Fun Friday!

Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a fun Friday! I’m sorry for not posting last week, but it was out of my control. I was in London and my laptop didn’t want to connect to the internet. It made me very sad. I really must look into that. I’m so sorry if you were looking forward to the memes. Not to worry though, I’ve got even more for you this week 🙂

Bubble_TeaWhy was I in London last week? Because I had to accompany our Australian visitor (who is a minor) to Heathrow airport. He can fly around the world on his own, but not from one to another airport in the UK. Don’t ask me why. I didn’t mind as I really wanted to see The Great Wave exhibition in the British Museum that I didn’t get to see last time. Unfortunately, nobody told me you had to buy tickets in advance and by the time I got to the museum, they were sold out for the time I was able to attend. I consoled myself with the notion that I now probably have to go to Japan to see it and got myself a bubble tea from Coco which was very nice.

What else am I happy about today? Well, as I told you on Wednesday, I signed a provisional contract with Create50 for two of my horror stories to be included in their Twisted50 anthology Vol.2 or Vol.3. As there are 182 entries and 50 winners, the chance is pretty big at least one of my stories gets chosen. I don’t want to jump ahead of myself though, so I still need you to keep your fingers crossed for me!

S-Fangs_Show_Off.jpg

Writing wise, things have been going slow. My cover, which I promised myself would be ready this week, isn’t ready yet. I finished drawing the blood drips last Tuesday, but they needed to be made to look 3D. As my daughter is hugging the drawing tablet, it was her job. Either she did it in one morning, or I get the tablet for two days. Nothing wrong with some emotional blackmail 🙂 . You must know my daughter is an avid DeviantArt artist and can’t live without her tablet. This is the result she just sent me. I hope you find it was worth the wait. I love it! Please be aware they are copyrighted!

I have been adding some more followers on Twitter this morning and will be upgrading my ads for Book 1 this afternoon. While I was in London, I added some more text to my prequel but ran into an obstacle. I have two stories running parallel; one of Kate, one of how the virus got into the world. I ran out of text for Kate, but have more text to write about the virus (heaven knows I could have written a whole new book on that 😀 ). I still need to think on that one.

But enough of my babbling. Here are the memes you so have been waiting for 🙂

 

 

Fun Friday!

Hiya everybody! I hope you had a great week and are looking forward to the holidays. My kids are as today is their last day of school. I have been so terribly busy this last week. Sometimes I didn’t know where to start, I had so much to do. Didn’t finish anything I wanted, but I’m getting there. I read a great advice to beat procrastination somewhere. It said to use the five-second rule. If you think of doing something, you have five seconds to decide to do it or not. I’m amazed it worked so far! Try it yourself and be amazed at how much you can get done.

I’m very happy to say this week I met some great people online and even made a new friend (you know who you are, Funny Girl 😀 ). The internet is a wonderful thing. Where would we be without it?

So what have I been so busy with? I’ve been working on my cover these last few days. It was a fight with my daughter over the drawing tablet, and after having it for two days, I’ve given in and she’s got it again. Back to mouse drawings 🙁 . I’ve wanted to work on my prequel, but I’m afraid I haven’t had time for that at all. I really need to make time, otherwise I’ll never get it done. I have been working on my website a bit. Do you like my new header? Been helping others with their website too. I love doing that kind of stuff and I wished I had more hours in a day.

I also did my back in again and got myself a better chair. Still not used to it yet. I’m feeling a lot better now though and can move about like before. Yay!

I”m keeping this short as I have a lot to do. Lots of memes this week for you though 🙂 .

Fun Friday!

This week has been a productive week for me. I had set myself the goal of prioritizing my editing and I have, apart from Wednesday, edited at least three hours every day. I now have only twenty pages to go. There is light at the end of the tunnel! I found I use ‘just’ and ‘again’ too often and need to erase almost every single entry. Thank heaven (and Al Sendall) for that macro that picks up my ‘unwanted’ words! Let me know if you’re interested in it and I’ll give you the ins and outs of it.

