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Write on Wednesday – When the music’s over.

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 22 Select a piece of music that reflects the mood of writing you’d like to aim for. Press play. Start free writing. Write the first words that come into your head. When the music’s over, so is the writing. I’d recommend finding out how long the song is before you start the exercise. You may feel cheated in your writing time if you pick a song by The Ramones. Of course, if you feel like writing a short, punky piece by all means, go for it!

It’s like searching for the perfect seashell at low tide. Countless dozens crowd the beach, each with their own unique design. Some have been buffed smooth, aged by time and salt; others are worn jagged from rocks and heavy feet. Each fantastically flawed in its own way. I know if I look, the perfect seashell is out there waiting in the jumbled heap just for me. It’s not always an easy search. I must carefully pick through the other shells to find mine, and in the process I may be left with cuts or scars, but it’s all part of the journey. Those wounds heal in time.

When I see my perfect seashell I’ll know. Over the rush of the waves, it will call to me from the sand demanding to be picked up, put it in my pocket and carried home. Once I’ve found it, all other seashells will pale in comparison. Their beauty and individual differences surely still appreciated, but I will always long to hold the one that washed up, and waited, just for me.

I long to find the seashell that’s mine all mine. I will clean off the salt, caress the edges, and forever keep it safe.

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October 30, 2011 Leave a comment

My heart beats faster, my hands are clammy, and I want to scream. I can’t even look it’s so horrible and grotesque. I’ve heard of this happening to others before, but you just never think it will happen to you. Especially not when I have the biggest, first date ever tonight.

Finally I make myself open my eyes and look at my reflection, and I still see the worst hair day in history!!!
Link up you’re own five sentence horror story here.

The Versatile Blogger Award

October 30, 2011 Leave a comment

I have been given the Versatile Blogger Award by Krista at I Take the Pen. Yay!!!!
Now, I get to pass it on!

Here are the rules:

Thank the person who nominated you. Tell 7 things about yourself, so that your readers may learn more about you, and nominate 15 other newly discovered bloggers, then let them know you nominated them.

7 Things About Me

1. Tennis is my favorite sport! I am glued to my TV during any of the grand slams, and any time I can catch a Federer, Clisters, or Isner match. I also enjoy playing, quite badly, every chance I get.

My Boy Duke

2. A little over a year ago I moved to the beach, and this past summer I started paddle boarding. It is so much fun being out far enough to see the awesome creatures swimming around in the ocean up close. But, not too close!

3. I have a Boston Terrier, named Duke. He is firmly of the mind that he is in charge of our relationship, all 16 lbs of him, but pull out a tasty treat and he’ll do just about anything.

4. I get antsy when it’s too quiet. My favorite background noise is Ray Lamontagne, Andy McKee, Adele, and Grace Potter, but I will listen to almost anything with a tune. Singing loudly in my car, pretending I can carry my own tune, makes me look forward to driving to work.
5. This past March, I finished my first novel. It’s a romantic suspense set on Amelia Island, and I am constantly going back to edit it and thinking about editing it. Does this feeling ever go away?

6. I love receiving cards. I look forward to the card just as much as the gift on holidays. There is a box in the top of my closet filled with every card I’ve ever been given, organized by occasion. Because of my serious addiction, I spend hours in the greeting card aisle each time I get the chance to give a card to someone.

7. Earlier this year I took up quilting. Prior to that, I had never so much as sewn a button on a shirt. Now, I’m addicted to finding new patterns and fabrics.
Christmas quilt I’m working on.

I am happy to pass this lovely award onto the following fantastic bloggers:
1. Stephanie at Madness of the Heart
2. Car at End’o the Road
5. Claire at Quilt of Dragonflies
6. Tasha at Random Thoughts
9. Rain at Iridescent Rain
10. Kimberlee at Scraps & Sass
11. Kirsty at Bowerbird Blue
12. Raymund Hensley at Raymund Hensley
13. Kristy at House of Prowse
14. Tiffiny at My Peculiar Journey
15. Angie at Write Me Happy

NaNoWriMo Prepared!

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

National Novel Writing Month is a new and exciting experience for me. I finished my first novel earlier this year. The first draft took much longer than 30 days, but I feel ready for the challenge of NaNoWriMo. The impending time crunch forced me to evaluate my writing process. I have completed a detailed outline, and have a clear vision of my novel, beginning, middle and end. Normally, I approach writing with a make it up as I go attitude, so the planning was daunting to me at first.

