Sunday, May 13, 2012

I've Been All Over The Place!

By now, everyone in the world knows that I'm infatuated with the full moon and I run outside winter and summer to get the perfect picture. But this week, the half full (not half empty) moon got my attention. Look at this!                                                                                                                                                                                                  
So perfect! So what? Well, I stepped out of my shallow little box- maybe?!?!? Maybe not. It's been there all the time. Did I ever particularly notice?  It's kind of like my writing. I'd written a pretty perfect picture book story, or so I thought (and so did Barbara Karlin Grant judges) but it took an agent man's suggestions to make me look at it in a different way. I didn't get it at first. I "couldn't" change a word and keep my lyrical tone. But I had to. So, I stepped away and thought and came back and jotted and pondered and jotted and sent it to my critique group. Now, with not so many changes later, I feel a different strength to the main "character". I "see" that character.  The moral of this story is: Use your senses (s) In this case,  Listen! Look!  

The whole week's been a step outside of my norm...lot's of things going on(hospital visit, worked at flower shop), but the biggest was that my wireless modem stopped. I made my first big mistake when I called the company and asked a simple question-"can these things un-configure if the computer lines were on and off for a few day?"  Wrong! Wrong! Wrong thing to do!  The guy in India gave me a sales pitch and before you knew it I was calling the bank to finance our house to pay for his wonderful service of reconfiguring and boosting my power!!!!!(not really but seemed that way after a few hours and 6 different techies) Anyway, in a few days, I got one for Mother's day and came home and got it all up and going with a bit of help from same company's 'other' tech guy.
don't you just love that for a page turn?
I called another one and told him my wireless printer, iPod and Kindle weren't working. He wanted me to refinance again to get this wonderful service added to my other wonderful service. So I huffed and puffed and frumped and grumped and like the little red hen,  said, "I will do it myself."
And I did! 

So now,  I'm catching up on blogging, writing, critiquing and yes, dancing!
My diehard Zumba friends did a 24 hour dance-a-thon to raise money for a new dance floor. I only joined them and brought coffee and doughnuts at 6:30 this morning. Yes, I had to stop, roll down my window and take this beautiful shot...look at the sun rays that said good morning!

They were still moving slowly slowly slowly.... but boy they made it from 8am to 8am! Congratulations for the accomplishment and to all for the pledges and donations.

Hope all you mothers out there had a wonderful and happy day!                                                          


  1. That moon is lovely! I adore the moon. :)

    Internet stuff can be soooo frustrating. A few days ago a road crew hit one of the core lines of the main Internet provider in town. No internet anywhere. Everyone was wandering around with these befuddled looks. It was kinda funny.

    Congrats on your RAOK shoutout yesterday too!

  2. Thank you!
    I just went over and read about you and I think that the wandering people looking befuddled would really fit your next book!-a new take on the stranded on a deserted island tales!