in Everything Else
as goodbyes, life's twists, personal, road bends, silver lining
Life likes to stick these little corkscrew bends in the road, sometimes.
Those bends in the road of life always seem to come at the most inopportune times. It’s not that I object to the twists and turns life takes, once I get used to them. I just wish they’d pick less busy seasons to come along during. Besides the normal business of exams and final papers, I must also prepare to say goodbye to my husband for three months as he must return to the States ahead of me. This all came about very suddenly, and I’m not much looking forward to it. Read more…
as Absolute Write, butt in chair, essays, Fiction, non-fiction, plotting, productivity, research, Writing
What is it and how can I get some?
Anyone who spends any time around the AW forums knows the first rule for success in writing is the “Butt In Chair” principle. There’s no “magic trick”, just sit down and write whether you feel like it or not, every day. I understand the principle, and certainly try to follow it, but it is something I frequently struggle with actually doing. Read more…
as angsty, Classics paper, deadlines, grades, nonfiction, procrastination, whiny
Not a children’s story.
Coffee? Check. Resources, online and off? Check. Twenty-four hours before deadline?Check. Compelling and coherent argument for major Classics paper?…*sigh*
That’s right, dear Readers. It’s that time again. Time to watch your friendly neighborhood Author procrastinate writing an important paper (you’ll notice I’m updating my blog rather than write it). This post is primarily whiny angst about how I don’t want to write my paper, so if you skip it, I’ll understand. Really. Read more…
as audience, Fiction, philosophical thoughts, publication, questions, voice, Writing
Of the type “Why are we here?”
I’m mostly asking questions, not giving out answers today. Sometimes, questions are every bit as revealing as answers though.
Why do I write? Am I writing fiction because I’m not satisfied with my dissertations and may never write a University funded research book? Or is this a way to validate my deep and abiding bibliophilia, proving that there is too a practical application of reading fiction? Perhaps, deep in the dark recesses of my soul I really believe that I’ll produce an amazing, meaningful work of prose, win a Nobel Peace Prize, and meet the President. The real question, though, is do I enjoy writing for the sake of writing? If there was no chance of my work ever being published, or even of being read by another human being, would I still write my stories down? Read more…
in Everything Else
as Earth Day, eco-friendly, Reader challenge, recycling, save energy, toads, wildflowers
Do something nice for Mother Earth today!
I almost forgot that today was Earth Day. In celebration, I’m sharing some pretty pictures of wildflowers* from this spring, and challenge my Readers to do something Earth friendly today! Take your trash to a recycling center instead of the dump, dry your clothes on a clothes-line, turn off your heat/air conditioning and only use daylight to read by! Today, I’ve turned off (and will keep off) the heat and lights, my recyclables are ready to put on the curb, and I’m line-drying my sheets. Start an eco-friendly habit today, and keep it up all year. If nothing else, do it for the flowers and furry cuddly things! And of course, if you do start an eco-friendly practice, come back and tell me about it here. Next Earth Day we’ll all get together and see if we’ve kept up the habit!
*I was** going to include some pictures of mating toads and frog-spawn from my recent trip to Scotland.
**Who am I kidding? I must include the mating toad picture. I’ll just shove it below a cut to protect the faint-hearted! Read more…