Monday, July 5, 2021

Hello, July!

Whooosh! That's the sound of summer flying by. (And believe me, that's the fastest moving thing around here. If the tortoises and I had a race, I would not put money on me to win.) Still feeling behind and overwhelmed, but I'm working on having a more positive and grateful mindset overall and that's definitely helping. 

 

WRITING

My story, "Twisted," is out now in INFECTION: DRABBLES 1 (LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT). If you like your apocalyptic zombie fiction bite-sized (ha! get it?!), give it a try! 

 



*****

 

READING

The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker is chilling, compelling and heartbreaking. The author does an amazing job of humanizing a horrifying character. With a few simple lines, she makes you re-examine everything you thought you knew, making you not necessarily forgive the character but feel for them. 

 

*****

 

WATCHING

Movies – We really liked "Awake" on Netflix. 

 

*****

 

WALKING

We participated in a virtual 5K that raised money for sea turtle conservation and research. During this sweat-soaked stroll, we saw so many turtles - crossing roads, sunning on banks, sticking their little heads out of lakes. They were totally cheering us on! 

 

Miles walked as of 6/30/2021 = 166.5/500 (Click here for what this craziness is all about.) 

 

*****


How's your summer going so far? Made progress on any projects? Have you read or watched anything you'd recommend?  

26 comments:

  1. I've been feeling overwhelmed and behind this summer, too. I blame my surgery. I'm trying not to stress over it, because once I decide not to worry, that's when the urge to write hits me.

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    1. I think blaming your surgery makes perfect sense. Your focus should be on healing. :)

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  2. Congratulations on the story publication, Madeline. Sounds like you've at least had moments of productivity while in a slump. Just the last month or so, I've been tempted to hide in a comfy chair with a pile of books to read and just forget about everything else. It's like a spring fever on steroids. Not sure what that's all about, but at least I'm reading...that's worth something.

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    1. Thank you, Patricia! Unfortunately those productive moments are few and far between. Sigh.

      I'm with you on wanting to hide in a comfy chair with a pile of books. I think I'd make stacks and stacks of books and create a fort for myself. :)

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    2. That's a great idea! What would work for soundproofing?

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    3. More books? Or a giant wall of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups? Of course, we'd have to replace everything we read and ate.... :)

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  3. I've found I can't watch zombie movies, but I've been able to read about them. This looks really interesting!

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    1. There's a scene in an older movie that has stayed with me for years, yet I don't think that would've happened if I'd read the same scene in a book. It must have been something about the visual nature of it or the actors or something.

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  4. Oh, I love it when a writer can make me feel horrifying character!

    We currently have a free subscription to AppleTV, so we've mostly been watching that. Loved Ted Lasso & Mythic Quest.

    Nice job on the walking and the story publication!!

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    1. The author did such an amazing job of humanizing that main character. I'm still thinking about the book....

      Thanks, MJ!

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  5. Hi Madeline, I made loads of progress in my writing (touch wood). Gave myself specific goals and met them.

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  6. I've never been cheered on my turtles, but I bet I'd like it. Oh, yes, I would. ;-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. I'm not sure they were cheering us on, but the thought helped me keep walking so I'm going with it. :)

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  7. Congrats on your story publication.
    Sea turtles? I need to google them. I'm sure they are creatures worthy of conservation, but I admire you for walking for them. I'd just cheer from my armchair.

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  8. Good job on the 5K and GRATS with the publication! Stay cool!

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    1. Thanks, Loni! I would love to stay cool if only I could remember how. :)

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  9. Congrats on the drabble publication and the miles and miles of walking that has been accomplished!
    Every word counts. Every step counts.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! If only I could count the words written as miles walked.... :)

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  10. Wow! Blown away by your mileage! Those turtles were definitely cheering you on.
    And, Congratulations on your drabble publication!

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  11. Congrats on Twisted! And Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. It's the journey, not the final count, that matters.

    Summer has been better for me - got to visit my daughter in San Diego and I'm actually working on a new book. Every day is a new puzzle to work through.

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    1. Thanks, Lee!

      I'm glad to hear your summer has been good. Yeh on your trip and the new book! :)

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  12. Congrats on more publishing success, Madeline. The turtle fundraising walk sounds really cute.

    And yes, I do have a recommendation! The three-part documentary Sasquatch is fantastic. It's not what you think it's going to be, but it is SO good. Absolutely riveting. I didn't want it to end.

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    1. Thanks, JH!

      I love when people are so excited about a book/movie/TV show. Thanks for the recommendation!

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