"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekly Wrap-Up (August 21, 2016)

A new round of ROW80 has begun.
Progress on my goals is at the end of this post.
Blog Posts



Personal Stuff
I am getting ready for the beginning of the school year and going back to work.  I will be sad to say goodbye to summer, but it will be good to be back. 

What I read
I started The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  It took me a few chapters to get used to the writing style but I am enjoying it.


Interesting Stuff I Found on the Internet
I have been researching flash fiction this week.  I think it might be an interesting way for me to improve my writing.  I found a free flash fiction class and plan to sign up.

ROW80 Goals
Round 3 of ROW80 has begun.  This round runs from July 4th to September 22nd.  I started a little late, so my number of weeks and days is a little different.  Here is my progress so far:


1.  Read 9 books (3/9)
I am currently reading The Book Thief.  Other books I have read this round are:
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Armada by Ernest Cline
Wild by Cheryl Strayed

2.  Continue with my blogging schedule (5/10 weeks)
I am planning a few small changes to my blogging schedule, but so far I have been doing great with this goal.  You can check out my weekly posts through the links at the beginning of this post.

3.  Edit 5 chapters of ZF (0/5)
I would really like to complete this goal this round but I have not begun yet.

4.  Write daily (19/66 days)
Monday: Morning Pages; NaBloPoMo prompt
Tuesday:  Morning Pages; NaBloPoMo prompt
Wednesday: Morning Pages; NaBloPoMo prompt
Thursday: Morning Pages; NaBloPoMo prompt
Friday:  :(
Saturday: :(
Sunday:  Blogging

5.  Continue my Creative Every Day challenge
It has been really hot this week, a heatwave, and I have not been super creative.  I did make two ATCs and then forgot to take pictures :)

6.  Swim at least twice a week. (4/10 weeks)

I swam Monday and Wednesday.


How did your week go?
Do you have a blog post or interesting link you'd like to share with me?

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Myth of Happily Ever After

This post was inspired by the first week of Blogher's August NaBloPoMo prompts.

The most dangerous story that we tell our children is the Disney version.






In the original Cinderella, the step-sisters cut off parts of their feet to squeeze into the glass slipper.  As Cinderella and Prince Charming begin their life together, small birds peck out the step-sisters’ eyes.





In the original version of The Little Mermaid, she trades her life, not her voice, for legs and a chance to woo Prince Charming.  Unfortunately, she is unsuccessful and dies, turning to seafoam.




So why do we feel the need to tell the Disney version to our children?  Why do we as a society insist on sugarcoating everything that is presented to our children?  Why can’t we tell them stories that have sad endings more often?  Do we really expect all their lives to end happily ever after?  Can we really promise that?


I’m not saying that we should abolish the happily ever after ending (I understand we all need to escape once in a while) but I know that life is not perfect, and we should not raise our children to expect a perfect life.  If presented with more stories that show how to deal with life’s difficulties, maybe we can raise a generation of children with real coping skills, who understand that life can continue without happily ever after, who understand the myth of happily ever after.


Image sources: listserv.com, princessdeficit.wordpress.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What I'm Reading Wednesday #23 (August 17, 2016)

As usual, Wednesday ROW 80 check-ins will reflect on my reading goals.  I am currently reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

My goal for this round of ROW80 is 9 books.

Anyway, here is my progress so far... 
2016 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 24/32
Books from TBR list: 5
Series completed: 1
ROW80 Round 3 Goal:  3/9
2016 Pinterest Board

January
1.  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
2.  Foreign Gods, Inc by Okey Ndibe
3.  Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore
4.  Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg

February
1.  The Double Life of Fidel Castro
2.  Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (Started a new series)
3.  Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult (TBR)
4.  The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld (Completed a series!) 

March
1.  The Magician by Michael Scott (Book 2 of a series)
2.  The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
3.  Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

April
1.  The Art of X-Ray Reading
1.  Doodle Art Handbook by Lana Karr
2.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

May
1.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (TBR)

June
1.  The Interior Circuit by Francisco Goldman
2.  The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
3.  Frida's Bed by Slavenka Drakulic

July
1.  The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge
2.  The Haters by Jesse Andrews
3.  Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (TBR)
4.  Room by Emma Donoghue (TBR)
5.  The Sorceress by Michael Scott (Book 3 of a series)

August
1.  Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (Book 2 of a series)
2.  Armada by Ernest Cline
3.  Wild by Cheryl Strayed (TBR)



What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (August 16, 2016)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a rand
om page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here is my teaser:
"I could introduce myself properly, but it's not really necessary.  You will know me well enough and soon enough, depending on a diverse range of variables.  It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible.  Your soul will be in my arms.  A color will be perched on my shoulder.  I will carry you gently away."
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Weekly Wrap-Up (August 14, 2016)

A new round of ROW80 has begun.
Progress on my goals is at the end of this post.
Blog Posts


Personal Stuff
I got a new obsession this week: a Fitbit Alta.  It will hopefully lead to more healthy habits.  I love that I can track my calorie intake through the app, and it even tracks my sleep.  I am a goal-setter, and this little bracelet has me setting goals and working hard to meet them.  It's awesome.

