From my desk: 11/05/2020

I haven’t been doing many challenges this week…I don’t know why except I have been busy (hahaha, yeah, really!).

I have been so busy writing for NaNoWriMo and their 50,000 word monthly November challenge. I figure if I want to reach that I have to write at least 1667 words a day, for the same story. It’s for writing a novel! Mine right now is YA Fiction. Right now, I just wrote “write now” (LOL) I have 7333 words done! I am so on track!

Today is my mom’s 76th heavenly birthday!

I started physical therapy for my knee yesterday. The therapist I see, Stephanie, is great but the whole place doesn’t have any appointments open until December! I am on the cancellation list but she gave me exercises to do at home until then. I haven’t seen Stephanie for almost two years, since having to go for my neck. With the psoriatic arthritis it seems that I get a lot of hang-ups but she is able to really help! I am keeping my fingers crossed that this gives me some pain relief because I already have a titanium hip, I am not ready for a titanium knee!

James, the man I found at Home Depot, to do work on the house is here for the start of all the projects. A while back I was leaving Home Depot and I saw him putting stuff in his truck. He seemed nice and the truck looked organized. Well, I hired him to take out the skylight in the upstairs bathroom, because it was leaking and the roof’s plywood was starting to rot, and he did a very nice job. So now, instead of a skylight we have a fan with a nice bright light right over the shower. I just have to repaint the ceiling to blend the “popcorn-ish” look better. Today he is starting by taking off the gutter on the front of the house to replace the facia board, which looks like swiss cheese from carpenter bees and from woodpeckers. He will check to see how much damage is behind it and fix what needs to be fixed. That will be nice because although I love the woodpeckers they sound like a jack-hammer from inside the bedroom!

I just received a shipment of miniature kits to work on for the holiday season. If you are interested in seeing any of the ones I have yet to put together just let me know and I will add a pic.

Truthful Tuesday 3rd November

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Written for: https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/11/03/truthful-tuesday-november-2nd-2020/

Aside from getting rid of the Gutenberg Block Editor, since it’s fairly clear that it isn’t going anywhere, what three changes would you like to see WordPress.com make? Please explain.

Okay, I’m going to tell the truth…I don’t understand any difference in the editor. Has it changed in the last year? I believe it has. I don’t know what has changed. I don’t really know what a Gutenberg Block Editor is unless it is someone who works as an editor in Sweden.

What would I like changed?

-I would like to be able to use more fonts and maybe even emojis in my posts without having to copy and paste them from somewhere else. Maybe there is a way to do it, but I have no idea. I would love to be able to use my Bitmoji but that’s another thing I don’t know how to do.
-I would like to know what all the words mean on the customizer. What is a CSS? Yes, I have looked it up but I still don’t get it, when it comes to my blog.
-I would like there to be a special “banner” that says Reblog when I reblog something so I don’t have to feel like I am stealing someone else’s post and without everyone giving ME credit for a really good post that I never wrote!


Sandman’s Q and A for November 3rd

Written for Sandman: https://sandmanjazz.wordpress.com/2020/11/03/sandmans-q-and-a-26/

Have you ever bought something, I mean, you KNOW you’ve bought it, and not been able to find it afterward? So many times! I have bought things, put them aside in a nice shopping bag, until I had the right spot for it, and totally forgot I even bought anything! I have also ordered things online and then forgot that I ordered them. Only a few times have a re-ordered the same item….But, there have been plenty of times that I know I paid for it…I know I put it in the bag…I didn’t go anywhere else….Did I buy it or lose it?….or am I losing my mind.

Would you prefer more light in the morning or at night? Definitely in the morning. I am more productive in the morning so if I had more time that it was light out, I might get more done.

Have you started any of your Xmas shopping yet? I have only picked up a few things that would make the perfect gift…

©2020 CBialczak

November 3rd, 2020

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I haven’t yet decided what I would like to write about every day for the next 27 days…I think it will be on gratitude…I started late which I am hoping is still legally binding…if not, then it is my attempt! Sometimes I don’t think I stop and think about all of the things I am grateful for amidst life’s challenges day to day.

