Day 119-Free days-Today in History

I just realized that I forgot about my Friday feature, as I was caught up in all the BFSM, so today I will address the subject- Since it IS free days and all, lol!

We will start way back in history, the year is 1703, and a storm has wreaked havoc on the good people of England for nearly two weeks. It was an unusual storm, a freak of nature really, killing almost 30,000 people, and on this day it finally dissipated. The storm which began on November 14, featured hurricane strength wind and high seas. It became more serious on the 26th, when the winds blew bricks and wood beams through the south end of the country, devastating towns like Plymouth, Bristol and Portsmouth. The flying debris killed hundreds of townsfolk and the Royal Navy lost hundreds of ships, making the storm the most deadly in Britain’s history. The author of Robinson Crusoe witnessed the storm and penned his first book The Storm the following year. You know him as Daniel Defoe.

In the year 1940, one of America’s famous pop-icons was born, actor and martial arts expert, Bruce Lee. Unfortunately, he never knew he was popular in America because he died in Hong Kong in 1973 from a brain edema- the result of an adverse reaction to some pain medication. After his body was returned to Seattle for burial, rumors began to surface as to the cause of his death, one being that he was victim to a curse. That rumor resurfaced when his son Brandon Lee died on the movie set The Crow, back in March of 1993, following an accidental shooting on the set. Bruce had established himself as a star in Asia with his movies The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon, which he wrote, directed and acting in himself. He had previously starred in The Green Hornet in the 60’s playing the Hornet’s acrobatic sidekick Kato. He had also been trained in martial arts and had opened his own school, training many private clients such as Steve McQueen in his short life.

In sports on this day in history, Detroit Red Wings hockey star Gordie Howe, scored his 600th goal against the Montreal Canadians. This was back in 1965 and he had been the first player to score 600 times- he was the last until Wayne Gretzky came along. He was known as Mr Elbows by his teammates, earning this nickname by being particularly aggressive on the ice. He was the league MVP six times in his 32 year career, racking up 2,421 games and earning 2,418 penalty minutes- a tribute to his legendary savageness with a hockey stick. On this same day in 1960, Howe became the first NHL player to earn 1000 points against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had broken the previous point record set earlier that year by the legendary Maurice “Rocket” Richard of 946. Gordie retired in 1971 after 25 seasons with the Red Wings but loved the game so much, he later joined the WHA team in Houston, where he played alongside his sons, Marty and Mark. He finally retired a few years later at age 52, after playing for the Whalers another two years.

Photo Credit: Pixabay
Photo Credit: Pixabay

I could write much more on the next famous icon in American music history born on this day back in 1942- Jimi Hendrix- and maybe I will, in a future blog. I am about to go ready myself for church, however, so this one will have to wait. Have a wonderful Sunday and I’ll catch up to you later, on the patio! 🙂


Day 118-Free Days-Don't Give Up

As I realize I only have a few more days until the month comes to an end, I’m trying not to lose hope that I will make my projected word count of 50,000. I simply have not made the time necessary to write like I should have, I have allowed myself to become complacent, and have wasted countless hours doing mundane activities, like watching tv and wandering the stores with no purpose in mind.


Some of this is my fault, but not all of it. Still, I thought that by getting up extra early most mornings and doing three daily assignments (at least), I would have been further along than I am. Not only that, I am aware that other things are not getting done as we head into the busiest time of the year, the holiday season. This adds more pressure on me, and kind of stresses me out. I will not give up, however, I will keep trying to think of things to write, and places to submit that writing to so that I finish what I set out to do.

It is important to me that I reach my goal, the exercise is meant to make you increase your writing speed, which it has, and realize that you can accomplish writing a novel, or at least starting one, in 30 days. Everyone following along knows that my goal this year wasn’t to write a novel, but to write the amount of words needed. Maybe by next year, I’ll be ready to tackle writing a book, then again, maybe not. I have so much more studying to do on the subject of crafting a story, however, I’m getting lots of practice with the weekly writing assignment on Medium’s The Weekly Knob.  Every week, we are given a word prompt of some household item- this week was Umbrella. Then we have to write a short story featuring that prompt and have it be good enough to get published. Maybe a few more months of this will have me closer to becoming a storyteller.

My other daily assignment, besides this 365 day project here on the blog,  is to write anything that comes to mind for 100 Naked Words, so long as I get in the habit of writing at least 100 words a day.  So having all of these self imposed assignments is helping me slowly creep towards becoming a better, faster, more skilled writer- something that is important to me.

