Monday, January 16, 2012

It's Cold! It's Warm!

So it's -7 degrees out there this morning, that's right, 7 below the 0 mark on my thermometer, but sure is nice right here. Come on over-coffee's on, tea pot's on.

   I've had my computer open, my notebook too, trying to conjure up ideas for a my new, this is the one, story, but it 'ain't' happening baby! I guess I'll just fill you in on the week for now.
As I said on my last post, "there's always something to learn", and boy, for me anyway, there truly is. A
    The other morning when I was on Facebook at about 5:30, a chat message came up. I didn't think it was for me. there were a few people chatting back and forth about writing, so I sent a message, got an answer!!!!!, and we sent a few more back and forth. All 3 of us! So I learned that people in closed 'groups' can all talk at once. Oh please, that would be disastrous, but how cool is that. One of the things we discussed was the time and I learned.....
      that it was 7:30pm in Seoul, and 11:30 pm in New Zealand. So just for fun, I put up some worldly clocks on my Dashboard. When I've been on a trips with my daughter, I wore 2 watches so I would know what time it was at home so I wouldn't be calling my husband in the middle of the night!
       I learned from a critique that the tense in my mid-grade needs work. I learn lots from critique buddies. All of it is done online because I live out in the boonies, but I have really good online friends that share this writing journey and offer endless honest opinions, ideas, and support. (thank you) 
       I took a few walks this week cause I had to miss Zumba!  Tues night, I went to a retirement party for my sister-in-law, Sherry, who loves life as much as I do. She's one of my best kayaking buddies-well, not this week- and she's such a non judgmental person. I love her attitude and her new saying-Everyday is Sunday!
       Always looking and listening for story ideas and found a while I walked. Do you see a fun story here? I love pigs. We used to raise lots of them. I almost wanted to take her home. (I said almost!) So what's the story here? Do you see it, hear it, smell, feel it? (1 sense missing here!)

         I've been excited to look through all the offerings for the New England SCBWI conference. Picking and choosing is hard when there are so many great workshops and intensives that cross over each other....choices, decisions, oh my!  And the editors, presenters, keynotes....oh Lordy!
I can't wait to register on the 23rd. That's next Monday!
     Have a great day-week....
    Listen, learn, and don't forget to dance!
        

    

 

13 comments:

  1. I like cream & sugar with my coffee! And can I hold your cat?? Hope you have a nice week....stay warm.

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    1. Whoops....catch her if you can!!!

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  2. Mona, nice post and I love the pictures! I am so envious of people who are able to attend writing conferences in their area. There doesn't seem to be any conferences EVER in my neck of the woods. I wonder why that is? Lol

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    1. Oh Donna,
      I'm in Maine and the conference is in Massachusetts but it's my annual event-lots of other Mainers are there too. Where are you located? Let's find a conference or workshop for you...nothing like them for inspiration and writer love!

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  3. Wow! Looks so cozy there with the stove and the kitty and the coffee pot on - not too different from our house this morning where it's 1 and the dogs are sprawled in front of the fire - coffee pot on here too :) Seems like a good day to write a story. If only I could get an inspired idea :)

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  4. Susanna
    I'm on here instead of writing....have my baby girl niece for a few hours so I'm not writing at the moment...doesn't that cat or pig inspire you?!?!

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    1. Totally - both so cute and surely with stories to tell :)

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  5. Nothing wrong with snuggling up on a cold day and letting thoughts run wild...you never know what will spawn a story idea. And if nothing does, then just enjoy the warmth. No need to force it.

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  6. Lovely post Mona. It was me who said hello from NZ...lol. Stay warm your pic looks lovely and cosy.

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    1. It's much warmer this morning...and how "cool" was that, saying hello from so many time zones!

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  7. I've just been looking at the schedule for NESCBWI -- SCBWI conferences are so rich and rewarding! (I was at LA SCBWI last summer, and plan/hope to go again this summer.) Good luck with the decision making! I'll look forward to reading reports.

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