Archive for May, 2014

30
May

Pieces, Everywhere

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It’s Friday, and that means Bits & Pieces time!

1) Favorite board game?

2) Do you know any other languages? If so, what?

3) What is the last TV show or movie that’s really disturbed you? Why?

4) What are your hobbies?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

29
May

Three Facts

Posted under Writing Thursdays 4 Comments

Shall we try a writing exercise?     littlegirlwriting

I’m giving you three things to work into a story paragraph. It could be the beginning, the middle or the end. Your choice.

Here we go…

Main character:  A little boy of about 5

What’s happening:  He’s found a great big caterpillar.

Tension:  His 7 year old sister is not happy about the caterpillar.

What can you do with this in four sentences of less? C’mon, give it a whirl.

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

28
May

Camp It Up

Posted under That's Life Wednesdays 5 Comments

Back in elementary school, I had the opportunity to go camping with my Girl Scout troop a time or two. When we went, it was just a weekend trip–up on Friday after school, home on Sunday afternoon.

Sometimes I can vividly recall the chill (we usually went in October) of the morning air as we scrambled to get dressed inside our sleeping bags. Oh, and the smell of whatever we were having for breakfast cooking just outside the A-frame tent.

I wouldn’t call myself a camper, but that was fun. The memories are still fun.

Did you (or do you) camp? What do you like about it?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

27
May

Walking the Walk, Day In and Day Out

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Like it or not, social media is here to stay. And while there are many things about it that I could live without, there are some good aspects, as well. Like having a greater connection with my readers via Facebook and this blog. Like keeping up to date on a more regular basis with friends and family (although, I still prefer a real letter/card, phone call, and face to face).

A few years ago, while on tour for one of my books, I had to good fortune of meeting a friend of a friend…who has since become a friend of mine. We catch up on each other via Facebook updates–me posting about my family, writing, or other stuff, him posting about his band, his writing, and his wife, Jenny.

Jenny has Alzheimer’s. It came on hard and fast. His posts throughout this journey have been such a learning experience for those of us who call David a friend. We’ve “shared” his occasional high, his many many lows, and everything in between. And through him, we’ve had a window into this horrible disease–how if affects the patient…and the main caretaker.

I hope, one day, to see David (when the time is right) compile all of his status updates into a book. I think people would learn so much about this disease and its many facets through them. I know they’ve taught me many things.

I’m sharing this about David with you because he’s decided to do an Alzheimer’s walk in his town. I know he’s felt much anger, much pain, and much helplessness over the last few years and it says so much about him that he wants to give of his “free” time (of which he has little) to call attention to, and raise money for, this disease.

And he’s walking it with Jenny.

If you have a few bucks and would consider donating to his walk, I know it would mean a lot to him. If you can’t, and just want to send a note of encouragement his way via his walk page, I know that would mean just as much.

Here’s the link to his page: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2014/NC-EasternNorthCarolina?px=9304571&pg=personal&fr_id=5246

Thanks for listening!

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

26
May

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Let us not forget the reason for Memorial Day. waving-flag

The barbecues and parades are nice, but this day is what it is because of the men and women who have died for our freedom.

God Bless their souls and the loved ones they left behind.

Enjoy your day!

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

 

23
May

Bits Bits

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Bits & Pieces time!

1) What was one of your favorite lunch box snacks when YOU were a kid?

2) What one food do you picture when you think of a Memorial Day picnic or barbecue?

3) Is there a reality competition show you wouldn’t mind being on? Which one?

4) Sneakers or sandals?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

22
May

A Special Someone

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Although last week’s writing exercise netted no response, usually you guys are really good at coming up with stuff. So I figure I’ll try again this week.

Here’s your prompt:

Write a few sentences about someone who means a lot to you. You can put it out there as to who and why, or you can be more writerly and SHOW us with your words. Your choice.

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

21
May

I’m Afraid of What?

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Over the last three years or so, I’ve developed a pretty strong fear of heights, particular when steps and heights come together.

It drive me nuts that I’m afraid of it, and I try to work through it, but it seems to get the better of me these days.

So, tell me, have any of you developed fears about things that were once easy for you? How do you deal with it?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

 

20
May

Finding Insight in a Book

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I’ve never been a self-help or how-to kind of reader.  I didn’t read how-to books or articles about parenting, because I knew the kind of kids I wanted to raise and I instinctively got the notion of modeling the behavior you want. When I decided to get serious about writing, I didn’t read how to books. I figured I would just sit down and figure it out myself.

This past week, however, I was given a book that was, at the very least, “insightful” when it comes to being a writer. It doesn’t tell you how to write, but, rather how to keep yourself from getting sidetracked by the things that keep you from writing (or painting or going to the gym or whatever your goals are).

I was given THE WAR OF ART: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles  by Steven Pressfield on Tuesday afternoon and I stuck it in my computer bag for another day.

Thursday evening, while on a plane for two hours, I started reading. Two hours later, as the pilot was circling the airport for God knows how long, I finished. And, what intrigues me now, five days later, is that I find myself going back to things the author said.

Once in a while, I came across an area that felt repetitive, but, there were also sections that were so incredibly spot-on about the things we do to self-sabotage our goals (whatever they may be) that I wanted to shout, “Yes!” while I was reading (fortunately for my fellow passengers, I refrained).

I was pleased to see that many of the qualities of a motivated/follow through person, I have…and I found myself considering things I can do to help myself further.

So, while I’m still not a how-to reader, I did enjoy this book.

How about you? Do you like how to/self-help type books? If so, any that have really resonated with you?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

19
May

Taking a Day

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It’s been a busy few weeks and there are more on the horizon as we move through May and into June. Yet, despite the busyness, I’ve been writing…and writing…and writing.

The result? I sent a new proposal to my agent (fingers crossed, okay?), and I’m making some decent progress on yet another project (this one non-mystery). The latter is a story I’m just excited to tell within the confines of a new-to-me genre. If anything comes of it, great. If not, at least I tried.

Now that the proposal is off, I can focus entirely on the side project for another few weeks before I need to set it aside and get back to my next contracted book.

But first, I’m taking today off to do something with my recently-returned-from-college daughter.

If you took the day off, what would you do?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)