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My Daugher's Book

Friday, January 17, 2014



This is my daughter's first publication, up on Smashwords now and we hope on Amazon in due course. I'm so proud of her. With a toddler and a new baby, and no money, she's still managed to produce something I though was very funny. It started as course work for her Creative Writing module at university.

This is her caveat:
"My novella is now live for download! It will be free for a limited time, but some (positive) reviews would be nice. Please be aware that the world is a big place with lots of people in it, and it would be very boring if we all had the same taste. If you don't like my book, that's fine - we can still be friends. Please also be aware that there is the occasional swearword and adult reference, and that some of the characters are demons, which has the potential to offend religious people (though my intention is not and never has been to offend). Happy reading! X"

Of course, I now cannot be outdone by her. If only I could find my creative writing group notebook. It seems to have been moved when the christmas tree went up before Christmas, and when I ask my husband where he put it, he just looks blankly at me and shrugs. I know it has to be around the house somewhere, and probably fairly near the top of the heap - I'm not the tidiest of people, I'll admit. But if I found it I could gather a collection of things I've written at the meetings. Some of them I quite liked, so at least one person does. Then I too could be a Real Author.

  
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PATJ7084 1/19/2014 6:45PM

    you must be so proud of her emoticon

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DOREENKNIGHT64 1/19/2014 4:26AM

    The notebook is found!

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IRISHMUM3 1/18/2014 8:17PM

    Find it and publish! I am enjoying Fee's book so far - I had a few minutes before my conference yesterday to start reading it - funny characters. :)

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DOREENKNIGHT64 1/17/2014 6:53PM

    She's very excited - 91 downloads in the first 24 hours. Thanks to everybody.

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CMRAND54 1/17/2014 3:15PM

    Wonderful!

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SHOOPETTE 1/17/2014 11:44AM

    Congrats!!!

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DARJR50 1/17/2014 5:58AM

  congrats on getting published. I wish her much success.

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HAPPY-DESTINY 1/17/2014 5:48AM

    I will look for her book ! emoticon

I hope you find your notebook as well! emoticon

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Big Brother Little Brother

Monday, September 02, 2013


  
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FRENCHIEFILLE 10/9/2013 4:01AM

    AD. OR. ABLE!! So gorgeous, Lucky you! emoticon emoticon

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ASPENHUGGER 9/8/2013 1:07PM

    Awwwww!

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JUST_ALICIA 9/8/2013 8:47AM

    Both of them are real cuties!!


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FRAN0426 9/3/2013 10:03PM

    So cute both of them.

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DOREENKNIGHT64 9/3/2013 3:27PM

    William will be 3 in October

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GINIEMIE 9/3/2013 2:02PM

    Beautiful boys.

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-COURT- 9/3/2013 12:24PM

    How great, now he'll have a playmate when they get older. Both cuties. How old is the big brother?

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SHIRLA7 9/3/2013 11:02AM

    Such cuties! You are so blessed!

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SHOOPETTE 9/3/2013 6:30AM

    adorable

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CAT609 9/2/2013 10:27PM

    Wonderful!

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CMRAND54 9/2/2013 6:47PM

    How lovely!

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MDMNINA 9/2/2013 12:19PM

    Absolutely adorable!

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IRISHMUM3 9/2/2013 11:45AM

    Oh so very precious!

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MARYJOANNA 9/2/2013 9:47AM

  So very cute!

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RUTHIEBEAR 9/2/2013 9:40AM

    You are truly blessed. They are both adorable. Love the smile on big brother! emoticon

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First Picture of the New Baby

Monday, September 02, 2013

  
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JUST_ALICIA 9/8/2013 8:48AM

    Awwwww emoticon

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SHOOPETTE 9/3/2013 6:30AM

    so cute!

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CMRAND54 9/2/2013 6:46PM

    So beautiful!

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PATJ7084 9/2/2013 5:25PM

    beautiful emoticon

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RUTHIEBEAR 9/2/2013 9:39AM

    Precious!!! emoticon

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MIMIDOT 9/2/2013 9:21AM

    Adorable!

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LEXONE 9/2/2013 8:42AM

    Awe so sweet...congrats to you and your family!

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JUNA89 9/2/2013 8:39AM

    emoticon Beautiful!!!! emoticon

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ITSABSURD 9/2/2013 8:37AM

    Awww!

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Good News/Bad News

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The good news is that I'm losing weight. Not a lot, but it's always been an uphill struggle. My body hangs on to its fat like there's going to be a famine tomorrow. If there ever is a famine, I'm going to be one of the last survivors.

In fact, when I saw the practice nurse on Wednesday, she remarked on the difference, and when she weighed me discovered I'd lost 6 kilos since Easter. A stone. Fourteen pounds, more or less.

