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Sunset in Tennessee

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Near Cumberland Trail State Park exit on I-75 south.

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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Life, Pictures, Traveling

 

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Sunsets Over the Road

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First picture is of the sunset today in Lexington,Kentucky. Second was the sunset in Panama City, Florida. Third was in Summerville, SC. Breathtaking. No other words necessary.  Will add other sunsetd later from the pics I took on my Canon. These were taken with my phone and don’t really do the sunsets justice.

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Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Life, Pictures, Traveling

 

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Best thing ever

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My dad got my husband one of these for my husband to use while he is on the road and it is the best thing ever. It can actually cook soup it gets so hot. Right now it is warming my coffee that I brought with me (I made it early this morning before we left so I’d have a cup to take with me.) Once mine is hot I’ll pour it back in my regular mug and warm the Mr.’s. One cup of coffee is just not enough– not for this coffee addict.
So we are back on the road. A little of the initial excitement has worn off, but I am still excited. After we drop off this load and pick up the next in Summerville, SC we will be headed to Kentucky. Last time we went to Kentucky it was covered in snow and absolutely gorgeous. They keep their roads clear, which was great.
Well, I am about to get the laptop out and work on my novel. I really need to get one of those Wi-Fi’s to go, then again it is nice being able to write without all the distractions of the internet.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Coffee, Life, Traveling, Writing

 

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Working on my book

It’s been a busy weekend, and my weekend was only from Saturday afternoon until now (almost midnight Sunday night). Laundry. Grandson. Daughter. Step-daughter. Husband. Cooking. Cleaning. More laundry. Errands. Dinner. Lunch. More laundry. Packing. Packing the car with some of our stuff ahead of time so there isn’t so much to do tomorrow morning, because we have to get up early and I am not going to want to do it then. Hell, I’m not going to want to do much of anything until after I’ve had my coffee, but I doubt I’ll have much time for that. I’ll probably make my coffee to go.

I want to work on my novel but I only got through about two pages and my eyes are starting to feel so heavy I can barely keep them open. I’m not the one driving, my husband is, but riding is tiring as well. And we’re right back at it tomorrow morning. I don’t feel like we had any real time off. I imagine he feels the same way. He’s asleep on the recliner again. Go figure. Tried to wake him and get him to come to bed but he just mumbled uh-huh and went right back to sleep.

I’ve got to check into one of those Wi-Fi to go things. The next few posts will be short because they’ll be from my phone.

Later,I’m going to try to write one more page in my novel and then it’s lights out for me.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Coffee, Family, Home, Life, Writing

 

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All through the house

Not a creature is stirring, not even the spouse

The gran is asleep, both girls are too

It’s just me and you…

Family night was a blast, but wore me out–I’m actually too tired and wound up to sleep. Mr. Rockstar/Truck Driver is asleep in his recliner. He feel asleep fifteen or twenty minutes into the the move. The Man of Steel. As I watched it I wondered about how many Superman moves there have been. I grew up watching Superman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk (Lou F), Aqua Man, Batman, and a few others. Wonder Woman was a hero in my book. She was strong, brave, and a beautiful female. I wanted to be just like Wonder Woman when I grew up.

As I got older and began to understand that not only would I not look like Wonder Woman, but in real life the only thing I might ever have that was invisible was my deodorant, and that was on a good day. If my life were a movie or a television series, the kitchen would just be clean, the food would put itself away, the laundry would be done and folded and put away without me having to do it all–Laundry, oh you mean someone has to do that? i don’t just have clean clothes? They don’t just put themselves neatly into my dresser or closet?

After being on the road with my husband for the past week we got home and unpacked the car. I checked the mail. I started a load of laundry. I text messaged my daughter to let her know we made it back. Called Mr. Rockstar’s parents to let them know we were back. I opened the bag of dirty laundry and sorted through it. Darks in one pile and lights in another. I took a shower and shaved my gorilla like legs and armpits (yes we showered while we were on the road but I didn’t have the time or luxury to shave) and washed my snarly,knotted hair. After the shower I felt like a real live human being again.

