Elizabeth: Just a Reminder

While searching for a writing-inspiration photo on my computer earlier today I came  across this quote from Anne Lamott.  I figured we could probably all use the reminder; I know I certainly can.  These days I alternate between procrastination and deleting more words than I write.

So go put some words on the page.

Even if they are crap.

You can buff and polish them later.

Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

The end of another week already?  This one has sped by without my completing nearly as many tasks from my ToDo list as I was hoping.  On the plus side, I didn’t wind up adding too many new tasks to the list, so that’s a win . . . of sorts.

The focus this week has been on taxes (why yes, I did put them off for quite a while).  While the taxes themselves were fairly straightforward, the process of making sure I hadn’t overlooked anything meant I spent a fair amount of time sorting through all the papers on my desk and getting my files organized.  Sadly, it seems the last time I engaged in that particular exercise was just about a year ago.    Ah well, better late than never.

With the paperwork and taxes taken care of I can enjoy my day off work with a clear conscience.  Judging by the height of the lawn in the backyard, my day better include a little lawn-mowing.  After that, I’m planning on some dedicated writing time, starting out with either a run at the 200-word writing contest Kay mentioned yesterday, or an attempt at the random words below.  Whichever I choose, words on the page is my end goal.

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Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

A week ago, the sun was shining, spring had sprung, and I was getting my sprinkler system ready to go back into action.  Today, however, it looks like winter is not completely done with us just yet.  It’s been intermittently overcast and rainy most of the day and I’ve been quite glad I didn’t pack away the cozy blankets just yet.  Even the cat hasn’t wanted to go outside and has instead been curled up asleep on the couch for much of the day.

Since it looks like I won’t be working out in the yard on my day off tomorrow, I guess I better find something to do inside instead.  Fortunately I’ve got three stories just waiting for me to buckle down and get some words on the page, not to mention a set of random words to play with.  Writing will definitely be on my Friday agenda.

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Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

Thursday was International Women’s Day, a day that commemorates the movement for women’s rights and celebrates the political, cultural, social, and economic achievements of women.  In case you are curious, it was also National Proofreading Day, World Kidney Day, and of course, Popcorn Lovers Day.

More importantly, at least for me, it was the end of a busy work week full of strategy, goal setting, and the annual performance review process.  Things went well on all counts.  In fact, I’m still reeling from hearing things like “dream employee” and “decisive leader.”  I’m thinking of having buttons made. 🙂

Now that Friday is here, it’s time to put away the work clothes, pull out my favorite writing shirt, and focus on getting some words on the page.  I have two characters stuck in a holding pattern while I’ve been trying to figure out how to escalate (and then resolve) their conflict.  I need to get that taken care of before they give up and wander off.

I’ll be kicking off my writing in the afternoon, after lunch and a little creative inspiration via a showing of Black Panther.

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For those of you working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication), we’d love to hear a bit – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with and would like to share.

If you don’t have a story in progress, or just want to work on something new, maybe our weekly writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.   This week we’ve got a theme and some random words to work with.

Ready?

Here is today’s writing prompt:

Write a story that includes:  a time-traveler

And includes any (or all) of the following random words:

impulsive            minute                 crackpot               getaway

flag                        murky                   year                       distortion

gunk                      night                     locust                    battle

zebra                     time                      control                 buzz

Whether you’re sharing a bit of your current work or writing something fresh based on the writing prompt, we hope you’ll join us for today’s Story Time.

Happy writing to all!

Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

Today’s dose of adorable came via a photograph posted on Facebook of a row of eight comfort dogs waiting to greet the Stoneman Douglas school kids on their first day back this morning.  I felt calmer just looking at them and hope the kids felt the same.

I was at a conference in a big hotel a few weeks ago, and one of the other conferences there at the same time had a room set aside where attendees could pick up and cuddle with puppies and kittens.  I kind of wished I had been part of that conference instead of my own.  I’m sure that would have improved my conference experience substantially.

For now I’ll have to keep the cuddling to my own (no longer a kitten) cat and look forward to the time (in the not too distant future) when there is a new puppy here to cuddle as well.  While I wait for that, I think I’ll try to kick of my new Day-Off-Work /  Friday-Writing-Practice” with a little creative writing.

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Elizabeth: Anger and Confusion

Blankets, blankets, blankets

As I mentioned in my New TV Show Squee post back in January, I’ve been enjoying episodes of the (new to me) show The Good Place when I have a little downtime.  In the episode I watched yesterday the head demon Michael (the Good Place architect) was complaining about humans and their fragile little bodies and ridiculous number of emotions.  “You only need two,” he insisted.  “Anger and confusion.”

While that can’t be right, I can’t help admitting that those two have topped the list for me more often than not for quite some time.

Possibly the last 404 days or so.

The news broadcast I generally watch when I get home from work begins each night with “it’s day xxx of the current administration,” oddly similar to the way broadcasts during the 444 days of the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979-81 began years ago.  It’s hardly something to engender happy, positive thoughts, not that the news makes any attempt to do so.  Consistently seeing people doing (and generally getting away with) bad things definitely leads to confusion and anger, making it a real challenge to maintain a level of positivity. Continue reading

Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints – Brr!

We’ve been talking about cold starts this week and Mother Nature has been doing her part to provide an appropriately chilly atmosphere.  My outdoor plants, which had been fooled into thinking it was springtime by the warm weather just a few weeks ago have been shivering their way through several nights of freezing temperatures – not something they are used to here on the West Coast.

I have been bundling up in my fuzziest blanket here at home and watching coverage of the Olympics, something that’s not particularly conducive to getting words on the page.  I have the day off work on Friday, however, so I’m going to throw off the blankets and make a serious attempt at getting some writing done.

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