Loisanne's Blog

The meandering path of my life

Passport

Yay! I finally got my passport. It’s about time. All in one day…I got my birth certificate, divorce paperwork (needed it for passport) and my paperwork filled out for my passport.  I should be good to go (anywhere in the world I want) in 4 to 6 weeks! Isn’t that exciting? I think so.

Not sure if I mentioned it in here before, but I’m planning a trip to England in November. Yes, my friend Phil is going to be my tour guide. I hope so anyway. It’s a long time between now and then and who knows what could happen. Life is full of surprises. No matter what happens though, I’m taking my trip. With or without Phil. It would be better with him, though. 

And then what? I’ll have a passport and the whole world will be open to me. Money might be a hindrance…LOL…but I could learn to save. Then think of the places I could go. If I could take just one good trip a year, think of all the places I could see in 10 years? Maybe I’ll find somewhere else that I want to live. That would be awesome. Not that the U.S. is bad…it’s pretty darn awesome…but I don’t really feel like I fit in with the people here. Everything seems to revolve around religion. Everywhere I look, everyone I talk to, everything seems to have something to do with religion. Sorry, but I really don’t care for that.

I know, what makes me think somewhere else is going to be different? I don’t know, but I’d sure like to find out. Better to at least try, don’t you think?

Anyway, today has been an exciting day for me. When I actually get my passport in my sweaty little hands, that’s when I’ll REALLY get excited. Party time! Not that I’ll go out and use it right away…LOL. Hell, I live a long way from another country. Canada is a 2 day drive and Mexico, while being a little bit closer, isn’t exactly my cup of tea. Scares me, truth be told. So, I guess I’ll just have to wait till November.

Patience isn’t really one of my virtues…LOL.

Ciao for now

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March 30, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pen Pal

Phil

 

This is Phil. Isn’t he wonderful? This is one of my favorite pictures of him. He doesn’t like it though…says he looks “scruffy”. I like the scruffy look…LOL.

He’s been unemployed since the first of this year (no he’s not a bum) because the contract on his old job ran out. He’s been searching for a new one…but in the meantime…we’ve been talking like crazy. I think the record is 11 hours straight. I had a few friends ask me “what do you talk about for 11 hours?” I just said “stuff” LOL. I really couldn’t say. It just flows. We laugh and joke around…talk about life….and he teaches me things. He’s brilliant.

I think his teaching me things is what I like about him the most. He shares music with me…movies…books. He tells me about stuff that I would never have even looked for if I hadn’t met him. I love how he always explains things…talks about things.

Yeah, I’m enamoured.

I’m planning on making a trip to England this fall. No, not just to see Phil. But that is definitely a plus. I’ve always wanted to see England. It’s been a dream. Phil has just taken that dream and made it more real for me. He’s going to show me York. That’s what I want to see. It’s a very old place, full of history. He’s been there before so he’ll be a great guide. I’m so excited. I’m hoping we have time to just “hang out” as well.

I finally got to talk to him on Skype the other day. It was wonderful. He played his guitar for me and he sang. I’m sure I looked like a crazy woman, sitting there in Panera Bread and talking animatedly to my computer…LOL. I don’t care. While talking to Phil, the rest of the world doesn’t exist.

Ok, I’ve talked about Phil enough for one day…LOL. I’m sure no one finds this subject as interesting as I do…LOL.

Ciao for now

February 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Write on!

Well, I have good news. In the last 30 days, (just one month people) I’ve written 12,700 words on my story! I’m so excited! I don’t know if you are or not…LOL..but trust me, this is very awesome news indeed. I can’t wait to see what the next 30 days brings. I’m going to try and break that record. Yeah, this is a busy time at work, holidays and all that, but I’m going to try and blow that number away.

Wish me luck!

Oh, and I get Thanksgiving off! And the day after! The Universe really does love me.

Ciao for now.

November 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Long time no see

Wow. It’s been 3 months since I wrote in here.  I read over my last post and the events that were going on there seem like a lifetime ago. First, I got over my apathy. Second, Billie didn’t last 3 weeks before they fired her.

So, what have I been doing lately? Writing! I’ll have you know that I’m almost at 40,000 words now and about halfway done with my first draft of Book 1. I’m still going to try and finish my first draft by the end of the year. Cross your fingers.

