Friday, August 22, 2014

Five Minute Friday

I do a lot of online reading, mostly pertaining to writing and learning the craft of writing. I could link all of the sites I've visited, but really, I don't do anything special to find them. I Google, people. I Google. Or I click links from other various writing sites. (That's how I found out about "Five Minute Friday.) You know, the saying, "One thing leads to another" is so true!

I stumbled across this idea of "Five Minute Friday" many months ago. I think it's a unique and wonderful concept. It's fun and, for me at least, takes the pressure off word count. It's an easily attainable goal. Who doesn't like those? What I find incredibly difficult, however, is NOT editing as I write!  Ooooheeee. Or I suppose I should say, "Uffda," seeing as I'm a true Minnesotan.

Anyhow, I rather enjoy a good challenge. The thought of hearing (imaginatively) "put your pencils down. The test is over." excites me. Check out the link below for more information on "Five Minute Friday."

Friday, August 15, 2014

Blessing or curse?

Remember the '80's anti-drug television commercial that featured a man cracking an egg into a frying pan? In short, it said that by doing drugs, you fry your brain.

Now, I'm not doing drugs, I promise. But my brain feels fried right now. Words are my drug. They swirl endlessly around in my brain. However, there are times when I wish I could just shut them off. They interrupt my sleep. They distract me from the to-do list. They vie for my attention like a toddler pulling on my sleeve.

If only they acted in an orderly fashion. Instead, they leave my brain feeling scrambled. For someone who loves words, there are times I'm left shaking my head wondering if I've been blessed or cursed. However, it's not the words I lack. It's the order. I crave order. I need order. Even now, as I write this post, I do probably the "worst" thing a writer can do. That is, edit as I write. Instead, I should just write. Write. Then edit later

Because I edit as I write, it takes an inordinate amount of time. Add to the fact that it's virtually impossible for me to write with any type of noise in the background, and I've got a really good set up for scrambled thoughts. Just like the commercial I mentioned earlier. So what of this love of words that becomes an undeniable urge that requires expression? Is it a blessing or a curse?

Well, when the "drugs" are taken properly and do what they're supposed to do, they are a blessing. When the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart are pleasing to the LORD (Ps. 19:14), it is a blessing. Proverbs 25:11 also says, "Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances." I pray that my writing is a blessing to others and that God would "order" them as He sees fit.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Friday came and Friday went

I'm not even going to bother justifying why I had nothing to post yesterday. Let's just suffice it to say Friday took long enough in coming, but only stayed a few minutes and left again. *sigh*

I am happy, nonetheless, that I posted on Tuesday! The Loft LinkUp was a welcome, "early" guest to the blog. I try to post every Friday; however, the LinkUp goes live every Tuesday. But that doesn't matter. Really. You can join and post at any time. 

The Loft Link Up

Again, here are the details about The Loft LinkUp from our host, Arabah:

To Participate:

1. Be creative. Feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, your family pet, whatever, to communicate on the weekly topic.
2. Listen twice as much as you talk. If you leave one link, visit two. Trust us on this one~wink.
3. Be a community. Include #TheLoft graphic and hashtag in your post and social media so we can find each other.  Also, share the great stuff you find when you visit around…we’ll be doing the same.
When you link up at The Loft, your link will appear on 6 blogs! We’d love for you to visit The Loft co-hosts and know who we are:

It’s that simple! Jump in and join us at The Loft.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Loft - a LinkUp

The Loft Link Up

I threw my hat into the ring, stepped up to the plate, took the leap. Into where, you ask? Into The Loft, an online community of Christian bloggers. I'm way out of my comfort zone, but excited about entering a community rich in conversation and eager to connect with fellow bloggers.

This week's topic at The Loft is "I am..." I am a writer still trying to figure it out. I am a mother whose worst fear came true. I am a woman who is finding out that God is enough. And enough is enough. 

Join me, won't you, at The Loft? Follow the link HERE, and I'll see you there!

An InLinkz Link-up (Click the link to link-up!)   

Friday, August 1, 2014

Still swimming

After much frustration with one of my picture book manuscripts, I decided to throw it against the wall put it aside and concentrate my efforts on getting some "required" reading done. I shake my head in disbelief that I have to be intentional about reading. So intentional, in fact, that it's scheduled. What happened to the days of staying up all night with a good book? (Oh, yes, now I remember. AGE happened. Well, that and seven children and homeschooling.) So, ummm, guess I'll get back to that schedule now.

Aside from reading deliberately, I also had to get over not being able to finish a book quickly. I've had to learn to be content with reading however much gets read in whatever time presents itself. It means taking advantage of, say, fifteen minutes and being o.k. with that. For a concrete, sequential person like me, this is tough! I want to finish what I start, and I want to do it in one sitting. Fortunately, being a mom of many children already clued me in to this. But, for whatever reason, I've had a tough time applying it to areas of recreation. After all, who wants to be interrupted doing the things they love doing?

I found, however, applying the principle of "work first, play later" to be highly effective. It gives me the motivation I need to get the job done, with the effect of a sweet reward. Writing, as well as reading, takes great discipline. It's been a muscle that was, quite honestly, neglected and weak. It's also one, however, that I've enjoyed rediscovering and strengthening!

Above all, though, I'm learning that discipline goes hand in hand with grace. Without grace, discipline is a harsh task master and leads to dry, dead results that lack joy. It is like a stagnant pond. Grace, with discipline, however, leads to life and joy. It becomes a stream of living water. I'm taking a swim with grace. See you next Friday, dear reader!