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January 23 – Honor Your reality

Reality #1

I have carved out 90 minutes every morning to write. But, my husband and I have a home-based business. Although he tries to respect my writing time, now and then, business has to come first.

Honor #1

I use a timer. When he interrupts me, I turn off the timer, deal with the issue, then return to my writing desk, turn the timer back on and write. Most of the time, 90 minutes is just that, 90 minutes. But sometimes it is 2 hours or even 2 1/2 hours. And sometimes, it just doesn’t happen at all.

Reality #2

I have to grown children who have moved away, but they still need their mommy.

Honor #2

When we visit, in person or on the phone, they come first. They have 100% of my attention. But, they also respect my writing time, and give me the space I need.

Reality #3

My parents and mother-in-law are elderly. I live 45 minutes away. We are dealing with heart disease and early on-set Alzheimer’s.

Honor #3

When call display tells me my mom or sister-in-law are calling, I leave my writing world and stay  in the real world as long as I have to.

Reality #4

In 2014, my husband and I decided to cut our 3500 sq. ft. home into three pieces and move it from the city to an acreage

Honor #4

I did not write anything meaningful at that time, but boy, do I have a story to tell.

Reality #5

Life is busy. it will always be busy. Emails, writing courses, Facebook groups, critique groups, family, Christmas, pets, cooking. Yep. Busy, busy, busy.

Honor #5

Embrace the business, but hold fast to your goals, whatever they may be. Don’t get discouraged when the time frame gets skewed. Forgive yourself for being human. Love what you do, whatever it may be.

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diyMFA101 – Book Club

January 21 – Prompt 

How did you become a writer?

I had the same English teacher/track coach all through high school, (he loved the written work so much he could engage even the jockiest jocks to read) who spent a whole week teaching us about commas, colons, semi colons, sentences within sentences, parenthesis, etc. and then he assigned a two hundred and fifty word essay, that had to be one sentence. (The previous sentence is 61 words. I am a little out of practice.) Not so easy, right? But, I loved the challenge. He came  to class, near the end of grade 12,  and announced that he had published some poems. Poems?? The class was not impressed, after all we were teengers and it was poems. I was impressed that he was published. But still…. poems??  

I, however, planned to be a vet, a dream since I was a little girl; so after high school, I was off to university, with my A+ in English and A-/B+- in my sciences. (I should have seen the writing on the wall) and at the end of my second, very difficult year, a councillor sat me down and explained that I had a wonderful way with words and a superb grasp of Canadian Lit nuances and, apparently, I could really rock an essay. (83 words)

“What can I do with a degree in literature?” I asked.

“You could be a teacher.” she said. Nothing else was suggested or discussed.

I am not teacher material so fast forward thirty years, a marriage, two children, a career in retail, working along side my husband in our own consulting business while I dabbled, writing shorts stories, starting a course for writing children’s books, back in the day of snail mail when the feedback took too long and I lost interest. (58 words, I am so out of pratice)

Then my dog died, I was devastated. I wrote an obituary and shared it with family and friends. They all cried and laughed with me. Then my cat died, the obit was another hit.  That was my zero moment.

Learning Social Media

October 2 – Mood Board – technology continues to elude me

I made a mood board but forgot to post it yesterday. Because I had no magazines, I had to improvise. Being a writer, I listed my favorite textures, smells, sites and sounds. Because it is digital, I can change it as my writing style grows and matures.  Since I cannot figure out how to change a docx file to a jpeg, I have down loaded a pdf form  moodboard

I have also taken a picture of it with my phone

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This is my docx

Moodboard

Learning Social Media

September 27 – WTF!

little sketchy man searching with magnifierI googled me.

What a revelation.

There were 5 others BR’s on Facebook, Me and 3 others on Twitter, LinkedIn had a teacher in Pittsburgh. I have an Instagram account, but it does not show up on the search, but I have had it for only about a month. I have a google account, which I knew about. I have a U-tube channel, which I had forgotten about. I used that for some dog agility things. There are 461 BR’s listed in the USA white pages, none in Canada. Our company shows up, eventually. And a site called PeekYou has me listed.