This blog will no longer be updated. I’ve pretty much retired from the Internet at this time.
Wishing you all the best,
This blog will no longer be updated. I’ve pretty much retired from the Internet at this time.
Wishing you all the best,
Today is my Birthday and I decided to celebrate by telling you 20 things about me. Kinda like the meeting-and-greet stages of dating, only without the dating, free drinks, dinner, or a movie.
Ok, so my list turned out to be 24 things instead of 20. But it is still a damn good list.
Your turn: I love getting to know new people and would love to know more about you. Tell me a little about yourself?
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It’s that time again! Yay!
Wondering what the Hell I’m talking about. Well it’s the time of year where I release next years planner!
Well, I’m actually a little late announcing the release of my 2019 Writer’s Planner. Even though I uploaded it at the end of September and created a page for it, after four failed attempts to write this post and finally deciding to delete it in a not so adult fit of anger, I decided to grow up a bit and stop procrastinating. Besides, it’s snowing today and I have no excuse not to write this post now. LOL
First off, for those who know they want the planner but aren’t interested in the rest of the post, you may Purchase the 2019 Writer’s Planner at LULU for $13.99. For those who want to know if they can purchase it at Amazon, the answer is no for various reasons. Maybe one day.
Sidenote: While this planner was created for writers, it can actually be used for anyone who plans their projects and activities more by week than day.
Next, let me introduce you to the 2019 Writer’s Planner which is a yearly and weekly planner that allows you to see what appointments you have for the week, keep track of those pesky tasks that you need to make sure you have done daily, and make a to-do list of projects and/or tasks you need to work on but have no specific time or day when it needs to get it done. There are also several sections for projects that you maybe working on at any given moment.
And there you go, the 2019 Writer’s Planner.
Author: Stephannie Beman
Published: September 14, 2018
Interior Ink: Black & White
Weight: 1.36 lbs.
Dimensions (inches): 8.5 wide x 11 tall
Last year, we took a vacation to visit my Grandma’s house in Washington after we finished haying. We had a wonderful time exploring the forests, beaches, and small towns around the area.
While there, my grandma took us to a little tourist trap town on the coast, I can’t even remember the name now. But what I do remember is the yarn and needlecraft store we ran across. Now, if you don’t know this about me, I’m an avid crafter on top of being a writer, and this was a store that I refused to bypass by without going inside. As hubby and girls found a rock store a few doors down, I basically had all the time I wanted to explore inside.
Jennings Yarn and Needlecraft is a unique yarn shop specializing in quality natural fibers and designer yarns. Our yarn collection features wool, cashmere, alpaca, mohair, angora, silk and cotton, along with many novelty yarns. We feature yarns from Trendsetter Yarns, Prism, Lang, Berroco, Malabrigo, Lana Grossa, and Noro, to name a few.
We also carry cross stitch and needlepoint from Dimensions, DMC, Elizabeth Bradley, Thea Gouverneur, Stitch n Zip, Textile Heritage and others.
Once inside, I really didn’t want to leave. It’s been a very long time since I was in a craft store with shelves upon shelves of my preferred crafting mediums. Fabric, thread, and patterns for cross-stitching and embroidering, and yarns and various tools for crocheting.
Now it was almost as hard not to buy a carload of materials for all the different projects I suddenly wanted to do as it is for me to go into a bookstore and not come out with more books then I could possible read in a year.
Now, I did restrain myself from going on a shopping spree, but only because I had a choice between bringing home our girls or a crafting stash that I couldn’t possible finish in my lifetime. I chose to bring home our girls because they are irreplaceable.
If I do decide in the future that I want to purchase anything from Jenning’s Yarn and Needlecrafts I can always order it over the phone as they don’t have an online shop. Or I could purchase it online from the several retailers who do have online shops.
I did, however, splurge on two counted cross-stitch kits of lighthouses for the bathroom. I did one several years ago that I gave to my mom that has the same look to it and that I still have the pattern to so I plan to stitch it up again. I started the first on around the first of December and I finished the second one around the end of June this year.
Here’s what they look like without the frame.
