Post by schaefer11235 on Oct 17, 2020 10:11:21 GMT -6
Wow. It's amazing to see what you all have gone through. My life has been a stable mess, like always.
Back in 2013 when I first came here via hearing about it through NaNo's chat. Doing sprints with people via shout box and threads was awesome. I lived in Florida back then.
I moved around a bit and I think I was in Indiana in 2017.
Since then we have traveled all over the country. My husband works building distribution centers and I work online in IT. I still haven't made it way up north east or way out west to California and Hawaii and Alaska, but maybe someday.
Currently me and the kids are in Wisconsin while my husband is in Pheonix. No desire to deal with 100F temps in October. Covid hasn't really changed much for us. I still homeschool and I'm still a hermit. I'm mostly coping with survivor's guilt while I watch my friends on FB struggle so hard.
Writing wise, I haven't completed anything. I can think up tons and tons to write, but as soon as I start typing the story, it's like I have to get up and walk away. It's been a pain, but I've done a ton of detailing and worldbuilding.
Post by butterflycrescent92 on Oct 22, 2020 18:22:25 GMT -6
Around October 2015, I got my first job as a licensed nurse. I work at a large nursing home with 202 beds. Our house was shot by my mom's ex boyfriend's gang rival, so we had to move elsewhere.
My first boyfriend, whom I was in a long-term relationship with, and I broke up around December of 2015. We had been dating since 2009, so our relationship lasted 5 years, almost 6 years even.
I was single this time, and wasn't looking for a relationship. I was too busy working. I worked every shift and every station at a nursing home. I don't remember everything that happened this time, but I do remember that we moved around a lot.
We moved to a three bedroom apartment, and the rent is expensive as fuck. There's a guy who delivers medication from the pharmacy who comes to the nursing home to drop off some meds. Apparently, this guy took a liking to me and I didn't know about it until one of my co-workers notice him smiling to himself.
Another co-worker gave my number to this guy who delivers medication from the pharmacy. At the beginning of this year, the guy and I started exchanging text messages to each other. During that time, I noticed all of the red flags. He claimed that his parents knew about me, but this turned out to be a lie. He claimed that his parents like me, but his grandmother don't. Again, all lies. He said he was gonna move back to Pakistan. The real reason why he had to go back to Pakistan, was to marry his female cousin. It's a tradition in his country. He's in an arranged marriage. This made me furious, and I cut off ALL forms of contact with him. This is the year that I decided to go back to school so I can pursue at least get an associate's degree in nursing. I want to be an RN. I got my IV certification at this vocational college. It was hard because we have to poke each other with needles, and we didn't have a dummy. I took pharmacology during the summer semester and got a C. The teacher was a tough grader, and many people dropped the class. I took a prerequisite in the fall semester. I was so stressed out during this time because right after class was over, I went to a family vacation in DisneyLand. My uncle, along with his wife, and two of my male cousins had a blast in DisneyLand. We went to Hollywood, and also to Lego Land. 2019
In the spring semester, I took sociology and aced the class. My uncle passed away this year. He was placed in the General Hospital in San Francisco, moved to Laguna Honda, and then moved to a nursing home closer to where we had lived at the time. The nursing home he was placed at, isn't the place I work at. It's the sister facility owned by the same company. He died at the age of 51 due to drugs, smoking, and alcoholism. We moved to another city, where we have to cross the bridge and pay the toll, because the rent was way too expensive. It was overwhelming because so many things were happening all at once. I took psychology in the summer semester, but it's a hybrid class. It's part online and we only met the professor in person three times. On the first day of class, one month after the first day, and on the last day of class. I got sick a lot and called off often.
I took Lifespan Development during the spring semester. It started out as a class where we come once a week, but transitioned to online after the COVID19 thing. I was involved in a long distance relationship with a friend of mine from Florida. He and I were friends for 10 years, and I only found out he liked me because he told me. I didn't notice it before, but he had told me he liked me. That didn't turn out well. We never met in person, because he wants ME to go to Florida first. I asked him to come here to California, but for some reason, he gets mad when I tell him that. I took Human Communication during the summer, and got an A. We moved to another house, yet again. Only difference is, my mom is starting a board and care business. We have our first patient, who's an alcoholic. Now we have a female patient. We're still trying to get more patients. It's not easy, but nothing in life is. Now I'm in a long distance relationship, yet again. This time, I'm in a long distance relationship with a guy living in New Mexico. This guy is 10 years older than me. We have yet to meet in person, and we were planning to meet this month. It got pushed back to December of this year. I was taking anatomy this fall, but I dropped it because my test score was low. I couldn't get an A anymore, but I could still get a B. It's not easy to study during the pandemic. The college admissions dropped me out of the class, but the professor allowed us to go back. The test questions were hard, and I couldn't afford to fail it. I didn't risk it, so that's why I dropped the class. I'm gonna take it next semester.
