To The Rescue

Here we go again. Once more, a client of mine has stumbled — unwittingly — into a dark cave, and I’m summoned to haul her out.

Only this time, I decided to write about it.

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Pantser vs. Plotter

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
—George Orwell

If you’re a writer, do you fall into the Pantser or the Plotter camp?

Many of us are combinations of the two, but lately, I’m wishing I was more of a Plotter. And I’m kicking myself for spending FAR too much time writing out of the foxhole I unwittingly dug so long ago.

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Learning to Swim

One of those ads for health care coverage came on TV recently, and it transported me right back to my childhood.

Perhaps you’ve seen it — a beefy, bearded adult man has “waited too long” and is taking swimming lessons with half a dozen or so cheerful youngsters.

He looks miserable, and I feel his pain.

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Handling Complainers

Yesterday morning, I went to Wal-Mart to pick up groceries for Mom and a few things for myself.

When it came time to check out, I spied one un-busy register and made a beeline for it.

That’s when I noticed the “20 item maximum” sign hanging over the checker’s head.

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Nearly Wordless Thursday

This was the view outside my kitchen window yesterday evening:

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An almost perfect full moon in a pink and purple sky. I thought it too lovely not to share!

Today we have spitting rain, blustery winds, and grey skies. Can Ole Man Winter be far behind?

Why doesn’t Fall stick around a lot longer?

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By the way, November’s full moon is referred to as the Full Beaver Moon, or the Frosty Moon, take your pick.

Have a super weekend, everyone!

“Dying with Dignity”

I suppose by now most of you have heard that Brittany Maynard, the young woman with a terminal brain cancer diagnosis, opted to end her life over the weekend in an effort to “die with dignity.”

My thoughts, of course, are shaped by my Catholic upbringing, so if you’re in the camp that lauds Ms. Maynard for her “bravery,” feel free to move along, rather than subject yourself to the “other” side.

(And no hard feelings, okay? We’re ALL entitled to our own opinions!)

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NaNoWriMo Time Again

Today, writers across the globe begin the grueling challenge of NaNoWriMo.

National Novel Writing Month is a 30-day period set aside for writers (and wannabes) to complete a 50,000-word novel. There’s a LOT of hoopla surrounding it — pep talks, guides to success, tweets, blogs.

Too bad. Once again, I won’t be joining them.

This year, my problem is TIME  (or rather, the lack of it).

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