A Time To Relax

Have you ever gone to the waterside to listen to the waves?

Well, that is what Cliff and I did with our family last weekend.

There was a park in Surfside. It was a most enjoyable day with a playground for the kids to play on. Fishing to be done—the beauty of watching as the water came in to splash on the rocks.

Got to see big ships as they came in and out of the channel. The tugboats made sure they maneuvered the channel with no problems.

The seagulls flew about along with the blackbirds and the pelicans. It was interesting to watch the kids feed the birds. They would flock to the food then quickly took a flight to eat their food in the air. Otherwise, it would get stolen from another bird.

After watching the birds eat. It was time to fire up the pit then the hot dog went on until they turned a lovely shade of brown. Added some chips, it was a delicious meal.

Sun started to go down. The air turned cool as the breeze blew off the water. It was time to pack up to head for home—what a wonderful day.

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Why Is Journaling Important?

There are many reasons to do a journal.

It could be to express yourself whether you are angry or upset. Maybe you are happy and want to make a record of the experience. To read at a later time to remember how you felt.

As a writer, it essential to have a journal. To write down interactions amongst people. It gives you a sense of what someone is doing.

Are they mysterious, or do they act confident? What do the people look like? Is there something that stands out to you? Their color of hair, their eyes, or maybe their body build. Could they be doing something that is of interest to you? The way they hold their glasses. Lift their pinky finger while they drink hot tea.

A writer can use all these things when they build their characters.

Maybe one person had an attitude you liked. But, another had the haircut that would fit your character. Or you heard a catchy name.

Not only can it be about people but places as well. Is there a mural you liked you want to add to your scene in your story?

It is much easier to write down all these good ideas than remember them in your head. I don’t know about you, but I have so much going on in my brain. I have learned it is best to write it down.

I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go. You never know when inspiration is going to hit you. If you have your journal, then you can capture it into words on paper to transform into a marvelous story for all to hear.

It can even be helpful to write a blog post.

How do you ask?

You might hear a discussion that is worth writing about or needs researching. Then, you realize it wise to share with the world.

Maybe you try a new restaurant or coffee shop you think could be an idea to share. You will need to note down what you liked best about the place. Maybe even the person named that served you.

You could be on the pier to see something unique happen while someone is fishing or boating. It best to write it down while it is fresh in your mind.

A journal doesn’t just have to be about writing. It can be a journal of pictures as well. They can give you a lot of detail to look at to base your story.

You may want a way to keep up with everything you need to do during the day. A journal can be a great way to do this.

As you speak with a client, it can be a great source to document what their feels are, their dreams, and what they hope to accomplish. To make notes, you can read back at the office about each client you visited to know where you stand or what it is you need to check out. Did they have a specific problem?

You can see there are a lot of important reasons to have a journal. I personally love to write down the events that happen in my life, good or bad. So, I can go back to read all the things I have gone through in my life. The ups, the downs, and what I am grateful to have.

You can use a notebook, or you can even journal on your phone or computer. It all works.

Have you ever found a family member’s journal? Then sat down and read it to learn so much about their life you would never have known if you hadn’t read the book.

If you don’t journal, I encourage you to try. You might like it.

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The Virus That Won’t Quit

Yes, I am talking about the Covid-19 Virus. It looks like it is ramping up its ugly head in our area.

Several schools have temporarily closed to be disinfected due to confirmed cases of someone with Covid-19 in the school.

Students will now be taught virtually from home. While the schools remain closed.

The affected people will remain in quartine for 14 days. Once cleared the will be allowed to return to school.

The schools will reopen after they have been cleaned.

With this news, it is a constant reminder that this virus is still out there.

If we continue to be mindful of wash our hands. Wear our mask. And disinfect often. Will the number of flu cases drop this year?

Well, even I don’t know the answer to that question. We will have to wait and see.

I pray that those who have been confirmed will make a full recovery. While the others will remain safe.

Try to live your life as normal as possible in these unique times.

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Are You Prepared For NaNoWriMo?

Oh no! There are only two weeks left to prepare for NaNoWriMo. Don’t sweat yet. It can be a challenge to write 50,000 words.

Yes, I won my first NaNoWriMo last year. Now, I remember I was so scared that I wrote all day long for two days straight. I finished the rough draft of my book. Plus, I had won NaNoWriMo.

Believe me when I say, I was so burnt out I didn’t write again until the next year. So, I don’t recommend doing it that way. Yes, I was excited to win. But, my writing suffered because I had even written a blog post.

When it comes to writing my books, I am a panster. The only real planning I do is I will think of ideas for each chapter as to how I want the story to develop.

Usually, I start with twelve chapters to do the layout: three scenes, four chapters per sense. The beginning of the story. Next is the point of no return/the suck it up deal with it process. Whether you have to learn something new or fear, you have to conquer to make it happen. Then the last stage is the climax of the story.