Spending time with loved ones is also important, and I’ve sacrificed some of that time to get this done. Clearly, I’ve wasted some time in other areas though, or I would be further along. I realize now that it will take more than early mornings and an hour here and there where I can fit it in. Still, even if I were not to make it, I have instilled some valuable habits that I will continue to keep up, so that when I finally do have clients or deadlines to meet, I will be ready and more prepared than I was before.

All that being said, I am anxious to have NaNoWriMo behind me, so I can concentrate on projects that need to get done by Christmas. I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling this way right now. All of the writers doing the project this month are stressed out and typing like mad, racing to get to the finish line, even though it’s already been won- Nicole Wilson has her 6th win under her belt and finished the exercise, if not the novel, on Nov. 22 this year. I am envious, and proud at the same time, clearly that lady is driven and has a lot more experience than me. One cannot get better if one never tries though, so again, not giving up! (I just did the math and realized that I will have to write 5,000 words a day to finish in time!!!)

I don’t think my family and friends understand how important this is to me, but I will be proud of myself if I make it.  I’ll try not to bore you all with any more talk of it and just post my results at the end of the month. It was just fresh on my mind today, a day we spent killing time just to be together, when what I needed to do was lock myself in this room and write. Now I’m rushing again and blathering on about shoulda, coulda, woulda-so I’ll put a cork in it and get busy.  I hope you all are successful in whatever you have going this weekend, even if it is just enjoying a lazy weekend with friends and family. In four more days, maybe I can do more of that myself! Without the guilt.

( I appreciate all of my followers sticking with me and listening to my ranting and raving, I hope I’m not driving you all crazy with all of this writing talk. The race will be over soon, and we will get back to more interesting subjects than just my writing goals.)



Never Again-BFS

Black Friday Madness from 2014
Black Friday Madness from 2014

I posted this pic along with a story about how much of a wasted trip my short time at the mall was today,  Black Friday shopping, on Medium.

If I ever have this idea again, I hope someone would just slap me. The stores were packed, if one did find what they were looking for, it would not matter, the lines were down the middle of the store-literally every store I went into!

There s no fighting, no people scrambling for the “best deal” because, by the time you waited in line, the deal you came for was what they just ran out of!

Then I left the mall to go to Kohls, they don’t even carry the other thing I was looking for, even though they did last year!😡 There was so much to look at and be distracted by, I forgot who and what I was shopping for in the first place. I ended up at the liquor store and went home for a much needed drink! 🍹Maybe the best thing to do is wait for Cyber Monday,  with a list in hand and pj’s on my bod!! Next year, I’ll know better!


Day 117-BFSM-Black Friday Shopping Madness

Chris and Rebecca
Chris and Rebecca
Sisters in law, Connie and Terri-with her brother and his daughter
Sisters in law, Connie and Terri-with her brother and his daughter
My dad Gus, finishing up his meal and watching football
My dad Gus, finishing up his meal and watching football

Good morning and happy Black Friday to all the crazy shoppers out there about to brave the cold temps and mad throngs to get the best deals of the year! Right?

Maybe…Or maybe it’s just a bunch of hype-Either way, I hope everyone is careful and has a safe, happy, shopping experience. Like many other people in my family, I’ll be going to work for a few hours before I make my final decision whether to join in the madness. I might…then again, there is much to do at home to finish the kitchen project.

Yesterday was nice, we had dinner together as a family but then all went separate directions, which felt weird, but then that’s life when kids get significant others and have to do the two family visitation thing. I get it,  we all did it, but it still feels weird to me. I always feel pulled in three different directions and then wrestle with my guilt that I did the wrong thing, when my dad and brother go home alone, my husband and I go to his brother’s, my son and his girlfriend go off to her folks and my oldest son takes off to “his other family”, some friends of his to visit with their mom. I always feel like the party should stay and hang out together somewhere, but it never works out that way.

Anyway, I took a few pics, sorry that they turned out kind of dark. The food was delish and everyone seemed to have a nice time. It is bound to feel a bit melancholy when we are still missing family and pining for the ones who normally are with us, but couldn’t be this year because of sickness or the fact that they live far away. So yeah, I am still feeling a bit out of sorts.

Rebecca and my Mother-in-law, Claudette
Rebecca and my Mother-in-law, Claudette
    Our turkey before carvingOur turkey before carving

I hope the day was special for you all and you enjoyed spending time with the ones you were with…however short that time might have been. 🙂