Doreen Jensen

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  • in reply to: Week 46 Check-in #44667
    Doreen Jensen
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    Hello my peeps.

    I wrote 2833 words this week and still seeking the proper excerpts for my website. working on several classes. I just can’t give them up. We went this weekend to pick up stuff won at auction both Saturday and Sunday. It made for some pleasant outings. Trying to get things up and running.  Sometimes (by that I mean constantly)  feel like salmon swimming upstream.  What is it they say, be like a duck and be calm on the top and paddle like crazy underneath.

    Dory

     

     

    in reply to: Week 45 Check-in #44568
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Oh, Mona, I’m so very sorry to hear this. my sincerest condolences on your sister’s passing.

    Hope your hubby will be feeling better and more mobile soon. Take care of yourself.

    Dory

     

     

     

    in reply to: Week 45 Check-in #44557
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Hello Cheryl and friends.

    This week I wrote 2375 words and a few Future learn classes. Still working on the website. trying to find the best excerpts for the site.

    Went to Selkirk to pick up some jewelry I bought at auction.  Interesting going through it.

    On the way home, I stopped into Dollar Tree to pick up some gift bags for the grandniece and goddaughter.

    Cheryl, that when I thought of you. In the Christmas section, they had two ornaments on a card–little silver trailers. maybe a little more teardrop shape than yours but close.  They were made of that delicate christmas ball glass -very pretty– so if you have those stores your way,  go check it out. better a happy trailer than a mask-ornament to represent this year.

    I’m still trying to edit–i fear it will never be ready,

    Dory

     

    in reply to: Week 44 Check-in #44475
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Hello Cheryl and everyone.

    I managed 2735 words. and a few classes. now finished. I am really looking forward to Web tricks and tips. sounds awesome. I have been putting in a lot of work on getting the website up and running it’s been on standby for too long. Not sure my brain is fully functioning these days, I started my medically supervised weight loss diet at Guelph Hospital. it will be liquid shakes only for 12 weeks (Yup Christmas will suck) then gradually introducing food. It’s a once per person, government-sponsored program. I pay for the shakes and the government pays for the doctor, nurse, blood tests, and social workers.  We have a webex meeting every Wednesday. add to the drama– because we can’t meet in person they have been having the shakes shipped to us.  I got last week’s order and this morning Canada Post informed me they have a problem but will definitely get the parcel to me by Nov 23–I had to call to tell them I can’t wait that long. (really I need it by Thursday) They are looking into it– yup fun– more book fodder. I’m sure they will get straightened around.–eventually. but it’s hard to write when your tummy is rumbling.  Curly, my one cat cries everytime I fix a shake because he thinks it’s milk.(hubby uses lactose-free milk and that’s ok for cats) and he wants his share.– he is quite chubby but isn’t the nicest tasting stuff.

    anyway, I am working hard to get things done before the end of the year, writing-wise.

    fingers crossed.

    Ps, it’s been a weird week for odd information. things we writers generally don’t put in because editors probably wouldn’t believe it.–i) in the Philippines a police officer was killed in the line of duty–by a chicken. The poor man was collecting evidence after just busting a cock-fighting ring. He was gathering the birds when one of the metal blades attached to the rooster’s talons cut the femoral artery in his thigh.

    And two nights ago in Quebec City, they arrested a man wearing medieval warrior garb after he went on a rampage with a sword and killed 2 and wonder 5 in a random attack.

    Dory

     

    in reply to: Week 43 Check-in #44394
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Hello, Cheryl and everyone.

    I managed 3025 words and an trying to get everything ready to put on the website. I think I am going to forgo Nano to finish up my book before year-end, I wanted to do this year for the first time but I guess it will wait. I found that I quite like the sprints but they too will be on hold until this book is done. even cutting back on my future learns in an effort to get it done. laser focus–ooh squirrel, no don’t look at the squirrel(ooh Facebook no, no F acebook either- well maybe just a few animal pics for stress relief)

    Dory

    in reply to: Week 42 Check-in #44335
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Hello all.

