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Independence Day

Fourth of July

I had an unusual kind of Independence Day it was a different kind of freedom.

The kids are grown, so are the grandkids, the family has scattered like many families so there was no picnic this year. Instead of feeling sorry for myself I celebrated in a new way.

I spent the weekend inside my air-conditioned apartment, avoiding the ninety-two-degree summer temperatures, and high humidity of Florida; my laptop and me, or sometimes my iPad, when I got tired of sitting at my desk. Content and excited, I felt like I had been at a three-day Writer’s Conference!

I’d listen, take notes, and learn, continuously amazed at the breadth and variety of teleseminars, teachers, and successful writers available to me in my living room. They were free, and this is particularly pertinent to those of us with tiny incomes and small budgets: Such as senior citizens, students paying college fees, and people who earn minimum wage.

Among those I learned from were:

  • Joseph Michael Scrivener Coach – Scrivener Basics, and How To Use Scrivener to Accelerate Your Writing
  • Brooke Warner and Joy Myers – Scene The Master Tool Of Writing Webinar much needed portions for me were transitions and narrative.
  • Mary Karr Interviews (two) – Point Loma Writers, and Mary Karr in Conversation with Brooke Warner

These are all now available on YouTube

I re-read Stephen King book On Writing, I liked it even better on the third read. Then I read a memoir just for fun, A Trip To The Beach – Living On Island Time in the Caribbean by Melinda and Robert Blanchard. I wanted to feel myself back in the Caribbean to re-excite myself about my nine years on Grand Cayman and the memoir I am writing about it, An Unfinished Woman.

I’m charged and ready to go!






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What are you doing to develop your intuition? I believe it is like a muscle – the more you use it the stronger it functions. When the phone rings (even in these times of technology, mine rings sometimes). I know who is calling.  I know because I usually have been thinking about the person who calls – even if it has been months or years since we spoke. I still prefer to hear your voice rather than read a text message. Call me old fashioned.

Our topic for the January 15th Story Circle is “Intuition.” In 600 words or less tell us how intuition has worked for you. How does a flash of intuition strike you? A feeling in the gut? A wave of energy? A kick in the butt? It helps you to tune out distractions. If you haven’t been in touch with intuition I invite you to go outside and sit under a tree, or go sit by the water and try to clear your mind of its chatter. Tough job but worth it. Just observe your thoughts and try to find a tiny space between them – no judging, just noticing. That is where you find the inner divine self – different the the one the outside world want to create for you to be. 

We decided its ok to work on your library story (see last post) but we won’t read them in class because Sheila McNaughton and I will be judges, among others, for the Safety Harbor Library Contest.

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