So You’re a Writer….

Having just entered into this wonderful new world, I am constantly reading and learning new things every day.  No- I am not an experienced writer by any means nor do I really think I am very good.  Plain and simple, I just like to write.

So in my search to learn how to write the next best seller, I came across some great sites that have helped me. One of the most important things I have learned is you have to have a plan.  Before I discovered this, I would sit down, start writing and words would flow but then I would lose track of what I was writing about, things would get jumbled and I would give up.  Now, I get an idea in my head, write down a few paragraphs about what my story will be about, make a list of the characters I want involved in my story, then I break it down into chapters.  I try to follow this as much as possible and some chapters are easier to write than others.  I also find that sometimes when I am writing a chapter, I will have a lot more to write about and ideas will come to me as I write – But that is okay.  If you have an idea as to where your story is going, that is half the battle.

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Will I ever be famous – doubt it, but at least I am having fun trying.  I thought I would share a web page that I have found useful along my writing journey.  It has really helped me.  Everyone has a story inside of them, you just have to get it out.   Happy Writing.

10 Ridiculously Simple Steps for Writing a Book

Busy Weekend And Other Such Stuff…..

blog    Hello you wonderful people out there. It has been a crazy week and I have not bothered to update my blog. I shouldn”t say not bothered because that is not correct.  I have worried about not being able to update it.  I have just been too frikken busy.  It has been very hectic at my day job and I try to do as much writing as I can in the evenings.  I was working on (actually just finished today) another Amish Fiction Romance story, but this time I hit a brick wall in terms of where I wanted the story to go.  It felt like all my creativity disappeared and I couldn’t for the life of me, think of anything.  I would sit down at the laptop and pouffff, my mind would go blank.  Isn’t it  strange how that happens. This weekend, I sat down Saturday morning and it was as if the ideas started to flow like lava  – I managed to finish a 13,000 and some book in two days.   Isn’t it funny how that works?

For some of you thinking, Does this woman not have a life? I will explain.  My wonderful husband is on the waiting list for back surgery so his evenings and weekends are spent lying on the couch because the pain becomes too much to bear when he is standing or sitting.  He manages to go to work everyday but by the time he get home he heads straight to the couch for the remainder of the evening.  My heart breaks for him because he is an active guy and having to stay put on the couch is just tearing him up. But, one has to do what one has to do. I know once he has surgery, our lives will return to normal, so until then I have lots of time to write.

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Tonight is the season finale of The Walking Dead.  Must say, I am excited and nervous beyond anything I have ever experienced.  Who is going to die tonight?   I know I will be on pins and needles through out the show.

I was going to update my Weight Loss Page even though my week has not been as successful as I wanted it to be.  I have been eating healthy but  there was my husbands birthday on Wednesday and of course there was cake.  And with the cake there was ice cream.  And of course I had to have some so that threw my eating plan way off kilter.  I will make a point of sitting down tomorrow night and updating my page and hope for a better week.  tI will actually be grocery week so I can buy good healthy things for me to eat.

This brings me to another beef.  Adult children living at home.  And I can post this rant because my kids do not read anything I write.  Both my children are still living at home and going to school and the rules are that with them working strange hours I would be responsible for one meal and one meal only – Supper.  If they wanted things like Ice Cream or chips or snacks or lunch items – they could buy them themselves.  Is that reasonable?  After all, I am not a restaurant that caters to everyone’s taste.  My daughter is great – she will go to the grocery store  and pick herself up items that she wants and never complains.  My 22 year old son on the other hand will eat anything that he can get his hands on and that is free.  At 57  I have to hide my food. Trying to buy myself healthy choices is difficult and I feel like such a meany when I do buy something and I have to say to him – Don’t Touch It’s Mine.  As a Mom, we are used to providing for our children, making sure they have enough food so it is very hard to say NO you can’t have that.  My son will go to the grocery store to pick up a few things and he will come back with a bag of chips and a bottle of pepsi.  I wonder what his cupboards will be like when he finally moves out – two boxes of KDinner and a bag of chips. Hopefully if I get invited over to a meal, I won’t have to bring my own.

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Here Comes Peter CottonTail….

bunny eggs   With Easter upon us, everywhere you go, store shelves are filled with chocolate bunnies and chicks and the more modern chocolate footballs and tractors.  Not being a religious person, I don’t look at it with  any type of significance other than it was the only day as a child we got to each chocolate first thing in the morning and  I got to wear black patent leather shoes, my Easter bonnet and purse and my little white gloves.   I would fill up my little Easter purse with candy eggs that I found in my basket and head over to visit my best friend at the time, a little boy named Timmy, who lived around the corner, so I could share my eggs with him and we could compare Easter baskets.  Those days are just mere memories now, but they always make me smile when I think of them.

 

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Loving weird and strange things and with the internet being a plethora of information, I took an opportunity to do a bit of research on Easter and found these interesting facts on Easter.

1. The largest Easter egg hunt took place in Florida on 1st April 2007 where 9,753 children searched for 501,000 Easter eggs!

2. An Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million in 2007, it was commissioned by the Russian royal family as an engagement gift for a French aristocrat.

3. An average UK household spends around £75 on Easter each year!

4. 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced each year In the USA.

5. Easter sales account for 10 per cent of UK chocolate sales for the whole year.

6. The first UK chocolate egg was produced by Fry’s of Bristol in 1873.

7. The tallest ever chocolate Easter egg was made in 2011 in Italy, weighing 7,200kg and standing 10.39 metres tall which makes it heavier than an elephant and taller than a giraffe.

8. The tradition of giving eggs at Easter time has been tracked back to the Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, they used to give eggs as a gift as to them it was a symbol of life.

9. The White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year. The tradition was introduced by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.

10. The world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate is unsurprisingly the Cadburys Cream Egg.

And I can’t let Easter go by without thinking of this.  I remember seeing it on a card in the Hallmark store and I laughed for days.  I mean, who wouldn’t find this funny.

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So whatever Easter means to you, most importantly it is a time to spend with family, enjoy a good meal and eat chocolate.

To All My Internet Friends – Near and Far – easter

 

And So It Is Friday

wine   Yea, Friday.  The one day of the week everyone looks forward to.  I am sure it has something to do with the fact that most of us will be off for two days, but it is oh so much more than that.  I thought I would share with you some of the strange things that go through my mind when I wake up on Friday.

  1.  I can hit the snooze button one extra time because traffic is not bad on Friday morning.
  2. I can wear my jeans and get away with it, so I don’t have to think about what I am going to wear.
  3. I usually buy my lunch on Friday so the excitement of thinking about what I will eat is right up there.
  4. Both my kids work late on Friday night so there is just my husband and I at home – I don’t have to plan anything.
  5. I get to spend the weekend with my husband, which is always a plus.
  6. Tomorrow there is no alarm waking me up and even it I still wake up at 5:45 – it doesn’t matter cause it is Saturday.
  7. That feeling of complete relaxation when you get home on Friday, knowing you don’t have to work the next day.
  8. New episode of GRIMM is on tonight.
  9. Saturday morning breakfasts – yummy
  10. Friday Night Wine – always a given.

What are some of the things you look forward to on a Friday?  Would love to hear about them.