Monday, June 24, 2019


No post today but Somebody wanted to share his version of a selfie. 

Friday, June 21, 2019

This I know for sure...

I came across the above while on Facebook. I think it's a good reminder to take time for self care while you're pursuing your dreams.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work in Progress): Rewrote the scene I mentioned last week that I wanted to do from a different point of view. I didn't end up meeting with my critique partner as we both had something come up. This week I'm working on the remaining suggestions she made on chapters 4 through 8. 

Quote of the Week: "Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail." ~ Oprah Winfrey

What I'm Reading: I started reading Pie Hard by Kirsten Weiss last night. It's the third and latest book in the Pie Town mystery series. 

Random Thoughts: My god-daughter is graduating from high school this week. It seems like I was just at the hospital coaching her mom through the birth and now she's all grown up and will be off to college in a couple of months.

Random Photo of the Week:

                                                Enjoying a sunny afternoon.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Ways to Write - Part 2

I thought I'd do another post regarding the different things I'm trying in an effort to get more writing accomplished on a regular basis. In my first post (Ways to Write #1) I wrote about two of the things I'd tried that worked well for me. Today I'm writing about a couple of things that didn't work for me (though they may work great for other writers).

One thing was to read the last chapter or few pages of my WIP (work in progress) before going to bed so my subconscious could work on the story. After doing this, I kept thinking about what would happen next which ended up keeping me awake, making it hard for me to fall asleep. I ended up laying awake half the night and waking up tired in the morning

Another thing I tried was writing scenes as they came to me and not necessarily in the order they would happen in the story. I found it hard to go back and tie the scenes into the story. For me, I have to write the story from beginning to end in order that the events in the story occur.

One of the things I tried that seemed to work well was writing in smaller increments of time. I did have good success with this, but only if I had at least 20 minutes. If I tried to write when I only had 10 minutes or so, it didn't work as well. I think it's because I need at least 5 minutes to get my writing brain working.

Friday, June 14, 2019

This I know for sure...

Where there's a will, there's a way. I'm sure we've all heard that old adage. I've decided the squirrels in my neighborhood certainly live by it. I have a hanging basket plant on my porch. I purposely purchased a longer than normal hanging hook so the plant hangs out further into open air area so the squirrels wouldn't be able to jump from the porch railings onto the plant. They love to dig up the roots and make nests in my hanging plants.

They have tried to jump from the one railing into the plant without success. They've also tried jumping from the gutter on to the plant, also without success. Yesterday I noticed my cat crouching in the window. I looked out just in time to see one squirrel climb on top of another and leap into the hanging plant. I went out and shooed it out, but now I'll need to try and find another spot to move the plant to. Sigh.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work in Progress): I made some revisions/changes to the next two chapters from suggestions I received from my critique partner. This week, I'm working on rewriting a scene from a different point of view. I'm not if I will like it or if it's better the way it was originally written. I'm going to have my critique partner look at it and see what she thinks.

Quote of the Week: "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." ~ Mother Teresa (This is a repeat of the quote from last week. I think the quote is something we need to be reminded of.)

What I'm Reading: I started reading Bleeding Tarts by Kirsten Weiss last night. It's the second book in the Pie Town mystery series. 

Random Thoughts: Monday was National Iced Tea day. I'm a big iced tea drinker during the summer months. When I was a kid, my mom would make sun tea. I remember impatiently waiting for the tea to steep as it sat in the sun. Now I use cold brew tea bags so I can make it and drink it within ten minutes or so.

Random Photo of the Week:
                                      Iced Tea in honor of National Iced Tea day.