However, now that I have the outline, character profiles, and index cards full of random information, I feel more prepared to write this NaNoWriMo novel than anything I’ve ever written. I may just be a truly reformed ‘pantser’ now! I participate in a weekly writing prompt called Write on Wednesday. A few of us, who are taking on NaNoWriMo, were asked to write a short blurb on how we were preparing for the experience. Check out what the others are saying here.

If you’re planning to write 50,000 words in the month of November, I’d love to know what your plans and hopes for the experience are. Also, if you’re looking for ways to work on your writing each week be sure to check out Write on Wednesday and Five Sentence Fiction. It’s a great group of writers who will give you feedback and encouragement on your writing.

Five Sentence Fiction – Horror

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the inspiration word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just take your inspiration from that word.

This week’s inspiration word is: HORROR

I look forward to reading everyone’s five sentences. Post your sentences on your blog, and link up your post below. Once you’ve posted, be sure to check out the other posts. Any feedback on Five Sentence Fiction is welcome!


Bad Writing is Good

October 26, 2011 Leave a comment
“If you don’t allow yourself the possibility of writing something very, very bad, it would be hard to write something very good.”
Steven Galloway


I have a nasty habit of taking myself too seriously. Or, rather, taking my writing too seriously. I don’t always have to have on matching socks, the most fashionable shirts, or be in touch with hot trends. I’m perfectly fine with my awkwardness. If I trip on my way into the store, that’s okay. Sometimes the pavement gets in my way. Cooking is always an experiment, and I will certainly fail at math without a calculator. Those things I’m at peace with. I’m flawed. Who isn’t?
But, until recently, I was unable to laugh at my writing. Well, unless I was sure I had written something full of comic genius. That quote by Steven Galloway is something every writer should have in 25pt Times New Roman painted on the wall above their desk.
I have notebooks full of ramblings and notes on novels I would like to write. For years, I carried around the idea for my first novel in my head, afraid that if I sat down to write it I would mess it up. It was such a beautiful story, with characters I loved, as long as it was in my head. I didn’t trust myself to recreate the plotting and dialogue without losing some of the spark in translation.
Then, life stepped in. In 2009, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That’s not exactly something anyone wants to hear, but it is what it is. Everyone has something they deal with. Anyway, I’ve figured out, mostly, how to live with this disease and have adjusted my life accordingly.
I am certain, without the MS, I may have never written that first novel. I had to quit working for a while to get my symptoms under control. In the span of that year I wrote down all of the action that had been stored in my brain for the past five years. The sense of satisfaction in finishing that novel is without equal. It’s hardly literary genius, I am constantly thinking of things that need work, and my query letter is still a painful work in progress, but I am no longer a girl with just an idea, I have a completed manuscript. I am now working on my second, where I am putting all the lessons of what-not-to-do that I learned from the first novel to good use.

Write on Wednesday – I thought I saw

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 20 Write the words ” I thought I saw” at the top of your page. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Write the first words that come into your head after the prompt. Don’t take you pen off the page (or fingers off the keyboard). Stop only when the buzzer rings! Do this exercise over and over if you wish. Write beyond 5 minutes if you like, you can link it up as an extra post.

Always looking for any reason to hope, I cradle his words close so that I can replay them over and over again. He thinks I am wonderful, brilliant, and a great friend. If it weren’t for the friend part, this would be as good as a marriage proposal to me. I am on alert for a sparkle in his eye, telling tug of his mouth, anything to validate my heart’s reaction to him. We’ve been friends for seven years now. I have detailed memories of every second spent together. Dinners with his family, meeting his boss, helping him move last year when he got the job. Not a day goes by without his phone call. We talk about his day, my day, when we’ll see each other next. I can’t stop the school girl grinning anytime I think of him.
He’s not mine though, except in my heart. We’re just friends. Although, that’s temporary. It’s not the right time. He’s got a lot going on with the new job now, so maybe when he gets settled he’ll be ready to get serious. That’s what I tell myself. He loved the tie I bought him to wear on his first day. Said it was his good luck charm.
Friends say I’m pathetic, deserve more, should move on. My head knows they’re right, but my heart won’t listen.
Besides, yesterday I thought I saw something…

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