Indecisive and Slightly Possessed

My update this week is all about frustration and indecisiveness…

And this, after I’ve missed a number of updates altogether.

You may notice this isn’t the page I’ve been updating on.

I took down the page. It’s been glitchy, spazzy, EVERY time I’ve needed to update a plugin the auto-updater failed and I had to go manually dink around with code and other things that terrify me. I love the idea of having the full level of control, but something just wasn’t right. Going to research some more and try it again later.

Much later.

For now Rantravewrite is homeless – offline, as I wait for the DNS records to update back to

I played with this idea for a couple of weeks. Yes. No. Yes. No. Have a banana split. Yes. No. SQUIRREL! My mind was all over the place with it.

Last night, while doing something totally unrelated, I suddenly found myself halfway through the move.

I’d been indecisive for too long, it seems.

You know that little spot in the back of your mind that KNOWS what you should do, even when you’re waffling? Yeah, that took over and compelled my fingers to merrily do what needed to be done.

Aside from this, not much to report. I was third level sick this week, on the heels of my son being the same. Raging fever, hallucinations, the whole nine yards. Almost 10% of my body weight disappeared in the course of the last 6 weeks between the gall bladder deal, the subsequent surgery, then the sick. Harsh way to get back to fighting weight, and it left no energy for writing, housework or even reading for the most part.

This is probably going to be my last update for a while. I’ll be catching up with all of you, but no writing. I need to pull myself up out of this bog and shake off the mud before I can do much. And once I do, I need to clean the cobwebs from the house, from work and the other areas of my world I have been ignoring. Time to get the head on straight.

And for a giggle at my expense, to show you how loosely my head’s been attached lately, here’s a conversation I had with my son yesterday:

Q: It’s so beautiful out today.
Me: It is. We’re lucky to live in a place so verdant.
Q: What’s verdant?
Me: Green.
Q :Well why didn’t you just say green?
Me: — I don’t know, buddy. Probably for the same reason I didn’t name you Bob.
Q: Why didn’t you name me Bob?
Me: I don’t know.
Q: Mama, none of that made any sense at all.



Down But Not Out

I’m in.


Or I will be. . .

I will return as soon as I figure out what I'm doing.

Round 1 Wrap Up, Open Invite and a Favor

How’s that for a catchy title?

All in all, I’m fairly pleased with my Round 1 wrap up. Didn’t hit every goal, but I did fairly well, and in some cases even exceeded my goals. Can’t complain about that, given the crazy stretch of sickies, strange happenings and obscene day job workload this round.

As a wrap up, this is a bit long. My posts are often a bit long. I need a T-shirt that just says Verbose. But this is killing my point here. Or emphasizing it. If you want to skim, please check out Goals 3 & 4 where I am looking for new to Triberr tribemates and begging a favor of you.

Can’t wait to see everybody in the next round!

Goal #1 – It was supposed to be 1 10×10 and 2 RantRaveWrite posts each week. I hit the three post total nearly every week, and in a few cases exceeded it. But not exactly according to specifications – not as many 10x10s as I should have done, but I’m calling this a 90% win.

Goal #2 – Working with the domain. – This one I did spent a lot of time on, but I wasn’t all that successful I scrapped it midway as a time eater. I will revisit this some other time when I can have alone time with it. Trying to manage that with one hand while the other hand is playing a game with Q is not working.

Goal #3 – Break out of my introverted shell by working with social media more – total score. I exceeded my minimum post requirement of 80 for the round – a more than doubled my goal. All in all pretty successful. I’m still working on the whole Triberr thing – I have a starter Tribe on Triberr called Write, Read, Repeat – as a starter Tribe, you can register and just hop in if you want without an invite. So far it’s a bit lonely – just me, Darlene and Alberta. I’m hoping to gear it toward writing, especially for anyone interested in collaboration, finding beta-readers, illustrators and feedback. Anyone who is registered w/ Triberr who would like to join, tweet me @rantravewrite for an inbreeding invite.

Goal #4 – Children’s WIPS – I didn’t do as much with this as I should have. *sigh* BUT I have a plan now. And it seems I like working on these more in nice weather, which we have been having copious amounts of this last to weeks, so I have dug back in. As a matter of fact, if you’d like a sneak peek at the first third of the Seuss style poem, it is on here. Check the A Little Something To See Here page.

Ok, what I’m really doing here is not so much offering you a sneak peek, as begging you to take a look and give me some feedback. This is outside of my normal writing style and I would love some comments about flow, rhyme, content – tell me you hate it or love it, I don’t care. This is literally the first time any eyes but mine have seen it.

Goal#5 – Blog reading/commenting – I struggled with this one early on, but now I’m nailing it. I have developed good habits by trying to reach the goal, so now I think those habits will stick.

Goal#6 – Edits – Mayyybe not so hot here. I did get to work on it, I have been making progress, but not enough. I did find an edit buddy to help me make sense of myself here, so hopefully by the start of the next round I’ll be better suited to continue this.

Goal #7 – Weekly Short Term Goals – Most of these were hit, but not all – maybe a 70% success rate. Not too bad for an experiment. But I like the short term ones, so I’ll probably carry that over to the next round, too.

