Random 5 Friday

1. I missed Random 5 Friday last week. I attended a writers conference, which I wrote about in this post, in case you’re curious or would like to consider attending one. 

2. Our son-in-law is participating in a Warrior Dash tomorrow (Saturday). This weekend’s event is about an hour away from us, and this is our first opportunity to attend. 

3. I have another mermaid to share. This one is near the Ocean View beach in Norfolk. ??????????

4. The loudest voice in the neighborhood today belongs to a Blue Jay. I’ve not seen–or heard–them around the backyard much this past month. I guess they are busy with other things, like reforestation. They, along with the squirrels, play a part in their environment by burying acorns and beech nuts. They’re fun to watch as they pound a nut into the ground and cover it with a leaf.

5. The timer signals the last load of laundry is dry. Dinner prep is done and waiting to be heated. Time to stop procrastinating and get my aerobic workout in for the day. Have a great weekend!

You can find the rules for this Random 5 Friday meme at A Rural Journal by clicking this link. Won’t you join us? 

HRW Conference

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Hampton Roads Writers Conference. This was my first conference, and it was a great experience. The blue highlighted link takes you to the group’s website, where you will find some great resources and information about the group–including the Traveling Pen Workshops throughout the year. 

Break-out sessions began Thursday evening  with a choice of four 1.5-hour workshops from which to choose. I opted for “Creating the World in a Short Story” with Cliff Garstang.  

Friday morning’s activities started at 8:00 a.m. with Check In/Coffee Time, followed by the keynote speaker, then, a First Ten Lines Critique Session with three agents and two keynoters. One-hour workshops began at 11:15 a.m. There were four sessions throughout the day, with a choice of four classes in each session. The day ended with a Mix and Mingle Social and Silent Auction.

Saturday’s activities followed the same schedule as Friday, but with only three workshop sessions that day.

The sessions I attended included dialogue, point of view, publishing short stories and essays, memoir writing, and interviewing for nonfiction. The packet we received at Check In contained a handout for each workshop, giving us access to the information in the sessions we were unable to attend. Kudos to Hampton Roads Writers for their efforts in providing those.

No conference is complete without food–a delightful, delicious buffet was served both days. 

By 3:30 p.m. Saturday, with our brains packed to overflowing and a few new friends, we went our separate ways and returned to our former lives. The only downside is we have to wait another year to do it again! 

 

 

 

Friday Fictioneers–27 September 2013

The a-door-able Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posted the following photo prompt for this week’s Friday Fictioneers meme. My 100-word story is below it. 

Photo Copyright--Rich Voza
Photo Copyright–Rich Voza

Splintered Relationship

“That goes against my grain,” Theodore grumbled.

“Don’t be such a stick-in-the-mud,” Isadore chided, about to come unhinged with his close-mindedness.

“For generations, the young saplings settled in near their parents and put down roots.”

“Just because that’s the way it’s always been doesn’t mean it’s the only way. They lead such sheltered lives, overshadowed by the past. They need to get out and experience life, to kindle new relationships. Personally, I don’t see what’s wrong with sending them to boarding school.”

 Theodore shook his head and said, “I adore you, my love, but you must have sawdust for brains.”

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If you would like to join the writing fun, find the rules here. Everyone is welcome to participate.

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Share Your World–2013 Week 33

Share Your World

Here are Cee’s four questions for this week:

1. If you could live in any other time, when would it be, and why?
I would like to go back to the early 1900s to see what Virginia Beach was like before development took place along the shoreline. 

2. If you were given a yacht today, what would you name it?
FOR SALE

3. Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance of showers, etc.)
SUNNY

4. List two things in nature you find most beautiful.
So many from which to choose! A bright blue sky, and a butterfly.

And there you have my answers. Please share yours in the comments below, or create a post and link to Cee’s Share Your World page.share-your-world2

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge–From Lines to Patterns

Here are some Lines to Patterns found on last night’s walk. Linking to WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge.

Scrolling over images brings up caption. Clicking on one will provide a larger image.
I apologize for glare on the hearse’s door detail, shot through the opposite window.  Hubby and I got a closer look at it last evening, it’s a 1970 model–43 years–could 1970 really have been that long ago?

Weekly Photo Challenge

This and That, Thursday

The Hampton Roads Writers Conference starts this evening and runs through Saturday. It’s being held ten minutes from my house–very convenient. Friday is a long day, check-in 8-8:30 a.m.; the last session ends at 5:00 p.m.; followed by the Mix and Mingle Social, which I won’t be attending. I’m just going to learn what I can, not looking for an agent. 

Went for a walk last evening. The sky was gorgeous. 042048As the sun set in the west, the Harvest moon was rising in the east. 055A post isn’t complete without a bunny.004Blogging time will be limited the next couple of days, but I’ll visit when I can.
The End.047

Linking to Skywatch Friday