Share Your World–2015 Week 4

Share Your World

Here are Cee’s questions for this week. I enjoy reading your responses, too. If you aren’t creating a post to link to Cee’s blog, please tell me how you would answer in the comments below.

Where did you live at age five?  Is it the same place or town you live now?share-your-world2
I lived in Fairmont, WV, at age five. No, it is not.

You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met.  Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?
I might, depending who invited me.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?
It seemed like a big town at the time.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A mom.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful we’ve had Miss Z four years, and got to spend a day with her.
I’ve got a hankering for a new Bible translation, thinking about a New King James Version (NKJV). Does anyone else have an NKJV? Your thoughts?

Linking to Cee’s blog

Writers Conference

I thought I’d send you a picture of the lunch buffet on our break, but by the time I thought of it, there wasn’t much left to photograph.

Then I thought I’d post a sticky note, but didn’t remember how, and of course couldn’t find it under “help” when it came down to it.

So, here I am! (If you smell smoke, it’s just a bad case of brain fry.)

Thursday night was check in, then we had a two-hour session. There were five choices:

  • How to Nail Your 10-minute Agent Pitch
  • Catharsis of Poetry: Writing poetry based on personal hardships
  • Marketing Tips for Authors
  • Look Closely (Flash Fiction)
  • Convincing Nonfiction

I opted for the last one. (Trying to convince myself I’m a writer.)

This morning started with Intro Remarks and First Ten Lines Critique Session, followed by the Keynote Address given by Janet Burroway. She is a very encouraging speaker, and has many writing credits, from textbooks, to plays, to novels…and the beat list goes on…

We had four one-hour sessions (a total of 20 different workshops from which to choose) with 15-minute breaks in between, and over an hour for lunch, which was provided for in our registration fee. During the 15-minute breaks, attendees who registered to pitch their work to an agent got the opportunity.

An afternoon session I attended was “Maximize your Twitter Platform.” I wasted my time, should have read “Twitter for Dummies” beforehand.

Tomorrow is another full day, and this girl won’t be burning the midnight candle at both ends tonight! (Or something like that.) Will chat with you tomorrow night with the wrap-up on the conference. And if I think of it, I’ll send you a picture of lunch!

Are any of you on Twitter? What are your thoughts on it?

Share Your World–2014 Week 26

Here are Cee’s questions (and my answers) for Share Your World:

Is your refrigerator organized or a mess inside?

an organized mess 

If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

to find a cure for an illness that presently is not curable

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?

I’d like to get caught up reading books I’ve purchased and magazines I subscribe to.

Where do you eat breakfast?

usually in the kitchen

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m glad I was able to join the new city rec center near my home; I look forward to rain later in the week.

Linking to Cee’s blog, where you can join in the fun, create your own post and link up–or you can respond in the comments below. I enjoy reading your answers.

Blog Hop Around the World

This is my first experience with a creative blog hop. My dear friend, Trece Wyman, invited me to participate. Blogging from New York, USA, Trece is animal lover extraordinaire, specializing in cats; her heart is at least as big as Texas. You can find her at SimplyTrece

Now, to the questions, and my answers:

What am I working on?
I’m amassing quite a collection of books on writing.
I enjoy playing with words, it never seems like work. I blog, journal, write devotional pieces, and have a work-in-progress memoir that started as a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) rebel project. Most of my writing is nonfiction, but I stepped out of my comfort zone a few months ago and began creating 100-word flash-fiction stories with Friday Fictioneers.  

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Mine is written by a young-at-heart, eternally optimistic cracked pot.

Why do I create what I do?
I used to look through the box of family photos my mother had. There was one in particular that intrigued me: a man, in a Civil War uniform, and his wife. Aside from their names and her relationship to them, Mom knew nothing else about them. When I became a grandmother, I began to journal. I was determined to leave something of myself behind for my grandchildren and the generations to come.

How does your creating process work?
It varies somewhat by project. For Friday Fictioneers, I study the details of the photo prompt looking for an unusual perspective, then run with it. I write the beginning, and I usually know how I want it to end, so I write that next. Then I know how many words I have left to put the meat in the middle of my sentence sandwich.

Here are the three creative bloggers I’d like to share with you. They will post their blog hop posts June 23. For a sneak peek, here are their links:

Susan Carter Paynehttp://suzicatepoetry.wordpress.com
and http://suzicate.wordpress.com
The former features her poetry and photography, the latter her thoughts on family, relationships, and the world around her–and more of her beautiful nature photography. Susan is a published author and has many creative talents. From the mountains to the shore, Virginia is her home.

