Wednesday, May 10, 2017

To Boldly Go

I had a very fun weekend!! I'm exhausted, but I wanted to share about it. Warning, it's a long post! :)

On Saturday, I drove to Minneapolis. It's about a three hour drive from where I live in Iowa. I hate driving on the interstate. Hate it. I'm from a small town and I can usually take the highway to wherever I want to go, but not this time. I also have some anxiety when it comes to driving. But I wanted to go to Wizard World Con Minneapolis to meet Nichelle Nichols, the woman who played Lt. Uhura in the original series of Star Trek. She's been an inspiration to me and I really admire her. I could do it.

I started the drive around 2pm. It wasn't too bad, though I realized a few minutes in that my air conditioner stopped working. Alright. I could drive with the window cracked. It wasn't that hot. I made it about 50 minutes into the drive when I heard a weird rattling sound coming from my front driver's side tire. Okay. There's a small piece in the bumper on that side that's broken there and rattles when the wind goes through it. It started to make me anxious as it got louder. I couldn't take it after about ten minutes. I pulled off on the first exit I could take and found a gravel road. I checked the car and saw that a piece of the plastic in the wheel well had broken and was rattling. I called my dad and he said it would still be okay to drive. I bent the plastic back away from the wheel and got back onto the interstate.
The gravel road I stopped on - it was very nice outside!
The drive wasn't too bad until I got closer to the Twin Cities. Three lanes of traffic. I stayed in the middle and was okay. I got lost a few times, taking the wrong exit. The merging in and out in the city was crazy!! I could never live in a big city like that. I met my friend, Amy at our hotel. She drove from Wisconsin to meet me.

We found a local place for dinner that had delicious hamburgers! We stopped by Walmart and I bought some red duct tape. Fixed that loose piece of plastic. :) It's a little redneck, but it works. We had a nice relaxing evening and we got to go swimming!

It's hard to see, but there's duct tape above the wheel
Sunday morning - we went early. I picked my clothes carefully wanting to look nice for my picture. I was very excited! The traffic wasn't too bad on the way to the convention center. I was super excited!! We walked around and looked at the vendors for a while. There were so many talented people! I wish I were that good of an artist. I did see three local authors too, which was pretty cool!! Maybe I can do that someday if I ever get a book published. I met some hilarious people too!

My favorite thing about being at Wizard World Con is getting to be around so many people who share the same geeky interests and aren't afraid to be who they truly are - geeks! Nerdy people. :) I love it! I didn't feel awkward or ashamed to be wearing Star Trek clothing. I was comfortable to be me! I wished I had more time to spend there!

It came time for my photo. Amy headed off for some shopping while I waited in line. My hands were shaking I was so excited! :) It helped to talk to a few girls in line with me. They were pretty excited too! I ended up fifth in line. We headed around the corner to see her and there she was!! She was lovely and so sweet. I'm so glad that I got to meet her, even if it was very brief! It was worth it - to meet a woman who is an inspiration to so many. I admire everything she's done.

Me with Nichelle Nichols!!
Once I had my picture in my hand, I went to find Amy. She went to another show while I went to listen to Marina Sirtis speak. She played Counselor Troi in Next Generation. I laughed so much! She wasn't quiet like her character in the show. She was loud and sarcastic and honest! It was great to hear her answer questions about the cast and even her stint on NCIS. At the very end, she talked about how grateful she is for us, the audience. Because of our support and love of the show, she's had a good life and everything she's been given is because of those who love the show. She was in tears, thankful for the support of all the fans.

We then went on a Yoga Quest. The yoga instructor went through a fanfiction story of Star Trek mirror universe while doing yoga poses. Each character had a different pose. It was funny and relaxing! I've never done a yoga quest before and I really enjoyed it. After a little more shopping, we headed out.

It was so nice to be there! I wish I'd had more time. I did get within twenty feet of John Barrowman as he signed autographs. He's even more wonderful and handsome in person! I wish I could have heard his panel the day before.

It was such a nice weekend! I loved the fact that I got out of my comfort zone and survived my driving anxiety. I got to meet one of my inspirations and I had a really nice time with my friend, Amy. I have to say that I love going to cons. I hope to go to more! It's so nice to be around people with the same interests. I love geeks. I love who I am as a Trekkie and so many other nerdy things. If you get a chance, you really should go some time. It's a fun experience. :)  Be who you are and love who you are, it makes life better. :)

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Goals

April showers bring May flowers! :) Well, hopefully they do! Also I love the rainy days, so today is a perfect rainy day here in Iowa. :)

Since it's a new month - it's time for me to update my monthly goals. I haven't been doing any other blogging this year, but there's a lot going on. I'm catching up on reading, working my two jobs, trying to finish a cross-stitch blanket, and saving money. It's going well. I will hopefully have a more detailed post coming up soon.

Here are my goals from March:
* Finish revision on "Silent Beauty"

* Read five books



Yay! I'm caught up on my reading since I was behind after only reading one book in February. Also, I found out that you can count a reread book on Goodreads! Which means I'm rereading some of my favorite books - I'm in love with that! The purple books are the ones I reread last month. It's probably very easy to guess that Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors! :)

In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) by Tamora Pierce
Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce
Wild Magic (The Immortals #1) by Tamora Pierce
Mad About Matt by Theresa Paolo
Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales by Tamora Pierce
Star Trek Beyond: Collector's Edition by Titan

Goals for April:
* Finish tractor on cross-stitch blanket

* Write 10,000 words
It doesn't matter the project, but to get back into writing!

