Monthly Archives: February 2014

ST4S – Perspective

Instead of a Some Thing 4 Sunday post today… I have another image to share with you.  I took this a few years back while walking through Montreal, and after all the snow we’ve had, the cold that’s running rampant through the house, etc….

I though we could use a little

Smile

ROW80 Check-In

I’m actually bowing out today from  giving a full update check-in.  I’ve been sick all weekend, and despite being flumped and half-conscious all day today, I just want to go to bed and try to sleep.  I’ll give a full check-in on Wednesday with my WIPpet post.  Until then, stay safe…  and if you’re in  the great white north (aka New York State), stay warm.  😉

Understanding

WIPpet

I expect this will be the last post from my fanfiction the Was Variation for a while.  I’ve allowed myself enough escape time from Courting the Swan Song that I’ve lost track of the story I wanted to tell (thank the gods for notes).

Perseid Meteor Seen From Space (NASA, Internat...

For today though, given the departure theme, let me give you ten sentences from Kieri’s perspective as he and his passengers head off in search of Jayce’s father …  and Kieri’s own (though he hasn’t told anyone of his plans yet).  Ten equals twelve for the date minus two for the month.

There were no long good-byes. He managed a discrete wave to Martyn and Anocka when Atyriaa wasn’t looking. When she was, she shooed the children from him as if he were virulence itself. Not once did the shadow fade from her eyes until they were secure in the ship. Then, because he knew she’d sense his Sight, he panned the family watching their departure with The Pride’s high aspect sensors.

Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano: NASA’s View from Space

And only after the ship was well beyond the atmosphere did he finally see her again. He watched a small tear that slid down her cheek, watched her whisk it away with a fingertip, watched as her expression turned soft and, if not loving, at least tender. Just as the scanners could no longer make out the details, he used his Sight, just to see her whisper “Thank you for understanding.”

But he didn’t.

Warmest regards ( especially in this sub-zero weather)  to K.L.Schwengel for herding the WIPpeteers each week.  Head over to our linky to visit us!

ROW80 Check-in

Consistency was my overarching theme for this ROWnd, and it seems o finally be happening.  Days go by, and more often than not, I’m making steady progress on most of my goals.  It may be time to step up the pace on a few.  Or, I may need to shift my focus to those few that keep hanging on, barely touched:

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences everyday, although not always fiction
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song  no progress since last week
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) on a consistent schedule check
  • maintain active sponsor participation more progress on the sponsor post (although still not done); the rest– check
  • energize myself with more physical activity relaxed Monday, solid workout yesterday
  • reclaim my writing spaceI found my desk, even removed some papers from it
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) cleared out some more emails–yeesh that stuff piles up!
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more… Mom’s Night Out with Shan Jeniah last night; visit to the “out-laws” on Sunday and a family symphony with Dan and the Boodle (Michigan Miller and the Search for the Lost Symphony) because the Boodle loves his symphonies too
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each) no Twitter activity at all since Saturday

So that’s it for me for now.  Time to go to the dentist and get a crown re-cemented.

Photo credits:

  • Perseid Meteor Seen From Space (NASA, International Space Station, 8/13/11) (Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano: NASA’s View from Space (Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video)
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Symphonic Sunday

Le Jour ni l’Heure 8643 : L’Été — vue prise d'...Today’s Some Thing 4 Sunday comes to you courtesy of the Albany Symphony Orchestra led by David A. Miller, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest led by Edward Gardner, and … the Letter R.  Well, not exactly…  R is for Maurice Ravel, one of my favorite composers.

ImpressionismSome rave about the Impressionists (such as Claude Monet, whose works are featured to the left) after a trip to a museum, completely forgetting (or worse being totally unaware) that Impressionism encompassed more than painting.  The French movement inspired musical compositions and even literary works through the Dutch Tachtigers.

Last night, my husband and I were treated to a double dose of Ravel’s works as the Albany Symphony performed both the famous Boléro and the sublime “Mother Goose Suite”.  As recording is forbidden in the theatre (and even were it not, the meager 4 minutes my camera can record could do no justice to the piece), let me offer this link to the Radio Philharmonic performing the work.  It’s a wonderful orchestration…  it just can’t compete with being there.

I hope you enjoy the piece as much as I did.  If you are interested, two of our local radio stations (both with have internet broadcasting setup) will be playing the concert for listeners later in the month:

And if you’d like to read some interesting pre-concert notes by a musician that performs with the Symphony on occasion, please check out this post by Dana Huyge.  Yes, the piece by Crouse was as intense as it looks.

ROW80 Check-In

Some progress.  Some inspiration.  Just some….  joy:

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences everyday, although not always fiction
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song  no progress since Wednesday
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) on a consistent schedule check
  • maintain active sponsor participation some progress on the sponsor post; the rest on track
  • energize myself with more physical activity a full workout on Thursday and Friday, some exercise with husband and Boodle while the Boodle practiced his fencing and karate
  • reclaim my writing space I’ve forgotten where my desk is…  
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) nada
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more… good stuff here; lots of good stuff here
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each)  one #row80 sprint;  I also made the last 10 minutes of the #StoryDam chat before the #k8chat (about Street Teams) came on; good stuff, but I had to leave the #k8chat early.  Fortunately Kate Tilton posts a chat transcript on her website

R

Thank you, Letter R!

Photo credits:

  • Le Jour ni l’Heure 8643 : L’Été — vue prise d’une fenêtre de la maison de Maurice Ravel à Montfort-l’Amaury, pentes du château de Montfort, Yvelines, Île-de-France, samedi 18 août 2012, 16:24:22 (Photo credit: Renaud Camus)
  • Impressionism (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • (Photo credit: duncan)
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