The Tuesday Ten

I like lists.

No really, I love them. Making lists should be a career choice and if it were then I would rule that career path. (ha!)

I figured I would give to you ten websites to visit today (or in the nearest future)

So without further ramblings, I give you the The Tuesday Ten. (it’s a list in case you were wondering)

1. Kim Harrison‘s website. Awesome urban fantasy author. My favorite in that genre to be exact but that is not the only reason to visit her site> Kim has some very good tips for aspiring writers, recipes, gardening tips, info about other authors in the genre, and she posts daily (M-F) on her blog.

2. Creativa Convergence – Check out this blog for local happenings in the art world. The artists covered here range from bands to poets to dancers to artists in a ll mediums. They also have a monthly open mic event on the second Saturday of each month.

3. This Poetry site – Because every one needs a little (or a lot) of poetry in their universe.(it’s http://www.poets.org)

4. Art website – Chad Rasmussen is a great local artist.

5. Astronomy.com website – The truth is out there, it’s written in the stars if you know where to look. This site can assist you in looking beyond the clouds, or at least knowing what’s beyond them.

6. Tiny house Blog – I would love to build my own home someday and maybe this is the way to do it.

7. Gardening the Farmer’s Almanac way – Getting my hands dirty is always a good thing.

8. Ghosts – Do you believe? Either way check out The Ghosts Of Ohio, a fun and informative site.

9. Encyclopedia Mythica  – Tales from the past can help guide the future.

10. Google homepage and type in the first word that enters your mind then follow it and see what you find.

I hope you found the list both useful and fun.

Happy Tuesday!

p.s. Draw something today, indulge your creative side, make pancakes, or listen to a bit of music that you haven’t heard in a while. In other words – make it fun for yourself today.

Something

Well the weekend came and went in sort of a blurred haze of laziness. I didn’t get the first chapter re-worked as I had hoped I would. I did read through it and make some notes, but I allowed myself to get sidetracked by the couch. It looked very inviting and I took advantage.  🙂

This week will see me getting chapter one re-done, new poetry written, and work on getting yard sale items ready. I know it’s still too cold for actually having a yard sale but I want to get everything ready for spring.

I love the Winter season (cold doesn’t bother me), but this year I find myself pining for Spring already. I’m dreaming of gardens and green leaves. lol.

I did make a sojourn to Barnes and Noble yesterday. I intended to buy a cup of coffee and a magazine. Well, I did get coffee but I bought four magazines and had to drag myself away from the bargain book shelves other wise I may have spent gas (or food) money on books. The items I did buy have already inspired me go full throttle on my book to get it done, completely done. I also have made notes on a few new stories that are already simmering on my writing back burner.

I never have a lack of ideas. I’m not complaining, merely observing. This year I really want to get things done. I’m all about the word done. I like it – done. Done.

Anyway……

I hope the week is being good to you and you are finding inspiration to keep the energy moving in a good forward direction.

p.s. Photos will soon appear here (tomorrow) from a brief park excursion the other morning.

3

Three days into 2013 and I’ve been keeping to the poetry writing schedule thing I set up for myself. Which means that I’ve written three new poems.

January is poetry a writing month for me. I’m writing one poem per day for the entire month of January. I’m still excited by this particular goal but, who knows, by the time 1-31-2013 gets here I may be ready to lay down the pen or throw it down. 😉

I took the time yesterday to sit down and write out my writing schedules for the next five months. I even logged those schedules into the calendar app on my phone so I get daily (or weekly) reminders of what I need to accomplish for that week (or month). I figured that it will help motivate me to stay on track.

Starting major rewrites tomorrow on my book – The Unmaker. This is going to be interesting since I haven’t really looked at it in about six months. I’ve got fresh out-of-the-package red pens and post-it notes at the ready. I’ve also cracked open a new composition book (I always stock up on them during back to school time haha) so I can make notes on each chapter as I go.  I’m not using the computer to do the rewrites initially. I’m just feeling the call of pen and paper for that job. But I will put the computer to use for the typing part of things. 🙂

Anyway……

Enough of my rambling for the morning. I hope your day starts well and ends better.

Remember: Don’t eat the yellow snow.

 

Reese Cups, Poetry and Quantum Things

Today I’d like to share some thoughts about a book I’m reading.

Product Details

Quantum Physics For Poets by Leon M. Lederman and Christopher T. Hill

Stay with me here, do not let the title scare you off. 🙂

It’s science with bits of poetry inside. Two great things together in the same place, sort of like Resse Cups.

I started reading it this weekend while I was a at a friend’s house and I’m so, so , so glad that he lends out his books. I was hooked right from the start. The title drew me in and the first sentence captured me.

“In the TV series Star Trek, and it’s subsequent derivatives, the starship Enterprise travels throughout intergalactic space.”

I mean any book that starts off with comparisons to Star Trek will hook me, reel me in, and have my rapt attention. I admit – I love the show. But more to the point (that I think I was going to make) is that when a book (fiction or not) starts off with something I can relate to, then I’m usually in it for the ride to the end.

The book talks about what is known about science today, in-particularly quantum physics, compared to what was known in the early 20th century and prior centuries.  The amazing journey that early thinkers went on in order to learn is great. And the learning continues today.

It’s written so that anyone can read it and understand it. You don’t have to have a degree in science, physics, or quantum physics in order to get it. 

I’m only on chapter two but I think I’m in love with this book. It’s one I’d like to own so I can reference back to it while I’m finishing my novel. The writing in Quantum Physics For Poets really opened a floodgate of creativity in me. 

I wish this book was around when I was in school because I may have brought it in and waved it around in class while yelling, “See! This is what I’m talking about. This book has the answers I’m looking for!” But then that would’ve caused more trouble. But I digress….

If you like non-fiction, science, science fiction, and poetry then I highly recommend that you get this book. It makes you think.

Have a great Monday and may you see something that lights a spark in you.

Monday Four Mix-Up

Here’s a mix of blog entries that caught my eye today:

1. Nathan Bransford – Nice blog entry reference getting your book published.

2. Tami Etherton  at A Cup of Tea and Sorcery – Wonderful blog post about friends, birthdays, and an adult beverage recipe. (looks yummy).

3. Ollin Morales at Courage To Create – Love the message in his post today. A must read.

4. Kim Harrison (only my fave author) – At her blog today another snippet of her writing life. Read the entry and then look around. And then go out and buy her books – you will not be disappointed by any of them. Really…you won’t..they are great. And did I mention she IS my Favorite author?

 

These are Monday Four Mix-up for this week. I know, I know there are sooo many great blogs out there – I just don’t have the room to list them all. 😉

Go outside today and look around, take a deep breath, then listen. You may be surprised by what you hear.