Monday’s Motivation – Learning

Motivation comes in all forms.. the classroom has always worked for me.

Back to school chalkboardDon’t you just love the first day of school? Spending hours getting the perfect outfit ready, making sure every hair is in place. Oh wait! One of the great benefits of e-leaning is being able to go to class in your pajamas. Woo hoo – I guess I’m ready!

Actually I’ve got a bit of the first day jitters, okay butterflies that feel like pterodactyls is more accurate. Thankfully my eagerness to start this workshop offered through the Colorado Romance Writers is keeping my nerves in check – for now.

The workshop The Push/Pull/Lock of an Effective Opening is being taught by Lydia Sharp, author of young adult contemporary, fantasy, and romance novels.

The online workshop will cover things like how to push the reader from page to page, handling back-story in opening chapters, keeping the reader engaged, pulling the reader in with voice, pitfalls that detract from voice, and how to lock the reader into the story with the 3 Cs of Act One – just to name a few.

Did I mention I’m excited?? 😀 Okay, well I’m off to class now. Wish me luck!

Monday’s Motivation –

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

William Butler Yeats

For more information –

Click here for Lydia Sharp’s blog The Sharp Angle

Click here for the Colorado Romance Writers

Anyone else out there taking any classes or workshops? I’d love to hear all about whatever you’re currently taking or plan to in the future. Please leave a comment and let me know.

As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂



Travel Theme: Light

Wow – It’s hard to believe the weekend is almost over. I guess time flies even if you’re not having fun. I’ve been sick with a nasty cold that just won’t quit. I did find a glimmer of light however, (get it… light??) in this week’s travel theme posted by the uber talented Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack?

The first pic I thought of isn’t really a light at all, but it sort of falls into the category so I’m going to share anyway. It’s a “lighthouse” we came across in Providence, Utah. Yes, a lighthouse in the middle of nothing but barren high desert. I though it was kind of curious.


My other choice for this week’s theme is a little more in the realm of what Ailsa probably meant. This picture was taken as we were entering into the Redwood National Park on the coast in northern California.

2012-04-26_16-13-40_193I love the way the light reflects off the trees in the foreground. It also reminds me of what a wonderful time we had while tent camping in Sonoma, CA last spring. Good times – indeed!

Do you have any images you’d like to share showcasing light in its many forms? I’d love to see them. Feel free to link back here and to Ailsa at Where’s my Backpack?.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂



The Smell of Books

Oooh oooh that smell…

20130427_115132When I got my first Kindle as a gift from Mr. Gibberish, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about it. I loved that he wanted me to have access to books 24/7, no more rushing to the library before or after work. (I used to have a real job back then – shudder)  I liked the on demand part for sure. But I still wasn’t convinced I would be able to get the same comfort from the electronic device as I do from hard cover books. How would I adjust to not being able to smell the pages? Yes, I said smell the pages.

Then there was the matter of the Kindle being one-dimensional and light weight. Somehow I didn’t think I would get the same sense of accomplishment without being able to watch the bookmark make its way through a lengthy not to mention heavy novel. And maybe it’s just me, but I usually take a few minutes when I start of book borrowed from the library to think about who may have read pages before me. Was it an older person struggling with the print size, someone sad or confused just reading to try to take their mind of their troubles, a new mother finding a few minutes to read while her newborn sleeps in her arms?

I guess it boils down to this. I just like to have books around. Books I’ve read and books I want to read, old books I’ve picked up at used book stores and flea markets and new books that haven’t had their spine cracked. Okay, I admit I’m a little weird about books. In my mind these were all valid points that needed to be addressed before I bought into the whole e-reader phenomenon. In the beginning I straddled the fence and read real books sometimes and the Kindle sometimes. I just couldn’t give up the feel of the real books.

Then we decided to hit the road full-time and having all the books around was no longer an option. Sure we each took a few we just didn’t want to leave behind. Oddly enough I didn’t bring any of my favorite novels, just books about writing. The Kindle became my daily companion those first few months, always at my fingertips. I got used to it. I found that I loved being able to grab a sample of the books I was thinking about purchasing, just like scanning through the pages in the library. But there was still something missing – the smell.