Gratitude

On this day, 11/3/2020, I am so grateful for my daughter and my boyfriend.
Lindsay and David have been my rocks. Lindsay is an amazing young woman and yes, we’ve had our ups and downs, but we have come back to a place where I can honestly say my daughter is my best friend.
David came into my life almost exactly two years ago and although some people viewed it as premature, it has lasted and he is my other half.
Both David and Lindsay have been next to me for the hardest time in my life. There couldn’t have been anyone I could have asked for besides them. They keep me grounded and remind me how much I have to live for.
I’m not sure where I would be today without them. I suppose life works that way and if we were to turn back time so many things right now, even the really good things, may not be here.
So, today, along with every other day of my life, I am so grateful for Lindsay, my best friend, my twin, my daughter, my perfect daughter and for David, the kindest, most caring, thoughtful, loving, and perfect companion whom I love so very much.

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For the Sunday Whirl: https://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/2020/11/01/wordle-480/

Drive Away

When you find yourself at crossroads  
 
And do not know who you should call  
 
You’ll hear a soft, distant rattle  
 
From a distance too far to fall  
 
You’ll want to hold your hands up high  
 
Find a new path you want to take  
 
Wait until the words come to you  
 
A simple speech that you can make  
 
And when you think you are suspect  
 
And you can feel shame coming on  
 
Pay your toll and just drive away  
 
And soon you will be too far gone. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Book Blitz! True You 101

What a perfect read for the spooky season! Congratulations to T.J. Eckhart on the release of her magical Urban Fantasy novel, True You 101!

Read on for an exclusive excerpt and book details!

True You 101

Publication Date: October 20, 2020

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Liminal Press

If one class during high school could help you become the person you were meant to be, would you take it? At the Reinholdt Institute of Sortilege Arts, sophomores are required to take True You 101 no matter whether they live in the mortal or magical realm. Over the course of a year, each student must confront all possibilities until their outer form matches their inner self. Blake Trudeau has always just wanted to be normal and hopes the class will make that a reality, but will the final spell conjure Blake’s fondest wishes or worst nightmares?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55743964-true-you-101?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=U6VQSjR3p8&rank=1

Excerpt

Chapter 1: Most Loved, Most Hated

In the mundane world of Collegiate Academy, where everyone in New York City thinks I go to school, Professor Russo’s course would be called Human Sexuality. Here at the Reinholdt Institute of Sortilege Arts, the course is called True You 101. It’s the most loved and hated course of the sophomore year.

I look at the textbook, similar to the school journals, because each copy will be blood-bound to one student. The magics we’ll be working with can track our progress, our changes, and our reactions on physical, emotional, and mystical levels. However, professors, tutors, and even administration can read it at any time. At the end of the course, the books erase and reset for the next year.

How do I know? I read all the materials my uncle gave me about this place at the end of eighth grade, when Grandmother informed me that I needed to leave the private school in Brooklyn and attend a magic school in Manhattan. My family taught me that the best way to keep a secret from the mortal world is to learn everything about it. I read, watch, and listen to everything I can get my hands on. I study things that not even my family knows about, and certainly not anyone at school. I once thought about telling Seb, but I’m worried that he’ll be afraid of me, as I am of myself most days. I’m grateful when the professor speaks up again, because it disrupts this distressing line of thought.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L5XB5LF

About the Author

Since 1995, TJ Eckhart’s fiction and non-fiction work has been challenging readers to look at themselves and their world through a different lens. True You 101 continues Eckhart’s challenge to reimagine a magic world colliding with the mortal one in regard to our true nature, one that rejects either a reversal or continuation of our everyday biases in favor of the more realistic complexities of what such a realm might be like. If you’re willing to risk opening up your mind, you may find Eckhart’s worlds opening up your heart as well. You may find her via her email (dr.tj.eckhart@gmail.com), on her main website (https://www.tammyjoeckhart.com/), or join her adventures on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/tammyjoeckhart).

