the different vans with installed conversions. Do the tie downs come with the van? Is it ADA compliant? Is that important? So many things to learn, an overwhelming amount. And a lot of fear. We’re retired, on a limited income, how can we afford it? Can we qualify for a loan? And yet… Missed Goals My word count has suffered. I haven’t met […]

Are You a Bad-Ass Reader?

Are you a Bad-Ass Reader? You are if you can answer the thirty trivia questions below correctly. I had fun putting this list together. Enjoy! You’re on your honor—get a pen and paper and answer to the best of your knowledge. Scroll down the page to find the answers. Don’t cheat and look the answer up.   Questions In J.M. Barrie’s novel, where did the Lost Boys live?  Which famous novel featured Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March?  Who wrote the poem “Paradise Lost?” Name this stringless fictional character created by Carlo Collodi over one hundred years ago. Who wrote the “Harry Potter” series? Name the French novelist and poet, born in 1802, who was exiled to Jersey and who wrote about a hunchback.  Who is Winnie the Pooh’s gloomy donkey friend? What Shakespeare play features a brooding Danish prince and his girlfriend Ophelia? Who wrote The Scarlet Letter? What was the name of the land where Gulliver met the Little People? Who wrote “The Pit and the Pendulum”? In Shakespeare’s “Othello”, who is the female lead? Who pricked her finger on a spinning wheel and slept for 100 years? Name the historical prince whose name was used by Bram […]