I was reading this month’s issue of Writer’s Digest and guess what I saw? Okay, I’ll tell you. I saw an ad for a perfume with the fragrance of … wait for it… the smell of a freshly printed book! Who knew? All this time I’ve been pining away for the heady scent found only between the pages and I could have just purchased it in a bottle. Hmmm

I’m more than just a little curious. Am I the only one sitting here thinking wow – awesome idea? I went to their website to check it out. Apparently I’m not alone in my addiction to the scent as the fragrance retailing for $98 per bottle is sold out. I’ll admit it. I chuckled out loud.

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So here are my questions –

Have any of you actually purchased this fragrance?

If so, was the scent reminiscent of fresh pages?  

Feel free to leave me your thoughts in the comment section below.

As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂


Friday’s Favorite Five – Links to Writing Advice

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Welcome to the 1st (of many I hope) Friday’s Favorite Five – Links to Writing Advice 🙂

The following 5 links are to awesome posts I found this week in my quest to learn as much as I can about the art and craft of writing. If you’re looking for some words of writing wisdom check them out.

  • The women of Writer Unboxed (Therese and Kathy) posted a lengthy article written by Chuck Sambuccino this week and it rocks! The piece provides specifics about what not to do when you’re starting a novel. Articles and posts describing what TO do in order to become successful in our writing endeavors are plentiful, but I haven’t read as many telling us what NOT to do. At least not many as descriptive and straight forward as this one. Here’s the link: What NOT to Do When Beginning Your Novel
  • Her entire site is awesome and full of helpful advice but I just picked these two posts for today. The second is of the same nature and deals with the tiny little word “it” – and how those two letters can make your writing big time sloppy. Click this link: Writing tip and the case of “IT”: avoid sloppy writing
  • The blog The Musings and Artful Blunders of Scott D. Southard is another great go-to spot for writers. In a recent post, Scott talks about how getting personal can help humanize your blog which in turn can help nurture a relationship with readers. Check out his post: The Art of the Blog: Getting Personal
  • My final favorite for this week can be found Ms. Malby’s blog F.C. Malby. This post is full of useful information about creating great characters in your writing projects. This short post reminds us of where inspiration for our characters can sometimes come from. Here’s the link: Creating Believable Characters

Well, there you have iterr – my fabulous list of five great posts! As I mentioned earlier, a plethora of information is available to us today, all just a click away. Unfortunately, sometimes surfing through the abyss on a daily basis can be overwhelming and time consuming. (Trust me my word count proves it.) I’m hoping this weekly post of my favorite five links will be helpful to anyone interested in learning more about the craft even with limited time to surf.

If you have any great sites you find useful for writing and blogging tips and techniques please share them in the comment section below. I’d love to read them as well!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂




The Trail Not Hiked

This week’s Wednesday’s Walkabout is really more of a drive-about. Mr. Gibberish had a day off so we decided to take a drive into the nearby mountains. We came across Neffs Canyon Trail. We are both fighting spring colds so we didn’t do any hiking. But this looks like it would be a great hike for when we’re feeling a little more up to the challenge.

DSCN0705While we didn’t get to see any scenery on the trail, (wimpy – I know) we did get some spectacular views of the mountains and the terrain.

DSCN0687Still plenty of snow on the mountain peaks.


DSCN0685Stars and stripes waiving in the breeze.

DSCN0692A pretty little stand of reddish trees. Clearly I didn’t capture their beauty in this photo. I don’t know what kind they are. If you know, let me know 🙂

DSCN0709The moss had a strange reddish tint to it as well.

DSCN0699Dead wood.

DSCN0680Salt Lake City from afar.

DSCN0713More of the city.

Yes, we really did this…

DSCN0701Because we’re goofy like that 🙂

20130421_144335Hopefully we’ll get a day or two on the end of this turn around and be able to take in some more sights together before we head on to the next one. Until then, it will just be me and my little camera.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