Joy of Writing – Payphones with Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Joy is when I see butterflies
I like to see and hear fireworks
Playing with the puppy puts a smile on my face
Reading an excellent book passes the time fast.
Hugging my kids brings back memories
Doing something fun makes a day that much better
Time is slowly flowing when things are not quite right
My muse flows a trickle at a time
Plugged with rocks and twigs, that hopefully will break apart soon.

Empty payphone booths

Empty payphone booths (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Believe it or not, sometimes I miss the payphone. We didn’t hear about people driving and texting or talking on their cellphones. If the call weren’t necessary, it could wait. If it were, you would just find a payphone and make the call. I have a cell phone that I hardly use. I can’t seem to get into the mode of turning it on to make a call or check for messages. Most times I’m too busy to be bothered with it. If the call is important, then they will call the landline phone instead. I only keep the phone for emergencies, since there aren’t any more payphones to be found.
My summer has been pretty eventful this year. Not all in the happiest sense. Ever since the middle of May I’ve been out of work for major surgery. Most of this time has been spent resting and recuperating. Many weeks I never made it to the keyboard. It was just too uncomfortable to sit at the desk for extended periods of time. As you can see, I’m feeling much better and looking forward to returning to work on Monday. So much for fun during summer vacation. At least I got much-needed rest. Now I’ll have to wait another four months before taking any vacation time.

 

 

Peanut butter and grasshopper sandwich with a ...

Peanut butter and grasshopper sandwich with a glass of milk? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to take a vacation to Las Vegas. I’m not sure if I’d like it. My worst fear would be to go to a casino, spend all the money, or lose all the money, and have no way to get back home. I don’t know how I’d explain it to my other half. I guess, in that case, we’d have to buy a loaf of bread once we got there along with a jar of peanut butter and jelly. And, make sure we had roundtrip tickets so we would be able to get back home. What an emergency plan.
Could you live off of peanut butter and jelly for a week?

 

 

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Making the Words Flow

English: Books on legal writing at the law lib...

English: Books on legal writing at the law library of the UC Berkeley School of Law. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been blogging for years. Writing has been a struggle right from the get go. Self-published writers have lots to learn. Almost too much to learn. I’ve come a long way in the past five years. Between learning how to format books, distribute, and market, I’ve been also learning more about the craft of writing. Sometimes I think the learning process has slowed me down. I have to think more about what I need to say. I care about how it comes out. The grammar has to be just so.

I remember how I got started with writing. My first time was when I was in third grade. I made this cute little picture book that even my parents were impressed with. The story was The Poor Cucumber. (lol) It makes me laugh to think about how silly that story was, but it was a story none the less. I even drew stick figures for the pictures on the pages. I think I was eight years old then.

The next time I gave a stab at writing was in my senior year. I had to do this term paper for Biology on the social behavior of ants. I dug up so much information it sparked a story. I don’t remember the title of it. But I did write the first four chapters of it before setting it aside with my hopes dashed away by my parents. I had told them that I wanted to be a writer after high school. They thought it was a waste of time and energy. Needless to say, I didn’t finish that story. I think it fell into someone else’s hands and ten years later, a similar story came about. My story was very much like Bugs Life.

If it had been my story that sparked that Pixar movie, then I feel honored to have my idea stolen. Maybe someday, karma will come back around with a reward on my end.

After publishing five books over the past five years, I was hit by writers block. I believe it is due to fear of not being able to write something decent. Not being able to write anything much longer than a novella. Not going deep enough with character development. When I joined RWA, I began trying to change all that by going to workshops and conferences and taking the online workshops too.

Health also has a way of getting in the way of writing. My recent episode put me in the hospital for three days after having major surgery. I’m looking forward to going back to work next week.

Pets can make you stop writing too. My writing mascot, Keelaa, she has the tendency to come along with a tug rope expecting me to play at any given moment. She has this little sound or grunt she makes that comes across as though she just said, “Mum.”

My family used to bother me too, but they don’t do that quite so much anymore. Must be because I’ve moved to an office where most of my writing is done.

Now that I’m coming back around again, since my recovery from surgery, I want to make a new push of getting the flow of words going. What better way to do so than with blogging on schedule. I did this before with ROW80. (Which I still do take part in.) But I want more blogging in my schedule.

ROW80 takes part 2 times a week. On Sunday and Wednesday. I propose to blog on an additional schedule of Tuesdays and Thursdays with my own blog hop. You’re welcome to join. We can cheer each other on while getting our words flowing once again.

 

Making the words Flow

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Writers hold each other accountable and help support each other to make the words begin to flow.