Nothing like four days of rain over spring break, and a birthday party, to remind me that we have waaaay too much stuff in waaay too little house.
I get to send the kids back to school tomorrow, which is kind of like de-cluttering, except they come back at 3:30 everyday so it doesn’t make the lasting change I am after.
Last year or the year before, I did some “30 days” of clutter removal kind of thing. Maybe it was more days. I don’t know. I just know it was too long ago and it wasn’t nearly enough. So, I’m gonna do it again.
100 days, 100 removals. 100 pictures on my blog. Every day I’m gettin’ rid of something, and I’m taking a picture of it, and once a week I will post them all here.
It’s not writing, or writing related. It’s not going to help me make my word count or sell my books, but it sure will feel great!
Wait. 100 days is really long! In 100 days I’ll be in Disneyland with my family. That’s madness. That’s some serious dedication to both de-cluttering and to posting pictures of the excess stuff I am ditching.
Are you up for it? Are you excited? Are you glad you are following a blogger who has suddenly dedicated herself to recording her clutter free journey? I knew you would be.
And, for the final bit of “Shoot, I said I’d do what?!” I will be posting the daily pictures at my brand-spankin’ new tumblr blog “100 Day Declutter” at 100daydeclutter.tumblr.com.
Do you love it as much as I do? I’ve gone so far overboard that now, if I watch US TV it just sounds funny.
I grew up with the exceptional programming at Oregon Public Broadcasting–the same people who produce the fabulous History Detectives. (I may have just used up today’s limit for superlatives.)
OPB introduced me to Brit-com with things like Fawlty Towers and Keeping Up Appearances. And now they bring me the greats like Sherlock and Downton Abbey.
OPB made me a fan, but Netflix made me a fanatic. Between Netflix and IMDB I’ve turned into an absolute geek.
And I believe that geeks need to stick together, so, here’s a quick tip.
If you love brit tv, dramedies, and the Royal gossip, you’re in luck.
The Palace is streaming at Netflix right now.
Witty scripts, talented actors, a little upstairs/downstairs drama: it breaks my heart a little that it only lasted one season and had only eight episodes. Bonus: You’ll recognize Johnty as the man who ruined Ambrose’s life in Ballykissangel!
Warning: While the show is “clean” as far as language and scenes go, the story does cover the classic soap opera plot of star crossed lovers.
With Netflix’s sort of random system of giving, and taking away British TV shows this is one to catch while you can.
So…Is it seven days because I am only making seven posts or fourteen days because it will take fourteen days to do it? This is a hard one for my non-linear brain to grasp. I’m going with seven days.
I could easily come up with seven different kinds of needlecrafts, or fiber arts, if that’s how you roll, that I love.
But I’m going to exercise restraint.
These handkerchiefs were Christmas gifts a couple of years back.
I made these potholders a couple of years ago for a Secret Santa gift.
These Raggedy Anns were gifts for my daughters this Christmas. They turned out way better than I thought they would, and make me think I may have turned a corner with my sewing. Plus the girls snuggle them every night, so they were worth every minute of effort.
I think I would go mad if I didn’t have some sewing/embroidery/knitting type project going on at all times. What about you? What do you do to unwind?
I heard a rocker on NPR say, “The fans have gotten to watch the process as we have improved over the year.” He was British so he said “PRO- cess” which makes me want to say the quote over and over again.
If you have been with me from the beginning you may have seen the “PRO-cess” as I have improved as a writer/publisher, but I’m not sure, maybe you haven’t. I don’t talk about it much on the blog. Nonetheless, I can’t stop using my pretend British accent, so I thought I would make you a visual (an infograph, perhaps?) of how I have grown from a DIY writer to a professional person publishing books.
It’s been quite a ride, and that’s a pretty slim example of how I have grown in the business, but it is pretty telling.
I hope next years infograph shows even greater growth.
If you know me in the three dimensional world, instead of just online, you know that my mom is one of my best friends and my dad ain’t half bad either. ; ) I was thrilled to get the chance to share a little story about my family life in Life Lessons from Mom by Write Integrity Press.
I have to admit, the deadline for submissions to Life Lessons from Dad came and went before I had a chance to wax eloquent on what I’ve learned from the master marketer and all around great guy I call Dad.
So apologies, Dad!
But back to Mom. Growing up with my mom was a kick in the pants. (Not literally.) But if you want to know why, you will have to buy the book.
And speaking of the book and the reason I’ve popped in to blog, the video trailer for Life Lessons for Mom just came out. It is sooo sweet!
Can you guess which picture is my mom? If not, I guess you’ll just have to buy a copy. ; ) (Link is in the sidebar.)
(This is a picture of the electric fireplace I got for Christmas. I am using it because I assume you will want to gather round and snuggle up for a nice long read.)
I have the great good fortune to associate with some rad Christian authors on facebook. We help share each others news. It just occurred to me this morning that perhaps I could do more than just tweet and FB these updates…I can also share them here on the blog!
What I have in mind is a regular update (dare I hope weekly?) of the most interesting blogs, freebies, releases, etc. that I have come across via the Grace and Faith Authors.
For today I’ll share them in their original tweet form, but I may mix it up a bit in the future.
Hope there is something here you’ll enjoy!
#Read this great #interview with #christian #author @PrecariousYates ! @graceandfaith4u http://wp.me/p1WR51-8A #YA #GNFA
Official Release Day! A Familiar Shore by Jennifer Fromke. Women’s fiction you can’t put down. http://amzn.to/GHRTBy @kindle_promo #fiction
Foreclosed is free March 2nd and 3rd! I don’t plan to renew KDP select for all of my books, and I won’t be running another free Foreclosed promotion for quite a while, so now’s the time to nab your copy. : ) Foreclosed For Free
Mitzy Neuhaus is the top selling Realtor in Portland, but even her office is dead in this economy. Foreclosed is the word no homeowner wants to hear and Mitzy is determined to save the incredible mansion on her street from that fate. But with the homeowner desperate to keep Mitzy away from his property and Alonzo, the dangerously hot rival investor trying to snatch it out from under her, Mitzy knows she has to work fast, or the economy won’t be the only thing dead…
I don’t have 14 days of love, despite my best efforts, because the story I wanted to tell, about my Great Grandma for whom I am named, was not old enough to be brought out and dusted off yet.
I owe you a love story.
I’m a bit drained and exhausted from the emotional roller coaster that was this last week. So this is all I’ve got. They aren’t my words, but they talk about the kind of love I was talking about last time.