Scribbling My Heart Out

Sparkles for the last two days are in today’s post because yesterday was a short meditation session, and at first I didn’t think it would fill a post.  Today I have scribbles to show off, which I’ve cropped and included throughout the post.  You can click on each and enlarge them.

First I’ll share a little something about yesterday’s sparkly meditation session.  I meditate often, so it was a familiar exercise, relaxing and refreshing.  In fact, it was a similar feeling to how I end meditation sessions by filling myself with golden creative energy for inspiration during my day of writing and editing.

When I was done I sat beside our new foster beagle, Mabel, who joined us Thursday.  She was a severely neglected girl, pregnant when she was found.  Unfortunately, all her puppies died.  She also had heart worms and the skin around her nipples is irritated and dry to the point she’s scratched herself raw.  The poor thing.  So I had another sparkly meditation session, and visualized healing sparkles around Mabel while I rubbed her back.  She laid peacefully for nearly a half an hour, and the session was healing for us both.

For today’s sparkle, I got carried away and spent more than five minutes scribbling.  The assignment was to scribble to music.  It was so much fun that after the first song I did another drawing and then another, until I had five scribbles. 

I’ve scribbled as a creative activity a few times in the past, but never to music. This way was a lot more fun and just a better experience. Oh yeah, the music I chose, Christmas themed by Harry Connick Jr. It just happened to be the first thing I found on iTunes. I chose to scribble with colored pencil first and them moved to markers. I mixed it up pretty good, scribbling with one or more pencils, used one or both hands, the whole while moving to the music. I really enjoyed creating this last one that reminds me of Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Last but not least, I won a prize yesterday. Not sure the details yet. Will let you know in tomorrow’s post.

Back on EdMo

After 4 days off of doing about nothing this week, I’ve been back editing the last few days.  Am up to 19 hours, a few hours further than the challenge suggestion of 16.5. 

What did I do during my 4 days off, in between naps?  Comedy therapy via Trailer Park Boys. I’m a little embarrassed to say I’ve sat through a little over 3 seasons since last Friday. But, hey, laughter is the best medicine, right.

No surprise, Trailer Park Boys showed up as a recommended watch on Netflix streaming, and I’d already enjoyed a few episodes on cable. So last Friday evening, when I found myself too tired and drained to do anything, I pulled up the first couple seasons and watched and laughed and watched and laughed. During this bout of anemia I could have literally laughed myself into the grave. Okay, that’s not so funny.

Other thing I’ve been doing is some creative writing exercises in Write from the Heart: Inspiration & Exercises for Women Who Want to Write. These exercises have taken the place of my regular daily new writing, but what’s surprised me is that some of the stuff I’m writing could actually make some great short stories.

Off topic, found this bit from the book inspiring.

What matters is your ability to open up to the breathtaking and spectacular adventure that happens to be your life. Your job is to experience it, see it, feel it, live it, and write it down.

– in Write from the Heart by Leslea Newman,

Back to NaNoEdMo, I’ve not reached the point where editing flows easier, but does it ever, I wonder, like new writing does? Instead, I’m afraid I’m headed into the “I hate this story. Will this ever end.” doldrums. Will make the next 20 days a bit painful if it does.

Bad Start to a Challenge

What a difference between NaNoEdMo and NaNoWriMo. There are so few participants, you can hear crickets over on the EdMo website. That and the site has been attacked by a spammer, which seems to be keeping people away. There’s no leadership and no one communicating to the group except for a few posts by the editing support staff. Still, I’m set on completing the challenge. I’ve even started some discussions in the Horror & Thriller and Colorado forums, where we have a total of 3 participants in each.

I love these contest challenges and wish I would have joined them years ago. Then again I’ve always enjoyed competing against myself, seeing how far I can advance passed a previous accomplishment. This has been a rough one to start though. Yesterday my health was crap, and I only got in 15 minutes of editing. Today was better though. I grabbed the paper copy of the manuscript and took the ‘start big’ advice that I read in the forum. Basically got through 40 pages in four hours, identifying major issues to fix first. Sure beats the 6 pages I got through Monday.

