Friday, November 30, 2018

What's Love Got to Do With It? #WATWB


 
Welcome to We Are the World #WATWB Blogfest 
November 2018. 
Our stellar co-hosts are:
Please do visit them and any others with the #WATWB tag.
Simon Falk:
 
In Hawaii, the favorite greeting is "Aloha" which has several meanings. The most important is easy to explain. The word means "the presence of breath" or "the breath of life."  "Alo" means presence, front, and face; "ha" means breath. Aloha is not only a way of living, but a way of treating others with respect and love.
 
Tina Turner's musical query, the title of this blog post, and Yanni's Love Is All look at love from opposite ends of the spectrum. One questions its validity; the other is bolstered by its presence.
 
When searching for a feel-good article for this month's post, I came across a timely story about a children's pageant. One child accidently misspelled a word, adding a priceless touch to a traditional play. The message gave me a sense of happiness that has stayed with me. Please enjoy the story here:
 
 
December is filled with holidays and traditions
around the world.
I hope all are celebrated with love.
 
  


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

My 3 Motives for Participating in #NaNoWriMo18

Visit my NaNoWriMo page at: https://bit.ly/2zKwh6j
National Novel Writing Month begins each year on the first day of November. Each writer commits to writing fifty thousands words during the thirty days of this month. Whether a person completes 50K, 5K or 50 words in November, that's more words written than by those who set no goals and wrote no words.

Time moves at warp speed during November when you participate in NaNoWriMo (you will see it on Twitter also as: #NaNoWriMo18.) It's hard to believe this is already the last day of the first week of NaNo18. So far, my word count is increasing at a steady pace. I expect it to continue in the same vein. What is my plan? I'm glad you asked.

The obvious answer is to have a plan. Whether you write by the seat of your pants or outline each chapter, a clear pathway from 0 to 50,000 words is your best solution to a surmountable challenge. Each year my plan varies. This year, I made a game of writing my 50 thousand words.

Until the end of October, I hadn't fully committed to doing NaNo this year. I have two manuscripts ready for editing, ones written for NaNo 2013 and 2016. In July, I published the manuscript that I worked on during NaNo 2015 and 2017 which became the novel SHARDS OF MEMORY Oral History in a Heartbeat.


With that much of a backlog, I figured my attention should be directed at editing and marketing. Granted, writing an original draft feels far more creative than revising and checking facts to support a train of thought within the story. But what convinced me to join NaNo this year were three better ideas:

1.) I would write a string of short stories that blended in with the parts of the 2016 manuscript that didn't make it into SHARDS OF MEMORY.

2.) These short stories would then be used for the April 2019 AtoZ Blog Challenge that lures me in year after year, just as NaNo does!

3.) The final product would become a companion piece for SHARDS OF MEMORY.

I'm not one to count my chickens before they're hatched. For now, I am enjoying the pleasure of writing the short stories. Also, a lesson has emerged: I'm learning so much about getting the beginning, middle, and ending of the story set, regardless of the length. (Did you know the only difference between a short story and a novel/novella is all those words in the middle?)

So, how am I doing?
G etting
R eally
E xcited
A bout
T omorrow
 
How is #NaNoWriMo18 going for you so far this year?
 
 
If you are interested in any of my NaNo publications, you can find them here:
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Friday, October 26, 2018

A Good News Trifecta #WATWB




Welcome to the 18th installment of the #WATWB (We are the World Blogfest.) We participants in the monthly posting (last Friday of the month) strive to link to an inspiring story that shows love, humanity, hope, and/or brotherhood. Our talented cohosts for this month are: Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Mary Giese and Roshan Radhakrishnan. Please check out their excellent posts and say hello.

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As the expression goes, lots of my friends are cops. While I do not personally know any homeless people, I do share concern for those who make their home on the street. And, of course, everyone loves Krispy Kreme donuts!

Coming across a story with all three of these topics included sounded like a trifecta to me and my #WATWB good news story for today is aptly entitled:

Cops Find
Stolen Krispy Kreme Van And Give Away the Cargo’s Goodies to
Hungry Homeless
 
 
Homelessness in Hawaii is an ongoing issue still searching for a satisfactory solution. Well-meaning plans are put into place at regular intervals, but no long term project has fully corralled or alleviated these pressing circumstances. While some people prefer to make their home on the street, others have no choice.
 
The good news stories of kindness that appear from time to time remind us that the compassion offered to those less fortunate is returned two-fold.