Shrooms Man…

 

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Real quick: I love fried mushrooms with a nice, juicy steak. Other than that, not really. But every time I hear the word MUSHROOMS, I think of some skit like Cheech and Chong as they said, ‘Shrooms man, f**king shrooms.’ Though after thinking about it, I am pretty sure it was Dennis Leary in a stand-up routine Lock ‘n Load.

 

The mushrooms in the picture, however, are apparently little homes for little gnome folk! Or maybe Smurfs. I used to watch the Smurfs when I was a kid… I think they came onto the cartoon scene right about the time I was wrapping up with it.

 

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Anyway, how was your week? How much did you accomplish? I am 40,000 words into my NaNoWriMo novel, so I am hoping to be done by this weekend. Of course, it is 40,000 words of pure crap, but it is 40,000 words none the less and at the very least a blueprint in which to work with.

Wahoo!

Haiku Ode to a Fungus

Mushroom, oh fungus

You are delicious when fried

But not so healthy

Have a great weekend!

via Daily Prompt: Mushroom

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/mushroom/

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First Week Down

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NaNoWriMo 2017 is in full swing. I am plugging way fairly well as I have written every day for seven days and have written over 23,000 words to date. That is a little over 3,000 words a day.

I do it this way every time and here is why. Something could possibly come up that will stray me from my word count path. So I over prepare just in case.

My current work is called ‘Rock Bottom in Seventeen Months’ and is about my struggle with addiction, alcoholism, and trying to be a mother.

So far I have had to stop writing twice to go have a good sob about all the devastation I left in my wake.

FAINT

Your eyes held shadows of demons

With their dark and sultry gaze

The faint hint of cruelty

Flecked inside their distant ways

Some would call you callous

Others might call you cruel

But I just called you hollow

Like someone I once knew

We passed on the street last night

Eyes locked long and bruised

We both knew the pain we caused

We both knew how we were used

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/faint/

©2017 DAM Steelman

Hey Y’all

 

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©2017 DAMSteelman

Well, I have been on vacation all week, and I thought that would lead me over here to blog more, but in fact, I have been on the computer less. I took some much needed me time in order to prepare for NaNoWriMo 2017 by spending a lot of time outdoors. I took a ton of photographs (some I may even have printed and framed), and I am in fact, working on my next novel. My other one is currently being legitimately proofread which is exciting because that one I will be pushing to publish.

 

So far I have written almost 10,000 words in the last three days on my current project. I like to get ahead as much as possible in case something comes up and I can’t write. I also like to do it that way because by mid-November I am sometimes sick of my work in progress and therefore I don’t have to write as many words in a day.

Halloween was uneventful except for the next day when I went to the grocery store and got a bunch of leftover candy for 70% off.

Other than that, it has been writing, spending time with the hubs and the cat and many naps.

How have you all been?

Today’s Post – Brought to You by the Letter “G”

Yes! The letter G… just when you think I couldn’t get any dorkier, here I come down the street, running behind you screaming “G!” “G!” as you bob and weave out of parked cars.

I say “G” because this week focuses on goals and guest posts. My first guest post (ever!) will be over at Marcia Richards’ blog this month. Her blog is smart, sexy and the colors are so easy on the eyes, she could blog about squirrels in a battle for the Winter Nut Challenge and I would read it. Her style is so smooth and positive. If you are not following her, hop on over and check her out. No need to send me marshmallows. My guest post at Marcia’s blog will be about Goals! With the new year already flying by, we need to make sure we’re not taking on more than we can accomplish. Rock on Marcia!

In other “G” news, I will have my first guest blogger (everrr) over at The Great 80’s coming in February. Sharon Howard tells us what it was like in England in 1988. I am excited about this! I have never traveled outside of the country and always wanted to know what life for a teenager was like in other places. Join in the fun. I will be doing some shout out’s to remind all my peeps about Sharon’s guest post. Her blog is amazing and honest.

