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a write mess and a plan

So I’ve rebranded my blog to “a write mess” and updated the URL to match my cross-social media presence (@sharisaurus). For various reasons, I’ve separated my online and real life identities for a very long time. Since it’s amazingly easy now to match up the two, I’ve decided to embrace the simplicity of one online presence (with various other channels/pages for my projects). Continue Reading

KonMari didn't work for me |

holy crap, hoarder!

I’m on a kick of improving the things that I’m dissatisfied with in my life. So many things out of our direct control can cause stress and pain. But right now my life is in a really good place… except for the problems I’ve created. Sure, I have job stress and my anxiety, but most of my stress comes from situations I could change, but don’t.

What are these situations? Continue Reading

plasticware from IG@littlemszaftig

i am a hoarder

I recently made a list of the activities that are most important to me. I didn’t add things like “spend time with my husband” and “cuddle my dogs” because those are so integral to my life that I don’t need to organize them. They happen every day and are the constants that keep me going. I’m talking about things like writing regularly with a goal of publication, drawing my webcomic, and getting my cheese channel off the ground. Perhaps not so coincidentally, they are all creative pursuits in one way or another. Continue Reading

hibernation begins

The weather has really turned colder in West Virginia in the last couple weeks. I’ve started my hibernation season in which I avoid any rooms in my house that don’t have heating. I certainly miss central heating. My kitchen, cruelly cold with its tile floor, is used as little as possible in the winter. Home-cooked meals decrease and dishes are washed on an as-needed basis. I picked up some slippers on Black Friday (my one purchase) after I realized I’d have to repeat a day of standing in the kitchen on Christmas. Thanksgiving was not kind on my body, but at least I can have memory foam comfort next holiday.

My dogs have been enjoying the holiday. Since I’ve been keeping my room warm while I’m home and Kenzie gets to stay inside, they’ve both been curling up on my bed. Right now Kenzie is woofing in her sleep at my feet and Bo is curled up under a blanket at my side. I made sure his nose was uncovered, but he seems to be happy in his little burrow. Continue Reading

Reverb by Kat Von D |

brave as you want to be

I took a risk this morning. I wore blue lipstick to work.

To some this may not sound like a big deal, and to others it may sound like a bad idea, but to me it was huge. I love the blue, sparkly, metallic lipsticks I see in fashion ads. It was a secret desire to be able to wear it outside of my house, not just admire myself in my bedroom mirror and then wipe it off. “When will I have the courage to brave the stares that will inevitably come?” Never. “Where could I ever wear it without getting stares?” Nowhere, since I last went clubbing in college.

But today turned out to be never and work turned out to be nowhere. Continue Reading

in only 100 words

I’ve been listening to the So You Want to Be a Writer podcast for a few days, and today one of their older episodes mentioned a 100 word flash fiction contest that awards $20,000 for first place! Turns out the deadline is in two days. I’ve already written and submitted my first entry. It was more cute and witty than moving and serious, but I’m happy with it. If you’d like to check it out, the submission page is here. It was a lot of fun to create a self-contained scene in just 100 words. Had to do some strict editing! Continue Reading

UAT tears – approved

I’ve been taking part in user acceptance testing (UAT) at work, and I think the best way I can phrase the experience is “a workout for your emotional and mental strength.” Any testing can be frustrating, and that’s to be expected. The first couple weeks of UAT were “just” frustrating. You go through some extra stress because it makes the product/system better and will ultimately, as the user, make your life easier. No harm, no foul. This last set of tests, though… Hoo boy. Continue Reading

cheese if you please

<insert poorly executed drumroll> I started the process of making a Youtube channel! It’s going to be a cheese review channel aimed at the everyday person who loves cheese but isn’t a cheese expert (and frankly, doesn’t have the time, money, or desire to be one). I feel comfortable focusing on it now because my car drama was resolved over the weekend (and then a speeding bullet highway rock promptly chipped the windshield of my new used car, but it’s already been patched). I’ve been watching videos on how to record good looking shots with a smartphone, set up lighting, and name effectively on Youtube.

I made a couple different channel and Twitter names, seeing what was available and what resonated after a little time had passed. I really love the name Fromage Force Five. Continue Reading

walking pitbulls on the rail trail |

pumpkin dogs and skeletons

How about a post full of pictures? That should be cheerier than the last post. Here’s my area’s first snow for this winter. There wasn’t a lot, but it was super cold!

pumpkins with first snow |
first snow!

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Doing my best to keep moving forward today. It was actually a pretty good day until I got the verdict on my car. Head gasket needs to be replaced, but the cost of the repair is more than my car is worth. So I will need to buy a replacement car, but in the meantime I can’t drive mine because it might destroy the engine if it gets any worst, and I’m hoping to keep it running to be a trade in. I don’t even know where the title is. I already have one car loan in my name, so I’ve sent an email off to my loan agent to figure out what my options are. Keep moving forward. Keep moving forward.

In superseded news, I’ve been considering starting a Youtube channel to explore my passion of cheese. Continue Reading