February 5, 2016

Words, toddlers, and zombies. My week in a nutshell. #FridayFeed #amwriting

Friday Feed . . . Doing things and stuff.


Call me Karen. (writing words)


Words. Words are happening, peoples. I'm only a thousand shiny new ones away from the HALFWAY mark on my middle grade work-in-progress. Holy WOW. The words have not been super easy this week, but they've definitely been steady. To make certain I get between 800-1000 words per day, I've been writing at 6:30am before the kiddo wakes up. Again whilst the kiddo naps. And if I haven't met my word count, I write after he goes to bed. 

This manuscript, man. I'm in love.


Luke, I am your mother. (kiddo corner)


Been a fun week--except for a mild case of puking, more on that in a minute. Monday was all the gorgeous and waaaarm. Went to the park, but Lukey wasn't having any of that outdoors crap (crazy boy). So we went to the gym instead--where he gets to play with little kids, unplug the water-fountain, and walk around like a zombie.

Tuesday we had story time at the library, and omigosh, Lukey was all over the place. lol Wednesday we had a playdate in Williamsburg with our good friend Judith and her littlest (Ps. click that link to browse her super cool eBay clothing shop).

Thursday was a rain-in kinda day. Mainly just tried to recover from puking the night before. I dunno what it is, but I swear I pick up some kind of puking disease every other time I go to the gym. Do people not wash their freaking hands??

I digress. Feeling much better. Today we have another playdate. Wherein I don't have to cook. Yay. Saturday the Hubs will be watching Lukey, whilst I eat some brains. Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, baby! 



Few super cute things the kiddo is doing at 16 months: squealing like a stuck hog during his sleep, signing 'all done' when he's had enough to eat, poking his finger really hard on the table when he wants more food, and knocking on the window to make cars drive by.


Pix for your viewing pleasure . . . 





Just keep swimming. (all the randomness) 


So, a long, long time ago. Back in the year 2011, I watched two episodes of Grimm and was all: no, thanks. Well, five years later--and considering they're still making new episodes--I decided to give it another try. What was wrong with Past Karen?? Present Karen is massively intrigued by this show. Let the binge-fest continue. 

BONUS: My local RWA chapter is having our annual conference on 5 March in Williamsburg, VA. So if you can make it, come on out. More info here.

Enjoy my Friday Feed? Here's more to delight you.


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Colors of the rainbow are very good to know . . . karen

February 2, 2016

There's a disposable for that? Huh. What'll they think of next?! #TryItTuesday #mommylife

Try It Tuesday . . . Wherein I review things and stuff.


Tired of sore milk, veggie stains--just kidding, toddlers don't eat those--and unidentifiable meat stench partying in your diaper bag until you get home to wash that cloth bib?

Now you don't have to. 

There's a disposable for that.




Today's product: Munchkin Disposable Bibs


Where to find: Um, Amazon. Duh. However, if you feel like leaving the house, Babies R Us has them cheaper.

Average cost: $5.99 to $8.00 (24 to 36 per box)

Lasts: One bib will last the duration of a meal, unless the toddler yanks so hard that it rips (thankfully, not happened with my toddler yet)


Karen's rating: 








These bibs are the schzit, man. I just happened to discover them by happy accident whilst meandering in a Babies R us--sans toddler. If I used them every day it'd get kinda pricey, but I use these for travel, day trips, or playdates. They are seriously awesome. Once the kid finishes eating, just throw the bib away. No putting a crusty cloth bib in a baggie to take home and wash later. 

Makes my life easier! 


Heard of them? Used them? What say you?

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Drinking--uh, coffee--at 10AM . . . karen

February 1, 2016

It's Monday. Bet ya didn't know there was gonna be a test. Yup. Evil. #MondayMotivation #amwriting #protip

Monday Motivation . . . Writerly things and stuff.


Without looking at the below defnitions, how many of these can you guess correctly?




Examples of Figurative Language*
*use sparingly for extra flavor


Simile: comparing two things using like or as.
Metaphors: comparing two things without using like or as.
Idioms: expressions not meant to be taken literally.
Analogies: are Blank is to Blank as Blank is to Blank.



For more examples and devices to use in your writing, check out FigurativeLanguage.net


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Want some more motivation? Who doesn't? Check out my other Monday posts.


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Writer's block? Try tequila . . . karen

January 29, 2016

Chuggin' coffee, slappin' the keyboard, and hoping for the best. How do you write? #wip #amwriting #TGIF

Friday Feed . . . Doing things and stuff.

Call me Karen. (writing words)


This was one of those just-keep-writing-crap-for-the-sake-of-writing weeks. Well, okay, not really crap, more like the words were molasses in my brain. Took forever for them to pour out. But, they did. WOOT. Crossed over the 20k word mark and am at page 83. Feeling excited and slightly nervous, cos I'm not sure what is coming next. I do pretty much know the ending, so that's a big PLUS.

Also, got my edits back from my ahhmazing freelance editor (Danielle Fine) for my tooth fairy story. Thankfully, the plot has smoothed out a ton, but it still needs work. It'll get there though. I started on the edits earlier in the week, but I'm too in the writing mode to switch to editing... So, for now, I shall work on writing my middle grade.


Luke, I am your mother. (kiddo corner)


This week has been a busy one. Grocery shopping (holy crap, Walmart is basically purgatory), trying new recipes (and nailing them, btw), story time at the library (wherein Lukey tried to lift someone's keys from their purse), killin' myself--uh, it--at the gym, TWO playdates for Lukey, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Pix for your viewing pleasure . . . 
















Just keep swimming. (all the randomness) 



Finished watching both seasons of Dead Like Me. Despite it being canceled suddenly, they did an excellent job of ending the show. I miss George already. Just hope to not see her any time soon...if ya know what I mean. Spoiler alert: She's a grim reaper. Tried to watch the movie, and it's just meh. They replaced one of the main characters with a different actress, and she just pisses me off. Let's be honest. lol Sooo, I'll finish watching that tonight.

BONUS: My local RWA chapter is having our annual conference on 5 March in Williamsburg, VA. So if you can make it, come on out. More info here.


Enjoy my Friday Feed? Here's more to delight you.



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Still downloading Windows 10 . . . karen

January 26, 2016

Lost the toddler? Check the cupboards! Hiding. The new peek-a-boo. #AmazonPrime #childproof #TryItTuesday

Try It Tuesday . . . Wherein I review things and stuff.

Does your kitchen floor look like a culinary graveyard? Pots and pans marking the spots of fallen Cheerios?


Now it can be an unmarked Cheerio graveyard.



Three cheers for toddler* proofing.

*because babies can't open cabinets


Today's product: Kiscords Baby Safety Cabinet Lock

Where to find: Basically you know where I shop... Amazon
Average cost: $7.99
Lasts: A long time


Karen's rating: 




These cabinet locks are FAN-freaking-TASTIC They've kept our super-strong 16-month-old locked out. The locks are soo easy to install (no tools required). Plus, they don't damage your cabinet doors, and they're portable. 





BONUS: Looking for locks for your drawers? These have been wonderful. (Definitely FIVE balloons.) Easy installation and removal (not portable though). Check them out here


How do you baby/toddler proof? What say you?

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*Reviews are my own opinions, I am not paid to promote any items.



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Stepping on Cheerios since 2015 . . . karen