Right Lane Closed in 1 Mile…

Hello there all you wonderful internet land dwellers. 😀

I’m stoppin’ in for a quick update…I have sooooo much to blog about!!!! 😮

Comic Cons to Writers Retreats to Memorials of a loved ones passing to More on the Fish News Front!

But first I am making some changes to my blog.  I was going to make some big changes a few months back and I didn’t because I was still unsure about what to do, but Now I’m Positive about what to do….I think. ;)-

So, in the next few days when my life slows down enough to actually Breathe…more on that later… I will be changin’ some things around on here.  I will update as I go.

Until then, have an Awesome Sauce Week!!

I’m off to a Writer’s Workshop with my Randomkiddos.

TTFN,
The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

This morning I woke up at 6am…don’t ask. :/   Grumble, grumble, roar
But on the bright side I was happily greeted by Snoopy when I checked the time on my Ipod announcing the arrival of Fall.
Aaaand the temperature outside…at least this morning actually Felt like Fall. Yay!

Of course, I still have to clean up the paltry and sad leftover skeletons from my garden, but soon it will be gloriously cool and refreshingly breezy.  So cleaning up will be fun and enjoyable.

Now that fall is officially upon us, I can look forward to the annual changing of the guard foliage-wise.
I will be found outside all the time, honing my craft, running down my camera battery, and filling my laptop to the brim with pictures. 😀

Of course, I will still be diligently working on my writing and my art.

For the time being, I have put my robot book series to the side.
I have a short children’s book about a tooth fairy that I’ve been working to complete and I’ve given myself a deadline of January, Ack!, to finish the rough draft including illustrations.
I still have a few chapters to write and ten or more illustrations to work on. 😀

In addition to that I will also be working on watercolors for a children’s picture book that my friend helped me dream up in my spare time. Lols

Any available time that I have after that will be spent trying out new art forms for my illustrations….still would like to learn calligraphy for my picture book. 😀

I almost forgot, last time I posted I said I would update ya’ll about the Writer’s Workshop that I was attending.

I MUST say I had an absolutely Encouraging and Brilliant time!
Thank you Lancaster Christian Writers for once again providing this free monthly event.  It is truly a blessing.

Of course Every single thing, large and small, that the speaker said confirmed to me what the Lord has already been telling me to do….don’t ya just love it when that happens. 😉
I was sitting there thinking the entire time…
I know, I know.  Yup, I get it already.  In it to win it and I’m on it like it’s yesterday.  Ha!
Write, Draw, Edit, Repeat. 😀

So, on top of Homeschool, Family Busyness, and my Writing and Artying, I will be working on revamping my blog sites.  I’d like to put them all in one easy to find locale and I will be attempting to write on a more scheduled basis.

…Of course reading that last sentence make me chuckle already.  Schedules are Not my besties.  They are a much Needed tool for my highly distractable and tangent loving ADD/Aspie mind, but I Absopositively DO NOT LIKE THEM!  Pleh!

My creativity has trouble being creative within a preordained time frame….Probs why I will NEVER be able to sign with a publisher.
Well, unless they are a company run completely by ADD/Aspie-esque hippie people who are EXtremely laid back, fun-loving, and like can chillax dude. Rofls ;)-

There I go again, wandering off to who knows where land on the Rabbit-Trails-R-Us Transit Line. Oy

Aaaaaanyhoo,  I will be back for a visit real soon ya’ll.

TTFN,
The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- Anyone have any opinions out there in Blogolog land about WordPress’s Pay sites?  I think that may be the direction I am heading in.  But I would love some feedback from my fellow Internet Land dwellers before I stumble headlong through the thornbrush hedgerow into a Pay to Play WordPress Website.

Please leave a comment, 10 lines, or 25 words in the box below as per usual.

Enjoy your creativity and learn a little something from every new experience. 🙂
Happy Crafting!! 😀

 

Cooking, Typing, and Cheerin’ up a Friend…

So it’s been a fun and Ridiculously busy week!  Writing?  Ha!  What writing!