* Research editors


I'm very excited with this new month! It's getting closer to summer and to a goal that I have, but I'm not going to talk about until it happens, so you'll have to wait. :) I hope your goals from last month went well! What are your goals for April?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March Goals

Sorry that I've taken so long to post, but it's already been a week into March and I'm finally getting around to updating my monthly goals. But I'm doing it! And that's what matters. :)

Here are my goals from February:
* Finish Star Trek artwork for living room

* Write next chapter of "Nixie"

* Revise first 50 pages of "Charlotte"
I did revise the first 6 pages? That counts as something.

 
Nothing too exciting. But it was a shorter month? To be fair, I started another revision of my novel, "Silent Beauty" and I'm working really hard on that. I hope to finish the new version by the next Sunday, the 19th. I'm really hoping these revisions are better!! Also, I didn't really do much reading last month.

The Princess and the Thief by Kelley Lynn

Yep. That's the only book I read. It was pretty good though! :) I plan on doing more reading this month to catch up. I am happy with how my artwork turned out for my living room! It's very cute and perfect. I plan on adding more soon.


Goals for March:
* Finish revision on "Silent Beauty"

* Read five books


Not that many goals, but I'm working on it! :) I hope your goals from last month went well! I better get to work since I don't have as much time to finish since my goals are posted so late. Have a great Wednesday!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Goals

So far, this year has been... interesting and horrible, but I wont get into the politics. Personally, I did get stood up for a blind date, but oh well. He probably wasn't a good enough guy anyway. It hurt, but I'm okay with it being over. The whole thing make me really anxious anyway.

It's time for an update in my monthly goals.

Here are my goals from January:
* Begin revisions on "Charlotte"
I didn't do much other than add a new document, change some spacing and reread the first page, but I started. :)

* Start saving money

* Make next decision for "Silent Beauty"
I did another round of revisions! Hopefully these ones are better. I feel like I'm slowly getting closer.


I accomplished all of my goals from last month! I decided to start pretty easy. :) I also did really well starting the year with my reading! I read 5 out of 52 books for my goal, which is a great start. :)

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket
Star War: The Original Trilogy Stories by LucasFilm Book Group
Make Lemonade (A Hope Falls Kindle World Novella) by Cassie Mae
It's a Mall World After All by Janette Rallison
Broken Records by Cassie Mae

Goals for February:
* Finish Star Trek artwork for living room

* Write next chapter of "Nixie"

* Revise first 50 pages of "Charlotte"


How did your goals from January go? What are your goals for February?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IWSG - I'm Krista

Today is the first meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group in 2017! :)


The Insecure Writer's Support Group posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

I decided that for the first post of this year - I'd reintroduce myself! :)


Hi! My name is Krista McLaughlin. I work full-time as an infant teacher, and I also work part-time in retail. Busyness is a frequent struggle for me! I'm not married and have no kids. I'm a serious Trekkie, Hobbit, Whovian, and Hufflepuff. My nose is usually stuck in a book or I'm scribbling plot notes on pieces of paper at work. I write YA Contemporary novels and have self-published one novella called "Breathless". I'm still working on hopefully finding an agent this year! I've written thirteen novels to date. (see below)

Falling Star - YA Christian Fiction
Down in the Creek - YA Christian Fiction
To Love without Hope - YA Christian Fiction
The Secret - YA Christian Fiction
Nameless/Unless - YA Epic Fantasy
Defiance - YA Urban Fantasy
Breathless - YA Contemporary Romance novella
The Damned - YA Urban Fantasy
Somebody to Love – YA Fantasy Romance
Silent Beauty – YA Contemporary
Nothing Left to Lose – YA Contemporary
Summer of Lies – YA Contemporary
Charlotte - YA Contemporary

Crossing my fingers that one of them is good enough! :)

I thought I'd also give you a little more info on places to "find" me! I say a lot of funny things on Twitter and I do have an author page on Facebook where I post a little about what I'm working on! So, feel free to stalk follow me there!

Feel free to introduce yourself below! Follow me on Twitter and let me know, so I can follow you back!

Monday, January 2, 2017

January Goals

It's 2017! I'm really hoping that great things happen in this year. Last year ended well with my goals and I'm excited to start new ones.

Here are my goals from December:
* Read six books

* Write personal/writing goals for 2017

* Celebrate Christmas with my friends and family


I completed all of my goals last month! They weren't too difficult since it was a busy month with work and the holidays. I managed to read 7 books last month! I wanted to finish my Goodreads goal of 50 books and I actually read 51 books last year! :) I'm happy with how that turned out!


Here are the books I read last month:
The Opposite of Ordinary by Jessica Sorensen
Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
Heartbreak by Skye Warren
The Trouble with Falling (The Trouble Series, #4) by Rochelle Morgan
Teach Me to Forget by Erica Chapman
Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1) by Brenda Drake
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by J.K. Rowling


Goals for January:
* Begin revisions on "Charlotte"

* Start saving money

* Make next decision for "Silent Beauty"


I hope your goals for this year go well! What are your goals for January?