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My goal reward

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake

Ingredients
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (16.5-ounce) rolls refrigerator chocolate chip cookie dough (keep refrigerated until needed)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until well mixed; set aside.

Slice cookie dough rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Arrange slices from one roll on bottom of a greased 9- x 13-inch glass baking dish; press together so there are no holes in dough. Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly over dough; top with remaining slices of cookie dough.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden and center is slightly firm.

Remove from oven, let cool, then refrigerate. Cut into slices when well chilled.

If desired top with ice cream or whipped cream.

(recipe shared on Facebook)

A Treat for My Sweet

All Tuckered Out

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Okay, I’m gonna cheat.

I am worn out today, but I made it my goal to do a blog post Monday through Friday, so here we go.

I had to make a trip to the VA today to pick up a new TENS unit, and on the way back my shoe broke so I had to walk home from the bus stop barefoot. Let me just say blacktop roads in Florida are NOT nice to walk on in Florida summer.

Now I have to go back to the VA tomorrow for more appointments.

Oh, well. I will catch y’all tomorrow.

(and now I can have cheesecake, still wish it was bacon)

Goals

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Just recently I have started making goals and trying my hardest to achieve them.

It’s not as easy as you might imagine, especially for those of us who have never tried.

You have to set goals, and then choose a consequence if you don’t meet it and also pick a reward for completing that goal.

Incentive is everything.

Such as-

Daily Goals:

1. Eat Healthy

2. Blog Post

3. Exercise

Consequence: no cheesecake for the day

Reward: cheesecake

(who doesn’t like cheesecake, I wish it was bacon)

Other Types of Goals I set-

Weekly Goals:

1. complete 7 days of daily goals

(hey, no snickering it’s important)

Monthly Goals:

1. Complete all weekly goals

(do we sense a theme here, I’m new at this give me a break)

Short Term Goals:

1. Think of something to be thankful for or happy about as much as possible

(some people don’t realize how important this is)

Long Term Goals:

1. Publish a novel (a must)

Life-Time Goals:

1. Be the best person I can be

These of course are just examples, though they are real goals.

The most important thing is accomplishing task that eventually result in meeting and sometimes exceeding goals, the feeling is amazing.

Especially with cheesecake.

Will I be Plagiarized?

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As some of you know, I belong to an online writing and critique group Scribophile.com.

I love this group, I’ve made friends I know I will have for a lifetime, and I have to admit my writing had improved a great deal.

Well, anyway to get to today’s topic, Could the work you have posted fr critique on Scrib be plagiarized?

Every month or so a new member on Scrib, posts the half panicked and paranoid question of whether their wonderfully creative one-of-a-kind WIP will be plagiarized.

Um, let me think here for just a moment…NOPE.

Why, you may ask?

Cause as much as you think your story is the best ever, we think the same thing of OUR wonderful, original, creative, works of art.

Now I’m not trying to pick on anybody or be derogatory or mean, but a little common sense here.

Does plagiarism happen? Yes, it is a very unfortunate thing, but plagiarism does happen.

Is it likely to happen online? Yes, it depends on the people (writers) who use that particular site and their level of commitment to their craft and professionalism.

Does plagiarism happen on Scribophile? Not to my knowledge and I’ve been there almost a year.

The thing is the possibility is there, but if you don’t chance it, if you don’t take the leap of faith, you won’t get anywhere.

Quoting Dune “Fear is the mind killer.”

If you don’t take the chance nothing will change.

Short Time

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Why do I only complete projects when I have a very tight deadline, and take to the last minute?

I really want to know.

I have no idea, I really don’t.

Now the fun begins, cause I’m gonna try to reason it out.

Prepare for the rabbit hole Alice, its dark and twisted in my mind.

Maybe not, we’ll see.

Well, I would but I haven’t given myself a deadline so I have time to figure it out…I’m off to procrastinate.

Oh, wait I actually do have a dead line looming, time to go actually work on what’s due.

I’m just shaking my head at myself.

Just in case no one has yet figured it out, I’m just a little bit crazy.

Talk to y’all soon.

I need a nap.

Dreams

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How important are dreams?

I would say very important.

I have been thinking and blogging that my difficulty writing lately is due to fear but today, I was having a conversation with my best friend about being tired.

Not an uncommon occurrence for me.

But, I realized I have been getting no rest while sleeping.

So maybe it’s not fear, or not just fear.

I am what I consider a lucid dreamer normally I have numerous vivid dreams, some I can control, while I sleep.

They consist of bright colors, smells, textures, all of the above and more, my dreams are sometimes more real than my waking reality.

I know that our dreams and deep restful sleep are required for a healthy brain and mind.

Well, now I have proof they are also linked to my creativity and drive.

I mean, I already knew that but today it “CLICKED” in my awareness.

So, if my sleep quality affects creativity and drive does it also effect my confidence and fear levels, I believe it does.

Now I have to figure out what to do about it.

I think I will sleep on it.

How does your quality of sleep effect your everyday life?

Fraidy Cat

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Yep that’s me hiding under something, aren’t I cute though?

Well, why are you hiding? some of you may ask.

Because I am a chicken butt (inside joke). Recently I submitted a story for possible publication, then posted a blog post about continuing to wrote while you wait for a response. Since then I have written exactly 2 words, and they don’t count as they are actually the title to a story I have already outlined.

Very sad isn’t it? Now, you may want to know. Why aren’t you writing? (other than the chicken butt reference)

Fear! Hence the kitty hiding.

I have noticed a pattern, every time I submit something for possible publication (all 3 times, lol) I can’t seem to accomplish anything even remotely like writing.

I’m like the kid holding their breath and hiding in the closet to see if anyone will notice the broken vase.

So instead of passing out from lack of oxygen, I’m trying something different. Forced compliance with self mandated writing assignments, such as this blog post.

The only problem, me, I’m just not afraid of myself. I know my weaknesses and how to get around self discipline.

Oh well. We will test my so called self discipline, see if it goes any better this time, looking good so far.

Does fear hold you back on some level?