Arty-ing?  Ha!  What is that…although ALL of my stuff is sitting right where I left it from last week’s Create Date. Lols

…Okay,  scratch that last comment…I did go over to a friend’s house this week and she let me play with her Calligraphy set.  Thank you random citizen!  ;)-

Side note:  I’ve decided to learn calligraphy in my spare time..rofls!..so that I can use it in my picture books.  I think it will look Waaay cool with the watercolor or pencil or whatever it is I end up using on a book.

But back to my topic… Cooking, Typing, and Cheering up a Friendee.

Yesterday I was minding my own business…trying to finish up supper so I could attend my weekly Writer’s group Scribes Oasis.  When I was tagged by a friend to get in on a Rootin’ Tootin’ Sticker Party on Facebook.

That’s my Favorite activity on FB by the way…well, that and reposting comics, funny memes, exercise workouts, and grain-free foodie recipes. 😀

Now, I had a Wonderful time at the party, but sadly my supper did Not.

I burned my chicken twice…because some parties turn into Craziness.  This one did.  There were so many threads to keep track of.  When I finally got out to the kitchen my chicken was feeling a bit singed and tired of the whole FB thing.

So, I finished up my crispy chicken and threw in some garlicky green beans….Of course they were caught up in the whole Facebook party as well and took a turn at feeling overdone a bit…okay maybe blackened a smidge.

The fam said that it all tasted fine in the end, my friendee had a happy time on FB, and I was inspired to write this blog post. 😀

All’s well that ends well, and friends first – food second right?? Ha!  😄

Tomorrow I will be heading to the kick off of our Lancaster Christian Writer’s Group.  Hopefully I learn something fun.  😀

More on that Monday.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker  🙂

P.S.-  Always remember to attend any and all Facebook Sticker Wars, Partays, or Throw Downs.  They are heaps of fun and everyone Always has a great time.  Friends first- Food second.  Viva  La Stickers!!

Crud!  I think I just burned the bacon!  😄

Happy Overdone-ness! 😀

My Very First Writer Interview…

Hello everyone out there in internet landio.

I was asked to do a Writer Interview on a lovely friend’s blog the other day.

It was Extremely fun and I wanted to post it on my page as well. 😀

I will post a snippet on my blog, then please buzz on over to Tuna’s Cafe to finish the rest. 😀

Please take a moment to peruse the menu while your visiting the Cafe.  Kristina, the proprietor and inventive wordsmith of the business, has a variety of Creative Dishes to sample. 🙂

So without further ado~

Living a Creative Lifestyle with The Bluemoon Thinker

Hello there, my name is The Bluemoon Thinker ~AKA~ Mandy Perfetto.  I’m a homeschooling mom, and newbie in all the following:

Writer

Illustrator

Photographer

Artist

Random blogger

And generalized re-discoverer of doing cool things in my life.

I was asked by a Very Creative friend of mine…the Tuna inspired proprietor of this Online Café of sorts, to write something about living a creative lifestyle for her blog.

Her request made me think a bit…a very scary place to be for me.  Anyhoo, it brought me to an interesting pattern of thought.  Do I live a creative lifestyle?  What does that creative lifestyle look like to other people?

…For more please click on the Title below.

Living a Creative Lifestyle with The Bluemoon Thinker

TTFN,

Me 🙂

P.S.- Happy Interviewing!! 😀

Back to Business…Bloggin’ That is

Rolling Black outs are over!
I refuse to say brown outs…that just sounds soooo wrong.  😮

I was having an off week not just internet wise…off…lols…more like cut-off.
Oy!   :/

I was also having rolling Emotional blackouts…ever have that ish?

I’m goin through all of the schtuff in my house…I have a lot of schtuff…..
Anyhoo, now that the Randomkid oldest is graduating I figured it would be high time to go thru some things….of course, one thing led to another and now I’ve sifted through about 8 years of collecting Schtuff.  :/   It’s pretty emotional getting rid of schtuff…maybe not for everyone, but for me it’s a pretty big deal….Anyhoo…

I’m only about 1/2 thru my house!  Ack!

