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Thoughtful Thursday - Things Are Often Different Than They Seem

So, I'm walking around Sparks Street searching for my boyfriend, who doesn't have a phone. Yeah, he's old school. Anyway, I'm searching for him because he's not at the meeting place we picked earlier today. He's late. And not a little late. He should've been there more than an hour ago. I'm getting worried and also maybe getting ready to get mad at him as I'm thinking maybe he took off.

Anyway, I'm walking around and run into this older woman. She makes a comment about the being too many illegals. I'm thinking she's talking about refugees and give her a strange look. She then says that no one respects stop lights anymore and just walk illegally. These illegals are everywhere. The term she should've been using was jaywalkers. I figure she'll get herself into trouble someday with that, but I continued on my way.

I had to give up looking for the boyfriend and contact his family. He eventually strolls into the bar we were going to afte…

Make-it Monday - Update

Today turned out different than I hoped. Normally, I would have been at work, but the tornado reeked havoc across the city and anyone who could was instructed to work from home. I also had an appointment regarding an old loan that didn't go the way I had hoped. Looks like my credit rating has gone down since July and my next step is to figure out if it's on the mend or if there's something I'm not aware of as it takes a bit of time for the things to be rectified. I have faith it will be okay soon, one way or another. My mortgage is up for renewal this year, so I'll be able to have some negotiation room there. At least, that's what I was told.

I am fortunate to live in an area that wasn't affected by the tornado. I didn't even lose power!

I got some editing done this weekend. There are six chapters left to go through before I send The Page & The Magician back out. I'm not sure I was truly ready to finish it before now. I feel like my writing has im…

Thoughtful Thursday - Differences

I'm reading Terry Prachett's Soul Music and there have been a number of times I was annoyed while reading it. So annoyed that I almost abandoned it.

Why?

A few things.

At times, I've noticed it's written by an old white guy. Now, I'm not an uber feminist, but in it he tends to make jabs at youth being clueless and other such things that make it really evident.

There are also footnotes that I've found pull me out of the story, so I had to ignore them to move forward, which means I'm missing a bit of the story in order to enjoy the story and that seems silly.

As I read further, I realized he made fun of everything. There's even a subtle jab at Michael Jackson's musicianship that is both a jab and yet not at the same time.

He says a lot through subtext. There is so much of the book that is true to life that one might not be able to fully understand depending on their life experience. Had I read it 10 years ago, I think I would've missed much. I want to r…

Make-It Monday - New Directions

Fall marks a return for many to school, to a regular work schedule, and to the activities enjoyed in cooler weather. For me, that means it's back to martial arts and to a more rigorous and disciplined writing schedule.

It was nice to see my writer's group tonight. We talked about how everyone's summers went and what their goals for the year are including what each of us might work on during National Novel Writing Month in November.

One of the things we often ponder and discuss is how best to support each other, because that is a key reason for bothering with a writer's group. Not that it's the only reason, but it does help define group direction. There are all sorts of writing groups. Some push each other to reach their goals. Some just read and offer feedback. Some just get together to be around other humans.

Many writers find just having regular contact with other writers can be helpful for inspiration and for touching base with other people who get it.

Get what?

The …

Make-It Monday - Discover Your Love

I've been off enjoying the summer.

I recently started watching a documentary on the keys to mastery. It includes interviews with musicians and actors such as Carlos Santana and Stephen Tobolowsky. In the early part of the documentary, they talk about the first key being finding the thing you love.

I don't know about you, but I've heard something along these lines time and again.

What haven't I heard much?

How to figure out what you love.

In the documentary, they say that many people never do. They die without figuring out their true purpose in existing. How sad is that?! I can't think of anything sadder, so I thought I would explore that angle and offer some suggestions I've gathered from talking to people and from my own experiences.

Try a lot of things.

You may have heard this advice before. When I was newly separated six years ago and slightly before that, the reality was that I didn't even know myself anymore. I didn't know what I wanted out of life either…

Symphonic Saturday - A Musical Experience

A man went on Georgia's Got Talent and gave the entire room an experience they're not likely to soon forget.

Watch it here.

Happy Labour Day Weekend!

R~