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New Baby (rescue kitty)

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So this little girl had been lurking around in our back woods for a few weeks. The hubs heard her meowing as he worked on my truck and called to her whenever he could.

He finally coaxed her out of hiding, and eventually close enough to put food out for her to smell and see. She gobbled it right up. This went on for about a week he attempted to touch her, which she gladly let him.

We continued to feed her and show her love until April 18th. There were strong storms predicted and I didn’t want to leave her out there…she didn’t seem happy with the shelter we had made for her.

So, we brought her into the house. I am so glad we did. We had tornado alarms all night. The weather was horrid at times.

My other three cats seemed un-phased for the the most part…a little hissing back and forth was all.

This little girl had to have been in a home previously. She wasn’t feral. She wasn’t little box trained either, but only had one accident before learning to use the box, so she is very smart.

She is very attached and has bonded with the hubby. He is happy with that as all the other cats are mine. I AM THE MOTHER OF CATS!!

He took her to the vet the next morning, and she had worms of course, was only 6lbs of skin and bones, and is appx. a year old.

We have named her Windi  – yanno, since the tornado stuff.

Its been almost a week now and she is fitting in just fine. She is getting lots of sleep, loves to curl up on the hubs when he sleeps, and is navigating around the house on her own at her own pace.

The other cats are giving her her space, well, except Lil Man…he wants a playmate so badly. Though even he just gets close enough to sniff her.

She is extremely loving. She sits on me and rests her head on my shoulder as I pet from head to tail, as she purrs softly. However, when the hubby is up and about, she is all Daddys Girl.

In two weeks she goes back to the vet to be spayed and get her boosters – then the other three cats need their annual check ups.

Busy cat lady me!

 

Be sweet! <3

 

 

 

 


Musings on NaNoWriMo

November is quite a ways off, I know, but usually this time of year I start my coordination with the library to host my National Novel Writing Month events.

Last years turn out was dismal. As was the year before. When I first took the role of Municipal Liaison for my region, plenty of people came to the library write-ins. It was great. We talked, wrote, had pizza parties. I even met with people outside of the events, at my local coffee shop, to keep the spirit of the event going, and helping those people who love writing motivated. It breaks my heart that for the past two years the numbers have plummeted.

The library I host at is a good 45 minutes away. Its a great library, and they are enthusiastic about clearing a community room for the event to be hosted in, and provide things like coffee and whatnot.

Outside of the gas and snacks I’ve provided in the past, I also try to bolster a little competition by offering a prize pack to the highest word count among those who attend the write ins. These packs are basically gift bags with books on writing and unique coffee mugs. Things like that.

Last year I got really depressed after the event due to its poor turn out. And since then, I have been pondering what to do.

I am considering that this year, rather than work so hard on a project that no one attends, I will forgo the event at the library and host personal write-ins at the local coffee shop for those who do want someone to sit with. I know the library will be disappointed.

This may sound terrible, but one thing that does make me feel a little as if ‘its not me’, is the fact that NaNoWriMo as a whole, I mean world wide, seems to have been hit with this decline. The organization has not been receiving the donations needed to support their own events. They have cancelled a yearly event meant for we Municipal Liaisons. They aren’t reaching donation goals. Its sad, because the idea behind NaNo is great.

So, even though I have pretty much made up my mind about what I will do with the event this year, I am dragging my feet on contacting my library on it.

Ugh. Adulting is hard.

 

 

 


The Worm Reviews Partner

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To all my fellow authors and writers, I’d like to invite you to take a look at a new partner of mine.

The Worm Reviews is a book review site, looking for books, both new and old, to read and gives reviews on, giving you all a little more exposure. The Worm welcomes ALL genres.

If you would like your book reviewed, please send it my way at zoe.ambler5@gmail.com, preferably in a PDF format with ‘book review’ in the subject line.

You can also submit your work directly to the site itself.

Take advantage of this great opportunity. Its completely free, and can earn you a little bit more exposure and book sales!

 

Be sweet, my darlings!

 

 


A new direction

Hello my sweets!

As you can see by looking around, I have made some changes to the site. I have taken down my book and some other pages, because, really, sales are down and the book can be found anywhere.

Why the change? Its time to branch off in a new direction. My tags will change, my content will change.

Whats to come? More talk of gaming, more talk of writing (no change there) and some more on the things that fascinate me the most in our world…like serial killers and news items.

Oh, there will still be plenty of talks of my daily hilarity that is called my life, and plenty of talk of the kitties and their adventures in driving me mad.

The book and movie reviews will be back, as I love doing those.

Of course, the occasional rant will find its way into the pages from time to time, because I am small and can only contain so much rage.

