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Cardinals and Nationals from Weaver’s sports Center

Tonight we have the Cardinals and the Nationals. In the office for the Nationals is Tanner Roark ( starting pitcher ). Cardinals are wearing their gray uniforms. Nationals are wearing their white uniforms. For those who don’t know, during the week the games that I cover will be a recap due to my job. Bottom of […]

via Nationals vs. Cardinals — Weaver’s Sports Center

More Than 800 Words

Ok, I know your looking at the title and going what?

Bear with me as I try and explain.

In 800 words you have to open your blog, tell your readers what you want them to know in the shortest way and close it out. It’s like Twitter for bloggers.

Starting out with my writing I first had to figure out what kind of writer I wanted to be. Well, they say write what you know so, I became a sports blogger. Someone the other day called me a Sports Analyst. The challenge is writing a sports blog in less than 800 words. You learn to pick and chose what is the most important to tell your readers. You do your best to give highlights

Writing a book is another story. My first 2 published book were taken from Cricket’s Corner of Australia and The 19th Floor. Both books were a collection of things I had written over the time span of a year. Here, 800 words didn’t apply.

Well, I took a major step outside the comfort of 800 words and wrote my first novel. There I said it. The one thing every writer wants to do in their career is to write a novel. Question is how many of us really finish it, let alone publish it.

It is a little daunting that knowing you have an unlimited about of words to use to talk about what you want to create for  your readers. Have You ever tried to figure how many new ways to say the same sentence or to stop using “and all”. (that drove my editors nuts).

You have open doors that you never dreamed of in writing a novel. It is in your hands what happens to your characters, how they deal with things. You get to create how they look, that moment that your hero and heroine fall in love or the moment one of the dies. I can be as descriptive as I want to hopefully paint a great picture as you read.

It is up to you create a journey for your readers and by the end of the book hoping that you leave them wanting more.

That is everything I am hoping for. Leaving you my readers wanting more. It has taken roughly 2 years of my writing life to do this. I am just steps away from a dream becoming reality.

Am I scared, sure. If you’re not them you didn’t do your job well enough. I am an independent author/publisher. Which is something I really like. I have friends who read and edit for me. I don’t share anything with them until time.  It gives them a new perspective and I hope they take that journey as they are reading it.

This book will be under my pen name. I did that under advice from another write. It’s a new genre and I want this to stand on its own. Yes, I would love for you to read it but I want you to read it for what is, a new book, not “Oh, Cricket wrote it so we know it will be good” Make any sense?

There you have it, in less than 800 words I have told you about my new book coming out soon.

So, Have I peaked your interest?




Time for a Change


Where do I start?

That is the big question.

I know things need to change and I have plenty that I need to make happen. A new book coming out. Which I will need to do the publicity for. How do I make that happen?

Just my writing in general how do I get it out there?

I need a change also, freshen things up in my life and where do I start?  I feel great but trying on some clothes I found that just don’t quite fit got me down a little.

I know I am the only one who can do it. At times I feel like I am on my own in all of this.

I know I over think stuff and hang on to stuff I need to let go of.

Guess it’s a to do list and pick it off one at a time. 20160520_091808

Busy Morning

20140822_214419Getting ready to publish a new book is always got me freaked out.

This time is no different — it’s more

I have never written a novel. Heck, I have never written anything that I had total control of. Making all those writer decisions that writers make to create a story hoping that the reader will be drawn into the world the writer created.

I am use to having 800 words to tell the story inside the blog but this is a new step. Hoping that I have been able on the page to help the reader create their visual story.

The sequel is already in the works.

So much to do and so little time, question is how much can I get finished before baseball season starts.

Dear Crow Ninja’s — the true story

I can tell you the true story of my death and it bloody hurt!

Kevin made my base out of love and care. He has done so much for the club and he will be missed with his time is over.

I loved the laughter and silliness as You created me, the tape tickled and it did hurt at times with you pulled it up to re tape the letters. Nice job with the backward “N”. I cant believe no one caught it. Who was drinking that night?

To be raised as a part of history, I was so proud but whoever kicked the balls through me for &^%$%&*, it freaking hurt. I saw a couple of the Ninja’s cringing that repairs would need made.

It was amazing to see the shed and hear the tunes. I was dancing like no one was watching. The Lady Crows helped take of the letters from the banner so the Ninja’s could replace them with a new message. The holes from the balls got repaired and a new message attached.  I hear someone yell, “Check the bloody “N” to make sure they are facing the right way.” Who ever had pizza, I wanted a piece, it smelled so good.

