New Year = Clean Slate

 

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Happy New Year, dearest readers!! In 2016 may you be blessed in ways you can’t even imagine!

I know that up until now I’ve done an abysmal job of posting regularly. While I certainly don’t subscribe to the idea of New Year’s Resolutions, I intend to do better this year. Here’s my plan, which will no doubt be a work in progress:

  • participate in the Wednesday Hodgepodge, answering at least those questions that are most relevant to me
  • participate in Five-Minute Fridays on a weekly basis. My one Five-Minute  Friday post in 2015 is the only post that generated a comment and I aim to improve that score by leaps and bounds

So, here’s to us – those who write, those who read and those who ride both horses. May this year be the blank slate you need to recreate your reality.

 

 

Five-Minute Friday: Same

This post is part of “Five Minute Friday” where we get five minutes to write on a one-word topic. Today’s word is “SAME.” If you choose to join us, it’s pretty simple. Don’t worry about editing or rewriting, just let the words flow for five minutes. And then stop and share with others!

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I’m tired of the same old thing, day after day after day. Who wouldn’t be? It’s been almost a year of craziness, of setting aside my life to meet the needs of other people. Not that their needs aren’t real or important, but so are mine. Not that I don’t love these people – they’re family, after all – but am I not supposed to love myself too? What about the idea of loving others as much as you love yourself? If you don’t treat yourself well, how will you treat others?

Apparently better than I treat myself.

I’m tired of the same old thing, day after day. Something has to change and it has to begin with me. These are hard words. It’s easy to blame other people for what my life looks like. But I teach others how to treat me and I teach others that I will set aside my needs and my goals and dreams to do what they think I should be doing.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda is ‘stinking thinking.’ My daughter has a Yoda plaque that reads, ‘There is no ‘try’, only do.’ This fall as she returned to school I gave her a coaster that says, ‘No one else can pedal the bike for you.’ These are messages I ought to apply to my own life to shed the same old thing.

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Writers’ Block

This month’s Inscribe theme is writers’ block. You can read my thoughts on the subject here.  Tonight I am off to my writers’ group meeting. I didn’t have anything to submit, but look forward to visiting with my critique partners and going over their work with them. Another group I’m part of meets next week; hopefully I’ll have something ready for that gathering. It’s been a while.

I found a couple of good quotes for your enjoyment. Cheers!

“A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” (Thomas Mann)

“Writing is not hard. Just get paper and pencil, sit down, and write as it occurs to you. The writing is easy–it’s the occurring that’s hard.”
(Stephen Leacock)

You Deserve a Break Today

My blog post title hearkens back to a jingle many readers may recall from 1970s and ’80s McDonald’s commercials (if you missed that epic period, for one example, see here). Regardless of where the phrase originated (and I don’t know that McDonald’s can claim that fame), the sentiment is true: we can all use a break in the midst of our days.

As I mentioned in my last post, I write for Inscribe Writers’ Online. Last month’s Inscribe theme has been around the subject of taking a break from writing. You can find my thoughts expressed here.

Today I’m enjoying a bit of a break. For the first time I can remember in months, I’m alone at home. My mom has taken off on a two-week holiday with her sister, my girls are on their way home from a birthday party sleepover, my husband and son are on their way home from a canoe trip to Algonquin Park. In about an hour, they’ll all descend on me. But while I’ve been on my own, I’ve managed to write four critiques for my writers’ group, write a response to a lengthy e-mail from a friend and send a couple of other important e-mails I’d been putting off. I’ve completed this post and am going to start writing my August post for Inscribe. I’ve let my Facebook friends know that I’m taking a break from them for the next two weeks. Productivity is the goal, and I’ve got a list.

But I’m scheduling breaks for each day and I still have to work  at my day job. My breaks will include book club, lunch with a friend, a family reunion, a playdate for my dog and his friends, and catching up on some reading 🙂

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How are you enjoying your break today?

Inscribe

One of the “Places I Like” is Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship This organization also maintains a blog, written by the members. Each month pursues a specific theme, with writers sharing their particular thoughts on the subject. It’s amazing how one topic can produce so many different ideas and be written about from so many angles.

On the 30th of each month, I post something on Inscribe Writers’ Online. You can find today’s post here. This month we were asked to address the question, “When do you feel God’s pleasure when you’re writing?”

When do you?