Monday, February 11, 2019

Save One Thing


February 11, 2019

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and your pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?


I don't have any pets right now. Can I save two things? No? Okay, whatever.

I didn't have to think about this one too hard. There's a ton of things I'd like to save, but I can't save everything. My needlepoint, the proof copies of my books, the rocking chair my mother gave me when I was pregnant with my daughter. None of those can be replaced and I'd mourn their loss but I can save only one item.

How about the binders of my poetry? I've never transcribed the majority of my work to digital format. I'd hate to lose those. (Note to self- add that to my to-do list!) But the notebooks aren't what I'd save.

And I can't take my computer. Remember, I only can snatch one item. In order to take my PC, I'd have to crawl on the floor and detach a bunch of cables. No time for that. 

But what I can grab is my backup drive. It'll only take a second or two. And yes, I can hear you thinking, that's an interesting choice, but why? Is it because you've saved your books on it?

Good guess, and a nice bonus, but wrong. The real reason is because of all the pictures saved to it. We're talking old family pictures. Pictures of my parents' families. pictures of my husband's parents. Then there are all the pictures of the kids growing up- pictures I spent hours scanning from printed copies. Pictures taken before the invention of digital cameras, when film was used to capture memories. We have boxes of those, and in case of a fire, I'd never be able to save all the paper copies. But I've scanned many of them, and they reside on the backup drive.

Add in copies of all the pictures we've taken since we bought out first digital camera— it took pictures onto floppy disks!—and you get an idea of how much history 'lives' on that hard drive. For example, here's a picture of my grandfather from WWI.





The pictures aren't replaceable. And that's why I'd grab the backup hard drive.

What would you take? You can tell me in the comments. In the meantime, I'm going to hop on over and check out what everyone else would save.



February 11, 2019

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and your pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Other Creative Outlets #IWSG





It's the first Wednesday of the month again, and time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Today's Question: Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?

Thanks to our Co-Hosts:  Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace!

Most of my spare time these days is taken up by some aspect of my writing- whether it's actual writing, or publicity, or tending to social pages to get my name out there. But I have one other creative outlet that I've shared on here before- needlepoint and types of yarn art..

I think the reason I enjoy it is because there's an almost mathematical precision to it that results in beautiful designs. It's relaxing and exciting at the same time to watch yarn become art.

I did a blog post on this a couple of years ago, so a few of you may recognize some of my work.The pictures below may not be my original designs, but they are results of my hard work.









So that's some of what I do besides write.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Just One Change #OpenBook Blog Hop





February 4, 2019

If you could make one change in the world, what would it be?


Is world peace too much to ask for? Unfortunately, I think it is. It's overwhelming to consider all the pieces and parts that it would take to make that happen 

So, I'm going to go for something not so out of reach but still lofty. I'd like to see everyone in the world have enough to eat.




Experts say it's possible. It would take changes in what we eat and how we eat. Just the twenty-five percent of food that gets wasted between farm and.consumption could go a long way to filling the gap. Just think about the food that gets thrown out by supermarkets because it isn't perfect. How about everything that doesn't get eaten at restaurants because the serving sizes are so large?

The trick is getting the otherwise wasted food to the people who need it. The infrastructure to make it happen doesn't exist. Of course, there are also government regulations and competing interests that get in the way.

Then there's the debate about land that could be used to grow food being used to grow crops to make fuel. And another debate about our insistence of eating tons of beef and the effort and land that goes into growing crops to support that habit. And that leads to the debate about how much of the world's food problems could be solved if we all ate healthier.

I'm not wise enough or powerful enough to solve all those issues. But if I could change just one thing in this world, I'd wave my magic wand and make sure no one was going hungry, and that the food they had was good quality.

Now let's hear from you. If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?


February 4, 2019

If you could make one change in the world, what would it be?

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Creating or Destroying #OpenBook Blog Hop



January 28, 2019

Are humans better at creating or destroying?


In nature, destruction and creation are part of a never-ending cycle. A forest fire helps ensure the health of a new forest. A dead flower contains the seeds for new plants. A volcano destroys existing land to build more. A wolf will take down its prey to feed its cubs.

But humans are different. We have the ability to destroy for the sake of destruction and we use it. We've given the world the atomic bomb and the holocaust. The responsibility for the disappearance of hundreds of species- the dodo bird, the California grizzle bear, the passenger pigeon and hundreds of others- rest on humans. Of course, there's the current ongoing debate about global warning and its potential effect on human civilization.

On the flip side, humans are capable of creating things of great beauty. Powerful music that stirs our emotions. Books that make us laugh or cry, or both. Lovely paintings and other artwork that touch our souls.




So which are humans better at?  Destruction can be easy, thoughtless, and swift. Being creative takes thought and effort. It can take months for a musician to write a song, years for an author to write a book, a lifetime for an artist to create a masterpiece. 

So I'm on the side that humans are better creators. It's harder, but worth the effort. Now let's see what the other authors have to say.

January 28, 2019

Are humans better at creating or destroying?

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Monday, January 21, 2019

What Keeps Me Up at Night #OpenBook Blog Hop



January 21, 2019

What keeps you up at night?

When I was younger, I could sleep through just about anything. Thunderstorms, cars honking, my husband snoring, Babies crying was the exception. I'd always wake up for my babies.

 But I've added a few years and I don't sleep as well as I used to. Thankfully, I can still roll over and get back to sleep fairly quickly. And there are a few things that keep me awake.

I suspect my author friends are going to recognize this first one. If I've been struggling with a scene, searching for the right words, I'll continue to mull it over when I've gone to bed. Sometimes, I'll find the right way to move forward and hope I remember it in the morning. (Yes, I keep a notepad and pen by the bed- I've never used it!)

Then there's the battle with the thermostat. (Not over the thermostat, with the thermostat.) I don't understand how the temperature that was perfect when I crawled under the covers can suddenly get too hot in the middle of the night- and the thermostat hasn't been touched. Gremlins. Gremlins are the only explanation.

Some nights, I worry about the health of family members. I'm not worried about mine because I'm in pretty good shape for my age. Not all of my family is so lucky. At least they are getting the proper medical care and that helps.

On rare nights I find myself thinking about my day job, going over checklists, making sure everything that had to be done got completed. Or trying to figure out ways to make the job run smoother. 

Those infrequent nights when I can't shut down, I have a few tricks to turn off my mind and go to sleep. I call up my memories, I stand in front of my childhood home, and remember it how it was. Or, I take a walk up the dirt road that led past it. There was magic in the fields and woods, and that magic can still send me to sleep when I look for it.

Now, before I fall asleep, let's go find out what keeps the other authors up at night.

January 21, 2019

What keeps you up at night?

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