The night ended as you folded me up for my first road trip to Melbourne, the least you would’ve done was packed a cut lunch, bottle of water and some glow sticks so I could read The Grapes of Wrath on the flight over.

No clue who picked me up at the airport but I made it to the field. I was unzipped and taken out and I was scared because I didn’t know anyone. they started taking scissors and doing things to me, It was bad enough they put holes in me, they didn’t even take care in doing it, *&*^&%^&* for crying out loud I have feelings here.  They cut 2 more gates in me but the biggest horror was they defaced me by taking the sponsors off me.

I did my best to show the girls the inspiration  you sent me, but the wind was too much.

I was crammed back in the bag with the ropes to be shipped home

I barely remember being loaded on the flight home.

I lit my final glow stick as I drifted off to sleep. All I could think about was the Ninja’s waiting for me home. I know they will be devastated by my passing but I hope they will rest assured that I did one thing to the best of my ability

To stand tall and encourage the girls to bring home the win.




Birthday Week Once Again

Where has the year gone!

I am doing all I can to create the positives especially this week. I love learning and researching new patterns. How can you grow if you don’t learn?

I think we all get to safe and happy inside our comfort zones and when we try to take that step outside, we are scared of the changes?

We get in our lives and daily routines, at times getting to the point of feeling stuck, and then what? Well, it’s time for a change. Sure, it is a scary thought to take that first step outside the box, but it is actually OK. Life can get stale at times and we have to be brave enough to shake things up.

I am shaking things up again.

I ran screaming outside the zone and have written my first novel which will be about soon. Talk about a scary process. Being totally responsible for the characters, story line. The big thing about all of it was I had no word constraint and could be as descriptive as I wanted to hopefully create a picture for me reader.

The big thing this year is trying to not start new projects and finish what I have going. It is going to be a great year, lets hope I can actually finish some stuff

2017 is here, now where do I start?

20150830_154056That folks is the biggest question of all – Where do I start?

I know some of the goals for this year is to be more organized, look after myself just a bit better than last year.

I am still trying to find a balance of work and play. The Hub has said on many occasions that I work too hard but n waves it is starting to pay off.

I have the basic goals of losing more weight, walking even more, drinking water and all of that but it’s the work I think that needs the most help. I have given myself a day off each week and I stick to it. That is me time, I work on what projects I want to, play catch up on whats sitting on the DVR, stuff like that. The question is can my day off survive or will I become a workaholic again?

The hub and I have date night on the calendar and we are doing pretty well sticking to it. Sometimes date night is just at home, special meal and something we have taped.

The yarn projects need a big overhaul. Still have way too much stuff going on. Fingers crossed I can knock off some of what is sitting around before new stuff gets started.

Some things have become routine already, can I add a few more things to the daily run of life.

Only time will tell.

Bugger off 2016

20160520_091808It has been an amazing year but its also been crap!

We have lost way too many famous people who had an influence on our lives and it is a real reality check when that happens.

I know Phil and I were totally stunned when Carrie Fisher passed, she has been apart of all of your lives in some way. From the jilted girlfriend in Blues Brothers to Princess Leia. Who knew 25 some years ago that a little movie called Star Wars would become a phenomenon, and a part of today’s culture. When word arrived that Debbie Reynolds has passed 24 hours later, it was devastating news. I , like many others wonder if she died of a broken heart.

There were some really great memories also that Phil and I have, lots of them involving the Adelaide Crows and the events of the season.  Can’t wait to see what is in store for 2017. There will be lots of Crows stuff for sure, plenty of White Sox baseball and a ton of NFL. With plenty of yarn thrown in the mix.

The writing is getting better, jobs and getting paid comes in cycles. I think a little bit of how I am feeling today is burnout. Saying that if I can get better organized, and still take care of my mental/emotional stuff then I should be good to go.

I wrote my first novel, which is scary but also quite the experience. I was hoping to publish it this year but it was not meant to be, so early 2017 it will arrive.

The biggest thing I would like for the new year is to just be more positive. Get rid of the negative stuff or people cluttering up life. Doing the best I can to find a positive to hold on to when the negative rears its ugly head.

How can I ever say “THANKS” to all of you who have read anything I have written, given feed back or shared with me how I have touched your life with what I have written.

Phil and I can’t wait for the new memories to be created



Merry Christmas Kids

13220612_1267108243299776_508470623998151614_o-copyWhat a year it’s been

Didn’t go quite as I had planned but when does it.

I just wanted to take this time to say “THANKS” for all your love and support throughout 2016. It has been a wild ride full of some great surprises

I am taking a break over the holidays to spend some extra time with Phil and to just have a veg out.

Stay safe over the New Year’s celebrations.

See you in 2017

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