Monday, December 24, 2012

A Classic

Just a short note to wish you

A Merry Christmas 

I'll be back on Tuesday, have a safe and happy holiday- Cynthia

Monday, December 17, 2012

Is Your Life Full?

I have to admit I did not write this. I do not know who the author is, but I enjoyed it enough to share it with you. With the holiday season upon us I also thought it was appropriate.  Enjoy.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise...e jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if...the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Family and Traditions

This is the time of year when everyone concentrates on family and traditions.
But what happens when families change? Traditions sometimes change as well.

Change is hard. It even harder on kids. During the holiday's many families have traditions, but what happens when a loved one is lost, or someone moves away, or the family grows to big to fit all in one house? Well then sometimes the tradition has to change to accommodation the changing family. Makes sense doesn't it. Of course it does. That doesn't mean change is easy. The changes in families are very stressful times. Holiday's make these changes even more stressful.

There is always that age old question; do you see your in-laws for the holiday or your family? Or do you stretch yourself and see both? Do you take turns with the years on who you see? Do you go to mid-night mass or go in the morning? Do you have time to go in the morning? Will you do able to stay awake if you do go to mid-night mass? Personally I always fall asleep in at mid-night mass. Hay, it's the thought that counts, right.

The point is, try not to add more stress to the holiday then need be. Concentrate on what is important. Your family and loved ones will understand if things go wrong with dinner, or plans or what ever is it. Slow down, enjoy the loved ones who are around you, and remember with fondness these who can't be with you.

Most of all enjoy the season, the ones who have left us would want us to be happy and enjoy ourselves. Remember those traditions with them, and make new ones. That is what the holiday season is all about, enjoying old traditions and making new one.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day!

Get out there and VOTE!

Honestly I can't believe it is actually here, voting day; and I can't tell you how happy, and stressed out it makes me at the same time.  I see myself as a very patriotic person so I take voting very seriously. There are many issues on the table this year, a lot of important decisions have to be made.

These decision are not easy ones, some times I wonder if there really is a right or wrong way. There certainly isn't an easy way, I'll tell you that. The important thing though is that you get out there and voice your opinion, what ever that may be. Too many people have died fighting for our right to vote, and many still and will die for it. So stop complaining about what other people voted for. Instead, thank those who fought for our right by going out and making your voice be heard by voting. It's that simple.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween and Awards

Is it really Halloween?

And when did Halloween become work?

Like the little jack-o-lantern?  I thought he was simple and cute too. As most of you know I don't put scary stuff on my blog. I'm to sweet for that. LOL.

Anyway, sorry I'm posting this late. Sandy has thrown most of the North East out of sorts. Parts of the south aren't weathering the storm any better. Most of my family  is in NY so I've been slowly trying to get in touch with family members and friends to make sure everyone is safe and sound. Work is crazy because of  Sandy and with Halloween here now, I don't know what's going to happen.

Thankfully Halloween will go on without a hitch here in RI, but NY, CT and a lot of other states, I'm not so sure. I did hear that part of CT celebrated Halloween last night or something. No idea why early instead of later, but what ever- as long as the participants were happy and safe.

I'll be taking the boys out tonight. I tried to make plans for it with friends, but it was hard to pull off with all of the commotion of Sandy. I'm not worried, I'm sure the kids and parents will be out in full force tonight now that everything is getting back to normal here.

One last important thing:  I got an Award from Laura Stephenson over at From the Desk of Laura Stephenson.  She's got a great blog going on there so make sure you hop over and check her out.  Thank you Laura.

Wishing you all a Safe and Happy Halloween in more ways then one.- Cynthia

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I'm thinking of Snow

Yes you heard me correctly, I'm thinking of snow.

Every winter over the February break my boys go skiing while I'm typing away at work. This year I decided I had enough of sitting it out. My sister-in-law had the idea of a family ski vacation and I took the bull by the horns and decided she was right.

So if I'm not typing away at work, writing my book, or critiquing,  lately I have been busy on line trying to find a house or condo to rent in Vermont to book for the February break.

