Monday, January 6, 2014

January's busy and so is winter.

The Holidays.

The holidays seemed to slip right through my life. I barely got to touch them before the whizzed by. I am convinced that taking the month of November to saturate myself in writing is not conducive to holiday preparations. I barely brought out any ornaments for my tree this year. I mainly went to resale shops for ornaments. My tree sat rather barren until after Christmas.

The outside, well that's another story. Our menorah turned into a display of red and green. Knowing me, it will be pink and red if I can get my hands on pink 9C light bulbs. Any other outdoor lights that are on is because they were left from last winter. That's right, there's a little red-neck up in white county. (snow-white that is) It's just been too cold, too fast and now, too long. I feel like the big old black bear that chooses to hibernate, and so suffers my writing.

Luckily there are a few courageous souls that have put together writing challenges to get us meandering writers back in the chair and on the keyboard. I'll begin with the shortest challenge and work my way up.



Let me send out a special thanks to Meg Miller and ReviMo. A week long saturation of revisions.
http://megmillerwrites.blogspot.com/
January 12-18, 2014
There is also a Facebook Group. Here's the link, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1422553434641402/
And, our industrious Meg has another Facebook Group called Word by Word.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/536519409761124/

 
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If 21 days is more to your liking we have Shannon Abercrombie with 21 days with START THE YEAR OFF WRITE.
http://www.shannonabercrombie.com/ Click on the "Go to" tab and click "The Challenge." 21 days of 21 writing exercises. Shannon also has a Facebook group, here's the link to that.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1403795779858685/
We're in day 2. It's fun, it's brief, it's easy. Thanks, Shannon.

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Now if you're a long distance runner there is a group that runs all year.
It's 12 x 12. It's the third year running and gets better and better with age.
I'll give you two links, the Facebook group.
This group will close down on Friday the 10th of January, 2014 and a new group will be set up.
12 x 12 has a fee to join and in so doing you are able to join the closed Facebook group. There is too much to tell you in my blog so I'll leave that up to Julie Hedlund and her blog  http://www.juliehedlund.com/registration-for-2014/?hop=lasaterad1
Registration closes on February 28, 2014
There are three levels of membership. Each is well worth the cost.
Avery special thanks to Julie Hudlund and her helper, Kelli Panique. 
 
 
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AND OF COURSE, A HUGE THANKS TO THOSE YOU MAKE ALL THE MARVELOUS GUEST APPEARANCES ON THE BLOGS AND SITES.
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

PiBoIdMo Winner 2013

 
The Badge says it all.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

November 30, 2013

THE MONTH IS OVER
 
46+ PiBoIdMo ideas. (The plus is because some are but a whisper of an idea.) 
 
     I've made many new friends and gathered a large number of blogs to look at, I'll be busy until February. Now comes the time to toss out, flesh out and send out.
     I've blogged every night this month and truthfully, I fell asleep a couple times while sitting in bed with my laptop. But, I've managed come up out of the valley and walk up that hill. I didn't need the little red wagon either. I think this picture displays my journey the best.

COME ALONG FRIENDS

Friday, November 29, 2013

November 29, 2013

Time is almost up.
 
 
Time for PiBo to end and time for my laptop to get plugged in.
 
 
So that's all I have for the day after Thanksgiving and the day before PiBo is over.
 
 
 
 
Why must I get up?
 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving



Happy Hanukkah
 


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013

Todays post by Annette Simon was full of fun and whimsy. It really made me study the title of books. There are truly too many that start off with the word, "The."

http://taralazar.com/2013/11/27/piboidmo-day-27-annette-simon/

We were prompted to make a picture book spine creation. I had fun making mine.

 
SIX LITTLE DUCKS
WAITING FOR WINGS
 THE DAY I ATE WHATEVER I WANTED
WHEN I DANCE

It's interesting to study just what I have here. I have six little ducks, one male and five female. They wait all their childhood years for wings that will allow them to fly. We as parents clip their wings which is often needful. Just so we don't stomp on them that they forget how to fly and swoon and dive.

Life as a parent is about freedom for not only yourself but for them as well.

Now that our little ducks have gotten their wings it's time for us to dance a new dance and drop as many crumbs along the way, hoping they will come to nibble on them.

Interesting, serendipitous, quite right!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November 26, 2013

After tonight there are two days until Thanksgiving, two nights until Chanukah, four days until PiBoIdMo is over and twenty nine days until Christmas. That leaves us thirty six days until the year is over. I'm glad. I've never gotten used to the look and the feel of the number three in 2013.

Today was one of those days when I wanted to roll up the sidewalks and shut the curtains..................................................................................................Oh sorry, I was falling asleep. As I was saying, it was one of those days where you don't even want anyone to talk to you. I knew I was in trouble when I was telling my Rice Krispies to be quiet. I had come to a place of information saturation. I no longer wanted to read anything, write anything nor know anything. I was ready to build an igloo and hang out until the spring thaw. Just deep freeze me thorough winter.



I was bookin' it. No pun intended. I spent the day without TV, Internet or music.

I read today's post by Renee Kurilla. For me it was very encouraging and timely.

http://taralazar.com/2013/11/26/piboidmo-day-26-renee-kurilla/

She wrote about a fantastic story idea that came to her and it seemed like all the characters and events were spinning into place and then . . . she says, "Once again in my happy little kidlit cloud, this is where my story fades to black."



Man-O-Man, how many times does this happen to me. I get so far and it all goes black. I  r-e-a-l-l-y need to fix that problem. I find the best way to do this is roll up the sidewalks, turn off the TV, tell the Rice Krispies to shut-up and spend time alone in head (or my igloo).