Sunday, May 29, 2016

Revision

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I love John Steinbeck and this quote is so me! This quote also falls in line with my love for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The entire philosophy of NaNoWriMo is this quote exactly - write the entire story as quickly as possible without censure or revision. Then, once the first draft is complete, go back and revise.

I took what I already knew to be true for me and applied it to a short story I had running around in my head. I sat for my allotted writing time for a couple of days and wrote down the story in my head. Then I set it aside while I worked on other stuff. This week I brought the short story out again and I have been revising it. I'm going to go through it once more but I am finally coming to a happy place - or at least a place of understanding - with this story. 

It feels good to be revising. It feels even better to be taking steps forward. 



Saturday, May 28, 2016

Stay positive




I believe in being positive but sometimes I need a little reminder about actually doing it. I also need that reminder about patience. I'd much rather be positive than negative but being human I sometimes let darkness creep in. I am making a vigilant effort to remain on a positive path filled with patience and persistence so the above quotes are perfect for me right now. I'd like to be reminded of them on a regular basis. I'm doing my best to teach my children these same values so I have to live them. 



Friday, May 27, 2016

Crocheted Potholder


I used a mandala pattern from Attic 24 to make a potholder. I love it and will be making more. In fact, I am about to start one in red, white and blue. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer vacation begins

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Time to play at the beach.

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Time to go swimming.

It's time to relax, enjoy the warmer temperatures, the water and hopefully a trip to the mountains. It's time to read just for the fun of it, sleep-in and do some fun art projects! It really is a wonderful time of year.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Teaser Tuesdays: Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster


Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at Books and a Beat. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 97 of Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster:

"He was planning to drug me?"

"I only know what I heard."


Monday, May 23, 2016

It's almost here


This has been the mantra at my house for a couple of weeks now. My kids are nearing the end of their school year (it went by in a flash) and they are so ready for summer. To be honest I am, too. They go to a good school and have great teachers but we are all so ready for a break. We love the more relaxed demeanor of summer. We love going to the pool, the beach, taking road trips and generally being able to have more freedom with our schedule. Oh, and my kids adore being allowed to stay up a little later and sleep in a little more in the mornings. So yeah, we're all ready for summer here!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Paper and Pen

I had forgotten just how much I like writing with a pen on paper. In April I got into a thing called Bullet Journaling. It's an organizational system built around simplicity and results. However, it is also a world of creativity that I had no idea existed until a few months ago.

I kept seeing it referenced through hashtags on Instagram. Finally, I checked it out and - as I told a friend of mine - I went down Alice's rabbit hole! There is an entire group of people - myself included now - who swear and plan their lives through their Bullet Journals! The original creator of the system, Ryder, has a great video about his intent and how he uses his Bullet Journal. As he says, "It's the analog system for the digital age." You basically use a notebook or journal and write down the things you need to do or remember and then get things done!

A lot of people also use their Bullet Journal for actual journaling or artistic ventures such as writing or drawing. It can be as fancy or as simple as you want it to be. Every Bullet Journal is as individual as the person who uses it. In my opinion, that is the beauty of this community.

My Bullet Journal is a mixture of a task oriented planner, journal and writing ideas. It is wonderful to have the things I need to remember for my kids, myself and my husband in the same book that I journal in and jot down ideas for my books. I absolutely LOVE having all of this stuff in ONE book that I can put in my purse and have whenever I need it. As I said in the beginning, an added bonus is that I have rediscovered the joy of writing with a pen on paper.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A blank page

You can't edit a blank page! #quotes #authors #writers:

This advice is so very true! As I've shared before it isn't the actual writing that I find so challenging it is the editing and revision process. I make time to write every single day. I need to make the same time - if not more - to edit every single day, as well. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Teaser Tuesdays: True Betrayals by Nora Roberts


Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at Books and a Beat. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 294 of True Betrayals by Nora Roberts:

He moved like lightning, shielding her with his own body as he gathered her up. He took a blow to the shoulder, unfelt as he lifted her.