I have an extremely large pile-o-trash to treasure for some lucky schmo…a-hem… I mean, garage sale patron….Oh, yeah, did I mention I’m havin’ a yard sale.  Whoo-hoo!  :/

Nah, just kiddin’ I like garage sales their pretty fun.  😉

I’m also on the last leg of my book edits…I know I feel like I’ve been sayin’ that for weeks….No, wait!  Yes, yes, I did say that a lot. Lols

I have 4 more chapters…Actually I Have to get them done this week.  I told my beta readers they’d have it in their cute little hands by Friday… I can do it.

Yup, I’ll just keep telling myself that.

My randomkid youngest is also doing math everyday…it’s a math that has to be done on the computer…my computer…Lols…again.

So, it’s extremely hard to get a hold of my computer to write much of anything…pretty much just have time to work on book edits. …..which I have to get done!

Yup, I can do it… Just keep sayin’ that. 😀

Okay, so blackouts are over and now it’s back to bloggin’ reality….Acks and an Eek  😉

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker  🙂

P.S.-  Have any of ya’ll out there in internet land ever have Bloggin’ Blackouts?  Do you cheat and post stuff to fill in the blanks or just own your Blackout Holes?  Feel like commentin’…leave me a line or 7 in the box below.

Mad loves for the Blackout Holes…. 😀

Perspective…Take 2

WordPress’s Discover Challenge~ Perspective

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So I was jumpin around on peoples blogs when I came across this coolio WordPress challenge thingie.  🙂

The challenge was all about your blogging perspective…Well, at first I was like…Cool, when I blog, I’m usually sitting at my kitchen table, so I’ll take some pics out my kitchen window to capture my perspective as I sit blogging…and that was fun and I submitted it under my Random Places blog, but then I was thinking.

What is my actual Blogolog type perspective….Hmmmmmm

Then I thought, what is my actual perspective in life?…How do I look at the world?

Well, as I’ve shared on more than one occasion, I’m an Aspie, ADD is good for me, homeschooling mama, and writer/artist/photographer enthusiast-noob.

All those things together Really affect…effect? Lol…I can never get those two straight….the way that I view my surroundings.

For instance, when we went hiking a few weeks back, I brought my camera along…Mistake!

I was stopping every few feet with thoughts of Picture Opportunity flashing through my head.

I was like, Oh my Goodness!! Do you guys see how that stand of trees looks like the setting for a start of an awesome story?  I just have to get a quick pic of that!  Or Wait!  Babe!  Don’t move!  Where your standing your shadow is stretching across that stream and up that tree, it’s perfect!  Let me get a quick shot of it.

….Heavy sighs from the hubster. Lols 😉

And when I’m walking around in life I have so many thoughts running through my head at once it’s like grand central station in there.

I’m usually thinking of something I’m writing or how this sparked a new idea for a story/poem/drawing/painting/etc. or I’m thinking this would be a perfect event to bring the Randomkids for homeschool cause it sooo ties in with what we are studying right now. Rofls

My hubby always says it’s hard keeping up with me, heck it’s hard keeping up with myself. 😮 😉

For starters, he hates watching movies with me cause I look up information about the show while we are watching it and ruin it for myself and/or him.  He also hates watching movies with me because when a movie or show gets slow I want to do something else, so I’m usually watching the TV with him, typing stuff up on my computer, and watching something else on my Ipod all at the same time…drives him Crazy. 😉

Our entire house is one fun mix of Aspie/ADD peeps.  😮

We all have different levels of everything and it affects the way that we do Everything. Lols

For homeschool we usually do unit studies because the Randomkids get into a topic and want to discover every facet of that topic….it then becomes my job to bring in as much diversity into that topic as possible…crossing those synapses. 😉

We all also get easily overwhelmed with things in life…people, circumstances, sounds, feelings, sights, you name it, it can overwhelm us.  I never know when these Aspie Overloads or Meltdowns…depending on the severity…as we call them will happen.

Each one of us handles our meltdowns in different ways too.

I need to block out life by listening to music with headphones and go be outside in nature or listen to music with headphones and paint or take pictures out in nature or listen to music with headphones and write out in nature…are you sensing a running theme?  🙂

Each of my Randomkids and the Hubster handle Overloads in their own ways as well.  I try to be sensitive to their needs as much as I can.  We all can understand the whys of meltdowns, but don’t always recognize when it’s going to happen.