Warning: Fibroid Tumor Discussion

Here in the blog, I haven’t mentioned my health issues for quite some time because there came a point I felt they became me. Well, I’m breaking my rule today. Unfortunately, I started off NaNoEdMo with my fibroid tumors out of control. In fact, they’ve been a pain in my ass for the last 5 months. Yesterday, I got through 15 minutes of editing before I felt like another trip to the emergency room might be necessary. One gallon of water and a half gallon of orange juice later I felt I’d live through the night.

It’s mostly my fault I’ve gotten to this point though. Fibroid tumors are controllable via lowered levels of estrogen which includes a diet from hell, exercise, stress reduction, and progesterone cream. I’d had mine under control until the holiday season, when I’d let it all fall apart.

Here’s the real reason I decided to bring up the fibroids. I learned a week ago that fibroid tumors are seriously on the rise in women. One of the major contributors, plastic. Okay, I decided Monday to avoid foods and drinks stored in plastic. People, you have no idea how hard this is unless you take the challenge. Even organic health foods are packaged in plastic. ARGH!!

I’m so irritated by this vicious cycle we live in. In my case, increased hormones injected into animals and plastic containers that act to increase the body’s estrogen result in fibroid tumors that force me to seek medical treatment, including a $3000 trips to the emergency room. According to Western medicine, my only options: surgery to remove the fibroids which will likely grow back, loss of my uterus that will screw up my hormones worse and/or drugs that will make me sicker. The final price tag is equal to thousands and thousands of dollars, which really pisses me off.

On the other hand, if I exercise, eat the right diet, and avoid plastic and stress, I’m healthy and it costs a little more for glass containers and $70 for the occasional massage. For me it’s a no brainer to go with this option, and It’s been pretty successful as long as I don’t fall off the diet.

Now consider this. I watched a documentary recently where a low-income family said they couldn’t possibly eat a healthy diet because they can’t afford low-fat meat and fresh fruits and vegetables. Surprise, surprise, they were all over weight. This is the same thing a friend of mine told me after he lost his job. He gained 40 pounds. So think about it. Someone with a low income is less likely to heal via natural means which is actually less expensive. My head’s spinning so fast I may fall off my soap box.

How Do You Spend Time Relaxing?

Relax? Who has time to relax? Who needs to relax? Me, that’s who.

Today I’m blogging all for myself as a reminded to relax. Like exercise and diet, it’s something I seem to fall off the wagon about doing every now and then. So I already know what I should be doing. Here are five on my list:

YOGA: I plan to do an hour of yoga after I finish this post. I woke up in pain this morning, and that’s my #1 indication I need to relax a bit. Yoga is amazing for releasing the tension from the muscles.

MASSAGE: The yoga reminded me of another amazing release for tension, massage therapy. Hot stone therapy. Sea salt scrub. AHHHHHH!!! I just realized I haven’t gotten a massage in over a year. I’m adding make an appointment to get felt up to my to do list. 😉

BEAGLE TIME: I walk the boys daily, and between the three of us we get over twenty miles a week. And we don’t even have to travel far to do it. Highlands Ranch did some amazing planning on trails, so we’re really close to paths that get us into the park and chasing rabbits. I could sit and pet the dogs for hours too. Nothing better for the soul than cuddling up with our pack.

MEDITATION: This is one I need regularly but is the first to get put aside. When I meditate I clean my Chakras and my 5th and 6th are all backed up and nothing new is coming through the 7th. I can physically feel it from my chest up. This always happens when I haven’t been writing enough. No room for anything new from the “Great and Powerful Universe.”

COMEDY: Laughing really is the best medicine. When my illnesses got out of control, I forced myself to sit and watch comedy on television for hours. It did wonders for my health. I think this is why dark comedy started to show up in my writing.

What do you do to relax? I need to add to my list.

Weekly Whine: Illness #6 of 2010

All I have to whine about this week is being sick. AGAIN! I’m finally feeling better after days of nausea and headaches.

Charlie the beagle is pretty upset because it’s Thursday and he hasn’t had a walk since Sunday. So he gets to whine today. He’s sitting on a chair right now, pouting. We usually go out for our walk between 8:00 A.M and 9:00 A.M., and he’s getting antsy, following me around the house. But I don’t think we’re going to make it out again today because the sky looks like it will drop snow or rain at any minute. Sorry Charlie. Extra treats for you today.

I have a huge list of stuff I haven’t finished this week, so I’m off. Enjoy the rest of the week, all.

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