Post by wolfwriter089 on Feb 14, 2021 17:24:18 GMT -6
2017: I took a break from studying for a year and kept myself busy with writing historical fiction, getting back into a routine at the gym and buying more books for my bookshelf and research purposes.
2018: I started my Master of Writing degree in creative writing and aced every one of my courses - my professors said that my writing was some of the best they had seen and that my stories definitely had strong potential for publication.
2019: I received my United Fire Brigades' Association five-year service medal and completed my Crew Leader course with flying colours. I also managed to finally go to my first fire after having to wait five years for people to recognize that I wanted to be seen as part of my volunteer fire brigade and not forgotten about.
2020/2021: I graduated from the University of Canterbury in December with a Master of Writing (Creative Writing). I have been job hunting everywhere and it seems to have finally paid off. Also, a flash fiction piece I wrote has been accepted for online publication and I am working on sending more flash/short fiction to publishers.
Post by ScienceGirl on Mar 13, 2021 20:42:57 GMT -6
After reading all those above posts I'm just like, wow! You guys have all had it tough in so many different ways. Hugs and prayers for you all! One thing this pandemic has done is made me very self-aware. I think, as Raveneye has said, I desperately need community to find myself again. And Facebook just wasn't hacking it, so I missed the kickoff to the reboot. Terribly sorry for that!
2015, 2016, and 2017 were very hard for me. My father was diagnosed with Parkinson's. I had surgery and big job changes. Had a falling out with my publisher, bought back the rights to all my books and self-pubbed them. My husband took a head coaching job at the high school where I teach (girls' soccer) and our lives spiraled into insanity and business. And then I decided that I needed to go back to school and become a math teacher because I was tired of teaching science.
In all that chaos, there was this sweet, sweet boy in my Chemistry class. So polite, so kind. He finished his junior year and then to my joy enrolled in my dual credit chemistry class. These classes are sort of lax because they have a few days on and a few days off. And honestly, I just fell in love with the kid. He was going to graduate. I couldn't let that happen LOL. So I brought him home and kept him.
He had a pretty tough life. Lived with a family that didn't take care of him like they should have. And now, he's my son. Boom! So now I have three kids. One in college, one in 9th grade and months from driving, and one in sixth grade. We still do the soccer and now I'm a high school teacher plus an online professor for a community college.
I have been struggling a bit with my health over the past three years, but stubborn me didn't get bloodwork until this past November when I learned I was diabetic. So now the health is much better and I'm looking forward to getting back into the gym post-pandemic and actually having some energy and stamina again.
Being a teacher in Covid has been next to impossible. I can't even fathom all the things we've accomplished without having students in the building this year. It's literally taken every second of my attention, so I've done very little writing. And of course, travel and public speaking have been at a halt. We are now on a hybrid schedule and I was super excited to learn that next year should be a normal school year with no virtual days. I have teens LOL. They go in their room and never speak to me. And I'm a soccer widow half the year. WRITING TIME!!!!! Whoo hoo!
We are super blessed. We just moved into the house of our dreams. Love all our neighbors! We have a sweet fur baby named Lilac--half Jack Russell and half King Cavalier spaniel. She looks like a potato head with the cavalier face and the Jack Russell ears just popped on her head. My (new) son is getting ready to finish up college with an IT degree and my husband just got a promotion to be Director of Counseling at one of our state universities. And now, LegendFire is back! Life is good.
ScienceGirl - Wow, great stuff and sad stuff. My sister's a math teacher, so it's been interesting hearing her tales of woe over the past year. It's too cool that teaching led you to a new son. Truly beautiful.
Post by HDSimplicityy on May 2, 2021 0:30:37 GMT -6
Life update. I should be finalizing a new position at work this week. Finally no more lifting appliances! Despite how much stronger its made my arms, legs and back, its very tiresome. My hope is with a brand new kind of work to learn, I will restart climbing the pay and responsibilities ladder. I want to move out, probably not yet out of Oregon, into a bigger room in a house.
My cousin had her baby shower today. First time going to one (co ed). It was nice; she is due in June. My sister (second of the four of us kids. I am the first) is giving birth to my nephew in August. First grandkids for both sets of parents! And both boys!
For the last year plus that I have lived with my roommate, I have prayed and contemplated much on the next few years of my life. Other than pushing on to a professional game writing job and becoming an author, I have three deep desires. One, to own a house. Two... well.. to have a marriage. Having a girlfriend has been on my heart since I was probably 22. Here I am at 28. Heck, my roommate is 35 and in the same boat. A couple years ago I realized how much I want not only that, but also marriage and kids. I have liked women, but nothing has happened yet. Its hard, you know, to find those social groups that you make friends in, but also one that you meet the one.I am in one such group at church. Thats one reason why I won't move out of Oregon just yet. Very much want to later. In the end, its partly my effort in meeting people. The other part is God's timing. Its always perfect. So marriage is up to Him.
