Working Wednesday – Organization is not a ‘4’ letter word

Writers live in their own world, gladly, but sometimes it becomes a messy place. The temptation may be to wear ear protectors to keep all the ‘good’ stuff from falling out before its time. Currents of conversations, snippets of scenes, puzzling plots, character quirks (heroic or hateful) — all roll around in a writer’s head, vying for storage space. Several years past, the organization tool: Trello came on my radar. Whether writers are ‘pantser’ or obsessively organized, Trello can be the light at the end of the tunnel. Think of Trello as a large message board filled with Post-it (sticky notes, if preferred) notes galore, color-coding, sharing options, drag and drop, schedule capabilities, external linking, […]

Food Matters – Motivating

I watched Food Matters (listed under Ted Talks) on Netflix this weekend. While I’m a Vegetarian, we do eat most of our veggies cooked – many steamed, baked or sautéed, but cooked nonetheless. Based on information from Food Matters, and the ever-decreasing nutritional value of fruits and vegetables, we’re trying the 51/49% rule for plating purposes. 51% to be RAW – as in not cooked. What’s the purpose of RAW food? To further eliminate junk food, to limit unhealthy carbs (I am a bread-oholic ), and to kick start my morning system with more smoothies. My pledge was to go for a week. I’ve discovered that I can talk myself into anything for a week. […]

Thoughtful Thursday

It seems like such a simple word . . . but the meaning, the emotion, the grief behind the word can be heart-breaking, devastating, and life-altering. This has been a difficult week: the tragedy in Manchester, UK has gripped headlines and the collective heart of the world. A few hours ago, I learned that a young man who I have known for close to ten years was killed in an auto accident. Notice that I didn’t say senseless; accidents are inherently senseless. But, alas, the loss is always profound. So much death, some at a distance, some close and personal. So much life yet to live and explore for all these people. But wasted? I […]

Fun Friday – Dressed to the Nines

Phraseology in our language seems for the most part to be passed down generation to generation. Whether writing historical, present day, or futuristic getting the language ‘writer-right’ is crucial. Make sure to explore the etymology of words and language before inserting into your written works, or twisting for a new/futuristic meaning. ‘Dressed to the Nines’ is an expression designed to speak to clothing expression, certainly, but more to clothing perfection. I love the 60s movies when the culture dictated gloves, hats, pressed pants, silk stockings. From How To Marry A Millionaire. OR Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’sBut whatever these pictures represent to me, is that the original meaning of ‘Dressed to the Nines’? According […]

Technical Tuesday – a tasty tidbit thanks to the Iron Chef Gauntlet

The Iron Chef Gauntlet is currently running on Food Network. If in your part of the world the season finale has already aired, do NOT reveal the ending. No spoilers in the comment section, please. The series started with seven experienced, and extremely hopeful, chefs who set their sights on eliminating their fellow kitchen connoisseurs in order to face the toughest competition of all: three reigning Iron Chefs. For most that would be enough to curdle blood, weaken knees, and reduce steel spines to a puddle of ooze. But each of the seven signed on for the heat in the kitchen and wielded their knives with enthusiasm. This week’s episode featured a Chairman’s Challenge between […]

West Texas travels

My husband and I traveled into the west Texas area — not far, by Texas standards, but a lovely distance from the commuters jamming every major thoroughfare in the Metroplex. Did you know cows are darn choosy about who stops at their fence? They don’t come when called? And they’re fairly skittish creatures. Meaning they don’t like the sound of auto-wind on a camera. Who knew? Well, I guess the cows did. Travel out towards Weatherford — stop at this great cafe, if you have a chance.

Oxymoron 2.1 version

Oxymoron 2.1 version In updating my blog labels, I ran across this old blog. Folks – it’s worth revisiting. Truisms never go out of style. So, relive the truth from 2009. “We are a people who spend money we don’t have on things we don’t want to impress people we don’t like.” Okay, that is a seriously great line . . . especially with the ring of truism in it. I’d like to take credit, goodness knows, I like good writing. I’d even like to give credit where it’s due; however, this piece of wisdom belongs to the man who wrote, Why is God laughing?. Sorry, I didn’t catch the gentleman’s name during his Good […]

Lure The Muse

Creativity is simultaneously a writer’s best friend and most dreaded enemy. But why? Are we, as writers, challenged of casual creativity? Are we blind to the bare bones of original brilliance? Do we glue our eyes closed to simple genius? Finding a writer’s muse can often involve gritting teeth, severing of limbs (metaphorically, folks) or jumping off the proverbial cliff and hoping for wings of inspiration. But why must it be so difficult when often hidden wells of creativity lurk inside each of us? What is the secret? Lure the muse. How? I have discovered that most writers have a number of passions. Seldom does our creativity sequester itself in a solitary cell. Instead, creativity […]