What I read
I am starting The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  I've heard a lot of good things about this book and I am excited to read it.
A photo posted by Lisa (@lalocadesigns) on


Interesting Stuff I Found on the Internet
This week I have become obsessed with Absolute Write, a writing forum that was recommended to me by someone on another writing forum.  There is so much information, I feel a little overwhelmed, but I am hoping to get help moving forward with my writing and editing goals.

ROW80 Goals
Round 3 of ROW80 has begun.  This round runs from July 4th to September 22nd.  I started a little late, so my number of weeks and days is a little different.  Here is my progress so far:


1.  Read 9 books (3/9)
I am currently reading The Book Thief.  Other books I have read this round are:
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Armada by Ernest Cline
Wild by Cheryl Strayed

2.  Continue with my blogging schedule (4/10 weeks)
I am planning a few small changes to my blogging schedule, but so far I have been doing great with this goal.  You can check out my weekly posts through the links at the beginning of this post.

3.  Edit 5 chapters of ZF (0/5)
I would really like to complete this goal this round but I have not begun yet.

4.  Write daily (14/66 days)
Monday:  :(
Tuesday:  NaBloPoMo prompt
Wednesday: :(
Thursday: NaBloPoMo prompt
Friday:  :(
Saturday: NaBloPoMo prompt
Sunday:  NaBloPoMo prompt, Blogging

5.  Continue my Creative Every Day challenge
Pictures get posted on my Instagram if you want to follow my creative progress.  It's been too hot to crochet, so I started a coloring page this week.
A photo posted by Lisa (@lalocadesigns) on


6.  Swim at least twice a week. (3/10 weeks)

This week I did not swim.


How did your week go?
Do you have a blog post or interesting link you'd like to share with me?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Currently...... (August 10, 2016)

Currently...
is a new feature that I will be trying out every other Wednesday.

Writing...
the August NaBloPoMo prompts on Blogher.  The prompts are all about fairy tales and stories.  The prompts are really fun, and I am enjoying them.

Reading...
Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  I just started it today and I am totally hooked already.

Listening...
to Lindsey Stirling.  We saw her in concert for the third time on Monday.  Yet again, she was awesome.  This show was very similar to the last one we saw but she played a couple of songs from her new album and one with her opening act.  It always amazes me how she plays her violin while dancing!
A photo posted by Lisa (@lalocadesigns) on

Eating...
low-calorie food :(  I'm trying to take better care of myself and lose a little weight along the way, so I am eating more healthy food and watching how many calories I eat.  Hopefully it becomes a habit.

Drinking...
sparkling water.  I love sparkling water, and I just discovered some new flavors of La Croix at a nearby grocery store.  The most recent one I have been drinking is Apple Cranberry flavor.

Wearing...
my Cure concert t-shirt and my favorite comfy sweater.  It has been cooler here recently, and my favorite comfy sweater is perfect.

Feeling...
nervous because I am trying to set up a date for my next hip surgery and I don't like to think about it right now.

Weather...
is cloudy and cool, but it's supposed to get into the 90's later this week.

Wanting...
to eat the chocolate that is sitting in my fridge.  The first few days of healthy eating are always the hardest.

Thinking...
about school starting back up in a couple of weeks.  I am going to miss my summer break.

Watching...
CSI: NY.  I recently finished all eleven seasons of Criminal Minds on Netflix and now I am working my way through CSI: NY.  I do love a good crime show.

Enjoying...
the fact that my elderly cat has been doing so well recently.  She's 18 years old and diabetic but recently she has been doing great.  I'll take every moment I can get.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (August 9, 2016)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a rand
om page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here is my teaser:
""My name's Bud," the man behind the counter said when I asked for a room.  He had a hangdog expression and a smoker's cough.  Tan jowls hung off the sides of his wrinkled face.  When I told him about hiking the PCT, he insisted on washing my clothes.  "I can just throw them in with the sheets and towels, darling.  It ain't nothing at all," he said when I protested."
Wild by Cheryl Strayed, p. 79