In ROW80 tirades, I am freaking out because the more I edit my NaNoWriMo novel, the more I get down on myself. I know it is a good story, and know it is the first novel I have ever completed (with the exception of the novella I wrote and never edited back in 1998). Maybe it is my perfectionistic attitude toward myself. I read about this attitude, and it can only lead to emptiness if I let it own me. I am in the process of my second edit/rewrite and then I am going to have someone else look at it.

Also, I started writing my second book idea with the help of 750words.com (which I am loving!). There is something about forced accountability that helps me.

On the menu for this week:

  1. Continue to clean up “Bound and Broken” rewrite.
  2. Finish query letter for “Bound and Broken.”
  3. Read 50 more pages of “The Art of Subtext.”
  4. Read/comment blogs.
  5. Write 750 words a day.
  6. Get to gym at least 3 times this week.
  7. Relax for two hours today.

I hope everyone else in this ROW80 thingamabobber is doing amazing!  I look forward to reading about all my fellow ROWers goals and progress.  You can link here if you are in on the ROW80 fun!

All Aboard the Rooooooow (80) Train!!

I just realized my dorkness level based on my title alone.  Don’t ask me why these things pop in my head. Things like the Soooooul Train which used to come on television weekend mornings in Philadelphia.

Ahem. So my goals are coming along nicely.  I will be doing two guest posts shortly.  One this month at Marcia Richards’ blog which I love.   Her blog is colorful and goal oriented.  Goals rock! Go check her out.  Since her blog is so awesome and goal oriented, it makes sense that my guest post will be about goals!

The second one is over at Renee A. Shuls-Jacobson’s blog.  That post will be coming in March.  Renee is a teacher and funny.  I wish she would have been my teacher when I was a little lass.

Why am I bringing this up?  Uh, I am stoked!  I have never done a guest post.  And now I am starting off 2012 with two potentials.  This makes me feel like I am moving forward as a writer. 😀

For the rest of my goals I am choo-chooing along nicely.

Editing on my WIP is coming along better than a well-trained puppy on a leash.

Exercise is, well, not coming along so well.  But I am going to the gym today with my daughter.

I have been eating healthy! 😀

On the agenda today:  Watch post-season football – take my daughter driving – Wii for thirty minutes.

For the rest of the week:

continue to revise WIP

continue to read/comment blogs

Get three hours of exercise total in this week.

Happy ROWing! 😉

Six Sentence Sunday

I have never done a Six Sentence Sunday before.. but here I am to join in the fun!  The following six sentences are from the first draft of my WIP.  I wrote this WIP in November for NaNoWriMo and will be pulling it out of the drawer on December 30th for its first edit.

WARNING: Crude Language.

Celeste stayed stone faced.  She was in way over her head this time.  She used to get fronted five or six bags of cocaine every other night, then turn a few tricks and pay it back.  Everything was okie dokie.

In the last six months she was snorting more coke than she could suck dick to cover.   

“Mama, I need a little more time,” she said and flashed her tired smile.

Please check it out and let me know what you think.  I may get into this SSS thing.

Happy Sunday!

You Gotta Row80 With it Baby!

I don’t know why I always put  a spin on song titles.. perhaps it is my love of music.  Yeah, it is.

Some things that happened this week:

  • I put my first draft of my NaNoWriMo work in a drawer until the end of December.
  • I decided to start another WIP.
  • I ran on the treadmill! 😀
  • I got a few Christmas presents.

I have been having some really whacked out dreams.  I mean, so crazy I feel compelled to keep a notebook by my bedside to write them down because they will make interesting stories.

In NFL news… I have been doing the Fox Pro Pick ‘Em and I must say.. I am doing very well.  I have loved football since I was about eleven years old (thanks dad!).  I do love to watch the games,.. it just makes it a little more interesting to pick which team I think will win.

I have been reading many blogs and commenting on a most of them.

Got some of the Christmas shopping done.  Anyone else finished shopping?  Anyone that didn’t start yet?

Santa!