 I  have one problem. My brother and sister-in-law have a dog and just like my family they like to travel with their dog as well. So, now I'm in the process of finding pet friendly places that are available during February break.

I'll let you know how it goes. I'm nervous,  I haven't been skiing in years. What are your plans for the winter? Have you even thought about it yet, it's only right around the corner.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Down goes the Leaves

Fall is in the air here in New England and I have to say I am loving the way the leaves change, the nip of cold that is in the air, and the sent of pine in the forest. I am not however looking forward to winter.

Winter for me seems a long time away though. You see I am still in baseball mode. Yup, you heard me. My youngest is in fall ball and his team has done so well they are in the championships again. He was in the championships in the spring as well, although they lost. That's okay though, they worked hard to get as far as they did and they should be proud.

Now in the fall the base ball the season continues on in my house, and as usual, I am loving it. Although I'm getting cold and ready to stay in doors a little more. We have done the apple picking, I already bought the Halloween costumes and I am waiting to pick up the pumpkins for the boys to carve.

Fall in my house equals family, friends, apples, and parties. What does fall mean in your house hold? Tell me, I'll be warming up some more pumpkin bread and putting on the crock pot full of apple cider with Cinnamon to warm up the cold night on the field.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Kick In the Butt

Some times we all need some one to give us a little push.

This blog goes out to my family, friends and critique partners who gave me the push I needed to put butt in chair and get cracking on my manuscript.

I have a long way to go, many pages to write, edit, cry, sigh, scream, and dream about, but the important thing is I'm back in business. This past spring, summer and fall has been a world win of activity in my life, some of it good, some of it bad, most of it just life.

I want to thank many of you for checking back in from time to time to see how I'm doing, and if I'm still around. The answer is yes, I'm still here, and no, I haven't forgotten any of you.

Now get plugging on those books! The world can't wait to read them.  :-)   - Cynthia

Friday, June 29, 2012

Game Over

Looks like baseball is over in my house.  Needles to say I have one very upset little boy.  He was so proud to have made it so far. He really wanted to win last night.

It all comes down to a learning experience. I told him. We all fall down, it is what you do after you fall that counts. So, I asked him "what do you do when you fall?"  He just looked at me waiting for my reply.  "You get back up." I said. "And you keep getting back up."

I tried to put it in terms he can understand. I was honest, but I hope comforting. "Only a chosen few make it this far, the ones who try hard and play hard. The ones who get back up when they fall down. Not everyone wins the World Series, not everyone wins the Stanley Cup and that's okay, because there is always next year. Now is the time to get back up and get ready for next year."

It's important that kids learn to lose as much as they learn to win, it makes winning is so much sweeter. Knowing you fell down, got back up, and never gave up.

What lesson's have your kids learned recently?  What lesson's have you learn? Tell me while I get ready for the next sport season.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Oh My, How Time Does Fly

I've been bad, I've been very bad.

I promised you guys I would post on which of my boys won their head to head game against each other and I didn't.  Not that I didn't think about doing it. I just didn't have time, then when I had the time, I figured-heck, do you guys really even care?

Well surprisingly I'm still in the mist of the baseball season. My youngest son's team won that night. It was a great game, with great plays and a good time was had by all. My oldest is done with baseball now. By double elimination his team is now out of the playoffs, while my youngest's team has made it to the Championships.  Tonight is the big game. If they win tonight they will play in the World Series on Saturday. Which mind you is my anniversary.  Somehow neither my husband nor I mind sitting through one last game on our anniversary if they do win tonight.  

Oh and I got an award while I have been away. I want to thank  Shannon Taylor Hodnett for the Kreativ Blogger Award from Now hop over and check her out! 

And by hook or by crook I will post the results to the Championship game tonight!
What crazy, lovely things have you been up to these days! Tell me, I'll be in the stands cheering for the Sea Dogs.  :-)  

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

This Just In!

A News Update!

Just checking in to let you know I haven't forgotten any of my friends in the blog world. I wanted to just stop in and let everyone know what I have been up too these days.

