Hello October…Wait, what?

Somehow the new month is upon us like a leopard pouncing from an innocent looking tree limb.

School has handed me a plate of boy-howdy-is-this-a-lot-of-work this year.

I am still attempting to work on my books and meet my January deadline for finishing my Bicusped Molar book, but life is coming at me a bit fast.  :/

I’ve bookended our school week with Homeschool group-type activities on every Monday and Friday.  Leaving only Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to finish regular school work.

Thursday is still my personal writing day, but when I add field trips, dental/ortho appts, doctor appts, social activities, or pop-up Homeschool days out, it Really cuts into our 3 days to get things done.

I’m Extremely glad that my Randomkid Youngest isn’t working outside of the home as of yet or I would Really be pulling my hair out. Ack!

So, in order to sneak in writing and/or art I try to work it into the actual homeschool schedule.  If we are doing art I pick an activity that I can practice something for my illustrations and hopefully the Randomkid learns a new art form or new art technique.

And the Randomkid is working on a few manuscripts as well, so working in writing is not a problem.

Really it all gets back to that elusive shadowed specter named time.  I just never seem to have enough of it.  😦

I just finished watching a three part series on FB with tips on how to set aside time for writing.

The speaker challenged writers to map out what your day looks like from morning to evening for an entire week…three weeks is preferred, but reality is a week will be all I get done.

The idea is that after writing down your activities for a week or so you can see just where you might have free time and prioritize what you Really need to work on during that time.

I know right now that I need to reprioritize my screen time from research/recreational watching to actual Focused writing time. :/

I am starting off the month with my no FB, Pinterest, Netflix, Youtube time until after 7pm, unless I am in motion on some form of exercise machine.  ;)-

That really seemed to work well for me during the month of September and helped me to get moving more often.

Because the reward for movement was screen time.  Rofls

So, maybe after I get through this week I will be able to discover my hidden free time and use it for good instead of evil.  Ha!  😄

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker  🙂

P.S.-  Happy October!  May your leaves all fall exactly where you would like them to and may they stay in the piles where they are placed.  ;)-

Happy Leaf Jumping!

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!! 😀

 

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!! 😀

A “Create Space”…

For the past several months I’ve been doing all of my creative work sitting at my kitchen table.  I like sitting in my kitchen because of the windows.  I love to be outside or near the outside when I’m creating. 😀

But, the downside of working in the kitchen is constantly cleaning up my mess.

Sooooo, I found it was about time for me to find a “Create Space” just for me an my mess.

So, I took over the upstairs foyer area and I’m turning the area into a “Me” area.

It is a work in progress.

It’s an extremely small space, but I have access to two separate closets and a window….I can’t see out of it as I create, but it’s sunlight streaming in, so I’m cool with it. 😀

I will post pics as I get it finished up. 😀

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- Any of you out there in internet land have a “Create Space” for yourself?  Have any hints or suggestions for a creative use of small spaces for storage and display? Any help would be much appreciated…I’m livin on Pinterest right now dreamin and plottin ideas. Lols

Happy Create Space!! 😀

Risky Business…

I’m a writer.  There, I said it….Good grief, why is that so hard to get out. Lols

I’ve written a book and I’ve sent it out to my first level of official beta readers…..Risky business having other people look at your work. :/

For some people I know that doesn’t seem like much of a risk, but for me it’s Huge.
Putting your work out there for other people to critique or just plain read it is a frightening concept. 😮

Will they like it?  Will they hate it?  Will you ever be able to look them in eye in public again?  Will you feel awesome when you hear back from them?  Will you want to bury your pen and writers notebook in the back yard to never see the light of day again?  Aaaaaaaah! 😮 😮

So for me, it’s a gigantic risk. 🙂

But now it is done.
I finished all the edits on my book…at least what I could find.  😉

After reading it over and over and over for a few months it all looks the same after a while and you find yourself in a place where you just need to be done with it and get it out of your hands. 😀

So it took me all day of hiding myself from everyone and everything and giving myself a deadline of 2pm, but I got my edits done, my beta reader critique survey form completed, printed all of it out and packaged it up for my beta readers.

Ross

As you can tell I like to do it up right.  😉

I can’t help it, I like to decorate everything with stickers and drawings…it helps me express how I’m really feeling to the person I’m communicating with…..Probably why I’m the emoticon queen.  Lols  😀

Each person got a different envelope and I tried to put something different on each of them that would fit their interests.

Ross Manuscript 2

So my precious baby is all out of my hands now.  I won’t be hearing anything back for  at least a few weeks…I hope. 😉

I asked my beta readers to give their critiques back by the end of May…I figured that should be plenty of time for them to fit it into their busy lives and not sound too pushy.

Well, no rest for the weary. I’m jumpin’ off to keep workin’ on my robot drawings and to work on my second book in the series…. The Kitchen Caper….at least that’s what I’m callin’ it for now.  Lols

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker  🙂

P.S.- Calculated risks….we take them everyday.  Have you taken any calculated risks this week?  Did you put Your pride or reputation on the line this week?  Feel free to leave a line or 5 in the box below as per usual.

Happy Risk Taking!  😀

Just Two days left…

I saw the prompt today on the Daily Press and was immediately inspired to write up a little ditty for today:

Locked in my room and shut up tight
I’m hiding myself away all day just to write!
No one will find me, try as they might
I must finish my work if I can, by tonight!
Hopefully my blogs haven’t been sounding too trite
For now I have a deadline, but I promise I’ll jazz up my site

Thank you Daily Press, I’m off to finish the edits on my book for tomorrow’s deadline. 😀

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- A little Power Muzik to get ya through the day….. Andy Mineo

My fave part…

Well, if I listen to you, and everything you put in my ear
I’ll be living like woulda, shoulda, coulda, I’ll be paralyzed by fear
Huh, ain’t that the truth, if I quit the only way I lose
I got two choices when I do this – make moves or make excuses
Huh, if you know who I’m talking about, then you got me
My biggest enemy is me – and even I can’t stop me

Let the Countdown Begin!

I’m down to the wire on my book edits…tryin’ not to freak out over here.   😮

I’m gonna be workin’ overtime tomorrow to get finished up.  Write! Write! Write! Write!…I mean Edit! Edit! Edit! Edit! Lols

Laundry?  I don’t think so!

Dishes?  Find a paper plate people!

Cleaning the house?  Uh, uh…Not gonna happen!

Cooking?  Possibly if I absolutely Have ta!

Okay, I’m  a jumpin’ off to go work on mah edits. 😀

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker  🙂

Edits, Dishes, & Laundry…

I’ve been Extremely busy all day editing my book…it’s due on Friday…did I mention that already like 5x a post? 😉

….Washing dishes and doing laundry…..Not necessarily in that order….and Not necessarily all at once.

Oh, and bit of school tossed into the mix. 😉

I finished the night with cooking burgers, cheesy cauliflower, garlic green beans, butter noodles, boiled chicken (for chicken salad tomorrow), hardboiled eggs (for the chicken salad again), and chocolate chip cookies…..of course now I have more dishes. Lol

So here I am typing on the computer just before I take my shower, get in my PJ’s, go to bed, and start all over again tomorrow….with Edits, Dishes, & Laundry….It’s time to wash all the bedding. Lols again.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

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…. 😀

Another Quick Word…

Internet Outages!

Actually that’s 2 quick words. 😉

I have been experiencing internet ishes all week. ARGH!

So, I have rolling blackouts on my blog. Lols

I am Really trying to concentrate on getting my book finished and I’m finding all sorts of little things wrong with it….of course.

Okay, so quick word over, I’m off to keep on editing on.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