For moving out, I am just tired of the political culture of Oregon. As much as I have enjoyed this state since 2000, and all the nature locations, friends made, family outings, going to the ocean twice a year, and church, I want to leave. Just... figuring out where else to live that serves as a place for a career and a family is kindof... up in the air.
So I pose a question: what do you want to accomplish, plan, hoping for, or get in the next few years?
I thought I should post something here as I've been very quiet lately. I haven't been writing much but I'm definitely changing that now. I've also been busier with work stuff. I've been a cleaner(janitor) in a special needs school ever since I moved back to England from Australia but this job has been making me run out of steam a lot recently as I don't work many hours and it's not suited to me so this made me want to do something about it. I used to work with young children before moving to Australia and seeing all of the children at work made me really want to get back into it so I've been working 2 longer days a week so I can be in one of the classrooms and then the cleaning afterwards, it's tiring but I'm enjoying it, so much I applied for a full time job to be in the classroom instead of cleaning. I had the interview on Wednesday and I got offered the job which I'm going to obviously accept. I am happy because the job seems to be so much better for me than the cleaning which I will be stopping. I've posted this on Discord so some of you may know this already but wanted to post something to let you all know why I've been very quiet.
As for writing, I am thinking of ideas and stuff for a story and I really want to get back into posting here again as I have pretty much disappeared from here which I feel bad about because I was enjoying the 100 word challenge. I need to get back into doing those.
(Also, I apologise if my change of profile picture/Avatar confuses you haha.)
Basically a lot of stuff that Bird said. Haven’t really written at all over the past few years and life has gotten hectic and taken some interesting turns but the good thing about it is that I have a different perspective on the world than I did before. Idk how yet I’ll write about it but someday I will.
In the meantime, just trying to get by and all that stuff
Right now I am in a holding pattern with a physiotherapy session coming up in an hour or so. But once I get home I will be getting back onto work on the current project. Still a long way to go in the writing stage, but the world feels more alive as I reedit my early chapters. Slow but steady progress.
RAVENEYE: Woohoo! Can't wait to read these entries!
Oct 16, 2021 23:42:23 GMT -6
Alatariel: Halloween Contest Entries have been posted in the fiction forum!!!
Oct 17, 2021 0:48:00 GMT -6
Alatariel: Check out the Voting Rules in the Announcements Forum!
Oct 17, 2021 0:53:45 GMT -6
pelwrath: After a 1st scan/read of the Halloween submissions, All are real good
Oct 17, 2021 10:35:12 GMT -6
Alatariel: My first time really looking at them all, and I agree! So good!
Oct 17, 2021 10:56:20 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: Ack....hate it when I've checked and double checked and even triple checked to make sure all is good, only to find out I submitted an entry that has errors. ACK......
Oct 17, 2021 11:10:56 GMT -6
Alatariel: Always! No matter how many time I read through mine, there will always be something someone picks up on that I missed
Oct 17, 2021 11:32:43 GMT -6
pelwrath: I have learned to accept that I’ll have errors, it’s a given. Only do my best to minimize the number of errors.
Oct 17, 2021 12:01:16 GMT -6
Mazulla: Same here! Why is it we only notice these things once they're submitted?!
Oct 17, 2021 12:19:07 GMT -6
Alatariel: Honestly if it's something small I won't take off points because we're all human.
Oct 17, 2021 13:48:59 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: Going to adopt the same policy, Alatariel. Such wise words.
Oct 17, 2021 14:47:20 GMT -6
pelwrath: It's been a few weeks but I had an idea for a 100-word story, and posted.
Oct 18, 2021 0:48:18 GMT -6
Mazulla: Your 100 word entry is great, Pelwrath. I don't have any ideas nailed down yet. I seem to always think on it a few days and sometimes don't post til the last day.
Oct 18, 2021 11:30:37 GMT -6
pelwrath: Mazulla, thank you for your kind words. In truth, I didn’t think I’d have a story for ‘crisp’, that I’d like. While cleaning the windows and screens for winter, the idea came to me. The day was a very cloudy one but for a few minutes the sun did shine.
Oct 18, 2021 12:05:20 GMT -6
Mazulla: When you're trying to put together some critiques, but your 80-90lb dog keeps throwing himself in your lap... And keeps looking at me and smiling. You can see this goof here: i.imgur.com/8UvQpbD.jpg?1
Oct 18, 2021 13:00:28 GMT -6