    Cheryl, did you get the airstream? when you said you were headed out to get it I mentally flashed on a pic of a raccoon gleefully rubbing his little hands together and thinking “Goody goody” so I hope you got it. Hopefully, I can get into more sprints. as I think I know that your 2 pm is my 5 pm. so I hope to be there.

    I managed 2574 words last week and finished 2 future learn classes. taking the nano prep-Beth is always good. and the Bump in the Night also continues.

    I am trying to get my website loaded so I hope I can remember how to access my WordPress dashboard. Yikes

    Dory

     

    in reply to: Week 41 Check-in #44253
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Hopefully, the traditions will be back in full force next year, Yes that sprint really helped and I would like it if you sent me a link for Thursday. I was a little under the weather on Tuesday spending a great deal of it in the bathroom,. After I got the camera to work and I could see me just fine. Then, today I had the Webex meeting. the camera was working fine then I noticed I was not moving and it was like a snapshot so I went through the routine again and both lights on the camera went out. I could see and hear them but Cam was out and I could not get it back. as soon as the meeting was over then I went through it again and it was fine. It doesn’t seem to like the teleconferencing software or something. maybe the anti-virus is messing with it, I was told that could be it or that there was Bluetooth interference–apparently, Webex software doesn’t like Bluetooth someone said. hopefully, I can get it under control by Thursday. if not then I may end up incognito again. But I’d get my words in. see you then, I hope.

    in reply to: Week 41 Check-in #44231
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Hello Cheryl and everybody.

    Thank-you Cheryl for your help with zoom and spirits. it helped my word count this week. I managed 3470 words last week. I’m taking Beths Nano prep and Jacqui’s Bump in the Night. and 1 new Futurelearn class on the science of success.

    Yesterday we spent the day with BIL and family for Thanksgiving–keeping within our 10 people social bubble. Normally today we’d all be at the Rockton Worlds fair (small town pride) where we’d be looking at crafts and watching the heavy horse demonstrations. One of the things I truly miss with this pandemic. It was part of both our family’s traditions. So much has changed this year that a 2020 planner had to be the most useless item but being optimistic I have already sent for my 2021 planner( never mind that that’s the year in which Mad Max takes place.) With your Thanksgiving coming up next month how do you plan to keep traditions doing or will you modify them? I wonder if those modifications will eventually become traditions.

    Dory

     

     

     

    in reply to: 3 Questions #44109
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    sounds intriguing. so yes, yes and monthly.

    Dory

    in reply to: Week 40 Check-in #44083
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Hello gentle beings:

    I managed 2710 words and finished the dynamic dialogue class. It was wonderful. I did finish another Futurelearn class but have slowed down on how many I take at once.

    We had small (6 person ) get-together for Father-in-law who just turned 93. He is remarkably sharp but his memory is terrible and he has probably already forgotten his party.

    I was accepted into a doctor-supervised, hospital run weight loss program that will be held on Webbex. If you know how this system works please help me because I need it for my 3-hour  virtual group meetings and I am a techno dunce. hello u-tube. It starts the 14th(so right after  Canadian Thanksgiving–900 liquid only calories–blecch).  who knows what ramblings my hunger-induced delerium may produce.

    Dory

     

    in reply to: Winner! #44034
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Allie, I sent you my info a few days ago. Did you receive it?

    Dory

    in reply to: Week 39 Check-in #44000
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Hello Cheryl and fellow writers.

    I managed 2635 words this week and have entered day 7 of year 3 of consecutive writing.

    I managed several classes. and currently working on 2 future learns re copyrights.

    It’s otherwise been a quiet week. We have had a beautiful week of back to summer weather but this week promised to be very cool. Its been a roller coaster of alternating the air conditioner and the furnace.  Its been one or the other on or both off.  But it is nearing the end of September. Saw a big Wooley Bear caterpillar yesterday and legend tells us that the thicker his coat the harder the winter. hard to judge but he looked pretty thick.

    Dory

     

     

     

     

     

    in reply to: Week 38 Check-in #43957
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Cheryl; Do they name trailers like they do cars and boats? I should think so. I guess if you do name it it will be after you assess its features and personality. Our current vehicle belonged to a paramedic supervisor and has about 6 antennas on top. When it first came home hubby referred to it as “the Great White Whale” so I sent for a small beanie baby whale for the vehicle and never used it as for the past year  it is has been  referred to as “The Beast.” I look forward to hearing what clever name you are calling your trailer.

