Breaking Up with Writers Block

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It has been a while since I have written much of anything on The Conservative Congregant Book 3. It’s just that I have not really been feeling terribly creative. I went to the Writer’s Digest website for writing prompts and the first day is the prompt to just break up with writer’s block. Here, I will do just that. If you are a writer or you just want to write, go to Writer’s Digest and download your own prompts. Without further ado, I will break the heart of Mr. Writers Block.

Dear Writers Block,

It’s not you, it’ s me. I cannot take not writing anymore! I am afraid I am going to have to say goodbye to you and hello to healthier writing habits. Together, we are just no good. We bring out the worst in each other. Well, you bring out the worst in me. I have not written anything substantial in a while and I know it is because you lure me into doing other things. You are slick.  You rob me of my words, make me feel lazy and incompetent and I just don’t like it. I will no longer allow it!

I love to write and I will not let anything or anyone take that away from me. So, it is with a glad heart that I bid you farewell and tell you to go suck an egg. Don’t try to lead me astray again. It can’t be done! I have made up my mind and you know that when I make up my mind, it’s done. Nothing shall deter me. See ya. Wouldn’t want to be ya.

 

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Stormy Skies

I love spring. It is the newness of everything, I think. The flowers are blooming, the grass looks greener than it ever has, butterflies, dragonflies; everything is coming to life again after the cold winter. The trees are leafing. It is magnificent beauty  and terrible rage all at the same time.

Sitting in the pasture while the horses eat is one of my favorite things to do in the afternoon. The air is slightly breezy, slightly warm, but not hot. The farm is quiet with everyone eating and minding their own business for once. It could be a masterpiece painting should someone decide to paint it.

But, spring is the stormy season when you live in Tornado Alley. I dare not bemoan the rain after being in a long, long drought. But, this year, the storms have been dreadful. Homes in Wylie , Whitesboro, Howe ,  and other locales have been ripped apart by tornadoes on the ground for mere moments. There have been flash floods. Houston was hit with a huge flood just last week. Now, I have to say  I love a good storm, but not when it takes  lives, homes, cars and other things. A good thunderstorm makes sleeping easy for me and leaves me a  bit lazy when I awake.

This is one of  the stormiest  springs  I can remember in a long while. I pray if you happen to be in the storm’s path, you are able to stay safe.

Spring reminds me of a bipolar cycle. It can be nice and calm one minute and the next, it’s dark, cloudy and raging against all . Still, I love it.

 

Authorfest 2016

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I am excited to announce I will be involved in Authorfest  this year . This will be the second year I will have participated. The event is located in Denison, Texas on their Main St. Friday night will boast dinner and author readings at the Paper Plate Catering Center located at  205 West Main. Authors will read from their books and it is always interesting and fun. I have not been to this restaurant before, but if it is anything like last year’s choice, it will be a night to remember.

The next day, the authors will have book booths along different places on Main St.  and will be able to sell and  autograph their books for you. Saturday afternoon will bring another author reading for the people of the city and the Bark and Paw event.

It should be noted that portions of the sales of the books will benefit the Denison Animal Welfare Group (DAWG). This group has been rated as one of 2015 Top Rated Nonprofit groups. Because  Denison does not have an animal shelter, this group of volunteers has dedicated themselves to finding homes and rehabilitation and rescue of animals. They do not receive funding from any state or local government and rely solely on donations, neither do they have a paid staff. This is such a worthy cause and I hope many books are sold to help support them.

I hope many folks come out and see what Authorfest is all about. Oh , and did I mention it is also free comic book day? It is! You can get free comic books (I still love those things) and get some books too!  Thank you to James and Claudette Peercy for overseeing this yearly venture! Ya’ll rock! See ya there!

50 First Dates?

Once upon a time, back in 2007, I had  five grand mal seizures in the course of one weekend. Almost one after another. Well, after I got out of the hospital, I slept for a week, asking my husband each time I woke up what had happened. He was kind enough to answer me each and every time, only admitting later it was like the movie “50 First Dates.” Sometime after I’d had the seizures, changed my meds, lost some of my memory, it was suspected I had a mini-stroke. No proof, mind you, except the shape of my smile changed and was now ever the slightest bit crooked. Too much time had transpired between the time the incident allegedly occurred and the testing process.

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It was an odd thing because I lost some of my short term memory and many words. Someone told me about the website Lumosity.This is the most amazing website and it is totally useful. It is a website of games; neurological games. Logic, speed, etc. I worked on this website for about a year and a good deal of my words came  back as did some of my memories .I worked on the site until my brain was just tired.But, it was not all work, it was fun too. I enjoyed it immensely. Soon, I was able to function almost normally.  The one thing that has changed in me is that once I was able to multitask, remembering appointments, phone numbers, things like that and now, it is more difficult. Of course, it could be that I am older, but these two incidents so impacted my life that I tend to think it was more it than age.

I have been going to occupational therapy for tennis elbow when my therapist told me I could take speech therapy for my thinking as well. So, I am doing so. I do not need too many sessions of speech therapy, but I have taken enough to learn if I do certain things, I can be spared the embarrassment of missing appointments and other memory  related things. I realize this is going to sound a bit elementary, but when one is used to being able to remember stuff so well, it is difficult to think tools need to be used to keep one up to date . My challenge, then, is to remember to add my appointments and phone numbers and any other important things I want to remember into my phone right then and there. See? I told you it sounds elementary, but my mind thinks this way: “They gave me a business card with the appointment on it and I’ll add it to my calendar when I get home.” However well meaning I may be, the appointment never ends up on the calendar, the  card is misplaced and I’m at a loss. If this ever happens to you, try putting it in your calendar before you leave the dr’s office or wherever you may be. I’ve remembered to do it twice today and am fixing to add a couple of more dates to my calendar. If you never had to do it, it’s kind of difficult to learn. I suspect that one reason might be that it makes me, at least, feel as if I am losing my ability to remember. No matter what the cause, I don’t like it and I don’t want to feel as if I need the help. But, I do.

If you have memory issues, it’s easy to make light of it, but make sure and be tested so that you know what the cause is. Check out Lumosity, work puzzles, crosswords, logic puzzles, anything like that will help your memory. And, if you have trouble with your appointments as I do, go ahead and use that calendar. It will remind you and the stress will be less.

 

The North Texas Book Festival

12923130_1695603344058503_2739023224373202829_nI’m writing this from the Best Western Motel in McKinney. I have left the comfort of my humble abode for the motel since I will be participating in The North Texas Book Festival 2016 (#NTBF2016 for twitter) tomorrow. I can’t wait. I remember when my friend Jackie Smith went last year. I had only just published “Jack Learns Grill” and I didn’t know about things like book festivals and signings .  I love that I am able to participate in it this year. Anyway, I am staying at the hotel because my home is so far from Denton. I wanted to stay in Denton proper, but it seems NASCAR  will be in town and the hotels are full… or too expensive for this writer’s blood.

The festival is being held at Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, located at 400 E. Hickory in Denton, Texas. I haven’t been to Denton since the 1970’s when I attended school at what was North Texas State University. It is now  The University of North Texas. Times have changed and I’m excited to see how grown up Denton is now.

Loads of authors of different genres will be in attendance. I hope you will come by if you are in town or if you just need something to do on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I’ll be there waiting!