Wednesday, September 06, 2017

IWSG September Is Here, And So Am I!

So, late but still making it today and not days from now! Progress! And, good news, our house is under contract, hope to be closing on the 29th of this month. What a difference this has made in my attitude toward everything. I am happy. I am feeling positive, most of the time, instead of hindered and encumbered and carrying a great weight. So, here are some memes to show my frame of mind right now, and I hope one or all of them speak to you as well...

The awesome co-hosts today are Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure! Check out their sites and thank them for co-hosting today!

September’s optional question - Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing?

Yes, and I love it when I do. Especially when I read back over something I wrote awhile ago, and find that I actually like it!

Saturday, August 05, 2017


And here it is already past the due date for posting for the IWSG monthly blog post, again. "Life is what happens when you're busy planning something else" is a saying so true I wish I could forget it as it feels like it's taking over, making my life fit the saying.
I actually have done more writing or writing related work over the last month than I have since November 2016. I feel blessed in between my bouts of insecurity. I am so lucky to have the job I do (if I have to work a full time job, this is the one for me), and I am grateful that I'm starting to put all the pieces of it together in a working schedule that if the time ever comes, will be fairly easy to pass off to another.
So I have a goal for the next month: my editor gave me some feedback on my manuscript she is editing right now, and I will have the revisions done by the next IWSG post in September. Stay tuned...

August question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

Reading: when a book has TOO many typos or isn't edited well.
Writing: Editing at the end when I have to read my WIP so many times I get almost sick of it, and that covers Editing too!

The awesome co-hosts this month are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

Ha ha ha! A little humor to brighten your day!

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

IWSG - Reading Instead of Writing


I’ve made it back to the page, the blank one sitting in front of me, even if only for a moment. I won’t make this a long post. Suffice it to say that a full-time job really puts a dent in my writing time. I’m spoiled. I’ve had the chance to only write for so long that I’m really feeling the hit.
I won’t whine, but I will say that I miss my words. The way I’m making up for it is reading as much as I can. I just finished The Book Thief. For a book that I started a year + ago, I am floored. It might have taken me a long time to get into it, but when I did, wow, what a lesson in using words. What a strong and beautiful tale… (I have read other books in the meantime!)
Have you read anything interesting lately? 

 Please visit and thank...the awesome co-hosts for the July 5 posting of the IWSG,  Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key, and Doreen McGettigan!

July 5th question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing? 

Just because I like to write doesn't mean I don't like having a social life!  

"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away."


Saturday, July 01, 2017

The Book Thief - Book Review

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a post here. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that took me a year to get into, but then held me enthralled until the very last page. It ended far too quickly. Not because it’s a happy book to read, but because of the way it is written.
Because of the writing I couldn’t “get” into it until almost half way through, but once I got on board the author’s rhythm and allowed myself to just read, I “got” it. I felt so much a part of the story that I didn’t have to work at anything to believe, to feel, to follow, even though I thought I wasn’t going to like the ending much. The writer is thankfully kind, and not in the normal (Hollywood) way, but in the way of life, the reality of being human. I guess “gentle”, as in “letting down gently” is the way to describe how I felt the writer took me on this journey. No one was perfect. Everyone was human and yet in such a way as to show the real story of love with all its “human-ness”.
I won’t give any spoilers. I won’t tell you to read this or not, but “The Book Thief” pulled me in and held me like no other book that I’ve read recently, in years I would say. I’ve read very good books lately so it was a shock to feel this way.
If you choose to read The Book Thief, please take the time to find the author’s voice and let it speak to you. Life is relationships. Life is about having them and what you do if you do or don’t have them. This book to me is all about relationships.
In the movie trailer they say this story is about a girl and how she changes the lives of those around her. But I wouldn’t put it that way. I would more likely say she is changed, she grows because of her relationships, and the people in this tale are changing as she is because of what is happening to and around them, and because they all allow the relationships to happen. Not on purpose, but because in many ways there is no other choice.
Thank you, Markus Zusak, for sharing your vision. It was an eye opener and a beautifully told tale…

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

IWSG May Day May Day!


Once upon a time there was a woman who once was a little girl who loved to make up stories. She liked to spend time alone daydreaming, and sometimes writing those daydreams down. Her mind liked the puzzles, putting the pieces in place, trying them here or there till they fit, and the emotion they could bring forth in her. In the meantime, she grew up and went about her daily life and most of the time loved the things she did. But at night she would always “day” dream herself to sleep, and so was more or less content. Then a new phase came and she was able to take the time to put those dreams down on paper every day and she was very happy.
Now another phase in her “real” life has begun and though she continues to “day” dream a lot, real life is teaching her new skills and what priorities really are, so the words don’t make it to the paper the way they have before and she frets about this.
Because this woman has now taken on a part time job to help her family until the house they are trying to sell finds its new owners. Real life does this sometimes and that’s okay. It gets in the way of the “day” dreams and puts them on hold. So the way this woman is looking at the new skills she is learning in this new phase is that they will only help to enhance the “day” dreams and make them more real and believable and emotional when she finally gets to put them on paper. “To every thing… there is a reason… turn turn turn… and a purpose…

 Here are photos of spring screaming in its enthusiasm!

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The awesome co-hosts for the May 3 posting of the IWSG  are Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Michelle Wallace, and Feather Stone!

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