    I may just write a small-town romance, It’s not the first time someone has suggested it to me. and I do like that title.

    Dory

     

    in reply to: Week 38 Check-in #43938
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Hello Cheryl and everyone:  Welcome Deb–You’ll love it here.

    I managed 2182 words and am working on our Dialogue class, Sharron Gunn’s  Scottish Highland class and a few future Learn classes. There is one on copyrights. Went on a little jaunt past lake Erie to pick up some vintage jewelry I won at auction. I am really easily distracted by shiny things. Yup. I got a thing for the bling.  It was a nice drive, a nice brunch of pumpkin pancakes, and lovely lake views.

    Cheryl, has your trailer arrived yet? hope so.

    Dory

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    in reply to: Friday Session 1 – Showing Stress #43892
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Thank-you. What a difference that makes. So much more impact. Thank-you again.

    Dory

    in reply to: Week 37 Check-in #43883
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    I completed the BIAW and that helped the total for this week, I’m still in that mode. I finished one future learn class and am taking our dialogue class and the Scottish history class. I brought in my fairy garden stuff–many of the pieces were missing–esp toadstools and little hedgehogs. I think the squirrels thought they were nuts. My wildflowers are still hanging in there but the days and ep the nights have become much cooler. de[ending on my bloodtests on friday I may be entering a medically supervised weightloss program(goverment sponsored) but I’m rather aprehensive about only having 900 calories of liquid for 12 weeks and tapering off until mid march.  well see how it goes. The savvy conference was interesting but I got most of it after as being on the computer for a long time is difficult during weekends.  Well that was my week, looking forward to hearing about all of yours.

    Dory

     

    in reply to: Lesson 3 – Launching a scene #43882
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Hearing the call, Kieran raced to the top of the parapet.”He yelled over his shoulder to a young sentry. “See that the archers are in place. Women and children to the keep”  As the man started to move away, Kieran added, “That includes Victoria. Make her go.”

    Dory

    in reply to: Friday Session 1 – Showing Stress #43880
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    assignment 1 take two:

    the hero has just spilled the beans that the heroine was adopted, she didn’t know. She had been listening in the rushes  near the hero and her family (father and 7 brothers)

    “Daughter, listen to me, for it is daughter you are to me. What was I to do? Your mother, that is my wife died, always wanting a daughter. You were but a babe. Your parents lived in the trailer next to us. One night we heard a terrible crash Your parents were killed in an auto accident. Grant was the first to arrive. “Your mother’s dying words to him were to take good care of you. What could I do?”, his voice breaking with emotion, ”There was Grant holding out this squalling baby girl. ”She has no-one,” he pleaded, ”Can we keep her?”

    “Just like that, you keep me, as if I were some stray puppy.” She turned to hide the tears threatening to flow.

    Dory Hope this shows more stress .

    in reply to: Friday Session 1 – Showing Stress #43786
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    First, thank-you. and second “Sorry”. I focused on the regression and completely forgot the point was showing stress.  Talk about missing the obvious.

    Dory

    in reply to: Friday Session 1 – Showing Stress #43771
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    A family of Hollywood stuntmen find themselves stranded in the 13th century Scottish borders where they are mistaken for Viking mercenaries.

     

    Kieran faced the group, trying to assess them.

    “I heard that Vikings named their swords. Do you have names for yours?”

    Grant winked at Victoria. “Yes, we do. This”, he said,” is Blood Spiller.” He patted the hilt

    Doc chimed in with, ”Decapitator”. He raised the sword high above his head.

    “Blood Drinker, Soul Taker, Flesh Flayer, Blood River” chorused the others.

    Kieran looked at Victoria. “And yours? By what fearsome name do you call yer sword.?”

    He watched her eyes crinkle with devilment. She aimed her sword just below Kieran’s chin.  In her best Pacino impersonation, she remarked.  “Say hello to my little friend, Blood Kitten.”

    “Blood Kitten”, he repeated raising a brow quizzically,  ”T’is hardly frightening.”

