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My Top 10 Books of All Time

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I have just started reading a new book. It is called Building Fiction: How to Develop Plot and Structure by Jesse Lee Kercheval. So far, it is pretty good. It is full of great writing exercises. I was putting all of my answers to them in a notebook. Then I figured I could just put them here to share with all my fellow writers out there. So here they are. Exercise number one is: “[Make a list of] your favorite books. Explore why you remember each one. Was it a particular scene? A character? A memorable phrase or insight into life?”

1. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

I really like this story because the main character, Harry Dresden, is dead. He died in the last book. He spends the entire book (in ghost form) trying to figure out who killed him. This is very unique and wonderfully written. The entire series really changed how I saw fantasy and magic. Jim Butcher gave me the inspiration to write my own fantasy novel.

2. The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah by Stephen King

His characters spend a portion of the book looking for their creator – a writer by the name of Stephen King. It adds just enough surrealism to make it interesting. King appears several times in this book. It is both comical and thought-provoking. This showed me that the fourth wall can be broken successfully.

3. On Writing by Stephen King

This is both a memoir and a how-to book. It gives great insight into the man himself. The first third of the book is about his life before the accident that nearly took it . The second third is full of wonderful advice and writing gems. He tells the best way to find an agent and how to sell your work. He even includes some great book recommendations. The last third of the book concerns the accident and his recovery. He explains how writing, along with his wife Tabitha, saved his life. This is by far the best writing book I have read.

4. Thud! by Terry Pratchett

The main plot of this novel concerns the ongoing strife between the trolls and dwarfs and the Battle of Koom Valley. There is a small subplot that I enjoyed even more. The main character is Sam Vimes, Commander of the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork. Sam makes it a point to be at home by six every night so that he can read Where’s My Cow to his 16-month-old son. His love for his son carries him through the entire book. He even uses quotes from Where’s My Cow as zingers to the bad guys. The final scene will stay with me forever. I don’t want to spoil this for anyone so I won’t go into detail. I will say that it was so popular that Terry Pratchett actually wrote and published Where’s My Cow afterwards.

5. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

This book was the inspiration for the movie Apocalypse Now. It details the differences between barbarians and civilized society. Which side is actually more “civilized” – the British who colonized Africa or the tribesmen who where dominated and mistreated? I love how Conrad shows the fall of Mr. Kurtz through Marlow’s eyes. Marlow actually reveres Mr. Kurtz even through scenes of severe violence and domination. It is an eerie book and a must-read.

6. The Stranger by Albert Camus

I love the opening paragraph from this novel. “Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: ‘Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.’ That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday.” During the climax of the book, the main character (Meursault) fights with and kills a man. Meursault is then put on trial. The trial does not concern the incident so much as Meursault’s apathy throughout life. He was judged for not crying at this mother’s funeral. How sad it is to have a life not lived – to merely exist.

7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams was my introduction to science fiction. I was most fortunate to have listened to a lecture he gave at the University of Texas at Austin. He also signed a book for me. The man was very brilliant speaker and writer. Arthur Dent is one of my favorite characters in science fiction. He is a mild-mannered ordinary man who falls into adventure and chaos from time to time. And he never can get the hang of Thursdays. Douglas Adams is sorely missed.

8. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

I love the vampire Lestat. Rice wrote great vampire fiction before vampires were “cool”. Lestat is not cool or loving. He certainly does not sparkle. Vampires in this novel are blood-sucking monsters – and you can’t help but love them. The entire series is full of vampires portrayed the way they should be.

9. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

The work Tolkien put into this entire series is just amazing. He created an entire world – complete with it’s own languages and writing. It took him years to put it all together. He was a brilliant and very creative writer.

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I like the last book the best. I love all the torment and angst of it. Teens are my favorite characters sometimes. I love how Rowling can start with a boy in dire straights and end with him as an adult in a normal tube station. The twists and turns are phenomenal.

Well, there you have it. Those are my top ten favorite books of all time. I read and re-read them. I give copies of them to friends. I spout their greatness to the world. Feel free to comment below and let me know what your favorites are. I would love to hear about them. Or if you put them in a blog post, give me a ping back. I will definitely check it out.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 660 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 11 trips to carry that many people.

