Category: musings

The Value of Book Clubs 0

The Value of Book Clubs

Why Join a Book Club?? You may:             talk about books.                          read books you might never have read.                                     enjoy food snacks and beverages                                                   time to socialize                                                 receive emotional support and decrease stress.             have reading deadlines (great excuse to read instead of washing the dishes!)                         learn other readers’ perspectives.                                     become part of literary debates.                                                 share your favorite book as your choice to be read.

Update on My Newest Novel Idea- Sticks and Stones 1

Update on My Newest Novel Idea- Sticks and Stones

NaNoWriMo got me started and, after letting the story sit for a month, I think I’m ready to decide that the effort to make this into a book is sneaking into my fingers and brain. It needs a lot of research and technical help on a vriety of topics, but I’m all in on finishing it! My earlier novels have been started because of a deep relationship with the topics either from experiences, dreamt of experiences (dance themes) or visits to sites that impacted me (Tasman). This story has taken a different route. It’s grown on me as I have...

End-of-the-Year Quotes to Ponder 0

End-of-the-Year Quotes to Ponder

I love quoting quotes! Here are a few I found recently. Enjoy! What had once been love had eroded, the edges worn away until it was like a small,smooth stone she carried in her pocket and ran her fingers over once in a while.                              The Miracle Baby by Janice Kay Johnson She read somewhere that first love never truly disappears, that it’s always there, under the surface, lingering there, waiting like dry tinder that only needs the touch of a match, a spark, to ignite.                              Wicked Game by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush Experience is less likely to...

NaNo Update #2 0

NaNo Update #2

The month of November’s ‘writing with abandon’ is over. Our local events attracted interested attendees, some being the same people participating in multiple events. Comments I heard over the month: “Even thought I didn’t do NaNo I got in the spirit and wrote more than I usually do.” “I didn’t get going until the middle of the month, but then I felt inspired so I wrote over 50,000 words, That means I won NaNo’s challenge.” “I started but life got in the way so I stopped, but I plan to finish my story at a later time.” For me ….....

NaNoWri-Reminder 0


Glad you joined in the fun, the intensive writing and the pain of stretching yourself to write with abandon? I’m with you. I’m finding the writing a challenge some days but it’s provided an interesting look at myself as a writer. I’ve finished my 50,000 words and am going on to try to finish as much of the story as possible by the last day of November. It will probably end up as a 65,000 word rough draft. As a sidelight, many writers I know are writing more this month than they’d planned. They have not undertaken NaNoWriMo, but they...

NaNo (Writing Event)Update 0

NaNo (Writing Event)Update

The official National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins on Nov. 1st and lasts thorough the entire month. I’ve been busy planning, outlining, plotting and scheming and hope I’m ready to take the leap of faith and worn-out fingers to write 50,000 words, a rough draft for a new novel. Earlier in October, the Edmonds Library and EPIC hosted a kick-off event in the Plaza Room above the Edmonds Library. We had 4 speakers who inspired us and encouraged us to take the challenge and then had timne to chat with each other before setting out to get ourselves organized. (You...

Activities to Stimulate Writing 2

Activities to Stimulate Writing

Writers have days filled with ideas and days of quiet with or without desperation. Some days it seems as if ideas flow so fast you can’t get them down on paper or onto your computer. Other days it’s like a desert in your mind where time and ideas are not within reach. For those dry days, here are a few suggestions that might awaken your creative mind or at least take your thinking to different places. Go for a walk, a run or a bike ride in a new location Take a new route home from work Visit a museum,...

Quotes to Ponder 0

Quotes to Ponder

While these quotes are not specifically related to writing, they carry interesting messages. Enjoy! The real trouble with reality is that there’s no background music. A train station is where the train stops. A bus station is where the bus stops. On my desk I have a work station… Knowledge is realizing that the street is one-way; wisdom is looking both ways anyway. You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. Real Eyes. Realize. Real Lies. Never be afraid to try something new…An amateur built the ark that lasted forty days and forty nights; professionals...

Writing Directions – What’s Next?? 0

Writing Directions – What’s Next??

Lately writing has been like a slowly circling wind of uncertainty. Maybe it’s because of my spending 15 years glued to my computer chair writing stories, blogs and math games or maybe it’s because the burning stories have been shared and I’m looking for new writing adventures. I’m not feeling nearly as intense about writing as I did over the past two decades. So what’s next for me and writing? I’ve already finished my brief memoir (Small Town Girl). I’ve evaluated my 100+ poems and found those worth saving that I plan to enter into gifted journal books over the...

Adjectives 1


Nouns share people, places and things important to a story. Verbs show action. Together they form the foundation of any story. Now, think your adjectives. They are like the petals of a flower; they enhance the core of your story by describing the nouns. Too many will drag down the flow of words, make the story droop with their weight; too few will leave a story petal-less, lacking details that allow the reader to paint their own picture and “see” what and where and to whom events are happening. Striking a balance means you share the best descriptive words you...