As I think of each idea, I put one per chapter. Then I develop the scene around that specific idea. If by chance, I make a chapter two long, then I will break it into two chapters.

Now, this may not work for you. Everyone is different. I have tried to make an extended, drawn-out plan. However, I ended up changing the story went in a totally different direction. Of course, it was a better idea. But then I thought of all the time I wasted by doing all the planning. So, I know for me, it is best to create an idea for each chapter.

Are you brave enough to take on this challenge? If so, I wish you well. The key is to decide what days you are going to write. Then, figure out how many words you need to do each of those days to reach your goal.

I hope to hear your story of how your NaNoWriMo went. Happy waiting.

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A Good Meal On A Cool Night.

When the weather turns cooler, it is always nice to have something to warm one’s insides.

These hearty meal has been made for generations. Plus, it will be made for many more. It is one of my favorite meals, not only to cook but to eat as well.

Have you figured it out yet?

Yes, it is the Beef Stew. I love the vegetables along with the chunks of meat that cook together, making a wonderful flavor.

Ingredients

  1. 3 Pounds Stew Meat
  2. 1 Onion chopped
  3. 4 Carrots Chopped
  4. 4 Potatoes Chopped
  5. 3 Tablespoon Flour
  6. 4 Tablespoons Oil
  7. Dash Cajun Seasoning
  8. Dash Oregano
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Dash Pepper
  11. Garlic
  12. Meat Tenderizer

Directions


1. The first thing you want to do is add two tablespoons of oil to the pan and brown the meat. Once all sides of the beef are brown, I take out of the pan, place in a bowl set aside.

2. Then add the other two tablespoons of oil. Mix in the three tablespoons of flour one at a time. Add your spices to make your rue. Add cold water until your desired thickness.

3. Add in chopped onion, meat, chopped carrots, and beef.

4. Simmer on low until vegetables become tender, roughly about an hour.

I serve with hot biscuits or crackers.  But, you can serve it with whatever you like. Or you can eat by itself.

I hope you enjoy eating these recipes like this one this fall.

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Words Not To Use, When Writing

The Emotion Thesaurus Yes, this means there are actual words when writing a novel, an article, blog post, marketing copy, etc. There are certain words to remove to make your story stronger. This allows the reader to get to the part of your storyline faster to such them into wanting to read more.

If you want your work to look polished and professional. Well, if you have used these words. You have a bit of revising to do in your story.

List of words to remove:

“One of”
“Some” this includes: Sometimes, something, someone, somewhere, somewhat, somebody, somehow, etc.
“Thing”
“To be”
“Very” – very tired (exhausted)
very sad (morose)
Adverb end with “ly” – loudly, painfully, beautifully, totally, completely, absolutely, literally, definitely,
Certainly, probably, actually, basically, virtually, really, etc.
Leading words – so, mostly, most time, in order to, often, oftentimes.
Any dialog tag – asked, said, told, replied, etc.

That (This should be removed if the sentence makes sense without it)
Just (You don’t want too many of these. If you need it to get your point across, you can keep it.)
Then (recommend using instead of or and)
Start, Begin, Begun, Began (These are an interruption to the action.)
Rather, Quite (Don’t need.)
Down, Up (Don’t need.)
Wonder, Ponder, Think, Thought, Fell, Felt, Understand, Realize (These removed the reader.)
Breath, Breathe, Inhale, Exhale (these are two commonly used.) Recommend look for link {The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi available on Amazon.
Shrug, Nod, Reach (try to use more action words instead of these) Recommend you have another reader read to make sure it contains action.

These words are not necessary. They slow down the flow of the story, which takes the reader out of the storyline. You don’t want this to happen; they could lose focus, allowing them to get bored for them to stop reading.

 

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Dragon Fusion

El was an average fifteen-year-old kid, who set out for a quiet walk in her small-town park to relax before having to conquer a book report. However, El never expected to see sparks fly out from her fingertips…

Totally blindsided, El learned the truth of her identity, realizing her whole life had been a lie, and she wasn’t sure she was ready for the upcoming changes.

El’s newfound powers frightened as well as excited her. Finding help from an unlikely ally, a dragon, El must decide if she should embrace her destiny or walk away from a world in peril. A spark begins to ignite within her. Will the fire which brews inside sway El in her decision to embrace her destiny?

 

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Writing Update

Sorry for the late update, with the holidays going it’s been a bit crazy around here. Since we are now living in a travel trailer, which I think has been one of the best decisions whenever made. We have had to make some adjustments. Like we’re to put the Christmas Tree. There is limited space. It was a challenge, but with a small tree, we made it possible.

Our Christmas Tree

Well, here it is in the middle of December. Yes, I did finish the second book Dragon Squad in November. It was like a writing overload. I had to take some downtime. Now it’s time to do a lot of editing. Which I have started to work on, so I can get a head start before Christmas and the New Year!

The first book Dragon Fusion due to comes back from the editor any day now, I am excited.