But there's bad news. The reason my weight is dropping is that my blood sugar is out of control. Until now my Type 2 diabetes has been controlled quite nicely by medication for insulin resistance. But the last two blood tests have shown a sharp upswing in the three-month average. I haven't changed my lifestyle in that time.

This in fact could be the reason I took a month to get over that sore throat recently - uncontrolled blood sugar affects your immune system. She asked about other symptoms, tiredness and the like. I've never been an energetic person, more of a curl up with a good book sort of person, so that's a difficult one. On the other hand, since she said it I've been feeling that I'm always tired. Could just be my imagination, who can tell?

So, what to do. In the first place they've increased my medication to the maximum, to see if it's just a hike in insulin resistance. If that doesn't work, and I have a suspicion it won't, it will mean more and different medication. I hate the thought of yet more pills every day, but what can you do? I hate even more the idea of losing my sight, or my legs.

But one last thought from the mistress of positive thinking. I'm having to control my carbs even more carefully, and I think I may have got through to Richard that being fair isn't being kind in the distribution of food, given that he's 6' tall and I'm 5' tall. I expect to see more weight loss over the next three months, as long as I don't start putting it back on when they sort out the medication finally.

  
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RUTHIEBEAR 8/24/2013 9:19AM

    I do hope you can get it all sorted out. Hopefully monitoring your carbs will be a huge help. ALso getting Richard from giving you halvsies of everything. emoticon

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SHOOPETTE 8/20/2013 2:46AM

    That's tough, courage!

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ASPENHUGGER 8/19/2013 1:23PM

    Good luck Doreen! I'm also struggling with out of control BG, and have been following the Low Load Glyecmic eating plan. So far, it's working in that my numbers have come down 100 points or more. Still have a ways to go before the doctors quit fussing at me though.

Was just at the doctor's the other day, & he said "You're not eating enough carbs. Get some really good bread & have a slice a day." Well, I cheerfully followed the former but not the latter -- & now I'm back to no bread or flour at all. I'm an all or nothing kind of gal, & I should have known better! emoticon

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SKOOTEILENE 8/18/2013 10:33PM

    Prayers for you. I hope your sugars are under control soon.

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PATJ7084 8/17/2013 5:55PM

    cutting carbs should help, good luck emoticon

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IRISHMUM3 8/17/2013 10:00AM

    I hope your sugars come back under control very soon.

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/17/2013 7:19AM

  Carb-counting and exercise are key to controlling diabetes, we have found. Good luck!

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Blue Funk Defeated - Well, Sort Of

Monday, August 12, 2013

By chance a blog I follow (Passive Guy) spotlighted this article on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-ann-da
rley/creativity-_b_3729209.html
which is to the point.

Thank you all for your most supportive comments. I will get over it, I promise. In the meantime I had a great time last Monday with daughter and grandson at the play barn. We sent Richard off to watch William, and Fee and I sat and had coffee and brainstormed the novel I was trying to outline ready for NaNoWriMo in November. I had the scenario and some plot, but it was still thin, I needed more to happen. After a bit of "What if?" and "What would they do when?" and "That was in the previous century" I now have practically a full outline, with most of the scenes blocked in and the point of view characters established. Thank you Scrivener, I have found out how to colour-code the virtual index cards for point-of-view, to help me remember.

There's only one problem: I've realised that the couple I was going to focus on won't work for this plot. I didn't want to start the trilogy with the oldest/most important socially characters, because that's a bit of a cliche, isn't it? The trouble is that now I've got the plot, the second oldest just don't fit the bill. It's going to have to be the cliche couple after all. Ah well. Just shows that outlining, pre-planning saves you time in the long run. At least I hadn't spent any time actually starting to write something that will have to be junked. There can't be anything much worse than putting time, effort and yes love into a project and then finding it was a blind alley.

As with literature, so with life. I divorced after seven years committed to a marriage, so now I have less time to spend with Richard and my children and grandchildren. Weight loss is a bit like that too, isn't it? It's too easy to look back and agonize over the time we could have spent being thin and fit and all those other things. Better maybe to think ahead. I'm not finished yet. I've got ideas for half a dozen books at least. Forget about the plot that didn't work, and get on with the one that does.

  
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SHOOPETTE 8/20/2013 2:49AM

    sometimes you can play with clichés and people's expectations, looking forward to reading you!

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RUTHIEBEAR 8/13/2013 7:42AM

    I am glad you are not giving in to the funk. I believe in your ideas and your writing. You have a way with words that is interesting and intriguing.
I am also glad you found Richard. I am anxious to read what yo write now and in future. emoticon

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