Managing My Writing: Part 1: Organising Inspirations
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Managing My Writing: Part 1: Organising Inspirations
Sunday, May 25, 2014
25th May is Towel Day – celebrating the life and work of Douglas Adams (1952-2001).
You know, the guy who wrote Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. (It was made into a movie – but I prefer the BBC series.) If you have not read it, get a copy. It is a hoot.
People do all sorts of things to celebrate. More info at http://towelday.org/
Stay cool and froody!
Happy Towel Day!
To my regular readers, this is probably an very obvious statement.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The camera does not think. It does not interpret. The camera only sees.
Of Cameras and Their Point of View.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Thursday, May 15, 2014
I have said it before. I love winter. While many love the spring colour in the garden or the summer heat, I love the showering rain, providing a well needed drink for my veges and flowers. I can get out and start moving things around. There are plants to pot up, irises to move to a more visible location and lots of digging.
It just gets too hot in summer, to do all the back-breaking work of digging and landscaping (and, being the lazy gardener that I am, my plants are less likely to die when I forget to water them.)
Now that the ground is more moist, I have been out doing a mass of weeding. Even then some of the ground was almost like concrete. I spent a relaxing afternoon ripping sour sobs out individually. I use an old fork or a small trowel – depending on how hard the ground is. Sour sobs are annoying weeds with little bulbs that are notorious to remove. I am quite pleased. About half to two-thirds were removed -intact- using my cutlery.
In all, I weeded two of my vegetable squares and along both sides of our front path. Once this was completed, I sowed another batch of broccoli, carrot and spinach seeds. The thyme and mustard seeds are finally starting to shoot and should fill up their beds quite nicely.
I love the serendipity of the garden. I found three self-seeded lettuce seedlings and three self-seeded spinach seedlings hiding amongst the other plantings. They miraculously find a place to grow – and thrive – against all odds. I still excited when I find these unexpected treasures. They now have a new home, as do the silver beet seedlings we were given by a friend.
A great day in the garden does a wonder to recharge my batteries, connect with nature, get some food growing and mull over some writing ideas in my head. (not counting the exercise and vitamin D.)
More Winter More Garden Adventures.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
By request I have created a newsletter for those who are interested in my continuing writing.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
- Firstly, I pull out my pen and notebook and start freewriting. It often helps. Usually I am a pantser- style writer. (I have a general idea of my characters, story and ending - I just let the characters take me where they need to go.) Sometimes this does not end well. I can write myself into a corner.
- In the past few months, I have taken to writing down ideas, as they surface. I can then arrange them in a vague order and get a (very basic) plot plan. This has become much easier since I purchased Scrivener. Being a visual person I can put them in little electronic 'sticky notes' and shuffle them around as I change my mind. This happens more than I would like to admit (oops, I just did). Sometimes I end up completely ignoring the pre-arranged plot. More often than not, I keep adding to it or completely change it. I am becoming more organised as I get more writing experience - but I think I will always be a pantser at heart.
At 1st draft only:
My automatic post and crosspost failed today. I am trying to figure out which part of the link has malfunctioned. Today's post did arrive at Livejournal but not Blogger or Twitter.
Looks like I may have to manually recreate the post. In the meantime, if you can not wait for that, you can see today's post at my website:
Sunday, May 4, 2014
I could not let today pass without acknowledgement. In 1977, a wide-eyed young girl dragged her mum to see Star Wars. It changed my life. A whole new world opened up to me. (I ended up seeing it seven times that year.)
May the 4th be with you all.
May the Fourth Be With You
Are you a zombiophile (is that a word?) Did you know that May is Zombie Awareness Month? The first zombie movie I watched was Night of the Living Dead. When it comes to horror, I was more of a vampire-girl myself. They are better dressers – as long as they do not sparkle.
Many of my friends are big zombie fans. The genre digs into our imaginations and deep seated fears (and our brains). Several attend the annual Zombie Walk. One of my friends helped organise the Adelaide Zombie Walk until she moved interstate. The fun fundraiser encourages you to bring tins of food which is then donated Foodbank SA.
Speaking of food, there is even a book – A Zombie Ate my Cupcake .
Goodreads is hosting a forum and blog giveaways for Zombie Awareness Month. (ZAM) They list the best zombie books in various genres – including YA and Romance. I recommend Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. (that is about as gorey as I like my zombies.)
Last year, I posted one of my writing exercises which resulted in a fun story about zombies: Zombies Kitty versus the Zombies.
You can read more about Zombie Awareness Week the Zombie Research Society Page = http://zombieresearchsociety.com/zombie-awareness
Thanks to The Zombie Research Society’s FB page for this pic.
(and May the 4th be with you!)
May is Zombie Awareness Month
Thursday, May 1, 2014
I realised yesterday that I have a serious lack of blouses. I have plenty of fun t-shirts, a few long sleeve knitted blouses (now looking slightly over-loved) but not many non-t-shirt type summer – or winter – blouses. They had long gone following previous culls. I had intended to replace them but had got side tracked with my writing.
So I am all set for the outer layers and accessories (though one can never have too many pairs of boots), now it comes back to that which I have a distinct lack of – blouses.
The Chill is Coming