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DoerDi Does… Read over 50 books in a year challenge – December 31, 2014

In a post I wrote last year I declared some resolutions. Once such challenge was sparked by someone’s else’s. The challenge was to read 50 books over the course of the year. I accepted and completed this goal. Here is my list of completed books; [X] Story by Robert McKee 12-31-14 [X] Killer Pancakes #5 by Diane Mott Davidson 12-27-14 [ X] Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich – 12-4-14 [X] Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich 11/19/14 [X] The Last Supper #4 by Diane Mott Davidson 11/12/14 [X] Cereal Murders #3 by Diane Mott Davidson- 10/28/14 [X] Dying for Chocolate by #2 Diane Mott Davidson 10/08/14 [X] Catering to No One #1 by Diane Mott Davidson 9-23-14 [X] A Busy Writer’s Guide – Mastering Showing and Telling in your Fiction my Marcy Kennedy 10-04-14 [X] When Every Month is NaNoWriMo by Larry Brooks 9-30-14 [X] Write your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell 9-21-14 [X] Show Don’t Tell by Robyn Opie 9-20-14 [X] A Rule of Queens (Book #13 in the Sorcerer’s Ring) by…

DoerDi Does. . . Blog #10 – March 10, 2014

A few things are happening this week. We are considering ROP – Computing –  classes for my youngest son. It’s time to start planning for his Junior year. I believe it will be good for him. Once again I didn’t want to write a blog. Give up, yeah that’s what I’ll do…. arghh… just do it! I continue to write my novel. It’s makes me nervous. I go from this is fun to what am I thinking? Can I really do this? I’m going to keep plugging away because I have to finish, no matter what. I’m close. I just purchased an e-book to help me learn the craft of: Show, Don’t Tell. I understand that it is a necessary skill. It’s one of those things that is easier said than done. My fingers are poised over my keyboard some of the words are typed quickly while other words mix around in my head waiting, waiting for instructions.

DoerDi Does. . . March 3, 2014 – Blog #9

This is my blog so I guess it doesn’t matter what the heck I decide to write… I finished my taxes and e-filed. It always feels like such a weight until they can be filed. I’m just thankful that I didn’t have to scrounge for money in order to pay. Between the Fed and the State, we are good. I continue to write and lose confidence, wondering how was it that I thought I could write a novel? I must have been crazy!  But I can’t seem to give up. I’m determined to finish my first draft and try to blog each week… Maybe with a little luck and practice I’ll become better.

DoerDi Does . . . Blog #8 – February 24, 2014

Again I’m uninspired and too busy to think about blogging. But I made myself a goal and I can’t quit after only two months. So here is my next blog…. I guess you’re waiting for something, I’m drawing a complete blank. Let’s see what kind of week I’ve had. I’ve finished my taxes using TurboTax but I haven’t filed yet because I need to make sure I have all the updates and I want to make sure I don’t have paperwork that might trickle in. I’m happy that I won’t be in the hole this year. Yay!! I continue to work on my book. I’ve edited some pages I wrote during NaNoWriMo. I continue to research the best way to write better sentences. I did write a scene that has been rolling around in my head for the last couple of weeks. It just flowed. I know I want to use the scene I haven’t’ figured out where I want the scene to be placed. I’m not too worried but I know it will fall…

DoerDi Does . . . Blog #7 – February 17, 2014

I’m back and not with too much to say, again. I had my last writing class for the session. I received some nice comments from fellow students, but most importantly from the teacher. She said I have improved greatly. A smiley face for me! Here’s a reading list update [ ] Lost Saints of Tennessee by Amy Franklin-Willis [ ] The Plot Whisperer by Martha AIderson – This I read when I able to, or need help. [ ] Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas (favorite author!) [ ] Birthright by Nora Roberts [X] Homespun Bride by Jilluan Hart – 2-10-14 [X] Angels Fall by Nora Roberts – 3/5/2014 [X] Glamour (Rae Wilder, #1) by Penelope Fletcher — 1/27/14 [X] All I want for Christmas by Nora Roberts — 1/27/14 [X] The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks — 01/20/2014 [X] Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble -01/17/2014 [X] The Unsuspecting Mage: Book One of the Morcyth Saga by Brian S. Pratt – Finished! – 01/12/14 [X] Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