I doubt if Wonder Woman ever had to worry about snarls in her gorgeous, silky hair. After the shower and a clean set of clothes I was ready to tackle the rest of the afternoon, or so I thought. We’d decided to have a family day once we got back from being on the road. Mr. Rockstar would pick up his daughter around 4, my daughter and grandson were coming over, and we were going to go to the grocery store. Get some stuff to cook on the grill. Make some cookies. Get a move from RedBox. We ended up having a delicious meal: steaks, shrimp with onions, bell peppers and mushrooms on the grill. Baked potatoes. Garlic bread, Broccoli with cheese. And squash and zucchini. My daughter made the homemade chocolate chip cookies while my husband grilled the steaks and I watched the little man. (I was also still doing laundry.)

I downloaded the pictures from the week, but I put them on my desktop and the pack-n-play and the baby are in my writing room asleep. I’m on the laptop so I won’t be able to do anything with the pics until I can get to my desktop. Tomorrow I’ll write the official post about my experiences on the road with my husband then. I didn’t get to write as much as I wanted to. It’s hard to write on a laptop when you’re bouncing around, or when the sun’s glare makes it nearly impossible to see the screen, or when…Excuses I know. I had my notebook with me and could have written out a few things the old fashioned wiay–with pen and paper. But I did get some really great pictures and I can’t wait to share them.

Now it’s time for me to turn in. I’ve had a really long week and I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Family, Home, Life, Traveling, Writing

 

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Sunrise

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It’s the end of the week and we are about to get coffee and hit the road. We’ve traveled thru: SC, NC, AL, GA, MS,LA, and back thru some of the same states. It’s sunrise in GA and we are about head home. Being in such tight quarters is intimate, but we have managed to make the most of it. I have actually gotten quite a lot of writing done. I have also taken a lot of photographs with my camera. This picture was taken with my phone. Sorry for the poor quality.
Monday morning I head out with him again and hopefully we’ll go to different places than we did this week. I am collecting post cards for myself and one of my sister-in-law’s. I am putting mine in my Smash Book. I am learning a great deal about the country, being a trucker, my husband, and life in general. I think I am going to make one of my female characters a truck driver.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Coffee, Life, Traveling, Writing

 

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It’s all a waiting game

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Monday night we waited for 13 hrs and 50 mins to get loaded. They messed up the load and had to unload it and reload, and before any of that there was a shift change and someone “misplaced” our paperwork so the 2nd shift didn’t “know” we were waiting to be loaded. (Sounds like somebody(s) isn’t doing their job.)
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Mr. Rockstar signed himself out to the sleeper and we slept while waiting and then finally while being loaded but it wasn’t sound sleep especially since they didn’t realize we were still waiting to be loaded until around 1:30 AM when he went and asked them what was going on with his load–we’d been there since 3:30 in the afternoon.
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We finally got loaded and left after the remaining hr of his 10 hr break was finished…but we were both tired and coffee was needed. Fitful sleep, interrupted sleep, etc is not good sleep. I am now reading as much information as I can about the laws and other information regarding trucking. Do you know that they don’t get paid for all the miles they drive? I was shocked when I found out that they get paid “how the crow flies” which means they get paid from point A to point B like a straight line. Most of us who have driven anywhere know that it is rarely a straight shot.
I wish the owners, lawmakers, etc could ride with an OTR driver (both company and owner operators) for one week (each) so they could see what it is really like. Maybe UnderCover Boss or something. Maybe I need to create a new blog…though I am writing while out on the road this is just something I feel strongly about.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Life, Traveling

 

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Part of the experience

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So we are in Atlanta’s 5 o’clock traffic on 285 and it sucks. People texting as they drive and almost running into other vehicles or big trucks, people cutting front of you–not a smart thing to do to a big truck since they aren’t able to stop on a dime…and the exhaust smells–ugh!

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Life, Traveling

 

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On the road again

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First stop Summerville, SC then off to Moncks Corner then headed to Williamston, NC. This time I am on the road with the Mister for one month. We’ll be home on weekends (hopefully). Camera, laptop, D-Link adapter, snacks, coffee pot, Dr. Pepper, food,coffee mug warmer, and my new gloves…my fingers are exposed but they have this cute little mitten thing I can use if I need to.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Life, Traveling

 

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Writing with a Plan

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When I first began NaNoWriMo two years ago I pantsed it. My work is completely character driven. I put her in what I now know is more or less a hero’s journey, only she was definitely not what most people would think of as a candidate for heroism. She was the unlikely hero who fell into a situation and did what she felt she had to do, what was the right thing to do, and though it got her into trouble and put her in danger the likes of which she had no idea of how to get out of, she managed through it, just barely.

