Friday, February 15, 2013

Potpourri for $500, Alex....



This week's been a fairly busy one, here at the Means Mansion. Out of town company has thrown off my schedule...and that's totally fine. It was nice to have my mom and sister down from the frozen wastes of Kentucky for some fun in the sun....even though it pretty much rained all day Thursday. We still hit all the places my sister wanted to see before they leave today...mainly, the beach and Disney World, which I mentioned on Wednesday.

(For anyone interested in more pics from the Disney trip, they can be found at my other blog....here.)

This, obviously, meant nothing much got done writing-wise. I was lucky to be able to crank out a few blog post in what little spare time I did have.

As far as some of my actual writing is going.....

When time permits, I'm still going back through The T.E.M.P Agency...rereading, researching,editing, and revising.

Not much progress on my Lucha Libre murder mystery project, besides random ideas here and there. I'm still looking to make it as "fair play" as possible without giving the whole thing away in the first few paragraphs. As I've said before, mystery writing is fun.....but challenging.

Bloghops!

Next week means a couple of fun bloghops that I'll be participating in. Elise Fallson, over at...ummm...Elise Fallson, is doing a hop with one of her writing pals to celebrate her one year anniversary traversing the blogosphere. "She Said What?" sounds like a lot of fun and congrats to Elise on her milestone.

Allison, over at Geek Banter, is hosting a "Level Up!" blogfest centering around a favorite game...regardless of whether it be board, card, video, computer, etc. This one sounds like a lot of fun and something right up my alley.

Links to both hops can be found on the right sidebar.


Friday also means it's time for another installment of The Healthy Writer's Club, hosted by Shallee McArthur.




Unfortunately, not much to report for this week. In fact, if anything, I'm pretty sure I was the antithesis of a "healthy writer". I haven't logged into my MyFitnessPal account since Sunday and have eaten fairly poorly. So, it looks like I've been "unhealthy" as well as "not writing". I feel like the Bizarro version of myself.

Me am so happy! (Bizarro speak for "Ugh!")

Nothing earth shattering, though. There's always next week and I can do nothing but improve after this one.

Right??

Oh, and as a side note, I've just noticed that this post makes my 25th for 2013, so far. That's one more than I wrote for all of 2012. A small accomplishment, but an accomplishment all the same.

Hope you all have a great Friday and an even better weekend!


30 comments:

Misha Gericke said...

It's always good to have family visit.

Maybe they're just the rest you needed to feel really inspired again. :-)

Yvonnes Poetry Corner said...

Nothing like the family.

Have a good week-end.

Yvonne.

S.P. Bowers said...

It's ok to take a break for family. Especially if you don't see them much. Hope you enjoyed it. I never get anything done when we go visit family.

Steven W said...

I find productivity comes in ebbs and flows, don't be too hard on yourself. Jealous of the Disney pics. Might be doing that with the family in late spring . . .

Julie said...

I know the feeling. I can't seem to get back into a routine either. Glad to hear you're working on T.E.M.P. again.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like your post title!
Sounds like you'll be prepared for the Challenge in April.
All set for the upcoming blogfests!

jaybird said...

The amount of chocolate Valentine's Day produced in my house has not been good for my writer's butt, that's for sure. Maybe next week, I'll go back to the gym...lol

Glad to hear you are having fun with the fam. They must miss you lots, now that you live in Florida. Enjoy your family time!!

Stephen Tremp said...

Wasn't Potpourri for $500 on a Weird Al song and video, I Lost On Jeopardy?

Christine Rains said...

Glad you got a chance to vacation with the family. I'd love to have one myself! Lots of great bloghops going on. That's awesome this is your 25th post for 2013. Sounds like it's going to be a good blogging year!

Shallee said...

Sounds like you've got some fun writing projects! And as for exercise, there's always tomorrow. :) It's hard to do with company in town.

Mark Means said...

@Misha: We had a great time and, hopefully, you're right regarding the inspiration!

