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a.p.a.p.a.d. day 2

(a poem a pic a day)

Writing Buddy

Half pint of dynamite

My Sam

Sass and spice

My Sam

Shake him up – watch him blow

But

His eyes will melt your heart

His words will melt your soul

His giggles will fill you with faith

in beauty and lightness and sprite

He is my writing buddy

He is My Sam ❤

*I’m aiming to post a poem and a pic a day for the month of April

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Letter to things: alarm clock

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5 Prompt Friday: Spooky Starts

    5 creepy prompts to get your mind rattled and heart racing:

  1. Write about waking up in the middle of the night and your front door is wide open.
  2.  You hear a child’s giggle coming from your crawl space.
  3.  Kimberly touched something warm and wet when she reached under her bed.
  4.  The man across the street is staring at your house and suddenly puts his finger to lips, “Shhh.”
  5.  It was 3 a.m and the tapping on the window started again.

What prompts can you share?

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Thankful Thursday

Big Smiles!

Some days, it’s just enough to be thankful for your health, other days there are blessings dropping from the sky like crisp autumn leaves – in abundance! Honor them all, big and small.

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb



Today, I am thankful for…

NaNoWriMo season!!!! AND…drumroll,   I HAVE A SOLID working IDEA for this year’s novel! *Squeee!!*

My Daily emails from Bob Proctor, who sends me motivating quotes, many of which inspire these posts!

My amazing “second family” – my silly, sweet and supportive coworkers.

Haunted Houses and the fuel it added to my Novel idea fire. Went here on Sunday with my oldest >> The Eleventh Hour

Edy’s Pumpkin Ice Cream. Just Eat it. Seriously.

What/who are you thankful for today? Tap into the gratitude and see how it frees your mind for creativity. Share!

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5 Prompt Friday

   5 prompts to get your mind and pen moving:

  1. “Couples are boy-girl, Mr. Mason,” he snarled at me.
  2.  I’m late.
  3.  She traced the tissue-soft ridge of his ear, until it was an involuntary movement.
  4.  The envelope I’d been waiting for was thin, flat.
  5.  “Pick up your feet when you walk, Taylor!”

What prompts can you share?

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Winner!

Today’s Thankful Thursday is being interrupted to announce the winner of Kathy Handley’s Birds of Paradise…

Randomly selected from those who left a comment, the winner is…

Sandi Hershenson

Congrats, Sandi!  I sent you an email with details. Thank you to Kathy for her inspirational post and to all my readers who stopped by.  Keep us posted on your progress with those writing contests.

Quick list of love:

  • My followers!
  • My Man
  • My boys
  • Pumpkin Spice Lattes
  • Deep purple Nailpolish
  • Led Zepplin (I’m adding to my LAKE RESORT NOVEL’s playlist and Zepplin figures prominently.)

Who do you LOVE ??

 

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Is it Planning – or Procrastination?

 

“Life is too short to waste. Dreams are fulfilled only through action, not through endless planning to take action.”  ~ David J. Schwartz, Trainer and Author

“Transformation isn’t a future event, it’s a present activity.” ~ Jillian Michaels, Fitness Guru, Author of “Unlimited”

“Planning is nothing but procrastination in disguise… Failure doesn’t come from poor planning – it comes from the timidity to proceed.” ~ Scott Ginsberg, “The Nametag Guy”

 

These are just a few quotes I reread daily to get my head in check. I am THEE Queen of lists and planning to a fault, I now realize. Overplanning, procrastination, over-responsible, not finishing projects: these are all traits of ACOA’s (Adult Children of Alcoholics) yet I struggle with denial. Anyone else do this?

Once I push past the “preparation” that pulls on every. fiber. in. my. being, I actually get a lot of real work done. For me, this means writing new or revised scenes for my LAKE-RESORT Novel. This Sunday, I sat on my patio in the gorgeous fall weather and wrote long-hand 8 notebook pages of  a pretty tense scene between my teenage protag and her estranged mother. The key for me? Don’t over think it and don’t work on the computer (the internet is called the Web for a reason!)

How will you push past the planning and onto productivity today? Share your tips and tricks!

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5 Prompt Friday

    5 prompts to get your mind and pen moving:

  1. The parking brake was on.
  2.  Liam ran against the sleet, sheets of water breaking on his skin.
  3.  Her hands were small, nails bitten down.
  4. The park closes at sunset.
  5.  Mom would read from that journal every night.

What are you writing this weekend? Care to share a phrase, character or setting?

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Thankful Thursday

Big Smiles!

Filling your heart with gratitude actually manifests more good things in your life. Don’t believe me? Try it!

 

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.”

~ Dale Carnegie, 1888-1955, Author



Today, I am thankful for…

Autumn leaves a-flame in brilliant oranges, reds and purples on the trees outside my window.

A family party where I spent quality time with my favorite cousins!

Keeping up with my daily writing practice.

Gas prices are coming down…

The beautiful essay my oldest son wrote about his Great-Grandma. (proud mama!)

What/who are you thankful for today? Tap into the gratitude and see how it frees your mind for creativity. Share!

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A Personal Request

Hello friends:

 

My husband Dave and I are writing you on behalf of our son, David.       

Our Tough Guy

 

As you know, David was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes last summer, at age 11. He will be insulin-dependent for the rest of his life. In the short year since his diagnosis, he already has endured over 2,000 fingerpricks and 2,500 insulin injections. In addition to his rigorous blood testing and insulin shots, everything he consumes must be weighed and measured, and his blood levels even need to be checked while he’s at school, hanging with friends and even while he sleeps. David is always a trooper and rarely complains. He is full of smiles, sarcasm, and pre-teen pranks, amidst his daily diabetes routine. He actually inspired a fellow diabetic student to begin doing some of his own shots!  David continually amazes us with his strength and compassion and is a blessing to have in our lives as a daily reminder of intelligence, creativity, and optimism.

 

There are many devastating diseases in our world right now, and that saddens us. The difference with juvenile diabetes is that wiping it out of existence is extremely attainable and within reach.  David asks us every so often, “Why did I get this stupid disease?” It’s a painful question to hear looking at his tearful eyes. We feel confident a positive outcome will be available before he goes to college. 

 

Please understand, we are not trying to have a pity session. We truly believe that out of every difficulty comes something good. As parents, it’s our instinct from the moment our kids are born to protect them from any harm. We must do everything in our power to help find a cure for him. It’s our mission to avoid the heart and kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and early death that is a reality for many people with juvenile diabetes.

 

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide. One of JDRF’s largest fundraising events is the “Walk to Cure Diabetes.” This will be our first year since David was diagnosed, that we have formed a team named “Never Give Up!” and have raised money towards this cause. This year’s walk will be held on Sunday, October 2 at the Community Park of Lisle, as well as 5 other Chicagoland locations!

 

If you are interested, there are three ways you can help us make a difference for David:

  • You can join our Family Team, known as “Never Give Up!,” which consists of family and friends who collect pledges and walk with us.
  • You can send your donation and contact others in your circle of family and friends to donate as well. Just contact us and we will send you a pledge form. If you choose to raise donations yourself, you may forward this letter or write your own. You may also donate online: Never Give Up! Team Page
  • You can send our family a tax-deductible contribution in any amount, made payable to JDRF. We will deliver any donations in David’s honor the morning of the Walk. (Pls email me for a mailing address mjcwriter at cocmast dot net)

 

Thank you for helping our family team meet our goal of raising $750.00 this year. Thank you for your support and we would be honored to see you at the Walk on October 2nd!

 

7th Grader

    The Campbell’s

   Mary Jo, Dave, David (12) and Sam (7)

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