Sneak Peaks

15 06 2013

Hey you guys!

I write this not from the inconsistent bulge of the fitness ball (they took that away from me.) But from the edge of a 20 gallon trash can. I live for adaptation. (though to be honest the rim is sort of cutting into my thighs; I cannot feel my toes.)

Alright well time to follow through on some promises and share with you some synopsis of the works I’ve been laboring over. Sarah’s gonna kill me that I’m working on so many at one time. But she’s in Hawaii so what’s she gonna do? (um, that’s just a joke. She would find a way.)

I have two primary works that take up the majority of my efforts and then a third which just keeps hanging out:

Tabitha (working title but it may stick for good): I’m going all Lord of the Rings on this one. It’s a fantasy novel set in a world of Celtic Mythology. So it’s all about fairies, dragons and so forth. The story line is very complex so it would take a while to explain it all. But summed up Tabitha is the princess of the Fae realm and has to figure out how to save her world before the Terrors destroy everything. It already checks in at over 70,000 words and counting. The story line keeps expanding though so there is a great possibility that this will wind up as a trilogy.

Joshua Burnam and the Killer Cereal: This is a middle grade novel that I’ve been working on since the age of 12 or 13. I just finished the first draft of it last July. (I sure did take my sweet time didn’t I?) Anyway I have been working on the revisions and my goal is to have an agent ready manuscript by December. I’m over halfway done with the edits and still have 6 months left so I think I can do it. The book is about Joshua Burnam who is the world’s best detective. He is head strong, prideful and gets into unending amounts of trouble. Thankfully Manafred his trusty assistant is always there to help him out of a pinch. Told from Josh’s point of view, the story follows these two blokes in their quest to save the world from an evil genius who is trying to take over the world through the use of mind controlling cereal. Note: comes complimentary with lots of laughs and a healthy suspicion of what really resides in your breakfast. Runs around 40,000 words

le Madame: oh boy. Ok, so here I tell the story of a prostitute in 19th century Europe who wants to be a writer but whom  no one wants to publish because of her shady profession. Tides turn when a Christian publishing firm contacts her about possible publication and the stipulations it involves. This is a story of  autonomy, temptation, and forgiveness for loved ones who have had damaging influences. I’m only a few chapters in but am loving the character development and the situational stresses they are enduring.


Anyway, mix that awesomeness up with all my jobs and school and you have one busy chikie. And that’s not even including the host of poems, memoirs and short fiction I’ve been working away on. One day all this effort will pay off. But right now I’m enjoying the journey. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go rub the life back into the lower half of my body so that I can get back to work.



Adventures of a Bumbling Mechanic

8 06 2013

Ok so I wouldn’t exactly call myself a bumbling mechanic… but I sure do come close to it, mainly because I learn from trial and error. Ever since I was little I’ve loved to take things apart and put them back together. I like to know how things work. For larger scale projects I will employ the use of Google and Youtube several times before touching my tools.

This next project I’m starting is to repair my 1970’s/80’s Fuji Boulevard Bike. It was my Grandmother’s but then she gifted it to me. I’ll admit that for the past 5 years or so it’s sat outside under the shed. I don’t really remember the last time I rode it. I remember not exactly liking it when I first got it, but I was in need of a bike and it fit the bill. But now that I look at it I have no idea why I thought that.

It’s a good bike. The frame is well built, solid and surprisingly completely devoid of rust. I plan on taking the whole thing apart, cleaning it up and putting it all back together. I’ve never done anything like this. But I did once watch my friend Jeremy take apart his bike down to the bearings and and reassemble it in 30 minutes or so. This completely qualifies me for this project (these words will echo in my head when I find myself tired, frustrated and surrounded by a hundred unknown bike parts, so no need to remind me of the aforementioned  statement.) He doesn’t know it yet but if I wind up totally over my head he’s gonna be the one to help me out. But hopefully it won’t come to that.

In general I know the names of most of the bike parts, where they go and how they work together. And yet I found myself in a bit of bike trouble earlier today… and I haven’t even started my project yet.

For the past year I’ve worked at this fitness center and have seen member after member pass by with their cycling shoes on the way to spin class. I understood the fundamentals of said shoes, but have never tried out a pair until today. We have had a spare pair of cycle shoes in the lost and found for well over two years now. They are just a smidge too small and having no prior need for them I’ve refused the offer to take them several times. But with my new project staring me in the face I figured it might be a good idea to try them out so I know how they work before I decided if I want to get clip on pedals.

I strapped into the shoes with confidence. I mastered the Velcro strap way back in kindergarten so this was a cinch. Clunking back to the group ex room (where we keep the spin bikes) I took note of the sign we have stating “please don’t wear cycle shoes on the hardwood floor.” It’s always bothered me how people just ignore this sign so I reverted to the tried and true walking-on-your-heels-to-avoid-gouging-the-floor trick. Looking like a dipstick I made it all the way across the floor to the nearest bike. The mechanics of clipping ones shoes into the pedals was pretty self explanatory. After careful examination I got my right foot clipped in without issue. But per usual my left foot is a little rebellious so it took a moment of fumbling to get him situated.

Triumphantly I began to pedal and noticed that is WAS easier and more efficient to use the cycle shoes, but then my mind began to wander…

What happens if you’re riding along and you start to fall? 

How do you put a foot down fast enough to catch yourself?

It seems like these would be pretty slow to get out of…

…. wait….

how DO you get out of these….. 

I gave my foot and tug and found that my shoe was securely attached to the pedal and wasn’t going anywhere any time soon. I’m sure that’s good in a regular riding application, but I had had enough now and this was no longer fun. Left, right, back-forth, up, down, nothing worked! I was just starting to panic a little when with a twist of the ankle I was free! (Of course it didn’t occur to me in the moment that I could just unstrap the Velcro. Yups, Momma raised a smart one.) I immediately put away the cycle shoes and laced up my good ol’ Pumas.

As I said I work largely through trial and error. It won’t be till a little later down the line when I have to decide about cycle shoes and clip pedals. I first have to make my way through the gear and break assembly which is my greatest apprehension. However I do love a challenge and look forward to once again cycling the roadways.

Here’s to eventually being one of those hated cyclists that motorists have to dodge.


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