    Without a word, she lifted her weapon and keenly sliced through the lacing of his breeches.

    As Kieran snatched at his trews in an effort to hold them up, he heard her mocking laughter.”

    “Just say “Hello Kitty.”

    in reply to: Session 2 – Establishing a character (PDF version) #43770
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

     

     

    “I don’t see why she fusses over him.” Said Winslow flatly.” He’s  just her cousin.”

    “Yeah,” the corners of Julie’s mouth curved upward. ‘Kissing Cousins.”

    She watched Winslow blush as he continued.” Thirteenth-century warrior, not much upstairs.”

    “Maybe,” she winked,” but man, what a staircase.”

    She watched his face lose color, as he struggled to retain composure.

    “Kelly assures me their relationship is purely platonic.”

    “Yeah, …play for him and a tonic for her.”

    “God, must you be so ridiculous?  Can’t you have a conversation without jokes?”

    “I’ll tell you what, I’ll give up my shtick when you give up your stick.”

    “What stick?”

    “The one up your butt.”

    He turned to leave but Julie reached out, tugging on his sleeve to pull him back around.

    Her face was lined, her mouth pursed. She angrily jabbed him in the chest with along black manicured nail.

    “I will tell you this, detective Winslow,” her voice curt and serious. “You think you love her but you don’t. You feel responsible for her. You are obsessed with finding the killer. That’s all well and good, but it’s not love. Angus thinks he doesn’t love her but he does.  Don’t screw this up for her?”

    Whatever answer Winslow was about to give was silenced as Kelly and Angus returned to the room

    Dory

    in reply to: Week 36 Check-in #43747
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Hello all. Its Labour Day here and its been a lovely long weekend.

    I wrote 3687 words this week. -I did 2 future learns this week and started  HHRWs  Scottish highlands1500-1800.

    I will have a story featured on Zoomer media. It’s the story of my mom’s passing in longterm care. It’s for CARP(seniors advocacy group.) It was an interview–for which I wrote 6 pages and then they edited it into an article. It’s to hopefully make changes to Long term care. so that privately owned homes won’t continue put profit over people.

    Dory

     

    in reply to: Introduction and Overview #43746
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Hello all, I’m Dory. and I write Scottish time travels and urban fantasy based on Celtic mythology.  and I’m looking forward to the class.

    Dory

    in reply to: Week 35 Check-in #43598
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    hello all, I did 2295 words last week did our Fth class and working on Norse Scotland(HHRW) and finished 2 future learn  classes.

    Rainy and chilly here this week but lovely out there today

    Dory

     

     

     

    in reply to: Week 34 Check-in #43539
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    I managed 4005 words, and several classes. Spending a lot of time in my garden. Since my one series(still working on them) is about a fairie cat I started a fairy garden in the back. not big but cute. had family BBQ at BILs and that was nice. I am still in SIAW mode (minus the sprints) but am getting extra written. I needed that kick in the pants. thank-you.

    Dory

    in reply to: Week 34 Check-in #43538
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Kathy ,I think Savvy authors is having a pitchfest early next month.

    Dory

    in reply to: Week 33/SIAW Check-in #43537
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    oh, Mona, I’m so sorry to hear of all you are dealing with. I’ll put you and your family in my prayers.

    Dory

    in reply to: August 2020 SIAW post #43400
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Ok, sorry, Hubby is on a 3 day work week now and that throws me off-kilter. I did manage to write every day but not sprint. (I thank-you Cheryl for your kind offer to walk me through the zoom thing–I hope I can master it for next time if not I may take you up on the offer and come into the 21st century.) the offer was very much appreciated. I did manage 4030 words so that’s a win in my book–so thank you Cheryl for organizing the SIAW.

    Dory

    in reply to: August 2020 SIAW post #43322
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    I still haven’t figured out this zoom sprint thing and I’m a really slow typist but I did manage 510 words today

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    in reply to: August 2020 SIAW post #43294
    Doreen Jensen
    Participant

    Well, here I am late again. Forgot the date–pandemic or no retirement means forgetting which day it is. so my goal will be about 4,000 words.

    TTYL

    Dory

     

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