This is my first blog post using speech recognition technology (SRT) as my means of writing. After posting a picture of my notebook and workspace by the pool last week, I received a comment expressing surprise that I still wrote by hand. How fortunate are we today that we have so many tools at our disposal,… Continue reading Using SRT and Intentional Blogging
I'm frustrated. With myself. sigh... I am a writer. I love to write. But I also love to read. These days I find more of my time is being spent in reading about writing, reading blogs by other writers, and reading for my own pleasure and research than I do actually writing. Who would've ever… Continue reading Reading and Writing Frustrations
I have always been an insatiable reader. I don't even remember learning to read. I've always read everything that crossed my path, cereal boxes, books, newspapers, ingredient lists, every sign in every museum I've gone to... you get the idea. So imagine the horror of waking up after my second stroke and realizing I couldn't read.… Continue reading My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2014
It's New Year's Eve. Usually this is the day I spend gearing up and getting ready to launch my new goals. Today is different because I didn't accomplish a single, not one SINGLE, goal that I set for 2014. And they were excellent goals. I put a lot of time, thought, and planning into my… Continue reading Reflecting on 2014 goals…
I've made some observations this morning about creativity and environment, and definitely welcome input from other creative people. Since I am no longer committed to a full-time job, I often house/pet-sit for family, friends, and friends-of-friends. This week Gizmo and I have the pleasure to care for two ten-year old Chihuahua-mix dogs in a lovely older home.… Continue reading Connection between Creativity and Environment?
"It was a dark and stormy night..." is the opening phrase of Bulwer-Lytton's Paul Clifford (1830), and since then popular culture and the literati have either praised it as the best hook or mocked it as the worst first line and an example of what not to do. Here in North Texas, a dark and… Continue reading Creating with Disabilities
I witnessed the savage attack and consequent death of yet another online friendship this week. It was heartbreaking. It started innocently enough. A Facebook friend posted a meme on a controversial subject. No additional comments, just the meme. Then a friend of hers posted a very general, polite and respectful comment, suggesting a possible cause… Continue reading Incoming!! –Facebook Grenade–
I have a confession to make. It's Thursday, and today I am struggling to honor my commitment/challenge to myself to blog twice a week, preferably on Mondays and Thursdays. Actually, I'm struggling to write anything. Life and illness keep getting in the way. I don't feel inspired or motivated. I haven't added any words to my… Continue reading Oh Calliope, Where Art Thou?
If you have ever talked to writers or read anything about writers or attempted writing yourself, I am sure you have heard of, if not experienced, writer's block. I think it's another one of those things that separates the amateurs from the professionals. Where amateurs fear writer's block and often use it as an excuse… Continue reading Writer’s Block is an Opportunity
I found FundsForWriters over three years ago when I became disabled and started considering writing as a new career option. Since then I have followed C. Hope Clark through her websites (see the links below), blog, and Facebook. I have learned much from her and am always encouraged. Today I am excited that Hope Clark offered to… Continue reading What I Wish I’d Known Then…