First off sadly enough, but I have not been critiquing any work lately. What is worse is that I haven't been writing either.  I miss it, I really do, but unless/until things calm down either at work or at home I don't see that happening any time soon which is why I have been away for so long.

My husband is changing jobs this coming Monday so in preparation for that I have had to make sure all doctor's appointment and medicines are up to date with the change over of insurance. Never a fun thing when you have to get blood work done every four to six weeks to regulate my Thyroid medicine, my son's inhaler medicine and my other's sons ADHD medicine.

Work has me swamped, and my boys are on two different baseball team this season. Tonight they play each other. I can't wait.  I'll have to make sure I sign in tomorrow so I can give you guys an update on who won and who lost. But really are there really any losers? All that matters is played your best and have fun. At least that is what I'm going to tell them tonight. LOL

Now you know where I have been part of the time, on the ball field, and loving every minute of it! What fun things have all of you been up too these past weeks?

 Leave a comment, I've love to hear from you!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Jumping the Gun

You know I honestly didn't think I'd find a picture of someone actually jumping a gun. Who knew. It is amazing what you can find on the web, isn't it?

Anyway, as you can tell this post is not the post I had originally planned. I had all good intentions of coming back into the blogging world, talking my time of course. I thought I was ready to handle the extra work load, but I have to be honest with myself, and with you, after all it is only fair.

I jumped the gun, and I'm sorry. I know I have been doing that a lot lately, but I just can't handle the work load. I hope to be back, but I just don't know when and if I will.

The little time I do have I'd like to concentrate on my writing and my critique partners work. I hope you understand.  Best of luck with your writing endeavors -  Cynthia

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A New Schedule

I'm not going to kid myself, my schedule is still crazy, so I'm going to ease my way back into blogging again.

Like my little turtle? Cute isn't he? that's me slow and steady as I embrace my dreams and work towards my journey to publication. I'm learning this isn't a race. I want to enjoy the journey, savor what I have learned about writing, the people I have met, and most of all be true to myself.

I'm not going to push myself anymore to do more than I can. I don't want to stress about this blog, or my novels, (although we all know at some extent we all do.) That is why I have chosen to cut my blog down to one day a week. If you look at my side bar it says Tuesdays now. So every Tuesday I'll have a new post.

I've also decided to post about things other then writing. I'll still post about writing, but let's face it, there are a lot of blogs out there on writing all ready, and the information can get redundant, so I've decided to post articles that are important to me which I hope might be helpful to you as well.

A healthy life style, kids, children's issues, education, the idea as endless. If there is something you would like to see, please by drop me line and let me know what it is.

In the mean time. I'll see you next time, and hopefully around the blog world.- Cynthia

Friday, April 27, 2012

Restructuring of a Blog

Well, I've been gone longer than I thought I would and to be honest I wasn't sure if I was going to come back at all. I've been busy, but not the kind of busy I had hoped for. Don't get me wrong it is a good type of busy. My family activities are in full bloom and work is very busy, unfortunately it has left me no time to work on any of my manuscripts.

Things have not settled down at all, but because of my schedule I have become more organized, probably for the first time in my life. I have my calendar updated daily, reminders sent to my phone on where I need to be and when I need to be there. I love it. My iPhone has come in very handy, so has Google calendar.

Needless to say, because I haven't gotten any writing done. I"m getting itchy. It's time to flex my fingers upon that key board once again and explore new worlds. My critique partners are probably wondering what happened to me. Good think I check in with them once in a while. LOL

So I'm coming back and soon I'm working on a new schedule with new ideas for two different days during the week.  I'll keep you posted on what those days will be, and what the topics are. In the mean time check back in next week, when I plan on having the schedule done, up and running.

I've missed you guys, welcome back-   Cynthia

Friday, March 30, 2012

Just Checking In

Well  hello blogger world.

I know it has been a while since I last posted. I have been very busy with new critique partners, working on two manuscripts, and taking care of home life.

I hope everyone has been healthy, busy and happy. With the spring here and the boys on two different base ball teams this spring will be crazy so I'm holding off jumping back into the blogger world just yet.

As soon as thing calm down. I hope to be back.

