Wednesday, March 13, 2019

What Was I Thinking | The Day I Started Blogging

The day I first started blogging was November 8, 2009. Yes, that long ago, though it doesn't feel like it some times. My first blog, which has since been closed and deleted, was called "Shieldmaiden of God." Some of what I have shared here has been similar to what I had written there.

taken by me in Panera Bread
Part of the reason why I got into blogging was that my sister and a long time family friend both had blogs at the time and I enjoyed reading what they wrote. In the 4 years that I had my first blog, I had fun learning about creating a blog as well as finding a niche of sorts to write it. I believe credit for the name of my first blog goes to my older sister, but I don't remember if she came up with the exact wording or of she suggested some ideas and I created the wording. Either way, my first blog was called "Shieldmaiden of God."

When I first created this blog my original plan was to mainly share writing-related things. And while I still share anything writing-related that I do, that is obviously not the main focus. Shortly after I started this blog, I deleted my old blog because I was trying to change the focus and feel of what I was wanting to write and share. While I wish that I had saved all of the posts that I wrote, sometimes it is better to start over with a clean slate. Besides wanting to start over another reason why I started this blog and deleted my old one is because I created a new personal e-mail for myself and the old blog was tied to the e-mail address that I was no longer going to be using.

While I don't know how many people read my blog on a regular basis. I do know that I enjoy doing it. Even if I have a hard time coming up with topics to write about that aren't related to NaNoWriMo, knitting or photography. But I am working on that because I have three different pages with prompts on them. The title for this post came from one of the prompts that I found in my recent search. But it workes since I can never remember if I have shared the story of how I started blogging in the first place. In the meantime, I hope you stick around and enjoy what I have already written and what I plan on writing in the future

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Your Are Dust And To Dust You Will Return

Ash Wednesday

Day of Fasting and Abstinence

Found on Unsplash

Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

"When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden." (Matthew 6:16-18)

As Lent begins, ask Our Lord for His Guidance in your daily practice of prayer, fasting, and good works through the Lenten season.*

*Taken from the 2019 Lenten Daily Devotional from the Basilica of The National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Story Ideas

Back in January, during one of the many snow storms that we had, I was sitting on the couch scrolling through my phone when the name Sybil popped into my head. Besides the name, the only other information that this character gave me is that she is an orphan/in foster care.

Photo by Ãlvaro Serrano on Unsplash
While I haven't done much with this character yet, I plan on figuring out the details so that I can begin writing the story. One thing that I had started doing, shortly after the character idea came to me, was to start writing down the names to instrumental songs that I was listening to on Spotify. The idea that I had for that was to incorporate the titles as the names of the chapters and then base the scenes, etc. off of that. Whether it will work or not I don't know since I want to do research into different settings and such before I begin writing the story. And I may save this idea for November and NaNoWriMo so that I can have time to prepare and gather more information and ideas of where I want the story to take place and see if other characters appear.

In the meantime, I am slowly starting to work on another writing project that is based on the fairy tale "The Goose Girl." While it will be more of a short story than a full novel, my goal is to do as much research as possible next month and then start writing it in April during Camp NaNoWriMo. In between working, doing research and other things I have playing around with titles and covers on Canva to see if it will get me in the right mood and mindset for when I start writing.

Other then those two ideas I haven't been doing much writing lately. Hopefully, these stories get me back into the swing of things and I can keep plugging away at the ideas I have and any other ideas that I will have in the future.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

An Update in Knitting

Since I really haven't shared any knitting project updates in a while I figured today was a good day to do so. Especially since I just finished making four projects, one of which I have been working on for just over a year and a half.

I apologize for the not so great quality of the above picture (^). Especially since it is a little hard to see the pattern. But it is a dishcloth that I made using a pattern that I found on Ravelry last year.

The ten-stitch blanket ^^^ I started making in July of 2017 and didn't do a whole lot of work on, 
until recently when I decided to work on it more. Before I finished it my sister had suggested that I take another coordinating color and crochet a border around the edge of it to give it a more finished look. As you can see I took her up on the suggestion and just did a simple single crochet border around it. The pattern is on Ravelry,

The shawl/wrap is another pattern that I found on Ravelry and the yarn I used is white acrylic yarn and a burgundy natural yarn that I had gotten for free either last year or the year before. While I did block it to help with the curling, the bottom tip still rolls up a little.

