A few weeks ago, Nathon Bransford, a writer and blogger I follow, wrote a post asking the question "How long does it take you to finish a draft?" My first gut reaction answer to that question was "F-O-R-E-V-E-R," but sadly, I couldn't figure out how to embed this little video clip into the comments on his blog. It's … Continue reading Draft #1 – Done!!
The ground. That is the depressing finish to this sentence. I went on a long (for me) run this morning as we are actually having a beautiful spring here in the high desert. Normally spring is non-existent. We just go from snow to mud to broiling hot without a whole lot of nice days in … Continue reading What I look at when I run . . .
1) My blog - I finally updated the "about me" page and changed the name of my blog. This is the third name, but that's okay. It needs to grow with me. It's now titled, "Speaking of Words, Quilts, and Life." In reviewing the collection of posts I've made, most of my posts somehow address creativity in … Continue reading I’m still a WIP
This past weekend, I had a two by four hit me in the head again, as life hammered another lesson home. It's a lesson that I've learned before, but one that I clearly needed to learn again, hence the two by four. On Friday morning, my alarm went off at 4 am, so I could … Continue reading If I can write, I can write . . . right?
This summer I attended the Willamette Writers’ Conference. Many of the writers and presenters there kept saying, “keep your day job.” There’s even a pretty good blog that I occasionally read called http://www.writerwithadayjob.com that offers tips and motivation to keep going in the face of a busy life. She also has a companion book that … Continue reading Keep Your Day Job AND Write . . . How?
Last week I pulled out a bunch of fabric to start a new quilt. It’s not that I don’t have enough current projects to work on, (there are at least eight). It’s that I like starting projects. There’s so much potential at the beginning of a project, whether it’s a new quilt or a new … Continue reading Fear of Finishing
During the past two weeks, I have re-entered the world of being labeled with a Greek letter and become a Beta. No, I have not rediscovered my inner sorority girl (though I can still proudly sing the Greek alphabet). I have become a Beta reader. This is the official name of someone who has the honor of … Continue reading Being a Beta