Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Random Thoughts Tuesday



First, I want to say thanks for your help with my insecurity (IWSG post) for June. Already, I’m mapping out a new story that I’m waaaay excited about. I didn’t think I could dive into another world so fast, and yet, I’m already there! Funny how we can be insecure about something one minute and then not have it be an issue the next. But I think I owe a lot of it to YOU, so thank you.


Next, I finished reading Donna K. Weaver’s new book, A Change of Plans… and guys… I LOVED it. Like, loved. It was SO good. You can find my review on Goodreads for it here. Please go buy her book and support her. Not only is she a wonderful person, but she knows how to tell an amazing story.


In other random news, I decapitated a rattlesnake in my yard yesterday with a shovel. So that was fun. I’m still running 30 minutes a day even though I’m not a fan of running. (Ballerinas are awkward runners) And I’m embracing summer even though I’m counting down the days till fall. Oh! And I’m also counting down the days for the SCBWI LA conference this August. Anyone going?


Any random thoughts you’d like to share?

Red. Head. Out. 

41 comments:

  1. We have rattlesnakes everywhere here in San Antone, but I've yet to have to kill one. I wonder if there are any in Northern CA (where we're moving in a couple of weeks)? Or are there just bears? And can you kill a bear with a shovel if it gets in your yard? All things I need to know... :P

    Insecurities push us to be better, I think. So you just got better. :)

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  2. Congratulations to Donna!
    And you chopped off a rattlesnake's head? Well done, fearless reptile hunter!
    And glad the IWSG made a difference for you. That's what it's there for.

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  3. *shivers* A rattlesnake in your yard? I don't mind regular snakes but I think I might feel a bit like Lyn with sharks about rattlers.

    And thank you so much for your kind words. I really needed those today. *hugs*

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  4. I saw your tweet about the rattlesnake and I just laughed (so supportive, I know!). I think you're a champ :)

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  5. I hate snakes. But I hate rodents even more, so yay for snakes who eat them? :)

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  6. Attending writer conferences in Utah is on my bucket list. I would love to meet the AWESOME Morg in person! I hate snakes as well.

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  7. I can't wait to dive into Donna's book. It looks amazing!

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  8. I would freak out if I saw a rattle snake, period. You brave woman.

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  9. Your such the snake wrangler! Add it to your occupations! Ill check out your goodreads now...

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  10. I killed a mole with a shovel this weekend. I felt ill. I'm no great hunter. Snaps for killing the rattlesnake. Ick!

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  11. I'm about to leave a long, rambly comment.

    Did you ever see that Friends episode where Rachel and Phoebe start running together? And Pheobe runs like a crazy person? Like a little kid?
    Maybe you just need to do a pirouette or a few leaps or something while you run, lol.
    Actually. I prefer to run on trails. It gives my brain something to think about b/c I have to really pay attention and the uneven terrain is awesome for the legs.

    this book has popped up everywhere, and once I get through my next five HAVE TO READ LIKE SIX MONTHS AGO books, I'll probably jump into hers.

    YAY for new projects!!!

    And yay me for not being NEARLY as rambly as I imagined I'd be ;-)


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  12. Donna's book looks interesting. I'm off to check your review on Goodreads and then I will get it. Thanks for posting about it.

    Nas

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  13. You killed a rattlesnake? That takes guts, I would have run away.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  14. Yikes! A rattlesnake?! The worst we have in our yard right now are some wasps and mosquitoes the size of pterodactyls. You're so brave! And hey, that's awesome you've taken the plunge into a new story and a new world! Best wishes for your latest WIP!

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  15. Donna's book looks great!

    And that was brave of you to kill the rattlesnake. I have trouble killing bugs without screaming. LOL!

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  16. You beheaded a rattlesnake?? I'm impressed. And hurray for the other happy news :)

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  17. Rattlesnake! OMG! 0_0
    The worst we see is usually a copperhead or two.
    You have my undying snake-smoter respect. LOL

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  18. I'm so glad you're having fun with your new project!

    Snake...I can't believe you chopped the head off a rattlesnake! My husband has done that before. Then he and my three boys watch the headless body continue to move. Oh, and he's also put a broomstick between the fangs to illustrate to our sons how the snake can still bite once it's separated from the body. Hey, we live in the country. They do these things to entertain themselves :)

    Soooo good to know about Donna's book. I love the cover!

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  19. Yay! for the new project :) And the Donna Weaver's book sounds good- will have to check it out soon and add to my tbr list. Hope you don't come across too many rattlesnakes on your runs...

