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5 Great Things to Do in Writing for 2016 {Ramblings On}

Ramblings On... 5 Great Things to Do in Writing in 2016 I began my blog to focus more on my writing. Writing regularly, getting feedback, getting used to having an audience that may {or may not!} see my point of view. I've mentioned all these items articulated by Victor {below} to my own students, but… Continue reading 5 Great Things to Do in Writing for 2016 {Ramblings On}

Bikurgurl · Blogs I follow · Planning

New marketing plans, a magic hashtag {Ramblings On}

I’ve been  trying diligently to get the first draft of Indiot finished, which has been at the expense of blogging. I won’t lie, there have been long morning walks on the beach with the d… Source: New marketing plans, a magic hashtag, and a free giveaway   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What I love about reading Ana Spoke… Continue reading New marketing plans, a magic hashtag {Ramblings On}

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NaNoWriMo Camp {Ramblings On}

    Woo Hoo! I’m all ready for Camp NaNo! (Just finished my prep in the last few minutes.) It will be revisions for me with a goal to add 30,000 words to Love, Lies, and Clones. I usually muddle through everything, but with the limited time frame, I thought I’d get organized. (Okay, this… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Camp {Ramblings On}

Bikurgurl · Blogs I follow · The-Year-Of-Quality · Writing

Cancer Diagnosis {Ramblings On} This is you chance to Post on BLW!!! – Share your Thoughts, Stories, & Ideas with us!!! – We will post it on all our social media sites!!!

I’ve been in over my head, as normally happens in January. Not writing as much as I’d like, with construction going on and the rest, but was happy to see this post from Be Like Water offering to post our passions!

I’m passionate about women empowering themselves, listening to their bodies, and focusing on their health – especially after my Ovarian Cancer diagnosis and surgical treatment – I love this opportunity to see what sparks passion in others!

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WE AT BE LIKE WATER BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ALL PART OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE, SO WE WANTED TO REACH OUT TO OUR FRIENDS & FANS TO SAY WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT

AND WE WANT TO GIVE BACK BY SHARING YOUR OWN THOUGHTS, STORIES OR IDEAS ON OUR SITE.

SO, IF YOU HAVE A STORY OR TOPIC YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH US, JUST LEAVE IT IN THE COMMENT SECTION WITH A LINK TO YOUR TOPIC AND WE WILL POST IT ON BLW,

 OF COURSE THE TOPIC HAS TO BE SHARED WITH OUR OWN PHILOSOPHIES. THANK YOU AGAIN!

TO MAXIMIZE YOUR POSTING TO BEEN SEEN BY A LOT OF PEOPLE, WE WILL ALSO POST YOUR STORIES TO ALL OUR SOCIAL MEDIA SITES TO BE SEEN BY THOUSANDS OF FANS!!!

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Bikurgurl · Blogs I follow · Living Lightly · Margin · The-Year-Of-Quality · Writing

{Ramblings On} Make Over

I’m loving this reclaimed hardwood being laid, by hand, in a family kitchen! The idea of using what you have, getting back to basics, and loving your space…. THIS is the kind of on-going construction I want in my life!

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Thinking about the on-going construction in my life and home, as well as others, getting really literal gives me a baseline from where to start. Under Construction. Thinking about obscure projects and ideas without a literal image – well – I often scratch my head and wonder what the hell…

But getting your hands dirty, actual construction — this I love. Much like our own home, this home is getting extended hardwood. Simplicity and continued surfaces. Easier living in your home, easier caring for your home. Easier to get out and do the things we want to do and not be weighed down with the laundry list of projects or things left undone. This blogger has reclaimed hardwood that she and her family are laying in the heart of her home.

As an avid baker and maker, this will certainly add a level of continuity and calmness to her daily activities and will likely make her more productive as a result. I am realizing in my own home that making these streamlining changes, and leaving our living spaces more sparse with air to breathe, makes me feel lighter, freer, more creative. I love my spaces more now than I ever have — and I love the lightness of less stuff.