Goal#8 – Reading for my Bookmark Break Challenge – consistently reading, but not at the pace I usually whip through books. Gotta step it up if I want to reach my Kindle goal.

Goal#9 – Sidebar updating – done, done done. All good on this one.


A Twitless Tweep and Tribeless Triberrer er er

Ok, I’m going to start this be freely admitting that I am a moron sometimes. One of my goals this round was to hone my skills and use of Social Media. I jumped into and out of Pinterest, signed on to Twitter and Goodreads, and started a FB Page for RantRaveWrite. I also jumped into Triberr, but that tidbit is for later.

This is why I am a moron:

1. I connected FB to my blog, and also to Twitter. This resulted in posts making the round over and over and over. I don’t like that, so I’m trying to manage them as parallels as opposed to duplications.  The moron part comes in when I tell you it took me two weeks to figure out how to unlink the FB/Twitter feeds. 12 year olds can manage this.

2. I put a Goodreads widget in my sidebar and then fought with it for a week and a half trying to make it actually SHOW my books.

3. Twitter is the real kicker though. I signed up through a gmail account I’m trying to link to my blog site (still haven’t accomplished that,either) After signing on, I took a quick tour through all the links on my page.

Since then, I keep having emails tell me that people have sent me direct messages, reTweeted and mentioned me, but I couldn’t find a trace of them on Twitter itself.

Two MONTHS after signing on, I discovered that the little @ Connect button at the top is where all this stuff has been. I thought that was a search for people by their @name. Two months. Really?

4. And because I was fighting this battle with my own stupid, I didn’t jump on the Triberr intro that was making the rounds here with Jenny Hansen. Now I’m signed up, but belong to no Tribe, save my own. If anyone has an invite they could extend for a Tribe relevant to what we do here on ROW80, I’d love to hook up. And because I didn’t even know that I would be starting my own Tribe by signing up sans invite, not I’m going to have to give some through to my Tribe.

As for goals –

Goal #1 – 3 Posts up on RantRaveWrite – done!

Goal#2 – Social Media. I’ve pretty well documented this one already. Got my goal time in and then some.

Goal #3 – Children’s WIP – moved a few stanzas around I have way more than I need, I just don’t know what to cut. But, opened and altered, so progress.

Goal #4 – Blog reading/commenting – definitely have established a full on habit here. I’m pretty happy with where I am on this one.

Goal #5 – Read ahead in it, but there was no reworking of this WIP because of a computer issue. But the new cord came in yesterday so I should be able to start in a week or so once I catch up on the paying work.

Goal #6 – I had a shorty here – have hubby wrestle the gym equipment back into the house. Being done today.

Goal #7 – Reading for the Bookmark Break Challenge – sailed through two complete books this week and then some.

Goal #8 – Updating Sidebar – done for my requirements and I even managed to add a few more links to my Blogroll

So this week I met or exceeded all of the goals that were possible – the crapped out cord hampering me edit work a bit, but still, I’m totally happy with this week. My Spring is showing!



What Time Is It? 2:00? 3:00? 4:00? Yes.

I wish a gaggle of badly behaved children, full of candy and armed with loud toys, on whichever idiot thought daylight savings time needed to be implemented. I know, I know, farmers. . .daylight. . .work. . .incandescent lights. Whatever. I’m sure it seemed brilliant back in the 1890’s. Now it seems like a sadistic jerk into a week of late for school, no shows at meetings, and what-do-you-mean-your-county-doesn’t-participate?

A county that doesn’t participate? A county. What kind of pain in the ass is that? A big one when you have 7 calls scheduled at the mutually agreed upon 3:00 PM, which is still 3:00 PM for me, but it now 2:00 PM for you, so you are now expecting me at your 3:00 PM, which is now my 4:00 PM.

So essentially we now have a three-hour window encompassing one single moment in time.

Brain is threatening to implode over that little gem. How was I, eight states away, supposed to know that? I will say it one more time, people – Psychic is not part of the job description.

Whoa. Ahem. Moving on.

Goal #1 – I have 2 of my required blog posts up on RantRaveWrite so one more to go for the week.

Goal #2 – Social Media. I was sad, but I took down all of my Pinterest boards. Their copyright policy is too much, especially given that I had a Blogs I Love board – the last thing I’d want to do is give a third party the right to use someone’s words. Nasty stuff, that. If they modify their terms of use, I’ll go back, but not until then. I did finally unlink FB and Twitter accounts so they aren’t bombing people, and I finally got myself going on Goodreads, which I found a year ago but have been merely dinking around with up until now.

Goal #3 -Children’s WIPs – I actually opened one of those, which meets my sad little goal. With the warmer weather my brain seems to be turning back to them. They are part of the plan I am formulating, so I’m happy.

Goal #4 – Blog reading/commenting. Getting better. I am reading as many as I would like, and they are getting more diverse, so now I just have to get out of my own way and comment more.

