Sunday, November 29, 2009


Thanksgiving is done and over with and I"m not quite sure how I feel about that. Just for your information, here's what I'm thankful for: God, my husband, my son, my family and friends, my animals, soldiers...
So I've been pretty busy between my son, the holiday, my husband having a 4 day weekend and I didn't do much over the past week. But I'm getting my blogging and blog reading done tonight so that tomorrow can be devoted to writing.
Current word count:16,402

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Numbers Game

I have an obsession with numbers. Not neccesarily math, but just numbers as they relate to writing a book. How many pages are there? What's the total word count? How many words did I write today? How much time did I spend writing? The list goes on and on! The only thing I can think of, is that it's a progress meter for me. Checking the numbers shows me that I really am getting somewhere(not the end yet, but at least somewhere closer) and not just fruitlessly spending my time.
I'm curious if the numbers will always stay my friends or if one day they'll become my enemies? I think that is a distinct possibility.
Anyways, as for numbers, I wrote 420 words yesterday :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Short and Sweet

Current word count: 14,878
I'm working on how to figure out adding the blogs that I like to follow on the side bar, any suggestions?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

So Far this week

Riding: (-) It has been raining off and on all week. Not good for riding or working horses or for my nieces lesson for that matter.
Baby: 2 a.m. woke up for binky, 4 a.m. binky, 430 a.m. eat, 6 a.m. "Uh, hello mom, I'm awake!" Also, the combination of rain and it being deer hunting season means that I've gotten no absolutely and only me time. Blah! I am slowly turning to quickly burning out :(
Writing: Now this is a bit more positive. On Tuesday I spent a couple minutes jotting down(I say jotting, but actually I was typing, umm anyways...) some ideas for later on in the book. Here's the writing numbers:time=19 minutes, words written=392. Now today, Wednesday, was rocking. I wrote for 7 minutes on ideas for the next chapter and for what I wanted to get started today. The actual writing numbers for today were: 52 minutes, 969 words. So right now the total word count is 13,780 and there are 39 1/4 pages on MW. Woo Hoo!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009


301 words in about 19 minutes vs. a couple nights before 63 words in 11 minutes
Current word count: 10,863
Update: The above wordcount was from last night. This afternoon I wrote 1,052 words in about 40 minutes. Woot! Woot!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Word Count

Mmmmmmm.......I only wrote about 62 words. I just wasn't in the mood(go figure) and couldn't even force out pure crap just for the sake of word count. Just out of curiousity, is there such a thing as "pure crap" ?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Can you help me find a pea-sized brain?

Riding: My little green mare lost her brain. I knew it was gone before I even had her caught. I knew it was gone when she nervous pooped as soon as I tied her up. I knew it when she took off trotting while I was riding her and wouldn't slow down. Luckily she did "whoa". I knew it when after lunging her again she didn't want to just walk. I knew it when I got back on her and she didn't want to just stand still. So really the only thing that got done was just getting a work out in. Nothing learned, but nothing hurt either.
Writing: Well, MO is installed and I'm off to use it:)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Can you say, "short attention span" ?

Riding: None this morning, my f-i-l had to go pick up one of my nieces, aka another of his grandkids, to babysit today. But I did give my one of my other nieces a riding lesson. She did good, but she was in a goof off mood, so unlike last week, she wasn't "great." Don't get me wrong, she picked up on everything quick, she just wasn't in the mood to "keep at it." Oh well, she's a kid.
Writing: None :( But.... Hubby stopped by WallyWorld and bought MO, so I'll be at it again soon. That's a good thing too because I have lot's of thoughts and ideas and words floating around in my head and I feel like a kid who really needs to tie the balloon to their wrist or they are going to lose it!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Up, Down, Up, Down

Riding: Ok, so I actually wasn't posting the trot but it made for a good title. Right? I think if I acutally posted I'd probably scare the dickens out of Rain and make her shoot out from under me and leave me on the ground. It was warmer than normal for November so Rain actually sweated and she actually got tired! She did absolutely wonderful! She learned how to drop her head while stopped, or rather she learned to lower her head and neck, but not how to soften her face/jaw at the same time. To help her with the softening of the jaw/face, we're working on giving her face/jaw/neck to each side. She gives better to the left than the right. Rain even did wonderful when the other three horses went out of eye sight into the other field. I really want to ride her tomorrow, but I need to ride Big Boy so he's ready for my nieces lesson on Wednesday.
Writing: None :( However after having several days of not writing I realized I wasn't coming up with new ideas either. Then, in the middle of the night I woke up to the characters talking in my dreams. Laaaaa. I also realized at church on Sunday something else. I haven't been able to find music that really inspires me and gets me in the mood for writing. I have found that music/genre and that makes me super happy :)
Baby:Slept from 9 pm until 5 am, woke up to eat at 5 and decided it was time to be up. I spent the next hour and half getting up every 10 minutes to turn the mobile back on(he was turning it off) and/or putting the binky back in his mouth. When the alarm finally went off, he had been asleep about 10 minutes. Sounds cruel, but I woke his little butt up.
Job: Considering substituting at the local school, but not really sure I want to ;)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Just Riding, oh and Baby

Writing: No MS word and I detest writing long hand. Actually, what I detest is typing what I wrote long hand. Oh, and my hand cramping up while writing long hand. Ummm, yeah, I detest writing long hand.
Riding: Well, let's start with Wednesday. I gave my niece her first lesson in a few weeks(she was sick and other kid stuff got in the way) and she did great! Plus, Big Boy, was a saint and made me realize why I love him so. My N would start tsking(she can't cluck) for a trot and I'm sure that Big Boy thinks there is a loud fly on his back and then when she gets to the spot that she's supposed to have him trotting by, *thunk! thunk! thunk*, she whacks him with her heels, he jerks and then starts trotting. Bless his heart!
Now on to Thursday. I worked and rode Rain. I could tell when I was long lining her that she was bored, so I moved on quickly to riding. She did wonderful! We did almost as much trotting as walking and she was great. A couple of times she would drop out of the trot on her own, aka being lazy. But I would much rather her be lazy than be hyped up. It was a great ride. Today, no babysitter :( But hopefully hubby will watch baby tomorrow and I'll get to ride her again.
Today: I am having a good day so far. Baby is only a little fussy at times. Maybe he's trying to make up for horrible nights? For some reason he thinks he can get up an hour early than his normal night feeding(read: 3 am instead of 4 or 5). Here is the problem, I know he can make it to 5 am with out having to eat. So the other night I was trying to decide if I should try to eliminate the night feeding or not. Well, baby decided for me when he woke up way earlier than normal. So, I didn't feed him, but I did change his diaper cause it was full. Not to mention he is then fussy for the rest of the night, then he screams bloody murder at 5 am to eat and low and behold he hardly eats. What is up!!!! And my question is, if I have to get up and change a diaper at 3 am, why don't I just nurse him?! Sometimes I just don't know!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Coming up with titles gets old

Writing: None for the past 3 days. My excuse? Besides baby and shopping, well I was using the trial MO and now the use it free for so many days has ran out. So now I need to buy MO. The problem being that online it is $150 that I really don't have to spend on it right now. Hmmm, I'm hoping that the vague memory of it being cheaper at the store is true.
Riding: Yesterday I did a very light work-out on Rain. All she did was some round-penning, very little free jumping and lot's of grooming. I thought it wise to go easy since the last hard work out she had was over 10 days ago and the last work out she had was super duper light for video taping and pictures on Wednesday.
I rode Big Boy today and free jumped him. He was wonderful, of course!