Happy writing everyone!    Cynthia

Monday, February 13, 2012

Time for a Break

I have some bad news today. Life has been demanding of my time lately, so I'm going to take a step back from blogging for a while. As we all know blogging takes up a lot of time and energy. Right now I need to be using that energy in other areas of my life.

This will give me more time to spend with my family and get my writing time in. Don't worry, I'll still be here reading and commenting on your blogs when I can, but other than that I'm going to give blogging a back seat for a while.

Have a wonderful Monday and Happy Blogging!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

News & Awards

So I have news, I received an award.

Don't you just love the picture of the skunk? He's so cute! I want to thank Tracey Joseph for the award. Click the link and hop over to check out her blog and say hello. She writes young adult books and this girl is going somewhere!

There are rules with any award and the rules says I have to give this award to as many deserving blogger that I want. This is the hard part. There are so many of you out there that I love to visit.

So I made a rule of my own. The people I chose are either just starting out and I want to help introduce them to others, or because hey, I get to decide and I thought you deserved it. So there. :-)

Any The winners are, in no particular order

Liberty Montague over at Just Write. Warning. Liberty does not write YA. She writes exotic romance, but she is still awesome!

Tyson Devon over at Lord Frost. Okay so he has a lot of followers, but I like what he has to say. :-)

Tracey at Forever Endeavor. Great site! Great person!

Doralynn over at My Publishing Diary. What a lovely person!

Don't forget to hop over and say hi to these wonderful people!

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Arts & Therapy

Art therapy has always fascinated me. Take a troubled person, it can be either a child or an adult, give them a piece of paper, some colored pencils, crayons, chalk, paint, what every you have lying around and let their mind wander. Let their hand wander over the fabric of the paper, or canvas and see what they come up with.

Therapist say you can tell a lot about about a person by what they draw. What is on their mind, what is troubling them. What we draw is what our mind's eye sees. It is a very personal thing. It is a very private thing to explore. It's interesting taking these pictures and interpreting them. It can be scary too. I mean, do you really want to know what your brain is thinking? Therapist do.

Take a child who has gone through some trauma in their life. Some times this is the only way to reach them. Take a stroke victim. They understand you, but are having trouble speaking. Drawing releases what the mind is thinking and so many professions use it. Therapists, detectives, social workers, parents all get an insight into the mind.

How does this relate to writing? I'm glad you asked. Writing is therapy too, but you all knew that already didn't you? Of course. Writing is a way of release. It lets us explore ideas, thoughts, feelings that are hard for us to deal with in day to day life in a safe environment. We throw all our anger, fear and despair into our characters that we sometimes have to deal with ourselves. Only in this world, one that we build, we can control the uncontrollable.

I love the idea of the arts and how it gives us a peak into the human mind. It's amazing what we can find their. We can learn a lesson about our loved ones, and ourselves.

Writing is a useful tool. Take a journal for example. Have you ever read your journal years later to see what you wrote? How were you feeling at the time? What was your state of mind, and how have you healed since then? 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Spring in Winter

It's February. Funny, it doesn't feel like February in New England. Or at least for the majority of January it has been fairly warm and sunny. The only day it snowed happened to be on the the day I planned a birthday party for my youngest son.

Go figure. I ended up having to cancel the birthday party and rescheduled it for the next weekend. It turned out okay though because we got to have a joint birthday party for my son and his cousin. It was  nice to be able to join the two birthdays together. It's something I hope to be able to do in the future.

As for how the rest of the month went weather wise? Well, I'd like too think of it as spring in winter. It has been a nice change from the usually bitter cold days. It makes me wonder what the actual spring and summer will be like and how the temperatures will fluctuate. It should be interesting. As of now, I'm enjoying the nice warm days and comfortable nights.

How has this strange winter weather affected your plans this year? 

Monday, January 30, 2012

What, Another One? I Just Can't Keep Up!

Ever notice how many contest there are out on the world wide web of blogging and writers circles? Have you ever felt like you just have to enter each and every one of them? I mean how can you not, right? This is your chance to show the world how good you are. Even better is that some of these contests you get to have your work critiqued by other readers so you know before you fill out that official entry form that your work is in top notch shape right?

