Friday, November 30, 2012

T'is The Last Day of NaNoWriMo for 2012

T'is the last day of NaNoWriMo.  I froze about the second week.  I did not have writer's block because I was writing, just not working on my novel.  I had the start of the story several years ago for a flash fiction contest and thought it would be a good beginning to a novel.  But, it has not materialized at this point.  I will prepare better for next year.  I have not given up on the story and may still develop it one day, just not anytime soon.

Congratulations to all the NaNoWriMo participants who made their goals!!!

"The wonderful thing about writing is...WRITING!"
PJFARR
2012 

Monday, November 26, 2012

PREPARING FOR ADVENT 2012

During this Advent Season I will not be posting on a daily basis; instead, I will post a Sunday Reflection on Sundays.   I hope it will be something that will help everyone to prepare for Christ's second coming, including myself.   He will come again; we just do not know the hour.  We are; however, asked to spread the Gospel, prepare for His return, and speed its coming.  The focus this year will be FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE.  I hope you will join me on this journey towards a more personal intimate walk with Christ.

Two things I have found in the past that help me to focus is making and using an Advent Wreath and denoting in someway a count down activity for each day until Christmas.  You can count down using a prepared calendar or make your own using envelopes on a string...see the picture below for inspiration.


You may want to gather your wreath, envelopes or calendar supplies this week because Advent starts this Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Hope you will join me on the journey in walking closer with Christ this Advent.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The First Snow Fall of the Season


The first snowfall of the season dusted the area like powdered sugar on a chocolate tart. 

The first snow fall is magical to me.  I love it!  I usually make snow angels, dance in the light powder, and eat the delicate snowflakes that I catch on my tongue.  I have a knee injury this year and so I must forgo a couple of the festivities.  Hopefully, I can shuffle to the mailbox a little later and munch on a few flakes that fly by.  But, if you are healthy enough and a kid at heart take a walk on the wild side and play in the snow.  It just may add some years to your life and bring joy to your heart.  

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving!
With deep gratitude we thank God for our family, friends, and blessings.
May the journey home be filled with joy, laughter, and warm memories.
God's blessing be with you and your families as you celebrate this gracious season! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A word for BIG Business

This country was founded on "God" awareness that men are free to worship as they choose.  George Washington set a date aside for this country to give thanks to God, that day is the fourth Thursday of  November, Thanksgiving Day.  All people should be off work that we may enjoy the bounty we have and the blessings that we share with our families and friends honoring "GOD."   Of course we all know that the only god that BIG business honors is MONEY, mammon.  

Having stores open on Thanksgiving Day is an ABOMINATION!!! 

Boycott; do not shop on Thanksgiving or Black Friday this week!
Wait until Saturday, and that will make BIG business think twice about opening up on Thanksgiving Day next year.

The only way they get the message is by NOT shopping!!! 

Take a stand against the tyrants that force change not necessarily for our good or our best interest, remember it is all about MONEY to them.  They do not care about you or your family, or anyone else.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

B.A. Shapiro: The Art Forger

The Art Forger by BA Shapiro
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.  B.A. Shapiro takes us to the middle of this story through Claire Roth, a struggling young artist with her own scandalous past, who is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye. MORE ABOUT THE BOOK »

Once you begin reading you can not put the book down until the end.  Below is a short video that stirs one's curiosity and interest even beyond the story itself.



The book makes one ask,"Who done it?"

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happiness Is...


I am truly happy at this moment.  I have been dealing with a rather frustrating blog page that was coming in too small and I could not navigate the menus.  Finally, I called for help and within minutes...Wa la! I learned how to expand the page and navigate through the menus!!  Yes, I am an 'end user' and need to get the book on Computers for Dummies.  I know a little, but I need to brush up on things if I am going to continue blogging.   

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sliver of Moon Light

I shot three different positions, three different exposures, 
and caught this orange sliver of moon light low on the horizon.
Oh, what fun to practice photography at night!

