Category: musings

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

Adjectives

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...

Looking Back, Looking Forward 5

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Across the years of being a child, a teen, a young adult, a parent of young children, an empty nester and now a senior adult, I never saw myself as getting old. Funny thing is, I don’t feel mentally old (but I am forgetful at times). True, I have a funny hair color and look like a granny, but, I don’t feel physically old except for a few aches and lessening flelxibility, but the calendar and the mirror remind me than I am indeed old. As I empty my office space so it can get a new coat of paint...

Tangle of Emotions 3

Tangle of Emotions

During a ramble around Pinterest two years ago, I spotted an interesting visual: Ball of Grief: A Tangled Ball of Emotions. I printed it out (sans author, sorry) and have kept it in my file to remind me of how truly tangled and interconnected our emotions can be. The skein-like ball of emotions shares over 40 emotions, ranging from sadness and inadequacy, to despair and denial, to rage. It provides a great resource for writers as potential characters enter problems and situations and must deal with their entanglements. And… Recently I read a novel about a woman who lost her...

Spring Quotation 0

Spring Quotation

Spring is a time of renewal, so remember: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”   I encourage you to… Make each step, each day your masterpiece.

Inspiration 0

Inspiration

What inspires you? When you are having a less-than-perfect day, where do you find your inspiration? My source of inspiration varies by the weather and where I happen to be situated. At home my inspiration comes from the views outside my windows and along my walks throughout my neighborhood. Watching the changing seasons, new neighbors replacing one ones, seasonal plants that brighten my path. I also am inspired by listening to classic KING-FM; it awakens my imagination for writing and gives me energy. I’ve always been a sucker for classical music, especially The Moldau, Finlandia, New World Symphony, and most...

My Self-Inflicted Reading Challenge 2

My Self-Inflicted Reading Challenge

At Christmas time as I was scanning my bookshelves, I made a decision. James Clavelle was taking up about 12 inches with his epic series which includes Shogun, Tai Pai, Gai Jin, King Rat, Noble House and Whirlwind. It was time to try to make my way through his 6,000 pages OR pass the books on to someone who might be up to the challenge. I decided to go for it. I’ll read about 20 pages a day and see what happens. By January 19th, I’d reached the half way point in Shogun. So far it’s felt like everyone has...