Wrong. Wait, just like querying make sure your work is the best it can be.

Or at least that is what I'm starting to believe. Don't misunderstand me, it's not that I'm against these contests. I'm all for them, and I think they are great, tons of fun to. I love meeting new people during them as well. Especially when the everyone is helping each other out by critiquing them first. And yes, I still feel this way even though I haven't won any. For me though lately I just feel like they are taking up to much of my time and not giving me a chance to hand in my best work, which is what I want to do. So I'm bowing out of contests for a little while. Let me explain.

First:  You find the contest, Oh but it doesn't open for another week. Book mark page or jot down note so I don't forget to enter.

Second: You select your work, or work on the pitch, or story, or what ever needs to be handed in for the contest.

Third: Post your entry on your blog so others can critique. Make sure you visit other blogs and critique others work.

Four: Make changes to entry taking into account critique notes from other entries.

Five: Fill out official Contest entry form

Six: Start it all over again.

All this while trying to write, do research on querying and send out queries, and start a new WIP.  And don't even talk to me about every day things that I need to get done. Right now it's just to much.  I'd love to enter some more contests, but I just don't have the time right now. I wish you all luck, and when things slow down I plan on being back in Contest mode like everyone else. 

Until then,

Work hard and good luck!  I'll be cheering you on from the side lines.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Beauty of Critique Partners

Many of us have critique partners. They are those wonderful people we turn to for advice and help when we are writing our novels. They help open our eyes to the flaws in our works we can't see ourselves. Sometimes they are nice, sometimes helpful, sometimes inspiring, and sometimes they rip us to shreds.

So how do you know if you have a good partner? It's not always easy to know until you have gone through the trenches with them. And by trenches I mean read, critiqued, ripped each others work apart and come out friends.  Yes, that's right. You tear their work apart, tell them why it doesn't work and are brutally honest, in a nice way of course, and they say Thank You.

I have found with my critique partners just that. In fact one of my partners entered the same contest I did. Now, remember we are competing against each other and the prize was a full or partial request from a agent who is currently closed to submissions. Hey this is big.

So I laughed when I got an email from my critique partner asking for help with her entry. So now I'm sure you are dying to know what I did. Well, what did you think I did? I helped her of course. Why? Because part of the contest was to critque others work to make it better before you entered the contest. Hey, we are all in this together remember? If we are not here for each other who will be?

Have you ever competed with a critique partner for the same agent? Have you ever entered the same contest? How did you handle it? Did your partnership make it though, or did it ruin it for you?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Stand Out Synopsis News

If you frequent my blog enough you know that Mondays are Stand Out Synopsis day. If you have noticed I have not been posting any synopsis or queries on Mondays lately.  The reason is obvious, I don't have any to post.

Since I seem to not be getting any synopsis or query to critique I have decided not continue with this segment on my blog. Not to worry though, I am not going anywhere. I'll still be posting on Mondays, it will just be my regular ramblings. I might decide to add a different segment later, but for now, I'm just going to keep things as is. To be honest as sad as I am to see it go, I'm also glad that the stress of not having something for you and getting it done on time is gone.

This gives me more time to do what I really love, write and blog.  

Happy Monday Everyone!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Writing is Hard Work

I wonder how many people understand the time and effort it takes to write that perfect novel, edit it, find the perfect critique partners and do the research to find the right agent? When I tell family members about my writing dreams and all I do to make my dream come true the question I get asked the most is when do you find the time to write?

Now this question doesn't bother me, because that tells me they know it takes time to get the words on the paper. But I wonder if they realize how much time we spend working towards a goal?

I've been very busy lately polishing up my manuscript, my query letter and synopsis. I've also been researching agents I haven't queried before and refreshing myself on who is looking for what, and what is on market these days and I got to thinking:

 When you started out writing did you know the non-writing part would take up so much of your time? I have to be honest, I didn't. There is so much information out there to weed through, and so many agents to research. Then, if you want to do it right you need to not only write a killer query, you need to personalize it. Sorry guys, stock query will not work here. Agents want to know that you did your homework and rightfully so.

Don't get me wrong, I'm loving every once of information I have learned about what agents are out there and who they work for and who their clients are, but I have to also be honest. I didn't realize how much work it would be. Or how much fun I would have doing it!

Did you know it was going to be so much work? What part of the process do you enjoy the most?

Monday, January 16, 2012

I've Come a Long Way Baby .....

....with a long way to go.

I have to boast a little bit today. I have been thinking of all the things writerly (according to spell check this isn't a word, but I like the sound of it) that I have accomplished lately and I have to say I'm proud of myself.  We all have obstacles we must face in our day to day lives. Some are huge while some are little mountains we must travel over in order to get to where we want to go.

Today I am going to celebrate a small mountain that I had to go over. The mountain of Technology. Yes, I know it sounds silly, but when I first met Technology we didn't get along. I was terrified that I couldn't figure it out. I was scared I wasn't going to be able to work that darn cell phone, or computer. I mastered my cell phone, and all the other little gadgets my husband has lying around the house. (He is a technology buff, so if it's out there we have it, even if we don't really need it.)

Then I decided that if I wanted to write I needed to have a platform. I had to look technology in the face again. I wanted a blog/web page all my own, but I didn't know how to do it. My husband made it very clear that although he supports my writing, he wants nothing to do with helping me out on this. Which is really fine because he is more right brain and I am more left. (Did I get that right? Art and language is on the left side of the brain and math and science is more on the right? Yeah, I think that's right) Anyway, I was on my own.

I. Was. Terrified. I had no idea what I was doing. I had no idea which direction to go in to look for help. I had so many questions. But I trailed ahead anyway.  I opened up an account with google and it's been a learning game ever since.  Have I made some mistakes? Oh yeah, ask Laura Barnes who did a wonderful job of critiquing my blog. (Click on her name to see what she said.) The point is though is that I knew enough to ask for help. That is key isn't it when learning something new? Know when you need help and don't be afraid to ask for it. 

So I want to thank all of my blogger friends out there, thank you for your help and guidance in this great writing journey of mine, especially with this technology blog part of it. Because if not for you guys, my blog would still need work, and I would never have figured this thing out. Is my blog done evolving though? I hope not, it needs to grow as I do as a writer and will.

Is there more to learn? Oh, yes there is, but I never knew how much fun I would have trying and I didn't have to ask my husband for help. See, I've come a long way, and I'm looking forward to how much more I have to learn.

How about you, what have you learned along the way in this blogger world? Or just in general that you were afraid to do before?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Festival of Color- Game by Ozlem Yikici

Ozlem has devised an interesting game. I really love the idea. Take a situation, setting, and two characters and write a short dialogue to go along with it. A few of us bloggers signed up to play the game. Each of us had to write a short profile of the characters and short dialogue to go with it. Next we got to see how our characters played out with different authors. Unfortunately life happens and the game has not been able to continue. Until now.

Please hop on over to Ozlem's site to catch up on the rules, since she is better at explaining them than I am. Click here to hop over.

I am also posting my short shorty below for your enjoyment, put please in order to get the full effect hop over to Ozlem too see what other people wrote and then come back and let me know what you think. It's really cool!

Ted grounds keeper 75 year old and hates kids. He has a limp and very good eye sight.
Katie is a twelve year old girl hiding in the barn. 

Katie knows more about why she was left at the festival them she is saying.

Ted looks down at a half empty bag of popcorn on the ground. He was getting to old for this job. As grounds keeper for the festival and hitting 75 in a few months he knew his years of bending down picking up other peoples crap was limited.

“Damn kids. Why can’t they ever use the garbage can?” Ted says as he bends down to pick it up. In the corner of his eye he sees a small glossy red shoe sticking out from behind something in the barn a few feet away. Ted limped, entered the barn and yanked at the shoe. Attached to the shoe is a leg, a long skinny leg, attached to a young girl wearing a blue and white checkered skirt.

“Well, I’ll be damned. What are you doing here after hours?”

“I got lost. I was in the bathroom. I didn’t hear the last call.”

“Oh, come on. You can do better then that. Come on there’s nothing hear to see after closing. Get going.” Ted pointed towards the exit.

“I…I can’t. My ride left.”

Ted put his hands on his hips annoyed. He didn’t have time for this. He needed to clear the grounds of garbage for the continued festivities tomorrow, and he didn’t have all night.

“How old are you, twelve, thirteen?”

“I’m twelve.”

“There’s no way your ride left without you. Go on get going.”

“But I can’t. I don’t know where she is.”

“Who is, your ride?” The girl just nodded.

“Well go to the exit and look around.” Ted said starting to walk away. The girl grabbed his harm. He was surprised by her strength.

“She’s not there. I know because I….”

“You what?” Ted stared at the girl, but the girl wouldn’t answer.

“What’s your name?” Ted sighed.

“Katie.” Ted looked down at Katie’s hand still clenching his arm. Katie let go and dropped her hand to her sides.

“Katie, tell you what, I walk you to the office. You can use the phone there to call someone to pick you up.” Ted turned and started to walk away.

“There is no one to call.” Katie mumbled.

Ted sighed. He didn’t like kids, he liked them even less when he had to deal with them. It didn’t seem this one was going to go away.


“Because there’s no one to call.” Katie looked up and stared at Ted. The look in her eyes gave Ted a creepy feeling.

“There’s always someone to call.” Ted said nervously.

“Then you better call someone Ted.”

“How did you know my name?” Ted frowned.

Tell me what you think, do you like the idea of the game? What would you write for the profile? What did you think of the other dialogues?   

Thursday, January 12, 2012

What Happened to Birthdays?

Yes, this is a question I have been asking myself lately. You see my boys are getting bigger. They are no longer little boys when they are almost as tall as their mother. Which I might add is a good thing at their age because I am not a very tall person.

My oldest is 10 and my youngest is turning 9 in another week or two and I have noticed something about birthday parties this year. People aren't having them. I know for a fact that one of my friends decided to stop having the kids party. Now, I can't speak for parents everywhere, but around here for some reason parents don't RSVP even when asked on the invitation. I'm I guilty of this? Sure once in a while I have slipped, but every time? No. That was one of the reason why my friend stopped having kid parties for her boys. People don't RSVP and she had no idea no one was going to show. At other times, which has happened to me people didn't RSVP then they would show up. It's very frustrating.

This year my son couldn't even decide who he wanted to invite. Go figure. I finally got a few names out of him and decided to have it at home instead of out. More work, but less money. Needless to say my husband and I decided this is the last year for kids parties. Parties are expensive. Part of me thinks this is one of the reason why people aren't having them. Then I got to thinking, they are older now at what age did you stop having parties for kids? I guess my age is showing because I can't remember.

How about you? What age are your kids and do you have kids parties for them? 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Part II: Pride and Joy

I wasn't planning on making a Part II to this post, but I was so interested in the comments from this post that I had to make another post on it.

I have to say I was really surprised to hear that some of you have not been inspired by your teachers. It honestly felt me feeling sad. I feel so forunite that I have had many teachers in my life who have inspired me growing up.

Through out my school career math has been my down fall. I'm horrible at it, ask my husband I still am. (I've a posted about my and my horrors, if you are interested). Anyway, even though math isn't my favorite, and I'm not the best math student one of my teachers who I looked up to was a math teacher. She was understanding and compassionate. She understood that not everyone loves and is a good at it as she is and she tried to make it fun, if not barable for those who struggled.

Another teacher who at the time I didn't appreciate was my expository writing teacher in college. I hated this woman. Every paper I turned in the hacked. For homework I had to redo it an was given another assignment. Before I knew it I have at least five papers for homework from her alone, and that didn't count my other sudjects. Looking back now while writing my novels, my query, and synopsis I wish I had her back. I didn't realize what a favor she was doing me.

Could it be that we just don't realize how much these teachers are helping us but us are just not ready to receive and be open to what is offered us at the time?  I wonder.

What are your thoughts?  Do you think if you had these teachers now it would have made a difference, like with my college professor?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pride and Joy!

(Note this post was originally scheduled before Christmas)

Tonight I had the pleasure of heading back to school after a long day of work. It was a special occasion. Tonight was the elementary school's holiday concert. For my husband and I we were especially lucky because we got to stick around for the whole thing. You see one son is in the band, while the other is in the chorus.

The usual Christmas songs were sung, and I have to say for kids ages 7 through 10 they were good. I was totally impressed with the band. If you closed your eyes you never would have guessed the students were only in elementary school and the chorus was great!

I'm am most impressed with the music teachers though. For one they are dedicated people who think of the students first and foremost. The band teacher was professional and likable. I could tell the students really look up to him and take music seriously. The chorus teacher is A-okay in my book too. The student's really support him and give their all. I'll tell you it must be hard to teach a music class while being blind, but Mr. Z does. The teachers and students love him and it shows. After tonight's performance I can see why.

He's the type of person who knows his short comings, and he never lets them stop him. He is there every Tuesday before school for the chorus club, teaches chorus and the recorder to the third through fifth grades. What I loved most is I got to hear him play the piano for the kids during the concert. (Their last teacher just played a CD it's music class for crying out loud. I want to hear a live instrument!)

How does this pertain to writing? Short comings. We all have them. For some of us it is that we are just starting out and could learn more . It could be that we struggle with tag lines, settings, POV, grammar, the list goes on. My point? Don't give up. Work, work harder then you have ever worked before.

Somethings come easy for people, others it's hard, but if we give up we will never hear that beautiful music we all can create. Mr. Z never gave up and look at him now. He's playing music and sharing his love for music with the kids, but he is also teaching them something much more important. Never give up your dream, no matter how far a reach it may seem.  And that is a powerful message.

What teacher inspired you to live your dream despite the odds? Tell me, I'd love to know!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Muppet's + Memories = Happy Tears

 So today, (December 30th) my husband and I took the kids to see the new Muppet movie. Now even though I love the Muppet's, this movie was not on the top of my list to go see. I'd much rather go see Sherlock Holmes or the new Mission Impossible movie, but my youngest won and off we were to go see the new Muppet movies written by Jason Segal.

Anyway I just want to say thank you Jason! Not only did he do a great job of re-introducing the Muppet's to a new generation, but he reminded us "old timers" why we love them so much. Honestly this world needs more movies and characters like these. (I've posted about this need before-search for it in my cloud below).

I don't know if anyone has seen the movie yet, so I won't give too much away, but basically the story involves a die hard fan helping to get the Muppet's back together after a long time of being separated. Oh, and the deed to the theater and studio is in jeopardy.

 (Walter: the die hard fan)

 I know everyone has memories of the Muppet's. One of my first memories was while camping with my family. It was a rainy day. Not much fun for camping, so my mom and my aunt took all the kids to the movies to see the Muppet's. It was their first movie. We had seen them on TV and we were really looking forward to it. So my three cousins, my sister and I piled in two cars with my mom and my aunt and off we went. One of my younger cousins fell asleep just as the movie started. We wanted to wake him up, but my aunt said no, boy was he pissed when he woke up. I can't blame him. I actually saw those cousins this past weekend for Christmas Eve. Boy how times have changed.

 Anyway, that was one of the memories that came back to me while watching the movie today with my boys. Happy tears came to my eyes and I found myself crying, literally crying. Yes, I'm one of those people who cry for happy reasons as well as sad. It's call an emotion, you don't like it, too bad.

 Anyway lets talk about characters, my favorite? I can't decide, I love them all. Although I have say Gonzo and the Critics have a special place in my heart. I love how when ever Gonzo blows that trumpet the wrong sound comes out, and the critics can be very funny for the older crowd. Oh, no I'm the older crowd now. When did that happen? LOL I guess it happened around the same time the Muppet's slowly drifted out of the lime light. Well, I'm glad they are back. What no Kermit you ask? Oh, now that is a given! I'll always love Kermit. Doesn't everyone?!

Now it's your turn: share with me your memories. What are your favorite memories of the Muppet's? Who are your favorite characters?