The other positive thing this week was the news that our film ‘Busted!,’ a little brain child of mine, has been chosen to be screened (on Friday the 28th of July during the 8-10pm block) at the Loch Ness Film Festival. That was such a boost! Of course, I don’t know whether they want to promote the local film industry or had nothing else to show 😀 .

Busted_Poster.png

They asked me for promotional material and it took me a whole afternoon to make this poster. I had worked with Adobe Illustrator before, but it is frustrating when you’re not familiar with the controls. I’m very proud of my ‘vampire teeth though. The good thing about Illustrator is that it’s a vector program and you don’t get the fuzzy edges when you rescale the image. I did make the poster A3 size, just to be sure.

What else has happened? I officially lost 5kg since I began my weight loss program six weeks ago. Partytime! I can’t see it in the mirror, but it must have disappeared from somewhere. My belt definitely is noticing the difference. I’ve been going to the gym and eating healthy. You can find my meals on #micvinnyfooddiary. Making photos of your food and posting it on social media is a very good stimulant to eat healthier. No more cheating with a slice of cheese for lunch 😀 .

I’m listening to Ian Fleming’s ‘From Russia with Love’ at the moment. Usually during my trip to the gym. It’s my second audiobook (the first one being ‘The Hostile‘ by Joy Mutter) and very different from the movie as I remember. When I’ve finished the book I will watch the movie again and give you my review of the book. I’m also trying to finish a book I bought in a review thread on osfarg. It’s a lovely story, but the grammatical mistakes and punctuation errors are tremendous. I can’t understand people don’t see this themselves. One of the reasons I’m not promoting my books at the moment is because they’re not perfect yet. I don’t want to have my name associated with something that is mediocre. But that’s me for ya.

From_Russia_With_Love

On Wednesday, I went to the Meldrum Writers’ Club. It was nice weather, I felt great, and… nobody else turned up. That was a bit of a shame as I had busted my guts to finish this lovely story for it. But I can’t blame them. When the weather is nice in Scotland, you have to make use of it. It could be a while before it returns, a whole year perhaps.

I am a bit frustrated with people not contacting me back after I have asked them to contact me. As you may know, I’m not a very patient person. This doesn’t mean that I’m punctual and without fault myself. I run late for meetings and forget to send people stuff (anxiety plays a role here too). Hence, I (usually) don’t comment on it when people finally do get back to me. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t frustrate me though. If I know them well enough, I do let them know and they can take it or leave it. That’s who I am. After nearly fifty years, I don’t think I’m going to change.

No going to the movies this weekend. At least, not that I know of. Maybe we’ll go and see Baywatch, maybe not. I’m not aware of any other movie that is a must see at the moment (that we haven’t already seen). What we do have planned is painting the dressing room. Finally! All that prep work is done (after a few touch ups today) and we can show it off soon. Next weekend IKEA?

So, what have I been sending meme-wise? Here they are:

Friday Fun Day!

I hope your Friday has been as lovely as mine has been so far. It is extremely sunny here in Scotland and I was asked for a coffee by two separate neighbors 🙂 . I first caught up with Suzie, whom I haven’t seen in a while, and then with Murdo, whom I haven’t seen in even a longer while. It’s amazing how time flies when you’re having fun. It was good to catch up and I particularly enjoyed Murdo’s garden as it is in full bloom at the moment.

I’m on a high now, but I haven’t been every day last week. As I had people around me on Saturday when we visited Granite City Comic Con and on Monday and Tuesday when I took my kids to a UK Mathematics Trust event, I crashed on Wednesday. I don’t do socializing very well. Don’t get me wrong, I love it! But I crash and burn afterward.

Meme_Crash_and_Burn

I couldn’t get myself out of bed and couldn’t think of one positive thought.  I did manage to get some editing done and that made me feel a bit better about myself. I went to the gym yesterday and the fact that the dumbells didn’t feel as heavy as the time before made me feel better again. Long live exercise 😀 . Some people say you should be able to write anything on a blog, but I disagree. Who would want to know what I grumpy cow I can be? So sorry for not blogging earlier this week.