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Eddie Izzard’s Force Majeure Tour: Win Star World Casino (Review)

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Eddie Izzard on his Force Majeure World Tour

“Let’s start with human sacrifice,” Eddie Izzard said as he strode on stage. He was decked out in a gray suit, high heeled boots and painted fingernails. He calls himself an “action transvestite.” He is also a comedian. He performed to a sold out crowd last night at the Win Star World Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Izzard mentioned at the beginning of his act that he had just flown in from England that day. He said his act sometimes has intermissions but this one would not. He would just plow through. “So if you have to go to the loo, just go. Or if you want to move around a bit, you can do that too,” he said. This brought a series of cheers from the audience. His energy and enthusiasm lasted well throughout the two-hour show. He was never still, bouncing and dancing his way through much of the act. He gleefully acted out bits that should have been included in the London Olympics: namely the Dressage and Burgle event.
The high point of his act was when he retold the saga of Mr. Stevens from Catering. Some call it the Canteen Sketch. He has done versions of this sketch in other tours, with additions and minor changes. It is a well-loved piece. He ended with an Ode to Mr. Stevens. He sung the final stanza to the tune of “America the Beautiful”. This brought on a spontaneous sing-along from the crowd.
Most of his material was new from gold-digging moles to jibes at various languages and accents. He injected his older bits with some new jests and observations. The crowd still roared with laughter at each familiar bit. He then performed bits of his act in both German and French. He was very surprised when the crowd understood and laughed at the appropriate parts. “The Oklahoma-Texas border gets German.” He worked the crowd rather well. He even stopped at one point during his performance to ask the audience “Now where was I?” He then waited until he received the appropriate answer. He is like a hyped-up man with ADHD. He would go off-tangent much of the time. But he always came back around to the subject at hand.
He ended his show with a “happy holidays” sign-off. When the crowd gave him a standing ovation, he returned to the stage as if he never left (almost in mid-sentence). He continued on to talk about The Lord of the Rings for a bit. Then, he signed off for good. All in all, he gave as only Eddie Izzard can – frantic comedy done right. Bravo.

Eddie Izzard will finish his Force Majeure Tour in Australia. His complete touring schedule and other information can be found at eddieizzard.com.

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School Choice Week

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National School Choice Week is January 25-31, 2015.

“National School Choice Week (NSCW) provides an unprecedented opportunity, every January, to shine a spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children. Independently planned by a diverse coalition of individuals, schools and organizations, NSCW features thousands of special events across the country. The Week is a nonpartisan and nonpolitical public awareness effort.”

I recently came across School Choice Week while I was researching for my homeschooling book. I took a good look at the website and I spoke with a customer service representative. The site is basically a place for organizers and schools to sign up. I looked for events happening in my area through their nifty search engine. I found four events in my state. The one in Dallas is an open house for a Catholic school. All the others were over 200 miles from me. Although there is a great event happening on the steps of the Capitol Building in Austin, it’s a four hour trip.

As soon as you open their site, a chat window opens up and a CSR asks if they can help you. It was a little annoying at first. I told her that I was a homeschooler and I was interested in helping out the cause somehow. She said I should be an organizer and directed me to the homeschool section of the site. When I arrived at the site, I noticed the form for organizers to fill out. So, I filled it out. If approved, I will receive a complimentary box full of goodies such as scarves, posters, fliers and more. I am not sure what I will do with all the goodies if I get them. Do I just sit at a table downtown during the School Choice Week and talk up homeschooling? That would be odd. Most people would ignore me or think I was three fries short of a happy meal.

Does anyone have any ideas about what I could do with all this information? How can I get the word out that there is a need for effective education options for children. I guess I could set up on the steps of the Fort Worth court house. I would love to do this locally but my town is so small. We have a tabernacle in the middle of town. I guess I could set up there right next to the farmers’ market. “Hey! Have a flier with that apple. Support education and farmers at the same time!” Maybe. I would love to get your feedback. Just leave your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks! BTW, this will take place January 25-31, 2015.

