Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Few Good Words

The past several weeks have been a bit crazy. I was sick with bronchitis then my husband came down with it.  Now he has heart trouble which we're dealing with.  C'est la vie. 

 I'm  a true believer in positive thinking and that dwelling on the negative only makes the problems and life itself worse. It can totally bring down your whole outlook on things.

So here are a few quotes I like.  Hope they help you along your way.  If you have a favorite quote,  share it with me.  I'd love to hear it.

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? - Robert H. Schuller 

When deeds speak, words are nothing. 
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon 

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. -Author Unknown

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou 

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” 
- Winston Churchill

“It is never too late to be who you might have been.” - George Eliot

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Great Pacific What?

I know this is going to sound more like an Earth Day post but to me some things should be remembered more than one day out of the year.

Did you know  out in the Pacific Ocean there is a huge area, by some accounts twice the size of Texas, of floating garbage? It consists of plastic bottles, bags, toys, fishing lines and nets, and more. There is also a smaller one in the Atlantic Ocean. The plastic from these items break down into tiny pieces; some of which make their way to shore mixing with that same sand you like to wiggle your toes in.
Check out Charles Moore,  first to discover The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, talking about how wide spread this pollution is and what it consists of.

Sea turtles think plastic bags are jellyfish and ingest them. This can cause a blockage in their digestive system, resulting in death. Sea birds, such as the albatross,also eat the floating garbage. This junk cannot pass through their system and makes the bird think its belly is full and won’t eat. Eventually the bird will 
die of starvation.

If you’re not concerned about what we dump into our oceans consider this: there has been enough mercury leaked into the ocean that the FDA advises children, pregnant women or women who might become pregnant not to eat shark, king mackerel, swordfish and tilefish. They should limit their intake of albacore tuna or tuna steaks to six ounces a week, smaller amounts for children.

And if you're not concerned about that, consider the financial burdens.  California spends approximately $52.2 million per year trying to keep it's beaches clean.  That's  just one state.  Think of how many states have a coastline.  Hell it's not just the oceans but the waterways that are polluted with this same garbage and how many streams, lakes, and rivers does America have?   Got the picture?

So what can you do?  Well besides becoming informed and passing the word, reduce the amount of plastic bottles and bags you use by bringing reusable bags with you and by using metal water bottles.  Recycle, though it doesn't take of everything every little bit helps.  Don't litter.  Join groups that clean up beaches and streams.

Remember it's our only home.

Some other sites:
The New York Times -

Mother Nature Network -

The Natural Resources Defense Council -

Or just google it. : )

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cherry Adair With LIRW

All this past week I've stayed home from work trying to rid myself of damn bronchitis.  Why?  Well for one thing no one likes being sick and two, this weekend is the LIRW workshop with Cherry Adair.  I've been  registered for this since October 2012  and then Hurricane Sandy decided it had other plans for us.  It was rescheduled.

 I have a room  reserved for me and two other LIRW members, Lisa Jo and Dawn. I'm excited about going but yet nervous.  I don't know why.  Maybe it's because I'm not a fast note taker or I'm afraid I'm not going to "get" what she's talking about, especially the plotting, since I'm a "panster",(one who doesn't really plot out stories but goes by the seat of her pants).

On Saturday Cherry presented a workshop on Layering and Texturing Your Novel.

Though a lot of this was sort of like a review, I enjoyed going over it all.  It's amazing what you forget until someone reminds you. Cherry also had some very good tips that she shared.   I took a decent amount of notes because it helps me to remember and yes, I was slow.  Every once in awhile I had to look over the shoulder of the woman in front of me, to see what she had typed so I could catch up.  Thank goodness she had a laptop so I could read it.

 Sunday's  Plotting workshop was an extra day for LIRW members only.

                                                        Cherry is the Post-it queen.

                                                                Our group hard at work

As Cherry said this technique won't work for everyone.  A few of the others and I had trouble doing what she said to do but others loved the procedure.  One of the other LIRW members, Michelle, also a pantser, suggested that I write my story and then I could plot it out on the board,using Cherry's technique, to see what areas were weak.   It's a good idea.

I'm glad I went. Learned some new things.   Got to spend some time with friends. Instead of going out to eat with the big group and Cherry, I hung out with three other members and brainstormed while eating pizza in our room.  It was a nice change of pace.

What workshops have you been too?  Did you find them helpful?