Posted in NaNoWriMo, Writing

Kindle Version!

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The Dragon Deals the Cards

The Kindle Version of The Dragon Deals the Cards is now available!

You can check it out on Amazon HERE

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Posted in Attic Notebook, Word Tickets

Word Tickets

I have a collection of #wordtickets that I have been adding to for decades. (Literally. I have been making these since I was a teenager and now I’m old AF πŸ˜‚)

I have moved them from apartment to house to apartment to house.

I have moved them from a lunchbox to a pretty zippered bag and finally they live in this upcycled spaghetti sauce jar that I glitterified. I love that I can see them in the corner of my desk. I use them almost daily. The #wordtickets idea is not mine. I got it from a book called poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith WooldridgeΒ that I have owned since 1996 and have reread it at least 100 times. I love her writing, her style, everything about this book. That is not an affiliate link. I make zero dollars if you buy her book. I just wanted to shout out an amazing author that has had a huge impact on my life.

I have used the #wordtickets to write poems mostly but lately I found another use for them.

Laini Taylor posted about her #atticnotebook on Instagram the other day:

“The idea is that you freewrite every day in a notebook without ever looking back or reading what you wrote, and you finish the notebook and STILL don’t read it for at least a month. And when you do–at least when I did this before–I remembered almost none of it and it was like discovering a notebook in an attic, hence the name.”

Laini Taylor

Find her original post HERE

I was massively inspired by this! I decided to start using my #wordtickets to fill an #atticnotebook. About a month from now you will start seeing the results of this. I plan on posting the raw fiction straight from my notebook with no editing. I will include the original prompts as well. If you want to follow along with the prompts, you can find me on Instagram: KLAUDIA GRADY

Posted in NaNoWriMo, Writing

I did it!

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The Dragon Deals the Cards

In the middle of December, right before Christmas, I took a giant leap towards my dreams. I did the scary thing. I indie published my first book. It was terrifying and exhilarating. If you would like to check it out, you can find it on Amazon HERE

Thank you to everyone who has been so tremendously supportive of my dream of being a writer. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

πŸ’œπŸ’œ – Klaudia

Posted in Family, Made:, Mom Life

Faux Fireplace Redo

Uhhh. Smart people take ‘before’ pictures. Today I am not a smart people. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

If you need to imagine the before….think toddler chalk drawing chic with stuffed animals crammed in the opening. You’re welcome. πŸ˜‚

So here’s some ‘after’ pictures.

I’m not sure if I could cram anymore crap on this mantle but I’m sure I’ll try. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

#notaminimalist

I love TV

Rant time!

Why does everyone hate television so much? There are constantly posts about the dangers of screen time. And I hear fellow moms admitting in a hushed voice that they like to watch a tv show at night as a form of self care. Taking an hour to themselves to immerse themselves in a world that is not their own.

Um. How is that a bad thing? How can getting immersed inside a character and living vicariously through them be something people should feel shame over? How is this any different from reading books? It’s smacks of ableism in my opinion. If you happen to have a brain that can sit down and devour 800 pages of a novel in one sitting…good for you! My sons would claw their eyes out if they had to read an 800 page novel. I would spend every single moment reading if I could. People find joy in different forms of stories. No one ever accuses someone of being a book addict, do they? There are no posts shaming  people for immersing themselves inside a character and living vicariously through them when it is READING. Newsflash people. Those characters on the screen are WRITTEN by a flesh and blood person somewhere who just wants to pay their bills and share their stories with the world. Why can’t we just let people enjoy things?

I love TV.

I love reading.

Not everything is good or bad people. Go relax and enjoy your stories in whatever form you like. Binge watch that series. Read 10 books in a single day. Whatever floats your boat.

/end rant.

Posted in Family, Inspiration, Mom Life, Woo Woo

Reintegrating and life ain’t easy

It’s been over a week since I returned from the Sovereign Rising retreat and I’m still out of it.

My beautiful babies wrote me this love note in the driveway and I ugly cried so hard. I missed them so much!