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Creating Something from Nothing

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Photo Credit: Sharon Drummond via Compfight

It is so hard for me to come up with inspiration. Sometimes, I need a writing prompt, others just a word or phrase from someone. I was hoping I would have more happening in my life that I could write about. Lately, it seems I have so little. I should be working on my novel. There are so many things that get in the way of that. I have homeschooling, driving my husband back and forth to school (he has no license) and taking my dear mother to her various doctor appointments. I have no problem with any of those activities. That is why my book suffers.
Then, when I do sit down to write on my novel, I am wracked with insecurity and perfectionism. I rewrite every paragraph I write. I really want to be able to write it and leave it – at least until the entire thing is written. I keep adding to the plot, changing characters and deleting whole chapters.
So, I come back to my blog. For some reason, my perfectionism doesn’t interfere here. I write and post – no problem. I will share some important writing resources with you today. In need of a writing prompt or two? Here are some places to get those ideas flowing.

Daily Post
The Daily Post has everything from blogging courses to daily and weekly prompts. I love it. I have used a few of the ideas for my own blog. There are also many articles about how to blog and how to reach a wider audience. They just started their Blogging University this year. The University has a new course – Blogging 101: Zero to Hero.

Daily Compass
The Daily Compass is full of writing prompts as well as spiritual introspection. There is always a question at the end of the posting that really gets you thinking. This is another one of my favorite sites. Many of my posts from January of this year are written from their prompts. Some of them have left me melancholy while others have helped me become a better person. It is well worth checking out, even if you aren’t a writer.

Seventh Sanctum
The Seventh Sanctum is a generator of massive proportions. I have used it for writing prompts, name ideas, character generators and D and D campaigns. It has so many uses. There is the What-if-inator that generates scrambled histories, Quick Story Ideas, and the Symbolitron (that generates story ideas with meaning) – just to name a few.

Rory’s Story Cubes
Rory’s Story Cubes are actual physical dice. Each six-sided die contains several pictures on it. There are nine dice in all. Roll the dice for some interesting story ideas. If you don’t want the actual dice (for fear of losing them), you can also download his app from the App Store or Google Play. I have the app for Android. I love it. I have used it for ideas and for fun. Whenever I am in line at the store or just want a giggle with the family, I pull it out. The kids like making up stories with it.

RPG Character Generator
The RPG Generator by AC Arcana is great for generating characters. I have reviewed this app in my blog before. I even included screen shots.

Well, that should be enough to get you started. I am currently creating pages for resources. I hope to have them up soon. I will have one for writing resources and one for homeschooling resources. If there is anything you think I should include in this list, please let me know in the comments below.

Happy writing!

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Jeff Goins Saved My Life

I sat at my computer as I normally do – stressed out and lacking in thought. I stared at my blank page of MS Word and growled. This was not going to be a good day for writing. “Why is Microsoft torturing me – again?” I thought. Three times I had re-written my 3,000 words. I moved them about the page. I copy/pasted them into OneNote (for more sharing capability). Nothing was working. Since I was not going to be writing, I turned to my second love – reading. I like to read blogs. They inspire me. The one I chose yesterday was no exception. I turned to Jeff Goins.

The first headline that caught my eye was “Why I Will Never Use Microsoft Word Again”. Since I was really feeling that pain, I decided to give that post a go. In his insightful post, he described his trials and frustrations with the dreaded word processing software. He had been using it for years and was fed up with it. He said that he had “finally seen the light”. He had found Scrivener. Many authors use this handy piece of software, including Michael Hyatt and Andy Traub. And now, so do I.

I went on over to the link above and checked out Scrivener. I noticed the 30 day trial that is offered. So, I downloaded it, watched the how-to videos and read their in-software tutorial. I have one word to say – amazing. It was totally love at first sight. I immediately imported everything I have written into it. I moved words from Word and OneNote. I even moved all my research into one place. Scrivener will hold just about anything. It now houses my wiki links, PDFs, sound files, video files, pictures, manuscript, notes – everything. The best thing is, if I don’t like Scrivener, everything will export right back to its original format. I can also save my manuscript as a PDF or Kindle format.