Thank you so much for sharing — I can’t wait to see the finished project!

What is under construction in your life?

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In My Tiny Kitchen

The Tiny is getting a redo. We’re going to be a little bit bigger. Unified hardwood with the rest of the house. A little more countertop made from concrete. Undercounter fridges and a big ass sink. Right now it’s a mess and I’m exhausted so I won’t finish my post on Kamut. Instead I’ll show you pictures. Of the mess. I’ll update when things are looking more kitchen-like and maybe I’ll finish my other posts. Cheers!

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IMG_0412 bringing reclaimed hardwood into the original kitchen space; spending a little quality time with the 80 yr old subfloor

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IMG_0465 the pour; can you imagine ever cooking in this space??

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Bikurgurl · Family · Writing

{Ramblings On} What Remains

It’s almost too painful to reblog, but I know I will need this insight as we are each facing our own mortality, the mortality of those we love, and knowing that life does, in fact, go on, is a comfort. Knowing that my heart will be broken to pieces when my parents do pass, is reality.

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A message of love — I know my father also has this same message — his love is the strong, silent type, but always strong, always faithful, always surrounding us.

The Greatest Gift

“Though I speak with the tounges of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tounges, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.”

I Corinthians 13, New King James Version

What is your message to send?

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My father died eleven days ago. He had been fighting hard for the last year and finally making good progress when suddenly he was brought down quickly by a hospital infection. He was like a cat, my father, always landing on his feet and defying death on several occasions when others counted him out. So while some might say, “Well, he was sick for a year, how shocking really IS this?” I can assure you it is quite shocking to the little girl in me who still thinks her daddy is the strongest man in the world.

We had a complicated relationship. I know that describes 90% of all families, and it was certainly true in our case. But one thing I can say for sure — without going into all of the unpleasantness and complexity of our particular situation — is that I woke up every day of my…

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Blogs I follow · Writing

{Ramblings On} On Writing: Let’s Talk About Outlines

Maybe this is what I need to restart my real writing with gusto. Perhaps all the practice writing ramblings and mindless banter isn’t clearing my mind and I need a clear OUTLINED path?

Maybe…

I really like this post from Andrew @AdoptingJames — and he’s got a lot more in the pipeline!

{Not sure why I techno-failed and the reblog didn’t occur as expected — please go to the source site for his run-down — it’s great!}

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I’ve used very loose outlines for writing, but filling in the details on the screen feels so…artificial. That’s one of the reasons I’m posting daily right now. Just getting used to the creativity flowing through the computer is a whole different medium. So to me, this seems super foreign.

Certainly more time efficient, but definitely not comfortable. I think back to Natalie Goldberg and “Writing Down the Bones” (also echoed in her book, “The True Secret of Writing” which I’m reading now) is that there is a physical and emotional connection with the act of writing longhand versus typing on a laptop or with technology {blog post forthcoming, but there is cross-over with the other book I’m re-reading by Marie Kondo}.

I digress, so back to the outline. It’s really a great set-up he has here for filling in your thoughts {and what a fun idea of a world inside a cardboard box…totally something my children have done, but role reversal with the adult finding it there!}.

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Then as Andrew states, you follow the outline and as you tick off your outline, you move forward:

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Who do you follow? What writers would you recommend following when beginning serious writing?

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On my post for writers to post their questions, Victoria Crowley of VictoriaScotiaCrowley.com asked:

“Outlines. Let’s talk about outlines. How can outlines can be a useful tool for writing a book? And what’s the best way to use them?”

Outlines.

Outlines are like a warm heater in a cold cabin after coming in from the snow. They take a while to thaw you out, but once you get the hang of them, they warm up your fingers and gear you up to type all the way to the last page.

Or at least to the next big plot twist in your book.

Here’s how outlines work – or at least how use them in my books. (I have created a mock-outline for my book, The Man in the Box for those who are visual learners.)

1. All the Big Ideas

The first thing I do before I dive into a…

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