That’s the biggest thing I learned while I was away. I am so incredibly grateful for my family that the love tends to leak out of the corners of my eyes. 😍😒

I miss all of the wonderful women I met so intensely. I miss that amazing sense of community and acceptance. I miss the quiet of the Maine woods. I miss the freedom of not owing anybody a damn thing. I actually crave tent sleeping. Seriously. Who the fuck am I now? I have been all about non-country living for decades and now all I want is to be outside. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

I have lost my mom voice. I can’t even dredge up that deep scary voice that terrifies young children and adults alike. I’m tired of being scary. I’m still creepy as fuck but I don’t want to be loud with anything other than laughter. πŸ˜‚ #cackleoutloud

I have changed so very much from four days surrounded by nature and inspiring women. I am so much closer to ME. I look at my life and things are shifting…slowly.

This girl came back with me and I’m so glad I found her again. 😍

Posted in Family, Mom Life

Die Mom Guilt Die

It creeps up in the worst moments. I will be having a grand old time playing with my kids. Or I will be relaxing in a rare moment of quiet. Then there it is: Mom. Guilt.

My thoughts go something like this. Is this how I’m supposed to play with my kid? Should the games we are playing be more educational? Why doesn’t my toddler know all her colors yet? What if I’m doing this all wrong? Why is playing with these damn dolls so fucking BORING? Oh no. I’m a terrible mom. I don’t like playing with my kids. Get out the pitchforks and torches. Force me to wear a scarlet patch on my chest. They are going to drag me into the center of town and throw rocks at me. I should feel grateful for every single moment I get to spend with my kids. They are a precious gift. Why am I rolling my eyes at my precious gift??? Why is my precious gift so damn hard to entertain? I know. I’ll just creep off for some quiet in the kitchen. I sit down at the coffee table with a freshly poured and warmed up cup of coffee. It’s quiet. My toddler is playing happily on the living room floor with her dolls. My boys are playing some video game or other. Have they played too much today? I haven’t seen them in three hours. I’m not monitoring them closely enough. What if there is a predator trying to get at them right this moment and I’m sitting here like an idiot drinking this cup of coffee. Maybe I shouldn’t drink this much coffee. I’m going to put this coffee cup down and go check on the kids. Spoiler alert: the kids are all fine and I’ve fallen prey to MOM GUILT. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

Die Mom Guilt Die

Why do I do this to myself? What possible evolutionary benefit did Mom Guilt offer? I’m sure while humans were scrambling for survival they weren’t so consumed with this bullshit.

My kids are fed and clothed. They have tons of shit to entertain themselves with. Too much STUFF sometimes but that’s another post. I’m so ready to punch mom guilt in the tit and ride off into the sunset with my kids in search of adventure without this ridiculous social baggage. ✌️

Posted in Family, Mom Life, Recipes

Momma-cino

I make myself the most hacked version of a Frappuccino you’ve ever seen. πŸ˜‚

There is nothing healthy about this but it’s pretty yummy and the caffeine and vitamins help me survive being a chaos coordinator. πŸ™Œ

Here is what it looked like today:

You know you want one! πŸ˜‚

Momma-cino Recipe:

Leftover Cold Coffee

1 Ensure/Boost/Whatev is on SALE

Whip Cream (optional…hahaha πŸ˜‰)

Directions:

Take the leftover cold coffee you’ve been saving in the fridge. (Did I forget to mention that I dump the remnants of coffee from the day into a pitcher in the fridge? Instant cold coffee! πŸ€ͺ)

Pour some cold dead coffee into a glass.

Pour an Ensure/Boost/Whatev was on SALE on top, maybe add milk. Maybe not. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Stir your concoction.

Add whip cream to the top. Add straw. And don’t forget to add whip cream directly into your mouth. This is the MATURE adult thing to do. Trust me. πŸ˜‚

Drink this Mamma-cino and pretend you’re at a fancy coffee joint that doesn’t allow kids. (Minus the angry coffee slinger who insists on correcting you when you use the wrong terminology to order.)

I give this: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Posted in Art

Art Journaling 6.19

I went down the art journaling rabbit hole today.

It started on Pinterest with an interesting tutorial for drawing flowers. I sketched those this morning and then ran the toddler to the dentist.

After the dentist I decided to do a full page of flowers. I used a Tombow marker because it was already in my hand. πŸ˜‚

Note to self. Separate out the waterproof markers so I grab them first instead of the water soluble markers. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

I drew several flowers on a half assed background in my journal. Then I used a water brush and Jane Davenport watercolor paints to color in the flowers & background.

I love how it turned out!

And here’s a pic of it in the sun with one happy overheated chihuahua. πŸ˜‚