Monday, October 16, 2017

Hang in There, We Can Do This


     I have been tempted to quit.  How can I finish this story in time?

     And I'm not the only one.  Thanks to Facebook I know several writers, with promising stories, who have decided not to enter this year.  Maybe they got discouraged.  Maybe other areas in their life took over.  Maybe they decided to finish their story and pursue another venue of publication.

     Those other stories sounded intriguing.  They had a chance of winning.

     But so does mine.

     Hang in there, Esther.  We can finish this story.

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Friday Quote: Part 11


     Hello, delightful friends! 

     I am continuing my fun event.  It is called A Friday Quote, and I shall play this game every Friday from August through November.  Here's how it works:

IN THE COMMENTS BELOW:
      Post a quote of something YOU wrote THIS week.
Or
Something you edited this week (of something you previous wrote).

    Don't make the quote too long because I don't want you to spoil your story.  Probably 5 sentences or so would be a good amount.  But that is a guideline and not a rule.

     You don't have to participate every week.  But you can participate any week that you write.

      And it will be so much fun to see everybody's quotes.

     And, for me, it will be a reward for writing this week.  :D

     Enjoy!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Twelve Truths: The Answers to the Guessing Game

Hello, friends!

A week ago, I posted a guessing game with 10 truths and 2 lies about myself, and I challenged people to guess which was which.  Today, I give you the answers!




1. I am married.


     It's true!  I am pouring my love and passion and prayer into my marriage, and seeing it blossom delightfully.




2. I am 5 ft 3-3/4 inches tall.


     Nope.  Guess again.




3. My mother self-published a book when I was a child.


     That one is true!  It is called Bring Them Up.

4. I have read Plenilune by Jenny Freitag.


    True.  I like the "bigness" of Jenny's writing style.  And I relate to her main character more than I usually relate to female protagonists.




5. I wear glasses.


     Yep.  It's not exactly a super-power.  But...almost.




6. I ran over a toad with a car.


     Sad day!  I was still a new teenage driver.  It was a lovely summer night -- still cool from a passing rain shower.  The windows on my car were open.  The tires made a lovely swishing sound on the damp road.  And then...I saw him jump through my headlight beam and a second later I heard the pop as my tire ran over him.  I was pretty upset...calling back emotional apologies through my open window to the flattened shape on the road.  Very sad day.  This one was true.



7. I love the sound that crickets make.


     Totally true.




8. Clear blue skies are my favorite.


     False.  I like storms and dark clouds.  I like a sky covered with big puffy clouds.  I even like those little swirly clouds.  Give me adventure, give me brushstrokes, give me epicness!!!!

     Clear, blue skies are boring.

     That is my personal opinion.

     (I will say, for all you clear sky people, that clear blue skies are my husband's favorite).


9. I like dark green colors.


     Yes...like her shirt.  Mmmhmm.  I would wear that.




10. I am a midwife.


     Aannd, the answer is yes! (photo shared with permission)  This is one reason my life can never be boring.  Nor can it ever be normal.  Lol.  But I love being able to bring my skills and experience and calmness to a mother as she is doing one of the most amazing things she will ever do.




11. I used to live in Alaska.


     I did live in Alaska for 1 year.  It was amazing.  I could tell you about it but it would probably take me another year...yeah...I can be wordy sometimes.  :/  When I was little, I used to always ask, "Can I tell you a story?" and whoever knew me would sigh and ask, "Is it a long one?"

     Yes.  Yes, it is.




12. I love to eat spinach.



     Of course I do!  Who doesn't?  This stuff is yummy.  I like it fresh, in salads, on sandwiches.  I like it cooked.  I like it in dip.  Yummmm!!!!!  Good stuff!



So there you have it!  A little bit more about me.  Everything was true except #2 and #8.  And the fact that both Skye and Julian guessed #8 blew my mind.  How did you know?  You guys did great!  It was so much fun to see your answers!!!!  If you want to try it on your own blog, make sure to leave me a link so I can come comment!

See you later this week!

Friday, October 6, 2017

A Friday Quote: Part 10


     Hello, delightful friends! 

     I am continuing my fun event.  It is called A Friday Quote, and I shall play this game every Friday from August through November.  Here's how it works:

IN THE COMMENTS BELOW:
      Post a quote of something YOU wrote THIS week.
Or
Something you edited this week (of something you previous wrote).

    Don't make the quote too long because I don't want you to spoil your story.  Probably 5 sentences or so would be a good amount.  But that is a guideline and not a rule.

     You don't have to participate every week.  But you can participate any week that you write.

      And it will be so much fun to see everybody's quotes.

     And, for me, it will be a reward for writing this week.  :D

     Enjoy!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Ten Truths and 2 Lies: A Guessing Game


Greetings, gang!  I stole another idea from Scattered Scribblings.  She played a game of 10 truths and 2 lies, where she posted 12 things about herself, 10 of which were true.  And all of her readers got to guess which ones were lies.

Want to play?

Okay, here are 12 things about me:

1. I am married.

2. I am 5 ft 3 3/4 inches tall.

3. My mother self-published a book when I was a child.

4. I have read Plenilune by Jenny Freitag.

5. I wear glasses.

6. I ran over a toad with a car.

7. I love the sound that crickets make.

8. Clear blue skies are my favorite.

9. I like dark green colors.

10. I am a midwife.

11. I used to live in Alaska.

12. I love to eat spinach.

Leave your guesses in the comments below! Which are true and which are false?  I can't wait to see what you know about me!

And, if you want to play this on your own blog, leave me a link in the comments below so I can come guess on your page!

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Friday Quote: Part 9


     Hello, delightful friends! 

     I am continuing my fun event.  It is called A Friday Quote, and I shall play this game every Friday from August through November.  Here's how it works:

IN THE COMMENTS BELOW:
      Post a quote of something YOU wrote THIS week.
Or
Something you edited this week (of something you previous wrote).

    Don't make the quote too long because I don't want you to spoil your story.  Probably 5 sentences or so would be a good amount.  But that is a guideline and not a rule.

     You don't have to participate every week.  But you can participate any week that you write.

      And it will be so much fun to see everybody's quotes.

     And, for me, it will be a reward for writing this week.  :D

     Enjoy!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Is that a catastrophe happening, way over yonder?


    The next scene in my story is meant to be an important one.  Readers get to meet the dwarves in their own evil lair.  My heroine is tormented for their selfish purposes.  Big scene.

     But when I started writing it, it looked incredibly detached and boring.  "Yeah, look over there.  See those dwarves by the table?  They are tormenting our heroine.  Very sad.  The cottage is cute, though."  The scene just wasn't working.  And my story has been sitting in stasis awaiting inspiration.

     Last night, I flopped on the floor to daydream and snuggle my dog.  For a while, I let my mind wander here and there.  But gradually I came to my senses and realized that the first thing I felt on "awaking" was the hard floor.

     Suddenly, I was Moriah, regaining consciousness.  Hard floor.  Noises.  Light.  Hands on my hair.  And the scene came alive for me.  I could hardly wait to get up and start writing again.

     So, if your scene is too detached, try lying on the floor!