Almost two months ago I posted the first of what was supposed to be three posts for the Versatile Blogger Award I’d been given by the darling Natasha Guadalupe (who could not join us this ROWnd, but says she’d love to get some more writing in)…..
That first post went something like this:
Did you ever feel that the Universe was reading your mind?
It’s been one of those days–one of those glorious weeks actually when every thing I do or see somehow has a deeper connection to the mental stew I’ve been brewing. Right now the dish I’m trying to serve up is a bit odd to say the least. The flavor certainly isn’t right, odd textures, and a lot of it is just water and some bouillon cubes. Yes, I should have made stock, but I was in a hurry to start some things cooking. People wanted to eat, and I felt like a truck had dragged me down the Thruway behind it.
But the stuff I saw along the way…. Wow!
It seems almost comical to read those words now. Not that things are any harder or more challenging or that I seen newer and brighter things that put my naivete of that post to shame…. I mean, in a sense, they are, they keep getting that way, and I have…but I have come to understand that is part of the beauty and magic that comes for being involved with challenges like the ROW80 and the A-to-Z blogging challenge (though yet again I did not join in the fun choosing instead the once a year Story A Day challenge to fill my May play book). It is also why groups the WANAs and even the classic discussion lists of SFF.net and Usenet have built the followings they have.
Because there connection is magic. Connection is love and beauty.
It’s not hard to figure out how one of the most powerful human abilities became nearly synonymous with that universal act of sex and reproduction. There is a kind of magic there, of making something new, of giving life and new voice existence, and for many lucky species on this planet….connection. Euphoria, empowerment (along with some fear and hurt, yes), passion, intensity and love… The creative act is an act of connection, be it with a higher power or with one’s own true self.
Just imagine what can happen when that act of connection is shared among so many many….
Did you ever ROW80? I have. MMmm….
So for this check-in first let me finish my last Versatile Blogger post. The very nice bloggers I’ve chosen to finish out this series definitely deserve your notice. I hope you will visit them and have as much fun reading their posts as I have had.
- Debra Bryan at The Monster in Your Closet
- Karen Huber at KMHuber’s Blog
- Lisa Hall Wilson who posts about great writing
- Jeri Minick at jaxensmommy ( great photoy-blog about life and living)
- Miss Elsie at Bowendaries (please go and read her poetry… and hers shorts… amazing!)
- Kathy Ceceri at Home Chemistry (a place to spend too much time browsing and “oohing and ah-ing”)
And for my last three Random Facts about me:
- There is a record out there somewhere in the world that I am singing on. I don’t sing anymore, but I almost attended The Crane School for voice.
- I have totaled four Ford Fairmonts and one Mercury Zephyr (the same kind of car) in my lifetime, plus helped two boyfriends ruin theirs, all within 3 years of my life.
- At 42 years old, I still have two grandparents–the same number my mother had when I was my son’s age.
Now for the ROW80 Check-in
My sponsor post went up on the ROW80 blog on Monday… This may not seem like a big deal. Sponsor posts get posted. That’s part of what it means to be a ROW80 sponsor. But it was a big deal to me. Every time I submit something for what one might call “peer review” the heart starts beating faster, the nerves all twitch… Not that I think I’m alone here, but it is unnerving. But people actually seemed to like it. I am so very grateful for the kind words, especially since the first thing I saw when I looked at the post of was the spelling error.
As for my actual check-in…. I can say with absolute certainty that since my last post I have not only met but exceeded every single one of my goals. Just in time to change them completely for a month….
Yep! That’s right. I’m on target, doing great, getting lots of stuff done. And now… I’m changing it all.
For the rest of May, I’m devoting my time and mental energy to doing the Story A Day challenge. I will be using these shorts most of the time to explore pieces of my story world, much as I have in the Unnamed Story, but in Flash Fiction format. If you’ve read other pieces I’ve written and find yourself intrigued by my characters, you may enjoy these snippets which will often explore details and subplots in far more detail than I ever will in the main WiPs. The Insider’s Editions, so to speak…
Beyond that, the gradual merging and redesign of my blogosphere to A Garden of Delights, and my sponsorship duties… I have no other writing related goals for the rest of the month. I can resume the rest in June, when I all I have to worry about will be sponsor duties and the JuNoWriMo (YES, there IS one…I’m am psyched!).
That doesn’t meant I can’t surprise myself on occasion. I’ll certainly try here and there.
So, here’s the linky. Go ahead, give some other ROWers a bit of comment-love if you can. We’re writers; we like to hear from you.
- Feeling Not-So Ready (manyworldsmanyminds.wordpress.com)
- Renewed Understanding and Freedom (manyworldsmanyminds.wordpress.com)
- ROW80 Round Two: “Eyes Scanning The Horizon” (shanjeniah.com)
- Aubergine Stew (Photo credit: The GI News)
- Monster flower (Photo credit: kevin dooley)