@Yvonne: You're right and thank you. You do the same :)

@S.P.: Yep, we had a great time. I tried to keep my mind tuned to writing, if nothing else :)

@Steven: Thank you and Disney's always a blast. Hopefully you'll get there this year. Thanks for the follow, as well :)

@Julie: It can be tough, that's for sure and thank you very much :)

@Alex: Hehe, I can see why you like the title and, yes, I'll be ready for A to Z. Really looking forward to it!

@Jaybird: I hear you about the gym. It's tough to keep at it, though I'm sure you deserved every bit of that chocolate :)

@Stephen: Why, yes, I think it was :D

@Christine: A good time was had by all and, hopefully, you'll get the same chance soon!

@Shallee: Definitely! I'm more a 'creature of habit' and once my routine gets messed up, it takes me a while to get back into the swing. It was a good interruption, though :)

Elise Fallson said...

Hey Mark, thanks for the shout out! Don't worry too much about your off week writing/exercising. Let it go and tell yourself, "tomorrow, I'm going to kick butt!" :D

Mark Means said...

@Elise: Anytime and it sounds like fun :) Great advice and I'll definitely remember it...thanks!

M.L. Swift said...

Great that you had some company, Mark. Did I know you were in Florida? I'm in the panhandle. Those hops sound hopping. I'm not much into games, except for trivia or something.

Mark Means said...

@M.L.: Hmmm...not sure...I didn't know you were in Florida, either. I used to live in Pensacola -many- moons ago. I really like the panhandle.

Well, trivia can be a game, yes :)

klahanie said...

Hi Mark,

Trying to do some catching up after a very busy week. And thus, time to leave one of my um 'eagerly anticipated' comments :)

Seems an ideal situation to take advantage of having your family come visit from Kentucky.

Of course, life can get in the way of writing. Yet, what happens in life can be the inspirational catalyst to your ongoing writing endeavours.

Aha, all those blog hops. Shall have to hop over and check them out. Looks like you might be getting prolific with your blogging. Have a peaceful, positive weekend.

Gary

The Golden Eagle said...

Congrats on your blog posts!

I've signed up for the bloghops, too. Looking forward to reading your posts for them. :)

Lexa Cain said...

If I had to list my successes as a "healthy" writer I'd have nothing to write about!
I'm so glad you spent quality time with your family. Have a nice weekend! :-)

Ella said...

Happy Friday!!! Life happens and we get off path~ You will catch up and maybe inspiration from this time out, will show up in your writing ;D
We all need detours~

Wow, cool hops! Thanks for sharing and keeping it real!!!

Jolie du Pre said...

Hope you can get back on track with your fitness goals.

Nick Wilford said...

Glad you had a good time with family. I'm sure you'll get back into your writing and fitness with full force!

Mark Means said...

@Gary: You're absolutely right...sometimes, in life, just living can spark the creative fires that can lead to that next great project. Have a great weekend, as well! :)

@Golden Eagle: Thank you and likewise. I look forward to seeing your entries, too.

@Lexa: lol, well I know the feeling. I need the dedication to go along with my intentions. Hope your weekend is a good one!

@Ella: Very true, sometimes the detours can lead us down more interesting paths :)

@Jolie: Me too and thank you :)

Mark Means said...

Thank you Nick and that's the plan. Now I just have to follow through :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Having fun with family is wonderful! I'm sure you'll get right back into fitness and writing more next week. Besides, you did get some research, revision, and idea-gathering done - which is awesome! We all need those kind of weeks.

Mark Means said...

@Tyrean: Definitely! Sometimes the subliminal ideas are the best :)

Tammy Theriault said...

don't feel bad...i've been eating like crappola too! we can do it together!

Empty Nest Insider said...

It sounds like you had a great time with your family! Looking forward to seeing more of you during the blogfests!
Julie

Mark Means said...

@Tammy: Most definitely and tomorrow is a new day :)

@Julie: Thank you and likewise!

celeste holloway said...

Sounds like you needed a break. I bet you comeback swinging! It's impossible to write or eat healthy with company around. Well, maybe not impossible, but no fun. Here's to a great new week! :)

Mark Means said...

I'm going to try Celeste and thank you! I can totally blame the company, yes...hehe.

Seriously, though, a new week brings new opportunities...just have to capitalize on them :)

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