I did buy a double frame from Walmart during our monthly trip there that I thought would compliment the design, but since I now plan to add the third lighthouse to the series, I’m going to take it back and get the three single frames. At least that is the plan at the moment. It’s prone to change if I find something better. 😀
When I get them framed and hung, I will post a picture of the finished project.
I wish you all the very best in August,
Wow! I didn’t realize that I had been absent from here so long until I jumped on the computer this morning to check my emails before starting book #3 in a series of book cover designs for an author friend and found a shout out linked to my blog. Thank you, Ondeane Lourens, for your kind words, I was glad to help!
I couldn’t believe that my last post was almost two months ago. Sadly, this is also how long it’s been since I wrote anything more than an to-do list, email, letter, or shopping list.
I’m not sure what it is about the Summer months that make all my well made plans swirl down the crapper within the first few days, but it seems to happen every year. The kids get out of school and the beautiful days cause my focus in life to shift. Add all the increased ranch work and the housework from more people being here during the day, and my days change to a different kind of busy. I guess an added benefit is my days become almost electronic-free as I’m no longer glued to my computer for four or more hours a day to write and I really have no interest in social media.
Yeah, I know I’m living in the dark ages by not having my cell phone glued to my hand or posting what I’m doing all the time, but neither of them has ever held any appeal to me. I only have the cell phone for when I’m working around the ranch by myself or emergencies while away from the house. I believe my daughters spend more time texting on it this past summer then I have. Actually, if my phone or social media disappeared today, I wouldn’t miss them one bit. But that is neither here nor there, or even the point of this post.
This year has been a stranger year of contemplation and realizations, but the ones I want to talk about is the writing aspect of my life. Unlike in years past, I didn’t spend any time feeling the guilty or berating myself for not writing or working on my writing business since sometime in May. I thought I would try to go with the flow and see what happened.
Five years back, when this first started happening, I thought maybe it was a seasonal thing, but as time passed it was harder and harder for me to return to. Three years ago I thought that maybe I was burned out. I started writing 22 years ago and except for a few little breaks, I really hadn’t stopped. So I took break that lasted almost a year before the writing bug hit and I returned to writing. But that break didn’t seem to help.
Now, with each passing year, I’ve started to wonder if it was time to quitting this writing gig and just write for myself when the bug bites. The passion I’ve held for writing has been fading over the years and I’ve started to wonder if writing has served it’s purpose in my life. Or if I’m going about it all wrong for who I am.
Maybe it is time for me to move on to other things. Maybe it’s time to set up that handmade shop I’ve been dreaming of since last year. Or maybe it’s time for me to put all business related things aside and do something else…
While May has been the best month reading wise, it was the worse month writing wise. I kept stalling out in my current WIP to the point that I finally backtracked about 16,000 words and started from that point to work forward.
Now, just because it was a great month for reading, I really don’t have a ton of books to recommend. There were those that I liked, but not many that I loved enough to share. I might be getting more picky in my ‘old’ age, but I think it has more to do with me being way to busy to read something I don’t like. 😀
Please Note: All pictures of books and links come from their respective author or publisher websites when possible.
Description: Helena, Melissa, and Chloe have started arranging marriages, but not all will go smoothly on the way to a happily ever after…
Regan Alger, the Lady of Cantrell, is bored with her life. Yes, she’s been more fortunate than most. She was once married to a wonderful gentleman, and this love resulted in her young son—a boy she loves more than anything. But even a son can’t fill the void in her life. She misses having a husband, both in and out of bed, so when she happens to come across a gentleman at a ball who ignites her passion, she decides he’ll be her next husband. And she’s not the least bit shy about letting him know it.
Just as determined as Regan is to have Mr. Malcolm Jasper for a husband, he’s equally determined to end up with anyone but her. If he marries her, his life will be one of chaos and scandal. He’s sure of it. After all, she’s much too outspoken and flirtatious. So he jumps at the chance for an arranged marriage, thinking once he secures a reputable and quiet bride, Regan will leave him alone. Little does he know, though, his sister and her two friends know Regan wants to marry him, and they are more than happy to help Regan get what she wants.
Regan’s risk pays off. She manages to secure him as her husband. Will the gamble pay off? Or has she just unknowingly doomed them both?
