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.Ā  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. šŸ™‚

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 haveĀ  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.




You Called, Mr. Murphy?

It’s hard to believe it’s only Wednesday. Morning, at that. I would like a do-over for the week to date. Somehow in the space of two days I have run up against a week’s worth of bad luck. Mr Murphy has claimed me as his bitch.

Q tipped water all over my work files, smearing my handwritten notes into an illegible mess on Monday morning. Right after that I discovered that the software install I got to allow me to kid-glove handle a pissed off client failed. Then I got to call said client.

There may be nothing more spectacular than a pissed off New York doctor.

My paycheck, which should have been in my hands on Friday, still hasn’t even been mailed yet. This is resulting in the bouncy type of checks. Which will thrill my husband, as one of those bounced right out of the place he works.

Then Q decided to play Santa. One of the ‘gifts’ he wrapped up and hid? The car keys. To the car for which we only have one set.

Insomnia struck again last night, for the third night in a row. ButĀ  I tried to use it to my advantage by grabbing the laptop that is dedicated to my work and writing programs, and getting some words down.

Except the power cord and the laptop seem not to be friends any more. I want them to be friends. I need them to be friends! Why aren’t they friends?

This is a critical piece of equipment for me. It’s all fancy and stacked with programs. Critical enough so that I’m simply going to buy a new one today.

Or I would if I’d been paid.

Somewhere in the midst of all this, I was working on my goals, though Murphy took a swipe at a few of those, too.

Goal #1 – Got a post up on my problem with boredom, but that is all. I would have had a second one last night, but. . .you know. . .computer fail.

Goal #2 – shelved for this round

Goal #3 – Social Media – trying to unlink my FB/Twitter accounts. I find I often end up seeing the same stories over and over again in the various media platforms. I’m going to work under the premise that different comments in different environments may help. Why follow me on FB if you do on Twitter and there’s nothing new to see? But Murphy seems to be foiling my attempts to unlink. Or maybe I had a lobotomy when I wasn’t looking.

Goal #4 Children’s WIPs – still toying with the concept of seasonal attention to these – it may be more successful.

Goal #5 – doing a ton of reading and a fair number of comments on blogs. At the halfway mark for the week.

Goal #6 – Edits – I found myself a reader to help me make less of a hash out of my edits, got a password protected page up on wordpress so I can share with her. Great, right? It would be if all the words weren’t locked up in a program on the dead computer. I don’t have that program on the desktop, and no room to install it. Awesome.

Goal #7 – I found my edit buddy, and my award pass along is almost done, so doing great on my short-term goals, for a change.

Goal #8 – Still reading the Scarpetta Factor for my reading challenge.

Goal #9 – N/A until Sunday.



Checking In and Modifying Some Goals

Here’s a quick question – anyone out there using Dragon Naturally speaking? Anyone that’s using Scrivener know if it is compatible with Dragon? My fingers just can’t keep up with my brain and I’m seeking an alternative.


Goal #1 – Only did two of my 3 posts this week – one about my crazy and possibly creepy neighbors, and one about writer-me, and the importance of words. That one kind of needed to be written upon learning that the individual who had the greatest impact on me and my writing passed away a couple of weeks ago.

Goal #2 – I am scrapping this one for now. I think I have something wonky going on with my google account, so I’m going to table this for now and bring it out again later, either as a short-term goal or in a future RoW engagement.

Goal #3 – Social Media – I’m at about 60% of my stated goal here. I’ve been in a foul mood and am trying to refrain

Goal #4 – Children’s WIPs. Nothing. Again. For some reason I seem to gravitate toward these more in the summer.Ā  Now that I think about it, ALL my media habits seem to be seasonal – paranormals and crime novels in the fall & winter, romance and chick lit in the summer. Comedy movies in the summer, horror in the winter. MusicĀ  is the same way. Hmmm…discovering this could turn to my advantage. Tuck that aside to work with later.

Goal #5 – Catching up on my blog reading and added a few more to my follow list. Trying to comment more regularly, and I’ve definitely improved, but still just lurking on a number of them.

Goal #6 – Edits. Whoa! First, this one is being modified – no longer giving myself a page marker on this – going with a time marker instead – 4 hours a week. Which I knocked out of the park this week. Getting characters and some of the pages I’d revised into Scrivener, trying to figure out whether or not I like it, got a LOT of my read through done last night.

And I need a partner. After looking at the words, crossing them out, writing new ones in, over and over and suddenly I find myself in that position where you’ve said the same word so many times that it no longer has any meaning. I need a reader. I think later this week I’ll look into that.

Goal #7 – Short term this week: all holes on the first floor are patched and awaiting paint, upstairs will be done today. Win!

This Weeks #7: Two unrelated parts – I was given a blog award that I need to pass along, so I’m going to get that done. I’m also going to look into a reader/partner for my revisions. I need input from someoneĀ  – perhaps putting together a password page on here?? Not sure but I definitely need some input.

Goal #8 – Restarting The Scarpetta Factor. My first stab was in the ER waiting room and none of it stuck.

Goal #9 – sidebar updated.



Checking in From My Hiding Place

Okay, not ten minutes ago, I posted on RantRaveWrite about an odd encounter with my neighbors.

And when I just went out to coffee up, I watched their car pull into my driveway.

I’m a coward. I hid. I’m in the back room, far away from windows and doors and pretending they aren’t out there.

They’re not here for me anyway.

And I’m too tired. I just can’t deal with the weird right now.

So I’ll just ignore them and work on my update.

Goal #1 – I just posted the neighbor encounter, and I am halfway through two more blog drafts, so I’m coming along well with this one.

Goal #2 – Still ignoring this domain/email link thing. Going to try it again this weekend, after hiring a babysitter. I need to focus, because for some reason I am missing a step in this.

Goal #3 – Social Media – still making an effort at this, but not up to my stated goal. May look into HootSuite and Triberr, they have both been suggested as easy mays to manage multiple social platforms. Maybe that would help.

Goal #4 – Childrens WIP – Zip. Grr.

Goal # 5 – I’ve not been reading as much as I’d like, but I am making a concerted effort to comment when I do. I’m gaining ground on this one and at least developing the comment habit.

For the love of God, they are STILL out there.

Goal #6 – Edits. Nope. But I’ve spent the better part of the last two days in hospital or nursing home dealing with my Grampa’s illness. Cutting myself some slack because of this. When I come home, I just fall into sleep.

Goal #7 – My short-term goal is to finish patching the walls the dog destroyed. Working on it, but some of the holes are deep and require layer after layer of mud. But it’s happening.

Goal #8 – Reading for my challenge – a few pages in the hospital, but I can’t concentrate there. I think I need to re-read the first chapters.

Goal #9 – Nothing to see here until Sunday.

Here’s the Linky.