Tomorrow we’re having a structural engineer visiting. Hopefully, he’ll be able to give us advice on how to get our drive and garage happening. At the moment it’s a weed area that becomes swampy when it rains. The beech hedge flanking it on the high side of the slope is protected, but the wall it was resting on has disintegrated. On the other side, the ground slopes away to a row of trees. We need enough space to be able to turn the cars around, so it’s going to be interesting how he’s going to solve it.

Garden_Hedge

Still working on my edit. Slowly but surely I will come to the end. I am learning a tremendous amount again. So many words are different in American English. I’m glad I’m getting the hang of tenses now.  I still need to write that next grammar article for OneStopFiction.com, but I’m not sure about what. Anybody got any ideas?

I’m afraid not all the memes this week are as positive as last week, but as they’re memes they’re still funny 😀 . I love the pink unicorn. It was to celebrate my friend finding out how to make memes!

Friday Fun Day!

Another week has passed…

Yay, another weekend ahead of us! What are you guys up to? I’ve got Comic Con planned for the whole Saturday. My daughter and I are going with some friends. I’ll be the only one not dressed up, for a change. I have plenty of costumes, but none are of a comics character. Oh well, I guess I’ll be the only one without going-to-the-loo problems 😀 .

Whisky-Galore-movie.jpg

We have a dilemma regarding our planning. There are three movies in the cinema this weekend we’d like to see. The first one is ‘Whiskey Galore,’ a movie with Eddie Izzard and filmed here on the north coast of Scotland. The guy who did the wallpapering in our living room told us his boat features in it. How cool is that? The other two are ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’ and ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.’ For a change, they’re all movies my daughter wants to watch as well. I guess we’ll have to pick two and watch the other one next weekend, together with ‘Baywatch.’

I’m sorry for not blogging more this week. I have a good reason though: I have an editor! She’s a friend of a friend. As always, it isn’t what you know, but who you know. She has already finished editing my book and came back with very good questions and suggestions and corrections. Now I have to thoroughly go through my work and make it better. I’m hoping to do this within the next two weeks. I wished I could do it faster, but life has a habit of getting in the way.

AFP

Last Tuesday, we had the first AGM of our film club, Aberdeenshire Film Productions. We have accomplished quite a bit over the past year. With a sad heart, I have thrown in the towel regarding my producing/directing role in the group and we are now looking for someone to take my place. Even though I liked directing very much, I hated the producing part with a passion. Getting a producer without them directing is hard, so I have sacrificed my directing role in the hope to get someone who is willing to be a producer as well. Apart from the fact that I want to focus on my writing. It was just a bit too much to try and do it all.

Regarding getting more done, I have good news too! We had set our alarm for 6 am this morning. It was very much a case of going cold turkey and we managed to finally drag our bodies out of bed at 6:50 am. I don’t know how your marriage works, but we are almost joined at the hip. My husband is a lot stronger than I am though and normally gets out of bed before I do (and brings me my coffee). Getting up at 6 am, though, is very much like torture for the both of us (yet), and I’m dreading what will happen at 10 pm tonight, but we hope to get used to it soon and get more done. We went for a walk with the dogs this morning, which was very pleasant. We still have to figure out what to actually do so early 😀 .

Last, but not least; memes! Here are the ones I gathered this week:

Friday Fun Day!

It’s nearly noon and I have been to the gym! Yes, I’m very excited about that, because I should have done that yesterday. Today was supposed to be my rest day. I don’t know what people mean when they say ‘I’ve just been to the gym for an hour.’ Were they active for a whole hour, or does that time include everything around it? I was in the gym for an hour, but with getting ready, driving up and down, eating something healthy beforehand and a protein-rich meal afterward, it’s taken me all morning. And I even haven’t had my shower yet. It doesn’t help when you get out of bed at 8:45 am of course. Yes, I know, on Monday I said I planned to get up earlier. This, of course, doesn’t work if you still go to sleep past midnight. I still need to work on that one 🙂 .

Alien_Covenant.jpg

My fun things for the weekend are mixed. We’re going to see Alien: Covenant at some point. We just watched Prometheus again, so we’re all ready and geared up for the new Alien installment. Not sure if you call it a prequel to the sequel or a sequel to the prequel.

