Saturday, October 31, 2020

Prepping for NaNo

It's that time of  year, my friends! Have you signed up for NaNoWriMo? It's National Novel Writing Month. If you've never tried it, this is the link to sign up.

I love the inspiration that NaNo creates among the writing community. I'm especially thrilled when two of my daughters have joined it with me. If you're participating, buddy me!

I've just completed a new short story. If you like a thriller, Line 3 is for you! Go grabe your copy!

I'm starting writing at midnight! Let me know if you're joining NaNoWriMo! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Happy July 1st IWSG!!!

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Taking time from blogging and focusing on teaching had been good for me, but I'm ready to jump back in and try again! There are quite a few "fresh starts" on this blog, and each of them are real and good for their time. A fresh start is good for you! Making life count. Making memories. Creating time to do the things you love. 

I have a new manuscript ready to send out, and while it's exciting, it's exhausting. My last publisher closed due to health reasons, and now the hunt begins anew. 

While writing is a major part of who I am, I am thankful to see my kids venturing into the world of writing! My oldest has a publisher reviewing her manuscript. This will be her first novel! I'll keep you updated! 

The July 1st question for the IWSG - July 1 question - There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade? Goodness, so many changes! I think all publishers should be in a place to accept email submissions. To me, it's a red flag if they don't. 

Have a fabulous day writer friends! Tell me what you're working on. Rough draft? Editing? Procrastinating - I'm the queen, so don't even try to take my place! hahaha. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A to Z Challenge - Letter B

Letter B post is late today. 

There is so much to consider in preparation for a garden spot. Once the area was cleared, I made a huge burn pile. It's exciting to see the spot coming along. I love working outside. Writing comes easy when you give the mind time to be at peace. Short post for the short time left to post. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

A to Z Challenge - Letter A

I've started the A to Z challenge for the last two years, and I've tried to do the same theme. I've tried to start a little garden area outside my house, and I anticipated using the A to Z challenge to write my way through the process. Well, two years ago I made it to the letter C. Last year I made it to B. How about this year I make it all the way through! So for my posts this year I'm going to complete my small garden, I'll be posting the creative way we are using our time at our house, and fun surprises along the way.

I have the perfect little space for where I want to plant a garden. However, it's completely covered with weeds and briars. As I assess the area, I decide this is the space I'm claiming. Time to get to work!

A little bit of fun. My lastest character creation. Meet Sally Snail. 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Five Minute Friday - TALENT

The word for today for our Five Minute Friday is TALENT. If you want to join the fun. Click here.

Talent. We have talent of some kind. Something we are good at doing that gives us an outlet of creativity. Some talents lay dormant simply waiting to be discovered, while others are nurtured daily.

One of my daughters loves to draw. She draws, paints, and now sculpts. Daily taking time to do what she enjoys makes everything she tries an adventure. She doesn't ask for approval. She doesn't seek recognition. She simply creates.

I think of all she could do with this beautiful talent, and I've encouraged her to pursue different avenues. She considers my suggestions, but she loves to do the thing she loves, and she shares it with others.

Loving what you do, and doing what you love is important in pursuing your talent. Can you imagine living in a world where people take time to be happy with who they are and nurture their talents? Find the joy in who you are and pursue what makes you happy. Find your TALENT.

Here's a few samples from her sketch books.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A to Z Challenge - B

One of the hardest moments in writing is when an idea surprises me, and I have to add and extend the concept. There is the glorious moment all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and page after page flows into creation! The swirl in my current story displays itself in nature.

For the letter B my swirl is displayed in blueberries! I chose these because in my mom's yard are huge blueberry bushes that will yield enough blueberries to enjoy every day for breakfast!

My garden therapy B post is for Butterfly Gardening!
New projects are intimidating, and in truth... I find it easier to stop than to finish. Recent events have given me greater determination to enjoy the process rather than focus on the finish line. I'm hoping to grown Black-Eyed Susans to attract butterflies for my garden! Fun fact - did you know that my name, Vanessa, actually means a flock of butterflies!

What's your favorite flower to grow?

Monday, April 1, 2019

A to Z Challenge - A

I love the A to Z challenge! There are so many old friends to visit, and so many new friends to make! 

My next novel contains a swirl that's significant to my main characters, so I'm going to see if I can make it through the A to Z swirling different items. I'll also be getting my garden ready this year so I'm going to be adding A to Z facts to go along with my preparation. My writing and my garden are my happy places this year I want to share with you. I look forward to visiting with you!! 

The first swirl.... acorns! Well the tops of acorns. My story to go along with these.... my sweet kids hopped out of my van and picked these up just outside Arby's. They are HUGE! I have a science area in my classroom, and my 4 year old class loves to play with them! 

So far, these are the seeds I have acquired to begin my little garden. It's not going to be much, but it's going to be fun! I'm starting our seeds in our classroom too. We shall see... if I can keep all this stuff alive! My family is not allowed to comment. haha

Do any of you like planting gardens or grow food in planters?