Invaders!

yuriko/ December 5, 2019/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I have mice.   And they are not welcomed guests to the zoo. Recently, I had to go to a CERT meeting and grabbed my bag, which sits beside the doggos’ go bag, which is packed with 2 large ziplocs of their food for emergencies.  When I came home, I noticed little black presents on the bin lid and following it,

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Life’s Too Short

yuriko/ October 1, 2019/ Bucket List, Life and Stuff, Travel/ 0 comments

I was thinking about how life has been flying before my eyes.  I’m already 48 years old and I don’t think I’ve done half as much stuff as I’d like to have done by the time I’ve gotten to my 50th year.   So, in an attempt to make my life a little less mediocre (in my own eyes), I’ve decided

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There and Back Again

yuriko/ September 25, 2019/ Fangirl, Game of Thrones, Life and Stuff, Travel/ 0 comments

As promised, I’m back from my trip abroad to the UK with photos of some of the lovely things I saw. I don’t think I can say enough good things about Belfast, Northern Ireland.  I loved the city, and I loved the people I met.  I loved walking the city center and getting lost amongst all of the street art. 

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It’s Been a Long, Long Time…

yuriko/ September 2, 2019/ Health, Life and Stuff/ 0 comments

It’s been over 2 months since I’ve updated the blog and I’m very sorry for being away for so long.  There’s been a lot happening in my life – some good, some bad… and a lot of it unexpected. It seems like it’s been forever…. What’s Happening? So, what’s been happening?  I’ve been getting back into reading a bit.  (Well,

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Major Milestone and the Future

yuriko/ June 4, 2019/ writing/ 0 comments

As of today, it’s been 2 days since I finished the first draft of the story.  Following a piece of advice from fellow writers, I am currently putting it aside to let it stew and will return to it at the end of June or beginning of July. In the meantime, I am working on another story idea, which came

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Vomit Draft Progress Report #6

yuriko/ May 28, 2019/ writing/ 0 comments

Good morning, everyone! Happy Tuesday! Well, it’s been a week since I’ve updated my progress, I think. The days are starting to gray together and now, I’m not so sure where I left off last.  The draft is up to nearly 76k words.. . And 19 chapters. Not bad for a quick run of the old brain, right? I’m happy

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Vomit Draft Progress Report #5

yuriko/ May 20, 2019/ writing/ 0 comments

53k words in to the story.  The MC has had a few nasty things happen in her life and it led to more bad things.  I sometimes feel bad, as a writer, that these kinds of situations arise but if it didn’t, I wouldn’t be interested in finishing the story, would I? And you, as a reader, wouldn’t care much

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Vomit Draft Progress Report #4

yuriko/ May 6, 2019/ writing/ 0 comments

So, here we are. First weekend of May. Just finished watching Season 8, Episode 4 of Game of Thrones last night. I’m happy for some bits but sad for others. I’m coming along on the 1st draft – 36k words and 14 chapters, though it seems my characters have a mind of their own and are NOT following my outline

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Vomit Draft Progress Report #3

yuriko/ April 30, 2019/ Hobby, writing/ 2 comments

Well, I think this might as well be the first report again. After 36k words, I decided to redo the story from scratch. It was a hard decision but I think I like the direction it’s going right now. I’ve changed some of the attributes of the MC and the love interest. She’s older now and in college. So far,

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Vomit Draft Progress Report #2

yuriko/ April 23, 2019/ writing/ 0 comments

I’m 36k words and 10 chapters into the story and I wonder if other writers ever struggle with their work as much as I do. Even though I was happy with it for the most part, like my protagonist, I feel like the story is not set at the right time. Or the right situation is not presenting itself. Currently,

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