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Winter 2015

Living in the northeast has always been a winter challenge but this year has been the deepest freeze yet. When the temperature is below zero I don’t care what anyone says, I’m cold.
It has snowed every weekend for the last five weeks. Not a huge accumulation, just enough to be shoveled and work the snow blower.
Now, the best part of this freeze is the time to sit down and write. I’ve actually started working on my novel. I have lots of characters that are developing in my head every day, and every night I might add.
Sleep has been replaced by what my character’s mother did or what her father’s thinking. It’s exciting, fun, and a bit debilitating. My characters are often more real to me than the people I’m talking to.
So, thank you winter 2015!

You can type away on a blogging site!

You can type away on a blogging site!

WHAT’S A NICE GIRL LIKE ME DOING ON A BLOGGING SITE?

 

The obvious answer would be blogging, but there’s more to it than that.  Writing has always been a passion of mine.  I was one of those kids who loved it when the teacher said, “I want you to write blah, blah, blah…”  My little mind would jump with glee at the thought of putting pen to paper and my thoughts into words.  I realized not everyone shared my enthusiasm when my girlfriend said, “Are you crazy?  Another writing assignment and you’re happy about it?”  My friend’s remarks didn’t phase me though, I got to write something and that was all that counted. As time went on my writing took the form of letters to friends and family.  I would write four and five page letters, more like little novels.  I was descriptive and wrote about everything I could think of.   When my boyfriend (now husband) went in the service he got a two or three page letter from me every day for two years.

But somewhere along the line other things got in the way.  When I graduated from high school, and was practically engaged, I felt an obligation to my parents and didn’t want to spend their money on college when I knew I’d be getting married so I went to business school instead of college. I got a job as a medical secretary when I finished business school.  I have to say I did like my job and typing up the medical reports for the Assistant Director of Psychiatry was very interesting.  We did get married by the way, and that put an end to my short career.  Four children followed and again my only writing was in the form of letters to family and friends.  (There were no computer back then in the stone age of the sixties and seventies.) When my kids got older I went back to work.  This time for an attorney and for almost twelve years I was a legal secretary.  I can still write a will from memory.  “I hereby give, devise and bequeath….”  when that job turned out badly due to a personality issue with the boss, I went to a school district.  First as a secretary to the Superintendent of Schools but then to technology.  I started out as a “software specialist” and I got to write the technology newsletter and design the school website.  It was easy to design back then, I mean the website, the software did all the work.  I was writing again though in a different capacity and it was fun.  An upgrade took me to Director of Technology and though I still did some writing, grants, proposals and the like, it wasn’t the same.

Then came retirement and I found Hub Pages.   Now I was writing again.  Any kind of story or piece I wanted and I loved it!  Someone on Hub Pages mentioned Word Press, a blogging site.  A place where I could write my feelings in the form of a blog.  This is like writing letters!  I am truly, back in my element.  I feel like a teenager all over again.  I can tell you what I’ve been doing and what my family’s been up to.  I can tell you about the weather and what’s going on in the neighborhood.  Did you know I love Las Vegas, or that I have seven grandchildren?  How about photography?  I love to take pictures and I’m looking into buying a new camera.  I like the one I have, its a Canon Power Shot, but I want a DSLR.  I think I’m going to go with the Canon Rebel. Here, on this site, I can write like I think.  I can write like I talk.

This is a blogging site!  This is a discussional or informational site….a place where I can combine my ramblings with providing useful information, well sometimes and maybe not at the same time, but I can blog!  Why Darren Rowse says on his Blogging for Beginners site said that blogging is, “‘A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and Web links.”  See what I mean?  Personal thoughts!  I can definitely do that.  Blogging is like a web journal…I can do that too. So here I am on a blogging site, blogging!  I hope as I continue to blog I am able to improve my blogs, hone my craft and write things worth reading.  Hope you have a day full of great blogs!