Long Week

Wow, no posts at all during the week. It was a really, really hard week at work.

But I’ll have more later today. I’m working on my goals for 2011. Yeah, I know January is almost over so I’m a little late on this. But in years past I’ve just thrown goals out there and failed. This year I want to set attainable, sustainable goals. That’s why it’s taking me so long.


Why Do You Do What You Do?

I’m reading INSPIRED NURSE by Rich Bluni, RN. One of the questions Rich asks early on in the book is why do you do what you do? I’m trying to work out the answer to that question as it pertains both to my nursing career and to my writing. Right now I don’t have an answer for either. So that’s my goal for the week-to come back next week with an answer to that question that’s more than just the surface “Because I want to help people.”

So why do you do what you do? What keeps you going in your profession?

Writing Prompts

Do you use writing prompts? I love them for creative exercise. Here’s a fun one I copied directly from Poets & Writer’s email newsletter:

Choose three people who you know well and write a detailed character description of each one. Now change the gender, name, and a few physical traits of each one. Begin a story with all three characters standing in the rain outside of a house on fire.

If you use writing prompts, where do yours come from?

Ahhh…A Clean Desk

I spent the better part of two hours going through the clutter hiding the top of my desk. Wow! What a difference just a tiny bit of organization makes in  my outlook. I can now work in that space.

I also cleaned and organized my computer desk.

Looking at my nice, organized writing space makes me feel like…well…writing. Woo! Hoo! Love opening the curtain behind my computer desk so I can see the evergreens behind the house. Something about that view feeds my creativity.

You probably noticed I didn’t show pictures of the rest of the room. That’s because the clutter I moved from my desk had to go somewhere. Cleaning and organizing project for later this month-buy some bookshelves and de-clutter and re-organize the rest of my office.

What does your writing/creative space look like? Is it organized in a way that inspires you to work? Or at least doesn’t hinder? What about your space feeds your creativity?

Snow Days

WordPress challenged bloggers to write more in 2011. In order to give myself a fighting chance, I joined the blog-a-week challenge instead of the blog-a-day challenge. Every day there’s a new blog topic idea on the Daily Post. In light of the weather forecast for the next 48 hours, today’s idea on the Daily Post seemed like a good blog topic.

What do you do when you’re snowed in? Do you make a grocery store run if there’s snow in the forecast? Are you one of those like me who has to go to work regardless of the weather?

If it’s cold and snowy out, I like to curl up with a good book or a movie. I love to have something hearty to eat, like chili or beef stew. Unless the cupboards are absolutely bare, I don’t make a snow grocery run.

So chime in-what do you do on those blustery, snowy, wintery days?

CSFF Blog Tour Day Three

First I want to apologize for the lack of depth to my posts for this months tour. The Wolf of Tebron is a good story, well written, and well thought out by author C. S. Lakin. If you like fairy tales or fables or just like to read stories that make you think or love a good allegory, give this book go. I guess I haven’t had much to say because I’m just not a huge fan of allegory.

Ms. Lakin creates distinct, well-developed characters. Her characterization was my favorite part of the book. I feel that if I met Joran or Ruyah I would know them immediately.

She’s also quite good at description. When reading about the house of the Moon, I could feel the clutter closing in around me. Likewise, when reading about Joran’s visit to the palace of the Sun I could see the walls and walls of books, could see the elegance of the palace.

I think The Wolf of Tebron is appropriate for teens and adults.

Please check out the other blog tour participants whose links you’ll find in the sidebar.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

CSFF Blog Tour Day Two

Today I’d like to point folks to Robert Treskillard’s review of The Wolf of Tebron from yesterday. He digs deeply into the story to discuss the allegory. He also touches on the theology. I find his review very interesting, pointing out things about the story I did not notice.

While I can admit that if you dig as deeply into the story as he did, some of the same points bother me-namely the lack of repentance-but I read the story in a much lighter way. But that’s just the way I read.

Ruyah as representative of Christ doesn’t bother me, though I can see how it would if you look at it more than at it’s surface.  That Ruyah watches Joran even before Joran tries to communicate with Ruyah comforts me. Brings to mind God is always there, watching, close, available, involved.

I hope you will visit the other tour participants. The varying thoughts and opinions will no doubt give you something to think about.


CSFF Blog Tour for The Wolf of Tebron by C. S. Lakin

For the next three days the folks of Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour are discussing the latest release by C. S. Lakin, THE WOLF OF TEBRON.

You can visit Ms. Lakin’s site here and her blog here.

Please visit the CSFF blog tour participants to get several different perspectives of this book. Participants are in the second set of links in the sidebar to the right.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.