The heat is on in Southern California and my reading chair is not in the coolest part of the house. At least I have been healthy and have gotten a lot of things in motion during the early, cool part of the day. Like laundry and dishes and such. Now I need to do some writing. Continue reading “Tweet What You Read for July”
I’m a busy woman who isn’t getting any younger or thinner or well-rested. My house is a disaster, my birds are longing for more attention, my dog needs more walks, and I have stuff to do for a bunch of groups in which I participate. So why do I spend so much time on Facebook? Wouldn’t I rather be marching for immigrants’ rights or vacuuming the living room again? Continue reading “Why Facebook?”
Hello, sir or madam, do you have a moment to talk about Braiding Your Story Elements? If so, you need to watch this space for Laurie Schnebly Campbell’s coming workshops. She was the speaker for my local RWA chapter in June and she said she is teaching Braiding in the fall. The same class she presented to us.
Where one writes can impact how the words come out. If the flow is stunted or a gusher and if you are happy with the end results. There are two places where I write, normally. One is my desk in the office. During the day, that area is mostly quiet but the parrots that live in there can get demanding of input and scratches and lots of their favorite foods. The dog wants to go out, see if there are any cats to chase out there, then come back in to sit for a few minutes. This cycle repeats over and over. Continue reading “The Writing Environment”
I Googled the above title and found out I am not the only one who wants more control over my writing instinct and inspiration. I go to my critique group and get the best advice for the story in its current shape. I want to write! I want to use what they told me and manage at least 10k words. But by the time I go home, after stopping at one or two stores along the way, I have to put groceries away and take care of birds and clean the kitchen and get the laundry moved along. When at last I sit down at my desk I have to get up again and find where I put my laptop bag, unpack it and connect it to everything. By then my muse is sitting in a corner playing with dust bunnies. Bad Muse! No biscuit for you. Continue reading “Care, Feeding, and Training of Your Muse”
Happy Fireworks and Love My Country Day! Hope everyone stays safe and wise and no fireworks end up on anyone’s head. It’s getting hotter all the time in southern California so I’m going to stay inside with the fan on. Yeah, AC is way too expensive out here where we really need it. I have a small jar where I put spare change. That money is pledged to my air conditioning fund. Which brings up the word for July. Continue reading “July Word of the Month”
During the past several years that I have been attending the Weigh to Go weight loss support group, I have learned things that make a lot of sense. The certified nutritionist who leads the group stresses that we don’t need willpower, we need skillpower. If an individual doesn’t have the tools with which to create a new mindset and lifestyle, very little will change. Then I read about wantpower. Oh, that’s my top issue right there. Continue reading “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise”