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NaNoWriMo 2016

I haven’t particpated in Nano for some years and although this year I am not sure if I am going to give it a try, I do want to finish one of my works I have been trying to publish. I recently went through my writing folder on my computer and there are a handful of ideas that I still would love to finish working on (but not until after I publish a few that are pretty much near completion). 

Who else is participating in NaNo this year?

A Successful Night

Our daughter had a lot of fun tonight. Here she is looking cute in her costume.

Happy Halloween everyone!


It is officially one of my favorite days of the year. My daughter and I have watched the Nightmare Before Christmas probably 20 times this month, she has a badass costume and we are ready to do some trick or treating tonight. We are still a few hours out from starting, but my daughter is super excited. Anyone else planning to go out and celebrate the holiday?

On Not Being Interesting

I have not been doing much of interest. I have just recently started working on my writing and I still am trying to adjust to balancing work and everything else. My wife, on the other hand, has been busy doing something awesome. If you saw  my last post, I included a picture of the cup my wife designed for me. Since then, she’s made a few more.

This one is for a friend of hers.

This was the one she made for her mom. 

These are our fake Yeti koozies. Mine is Batman and hers is Joker. Not sure who all is familiar with the Yeti tumblers, but the Walmart brand (Ozark Trail) works just as well. 

This is the part where I would shamelessly advertise her stuff and try to attract some new customers, but she is still working on a batch of orders for friends. Once those are done, I will probably be back with some more lovely pictures. Let me know what you think about her work!

Hey There

It’s been some time since I’ve lurked on WordPress. Life has changed a little bit- I have a new job that keeps me busy (but gives me pretty awesome off days and benefits). Working at Amazon now and so far, I can say it’s better than every other job I’ve had. 

My daughter is still in her terrible twos and is both sweet and evil most days, but I love her so much. A couple weeks ago, we took her to a fundraiser at a local horse rescue and we bought her three rides on the biggest horse they had. Each time, she went around three times and was a complete champ about. No crying or anything (even though kids at least twice her age and size couldn’t handle riding the smaller horses). 

My cat has gone from kitten size to adult cat size. We thinks he’s convinced he’s a dog since he’s grown up wrestling with the dogs in the house. 

I got my wife a Cameo, which is like a Cricut, so she is in love with and decorated my work bottle and FETI with.

I have been working on my writing aftet a month or so of writer’s block. It’s still a struggle day to day to focus on it (especially on my work days), but a little progress is better than no progress, right?

It is also my favorite month. I love October and Halloween. The peanut and I have already watched Nightmare Before Christmas a few times and my wife has reluctantly spent at least 100 dollars at Walgreens getting us NBC stuff.

Hope everyone is doing well. I have missed my WordPress family this past month or two.


The imagery, the analogy- I love everything about this.

Musings of An Insomniac

“No matter how much you think you love somebody, you’ll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters.

There are times I doubt you love me but even if you do, it doesn’t matter, because I’m a bleeding mess, and no matter how much you try, you’ll never get over your fear of blood. You can try and put up a brave facade all you want my dear, it’s quite endearing to be honest, but you don’t deserve this. You deserve sunshine and flowers, and a girl who smells like strawberries and happiness, not misery and broken pieces. If you have any idea of what’s good for you, you should turn around and leave right now. Because you will someday. Rather sooner than later when it’s easier for both of us, because you will turn away, no matter…

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My favorite is the elephants in the hot air balloons. : )

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I have more baby cuteness to share…I can’t stop 😀 please enjoy, ok??!! 😀

These I found on Instagram and Google.

There’s a whole world of crochet artists on Instagram , from all around the world.

I like each one of these because to me it shows exquisite craftsmanship:

Babies, need several blankets, why not make a beautiful handmade blanket, a cute one he/she will always treasure?

I love how the artist made a plain blanket then made motifs and attached them, it will keep baby warm and baby will be inseparable from their blankie.

And cute nursery mobiles to keep baby entertained and peaceful 😀

Babies usually get attached to blankets or toys, why not combine both items?

Well, let me stop here…. You know I could go on and on and on… Right? 😀

Happy Wednesday Artisans!!! Enjoy!!

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Super Nervous

Short post. I have an interview later today with Amazon and I’m super nervous. Hoping I get the job and ready to just get this interview over with. Wish me luck, I feel like I need it today.

Catching Pokemon (but not any inspiration)

I have been out three nights in a row with my wife and sister-in-law (and the peanut of course) playing Pokemon Go. That game is addicting and so much fun. The first two nights, we mostly just drove around and the two of them did most of the work (my wife caught me a lot of cool Pokemon). Yesterday, we went walking around in a nearby town with a group of fabulous people we met the night before. There’s some people out there who think the game is silly but it is amazing to see everyone out walking around and interacting. My only warning is that you should go with someone, especially when it gets late. There are bad people out there who might target players. We haven’t had any issues but we’ve been sticking to our town and the other, where all the stops are in the middle of town near police and fire stations. 

Unfortunately, my writer’s block is back and kicking my ass. I had been working on my SRT Archives stories (which you can find the original chapters/drafts at my other blog The SRT Archives). I reached a standstill at editing and adding to the first series. I’m hoping after this week (mentally preparing for an interview this Friday with Amazon) I can reboot my writing brain and get back to the series.

Any Pokemon trainers in the southern Illinois area? Anyone catch anything cool? I got a Pikachu and I’m so excited about it.

Project H – Home (A Story from Southern Illinois)

I did a guest blog this month for a certain awesome blogger. Here is my post for Project H- it’s about my home.

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