January 19, 2017
Recently, I was out of town with Handsome. While he was attending to business, I waited for him in the lobby. I stuck in my headphones to listen to Chris Botti and began embroidering a special gift. As he was ushered back, a man across the way said something like "you don't go?"
Since I wasn't sure I heard him correctly, I took out my earbuds and walked over to him. He was an elderly guy and having men in my life who couldn't hear well, I am a little sensitive in talking with people so they can hear. I said, "I'm sorry, I didn't hear you."
He pointed in the direction Handsome had gone and said, "Don't go?"
I must have looked puzzled. "No. It's okay to wait."
He asked, "You speak Spanish?"
I do not speak Spanish. I know French. Nine years worth. After all that time, you'd think I was an expert at the language. However, like most things, it's only good if you practice. Like I used it when in France. There's not much reason to speak French where I live. Spanish and French, being romance languages, have similar words. That's probably why I can read some Spanish.
That said, I did learn a bit of Spanish, the first grade stuff-numbers, colors and everyday things. So I said to the nice man, "Uno. Dos. Tres."
We laughed. He indicated the handiwork and I said, "Embroidery."
I asked if his wife was sick. He said tests.
He asked if I have children. I said, "Dos. Ninos."
He informed me he had eight grandchildren. I understood.
He asked, "Glasses?"
And then his wife and another man came. He left.
Neither of us spoke different languages well, but we somehow understood each other. I thought that was cool.
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January 3, 2017
Another year as come and gone and most of us are happy 2016 is in the rearview mirror. The celebrity world lost a lot of great entertainers this year and, well...it sucked. I’m still reeling after the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. It was like seeing my childhood flash before my eyes.
But I don’t want to dwell on that. I want to look forward instead of back and thinking about the future year ahead. We have just over 360 days to make it a great year.
I’m really not into making resolutions but I do like to set goals for the year. Last year my big goal was completing, editing and publishing IN THE TOWER OF THE WIZARD KING. I also wanted to re-release some of my titles that had reverted to me from a previous publisher. I’m happy to report I was able to release all five of them and relieved to be out from under that horrible publisher. You can catch all the REALM OF HONOR titles and WIZARD KING at your favorite retailer. *shameless plug*
This year, my big goals include finishing the second WIZARD KING book and moving forward with an urban fantasy series I’ve wanted to write for a really long time. Book one is complete but needs some revision. I have books 2-5 plotted and ready to go. I’m also starting to think about a companion novella for that series. Sort of a prequel for my newsletter subscribers only.
In my regular day-to-day life I really want to get my credit cards paid off. I know I won’t get to zero on all of them, but making a significant dent by December 31 is what I’d like to do. This is something I struggle with and I find I’m just not as strong as I should but when it comes to spending money. Because, let’s face it, doing nothing is pretty damn boring. I guess I’ll be boring in 2017.
I really want to be more organized this year and I’m trying to start off right. I’ve already got all my 2016 tax deductions together, totaled and ready to go. Now I’m just waiting on 1099s. I’ve also filed away all my 2016 bills, insurance policies, etc. and shredded everything I didn’t need. I have a mountain of “confetti” now ready to head off to the recycling plant.
What I’m Looking Forward To
Movies! Lots of cool movies are hitting the theaters this year—Blade Runner 2049, Star Wars VIII, Beauty and the Beast. Plus we have a new season of Outlander and Game of Thrones! I will be really sad when GoT ends so those writers better make it a good ending (unlike the terrible ending to LOST).
I’m also looking forward to Memorial Weekend. The husband and I reserved a cabin at a state park LAST MAY. Hey, we like to plan ahead. Plus that’s my birthday weekend. Not that I’m looking forward to turning another year older, but it IS better than the alternative.
I’ve entered a couple of contests, too. Results are pending so I’m waiting to see how my book does. I’m crossing my fingers for a final. Maybe two. ;)
So, what are your goals or resolutions for 2017? Is there anything you’d like to accomplish this year?
December 15, 2016
It's my last 2016 Plotting Princess' post. I'm sorta at a loss what to write here. I've had one heck of a year, mostly because Handsome had a surgery at the end of August, and in 2017, will have another. That seems to bleed into my creative life.
Otherwise, I've been blessed.
So let me bore you with my year in review:
December 13, 2016
December 6, 2016
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November 29, 2016
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November 17, 2016
But we needed some fun this past weekend, so I requested a movie date. We saw Arrival with Amy Adams and Jeremey Renner. Really good flick. I recommend it!
Anyway, we purchased the tickets online and then picked them up at the kiosk at the theater. Things are getting so impersonal these days, you don't even have to talk to anyone to buy tickets. It's kind of sad, actually.