So Long, Bumble Files

That’s right. I’m ditching The Bumble Files. It’s been sweet, it’s been a fun ride, but alas, it’s time. Don’t worry, I’ll still be here. I may be a little sad when I put The Bumble Files to rest, sniffle, sniffle…shedding a tear…okay, I’m done. Sigh.

Seriously, I will be unveiling a new blog with a new name. I’ve evolved, blogging friends, and I’m simply ready for a change. I hope that I don’t lose you in the transition, and that you will stick with me. After all, this blog is nothing without you guys.

I probably will be a bit afraid to click the button to make the big switch over. It seems too easy to click a button and for everything to simply turn out all right. That could be one reason for my delay, that, and the fact that WordPress continues to introduce new themes. Every time I settle on one, oh look, here’s another one to look at. Did you know that WordPress has more than 300 themes? Friends, I think I’ve looked at every single one, much the same way that I go clothes shopping, feeling the urge to touch each item. No, I’m kidding. Sort of. Each one has its good qualities, but the truth is you can do anything if it’s customizable, which, of course, they all are. Oh, just more decisions! That’s all that is.

I want to personally thank a few friends for their help, for listening and answering my silly questions, and for putting up with my wishy-washiness: Mari, Carrie, AdamVanessa, and Jackie. Really, a big thank you! I’m truly grateful for your time.

And so, I’m electing the turtle to help me with my send off. Did you know that the turtle is not too far behind the puppies and the kitties when it comes to Internet fame and celebrity. According to WordPress News, in the month of January alone, there were 9,195 posts with dogs, 6,111 posts with cats, and listen to this…wait for it, wait for it…192 posts with turtles! They could very well be the new “Internet darling.” He has four stubby legs and a shell on his back. How can you not root for the turtle? Let’s hear it for the turtle.

Critically Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle. Photo credit:

How does the saying go? Steady wins the race. Plus, many turtles are excellent swimmers.

So, me and the turtle will see you on the other side with a new blog. This is your last chance to call me Bumble. Get it out your system now! Really, I won’t care if you still want to call me Bumble.

Thank you for all the support and the great times. You are the best!

If for some reason I do lose you, I will find you! This week, hopefully, I will have my new blog together! Until then, signing off for the last time as The Bumble Files. Mwah!

Much love,


I’m a NaNoWriMo Winner! I did it!

I’m a NaNoWriMo winner! Friends, I did it!

I just want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who offered me kind words of encouragement during the NaNoWriMo challenge. You probably won’t believe me when I say this, but YOU made all the difference. There were some days when I had another 600 words to write, and I would think, “I just can’t….” But then, I would think of you. So, I kept a steady course, and I finished my novel. Well, I put an ending on it. Never mind all the holes in the middle. So, THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

My son asked me if he could read it and I said, “No way!” He found this kind of pathetic, wondering why I would take all this time to write something that I don’t want anyone to read. And, all you got was a stupid badge…yeah, yeah, yeah…I’m proud of my badge.

For one thing, I discovered a great story out of it. I wrote a suspense/thriller with a lot of plot points and twists. But let me tell you, it’s awfully hard to write a plotty and twisty novel when you’re not quite sure what the plotties and twisties are. You see what I’m saying? My novel had lots of stray body part pieces in it and I wrote it in pieces. Oh, let me think about that for a moment….That’s quite profound….The second draft will be easier. I plan to pick it up soon, but probably not tomorrow. Do I want to do this next month? No, I don’t!

But I’m happy I did it, and it feels like a great accomplishment. It’s true what they say about the NaNoWriMo. In one of the pep talks I read from NaNo, it said something like you’ll be able to write anywhere….Yes! I could have written in a crowded bar with loud music with darts flying around my head. Or, at a kid’s birthday party with kiddos swarming around me. No problem!

Also, when you sign up and fill out your profile, they ask what music you listen to while you write. They even had a space to fill out your listening music. I thought how sweet that they want to bring people together based on their listening preferences. I thought, Oh, I write to silence. That all changed! I needed some pep, something with spunk, and I listened to music most of the time I wrote.

For those of you who are thinking about doing this, I highly recommend it. If anything at all, by doing the NaNo I gave myself permission to write. I gave myself a chance. It also made me realize why I usually don’t give myself time to write. There are so many distractions that get in the way. For a month, I made it a priority and that was a huge step for me.

Thanks again for your support!