OK, so this isn’t an ad for Scrivener – I promise. It is about Jeff Goins and how he saved me. Well, after using Scrivener for a couple of hours, I could feel the stress levels plummeting. So, I went back to his blog and read some more. I read “10 Steps to Finding Your Writing Voice“. In this article, he explains that you should find your voice in order to “set yourself apart”. It will make you stand out from the crowd. It will also keep you from getting burned out. After completing his exercises, I think I am finally finding my voice. I was always afraid to use my voice. I found that riding the fence does nothing for your readers and it makes the work stale. I really need to stop that. I looked through my blog and studied the statistics of each one. I found that the post I wrote during my depression was the most popular – because it is real and in my own voice. I wrote it from the heart. Afterwards, I was afraid that it would get some negative feedback (mainly from my family). Some of them can be rather harsh. But I left it anyway. I am glad I did.

Thank you, Jeff, for inspiring and enriching the bloggosphere. You are an amazing writer. I look forward to many more posts.

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NaNoWriMo – Help or Hindrance?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place every November 1-30. It started in 1999 as a motivational tactic for a group of young writers. It has since blossomed into a national non-profit organization. Today, there are over 300,000 participants who all agree to write at least 50,000 words by 11:59 pm on November 30. According to their website: “Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.”

The good about NaNoWriMo:

1. It encourages adults (and youth) to write. During the first couple of years of homeschooling, my kids absolutely hated writing. This would have been a great tool to use with them. Since I found out about it last year, I have used their tools and resources to nurture a love of writing. My daughter now writes fan fiction – and loves doing it. I am still working on my son.

2. It creates inspiration. At the beginning of 2013, I had a dream of writing. It didn’t have to be a novel. I had already written several short stories. A friend of mine introduced me to NaNoWriMo late that October. I signed up that November and wrote my little heart out. As hard as I tried, I could not finish that novel. I just cannot write crap intentionally. I have to revise as I go. Then, I revise again. And again. I finally made it to chapter three. Yay me! That is still a far cry from a complete novel, but I digress…

3. It helps my depression. Up until November, I was depressed and had no energy. I normally love to read and write. But, the depression had a strong hold on me that year. NaNoWriMo and my friend J helped me out. I signed up and sat down with J. We put together an outline for my novel and I began to write. I talked with the NaNoWriMo community and I had a goal. I tend to become obsessive over things and this was no exception. I wrote like a gal on fire. I still revised like crazy. I re-wrote more than I wrote. But it was all good. I had purpose and I was ecstatic.

The bad about NaNoWriMo:

1. It encourages bad writing. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to simply write. This allows a lot of drivel to make its way to the page. Revision usually culls the crap. But, revision is not encouraged. Participants are told to simply write – anything. Some writers become so obsessed with meeting the 50,000 word deadline (and, thus, winning NaNoWriMo), that they forget all about revising.

2. It sets the writer up to fail. It encourages writers to write, write, write. This is good. Then, the writer finishes that novel and sends it off to a publisher. The publisher will either accept it or not. Rejection letters are a common thing among new writers. But let’s suppose that it is actually accepted by a publisher. Now you have a book out there that is not being read. So much emphasis is put on writing, that reading takes a back burner. What was the last novel you read? I think I may be the exception. I just finished reading my fourth novel in a month (and that is a bit low for me). Getting a book published doesn’t really mean much if there is no one to read it. For more on this subject, check out Laura Miller’s article at Salon.

3. It makes my stress/depression worse. OK, so I was really manic for a month. I didn’t finish my 50,000 words. I spent so much time revising that I felt like a failure. I had little to show for all my hard work. I had spent a month of writing furiously and I only had about 3,000 words to show for it. December saw me spiraling downward again. I felt so low – again. It has taken me months to really snap out of that feeling of failure and hopelessness.

I have thought long and hard about NaNoWriMo. Do I want to participate this year? I think I will but not to the extent of last year. I will not even register this time. Instead, I am just going to write a little every day (and revise, revise, revise). I will not try to finish that novel in a month. I will work on it. I still only have 3,000 words. But that is just fine with me. It will get finished eventually. I have my own goals in life. I have taken on a couple of freelance writing gigs. That is way more than I had last year. Since writing is my only income, it makes a world of difference. That novel is not going to pay my electric this month. So, I will work on it between actual paying gigs. I think it helped me begin my writing career but I won’t rely on it entirely anymore.