Sliver of Moon Light
PJFARR
2012


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

PUFF

I know I am suppose to be writing.  But, I am reading instead.  Go figure.  It is (NaNoWriMo) National Novel Writing Month and the desire to write has gone.  I was writing daily there for several weeks then puff, nothing.  I hope, as easily as, it has ended it starts again.  Someone who has been writing for a while said that reading a lot may help me get back to writing.  Waiting for inspiration.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Secret Joy

I have discovered a secret joy of "the old men." 
Tasty tomatoes from the garden in late November!!!

This year I put in six tomato plants and three cucumber plants in the garden for my mother.  They did well and we ate fine from the garden all summer.  

This fall I tried to keep the tomato plants covered during the early frosts to extend the harvest as long as possible.  For about a month I would cover the plants at night and uncover them during warmer days.  Late in October I gathered the last of the tomatoes and put them in brown paper bags and pulled out the remaining plants.  The growing season ended with a hard freeze.  

Now, we are eating  fresh home grown tomatoes in our sandwiches and salads.  Whoa!  I have seven on the counter and five more in a paper bag with an apple to help the last of them ripen.

If we do not eat them too quickly we may have one or two in December.  But, they taste way too good to last that long.  I ate two just for a snack today and they were delicious!

Joy is a tasty home grown tomato in November!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Making The Commitment To Write


Why is it that when one makes the commitment to write others things start vying for ones time?  I have had a good start and now I have had two days of little writing time.  I hope to get to it before too long here.  I see a good many writers making good progress.  Some word counts are over 5,000.  I look forward to getting to that point one day myself.

"When in doubt, write it out!" 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Life Gets In The Way

I am off to a good start with the NaNoWriMo.  Finding time to write today has been rather slim.  I hope to do some revising tonight.  I find I write better and more in the late evening hours of the day.  

The time change has been affecting me a bit this year.  I hope the adjustment time is only a few days.  Some of my friends and older people I know have been thrown off with the Day Light Savings Time thing. 

Well, to all those who are madly typing...keep at it...this may be your year to get published.  Write on! 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

More Encouraging Words For November


November Is the Write Time
by Mark Nichol 
Writing is one of the loneliest pursuits (or professions), and as I know as well as anyone, enthusiasm for expressing oneself is tempered by the daunting challenge of actually doing it. For those of us for whom having written a novel is a more appealing prospect than, you know, actually writing it, National Novel Writing Month provides a quirky motivating nudge.  To read more of November Is the Write Time click here.

Friday, November 2, 2012

My First Revision

For my first revision I quickly read through the entire story looking for hiccups in the flow of the story.  I made a few changes.  Then I proceeded paragraph by paragraph and looked for odd sayings or words that didn't quite fit the main characters or background.  When I was finished with the first revision I noticed my word count had changed as well.  I went from 976 to 1021 words.  A gain of forty-five words which I thought is a good sign.   The story is developing and so am I.  

In my second revision I will focus on expansion which may take a few days.  I haven't decided if I will post daily or when I am finished with the entire piece.    

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Revising

As a writer we all have a critic inside us that from time to time can literary destroy a piece of work.  I have been reading and trying to work from a different reference point this time.  I am focusing on what can I ADD first to make the story clearer.  Develop depth in my characters; see if the background needs more description, and if my pacing has momentum.  I can always take thing out in the editing phase.

I printed off my story today, double spaced with margins so that I can revise things a bit or a lot...which ever happens I will work at it with abandon.

Remember the wise words of a carpenter...
'Measure twice and cut once!' 

The Jumping Off Point

The game is afoot!  I have entered the arena of National Novel Writing Month.  I am excited, nervous, and determined to follow through with the adventure.  I have joined several groups and I have signed up for a mentor.  

If you write, keep a journal, and have had the thought of becoming a writer; consider joining in the revelry.  It is not too late.  Just click on the links in my previous posts and you to can join in an adventure that just may change your life for the better.

"Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Venture forth and conquer!"