I try to observe when a sitch seems to be climaxing to a point that might overwhelm one of us, but sometimes it triggers an overload and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s usually a crapshoot. :/

For instance, yesterday the hubster was having an overload and I didn’t even recognize that it was an overload until this morning and I was thinking about his behavior.

His escape from meltdowns is usually running off into TV land, working out, and snack eating…sometimes it’s all at once. Lols

He’ll be down in the basement weight lifting or biking, watching Netflix or Youtube Workout vids on his tablet, and snacking on veggies or fruit or chips or yogurt or whatever else I have laying around. Rofl  🙂

But all of this Randomness is a gift.  Looking at the world with our head cocked to the side and slightly down and right of center is what makes our lives so interesting.

When I teach my Randomkids I never really know what they will come up with because the way they interpret what we talk about is so Completely different than where I was going with it.

When I write my stories they are so unusual and straight outta left field that people find them an enjoyable escape from the normalcy of life.

I love my Aspie/ADD/Random type nutsy-cuckoo feelin kinda life.

It’s taken me a long time to realize that weirdness is where it’s at and sameness is mediocrity blahsville….not a place that I would Ever want to be. God created me for my individuality not so I could go along with everyone else’s pace.

As I always say, It’s All Good. …said like Joe Cool Snoopy with his shades on. 😉

So three cheers for all of us, Random is as Random does, type individuals.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

 

P.S.- What’s your perspective on life?  Leave me a line or 2 in the box.

Latah and Happy Random-nessin’ 😀

Jane Stop This Crazy Thing!!!

Do any of you out there in WordPress land have ishes with your calendar when posting?

I sure do!!  Oy Vey, everyone Oy Vey!! 😦

I posted three things this week in the evening and for some dumb reason it posted it as the next day even though it posted that night….I Really need to check the dates under the posts titles from now on instead of Assuming they posted correctly!! 😮

At first, I thought it was just an ish with my Ipod…when I try to write a post on there Nothing works right! :/

But lately even the computer posts act goofy….I even changed my clock on WordPress because it had been under a different Standard Time, but that didn’t do a blessed thing…except goof it up more.

So, if in the future things get moved around on my calendar, I apologize now…it’s just WordPress giving me fits again.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- Anyone out there in blogolog land have any helps, tips, comments for me?  Any aid would be appreciated. 🙂  Leave a line or 3 in the box.

Happy Crazy Postin’!  😀

Overwhelmed…

It’s that time of year again
The change of seasons has begun 🙂
The new guard taking over for the old
With it comes the promise of warmer days
More time spent outside in the sun 😀
Daylight savings comes around stealing one hour away from my already too short day
This is the time of year when we homeschoolers bustle about finishing up our year
But this year with my oldest graduating I feel overwhelmed and anxious
Change is a good thing, it can usher in growth and bring around new paths in life
Yet change is scary and unknown :/
So here I sit at 6am writing about feeling overwhelmed by it all 🙂

I wrote this little ditty last night as I hung out in my stairwell hiding out momentarily from the world… 😀

I’m off and running like a shot
Seeking solitude and acting the recluse
Rest and Peacefulness is what I crave
Life is closing in, I’m overwhelmed without real cause
An illusion crafted in my mind?
Is it the seasons change?
Just the time of year?
I’m not quite sure what triggers the urge to hideaway
I only know that I am a boat untethered from its mooring bobbing over murky waters
A kite snapped from it’s stringed anchor and spirited away by the feckless wind

If I could I would visit my peaceful spot
I would sit on a rock and listen to the babbling brook
Watch the small fish dart in and out of the shallows looking for places to hide
Listen to the birds chatting amiably overhead
Breathe in the freeing scents of loamy moss covered earth, lush green forest, and gently flowing water
Finally able to block out the discordant and grating sounds of the world and life
Resetting my mind and listening attentively and peacefully to the Lord’s quiet harmonious voice