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FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: 2020: WEEK #46

For Roger Shipp: https://flashfictionforthepracticalpractitioner.wordpress.com/2020/10/27/flash-fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-2020-week-46/

Present for Grandma

Mommy, I made Grandma a necklace. 

You did! Wow, she is going to love it I’m sure. We can put it in an envelope and mail it to her. 

But I want to go give it to her! 

Well, right now because of the virus no one can visit the people who live at Grandma’s living center. 

But it won’t be the same if she just opens an envelope and gets this! It deserves a box at least! 

©2020 CBialczak Flash Fiction

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #103

For Crispina Kemp’s weekly challenge: https://crispinakemp.com/2020/10/28/crimsons-creative-challenge-103/

Hope for our world

Nobody knows what the countries go through 
that have evil leaders who do what they do 

But in the civilized world we have evil too 
Dehumanizing people, clouding our view 

We have to think of how humans must feel 
when all they can think is “negativity’s real” 

And where are the people who built to conceal 
the anger and hatred, I mean what is their deal? 

If kindness could run from person to person 
wouldn’t our world be a little more fun? 

If peace and prosperity rolled into one 
Then maybe the evil can be slowly undone.

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse Book Blitz!

To celebrate the release of the next exciting book in the Botanic Hill Detectives mystery series, Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse is going on tour!

We have an excerpt for you to read and a chance to win a signed, personalized paperback copy of the book, and some matching book swag!

Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse 

Publication Date: October 20th

Genre: MG Mystery/ Middle Grade – 9 to 12 years old (For fans of Nancy Drew type mysteries)

In 1945, Isabela de Cordoba’s great-grandfather, the famous silent movie actor Lorenzo de Cordoba, mysteriously hid a legendary, multimillion-dollar emerald somewhere on the family’s sprawling Eucalyptus Street estate. Seventy years later, the gem remains concealed. Nicknamed the “Green Curse,” the emerald is blamed for the Southern California familia’s numerous, untimely deaths.

On her twenty-first birthday, Isabela receives a secret letter with a cryptic poem. These documents from the long-deceased Lorenzo invite her to hunt for the gemstone. But first, she must decipher the poem’s eight stanzas for clues.

To assist, Isabela hires her thirteen-year-old neighbors, the four Botanic Hill Detectives—twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt, and their best friends, Moki Kalani and Rani Kumar. Eerie footsteps inside the mansion, unexplained occurrences in the adjacent cemetery, and the mysterious tenant in the backyard casita challenge them. But they ingeniously make progress on the poem’s meaning with startling discoveries. Sliding wall panels, a secret room, and hidden passages reveal much. The detectives aren’t the only ones looking for the emerald. The perilous race for the de Cordoba treasure is on!

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53981734-eucalyptus-street?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=IGJ784Nx8x&rank=3

Purchase Links

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About the Author

Sherrill Joseph will be forever inspired by her beautiful students in the San Diego public schools where she taught for thirty-five years before retiring and becoming a published author.

She has peopled and themed the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries with children and adult characters of various abilities, races, cultures, and interests. Sherrill strongly believes that children need to find not only themselves in books but others from different races and social situations if all are to become tolerant, anti-racist world citizens. She also feels that kids are amazing human beings who don’t tend to get enough credit from some adults for their blossoming insights and intelligence. 

The author created her detectives—patterned after her own fifth-grade students and twelve-year-old twin cousins—to be mature, smart, polite role models that will appeal to parents, teachers, but especially to kids who seek the courage and self-respect needed to realize their greatest potential.

Sherrill is the recent recipient of the Gold Award from Mom’s Choice Awards, and the Gold Award for Children’s Fiction in Mystery from Moonbeams Children’s Book Awards, both for Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets, Book 1 in her Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries series. She is a member of SCBWI and the Authors Guild and promises many more adventures with the squad to come.

Author Links

Sherrill Joseph http://sherrilljoseph.com/

Newsletter https://mailchi.mp/d194b6687f2b/sherrilljoseph

Twitter https://twitter.com/MysteryAuthor7

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Giveaway: US ONLY

Signed, personalized paperback copy of the book, and some matching book swag (x2)

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