Wednesday, June 05, 2024

JUNE! Already! IWSG Posting

 

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I am happy! Amidst preparing for travel, amidst life and it's good and bad challenges, I have made time to write! I'm coming back into it gently, trying not to judge and enjoy the feeling of what I have inside me and on "paper". Whew, I am thankful for finding again a love of the story. Writing is not an easy trek and can be so incredibly frustrating. Yet the high when the writing comes is like nectar, making the drinker want to taste more. So this post will be short because I want to go write other things. I just wanted to share this with those who understand. Sometimes something happens and something clicks and a burden is lifted. This happened to me. Thank you H.C. for being that something.

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The awesome co-hosts for the June 5 posting of the IWSG are 

Liza at Middle Passages, Shannon Lawrence, Melissa Maygrove, and Olga Godim!

PLEASE GO VISIT AND THANK THEM FOR CO-HOSTING THIS MONTH!





Thursday, May 02, 2024

May’s Surprises & IWSG

 


Have you ever tried VR (virtual reality) goggles? Have you ever flown a drone? I was lucky enough yesterday to try both…and both are mind bending. I started with the drone, here in the Blue Ridge mountains near Asheville, so you understand it’s already gorgeous. Flying the drone was the closest I’ve come to flying with both feet on the ground. If you are a writer, have you ever had that feeling of “liftoff “ when your characters take the story into their own hands and you do all you can to keep up? That is what flying the drone felt like. Freedom with the illusion of control. 

Using the VR goggles was even more mind bending because even though it’s supposed to be virtual reality, it’s somehow more encompassing than real reality because in real life you move your self, your body, within the real world. In VR, the world moves around you and you have to fit your self, your body,  into that moving world. So much like writing where you are aware of every single word and how it carries the story, or doesn’t. You have to make things fit and you have to change even the settings if the story doesn’t flow any number of times. Flying with your feet on the ground. 

I recommend trying both and see how it bends your mind and makes you think differently about your body, your place in the world, and, how you build your stories. 

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Here are our co-hosts this month! Please go by and thank them for being so supportive of all of us!!


https://www.victoriamarielees.com/


http://kimlajevardi.com/


https://nancygideon.blogspot.com/


http://cathrinaconstantine.blogspot.com/


Sorry about the format this month! Working from my IPad and don’t have a mouse! And, somehow this didn’t post yesterday when I set the time! Grrrr.

Happy May everyone!

Flowers from my garden to yours.

The Blue Ridge Mountains 

Me VR-ing!!!



Wednesday, April 03, 2024

April Showering Me With Kindness & ISWG

 

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Our "X" Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

Please visit our co-hosts this lovely month of April: 

I'm starting out my post this month with the IWSG information because I love how important it is for me to be a part of this blogging community. I don't post as much as I should, but I love being here and how it keeps me humble, and keeps me tuned in to the "writing internet crowd." And even though I've been sent to the back of the line twice (!), I'm still hanging in here. My answer to this month's question is...

How long have I been blogging (Or Twitter, Instagram or Facebook)? What do I like about it and what has changed? 

I've been blogging since at least 2011. SOOOOO much has changed since I started and I find it a mixed bag. I gave up on Wordpress, because it wasn't the right fit for my brain. If I had someone else blogging for me I'd us it, but it was too much of a pain back then and I haven't tried it again in a very long time. I'm no longer on X/Twitter at all. I just can't do it. Instagram and FB are where I usually spend my time when doing social media. Even they are getting on my nerves. Not so much FB because I really keep up there with the special people in my life that I can't see every day. I pay no attention to anything else. Instagram never lets me just see the people I follow. If it did that, however, I'd be on it toooo much so maybe that's a good thing! Once I get back into marketing my novels I'll do a lot more on those platforms, and possibly TicToc but for now, I'm happy doing what I'm doing. How about you?

We recently got our little furbaby groomed for the first time. Not just bathed, but a whole new haircut and he looks like a new dog! Never seen him this way before and I like it. I liked the way he was with his long hair as well, but it was getting to be a real mess to deal with. What do you think? Like the new cut? The old? I like them both!
I have decided to enter one of my unpublished (but edited professionally) novels in a contest. Wish me luck? I'm very nervous about this because it's the first in a trilogy and if it doesn't go well...? I'm terrified!


Before...

After! We didn't want his face changed much, so I think she did a good job.


Monday, March 11, 2024

March Is Marching On Without Me On IWSG So On To April!

 

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I had planned to post last week for IWSG, but somehow I didn't. So I'm posting this week (for April evidently!). Life has taken off in such a good way (mostly), that I would forget my head if it weren't permanently attached. This is good and bad. Because I'm not writing it's bad. Because life is so full right now it's good. I am reading like I haven't read since before Covid. I've read over 18 books in the last two months which feels amazing. I also feel it is the beginning of loving writing again. 

I am working on fixing some issues in my family, going to therapy and this is good. I can still learn. I love that part of "issues". Yes it can be painful, but the joy that comes from fixing the issues is not to be underestimated. The work is greatly appreciated and makes me feel like a better human being, not to mention mother and wife.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Wednesday last week during the usual posting time, and I hope you continue to have a wonderful spring. 


Please visit the wonderful co-hosts for April...

Janet Alcorn, T. Powell Coltrin, Natalie Aguirre, Pat Garcia!


I also went to Puerto Rico and it was fabulous!!!

With my sister and my sister from another mother! Loved Puerto Rico with Cat and Alma!



Puerto Rico

Swimming with sea turtles!! With a disposable camera so not great quality photos... But still!









Wednesday, January 03, 2024

January & The Beginning Of A New Year IWSG

 

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had wonderful beginnings. Mine have been calm, low key and full of time with family. Lovely. The rest of the year looks to have a lot of travel, and more time with friends and family. This is all good. I hope the world decides to calm down and carry on...

In honor of new beginnings I'm sharing a poet's words...




The Good Morrow 

And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear;
For love, all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone,
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown,
Let us possess one world, each hath one, and is one …. 

John Donne(1572-1631)

It is a wish for all of us on this planet, because like it or not, this planet right now, with all of us here, is what we have, what we share, where we are.

PLEASE go and visit our first amazing co-hosts of the year! 

Joylene Nowell Butler, Olga Godim, Diedre Knight, Natalie Aguirre!

Also, the optional question of the month is:

January 3 question: Do you follow back your readers on BookBub or do you only follow back other authors?

I will say only that I haven't been on BookBub that much and will check it out! So, I don't know the answer to this question! LOL

Also, sorry for the glitches on the post today. Don't know why I can't make the text do what I want! Great way to start the new year...again, lol...

Happiest of new years to you all...