DoerDi Does . . . Blog #6 – February 10, 2014

Oh my gosh. Blog every Monday. Oops. I’m late but here is a little something to post…. I’ve got nothing. I’ve been working on editing my story, and inputting tax info into TurboTax. The weather has been wet. Something we really need. The freeway “up to date” information signs asks us to conserve, we are in a drought. Now it’s time for my next blog… a week can pass by quickly.

DoerDi Does… Blog #5 – February 4, 2014

 Today I’m looking for cleaning charts to help me clean better and not spend all day cleaning or in my case, easily side tracked. Side tracked usually means no chores done. I came across this site and thought I could maybe do this. So I’m sharing, maybe it will help you too. I also wanted a chart that the I cof-cleaning-how-to-have-fake.htmlat do you want me to do?” We’ve been trying to teach them to ask us for a chore or something before they get to goof off. Most times my brain seems to busy to think. With a chart I could quickly locate a chore that can be done. The kids might not like it, but I will. I think when the kids ask, they are srcretly hoping I wont think of anything. Also this week I’ve been working on my novel. Class has been in session and I need to have somthing to share. I’ve have written but it needs to be cleaned pu. So I’ve been trying to edit. Which rminds me that…

DoerDi Does… Blog #4 – January 27, 2014

Once again I’m at a lost for words of interest for this weeks blog. It’s been a busy week for thinking, planning and doing.I’ve been working on what to make for our Super Bowl party. I thought about chicken lollipops. They looked like a fun thing to serve, but after some research, I decided they were too time consuming.Now what? I need to look though my collection of cookbooks, my Pinterest page or some web surfing. Research done, I’m thinking about making Bacon Wrapped Smokies with brown sugar and butter, a baked Pepper Jack Cheese Dip, spaghetti casserole with garlic bread and a Sunshine punch (rum on the side as an additive) mmm. It could change, but at the moment this is what I’m settling on. In the meantime my son has been sick causing him to miss a week of school. He had one week of instruction before his finals. He had to catch up on missed work, do new homework and review for finals. Every time I think about his schoolwork my heat beat quickens. His response is, “it’s all under…

DoerDi Does… Blog #3 – January 20, 2014

I want to keep up with this challenge but what could I write about. . . .  thinking, thinking. . . .  and thinking some more. Now what? I guess it doesn’t really matter what I blog, especially since the only person who may read this would be Missy – the one who got me into this mess (I mean challenge) in the first place. I could report on another book I’ve started, but it’s only been a week and I haven’t made room to add another. Or, how about how I haven’t shared this blog with anyone, ok I did share my first blog with Julie but no one else. I have the option to send a tweet or a Facebook link for this blog to get traffic. . . . but I’m too embarrassed to put myself out there. DoerDi Does might accidentally come across someone’s eyes. They may or may not scan the contents, and that’s okay.  Most likely they won’t so my blogging is mostly for my benefit. Hmmm…. what do I want to…

DoerDi does . . . Blog # 2 – January 13, 2014

. I have been reading some other blogs and recently read someone’s challenge for the year 2013. Their challenge was to read 50 books over the course of the year That had me thinking, What a great challenge. Then I started wondering about myself, how many books did read last year? I have no idea! How many will I read this year? I never thought about the actual number of books I’ve read or am capable of reading. So, I’m going to, do my best to, track how many books I finish during 2014. Sounds like a challeng to better myself. You might be asking, why does it matter? In the greater scheme of things I guess it doesn’t, does it? I’m thinking, not really, other than now I’m curious.  I tell people I read a lot, but how do I quantify that?  I have a friend who says she reads a lot. And she does! I loaned her a box of books (I think there had to be at least 25 books) She returned…