My Thoughts on His Wicked Lady: I started and finished this book in one day and loved every moment of reading it. This is the first Regency Romance that I’ve read from Ruth Ann Nordin and I loved the fact that I didn’t end up skimming through paragraphs of filler in order to return to the story. I loved that it wasn’t filled with stupid misunderstandings and meaningless fights that take chapters to resolved because the characters can’t talk to each other like adults.
I also love the idea that while Malcolm starts out prim and proper that he is able to loosen up because of his wife, while Regan is more prone to scandalous behavior and by the end of the book she’s learned the value of being a little more proper. Basically, the couple does what many compatible couples do, they balance each other out. It seems more real to life. I will definitely being getting the next books in this series.
This totally original book is about a cock…sure man who is caulky, cocked up, and above all else, confident. He lays it into a lady real good, and leaves her satisfied(c). This is a totally great comedy erotica story that in no way infringes on a certain word, no sirree, not at all.
This super fun book is about a conveniently close male heterosexual and the lady who parts her drapes for him. He shows her what a real man is, and satisfies(MT) her completely. This is a totally great comedy erotica story that in no way infringes on a certain word, no sirree, not at all.
My thoughts: First, I spend most of my time laughing over these short satires/parodies dealing with a more serious issue in the writing community. I would not recommend them to everyone which is why they were placed at the end.
Second, I bought these books, among others, to support of those affected by #cockygate. Fettucine Holliday has placed a statement in her books that “if a legal fund is put together for those affected by #cockygate, some of the proceeds of this book sale will go to those defending freedom of dick slang speech.”
Third, I support the rights of business’ and authors’ trademarking their business, brand, or book series if they feel the need to do that. I don’t see the point in most cases, but I do support it. What I don’t support, is businesses or authors trademarking a commonly used word in an underhanded way to get rid of the competition. It’s a harmful way of doing business.
Happy reading to ya’ll!
Living on a ranch is so very different from living in a city. It’s more than just the wide open meadow, the forest of trees around me, the herd of cows I help care for, or the fact that the nearest neighbor isn’t able to look out their windows into mine. It has more to do with every schedule or routine that I create to keep me sane changes from season to season and sometimes even day to day depending on the weather.
With Spring finally making its appearance in May, it means the more labor intensive ranch work is about to start. Now, it can be a slow build up depending on the weather, but by June it will be more consistent work and it will ultimately mean less time to write. 😦 But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Now before we get into my very short list of what I’m working on in June, let me tell you what I accomplished of my to-do list in May.
So that is what I finished, let’s move on to June’s to-do list!
At least this is my goal. Sorry to say it, but I’m still working on The Dark God, book #2 in the Children of Khaos: The Rebellion Series because I hit a major snag in the story that took me a while and two other people to help me work through it. I ended up tossing nearly 20,000 words into my deleted scenes folder. I might find a use for them someday, or I might not.
As of writing this, I was nearly back to 45,000 words in the manuscript and if nothing else happens and I work hard, I should have this done soon and start working on The Iron Queen. But until I finish this book, I’ve told myself that I won’t be focusing on any other writing projects.
Every May for the past 5 years I’ve spend most of May working on a summer learning schedule for our daughters, Miss T and Miss K, that works with my work schedule. I do this in the hopes that the girls will continue to learn throughout the summer months and not lose too much of what they learned throughout the School year, but still have fun that doesn’t include technology to entertain them.
Each year, the girls have more and more learning they can do without me and I learn more about what I do and don’t want to do for next year. This year I found a Math packet for each of them that reviews the math that they did in their respective grades and what they will be learning in the grades they will be heading into. They will also be required to read daily and write a book report on the books that they finished, and by their request, I’ve also added story writing, music practice, more advanced life skills lessons that our girls have dubbed Arts & Crafts, and harder chores for them to do around the ranch to their summer schedules.
Now I’m not going to list all the websites where I’ve gotten my information from, but for those interested, much of what I’ve done each year can be found on my Pinterest board.
So that is my plan for the rest May in June. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my girls this Summer.
Wishing you all the best,