New Venture Revitalizing Old

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I have lost my mind …at least I think I have. I started a YouTube channel. Yes, I did. I’ve been watching other channels most every day and I thought, I have something that interests me and I want to share it with others. What is my main topic you may ask? Well, what else but writing and some of my other crafts would be my topic/s. My reasons are as follows. I want to share what knowledge I have gained since I starting writing as more than a hobby. I also procrastinate like you would not believe, so YouTube will kind of be my accountability partner. I have to say it is already working. I have two rough draft manuscripts from 2013’s NaNoWriMo sitting in my Dropbox, they are both now in editing. I also have two novels in the writing stage and I am determined to finish them both this year. One is partially finished and the other is in the world-building phase. Wish me luck.

Hear Me Scream by R.M. James reviewed by Jenna Sands

Hear Me ScreamThe Author says she found inspiration for this novel at her In-Laws property in rural Kentucky. This brings to my mind the image of her sitting in a rocker on a wrap around porch gazing over vistas of fields, where fowls frolic and baby cows suckle. In the distance, she can see mushroom clouds as the world ends.

Hey, I’m a writer and an artist, I have a license to make things what I will.

Hear Me Scream is a Post Apocalyptic tale set in rural Kentucky. Being a post apocalyptic tale you know the world as we know it has ended. The story revolves around two story lines, Raven a young mother, looking for her lost son, taken from her at three months of age. The second is Camden. I say two story lines because all the other characters interact with them in some way or the other.

Now the meat of the story is always what happens to the characters. I won’t give it away but, the action makes the read go by fast, so fast you get the end and wonder what happens next, then you ask what happened before.

Lucky for us. I have it on good authority R.M is currently working on the prequel.

My best advice is read the story, I don’t think I could do it justice if I tried to summarize it. A summery would just leave to much of the story out.

Get the book, read it, recommend it.

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Woohoo, my weight loss continues.

I was stalled for a little while again, I absolutely hate plateaus.

I know some of you understand that completely.

Anyway, I stepped on the scale last night and wowser I broke the previous 10 pound score…*not sure how to say that right, it’s not like weight has decades*

I am also close to my half year goal, only 5 lbs to go for that.

Then this afternoon I weighed myself again, another pound down.

A year ago I was hoping to make progress but wasn’t very sure of myself.

I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement of one dear friend.

You know who you are and thank you.

Let’s keep pushing.

I know I can do it now and I know those of you out there trying to get healthy can do it too.

 

 

 

 

My size is shrinking

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Well, its that time again.

Two novels in completed rough draft, and the story bug has bitten my imagination once again.

The problem…I have very little knowledge of the subject matter.

Poor, poor little me… I have to research now. 😀

So you might have guessed research and organizing are my crack when it comes to writing.

Seriously…ask any of my friends.

I have tutored a number of them in organizing and outlining…and had a lot of fun doing it.

Yes, I do know I’m sick in the head.

Oh well, time to get my fix.

Web search here I come.

Later Y’all

Time to Research

Organizing life

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I can be a little compulsive.

Usually only about certain things.

I like the mini yellow legal pads.

I like the Zebra F-301 click-able ball point pen in black, blue and red.

My mini yellow legal pad is on my mini clip board and my pen is clipped to the spring bar.

These are my tools for organizing my life,

How do I organize my life…Lists.

I make list for everything.

Check lists for the month, week, and day.

Grocery lists, budgets, edit lists, lists on what parts to edit, it goes on and on.

I even do my therapy homework in list form. 😀

The one good thing about my lists though, I don’t beat myself up if I don’t check everything off.

I use list to organize my life but they don’t run my life.

Have a good day y”all.

Stuck in the Mud

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I have previously mentioned I am going through Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from childhood trauma. 

I share my experiences in order to educate about Mental Illness and encourage persons with Mental Illnesses to seek professional help or just let them know they are not alone.

For more information on Mental Illnesses my go to is http://www.webmd.com, and another useful site specifically for PTSD is http://www.va.gov.

PTSD had a wide range of causes such as childhood trauma, sexual assault trauma, and the most wide know Veterans suffering from combat trauma.

These are not the only causes, any traumatic event experienced by anyone at anytime can result in PTSD.

PTSD often ends in suicide, so I especially want to encourage treatment.

Back to CPT, I just had my second session and came up against a very snaggy component Stuck Points.

What is a Stuck Point?

A stuck point is an internal conflict or negative belief of yourself, others, and the world in general.

These points can effect all aspects of your life, from safety, power/control, esteem to intimacy.

Learning to deal with stuck points in a healthy way is the purpose of CPT.

Needless to say this is where I get stuck. (pun intended)

Just hearing the words stuck point caused anxiety to the point I asked my therapist, A very nice man named Don, to refer to them as SP’s.

Does this sound extreme to to you?

No, not to me.

As soon as he started using SP I instantly felt relief, I stopped rocking in the chair (one of my tells or ticks) and relaxed.

I’m hoping that by the end of these twelve weeks I will be able to hear the words stuck points without reacting, and so much more.

Have a great day y’all.

 

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(I am not a mental Health Professional and in no way am I giving medical advice)

*If you have or are experiencing +Mental or +Emotional +Illness, there is nothing to be ashamed of, you did nothing wrong and there is hope and help out there for you. You are not alone.*

 

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