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IN real life that’s what hero’s do. They don’t walk 6 miles like the Doctor in Atlanta did to save his patient in order to be a hero, they do it because it’s what they feel is right–they do what they need to do. But midway through, (sagging middle syndrome) I began to flail about like a fish out of water. I had no plan. I was writing from my gut and the heart of my story was great, but I got stuck because what I wanted my character to do and what my character wanted to do weren’t the same. I was following the character, but without a plan I lost control of the book/situation.

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After 3 NaNo’s under my belt, I’ve realized I am one of those cross breeds as a writer. I am both a pantster and a plotter. I guess that makes me a puzzler or a plantster. I don’t let the outline (which is often just a basic 3 act structure outline) rule me. I tend to write off the cuff, adlib, stray from the main course, follow the path less traveled too much to be considered a plotter, but I do my research, I brainstorm. I narrow down my plot, subplot, character sketches, and I write down a few ideas for each act and some of the chapters. The most in depth thing that I do now, versus when I was pantsing, is that I get to know my characters. I use Scrivener and that makes it so much easier. I use actual character sketches, and the corkboard for pictures and create a synopsis of each character comes up or the picture comes up. (My only problem with Scrivener is that the Windows version isn’t as detailed as the Mac version. There are things Mac users can do with Scrivener that Windows users can’t. Right now I can’t afford a Mac, if I could I’d get one.)

Character Outline on the Corkboard in Scrivener.

Character Outline on the Corkboard in Scrivener.

One of the most helpful aids I’ve found for my writings is Caroline Norrington’s template for outlining with Scrivener. You really should check it out her blog post Scrivener Template. (And the template if you use Scrivener.)  It’s absolutely amazing!!!!

Now that I’ve finally got my laptop up and running, (a new power cord, battery, and a D-Link USB adapter), I downloaded the template and imported into Scrivener so that I can use it while I’m out on the road for the next month with my husband. If you haven’t read any of my previous posts I’ll clue you in, if you have sorry for being redundant-he’s an over the road (OTR) truck driver. I went out on the road with him for a week last month. Now I’m about to go out on the road with him for a month. We’ll be home on weekends, but I’m cannot “not” write for long periods of time, so I managed to fix my laptop all by myself. A friend of ours who fixes computers kept saying it was the port that the power cord goes into but I know my computers and it was the cord. It was bent and every time you moved slightly the blue light went off and you you lost power. The battery was shot, that’s one of my major problems with HPs is that they tend to run hot and their batteries don’t last long. When I get a new laptop it will not be another HP.

North Carolina. OTR. Truck Stop. Trucking.

North Carolina. OTR. Truck Stop. Trucking.

Once the storm let up and our power came back on I began preparing for my trip OTR with my Sweetheart Mr. Rockstar/Truck Driver.

  1. Get the laptop up and running. ✔
  2. Download and import outline template for Scrivener.✔
  3. Do laundry. (Working on that.)
  4. Pack. (Nowhere near done.)
  5. Cook dinner for him for when he comes home. (Working on that as I type. Bean soup is in the crockpot and will be more be delicious when it’s done.)
  6. Go to grocery store for stuff to take OTR. (Will do that tomorrow or Monday morning before we leave.)
  7. Send D____ (my son who is in bootcamp in Missouri for the Army) his letter. ✔
  8. Pick up book of stamps so you can send D____ more letters and other people postcards. ✔
  9. Shave legs (Not yet, I just got my power back, LOL)
  10. Do research for character, place, etc. (WIP)
  11. Print Michael’s coupon.✔
  12. Go to Michael’s and purchase a new Smash Book. (Will have checked off by later today.)
  13. Go through scrapbooking supplies. (Will do later today.)
  14. Write blog. ✔
  15. Make coffee.✔

I’m drinking my coffee now and once I’m finished with the blog post I’ll be working on the research for my book.  Then I’ll head to Michaels to pick up my new Smash Book. I’m so excited about going out on the road with my husband for a month. I keep thinking of Kerouac. I am charging the batteries for my camera. Oops, I need to stop by Walmart and pick up a new memory card. Guess my list just got longer. 😉

Have a great day! Happy Writing! Reading! and Life!!!

 

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