Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Well…this has certainly been a week, hasn’t it?

Folks with retirement in their sights could probably use a strong drink or two right about now, with the stock markets doing their best impressions of Olympic high-divers.

Travelers with plans for cruises or plane trips are probably busily reading the fine-print on their tickets and reeling from both a loss of cash and the loss of activities they may have been looking forward to and saving for.

Fans of baseball, hockey, basketball, and March Madness suddenly have a lot more free time but far fewer places to spend it, and I feel for all of the small business owners who make their living supporting the above sporting events.

St. Patrick’s Day parades, tech conferences, Broadway shows, museums–Disneyland for goodness sake–all have been either cancelled or closed for the foreseeable future in an attempt to damp down a virus that has the potential to continue to spread like an internet meme gone wild.

It’s hardly the stuff of a romance novel…or is it? Continue reading

Elizabeth: All Shall Be Well

I was going through my “Saved for a Post” file and came across this quote.  It seemed a good thought to keep in mind, given how un-well things seem to be at the moment.

Julian of Norwich, an English anchorite, wrote the earliest surviving book in the English language to be written by a woman, Revelations of Divine Love, and was a witness to the devastating effects of the Black Death of 1348–50.   Julian “lived a life of confined isolation”, something folks who have been quarantined in recent weeks may be able to relate to.

I hope “all manner of thing” is well (or soon shall be well) for you and yours.

Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Happy Friday and welcome to the end of another fun-filled week.  Well, perhaps fun-filled isn’t quite the word I was looking for.

It has certainly been a busy news week, what with the primary presidential elections here at home and and COVID-19 around the world.   It’s hard to tell at this point which one is having the bigger impact on the economy.

I can say that the virus is making itself felt at the day job – not because anyone is sick (knock on wood) but because we’ve all been “grounded” and several conferences have been cancelled.  I’m okay with the grounding, since it got me out of having to go to a big conference in Las Vegas, and hope my co-workers continue to remain healthy.

The stock market definitely seems to be upset about everything that is going on though, judging by the wild up-and-down swings of the past week or so.  Here’s hoping things settle down soon and we are all able to get back to our regularly scheduled lives.

While waiting for “normal”, I think I’ll take a break from following the news and give today’s writing prompt and random words a go.

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Elizabeth: I Heard That

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a latecomer when it comes to the whole audiobook thing.  Until about a year-and-a-half ago, I hadn’t listened to a single one.  In general, I find the world to be both too bright and too loud, so listening to a book instead of reading it never held much appeal.

I have no fond childhood memories about being read stories at bedtime or during classroom circle time, though both probably happened.  Frankly, the only “read aloud” memory I do have is when we had to read aloud in first-grade and our teacher taped us on one of those clunky old-fashioned tape recorders and then played it back and made us listen to it.  It was apparently supposed to make us better readers.  I was already a good reader, so I doubt that it helped, but what I do know is that I was so traumatized by hearing my own voice that I barely talked in school for a year.

But I digress. Continue reading

Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Whew!  Remembered just in the nick of time that the end of the week was fast approaching.

In my defense, I’ve been off work for a couple of days and have completely lost track of what day it is.  The only thing I was absolutely certain of was that I had homework due by 11:50pm this evening (done!).

I had lots of plans for what I would do (or not do) in my time away from work.  Reading my ToDo list did not turn out to be one of those things – LOL!  Instead, I puttered around on a jigsaw puzzle; sat out in the backyard and enjoyed the beautiful weather; read a book; and took myself out to lunch.  Eventually, I did buckle down and do my homework, which I’m pretty sure means I deserve a treat.

I have one more day off left, although a small part of that will be eaten up by a webinar for work that I just couldn’t get away from.  After that, however, it’s nothing but good times.  I see pancakes, a good book, and plenty of  “doing nothing” in my future.

At some point, I also see a bit of writing mixed in there.  After all, uninterrupted writing time was one of the reasons I scheduled this time-off to begin with.  Should I manage to find both the time and the inclination, I’ll be giving today’s writing prompt and/or random words a try.

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Elizabeth: RWA 2.0?

As we talked about here and here, the Romance Writers of America trade organization had an implosion at the end of 2019 and its 2020 has thus far been no better.  The last of the remaining Board members resigned on February 12th and the organization is currently on life-support, being kept alive through the efforts of the Leslie Scantlebury, the interim Executive Director (who seems to be doing a bang-up job).

A few days ago, the independent auditors, who were hired to investigate specific issues within the organization, released their report (accessible to RWA members only).  The results were not good – citing missteps, flaws in understanding, and gaps between policy/procedures and actions.  The report should not be a surprise to anyone who has been following along since December.  There were numerous recommendations regarding what RWA could do next, including the excerpted bit below which seemed to say that “there wouldn’t have been such a problem if people had just kept things secret.”

The publicity surrounding the handling of the ethics complaints against Ms. Milan has harmed the organization, created concerns among Ethics Committee members and candidates about participating in the process, and magnified the negative attention and reputational harm experienced by Ms. Tisdale and Ms. Davis.

I’m hoping that wasn’t really the intention of that bit, but I’ve read a lot of posts and comments by others who had that same interpretation.

So, what happens now? Continue reading

Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Welcome to the end of  another week; hopefully yours was a happy one.

Mine was definitely a busy one, probably busier than it should have been because I spent too much time reading when I was supposed to be working on other things (like work and studying).

In my defense, someone on another blog mentioned a series of what could best be described as Regency Cozy Mysteries, and reading them turned out to be a lot like eating chips – difficult to stop after just one.  The stories aren’t great (which is why I’m not mentioning the titles), but the characters are just interesting enough for me to want to continue to read about what is happening to them.

I’m determined that the current story I am reading will be my last in this series, but I’m not sure I believe me.  After all, I’m pretty sure I said the same thing during the previous book.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

For now, I’ve set my reading aside and am about to pick up my notebook and pen and give today’s writing prompt and random words a go.

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