I’m taking my daughter and her friend to Lochter, the local activities center, to celebrate her birthday. They’re going to do some rifle shooting, segway, and go-karts. Fingers crossed it won’t be raining. My son also has his birthday celebration (they’re twins), but he’s keeping it in-house, inviting a couple of friends for a sleepover, like last year. This means I will have another sleepless night, trying to listen if the boys are not breaking or burning down the house.

Mad_Max_Road_Warrior.jpg

In the past week, we’ve been watching the first two Mad Max movies, to see if our son could watch them. I think he’s old enough to do so, but I think he won’t enjoy them. Maybe the second one, certainly not the first one. The Road Warrior has great stunts at the final scene. I think they wouldn’t be approved today, but in those days they weren’t such pussies 😀 . We haven’t seen Beyond Thunderdome yet. I’m looking forward to seeing Tina Turner on screen. We’ve watched the Minions movie again, still funny.

Sausage_Party.jpg

I invited my kids to watch Sausage Party. I can wholeheartedly suggest you don’t watch this one with your teenaged kids. Even though it’s a cartoon, this is by no standard a kids’ movie! The trailer is cute and exciting, but within five minutes I lost count of the times the f-word was mentioned and that is not the only word they use. Not to mention the extremely suggestive movements and insinuations. Be aware of this one!

I’ve actually also done some writing. I finished chapter 7 and 8. Maybe, just maybe, I have even found myself an editor. She’s a friend of a friend who lives in Cairo. The world is such a small place nowadays. She’s reading my book now and I can’t wait for her verdict. Maybe she’ll say it’s such trash she never wants to hear from me again. I’m keeping my fingers crossed 😀 .

So, meme time! Here’s what I’ve been laughing about this week:

Have a Happy Weekend!

Friday Fun Day!

Yay, it’s Friday! And what progress have I made this week with my edits? Not much, I’m afraid. Well, I did finish those first six chapters. Finally. Can’t wait to read something ‘new’ again.

MemeAddiction.png

I must admit I have rekindled my meme addiction these last two days. I so like them. They exist on many topics and they make me laugh out loud. I must have needed that :). I sent some to my family in Holland through WhatsApp. They thought I had found a picture book of some sort. I told them that pictures with funny text are called memes over here and asked them what they were called over there. ‘Pictures with funny texts’ was the answer. Maybe I asked the wrong person.

Last week wasn’t all wasted time, though:

  • I got myself a gym membership to continue my training and did two sessions.
  • I lost another couple of kilos (mainly due to cutting sugar from my diet), only ten more to go to reach that pre-pregnancy weight (no, I didn’t give birth recently, that was fifteen years ago).
  • Took my son to the GP to get the itchy bumps on his operated toe diagnosed (very likely a fungal infection ).
  • Took my daughter to get her eyes tested (she will soon be a mini me 🙂 ).
  • I had my Grammar 101 on Tenses article published on www.onestopfiction.com. Check it out if you dare; it’s not for the faint-hearted!
  • I made some connections for the shoot AFP is planning in June.
  • Attended another Writers’ Club session at the library and explained ‘Show, don’t Tell.’

I watched some great movies and series too. Here’s the list:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (cinema) – Best movie ever!
  • Kubo and the Two Strings (DVD) – Nice
  • Batman vs Superman (DVD) – Better than the first time
  • Ragnarok (Amazon) – Predictable, but fun
  • Listen (Amazon) – Weird and thought-provoking. Watch the ending!
  • Killer Mermaid (also known as Nymph or Mamula) (Amazon) – Nice CG
  • Lucifer (series ‘rerun’ on Amazon) – Always funny!
  • GirlBoss (Amazon) – funny, but don’t watch it with your teenagers
  • Oasis (pilot episode on Amazon) – With ‘Rob Stark.’ Can’t wait to see more
  • American Gothic (pilot episode on Amazon) – Not sure about this one…

So I haven’t been looking at memes all the time 🙂 .

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’ll leave you with the best memes I found this week.