Sunday, August 24, 2014

A writer who doesn't write

What do you call a writer that doesn't write? Frustrated? Unhappy? Bored? Lacking a voice?

Between my blogs and my fiction, I've hit a bit of a dry spell. Not so much for lack of ideas, more so for trying to figure out time to write between everything else. Even my lunch at work has morphed into student loan bills and car payments. At least some of my lunches I have spent walking. In addition to wanting to write more I also want to be more physically active.

Cell Phone Step Chart
I even did particularly well this past week with my step count. Only one day was I below 5,000 steps. At least according to my phone. Some days it is pretty close to my pedometer, other day short by about a thousand steps or so. While that margin of error is pretty big, I figure that this give me a ball park of my activity without having to write down my step count every day.

I do think about my writing while I walk. Some walks this is thoughts and stories that might be good for mommy blogging. Other times it is my characters for specific works of fiction. Or even those plot bunny muse bite of "what if that did...." types of ideas.

Thinking about things in enjoyable. And depending on the stage of a project it is helpful for me to let things peculate a bit while I ponder how to start a scene or a relationship between characters. But thinking alone for months and months isn't fun. I need to get the words down, and add them to a growing body of work. To see them take shape. To change them as the idea further develops.

Same thing with the blog. Though with blogging, I like to see what others are writing. To me blogging is social, and only updating my own blog is like talking without listening.

So I'm going to try and do some actual writing each week. It may come down to assigning a specific week day where my lunch is a writing lunch. That way I can still walk, and pay bills, and have time to enjoy various other activities.

Any other thoughts on what to call not writing? How do others get back into the swing of things?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

E: engagement

At the end of the day
I'll never regret the time I keep my phone away
And sit with my daughter to play.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

B: Blossom

Buds pushing forth
through winter hardened earth
Leaves unfurling
opening to the warming sun
Growing taller.

Blossoms bursting open
Into vibrant colors.
Reds, yellows, orange, purple.
Releasing thier delicate fragrance
Into the spring breezes.

Quick poem is quick. And more colorful than my budding snowdrops. Said plants survived 6 plus inches of wet heavy snow on Saturday.

And PSA to vote Ellsworth at Brockport. And hit our share buttons on the page. Please and thank you.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Awsome: Final round

Following up on my last post, we won our round thanks to everyone sharing in addition to the voting. It was exciting to see.

Here's the link for the final round. Votes for Ellsworth at Brockport would be great, along with using our team share buttons.

Vote for Ellsworth!

I'm doing an unofficial A to Z challenge,  so I'm posting as I can and am planning on visiting other blogs. I'll probably post poetry again this year.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mascot Madness

The college I work at is participating in a social media challenge via mascot voting against other SUNY schools. We've made it into the final 4 after a few very close rounds.

Our mascot is Ellsworth Eagle facing off against Hugo the hawk. Hugo currently has a big lead, but I'm hoping that some of my readers can click through to vote for our Brockport mascot. And shares from the Ellsworth button on the Suny blog also count so clicks are appreciated with votes. Thank you :)

Friday, December 20, 2013

2 year novel class: I'm attempting regular writing

Sharing and posting on my phone while toddler watches her Abby. I really miss writing and am going to give Zett's 2 year class another shot. The layout of the course is good, I just have trouble sticking to regular writing.

So wish me luck, and check it out if anyone else is interested.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Googe Earth novel planning

I used to play around with Google Earth awhile back on my computer. Then yesterday I decided to try it out again, this time on my phone. I had been on Google maps and noticed a link to Earth.

As I was scrolling though the Earth I started getting setting ideas for my NaNoWriMo novel idea. Which got me looking more at the app for further ideas. Its like my muse is globe trotting.

A benefit of my phone over the computer is the touch screen. But also the ease of sharing is nice. I've sent a few "shares" from the app to my secret Pinterest novel board. The app allows for saving an image at the current pan / zoom level.

On any platform there are the links to Wikipedia. Thoes can be read and bookmarked as needed.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Playing with pictures

I've found it frustrating to use blogger from my Android phone with doing more than one picture.  Not that I blog tons of images,  but there are times I want a few pictures posted. Especially for my app related posts.

So after a recent app update I thought I'd give this another try. Turns out that I can add more than one image. But it's separate from the text editor. Unlike the wordpress app which lets me choose where I want to have each image within a post.

Here are two pictures from my newest app from the Google play store. Magic Kalideo.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Z is for Zoo

Sights sounds
and of course smells.
Drifting around on a warm spring day.

People milling about, faces pressed against glass
Dark shadows glide by.
"Otter mommy" squeals one girl.
"I see him" another child cries.

Even smaller ones wander about.
Toddler hands waving at wobbling water.

We took my 15 month old to the zoo the weekend before last. She watched some of the animals but was more interested in everything else going on around her. Our zoo is pretty cool with some of the water stuff that you can see from below the water level in indoor viewing areas.

Y is for Yarn

The cat finds a string
winding around legs
feet tripping

Sweater knitting
sleeves growing
Colors within pattern

A story told
he met her
she liked him

Growing old together
becoming young again
tales wild and strange

Yes, catch up time for the two last posts for A to Z. Last week got busy, so here they are.