What do you think of NaNoWriMo? How has it helped you? Feel free to comment about your experiences with it. I love to be enlightened.

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RPG Generator Adds Life to Novel

Hey there guys and gals!

Do you suffer from writer’s block? Have you found more than one character standing as a cardboard cutout with no depth? Do you want to add dimensions to your characters and fill them full of life? I have some really great news! There is indeed and app for that!

AC Arcana’s RPG Character Generator is just amazing. I sat for almost a month with writer’s block. I really needed a new character to make a scene work. Also, most of my other characters were just pieces of furniture – you know, not comfy and made of wood? So, I went online and looked for inspiration (as you do). I found many things I could purchase: writer’s dice, story dice, etc. None of them seemed to fit what I needed. I then went to my daughter (who writes lots of fan fiction) and said “Man, I wish I knew Java or C++. I would then create this really cool app that would generate a character based on certain parameters.”

“But there’s already one out there,” she announced.

“You have GOT to be kidding me!”

“No, really there is. See? Take a look.”

A few minutes later, I had an awesome character drawn up and a new subplot added to my novel. Yay me!

First of all, there is a free version with ads and a $1.49 version without. Right now, I have the free version. I will be buying it today because it is just that great. Although, this review is based on the free version for Android. I downloaded it from the Google Play Store.

RPG Character Generator - screenshot

The first thing you notice when you open the app is an array of character attributes. They are broken down into the following categories:

  • Role
  • Appearance
  • Personality
  • Birthplace or Home
  • Past
  • Religion
  • Family
  • Sexuality

For example, Role has the following drop down menus:

  • Role
  • Archetype
  • Preferred Weapon
  • Alignment

Even archetype has oodles of choices in a drop down menu: alchemist, assassin, brute, cavalier, craftsman, defender, diplomat, enchanter, entertainer, inquisitor, magus, monk, naturalist, necromancer, paladin, peasant, priest, ranger, sage, scout, sharpshooter, sorcerer, swashbuckler, thief, warlock and warrior. And if you don’t like any of these, you can always add your own by choosing “other….”

Once you make a choice in the pull down menu, a description appears under your choice. For instance, for Paladin it says “Choose a class geared towards protection and healing.”

There is a lock beside each of the drop down menus. This allows you to choose from only a few of them and lock your choices in place. Then you can hit the randomize button to get rid of the ones you don’t want.

Many of them are geared toward gaming. But, it can be used for other characters as well. My favorite Personality menu is “Quirks”. It lets you add just about anything (some examples are: activist, addicted to a Narcotic, arachnophobia, drama queen, schizophrenia, touchy feely are just a few) . You can add multiple quirks and you can even make up your own.

Once you have created your character, you can then save it (with his/her name that can be generated as well) in one of ten slots.

Here is the character sketch I created last night.

Dak is a tall, runty, young adult human male with spiked purple hair and green eyes. He is a priest who carries a quarterstaff. His alignment is neutral good. He is clean shaven and likes to wear chains, studs, leather coats, and bandanas. He seeks to know all the secrets of the universe and has a tendency to come up with strange and surprising ideas.  He always wants to ask about every detail about everything. He goes out of his way to find libraries, rare books, wise men, and sages alike to learn their secrets. He finds matter-of-fact, casual humor the most amusing and he keeps a lucky charm. He is an avid reader, tea lover and inventor. He was born in a small mountain village that was quickly built as temporary housing for a gold rush or mine. The village community all know each other well and are interested in each other’s lives. In his past, he was once married. He managed to find and fall in love again (after his marriage fell apart).  He devotes more time than most to matters involving his faith. His religion puts emphasis on the traditions regarding multiple gods. His faith has a local following only. He has an overall average sized family (with three siblings). He has family members who are addicted to some kind of mind altering substance. He is a member of the lower class with an average reputation.

All of that came from one little app.

