A Shel Parallel

As a kid, I was dramatically obsessed with Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.  I’m pretty sure I knew every poem by heart, yet still read it over and over again.  I’m not sure what made me think of it recently….but it’s been on my mind.  It got me thinking about possibly trying to branch out and try writing a children’s book.  A book of children’s poems to be more specific.  I just remember how big of an impact books had on me as a child, and I can’t help but think of what a rewarding feeling it would be to have that same effect on a young and curious mind.  I’m just wondering if anyone out there has tried this and can give me their opinions on it.  I will do some research but would love some first-hand input.  Anyone?

Friday Frills

Soooo…..I’m not gonna lie.  I have no idea what to post about today, but am trying my hardest to stick to my resolution of doing one post every week.  Technically, it has been over a week since my last, but I’m just aiming for one every work week, regardless of what day of the week.  So, here you go!  TA-DAAA!!

I don’t really have any exciting updates on my writing, other than I’m still doing it!  That is a huge accomplishment for me!  I’m not as excited about the direction of my book as I was when I started, but I am listening to the advice of brilliant minds and I am just going to keep writing!  I can always change things after it’s finished.  The goal is to just FINISH IT!

Other life updates…..

I’ve watched a few new movies lately.  I saw The Revenant, which was a great movie.  I swear I was freezing the entire movie, but that might’ve just been as a result of excellent cinematography.  Acting was great, storyline was great and scenery was amazing.  I’m not completely thrilled with the ending, but that’s just because I’m picky about endings.  I also saw The Martian finally.  Excellent film.  Matt Damon was wonderful.  FYI…I liked the ending.  Then, I saw Everest, which I also liked very much.  However, it reaffirmed to me that I will NEVER, EVER go climb any mountain, of any type, ever, ever, ever.  I am petrified of steep stuff and this movie is just  smothered in steep stuff.  It was sad though.  Last movie I saw this week…..and it’s an older one….Dazed and Confused.  It was a recommendation and I really liked it.  I’m not really sure why I haven’t watched it before, but better late than never I guess.

I’m failing a little on my resolution of five books a month.  I’m just about done with number two.  I guess I can still do it if I really try…..but I’m not too optimistic.

I guess the only other thing I have coming up is a Jeep trip that I’m really anxious for.  It’s called Jeepin’ with Judd and it’s a blast.  It’s just a 3 day event put on by the Sheriff of Polk County, Florida.

Here is a picture from last year’s event.  Our Jeep is second from the right.  This was just one tiny group on a trail ride.  There are a ton of more Jeeps that go to these events, but the trail rides are broken into small groups.

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Here’s another picture.  This is the hubby flexing on a ramp.

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The Jeep has undergone some modifications in the last year, so I will post some updated photos after this year’s event.

Anyway….sorry for this “filler” post, but I met my weekly “requirement,” so I’m happy.  As always, I appreciate you guys.

Anyone else have any fun stuff going on?

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

I finally started writing!  Alert the media!!

I’ve been so wrapped up in coming up with my storyline, that I never once put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard…I guess).  So last Thursday, I finally said, “screw it,” and just started writing.  I was hoping that the idea may just come to me as the words started flowing and that is precisely what happened!  I’m sure I’ll change the storyline numerous times along the way, but actually getting something down on paper is so completely gratifying.  Now my mind is swirling with all kinds of ideas!

I actually loved doing it too!  Thursday night, I could’ve stayed up until the wee hours of morning as the ideas just kept coming to me, but unfortunately, the 8-5 job doesn’t allow for that (insert frowny bratty face).  Not to mention, those stupid Powerball numbers failed to listen to my instructions Saturday night.  They’re so disobedient.  Oh well, maybe one day I can make writing my full time job.  One can dream, right?

Anyway, I am very excited about my ideas and can’t wait until it all starts coming together.  I will, of course, keep you all up to date on my progress.

Also, now that I’m finally moving forward, I would love any suggestions on organization, structure, etc…  I read something about a program called Scrivener’s that is helpful.  Does anyone have any tips on this, or unique methods you use?  As always, thank you!

New Year…Mission: Butt in Gear

Yikes!  What a rude awakening to my new year.  I’ve been off of work the last week and a half and completely took full advantage of it.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so relaxed in my entire life.   And as we all know, sometimes relaxation = pure laziness…I’m talking jammies all day kind of laziness.  So, as I logged in today to write this, I realized it’s been 24 days since my last post!  Ouch!!!!  This can’t be good for my “one post per week” resolution.  Plus, with all that time off, I only wrote one single page of a story.  One page…that’s it!

So as much as this bums me out, I will simply brush it off and get my BUTT IN GEAR!  Holidays are a crazy hectic time and I’m just going to chalk it up to that.  Now to get back on track, here’s my first weekly post of 2016!

On a personal note, the holidays were great!  I finished another book, which was great!  It was a Tami Hoag book called Cold, Cold Heart.  I liked it, but was able to predict the ending.  Still really good though.

Also, a quick mention for Star Wars.  My husband made me watch episodes 4, 5 and 6 right after Christmas so we were able to see episode 7 during our break.  Absolutely AMAZING!  I now need an Ewok and BB-8 in my life.  Seriously.  The movie was great.  My husband cried 3 times…yes, you heard me right…3 times.  I’m not sure when episode 8 is coming out, but I can guarantee I’m not going to be happy waiting that long.

Lastly, I started watching Making a Murderer on Netflix!  I’m only on Episode 7, so I don’t know the outcome.  However, I am already raging about it.  I’m furious!  Like “steam blowing out of my ears” furious.  How in the world does something like this happen??  How???  Someone please explain this to me.  I’m dying to know.