But, I cannot

So here I sit in the stairwell, my new thinking place
Ignoring the hum and growl of passing cars and trucks outside
And focusing on the feel of the soft carpet, the smooth wooden walls, and the peaceful seclusion of my new quiet spot where I can sit and hear the Lord’s calming mellifluous voice

TTFN,
The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- Do you have certain times in your life when you just feel Overwhelmed? How do you tackle life’s Overwhelming moments?
Leave a line or 5 in the box.
Happy Fortress of Solituding! 😀

Life Prompts…

I was going through my homeschool stuff and found a poetry book that I didn’t know I had. Biiiig surprise there. 😉

It’s a book of 47 poetic forms, sooooo, I decided to highlight each of the forms on my Randomstories Blog…Yay! 47 days of challenging prompts. 😀 😀

47 Days of Poetry!  Hyper-Whoot!!

I’m also challenging myself to post a photo or art project every day M-F during March. Yay! …Again. More reasons to take pictures. 😉 😀

Aaaand, I am also going to attempt to….drumroll please…. combine some blogs! Ta-dah! Lol 😉

So, hopefully with all that and everything else I do, I’ll be able to keep up. We shall see what happens.

On another note…..

This morning I had a new lesson on this always moving forward Not going back pathway I’m on.

I had the proverbial don’t cry over spilled milk sitch…well actually it was spilled glass…well, broken glass….and technically there was spilled water as well. Lol

Anyhoo, my hubby spilled an entire pitcher of water all down the front of himself right before going out the door and not 15 minutes later, I spilled….er, broke a pyrex dish all over the kitchen counter, sink, and floor. Lol

So here’s the thing, in the past that would have set the tone for the entire day for me….. But keeping in mind my new baby steps out the door direction, my hubby and I had a good laugh at his own expense with the water and again at mine with the broken glass later.

…Okay, maybe I wasn’t laughing with the broken glass right away but after I had gathered myself a bit from the shock and irritation and everyone started cracking jokes about it, I felt better.
So, Baby Steps out of the broken glass. Lols!! 😉 🙂

TTFN,
The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- Taking any interesting challenges, life prompts, or have any inspirational quotes? Yes, Sci-Fi and Action Movie blurbs count. 😉
Just leave em in the box below.

Happy Spilled Milk!….. er, glass, I mean Broken glass. Lol…Wait, spilled Water…Oh good grief! Never mind. 😀

Merging into the Blog Lane…Part Deux

Wow!  Thank you all for weighing in on my chaotic decision making. 😀

Okay, here’s where I’m at on the whole ish.

I decided that I’m definitely going to merge my homeschooling blog with This blog so far.  I’m gonna wait and see how K-razy that is first and then go from there, gradually merging all the rest of my Randomness into one Chaotic Place. Lol  😀

I am still waaaaaaay wishy washy on the secret identity decision.

I must admit that I have to side with Spidey here.

Going incognito is waaaaay more fun and once I actually get one of my Works finished, then I could launch an author site with my Name, True Identity, and Bad Hairday Pics. 😮 😉

Oooookay, so after all of that soul searching…which I’m postponing for a bit, soul searching is tiring doncha know… Whew!… who thought blogging would be so hard…probs no one but me. Oy  😮

I’m going back to my original thought process on Baby Steps Out The Door…Still sooo that guy from What About Bob? Lol 😮

I’m gonna merge some blogs…see how painful that is then move-on.org it from there. 😀

I am So Totally Waaaaayyyy loving this whole bloggin’, writin’, artin’, creatin’ direction my life is going in….And I am sooo lovin ya’ll.

What an Awesomely Supportive Community of Radness that is the Blogologin Community.

Ya’ll deal with my Random Crazy and actually come back and Encourage me to just be my Randomly Awesomely K-razy Daze ADD & Aspie type self.

Thank you for that aaaaand Blessings on ya’ll Mightily!!!

….I’m tearin’ up over here…and I am soooo Not a crier. Lol 🙂

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 😀

P.S.- Ya’ll Yesly Rock!!

Happy Bloggin’, Writin’, Photographin’, Arty-in’, Creatin’, and Just Bein’ Free to Be Me…I mean You…Ya know what I mean. Lol

🙂