Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tips for Dealing in a Funky Economy

I've long talked about the "Middle Class" being a mythological concept and a misnomer at this point. At the rate we are currently going the middle class will go the way of the pterodactyl.

Anyhoo, one of the "upsides" of this depression recession is that many of us have learned to budget our limited resources. A skill and habit that will serve us well if when the economy bounces back. Secondly, going green has become more than just cool, it is a survival skill for many families. Recycling, repurposing, and reusing items; conserving energy use; buying hybrid cars, consolidating errands and enjoying local resources to save gas; composting; and growing our own fruits, herbs and vegetables.

With recent news of melting polar caps and the devastating weather-related effects of global warming (something our commander-in-chief finally recognizes) it is more important than ever that we each do our part. I only hope that it will continue once we are no longer feeling the pinch.

For many people, the fact that we are in a depression recession still hasn't hit home. Perhaps they are going about life as if nothing has changed; trying to live the same lifestyle with a lot less seed. There is a great article in Yahoo! Finance on Five Signs That You're Living Beyond Your Means. Below are a few great books for anyone that is ready to begin dealing with their personal finances in a more productive way.



Thursday, July 3, 2008

Today Meg Cabot is Providing the Vehicle for My Procrastination

Meg Cabot is absolutely hilarious. I subscribed to her blog today and while I found it quite amusing; it isn't really helping me hit my JulNoWriMo total today. I've enjoyed reading her books, but I've never read any of the Queen of Babble series. Looks like I'll have some catching up to do before I read her latest release, Queen of Babble Gets Hitched.

Check out her diary here.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Letting Go

July 1st was a big day for me.

First: It kicked off JulNoWriMo - a novel-in-a-month competition in which I am participating. I know what you're thinking.... "Didn't you try that a couple of times already?" Indeed you are right. I participated in NaNoWriMo twice and sputtered out. Not because the task was impossible, but because I told myself that it was. And what I was left with is two WIP (works in progress) that have been calling to me with varying intensity ever since I abandoned them all those months ago.

The characters have danced around my head from time-to-time. They want their happy (or unhappy) ending. And in fact, I am anxious to discover exactly where they will end up. As their creator, of course I have an idea of where I want their journey to end, but each character often surprises me by taking a completely different direction.

I started by reading WIP #1 which was 326 pages. I started reading at 6AM, just to reacquaint myself with the characters and story. I was pleasantly surprised by what I'd written - with the exception of one chapter and one scene which I cut, whittling it down to 314 double spaced pages. My goal is to write 2500 words per day, six days per week during JulNoWriMo. When I complete WIP #1 I will then turn my attention to WIP #2 for the remainder of the competition.

I could very well end the month with TWO completed manuscripts.

Second: The latest issue of All Things Girl went live. It includes my column, "Letting Go Isn't Easy" the first in a two part series dealing with the issue of holding onto things which don't serve your purpose, and even worse, could be blocking your happiness.

Third: And this is BIG people, I have put myself on a 20-month action plan. Why 20 months and not 30 days, 100 days, 5 or 10 years? Because my BFF and I have long aspired to be "Fabulous by Forty" and our 40th birthdays are looming on the horizon. There are many things that I would like to accomplish before I am 40. More on that later this week.