The cowl that I just finished the other day. For this project, I got the yarn, needles, and pattern in a monthly subscription yarn box from a company called Darn Good Yarn. While I go the pattern somewhere else I did find it on Ravelry. Before I block it, I will be adding something around the part where I joined the ends.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Favorite Fairy Tale

This may seem like a strange fairy tale to have as a favorite, but one of my favorite fairy tales is called "The Robber Bridegroom." I first learned of this particular fairy tale, along with many others, in the book "Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales," which I had purchased at Barnes and Noble several years ago. Since you may be wondering why this is one of my favorite fairy tales let me tell you that I don't really know why it is a favorite either, especially since it is a rather morbid story.

Photo by Olivier Guillard on Unsplash
When you first look at the title of the tale, it doesn't look like it will be too much of a dark and depressing fairy tale. But once you actually read it, then it becomes a bit morbid. What I mean by that is that the bridegroom and his gang, spoiler alert, are cannibals. That is why I still don't understand how I consider it to be a favorite fairy tale of mine, but whatever. So the bridegroom and his gang are cannibals who take their victims' stuff before eating them.

While I do have other favorite and lesser-known fairy tales, what I like about this particular one is the fact that everyone believed the bride at the end of the tale and took care of the robber and his gang. Another thing that I like about the collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales is that each tale is meant to teach us all lessons. Even though it has been a while since I read through the fairy tales, one thing that I have learned from them and in general is that people are never what they seem at first and that people can also learn to change. Whether it is now or in the future people can change, but it is up to us as individuals to make that change happen.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Three Weeks In

As of right now, we are three weeks into the new year and in that time I have ended one job and started another. The nice think about ending and starting two jobs is that I had a week in between ending my job at Kohl's and then starting my new job and during the in-between week I just had the nanny job that I do. Of course, I had to get sick with the stomach flu in between jobs which wasn't that fun, especially since I got the rest of the family sick. Enough about being sick and work and on to other more pleasant sounding topics of conversation.

Washington D.C., May 12, 2018
For Christmas, I received a book called Writing Your Novel From Start To Finish: A Guidebook For the Journey by Joseph Bates. And I started reading it the other night and in the second chapter there were two sentences that jumped out at me. While the author is specifically talking about character development I believe that the two sentences still apply to real life as well as the page.

"Our heroes ought to be flawed and imperfect (because they are people, and people are flawed and imperfect)."

"No character is 100-percent good or evil, kindhearted or callous, capable or clueless."

Why I believe that these two sentences are applicable now is because every single person is flawed and imperfect and we make mistakes every day. Whether characters in a book or in real life we can learn from our mistakes and learn to become better at understanding and recognizing our flaws and imperfections. With the second sentence, we are both good and evil, kindhearted and callous, capable and clueless. Just like we can learn to understand our flaws and imperfections, we can choose if we want to be good or evil, kindhearted or callous, capable or clueless. But it is up to each individual to decide how they want to act towards others and with themselves.

In the past few weeks, besides starting a new job, I have been working on a blanket that I started back in July 2017. Since it will end up being a larger baby blanket when finished, I plan on hanging on to it in the event a friend or family member announcing that they are expecting. That is what happened with a baby blanket that I made back at the beginning of 2017. Another knitting project that I am still working on is another baby blanket and again there is no current recipient for it, but it may end up in a state fair in the fall, still debating about that.

While I continue finishing old and starting new knitting projects that is currently all I have to say for the moment.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Saints and Words

As it was said in the shared posts on Facebook posts, it's that time of year again to chose a new Patron Saint and Word for 2019. This year when I did the generators for my new patron saint and word, I received St. Aloysius Gonzaga as my patron saint and Unplug as my word.

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While I didn't know a whole lot about St. Aloysius Gonzaga when I first received him as my saint, I did learn that he is the patron of AIDS caregivers, AIDS patients, against sore eyes, Jesuit students, teenagers, and young adults and his feast day is June 21.

As for my word Unplug, it is something that I needed to get since I am on my phone a lot to play games and scroll through social media because I am bored and don't ever feel like doing something else.

For New Year's Eve my family and I spent the evening with a bunch of friends and as people left before/after midnight our friends had all of the guests pick a small slip of paper out of a box. On each paper was a saint and a word. So the second saint that I received for this year is St. Simon Stock and the second word that I received is politeness.

When I picked St. Simon Stock as my second saint all I really knew about him was that he a Carmelite monk and received the brown scapular and the Carmelite habit from the Blessed Mother in a vision. So when I looked him up to see if I could learn more about him I learned that St Simon's feast day is May 16 and that he is the patron saint of Bordeaux, France.