Updated Blog and Changes 4/25/2019

There have been a few changes to this blog lately.  I have removed and combined several categories.  I moved posts around into new categories.  I am also trying to clarify what topics I will be writing about in this blog in order to clarify it for myself and for my readers. 

The writing that I placed on this blog will stay here, in the meantime my recent writing and updates on it are on my writer’s site: http://katherineesoto-author.com/     If you want to keep up with my writing, please see this site.  The writing that is on this blog will be static for the most part. I am adding to my author site as a priority, so when my novel is ready my bog is ready, too.

On lIfeonthelist.com I plan to write about 4 things:

Art and art Journaling- mainly my adventures into the world of art.  Art I find is interesting, pieces that are interesting, plus my own art piece I create.

Lifestyle- My life and things I find interesting.

Dialysis- I am practicing writing dialysis articles here and slowly gearing up to write my nonfiction book about dialysis.

Travel- Place I go, places I want to go, research on places around the world, other people’s ideas and places they have gone. 

I think I can find a lot of things to blog about on these four topics plus keep this blog interesting.

Please fell free to make suggestions and comments when you visit.

Car Accident

A car accident today in our red car on the way to dialysis. Victor was driving. I have no idea what happened because I was playing a game on my phone, looking down. All I got was the crash. We were hit by a young man who was wearing a Concordia student outfit, who also hit another car after he hit us or in the middle of hitting us. Victor was making a left hand turn across an intersection. He says all he saw was something came from the right suddenly and there we were spinning to the left. He had his foot on the brake and we got stopped before re-entering traffic on Redland’s Blvd. The car’s airbags deployed. We had a Sheriff pull up on us as I was getting out of the car. They helped Victor get out of the car. His door would not open properly and he only had a small space between the airbag and the door frame. His artificial leg made it awkward. I got out of the car quickly grabbing my purse and dialysis bag, as well as my cane. My phone was still in my hands. We were moved over to the curb for safety. I took pictures of the cars involved. Paramedics were called because our airbags deployed. The fire department moved the car to the side of the road. The community liaison from the SB Police came and took reports and made sure everyone had shared insurance and names. Victor stayed with the until it was towed. The tow truck driver brought him home. My dialysis center director came in her car and brought me to the center from the accident site three blocks away. I am bruised on my left hand and arm, plus down my right hip from the seat belt. I ache, but then I ache all the time anyway. We are all right, just going to be sore for a few days, plus dealing with the aftermath of having our car hit.

Victor with the smashed car.

Safety airbags deployed
Our front bumper off the car

My Life Recently

I have been busy writing my fiction story. I have written 49,000 words so far into my first draft. I realize I am going to have to edit the entire thing slowly and grow a good story out of it. It is going to take time and effort to do it all. I am also working on another story, but it has taken a back seat to the one I am actively involved in every day. I have written a few poems recently. I want to send those into a contest or two.

Dialysis continues three days a week. I am doing all right for six hours. I am managing my dry weight and fluid intake pretty well now. It is probably the hardest part of dialysis, being thirsty and having to limit those fluids all the time. When I was in Las Vegas with friends, I was amazed at the amount of fluids they consumed over the day. They always had something to drink on them or in their hands. You who can drink fluids, please enjoy one on me. I have worked on not complaining to my husband when we arrive at the center. Makes for a better change of venue in my brain, to come in with a good attitude instead of being negative towards it. It is a large part of my days MWF. I won a hat from Kidney Beans a Facebook group I belong to. Amy does a raffle each month. For National Kidney Month she has done a raffle a week.

I take terrible selfies, but here is the hat on my head. It says I am dialysis strong.

So between household chores, writing and dialysis, this is a snapshot of my life lately.

From Sarcastic Mama

Busy Days

I am trying to work on reading, writing, and community in my writing career from 9 am to 4 pm Tuesday and Thursdays. Dialysis is still MWF 1:15 to 7:15, 6 hours. We leave at 11:15 to get lunch at Carl’s Jr.
See my new author’s page at katherineesoto-author.com to see an update about my writing;
My Art Journal this week was on Freedom in my Life.

