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5 prompt Friday

         Here we go again…

  1. The empty feeling in my stomach spread to my chest and head, threatening to pull me inside out.
  2. How do I say this to you?
  3. On her wrist was a bracelet made from multi-colored paperclips.
  4. His voice crackled through the walkie-talkie, “The Eagle Has Landed.”
  5. Are you ready to do this?

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Commit to 3 (goals)

I’m back, baby!

I completed my circuit training 3x this week and worked on my novel’s Matrix revisions, though that is still in progress, plus, I responded to a parent regarding my Summer Writing studio, though I still need to send an announcement to my entire young writer email list.

I changed my salary and instead of a pedicure bought: Revising & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell and Italian Phrasebook by LonelyPlanet (for my novel!)

How did you guys do last week?

This week, I commit to:

  1. Get up early to circuit train 4x
  2. Send Summer Studio announcement via email AND contact two local publications for advertisement
  3. Find an exercise in Revising & Self-Editing to apply to Half Moon Bay novel

My Salary:  Two hours of uninterrupted writing time on Saturday morning at the library. *happy dance*

What’s on your plate this week? You’d be surprised what you can accomplish just by writing it down!


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Live a little

At some point during your search for the meaning of life, don’t forget to do a little living.”

~From a Thousand Paths to Tranquility

Ways to live and gather fodder for writing:

walk around your neighborhood:  last summer my boys and I came across a garage sale that was winding down, seriously, the elderly owners were sipping glasses of wine and listening to the radio – they let the boys rummage through their dollar box and take what they wanted. relative to writing: character sketch in progress…

smile at strangers: just today I was deciding between two purses while shopping at Marshalls and a woman struck up a conversation with me, reccommended the red purse (which I agreed and  bought!) and she said I looked fun and the red suited me. huh. what do others see when they see you?

relative to writing: could be an essay there..

take a different form of transportation: ever watch people on the train? bus? while biking or hiking? not only the people, but your point of view changes if your normal route is sped up or slowed down outside your window.

relative to writing: create a new world for your story to emerge

hang out: with friends, family, your kids! your pets! “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” and you know what happened to Jack… don’t be dull. find yourself – find the people who help bring out the self you love and fill you with life.

relative to writing: journal-journal-journal about relationships, communicating, silly things, revelations, lost dreams, found dreams
How are you living? How does it affect your writing?
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Thankful Thursday


Back in the swing of things, I have many things/people to be thankful for.

Today, I’m thankful for….

Some great online writing buddies who listened to me while my head exploded during the last few weeks. How about visiting their blogs/sites? They’re are AMAZING writers, moms and friends:









Despite my hiatus, I gained MORE subscribers! Thanks to “Madison Woods” and “Lupine Linda” 🙂

Sweet-smelling spring breezes in the midst of a hot summer week in Chicago!

L..O..N..G Holiday weekend to write, read and hang with family

The wicked-cool $1.99 book deals I found on (Bought about 13 books for under $25!!)

What are you Thankful for today?


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I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.” ~Charles Swindoll

David (left) with friend Nick

On Friday, June 11 at 3:20pm, our pediatrician diagnosed our 11-year-old son with Type 1 Diabetes. We knew something was amiss when David awoke several times a night to go to the bathroom, drank water practically by the bucket and was an emotional wreck (depressed, angry, bored, tired, combative) all within an hour’s time span.

His blood sugar count was “High” and he had ketones in his urine. The Dr. sent us to the ER. We spent 3 days in the Pediatric unit. David is doing just fine, so please don’t worry.
He doesn’t look sick and he doesn’t act sick. We caught it early and with proper diet and insulin (4x a day) he will be just fine.  We each have had our “breakdowns” and every day is a little bit better.

Family poured in to help: watching our youngest son, feeding our pets, bringing goodies to cheer David in the hospital, driving me home so my husband could stay (I had become violently ill on Day Two and the nurse sent me home to rest and get well. Seriously. Everything at once.)

It’s funny how you don’t know how loved you are until something unfortunate happens. And that is what this diagnosis is. Unfortunate. It’s not life-threatening, it’s really just going to be a pain in the ass. Measuring foods, counting carbs, double checking insulin calculations, reading everything we can, planning mealtimes and our daily routines/schedules in general, including travel and impromptu fishing/hiking excursions.

Because I believe that life is “90% the way I react to it,” here is a list of blessings in disguise.

The good things:

We will all be eating healthier in our household
We have several months to adjust to this disease before school starts again
We have a specialist (Pediatric endocrinologist) assigned to David
My work is very understanding and supportive about the time I need to take off
Our families live nearby and have stepped in to help in so many ways
Has forced us to slow down and cherish our real priorities
Puts everything into perspective

So, just wanted to share what was going on with me and my family over the last several weeks.  Thank you for your concern, prayers and cyber–chocolate! I knew my readers needed to hear this and be warned: a complete MELTDOWN may still be coming. Right now, I’m just learning how to take care of my child all over again.


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Thankful Thursday: Flashback

Thought I’d make this a weekly prompt – being thankful. I was inspired to write last week’s post when I  stumbled upon my scribblings in The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude (Sarah Ban Breathnach)

Flashback: excerpt from January 24, 2007

Grateful for…

  1. Guilty pleasures like reality TV and Oreos.
  2. Crossing a project off my to-do list
  3. Lounging on my over-sized couch
  4. The sweet smell of Freesia
  5. Knowing and have known some really cool, creative people

Track your own. Not only “thankful things” but fodder for writing, perhaps?

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Thankful Thursday – Share your gratitude

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” 

~ William Arthur Ward 

It’s been a while since I’ve publically expressed my thanks for the many people, events and just little blessings that make me who I am.

So, thanks goes out to:

All of my faithful subscribers – you are the reason I strive to write valuable, insightful posts

Readers passing through – looking at my visits per day brings a smile to my writers’ soul

Inspiring comments – making connections is the TRUE reason I write and the comments you leave give me that sense of community

My gal pals of WPSS you know who you are: superwomen who encourage, kick butt and share this wild journey of writing while mothering. Love each of you and can’t wait till we meet in October!!

My amazing young writing students – you inspire me EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Your ideas and stories fill me with that bubbling passion for the craft of writing – and teaching! Keep rockin’ out those words…

Fellow writing teachers – we share that strong bond of hope – hoping to reach one more student, reel one more in to the sea of storyland.  I gain strength knowing there are more of us out there, each with our own net. Please tell me how I can give back to you!

Twitter – I know this is silly, but Twitter has brought me mass info, contacts and camaraderie and I love having all of those at my fingertips!

My family – who encourages me, inspires me, makes me crazy yet keeps me grounded. All I do is for you : )

What are you thankful for today? Post it on your blog or comment here, but don’t keep the gift of thankfulness to yourself ; )


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