You will also find that I have an added website. I took my ‘Clattering Keyboard’ blogger site off google and gave it its own fancy smancy domain. It is listed under my real name. It WILL, at time, have different content. You can find it at www.clatteringkeyboard.com if interested.

Please keep in mind, I am not done with either site. The listing for the Bloodletting game is not quite complete, as I have a lot of content and explanations for the game yet to go.

Now, as for the difference in the site, as I’ve said, this site may have content different than the other and vice versa.

Its funny, and kind of weird, to be in the world as both Zoe Ambler and Beth McMarlin.

I have a friend I met online under the name Zoe, and we now meet face to face every few months for a lunch date and she insists on calling me Zoe rather than my real name. I am simply her ‘Zo Zo’. And I love it.

A note on the kitties. All three are terrors and I think they are plotting something because suddenly all three are getting along really well. Definitely plotting.

So, thats the update for now.

Be sweet to one another, my darlings. ~mwah~

 


November was dismal

Howdy my lovelies!

November did not go over as planned. Not by a long shot.

NaNoWriMo was dismal, with 3 people in all showing up to the Write Ins at the library. Still a person better than last year. I’ve noted that the NaNoWriMo organization as a whole is taking a plunge in the past two years. No one is donating to reach goals, the NaNo staffers had to issue a statement that the fun times for MLs are not happening next year, and, participation is just kaput.

 

In personal news, my hubs damaged an aircraft tail rotor at work on accident. It didn’t come off the trailer right. Despite it being an accident, he was fired the entire month of November while the Union worked on getting him his job back. It was awful, his blood pressure was way too high and he was bored. He slept a lot. A plus side was that he went to every one of my NaNo events with me. That helped my anxiety. Thankfully, on November 28th, his Union representative came to the house and told him to pick up his badge and CAT card and report to work that night. He lost no seniority (25 years worth) and no change in pay grade status. The downside is that he has no pay for the month of November, and we are going to have a crappy Christmas. I have a deep freezer with food and food in the cabinets, so at least we wont starve, I hope.

 

I’ve worked on some short stories over NaNoWriMo, mostly horror, because you know I cant get away from the horror genre for some reason. I’ll post some up soon.

 

All my cat kids are doing well. BaxterMarie is still queen bee, Jeff is suspicious of everything and Lil Man hasn’t a care in the world unless its antagonizing BaxterMarie.

 

In the coming days I will be talking about some games I play. Well, two of them. I only play two. They are online browser based RP games, both pretty fun, one more-so than the other. Some shameless promotion. I mean, if you are an avid reader, why not take a look? Play around a little, write your own stories. I’ve posted plenty of my RPs to here and its fun. Its nice, because its not a tenacious as sitting down and working on a novel.

 

But, that is to come.

 

For now, be sweet, my darlings…<3

 

 

 


Revving up for NaNoWriMo 2018

As always, I participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. I am even a municipal Liaison for my Region way down yonder in the South of Alabama.

 

This year, I will be writing something new. A collection of Short Stories, hopefully each story will be approximately 1700 words. That’s 30 Short Stories.

 

And as most know, I write mostly Horror Genre…or a little smut. OOO…good times!

 

So I have my space for my group set up with dates and times for those wanting to write in a larger setting for conversation and help with any road bumps. We are even going to have a pizza party on Nov. 30, and I am putting together a gift bag for our writer that breaks the 50k limit and goes beyond.

 

The last two years have seen the group gatherings fall shorter and shorter, but will organization with the library, we have been able to get some good TV, radio and other promotional things going.

 

I may do a blog a day as well, just to vent any frustrations, give samples of what I am writing, etc..

 

So, keep alert for more prattling from me, the Queen of Rambling!

 

Love ya Darlings!

 

 


Back…for now…>_>

Hello everyone! Miss me??

Sorry I took such a long sabbatical. It was full of health issues, a little bit of travel, some little emergencies. I just havent been able to sit down properly and pull my thoughts together.

With November lurking around the corner, I will be all about NaNoWriMo 2018!

I plan on sharing some of what I write, just to get some yays or nays on how things look and sound.

This is just a shorty post to get things moving. I actually spent all morning with my servers tech support because there was an issue and I was not able to post at all, or this would have come much sooner!

 

Be on the look out, my lovelies <3


Long overdue…

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Once again, the real world has sucked me into a whirling vortex of chaos.

 

Thankfully, things are starting to calm down…hopefully.

 

I have been lax on writing…everything.. My pen-pals are left wanting, my book, my rp games.  My brain is just kaput.

 

Other than that, however, my life is going okay. My chronic back pain is still there, but I have renewed my gym membership to help strengthen the muscles of my lower spine and generally get myself fit again.

