Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Weeding filing cabinet and finding treasures

I'm weeding my filing cabinet. It's just as difficult to weed my home filing cabinet as it was to weed my workplace ones. Mainly, I want a drawer to file new projects in. Which means something has to go.
I have two drawers full of stuff from my earning a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine arts a few years ago. Surely I can toss most of those papers and put the papers I want to save into a plastic tub in the garage,
Meanwhile, I began searching for a certain story I had submitted for a workshop.
The core story.
The picture book story that the faculty advisor told me was Not a picture book, but perhaps it was the outline of a novel.
The Picture book story that morphed into the novel that became my creative thesis during my last semester there and is now completed and circulating out into the publishing world.

I found it. !!!
It now has been transferred from the grad school file to the file where all my versions of this story reside.
This makes me happy.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Summer is a coming

Summer is supposed to come next week. Not this week. 
No. 
This week it will still be cloudy and in the 60s. (cold to me)
 But next week - when July starts - it's supposed to be in the 70s. Yay! I can then get out the skirts and short sleeves. 
The interesting thing about San Diego weather is that summer lasts into October. 
But I'm looking forward to the beginning of summer next week.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day memory

Memories of my children's father on this Father's Day

We often drove to Florida to visit my mother. On one trip, my husband was in computer withdrawal. (laptops hadn't been invented, yet.) He did, however, bring pads of paper and pens and pencils.
Partway through our visit, he took these supplies out and sat there staring at them. He looked up at me and with a straight face, asked how he could enter information. Trying not to giggle, I pointed out both ends of the pencil. "You ENTER with the point. And you DELETE with the eraser.    
(He had a dry sense of humor which we bounced off each other.)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Flag Day

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14
It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

the writer who also works at a day job

The curse of being a writer who also has a full time job to support the family.

Every time I left work for a week of writing, or a week of research trips, or a week of speaking to a series of schools and libraries, the staff at work would say, "have a nice vacation."
I'd reply, "No.  I'm just going to my second job."




Wednesday, May 22, 2019

My favorite flowers



It's May.
Time for my bleeding hearts to be blooming at my old house in Maryland.  
I haven't tried growing them here on the west coast, but I don't think I'd even be able to find old-fashioned bleeding hearts here.

Monday, May 20, 2019

And more Inspiration


“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” Norman Vincent Peale

“The only path by which another person can upset you is through your own thought. Just keep your conscious mind busy with expectation of the best.” Joseph Murphy

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Dr. Seuss

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”Emily Dickinson

The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.”    Thomas S. Monson