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 Payne
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 Keen
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
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!



Something New for November

If you were following this blog a year ago, you might remember my participation in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. (There are a couple posts in the “Writing” category to the right relating to it, if you are interested.) The goal was to write 50,000 words during the month of November–the idea being to get a good start on a novel or other writing project, and establish the discipline to write every day. 

With much work yet to do on last year’s project, this year I think I might try something different–NaNoJouMo

My friend, Trece, at Simply Trece posted this reminder to “Journal Your Art Out” during the month of November.

This sounds like fun! Anyone else interested? 






Word a Day-Author

I recently found and started following a new blog titled My Life in Photos. Readers are challenged to post a photo to match a randomly selected word for the day. I thought it looked like fun, and since I am in need of a blog post for Monday, decided this would be a good time to try it. 

I scrolled through the pictures on my computer beforehand, and found one that is very fitting for my state of mind right now. Then I went to find Monday’s word, and decided this is the perfect opportunity to pair them.

The word is Author. Since I’ve been portraying one as a blogger, and NaNoWriMo participant this month, while keeping up trying to keep up with a normal daily routine, and plan for holidays and special occasions that approach quickly…

…well, this picture sums it up pretty well right now.

Hope you have a great week!

1Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer;
2from the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I,
3for you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.
4Let me dwell in your tent forever!
Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings!
Psalm 61:1-4

One Lovely Blog Award

Dianna, who can be found at, recently bestowed upon my blog a “Lovely Blog Award.” Thanks, Dianna. 

As blog awards go, in turn, I’m to award it to fifteen other bloggers, and tell seven things about myself that you may not know. There are so many wonderful blogs, most of the ones I follow regularly are listed on my blogroll at the bottom of the page. I know many of us stalk visit the same blogs, so I’d like to invite you to look over my blogroll, and stop by to meet some of the bloggers who may be new to you. All are deserving of an award, but participating in NaNoWriMo this month leaves me short on blogging time. Thank you for understanding. 

Seven things about myself:

1. Several years ago, I nearly lost the vision in my right eye from toxoplasmosis; but for the grace of God. 

2. A young opossum has been visiting our backyard recently, under cover of darkness–therefore I haven’t been able to share its picture with you. 

3. My dad raised chickens, and they ended up on the dinner table. I will not go into the details of him wielding the hatchet.

4. I found what I thought was a snake when gathering eggs once. I couldn’t see into the nest box, but what I felt turned out to be the tail of an opossum. My brother was sent to “take care of it,” and we kept it as a pet until it tried to bite me. 

5. My dad also raised rabbits. And hunted squirrels. And all those things ended up in jars in the basement cellar. It reminded me of a mad scientist’s lab. To my knowledge, I never ate any of it. 

6. I did eat Coco Wheats for breakfast every morning before school for twelve years. I wonder if that was a record. 

7. My first crush was on the milkman when I was about five years old. 

Well, there you have it! I hope I haven’t ruined your breakfast/lunch/dinner/midnight snack.

NaNoWriMo updated word total: 4,312 




Today begins National Novel Writing Month. More information is available here

NaNoWriMo began in 1999. 2010 is the first year I heard of it, but didn’t know much anything about it. The goal for participants (called Wrimos) is to write 50,000 words between November 1-30. 

The facilitator of my local writing group broached the subject during our September meeting, and I’ve been praying and kicking around the idea since then. It’s a pretty big commitment–a granddaughter has a birthday, Thanksgiving, and our anniversary all fall in November. And I didn’t even mention the biggest shopping day of the year! I ran it by hubby to get his thoughts. And…

I signed up!