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Friday, March 4, 2011

Odds, Ends and Links

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I forced myself away from blog writing to focus on other things this week. When it came down to generating a post this morning, all I could think of were snippets from the past few days, so that’s what you are getting:

For example,

I have a habit of ducking when inside a garage and the door goes down because fifteen years ago, in our garage, a spring snapped and went flying. Last week, my sister saw me bobbing my head while running out of her garage as she closed the door, and teased me until I explained why. Five days later, another spring on our garage door broke. I’ll keep ducking, thank you very much.

When the cat claws the door to the bedrooms in the middle of the night in an attempt to break it down for no apparent reason, there probably is one--such as the coyote standing on the back patio sniffing the wind (or the cat) early the next morning.

If you stare out the window before church on Sunday morning moaning about how the absentee next door neighbor will never cut down his dead trees lining your property, be careful what you wish for. He may, four days later, have a crew cut them all down, with the exception of the ugliest broken one, which he will leave standing. 

Success is in the little things—like being told after six months of trying, that the prosciutto you cut on the meat slicer was the perfect thickness. Humor me. It’s not easy.

With that said: here is some interesting reading I came upon this week.

From Writer’s Digest: 8 Ways to Write a 5-Star Chapter 1

Anne Gallagher over at the Piedmont Writer included the following link in her post today:
The ten mistakes writes don’t see (But can easily Fix When they do).

Jodie Renner of JodieRennerEditing lined to here today for a bunch of great articles on writing fiction. 

Oh, and this is my 455th blog post.  That's a cool number, don't you think?

Happy Friday to all. What helpful reading have you found this week?


Talei said...

Ah, know what you mean about stepping away from blogging to write. Good luck with your writing and thank for the links to read! ;-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My wife keeps reminding me it's the simple things that matter.

Manzanita said...

I like snippets or odds and ends. I posted the same thing this morning. As far as garage doors, I'm happy you are going to keep ducking.
Love and Peace.

glnroz said...

even when you just "throw" something together it is fun to read,,,oh,, remind me to never "brag" about the number of blogs that i have posted,, lol

Wine and Words said...

455! Holy Blogger Batman! That's an accomplishment :)

Bish Denham said...

Coyote?!? I know just what you mean about neighbors...one of ours lets his chickens and ducks wander and they are starting to tear up the sedum in our front yard...all of which was hand planted in an area that won't grow anything else. Sigh...if it ain't one thing it's another.

Robin said...

I think you had a be careful what you wish for incidence... b/c you just might get it.

J.B. Chicoine said...

Vareful of those coyotes--You're kitty may end up 'joining the circus'!

Anne Gallagher said...

Thanks for the shout-out. And watch those coyotes. The crazy dog next door started barking at 4am this morning and I got up to yell at her and I saw several pair of 'spooky eyes' out in the back 40. Don't know what they were, don't care as long as they stay in the back 40.

And you have to love procuitto at just the right thickness. Kudo's to you.

Colette Martin said...

455 -- wow! I've got some work to do!

Helen Ginger said...

All of these things during the last couple of days? Man, you live a much more interesting life than I do! Love the ones about the coyote and the neighbor.

I clicked on the Writer's Digest link and it took me off to email.

Anonymous said...

Interesting snippets, Liza. I especially like, "Success is in the little things."

And now I'll check out the links. Thanks!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

lol I had a giggle at your neighbour woes. Thanks too for the links