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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Rainy Evening, Finally!

It's raining, finally. It's was getting a bit parched out there in the Twin Tiers. My poor yard which only three week ago was shaggier than the shaggy dog, now looks like practically a desert. I just spread new grass seed on part of my lawn that are patchy looking and have a small porch garden, tomatoes and cucumbers. w00t!

Onto the weekend, it's been an impressive weekend of work and play. And while I am working on the stuff that I was supposed to have done this morning , now [at 7:30 pm], I got to be outside and hanging with the Love girls [Sara, Wendy, and Daphne]. We played on the playground and ate lunch at Friendly's, tried to watch "How to Train Your Dragon" (lost out to kitties and ponies), and have yummy home made ice-cream at Dippety Do-Dahs!

What I did this weekend (or didn't quite get to):
*Finished "Catching Fire". Will be starting "Mockingjay" this week. Was going to start another Doctor Who novella/novel "Winner Take All", but haven't. I know when I get started with "Mockingjay" I probably won't wanna stop reading it (from reliable sources). I am 3 books behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge. Must change that! Note: I foresee some reviews of the books and the movies in the near future.

*Blogged yesterday, continuing my weekly non-ROW80 blog posting on Saturdays. I was what I was aiming for, but I also managed to complete another goal doing it this way.  Using the blog post as a launch point for a Flash Fiction that I wrote that night was a nice choice, if not the first choice. My brain wasn't focusing and I have a list of blogging ideas that is currently buried somewhere on, in, or around my desk. Sometimes I just want to share my writing. I might never do much with the story, but I still want my followers and fellow writers to be able to read what I have been up to. When I find my blog idea list expect more diverse articles and maybe an interview or two. I miss doing those.

*I wrote yesterday. I pull a writing prompt from my favourite literary journal and my first to visit, Toasted Cheese. Thanks Allison(check out her blog)! And I wrote. I just wrote and felt liberated in my writing. Such a great feeling. I have written a couple of Flash Fiction in the last week, "Mall Dreams" could possibly be a longer story, "Snow in June" is  random little thing, and "A Moment at Sea" (roughly titled) fell into this new category. It's a concept I have only recently been introduced to, but I like it. Short and simply, and really hard when you want to expand the details and go down tangents. 300 to 1000 words a good challenge for myself. I am going to continue to explore this.

*Visited 5  blogs yesterday and left comments. Striving for 10 this week.

*Today I have submitted some poetry to 1 site. Not what I was hoping for this week, but it's a start. That makes the total submission sites to 3. Would like to submit to 1 online journal each day this week. That's the plan anyway.

I think this rain is a good cleansing of my soul and starting the week off on a positive note. I always feel clearer and revitelized during and after a rain storm, especially a thunderstorm. I remember staying up late one night, late spring or early summer with my mom, talking, because it was lightening (not really raining) and really humid. It was a heat lightneing storm, I think. But there is something electric about rain and thunderstorms. Do you, Dear Readers like to sit and watch rain/thunderstorms? Favourite part of a storm? Or do you prefer to stay in and leave the rain, thunder , and/or lightening to itself? Leave me some love below!

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Tonight's song, because I am in a Paul Simon mood.


  1. I don't know about Mockingjay. I really liked the first two books, but hated the third one with a passion. I'm desperately hoping Hollywood will change the ending for the movie. But maybe that's just me. (Not going to give anything away by saying why I didn't like it.) So go in with medium expectations, then you won't be disappointed.
    Well done on the flash fiction. It's really great practice to be concise and get as much effect for each words as possible.

    1. That's the plan. I try to be as objective as possible when reading series that others as almost always read before me. There are nuances that I enjoy with this series, reminds me of 1984 or Brave New World. I know that some things that I have loved reading, others have found it terrible and vica versa. In the end I am thinking of doing a big review of Hunger Games and Catching Fire (Book vs. Movie). Will have to wait until November (I think for Mockingjay), because that's how I roll. :-)

      Thanks for stopping by! ~waves~

  2. Wow, it looks like you've got your goals well in hand! I'm having troubles maintaining my three very simple goals. Ah well, tomorrow is another day. :-)

    I like rainstorms, especially when I'm cozy in bed. I sleep very well to the sound of rain. Of course, thunder wakes me up, but the sound of rain falling on the roof soothes me back to sleep. This morning, while still dark out, a good thunderstorm passed through, and made the sky so dark for so long after dawn ... it was a great morning for sleeping in. :-) And we needed the rain!

    1. Some days it is hard. I have had to to revise, reflect, and restructure a lot since starting AROW80. It's a good thing that it's a flexible challenge. And yes, indeed, tomorrow is another day! :-) And then I get those days where I feel like I get everything done. It's definitely a balance.

      Since you posted, Corning has gotten a bunch of rain (with a bit of flash flooding) and been covered in ALMOST perpetual grey for the last couple of days. Ready for some sun to balance it out.

      Keep at it! You got this!!


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