I’ve discovered Deepak Chopra since I last posted. I love that man! I’ve read 2 of his books and plan on buying at least one of them. I also re-read “the secret” and I’m now re-reading “the magic of believing”. It’s kinda like the secret only it was written in the 40’s! This guy was ahead of his time. Maybe if I read them over and over it will saturate my mind and I won’t be able to help but think things into existence in my life. Ok, let me rephrase that….think POSITIVE things into existence…LOL.

I need MONEY! That’s what I’m going to think into existence first. Lots and lots of money for me. That would take care of a lot of other things I want…..like travelling and a nice SUV and some work done on my house and yard and I’ll be able to sit and write more and finish my book. See…I need money.

Other than that, things have pretty much been the same around here. I’ve loosened apathy’s grip on my neck and have been getting a few things done around the house. He still reaches out and grabs onto my leg sometimes and I have to drag him around a little, but for the most part I keep him knocked down.

Speaking of….I should get off here and go get something done…LOL.

Nice to be back.

Ciao for now

November 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Poem

I soar down manmade pathways
in a manmade machine.
Windows down
I breathe in the night.
Merely missing the light
it has become a separate entity.
Different
in more than just it’s lightlessness.
The beauty of the night
caresses my senses.
The wind
blows through my hair.
The smell
makes me breathe deeply and smile.
The night fills me
and I gladly become a part of it.
I leave the daylight behind
and all of it’s cares.
There is only the night
and I am free.

I felt inspired to write this. One of my favorite things to do is drive at night with the windows down. I love to feel the wind on my face and smell the night smells. The area I live in, I can drive down the roads in peace, be the only car on the road. I love that feeling. At that moment, the rest of the world doesn’t exist and I feel so free of it all.

August 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Changes to be made

Well, as you know, I finished the outline to my story. At least I thought I did. Going back over some of my material, I realized that there was a part that was sadly lacking in excitement and “conflict”. And as you know, stories must have conflict to keep the reader interested.

So, what to do?

Well, It was one particular scene, so I decided to post about it to my facebook friends. I gave them the characters involved, their individual magic ability, the scene parameters and asked for ideas. Only a few writer friends replied and only one of them came up with an idea that made the alarms and lightbulbs go off.

So, I”m off and running again. I’m reworking the whole scene and it’s going a totally different direction. I love it. I”m still working on typing up my outline into the computer ( I haven’t gotten to the scene I’m still working on) but I have a long way to go before it’s done. I realize now that I’ve left some of the important additions out and I have to go back and add them in. Some involve peripheral charaters that need to be included. That’s what’s so great about computers. I can get it all typed out and go back and add or delete whatever I want!

This story has grown and evolved so much since I first started writing it. I totally get it now too…the whole “just start somewhere and get the idea down and go from there” thing. I used to not want to do anything until I had it all figured out. I didn’t want to put anything down until I had it all figured out in my head…had it perfect. Writing is not like that though. It’s like starting with a lump of clay and adding a piece here and there, smoothing it out, building it up, until you end up with a beautiful work of art.

Becoming a serious writer has been a wonderful journey for me. I have learned so much in the last year or more. Some of what I’ve learned has spilled over into my “regular” life. Like working around the house. Sometimes the whole picture seems so overwhelming, so much to do, how could I possibly get it done, that I can’t even find the will to do anything. But I have learned that if I make myself do something, at least one thing, it gives me a sense of accomplishment that sometimes helps me to go on to do a second or even third thing. It’s just that first step.

Ok, I guess that’s enough philosophical self-help mumbo-jumbo for this evening. The coffee-shop is closing soon and I need to get home and do laundry before bed. It’s been a busy day and I’ve got a lot accomplished today…LOL.

Ciao!

June 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Time to Celebrate!

LOL…I almost wrote “celebate”. Yeah, I know it’s spelled celibate..but is there ever really a time for that? Sadly, that seems to be where I live right now…LOL. I’m sure you really wanted to know that. Oh well, on with the show!

I finally finished my outline! Yeah, that’s something to “celebrate”. I’m so excited. It’s nice to finally have it all figured out. Now begins the process of typing it all out on the computer. I have 4 pages of it done so far. It’s not so easy. My outline is mostly disjointed scenes with notes scribbled in the margins. I’m having to edit the damn outline…LOL.

Anyway, the story-line is complete. The ending is all taken care of too. It’s awesome! I still haven’t figured out if it’s going to be just one big book or two or even three. I do have to say I could continue on with these characters after this if I choose. Isn’t that wonderful? That’s only if I happen to get published though. I wouldn’t want to waste time writing a continuing story that doesn’t sell. Yeah, I like writing for writing’s sake, but I’d like to do it for a living as well.