Classes I have Taken

Udemy Classes- Writing

Writing with Flair- How to Become an Exceptional Writer

Ninja Writing- The Four Level of Writing Mastery

Creative Writing- Start writing, keep writing

Writing Dynamic Dialogue 1- Basics

Art Journal Classes

These are not teaching classes but participation through prompts for art journal pages.

Determine to Shine- 30 Day Art Journal

Blogging Courses Online

Build your Blog Bootcamp from Ruth Soukup

Blogging Made Simple- along with videos by Ruth Soukup

My Reference Books About Writing (so far)

This is my way of tracking what I have and what I need to read or use.

diy/MFA by Gabriela Pereira

The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E. B. White

The Elements if Style Workbook by Tip Top Education

Now Write Series- Fiction, Science Fiction, Nonfiction Writing prompt books-Edited by Sherry Ellis

The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglist

On my Kindle:

If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

The Dictionary of Fiction Critique by Kate Jonuska

Write and Publish your First Book by Lorna F. Kopp

How I Realized I Needed to Know How to Write and What I Did About It

I was trying to write an article for a blog piece for another site, I got stuck. For goodness sake it was my own life I was writing about. How could I get stuck? I kept writing and finally found a style I could write it into. I will post a link when it goes live.

I have had story I have been trying to write for a few years. It wrote flat and I could not get the characters to come alive. I found a set of character development sheets and decided to work on something else using that. Those stories turned out so much better. I was slowly figuring things out . I was always told I was a good writer because I had a good imagination and followed the grammatically correct formats used in writing. It was better, but I wanted more.

I was online and ran across this site https://diymfa.com/

Her books says you can do your own Masters in Fine Arts at home through three things Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build your community. I bought the book and joined her community on Facebook Word Nerds Unite . There will be community hub coming soon for her website members.

So far I have read her book to Chapter 19 and taken notes throughout. I am using a lot the information in it as I write and read now. The community is a great group of people.

I also have lists of other writing places to go when I am done studying this book.

I have taken three writing classes through thttps://www.udemy.com/ . I am on my fourth. I have taken Ninja Writing;Writing with Flair; Creative Writing, Get Writing, Keep Writing; Writing Dynamic Dialogue Course 1. You have to pay for these courses and there are sales all the time. I am cheap and will not pay over ten bucks for a course.

My next books I am going to tackle about writing is The Elements of Style and The Elements of Style Workbook.

I am also in another writing community on Facebook Writers helping writers. I am slowly building my community.

I also write two biographies on my own invented characters in Valdemar from Mercedes Lackey books. I have fulfilled enough qualifications to be in the role play group and be Teacher-Herald Kit Katz in Queen’s Own. I have been declared so in their newsletter as Herald, next month I will be Teacher- Herald. I even drew three pictures for it.

I am also writing everyday. Either on a WIP, or from a prompt. I am trying to post some of the swill I write here, so you can read what my devious mind creates. Watch my writing get better through my learning process.

My Writing (an update)

You will all be proud to know I have read to Chapter 19 in the diy/MFA book on writing and have even taken notes. I find the information is sticking to my brain when I am writing and reading things. I even have my next book of study ready to go. I bought a book to read that goes with the WIP (Work in Progress). I even looked up old and new Wall Street maps to use as references.

I had an idea in the shower for a story and world and it will not let go of me so it is slowly being evolved. I will be drawing a map for this world as I create it more and more. I fell into RPG map making videos by accident one day so now I know how to draw maps. I did one of an island. Not bad for a first map.

I also discovered a few places for names of Fantasy characters. Very helpful.

https://donjon.bin.sh/ has a lot of things to look at when when developing a world.

https://azgaar.github.io/Fantasy-Map-Generator/ a link to map generator that has great coastlines.

https://inkarnate.com/  a great world builder tool

This guy from WASD20 has lots of Youtube videos teaching how to draw RPG maps and he makes it easy. I had no idea!

The internet is a great resource for writers but real books need to be used too.

Happy writing and reading!