Tory’s Friday Rambling (8/8/14)

Well howdy there folks. Didja miss me last week? Don’t call out all at once! Heh, okay, anyway. It’s Friday and it’s August. Ugh. Hot month. Uber-hot month. Lots to say, well, grumble about this week.

On Writing

Welp, as you can see, I’m zooming along in my rewrite. It’s … like nothing I’ve ever done before, rewriting a story to shift focus from plot to character. Granted, I fully get the difference between plot-driven and character-driven now. I’m just struggling with how to tone down plot. Editor agreed to take a look at the first quarter or so to see if I’m on the right track. I got that sent off to her and we’ll see what she thinks. Got my fingers crossed.

On Agent

Yeah…I don’t have one any more. There were some differences in style and communication between agent and me, so I decided to terminate the relationship. It was a great experience and I’m very grateful to her for her help with Entangled. It just wasn’t … a good fit. Goes to show you may want something and then when you get it, you realize it wasn’t what you expected at all.

Live and learn, right?

On Children

Pixie has taken to sleeping on the couch. Oh, she’ll go to bed in her bed (after an hour+ fight every night) but by 5 in the morning (this morning when I left to walk at 4a, the living room was dark and empty, when I came back there was a Pixie asleep on the couch and the light was on) she’s camped out on the couch. Aggravating considering I depend on that hour between walk and 6 to keep my sanity.

Blondie…has developed a really big attitude. In her own way, she’s as stubborn as Pixie. She doesn’t necessarily SHOW the stubbornness, but it lurks there under her sunny, goofy nature.

Pixie also hasn’t entirely given up her night-time clothes changing ways. She went to bed wearing nightclothes (sometimes, if I’m lucky), and then she’ll either change clothes or take everything off. The other night I found her stark naked…except for one thing:

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Yes, she managed to put her sandals on and she slept with them on all night. I swear that girl’s going to be a shoes hog.

On House

I haven’t talked about the house in a while. I’m still loving our house. I can still catch a whiff of the “new house” smell when I come in the evening sometimes, which is awesome. There’s a lot of carpet in it to vacuum though. We’re trying to stay on top of the cleaning thing though. After the experience as we moved out of the rental, I now really get the need for heavier cleaning than just a simple vacuum a week.

Every so often, to get some peace and quiet, I’ll let Shrimp take the girls out in back and play with the hose. Such a simple form of entertainment, but they have tons of fun doing it. Yeah, it wastes some water, but (i) I get some peace and quiet while I’m cleaning up after dinner, and (ii) I get to hear them squeal with laughter and let them blow off energy.

Weight Loss

I’ve gotten back into walking. I’m trying to get to 6-7 days a week, walking almost 3 miles (just exercise, not counting all the regular walking). I usually manage 4 days. It’s actually helping to be in a FitBit group ( if you want to see what a fitbit is) of fellow Entangled Authors because I’m competitive and I hate the fact that I’m not on top of the steps walked chart. I’m currently in about 5th place. Which bites, buuut I’ll take it considering I sucked last month for walking thanks to the June foot injury.

Unfortunately, as usual, I’m struggling with the eating thing. I’m doing a little better than the last time, buuut it’s a work in progress. I’ve got a long way to go.

I’ve definitely noticed an uptick in my energy levels since I started regularly walking again. Hubby noticed it about the same time I did, so it’s a real improvement.

Now if only the scale would acknowledge it. I know I should be losing because while I’m not eating perfectly, I know I should be at least maintaining, if not starting to see it go down. We’ll give it another week or so and I’ll keep working on my self-control and calorie counting. I’ll keep you in the loop ’cause I just know you’re fascinated by it. J/k…but I wanted to share my struggles.


So yeah, that’s it for me. Hope you’re all having a great August! See you next week.



    • They were hand-me-downs. I swear, 90% of the clothes the girls own (including shoes) has been hand-me-downs. Thank goodness. Unfortunately now, as they go into little girl (as opposed to toddler/infant) clothes, I suspect that will no longer be the case. The sandals are adorable and I love that even though there’s a buckle, she can get them on by herself (and yes, she does buckle the buckle).


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