Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thankful Thursday/ Succulents, Shelties and Sun Tea

We have, in Minnesota, a limited outdoor growing season. That's an understatement. We have a tiny growing season. Much of the year, I get my gardening fix with my indoor gardens.


I have at least 50 indoor plants at any time. Some of my favorites are my succulents. They remind me of sunny places.




I have them spread out in various rooms to enjoy through out the house.




However, on a day as nice as this one I did some digging in the OUTSIDE gardens--mostly weeding. The dandelions and cockleburs are always a battle, even in very early Spring.

After the gardening, I was able to enjoy the season's first SUN TEA.





The shelties supervised.


Here, is a great post form Betsy on outdoor succulents. Her photos put mine to shame.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS


We're on Spring Break this week.

No writing news until next week.

Hope you have some sunshine to enjoy.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A LIBRARY FOR MY GREAT NIECE

My niece and her husband are expecting a little girl this summer. My nephew and his wife are expecting a baby (gender unknown) in the fall. ]

Of course, my first thought for a baby present was, "What books should I buy?"

So, I have collected 9 board books that were favorites of my two children. We had so much fun paging through them together. I was not very surprised to find I could still recite all of them from memory. My kids could for many of them.


My dilemma is this: I wanted to send a dozen books for a gift, and I'm short three. I looked for THE MITTEN and CORDUROY, but couldn't find them in board books at my local store.

My questions for you:
What books do you suggest for the final three?
What were your, or your children's, favorite books when very little.
Are there some NEW books you would recommend?

Please help me out with this.

P.S. Don't forget to stop by my other blog.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Finally on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/?ref=home

Please stop by for a visit.

Monday, March 8, 2010

ereaders

Three months into owning my NOOK and I still love it. I love how easy it is to browse the "store," download samples, all of the free books, and how I always have a library with me when I'm in a long line, waiting for my kids at one of their MANY after school activities, or when I travel.

I have saved as much as the device costs on the discount for ebooks, and that doesn't include the free books I have downloaded.

I still go to the library and I still buy "hard copies" of books for my "keeper shelf," but most of my reading so far this year has been on my Nook. I can't believe how quickly I transitioned to an ereader.

If you are considering buying an ereader, this chart
http://www.booksonboard.com/index.php?F=Device_Selection_Chart
may come in handy.

Link to READ AN EBOOK WEEK.
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/ebooks/celebrate_read_an_ebook_week__154310.asp?c=rss

Do you have an ereader? If so, which one? What do you like about it? What are you reading now?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A problem I wish I had

Not far enough in my career to have this kind of problem.



Happy Sunday.

Friday, March 5, 2010

THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK I'VE READ THIS YEAR



The most important book I've read this year is INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. This memoir moved me beyond words. Powerful is an understatement. I have had my eyes opened to the truly horrific conditions of millions of girls and women worldwide. I am moved to DO SOMETHING to help change the lives of these people.

It was the March selection for my book club. I started it not expecting to be moved like I was, but reading it out of obligation to the book club. From the very beginning, I was introduced to a world I didn't know exist. It was almost like reading science fiction. Over and over again, I was forced to confront the horrors of oppression and poverty in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Saudi Arabia.

Then, I was moved to tears by the generosity of the Dutch people to refugees and the determination of the author to change her life so that she could work to change the lives of others.

If you haven't read this book, you should.

GET IT.

READ IT.

PASS IT ON.

What book(s) have rocked your world? How have you found them? What's your book club reading?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Very busy writing

With a little help from my friends.

I've been so busy writing, that I've forgotten to post in a long time.

I have two short stories in their "rough" stage and one well-outlined. Since I've been working in my office, I have been more focused and productive. It helps that my hand has healed, too.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

02-10-10


Read THE WINTER GARDEN, and was blown away.

Wrote the outline for a short story with an interesting (to me) moral dilemma. I'm not sure if I can contain it in a short story, of if it will wind up being a novel.

What are you reading?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

02/07/10


Still more reading than writing.

I just completed HAVE A LITTLE FAITH. WOW. It's been a long time since a book moved me in this way--laughing and crying, examining myself and my life's purpose (sounds cliche, but it's true) and wanting to recommend it to EVERYONE!

Really, you should read this. This is a keeper, and a great book for a gift.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Injured Right Hand

The hand is a little better--still sprained and that makes writing--by hand or typing--slow and painful.

I've done much more reading than writing.

WHAT I'VE READ IN 2010

THE PIANO TEACHER by Janice Y.K. Lee
WOLF HALL by Hillary Mantel
MEMORY by Lois Macmaster Bujold*
LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner
THE CHECKLIST MANIFESTO by Atul Gawande
DEATH IN THE AIR by Agatha Christie*
THE BREACH by Patrick Lee
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen*
OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout--currently reading
AGENT TO THE STARS by John Scalzi-currently reading


* a re-read



WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING?

Monday, January 4, 2010

1/4/2010

Still plodding along, writing by hand. More character background.

More time for reading, though.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

1/3/2010

A little setback yesterday. I re injured the little finger on my right hand. Laundry is a DANGEROUS thing. I caught my little finger on a fulllaundry basket and bent it in a way it shouldn't go. The ring finger and little finger are taped together, making tying difficult.

Sooooo.... yesterday and today I hand wrote out the time line of Jeremy & Anita before they met, and when they met. I placed the beginning of the novel 4 years into their marriage. I worked out more of their back-stories and delved into a few of the secondary characters.

I am going to experiment with POV. I think I will try writing parts from 4 different angles, and see who's voice(s) work the best.

I didn't check word count. I hope with icing the finger and keeping it taped when I'm not typing tomorrow, I can get back to a 500 word writing goal each day.

Tomorrow's goal:
type up the hand-written stuff after typing 500 words of new stuff

Happy January 3rd.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

1/2/2010

Wrote 536 words for the novel yesterday. My goal was 500 words. Mostly back story and character sketches. Figured out how main couple met. Their names are Anita and Jeremy.

Read a little of THE PICKWICK PAPERS yesterday.

Goal today: 500 words.

Friday, January 1, 2010

1/1/2010


New Year and New blog.

This is going to be my writing journal. My other blog was going to focus on writing, but cooking, decorating, photography and everything else invaded. I like the result, but want a reading and writing only space.

So, what am I writing? Right now, a couple of short stories, and the novel that's going nowhere.

New goals for writing---

1) write EVERY DAY--THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE BLOGGING.

2) outline and rough draft of sf short story. Working title HAPPY NEW YEAR (really, this has been the working title all along, LOL) and

3)character/setting descriptions and outline of novel to regain my focus

4) blog each day to keep myself accountable for writing goals


stay tuned......