Wednesday, November 06, 2019

IWSG: November, Colorfully Heralding Holidays

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November 6th Question: What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?

While researching Celts/Gaelic peoples, I found that the Celts had soap before Romans did, that they built many of the roads (in England/Wales) that the Romans claim credit for, and a few other juicy bits that I researched not only through historical books on the subjects, but also on the internet.
Two frustrating things about "Googling" anything, is that if it's off the "beaten track" it can be nigh impossible to find. One can find lots of things that lots of people want to know about, but obscure things are a different story. And the second thing is, that in a lot of research I've done, I find that we are only given what someone cared enough to write about, and, it always seems biased from that person's viewpoint. So, that means history is very hard to pin down, FACTUALLY, unless it's not too distantly in the past. The farther back, the harder it gets.

Please visit their websites and thank the wonderful co-hosts for this
November 6 posting of the IWSG! Thank you!


 
Autumn has come, but is not over...


Like little colorful fall fairies asleep on the grass...

Leaves on and under pond algae...

Contrasting textures and colors...

My daughter in the yellow of autumn

Carpets of gold...

A dry creek bed with a smattering of leaves...

  Photos by Lisa Buie-Collard


Wednesday, October 02, 2019

IWSG October Oh Boy

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Oh boy, today crept up on me way too fast! Hence this post is late, but, evidently like me, that is life right now. I haven't lost days like this in a long time and now twice in two weeks I've been off kilter. Okay, so, other than being a bit off, progress is happening in current WIP, so can't complain.
I don't have much to write about this month as am invested in getting this book done by the end of this month, so...on to IWSG!

The October Question of the Month:
It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who doesn't not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extention of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want to read your writing if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?

My thought are...first, I've never heard of an author who doesn't read! But besides that, I think whether you read while writing or not, we are all influenced in some way by what happens around us in our everyday lives, so reading is only an extention of that. Even writers who don't read, if they exist, are still going to bring to the page what has influenced them in their lives. Voila. Those are my thoughts on the matter. Have a great Halloween everyone!


Please go visit and thank the generous co-hosts for the October 2 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard,  

Happy fall!


Wednesday, September 04, 2019

IWSG September - After Summer Blues


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Do you ever feel like a spoiled brat? After this summer I do. Amazingly wonderful summer. Lots of quality time with my husband, two impromptu short vacations together (one to Canada!), a four-day visit to Chicago in August given to me as an early birthday present from my sister, who was also my host and tour guide. (My “big number” birthday is actually this month but we wouldn’t be able to be together on the day so we did it when we both could)
I am spoiled beyond spoiled. I sit at home now, alone with my little dog and think of how lucky I am, and how blessed, and yet am flogging myself with questions about my writing, intentions and otherwise. I am “this close” (finger and thumb held a millimeter apart), to finishing my current WIP, and I’m sick of it. I don’t want to write another word. It feels like too much to finish it. I only wish it was because I was so in love with it that I didn’t want to finish it, but the reality is I’m questioning if I should even keep writing. I make no money. I’m not helping anyone with my writing, and though my husband is ever patient and supportive, I feel I’m letting him down.
So, right now I feel like a brat. A sad brat. A frustrated brat with no “real” reason to feel so depressed. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated, even if it’s to tell me to get off my arse and finish the book!

September 4 question: 
If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?
First, France. Because I have a true love-on for France, especially the Toulouse area. I feel so much more inspired when I'm there, usually. I dream a lot there. I'd also like to be in the Carribean. I think if I had a month next to a soft dreamy beach I could perhaps make it to me, to what I need to write next. Now all I have to do is find that place here, in my home...


The wonderfully awesome co-hosts for the September 4 posting of the IWSG are Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantiner!
Please go by their blogs and thank them for co-hosting!



 All photos Lisa Buie-Collard
Bridal Veil Falls US

Horseshoe Falls Canada

My hubby, me and our pup Boney at Niagara Falls. Wow. First time in Canada, first time to see the falls.

Hubby and me out on the town. Great sliders here!

My Sis and me at Hamburger Mary's Diva Brunch!
At the Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, my Sis and me.