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  20. Yay, so glad you got your new project figured out, Morg!! And I had no idea you were a runner!! I ran after Kellan (ha ha) was born and I really liked it, and I'd like to take it up again...yet ANOTHER reason why we need to be next door neighbors! Oh and YIKES about the rattlesnake!! Lesson learned--don't mess with Morgan when she's got a shovel. ;)

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  21. Ah. Ah. AH. Snakes gross me out. Literally my greatest animal fear. But you killed poor snake :( (Honestly, I would have run away. I'm not a scaredy-cat when it comes to spiders or anything, but snakes and the way they move...ugh.) But I bet he/she would have killed you so, I think we'd rather have you :))) Congrats on getting farther in your project!

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  22. Good Gosh woman !!!

    How can one even have random thoughts after one has decapitated a blooming rattlesnake in ones garden...

    I WOULD HAVE SQUEE-ED AND RAN FOR THE HILLS... let me tell you.

    You also get my Indiana-ette Jones award for 2013.

    Wow...

    PS, thanks for the review on Donna's book... I've heard great things (Congrats again, Donna :)

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  23. Congrats on getting the rattlesnake and exercising. Glad all the support in IWSG helped you and will get a copy of Donna's book when I can.

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  24. Donna's book sounds awesome.
    I think you owe us a "blow-by-blow" account of the beheading process complete with accompanying emotions... you can call it Rattlesnake Ruckus! Or something similar... LOL
    Writer In Transit

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  25. I love snakes, so I would've just backed away until the snake had gone. I think one of the reasons I love herps (reptiles and amphibians) and spiders is because they perform such a valuable service of keeping the vermin and creepy-crawly populations in check. Though that doesn't mean I'd want a pet snake. I couldn't deal with having to keep their food source in my freezer, unthaw them once a week or so, and put them in the snake's tank with tongs.

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  26. OMG. A rattlesnake here? Morgan you are more man than me because I would have been terrified of it. I feel so ashamed saying that, but I don't do snakes or spiders.

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  27. All hail the rattlesnake vanquisher!! :)

    Hey Morgan, big time congrats on delving into a new project and I know you'll be just as successful at it as your last story.

    Grab that idea by the reins and ride it home! Best of luck with it :)

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  28. Yay for the LA conference! So you're running daily and decapitating rattlesnakes in your front yard...damn you're hardcore. I need to start running to lose my vacation weight...haha.

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  29. Decapitated a snake?? Gulp. You are one brave chica. I'll have to go check out that book, looks awesome!

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, With Joy)

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  30. I'm looking forward to read Donna's book. The premise sounds great!!!!!!

    Fortunately we don't get rattlesnakes where I live. :D

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  31. Scary with the rattlesnake! Yikes!! I'm also trying to embrace summer...it's hard for me. I'm so project-driven that it's frustrating to be interrupted by my three kids every two seconds. But I'm trying to chill and enjoy them and this time more and lower my expectations of how much I can accomplish on my projects every day.

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  32. I've never seen a rattlesnake in person, unless it's in a cage, and I hope I won't ever. (They don't live around here). But if I do, I hope I have the necessary tools to take care of it. Or the ability to run. (Are rattlesnakes really fast??) :)

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  33. I LOVE that book cover! It is amazing!!

    Fighting off rattlesnakes is never easy. You should get an award, like chocolate or something. Or a metal.

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  34. Since you gave Change of Plans such high praise I'll have to check it out. Also, YUCK about the snake, I hate snakes. And I'd be lucky to run half a mile, good job.

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  35. I would be terrified to see a rattlesnake.

    I hope to read Donna's book. It's on my wish list.

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  36. Rattlesnake-- shiver-- brave you!

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  37. Saw something I thought you might like:

    http://io9.com/a-ballet-audition-turns-into-a-cyborg-battle-in-this-an-509903206

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  38. Glad you're into your new world already. Running? Voluntarily? eeewwww! Decapitating snakes, that could be fun. :)

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  39. A RATTLESNAKE? IN UTAH? I thought they only like the heat and desert? Interesting surprise.... You are so GUSTY... LOL.

    I WANNA GO TO THE CONFERENCE SOOOOOOO BAD! I missed the one in NYC this year. I wish I could afford to go... Maybe next year.

    Are you going? LUCKY YOU if you are!

    Have a great weekend, Sweets.

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  40. Us writers are so full of ups and downs.

    I'm impressed by your snake conquest. Impressive. Me? I run screaming, lol.

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  41. I'm having a problem with a couple snakes in my yard. Would you mind coming over?

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