 

Having a houseful is stressful. The step grandchild is going through some serious rough times right now, all due to the abandonment of her mother. She throws tantrums, she is disrespectful, she is angry. But, you cant blame her too much. I mean, she is 5 (6 this week) and hasn’t heard from her mother in two months. That woman just needs to fall off the world.

 

Its been stressful on everyone, but me, especially, that my meds just cant block out the squealing and crying and tantrums. I want to give sympathy, but when she acts out, I don’t want to in turn lash out at her myself. So I keep to myself in my office.

 

I have been watching a lot of movies of late. I found a movie site with a treasure trove of horror movies, however most of them are low budget. Some are pretty good though, despite the unknown actors and big budgets.

 

All the cats are doing great. All vying for my attention that causes a little bit of in fighting, but, they are my kids, so I try to give each their own attention and special treats.

 

As mentioned before, I am back on a gym routine. Its not just for my back…I have been feeling more than a little pudgy lately, and would like to get fit once again. I believe it will raise my self esteem greatly.

 

My writing is going no where at the time. And yet, it hasn’t really been bothering me too much. I had read an article of authors that spend years working on follow up books because of various blocks and obstacles in their path, and it set my mind at ease. I don’t have to crank out book after book if its not going to be quality or if my characters aren’t true to their core, which is my greatest set back at the time. My mind keeps deviating from Addison’s core personality and I am very unhappy with it. So, I have set it aside.

 

The significant other has been out of work for the last three months due to a partial knee replacement. Lemme tellya…so ready for him to get back to work. >.<

 

Well, that’s a small update. Right now all the cats have decided my desk is the place to be, stepping on my keyboard and sticking their butts in my face. Typical cat behavior.

 

So, I will sign off for now.

 

I hope all you lovers out there have a wonderful Valentines Day!

 

 

 

 


New Year with Cheezy Horror Flix

 

So I have been ringing in the new year with some of the most horrible Horror Movies ever. I have a rather large list, but just today I watched this series of movies, Bad Ben, Steelmanville Road (prequel) and Badder Ben.

 

They were just awful, yet enthralling. The f/x were way laughable. The premise was hilarious. They characters themselves were worth a chuckle because the acting was so terrible.

 

The reason I stuck it out on these horrid movies was because I am a die hard ‘found footage’ movie fanatic. I love found footage movies. I have watched quite a few of them, going off of a list I found online. Some of the best ones out there, however, are subtitled due to being foreign films. I hate having to read a movie…too much chance I will visually miss something important.

 

We had a lovely Christmas and New Years in my household, and over this past weekend I got to meet my daughters future in-laws. They are great, and we will come together to build a fantastic family.

 

I have been trying to get the cats to take a picture of them in my carry on bag and duffel bags. Normal, they would be all fighting for who gets to sit in them. Now, when I want a picture of it, they are blatantly ignoring them. Little turds.

 

Things seem to be nice, quiet and happy here of late, and I am really enjoying it. I sent a bunch of mail out in December. Cards and letters. I got a lot in return as well. I love my pen pals. And my email buddies. Its nice to have more than just the cats to talk to, because they always turn out ignoring me to lick various parts of their bodies, or looking at me in that ‘I am cat, I am judging you’ way.

 

More to come soon. Been working on a few writing pieces here and there. Gaming a lot. We are at war, so that’s always fun!

 

Be sweet, my lovelies.


Self doubt runs rampant…

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So, lately I have been having some serious self doubts about myself and my abilities. All my abilities…as a parent, grandparent, partner, writer, artist…

 

It started in November. It just started as a small inkling behind the eyes…a small thought here and there. A doubt in judgement here and there, and it just escalated.

 

Then I was sitting here the night before last working on something and I thought…should I continue to even try? My book is far from being as perfect as I want it. My writing doesn’t feel as smooth anymore. I have lost many followers and readers.

 

Should I keep my Zoe Ambler persona, all the time and work. Should I just let it go? Should I refocus elsewhere?

 

I am feeling very inadequate of late. Its a nagging feeling that is bringing me down more and more. I can attribute some of it to the holiday season. I always get a little depressed this time of year, no matter how well things are going.

 

However, I dont seem very productive. Mind you, we are all busy this time of year. This is a big book time. Here I am with the promise of a new book, yet not producing the final product.

 

I have family things going on that I was not prepared for.

 

I just have to question myself on why I keep up with things when I seem to be failing and falling behind. Am I disappointing anyone? The answer to that may leave me in tears.

 

I had a dream. I have talent. I am squandering it, I know. I am just not finding it within myself to chase these things. I feel so very let down.

 

Perhaps after the holidays I will feel better…if not, some hard decisions will have to be made.

 

Take care, my sweets~

 

 

 

 


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