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Hack and Attack

I have been introduced to a new ARG (Augmented Reality Game). It is called Ingress. This game was created by Niantic Labs, a subdivision of Google. I have never played an ARG before. I have been researching them lately. They are very fascinating to me. Here is more about my current obsession…

According to its Wiki, Ingress is “a near-real time augmented reality massively multiplayer online pervasive game created by Niantic Labs, a start-up within Google, originally for Android devices, and since July 14, 2014 for Apple’s iOS. The game has a complex science fiction back story with a  continuous open narrative.

The gameplay consists of establishing ‘portals’ at places of public art, landmarks, cenotaphs, etc., and linking them to create virtual triangular fields over geographic areas. Progress in the game is measured by the number of Mind Units, i.e. people, nominally controlled by each faction (as illustrated on the Intel Map). The necessary links between portals may range from meters to kilometers, or to hundreds of kilometers in operations of considerable logistical complexity. International links and fields are not uncommon, as Ingress has attracted an enthusiastic following in cities worldwide amongst both young and old, to the extent that the gameplay is itself a lifestyle for some, including tattoos.”

I am not so into it that it has become a “lifestyle” for me. In fact, I just like to take out portals when I am in the area. My husband and I usually travel together. Luckily, we are in the same faction. There is a green faction called The Enlightened and a blue faction called The Resistance. Each faction vies for control of portals throughout any one area. My husband and I are green, but live in a blue-dominated area. We are working to change that.

This game is a great social outlet. There are various Google+ groups for faction members of certain areas. They arrange meetups, raids and such. It is great fun. It reminds me of Geocaching. We still do that on occasion.  I will write more about that in another blog. I love games that force you to get out and actually do things – get to know your community and surroundings. I homeschool my kids and I work from home. So this gives me a chance to get out and meet people. And (unlike the SCA) it is free. The game/app is a free download and I usually make stops along a path that I am already traveling.

Check out this game! We can always use new recruits – as long as you choose The Enlightened. 🙂

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But I got Better

So many things happened to me because I got the flu. This illness kept me in bed for days. While lying there, with nothing much to do, I had time to reflect on things. Not only was I trying to cough up a lung, but I was also depressed. I have written about my depression before. I had gone to my doctor for a checkup. At that time, I thought I was really doing OK. Then, I lost my insurance. I am currently looking for new insurance. But in the meantime, I am looking for a way to combat all this without meds. I think I have found a solution called SuperBetter. This may seem a little silly. It did to me, at first.

This journey began a few months ago when I saw a TEDTalks video on Netflix. The series was called Life Hack. It was so amazing, I watched the entire series in one day. The one that really stood out was “Jane McGonigal: The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life”. This woman is amazing. I was really moved by her at the time and I shared her video with friends and family. Then, I moved on. I didn’t need her game. I was doing great! I got out of bed, I wasn’t crying non-stop, yadda-yadda-yadda. I didn’t think I was depressed. Then, the flu hit with a tsunami of headaches, fever, and sore throat. I went through tissues, paper towels, and (finally) toilet tissue. I went through the NyQuil and DayQuil. I still felt like utter crap.  What was I going to do? I forced myself out of bed. A couple of days ago, I wrote about how that went. I tried again yesterday. Instead of writing, I went back to Jane McGonigal and her SuperBetter game. This game can help you battle depression, kick an addiction, recover from an illness, lose weight, or just about anything. It is completely free and it is truly a blessing. Thank you Jane!

This is what I found – inspiration and the strength to beat up bad guys. The bad guys here are things like Sticky Chair. To beat Sticky Chair, I must get up and walk away from my seat. I just have to take two steps. I can also use Power Ups. I set my own Power Up as Cleaning for Five Minutes. I took the challenge and I got out of my chair. Then, I took it one more step. I unloaded and then loaded my dishwasher. It may not seem like much to the average person, but it was monumental to me. Then, just before going to bed, I brushed my teeth and cleaned my face.

Today, I have accomplished many things. Usually, the first thing I do in the morning is check my phone (emails and such). Today, I left it plugged in – forgotten. Instead, I got up and got dressed. First Power Up used! Now I am writing in my blog. Second Power Up used. Baby steps. Next, I will actually make breakfast for my family. I am still sick with the flu, but I am not down and out. I am on the mend both physically and emotionally. I think I can really beat Sticky Chair today. I am definitely on my way to getting SuperBetter!

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