Dianna Keenhttp://thesedaysofmine.com
Another Virginia blogger, Dianna is an amazing photographer. Her blog features family, two cats who adopted her–they’re also family, wild horses on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and her many adventures, near and far. She creates greeting cards, too.

Beth Ann Chiles
http://bethannchiles.com
Beth Ann blogs from Iowa. She has various creative abilities, so it will be interesting to see what she decides to share with us. If you visit on Tuesdays, you’re likely to find a teapot from her collection on display. Beth Ann’s blog features Comments for a Cause–each comment left on her blog is worth fifty cents toward the featured cause for that month. Be sure to visit and leave some kind words.

Thanks for hopping and stopping by!

 

 

Thankful Thursday and 5 Random Thoughts

My days of the week are totally mixed up! I’ve been attempting to keep the hours of a morning person–some days out of necessity–but I keep falling back into my regularly-scheduled program. 

THANKFUL THURSDAY

I may have said this before, but I’m thankful for our public library. It offers a wide selection of magazines to read without paying a subscription fee, Wi-fi, use of computers for those who don’t have one, and music, movies and, oh yes, BOOKS on everything imaginable.

Now for some RANDOMNESS

1. I love Wi-fi! Our downstairs a/c is inoperable, so I’m sitting in a zero-gravity lawn chair under the oak tree with birds singing overhead. Some of them might be telling me to go back in the house where I belong, but I don’t understand bird-speak. (Or I’m feigning ignorance–shhh don’t tell!)

2. This is the first year milkweed planted the previous year returned. I’m ready for the Monarch butterflies to appear. Hopefully they’ll get here before the aphids. IMG_1559

3. The Bee Balm is robust this year, also. Maybe a hard winter isn’t so bad for the garden, after all. IMG_1560

4. Cutting back the Butterfly Bush in late winter, we discovered a rotted section at its base. We lost about a third of it, but the remainder is coming back strong.IMG_1562

5.  The Coneflowers have a lot of buds.IMG_1563

Bonus Randomness

This is the Fennel jungle. Fennel is a host plant for Black Swallowtail butterflies. I hope we see lots of them this year.IMG_1564

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Linking to Thankful Thursday

 

 

 

Random 5 Friday

Woo Hoo! It’s Friday, time for some more randomness with Random 5 Friday. This is where we share five things about us and whatever is floating around in our brains, which we hope is worth sharing.

1. Changeable weather is a given when one lives near the coast. It’s been even crazier than normal this week. We are under a tornado watch until 5:00 p.m. Yesterday, I wore my winter coat (unzipped) when I went to lunch with hubby. Today, I’m wearing a tank top and capris, and have thrown open the windows while I get some much-needed housework done. Yes, blogging is part of the housekeeping process. That’s my new rule.

2. My laptop is dragging its feet and building my character. One can’t very well beat it to death with a hammer with the windows open and the neighbors listening.

3. Yesterday, our yard was covered with blackbirds. Today, there is not one single bird in sight. I hear sparrows chattering among themselves in the shrubs in the side yard.

4. I signed up for a Hampton Roads Writers workshop being held Saturday morning at a local community college. We’re going to learn about CreateSpace.

5. Our sunny day is now darkened by ominous gray clouds…the last load of clothes is in the washer…and we  now have a full-blown thunderstorm–off to close windows!8616512946_a8c5cf857d_o

Linking to Random 5 Friday
Thanks, Nancy!

Share Your World–2013 Week 27

Cee has four Share Your World questions for us this week. I had to don my thinking cap! Maybe they won’t be so hard for you. Here are the questions–and my answers. It would be great fun to read your answers. You could follow the blue text above to Cee’s page and link your blog post there, or leave your replies in the comments below. 

1. Describe yourself in a word or words that start with the first letter of your name.
I’ve been sorting through my vocabulary of Ps (patient, practical) but when pro-life popped into my head, I knew that’s what I must choose. Anyone, of any age, should have the right to live. 

2. Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, nonfiction, educational?
If it is a book, I like it. There is always something to learn, no matter the genre. 

3. If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?
Very few. 

4. If you had only one book you could write, what would it be about? Assume it is a top-ten seller of any genre.
It would be a story of redemption, the protagonist–Yahweh Tsidqenu. (pronounced yah-WEH tsid-KAY-nu)

I hope you will take a moment and Share Your World.
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