Friday Finds

Ciao, amici! This week’s final post will be short and sweet. Well, maybe not sweet. But definitely short. At least, shorter than usual.

I’m babbling. Anyway…

I’ve had my share of challenges in the last few months. Most recently, my son celebrated his 22nd birthday, and it was the first of his birthdays that I didn’t get to spend with him. It probably doesn’t seem like that big a deal to most of you, but I coped poorly. It was a huge deal to me. Empty Nest Syndrome has hit me harder than I ever thought it would. Which brings me to today’s quote by an unknown author:

On particularly rough days when I’m sure
I can’t possibly endure,
I like to remind myself that my track record

for getting through bad days so far is 100%.
And that’s pretty good.

Nothing I could do about not being there for my son’s big day but talk to him and enjoy every second of the call. I saved the tears for after I hung up. And then I reminded myself that I have a perfect record of living through pain.

Now, as dwelling only sucks me down a vortex of despair, I’m going to move on to other matters. Namely, my blogging schedule. Again. Because I haven’t changed things enough recently, right?

Next week, instead of the usual features, I’ll be hosting my SE partners in our Something Wicked Tour. Complete details can be found here now or on daily Story Empire posts next week. And I’ll have my specific host posts Monday through Friday, each of which will end with a link to where I’m being hosted.

It may sound tedious the way I just explained it, but it should be a lot of fun.

I’ll wrap up October with a couple of random things (stay tuned!), but then I’ll be largely absent in November. Because I don’t’ have enough going on, I’m trying NaNoWriMo for the first time ever. (I’m Writester if you want to buddy-up.) I have no idea if I’ll have the time (or the will) to do it, but I’m going to try. So I won’t be posting here, and I probably won’t have time for commenting on your sites. I’m so sorry to be gone (again) but it’s a time issue.

Okay, maybe this post wasn’t as short as I expected. Sorry.

But that’s it in a nutshell. I miss my family, I’m overworked, I have a tour all next week, NaNo is coming, and I’m going to be absent again.

What’s going on with you? Let’s talk about it.

And now, this week’s writing links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:


Story Empire

Posts by others in the industry:

To make you smile:

And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.

Have a great weekend! Arrivederci!

63 thoughts on “Friday Finds

    • It’s all just too much sometimes, isn’t it? This past week, I took a hard look at things and came to the realization that I have to cut a lot out. But that’s a sad topic for another day. Let’s just let this positive quote linger…

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  1. We’re in the same boat with this empty next thing, Staci. I haven’t been with my oldest son for the past several years on his birthday, and it still makes me a little sad. I think I’ll give NaNo a shot – I’ll look you up.

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  2. I’m sorry you couldn’t be with your son for his birthday, I missed my grandson’s for the first time this year, as well, and it broke my heart. They say Facetime works, but it’s not the same, is it?
    Good luck with NaNo. With all I have on my plate, I SHOULD have signed up to get some motivation! lol

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    • No, FaceTime isn’t the same. I keep telling myself it’s better than when my grandparents left family behind in Italy and never saw or talked to them again, but it’s a small comfort.

      It’s not too late to join NaNo!

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  3. I totally relate to the empty-nester syndrome. I remember the first year our youngest daughter couldn’t come home from college for the holidays. It was the saddest and quietest holiday ever! I too have signed up for NaNoWriMo and have no idea how I’ll be able to do everything I have to do AND write 1700 words per day. We shall see, but I’m going to give it a shot! I’ve sent a buddy request to you. I have a feeling all of our blogs may suffer through November unless we schedule posts ahead of time. Either way, it will be an experience! Thanks for sharing, Staci!

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    • I didn’t want to schedule posts and not be here to comment on them, so I’m just taking a break. Hopefully I don’t suffer for it. I will head over to my NaNo account as soon as I’m through email and accept that buddy request!

      Empty-nesting is rough. I was just getting used to my daughter missing Easter because college doesn’t have an Easter break. Now I’ll be missing Thanksgiving and Christmas with her this year, too. And I just missed my son’s birthday. When I was a kid, everyone was together for every holiday. And just random things, too. I wish it was like that again.

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  4. I must be a bad person. I just want mine to go away. I have one pushing 40 who still lives at home. The tour is going to be tiring, but fun. Think of all the nice comments and interaction we’re going to get. I’m going to miss all you guys while you’re in your culverts or wherever you go to write. I’ll bet you all win.

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  5. I’m so sorry you weren’t with your son for his birthday, but I know you were there in spirit.
    Like you, I’m taking November off blogging to tackle NaNo. I’ll be announcing my plans the end of October. Fingers crossed we can both pull it off and “win.”

    And I’m looking forward to our Something Wicked Tour, You’ve just reminded me I need to add links to the posts about where I’ll be that day. One more thing for the to do list, LOL!

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  6. I am also doing NaNo for the first time. If you need more buddies, I’m Chelepie. And I’m not nearly as busy as you are. But I do have my challenges. I do miss seeing family for all special occasions, and I wish we could be together to celebrate. Perhaps someday…

    Good luck with your busy schedule.

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  7. You have a lot on the go, Staci. I had a post a day this week for my Through the Nethergate promotions and it was, and still is, a struggle to keep up. I have not inclination or enthusiasm to try and do the November writing undertaking. I will just plod along as I do all the time.

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  8. That is a wonderful quote! I have to say I also have a 100% track record of getting through bad days, weeks, months, years. Darn, I sound like a Debbie Downer don’t I? I’m looking forward to the tour next week as well as NaNo. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can do it and that my writing muse doesn’t run off into oblivion.

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  9. Staci, I can totally relate to your feelings at missing your son’s birthday. This empty-nester is … (insert appropriate word, probably not appropriate for here!) My son left for uni four weeks ago and his weekend will be the first time I see him since. Can’t wait!! He’s 18 and settled in well and enjoying himself. But I know he’s had hard times. As for me … I thought I was going mad the first week but luckily it got better. And yep, this January will be the first time we will not all be together birthday. Planning an early home celebration. Sorry for rambling on, you touched a nerve! Good luck with November! You can do it! 😀

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