Tampering with perfection & #ROW80 Report

I am so tired I ever could. Because last night I waltzed up to the watermelon buffet and chose Complete the edit the AMW story for its (I hope) final major critique If I'd been taking naps, #1 would be only a memory. But there's more to do. Weeks ago, I edited out a couple of … Continue reading Tampering with perfection & #ROW80 Report

Fort Worth Indie Film Festival & # ROW80 Report

It appears to be Wednesday--the scheduler from my doctor's office had to tell me it wasn't Thursday, but since her call woke me up, I take no responsibility for mixing up the days--and thus time for the #ROW80 report. If I were playing by the rules, I would have reported last Sunday, but we'd been … Continue reading Fort Worth Indie Film Festival & # ROW80 Report

What Have I Done?: The #ROW80 Wednesday Report

My #ROW80 goals posted on July 10, plus progress: Edit the AMW story for its last (I hope) critique; Not yet, but tomorrow I'll get a critique from another partner. It's better to have everything in before making changes. Write and schedule the WWW post at least two days before the July 19 deadline; It's finished, and SIX days before the deadline. I'm … Continue reading What Have I Done?: The #ROW80 Wednesday Report

ROW80: The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life

Today I’m posting on the Austin Mystery Writers blog about A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80): The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life. I hope you’ll want to read the entire post. To do so, click the link at the bottom of this excerpt.

(If you read the whole thing, you’ll find out what I mean when I say I have the fantods.)

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Posted by Kathy Waller

It is a truth universally acknowledged that to accomplish anything of worth, one must first set goals.

English: 85. Functions and Use Scenarios Mappi... English: 85. Functions and Use Scenarios Mapping to Requirements and Goals (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But goals drive me crazy, and that’s no secret either. Periodically, fellow Austin Mystery Writer Gale Albright pulls out her notebook and says, “All right. Let’s write down our goals.” Her goals, my goals, goals for us as a team. She’s serious about goals.

As soon as she says the magic word, I start a major case of the fantods. I can come up with goals, but when I see them on paper, claustrophobia sets in. I dig in my heels and think, “I will not do [whatever I’ve written that I will do]. And you can’t make me.” Sometimes I don’t just think it–I say it.

I’ve said it to Gale so often that now when she pulls out…

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Dedicated to the kindness of strangers

In June, David's "Alike and Different," a video "dedicated to the kindness of strangers," won the Out of This World Award at the Lionshead Film Festival in Dallas. The emcee who introduced the video said--and I wrote this down so I would get it right--"Not much I can say. Four minutes." And then, to the audience, "We'll see … Continue reading Dedicated to the kindness of strangers

William’s straw

William and Ernest have been part of our family for seven years now–or, more accurately, they have been the family for seven years–and to celebrate I’m reblogging a piece originally posted on Whiskertips. It was written when they were little and cute and spent less time sleeping in sunbeams.

Please forgive the mangled text. Because of changes WordPress has made to its platform, captions that appeared under photographs in the original posting do not appear under photographs in the reblog. They appear in the main text and make a bit of a mess. This poses a problem, as is obvious in the post below, but I can’t correct it.

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William's straw William with straw When William came to live with us, he brought a straw toy.

He offered to let Ernest play with it.

William and Ernest with straw William and Ernest with straw

Ernest thought the straw toy was neat.

More William and Ernest with straw More William and Ernest with straw

After three months, the straw toy had become so mangled that “straw” was no longer accurate. See photograph, above.

A new straw was acquired and a new toy constructed. It doesn’t have the character of the original, but the owners are working on it.

William and Ernest without straw William and Ernest without straw

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