Goal #5 – Reading ahead on the WIP, making notes and formatting in my brain, but the electronic version is still locked in the cordless computer. The cord should be here again on Friday. In anticipation of this I hired a babysitter for Saturday so I can crank out my backlog day job work so that I can get back to business with that.

Goal #6 – Short-Term – still working on the tax stuff. *sigh*. Why don’t I build my spreadsheet as I go, instead of retracing everything at the end of the year. I know I’m forgetting trips or missing receipts. Grr.

I didn’t post one for this week on Sunday because of the sick kiddo – so a quick one this week. Now that I’ve cleared room for it, haul the exercise equipment in from the porch. Nothing faster than a goal I will ask my husband to do for me. 🙂

Goal #7 – Read like a crazy woman this week for my Bookmark Break Challenge. Finished The Scarpetta Factor, started and finished The Killing Song and and more than halfway through Five Things I Can’t Live Without. Struggling with that one, on account of it not engaging me. I keep thinking, my list is better than this.

Goal #8 – Updating my sidebar will have to wait until Sunday.

All in all, not a bad week so far. And thanks to all of you that posted comments on my slapdash Sunday check in wishing me and my little well!


Checking In From Under the Covers

Ugh. This week kicked my ass. Sick kiddo, more computer problems, random unexpected guests, mega work load. For the last three days I have been trapped under the covers, comforting my little boy between bouts of hacking cough and the nastier sickies. I’ve been confined to one hand endeavors, as my right hand has been rubbing circles on his back for days to keep him at peace.

So I’ve pretty much accomplished nothing – 2 posts up on Rant Rave Write, one of them is a 10 x 10 on parenting book failures, one on saying good-bye.

I did have  chance to get caught up on my blog and social media reading – not many comments, as I am a lousy one handed typist, but I kind of reduced some redundancies, cancelling RSS feeds when I follow in a different way and streamlining a bit. I also finally got my registration on BlogHer tidied up.

No edits at all, that book is too heavy, and I can’t work on the computer version because the new power cords ordered for me turned out to be the wrong one. So another week at least before I will have access.

I also plowed through the remainder of The Scarpetta Factor and made it most of the way through The Killing Song. Not much to do when you’re trapped on the couch.

So my progress has been of the limping sort, but this week, I’ll take what I can get.

I’ve just made up my mind to kick next week’s ass.

Linky dance a round for me – I’m off to the walk-in clinic for the little, so won’t do much hopping today.


Okay, so my title doesn’t exactly fit – female, never been to panama, not so much a canal as a little creek out back. But it has the word “plan” in it, and as soon as I devised a plan, the palindrome just popped into my head. A relic from 6th grade English, suddenly set free.

Wednesday my check in post was riddled with bad luck lines. March came roaring in and for a while there I thought it was going to swallow me whole. Then I busted out the whip. I didn’t tame everything that was coming at me, but I did smack down some of the bigger stuff. And even more importantly – I have a plan.

Or at least the start of a plan. I’ll be fleshing it out and working with the logistics of it over the next week or two, and I’ll either be pulling out of RoW next round, or drastically changing the way I work with my goals.

But before that cart takes off ahead of the horse, I’ll reel myself back in and take care of the current goals.

Goal #1 – 3 Blogs up – one on boredom, one passing along the Liebster award and one in which I explain the Girl Brain V. Boy Brain reason blogging is my only secret from my husband.

Goal #2 – Social Media – I think I’ve finally managed to unlink Twitter and FB – I don’t like the idea of bombarding the same stuff over and over through all outlets, and that had been bugging me for a while. I also have gotten familiar enough with Pinterest to start a Blogs I Love board – not primarily for pimping myself, but I am pimping those blogs that love. I’m still not in love with the idea of social media, but it makes more sense to fight through it now, than at the point when I’d be pushing toward a platform. I’m, ahh, pretty sure I have some time there.

Goal #3 – Childrens WIP – nothing. But this is part of my future plan.

Goal #4 – Blog reading and commenting – successful – having recently read a number of posts on blog commenting, I am making a concerted effort to comment when I do stop by. Not doing it every time, but much more often than I used to. It’s hard for the girl who always sat in the back of the class to speak up, but I’m trying, and I’m getting better.

Goal #5 – Edits. This one is a teensy bit stuck, as all my words are locked up in a computer that won’t power on. But I have solved the problem, and the new power cord has been ordered. And once I get it, I’ll have to catch up on a week’s worth of work documentation before I’m allowed to look at the WIP. BUT – not having access to anything on there has given me time to crank out my reading of the hard copy version so I have the full story fresh in my brain as I go, so I’m still getting my time in, making progress in some fashion.

Goal #6 – Short-term – Blog award passed along, edit buddy found for when I DO have access to my work.

This weeks short-term: I was awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award by mrsbongle, so I need to pass that along and it’s time to get my tax stuff finalized for my accountant.

Goal #7 – Reading for the Bookmark Break Challenge – Still reading The Scarpetta Factor and just picked up Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow for my next read.

Goal #8 – Sidebar updates – half done. Stuck a Goodreads widget in the sidebar and got stuck trying to figure out why it isn’t recognizing me. It’s just a white square. I’ll keep playing with this today.