I need my space grey NASA funny sweater with matching slipper socks.
Blogmas 2019

Blogmas Day 8: “The Boxer” & A Funny Introvert Shirt 🥊🚀

Today is my rest day from cycling. I’ll be cleaning the peregrine nest top to bottom, reading and writing more of my current novel in the works.

I went to a show last night and one of the songs performed was “The Boxer”,  originally sung and performed by Simon and Garfunkel. I don’t think I ever properly listened to the lyrics before that night. I recognized the song immediately and looked it up when I got home. It’s full of pain, ugliness, beauty and resilience. I may listen to it on repeat when I write today. It really touches something in the human experience.

Also, take a look at my funny sweater I bought. I’ve been coming across a lot of NASA clothing at a store I frequent and I’ve been scooping them up eagerly. 🤓👍

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Enjoy and see you tomorrow for Day 9. Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie.

 

Blogmas 2019

Blogmas Day 6 & 7: Cycling & Peacock People 🦚🚴‍♀️

I ran out of time yesterday, so I doubled up my biking today. One hour and a few extra minutes for eating junk food yesterday. It was a weak moment.  Go team. 😁👍

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Blogmas 2019

Blogmas Day 5: Cycling & Beautiful, Alive Writing 🇨🇴🚴‍♀️

If I need a dose of energy lately, I blast the Latin or Mexican music. Tonight, I listened to a lot of Shakira. I rediscovered a song of hers I used to listen to on repeat from her Live and Off the Record CD: Ojos Así (Eyes like Those).

I love the passion of songs like these; it’s authentic and refreshing. The feelings are powerful and vulnerable. Art needs to be wild, free and true. I strive to write this way. No books in a can, lazy formula plots or characters with puppet strings. Your story must have life!

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Blogmas 2019

Blogmas Days 1-4: Cycling & A Funny Story🤛🚴‍♀️

Better late than never to get on the Blogmas wagon, right? November bicycling ended up mostly being a wash, but I’m back to bicycling steadily in December. We’ll play this Blogmas thing by ear and see where it goes. Just three weeks until Christmas!

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Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: Happy Thanksgiving & Thank You 🦃✏️

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and a brief note of thanks. I’m very thankful to all the writers I’ve met on here and continue to get to know. We’re all on our journeys and it’s nice to see the encouragement and support we give each other in our little corners of the internet.

Thank you as well to my followers and to those who have read my scribbles, whether on here or in my book. I hope you’ll continue to share your scribbles, too. If you want to become part of the Arcian crew, just hit that follow button; we’ll be glad to have you.

So write on and enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers. Pass the cranberries, wouldn’t you? Kia kaha!

Novel Updates, Writing: I've Got Gadgets and Gizmos a Plenty...

Author: How I Write (and novel update) ✏️

When I write, I’m in the room my characters are in, listening very hard to both their words and the silence. I look around and see what they’re doing, or not doing, and begin to see the items and environment around them. It comes in layers, similar to an oil painting being painted.  Patiently you wait for each layer to dry (your rewriting and edits) and details, smells and sounds begin to come to you. You can hear the rain pattering against the windows, you can hear the quick breathing of your character. The wooden stairs creak, you feel the dusty carpet beneath your feet. Your character speaks and you write it down. It’s like being a witness to something that’s already happening; you just need to have the presence of mind to write it down and respect the story. That is, write the story down truthfully and freely.

Once this happens, you’ve made it back to Oz–the individual world of your story, I mean. You can write. You need to simply listen to what’s already going on around you. If you stumble, the story stops, your characters freeze, and you realize you listened wrong. It’s alright: this is normal. Go back. Once you’re on the right track, your characters will come alive again and won’t miss a beat in their actions.

I hit just over the 2,000 word marker today with my next novel, GOTD. It’s a small milestone but a big one for me since I was stuck for awhile. My characters were like the Tinman before he got all of his oil: clangy, loud and mostly immobile. I rewrote until I found my way back and the story came to life.

How’s your next novel coming along? Leave some words in the comments below and we can encourage each other on. Kia kaha!

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Happy writing. Ker-kaw! 🦉

Exercise Challenges

Author: October Cycling Challenge– Chamonix, France (Day 31/31) 🗻🗡️

Hear ye, hear ye. 📯Today marks Day 31 of 31 of the October cycling and writing challenge. To finish the challenge, I visited the hills around the Matterhorn and killed, nay, slayed the hills. I declare this challenge a success. 🥳

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Author: October Cycling Challenge– Chamonix, France (Day 30/31)🚴‍♀️

Interval training equals happy training. Controlled pedaling, RPMs, RPE, cadence and all that lingo I’m still learning. 📝

Tomorrow’s the last day. I have ideas for November. But here’s a question for you writers: Apple or PC? Seriously now, I don’t want to see a fruit salad fight, but some honest, polite opinions.

See you tomorrow for Day 31, the last day of the biking challenge. Cheers.

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Exercise Challenges

Author: October Cycling Challenge– Chamonix, France (Day 28/31)🏔️🇫🇷

Two main thoughts crossed my mind in today’s workout: 1.) We’re going to die and 2.) My iFit trainer is a very positive person. Several times we had to lift our bikes and walk (I watched and still pedaled from home, of course) while we navigated rock and slate on the paths. Instead of being angry or frustrated, my trainer complimented the terrain and how helpful it was on training us. How cool is that?

I’m taking that perspective with me. Even if I would’ve fallen off the mountain today, it would’ve been a good conversation starter with St. Peter. Along with the glacier we saw. Chamonix is a little piece of heaven.

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Exercise Challenges

Author: October Cycling Challenge– Chamonix, France (Day 27/31)🐄💩

We met cows upon our journey through France today. My trainer called every cow he met Daisy. That was easy to remember. We stopped and talked to one Daisy, but not too long as to not unduly interrupt our workout. One Daisy on the downhill return left us a present. How kind of her. 💩

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