Summer feels like it’s here. It’s HOT. My a/c is already struggling to keep up. I don’t know what I’m going to do about all the outside work. I guess I’ll just have to do a little every evening before the sun goes down. That’s probably going to be the only way I can handle it. I don’t know how the road workers or construction guys do it. I guess they get used to it. Yeah, I’m a pansy…LOL.

Well, nothing really interesting to talk about today. Kinda like every day. Oh well, they say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So I guess it’s feasible that someone might find my postings interesting. Who knows?

Ok, time to get back to wasting time on facebook and AOL…LOL. Ciao!

June 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s been a while

I know, I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve actually been a bit lax in making posts lately. I apologize. Things have just been really busy. Joseph has now Graduated though and Jared is on summer break now, so hopefully I won’t be quite as busy. I still have tons of yardwork that needs to be done though. I know, I’ll get the kids to help me out…..right…LOL.

In case you’re wondering, I’ve still been working on my story. I’ve been taking my notebook with me to work and jotting down ideas. Yeah, I’ve been doing that for a long time. I know. It takes a lot of ideas to make a story though. I’m working on the ending. I’ve been working on it for a while now. It’s taking me a long time to get it all figured out. I mean, I know how it’s going to end…I just have to figure out how that happens…from point A to point B. I can’t just say “they escaped somehow”. It’s getting there. I have a great story. It gets more and more wonderrful by the idea. I just hope my writing does it justice. That’s what worries me the most. I worry that I don’t know enough about writing to get the story across good. Oh well, we shall see.

Despite not having posted in here in a while, I’m having difficulty in finding things to talk about. What does that say about how interesting my life is? The fact is, everything the last few weeks  has been about Joseph graduating. That and trying to get yardwork done. Oh, and housework too. I don’t even want to tell you how long some of my dishes have been sitting in the sink. Yeah, I should be home doing some of that work.

It’s my day off though. I gotta have a little something to remember it by…LOL. I gotta have some ME time. This is it. I’m at Panera Bread, I’ve had a delicious brownie and I’m getting to do all the wonderful things on their high speed internet that I can’t do at home. I’m even thinking about watching a movie or TV show on netflix. Yeah, like I need to waste more time doing that.

Ok, I’ve sufficiently berated myself for being here so I guess I’ll try and hurry up and get home so I can do some….(gasp)….work. Hey, there’s always tomorrow. I’m off again. I may even come back and have another brownie. I don’t know, I had a wonderful grilled cheese bagel the other day…I may repeat that.

Anyhow….ciao!

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s almost over!

Graduation is Saturday! Soon Joseph is going to be out of school and starting his future as an adult! I don’t know about you…but it scared me spitless! I know he’s going through a tough time right now too. I think sometimes he feels like I do about life…you just want to bury your head in the sand and let it pass you by. I”m sure he’ll get the hang of it though. We all do. Well, most of us do…LOL.

Feeling a little better today. My ankle has been giving me some trouble. It comes and goes. I guess it doesn’t help standing on it all day. I don’t know if that’s the only problem or not. I guess it could be arthritis…or maybe even gout. I bought some black cherry juice today just in case it’s gout. That should help if it is. I could probably use some new shoes as well.

Hopefully, I’ll soon be able to do more posting in here. Things have just been so busy lately. I don’t really know how “less” busy things are going to be when school is out though. I may have to take Joseph to work on occasion. I sure hope he gets his license soon…and his Daddy helps him get a car.

I’m going to look into community college for Joseph. I may even decide to take a few classes myself. I’ve always wanted to go back to school. Maybe this will give me the boost I need. I would kinda like to take online courses if I could, but it might be fun to actually go to the campus. It would just take more time out of my day though. Oh well, we’ll see.

Gotta go for now. Library is about to close. Ciao!

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Busy, busy, busy

That would be my life right now. I’m busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. I love this time of year, but it’s so busy that I don’t get much chance to really enjoy it.

Not that I’m complaining…LOL. Ok, maybe I am. I really shouldn’t though. I’m working overtime so I’m getting some extra money, I’ve got tons of stuff to do outside so I’m getting more exercise (I’m dying here), and I’m wasting less time on the internet. Maybe this will help me to spend what free time I have, wisely.

One can hope.

And I must go now because I’m meeting Mom for lunch and I have to hurry with that so I can meet John and Sonja at the theatre. We’re going to see Alice in Wonderland! I’m so excited! I just hope I have some time to do a little housework when I get home.

Ciao!

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment