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Measure of Success

secret to getting aheadI’ve been reading lots lately about the measure of success. However, when it comes to writing, I have changed my mind about what constitutes success. Normally, I’d say the attainment of success means that I have achieved a desired goal or outcome. But when it comes to writing, success varies on a day-to-day basis. Some days suc Continue reading

April 12, 2014 Posted by | Blogging, Books, Writing | , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Love Writing!

I love words and writing! I want my words to stir someone’s emotions. Ever since I was an elementary school student,

Northeast Elementary School

words, to me, were magical. What is it Continue reading

November 22, 2013 Posted by | Writing | , | Leave a comment

Writing

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No one ever said writing was easy.

I’ve written the lightning draft of a novel. I know what I need to do – reread, edit, cut, revise . . ., but my fingers refuse to work, and I swear, my brain is not cooperating.

How do you overcome the hardest part of writing for you?

July 28, 2013 Posted by | Writing | , , , , | 3 Comments

And The Winner Is . . . Me: Awards!!

 

  1. Twin Awards!

inner-peace-award                                       sunshine-award

Inner Peace Award                                                                                   Sunshine Award

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am deeply honored! 🙂

A blogger that I follow by the name of Meka was kind enough to think of my Blog as a nominee for two awards. I would like to thank her and encourage everyone to check out her Blog, “Love Mekanism.” The link to her site is http://lovemekanism.org/. Please check her out!!

If You Receive a Nomination:

1. Display the logo on a post.

2. Thank the person who nominated you and link to his/her site.

3. State seven (7) things about you.

4. Nominate fourteen (14) bloggers and inform them via comment in their blog.

Seven Things About Me

  1. My hobbies include reading, writing, and working crossword puzzles.

  2. I’ve been a public school educator for a number of years. I am now a GED teacher.
  3. I have two brothers and two sisters.
  4. I have three sons.
  5. My dad called me Robin when I was growing up.
  6. My mom’s name is Nora.
  7. I love everybody on the planet! 🙂

I nominate these 14 bloggers! Congratulations! 🙂

  1. Everyday Power Blog

  2. Benny

  3. Strangers and Poetry

  4. Amaranthis_Paradisus Continue reading

July 20, 2013 Posted by | Blogging, Writing | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writers Are Weird

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Thinking (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

Perhaps to a non-writer, writers appear weird. We writers tend to have unusual habits that others may even call loony. See my checklist below to see if you share any of my writing nuances.

I . . .

  1. Wake up in the middle of the night, thinking about my characters.
  2. Climb out of bed to jot down an idea, lest I forget by morning.
  3. Have happy fingers that long to touch the keyboard as soon as I wake.
  4. Talk to characters.
  5. Hear characters talk in my head.
  6. Through conversations, allow characters Continue reading

June 22, 2013 Posted by | Life, Writing | , , , | 10 Comments

My Favorite Things: My Beautiful Grand-daughter and Excerpt from Perfect Love

My grandbaby“Once upon a time,” Will began, “there lived the most beautiful girl in the whole wide world. She had the most beautiful mom of all the other moms. Her dad wasn’t really that handsome, but he had this great, great love for his daughter. Every night before his daughter crept into bed, she had to have cookies and milk to help her fall asleep. It didn’t matter if it was an Oreo, Vanilla wafers, or any other kind, as long as it was a cookie.”

He continued, “On one particular night at her bedtime, her poor old father didn’t have a single cookie in the cupboard to give to his darling daughter. In fact, there was not a single cookie or cookie crumb anywhere to be found in their entire house. The beautiful girl cried and cried Continue reading

April 4, 2013 Posted by | Books, Writing | , , | 3 Comments

Unblocking Writer’s Block

The discouraged Nenene suffering from writer's...

Help! Writer’s Block strikes again!

Okay, so I’ve been fighting writer’s block for quite a while. It’s no fun. It’s boring, defeating, dreadful, terrible, irksome, miserable. Need I continue?

To me, it’s like being a trapeze artist, only when you swing out to reach your partner’s hands, you miscalculated and hit dead air.

Close-up of Theaker von Ziarno, trapeze artist...

It’s being a student in writing class; the assignment, write a 5-paragraph essay; only there’s ten minutes left, and you haven’t begun.

It’s comparable to sitting in Math class with a two-page trigonometry test, but you haven’t any clue as to how to work the problems.

What is writer’s block? It’s having a strong desire to write, but words won’t flow; Continue reading

March 2, 2013 Posted by | Writing | , , | 1 Comment

Comfort Zone

Hi All,

The Comfort Zone (album)

I just read a friend’s blog over at Word Wranglers. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. She’s talking about Comfort Zones, so I thought I would entertain that same thought here. You know, it’s very easy sometimes to stay put in our comfort zones. I really want to say that it’s very easy to stay trapped in our comfort zones and hard to try things that are new and different.

Just recently, I took a workshop on writing flash fiction. I had the opportunity to write super-short stories that were 250 words in length, on up to 1,000 words max. I had a blast! It was super fun, but not necessarily super easy. The task was the same as writing a full-length short story. The short fiction pieces needed a hook, conflict, and resolution, but with a twist at the end.

Speaking of comfort zones, I leaped totally out of my comfort zone and experimented with writing paranormal and historical fiction. I found these new genres quite fascinating. So sometimes, I’d say, experiencing the new can stimulate and spike writing!

Here is a sampling of my flash fiction writing! Please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

First Date

By

Arsoleen Woolcock

Mirrors don’t lie. They reflect what they see.

I’m beautiful – soft, caramel-colored skin; tawny eyes with gold flecks; lithe, slender body; long legs. Dressed in a tight-fitting, hip-hugging dress, I expect Dwayne’s head to spin.

I twirl my long, luxurious, waist-length tress. Wow, if it weren’t narcissistic, I’d be in love with myself, so I couldn’t blame a fellow for finding me irresistible. But thinking I’d have sex with him on the first date? Well, I’m not that kind of girl. The corners of my mouth curve into a smile. Tonight Dwayne would find out exactly what kind of girl I am.

Almost 8 o’clock. I have a date to keep. I wonder if he’ll still reek of fear? That’s why I enjoy meeting at Park Central. Most men know about the murders. Dwayne knew. I could see it in his eyes.

I grin, lick wet hungry lips. Continue reading

February 13, 2013 Posted by | Writing | , , , , , | Leave a comment

SPAM

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Yippee or Boohoo!

Today I received 8 spam comments; the numbers are definitely on the rise for one day. As George Jefferson might say, “I’m moving on up.” To date, I’ve received  93 Spam comments and only a handful that I could publish. Now what does that tell me? Hmm…not sure.

What are your thoughts on Spam?

January 26, 2013 Posted by | Writing | | 3 Comments

New Year Resolutions

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My foot pressed the accelerator. The vehicle lurched forward, gained speed. I zigzagged from one lane to the next, whipped past cars that crept at a snail’s pace.

Why is it that when you’re in a hurry, cars pile up on the highway, or else you trail a car crawling at 5 miles an hour?

Red light.

Forced to stop, I took deep breaths, willed myself to stay calm. Sure, I had seven minutes to get to work. It would be okay, I told myself. “Relax. “Take a deep breath.”

Then I remembered my cousin’s words. “I got stopped twice in the same day by the same patrolman. Continue reading

January 9, 2013 Posted by | Writing | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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