Writer’s Digest has offered up 12 simple writing plans. I’m not sure about the simple yet, but here goes for day 1…
- Thoughts of An Addict
- Growing Up In Parrott
- A New 12 Steps
- Looking Up From Rock Bottom
- Screaming Silently
- The Bully In Us All
- Time in a Bottle of Jim Beam
- Small Towns and the Gossip Effect
- The Lies We Whisper
- Pretty Little Love Song
Well, there is my list. Seemed a simple task but actually thinking up potential titles for a book I’d like to write proved to be harder than I thought. They are all original as far as I know, and hope. Does any sound like a book you’d pick up to consider reading? Please feel free to share in the comments.
This is a prompt from Writer’s Write.
The one book I have read several times and wish I would have written is “Paint It Black” by Janet Fitch. The characters are brilliantly written and in one’s case, even though dead, his personality and his life dominate the book. In fact, as the reader gets familiar with the characters, it’s plain to see that his death is the reason for their connection, the reason they love, the reason they hate, and his lingering presence afterlife is what makes this book amazing.
It’s the kind of book with the type of characters a reader can love, hate, and feel pity for. A reader can decide that the dead is selfish or that while alive, too much was expected of him.
The twist and turns along with beautiful sentences is what leaves me astounded. I had already decided Fitch was one of my favorite writers. This book only goes on to show why.
1.) Write about a sleepover that did not go as planned
2.) Polar freeze or highest temps your state has seen…what would you rather?
3.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: football
4.) List 7 ways to survive a power outage.
5.) Write a post in just 12 lines.
Power outages are nothing new to me due to the fact I live literally on a mountain. Parrott Mountain, Va. to be exact. So, snow, ice, and all that winter messiness is sure to cause a power outage. Since my community is smaller than most in this county, population 301, we are the last ones to get power back on. So here are my 7 tips on surviving a power outage. A generator is nice, but we don’t own one, so we do it the “Little House on the Prairie” way.
- I’m 38, terrified of the dark. I passed this on to my 12 year old. Now, my 8 year old, she is a champ in the dark. We have an oil lamp in every room, and a couple put up, ready to light when the blackness comes from nowhere. I collect candles, so we usually have plenty of them to go around.
- The house I own and rent out depends on electricity for heat. We kept a couple kerosene heaters put up. Since we moved into his grandmother’s home, I am blessed with a wood stove. We use it in the winter rather than the heat pump to save on the electric bill. I have to admit, I am spoiled now and want nothing to do with furnaces.
- If the power is going to be out for awhile, and we have had it go out for a week or a little longer, nobody wants the food in the fridge to go bad. When I was younger, my grandparents have put milk in the ice outside, and other things in ice because it was colder than the fridge. We had a gas stove when I was growing up, so if it was possible, my grandmother would cook the things from the freezer to keep them from going to waste. The nice thing about living in such a small town, his father is a short walk away, and he has a generator, so we can take our food items from the fridge and take it to his dad’s. We have kept a cooler of ice too for things we needed here.
- We usually know if the power is going to be out for awhile, so we know the hot water will turn cold. If anyone needs a fast hot bath, they take it. I have had to boil water on the woodstove and fill up the tub so my girls and I can bathe. My boyfriend is crazy enough to take a super fast shower in cold water.
- Most basics out of the way, I like to gather a bunch of blankets that are warm, and usually pull out the couch bed so my girls can snuggle together. Sometimes I’ll climb on there with them. For one thing, it’s cozy. Also, we can’t burn all the oil out of the oil lamps or burn the candles up so each of them can stay in a different room. That’s not realistic. The woodstove is amazing but if the fire dies out some while we’re sleeping, blankets are my best friends.
- My girls don’t realize they’re pretty lucky. I had 3 t.v. stations growing up, so t.v.’s aren’t a huge deal for me, nor electronics to entertain me. It’s nice to have an MP3 player and batteries. I love music. Growing up, my grandparents had a radio that ran off batteries but it picked up 2 stations, bluegrass and gospel. So, growing up, I shared an oil lamp with my aunt, and I read books or wrote poems. My 8 year old has a portable DVD player, and if the batteries go dead, my boyfriend can take it to his dad’s and charge it. Same goes for his, mine, and my 12 year old’s cell phones. I didn’t have that growing up either but I won’t lie, I want my cell phone charged.
- Humor. It’s tedious and stressful after a long period of time with no power. At first it’s mostly annoying. So, we count who tries to turn the light switch on the most, who tries the microwave, and different things that we are so used to. The stubbing of a toe on furniture is probably not the funniest, depending on who stubs their toe. lol
So, there are the best 7 tips to surviving a power outage that I can come up with. Head over to Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop and pick a prompt. It’s fun.
It seems hard at times to find the “thankful” when I feel more like saying, “No thanks!!!” to life. As they always tell people in N.A. groups, even if you used, come to the meetings and practice sobriety, a “fake it til you make it” type of mantra. So, I’ll apply that here today.
1. Sunshine – This has been a rainy, cloudy, and lower temp type of week. Today had the ‘blah’ stamp of approval. Finally, the sun began to shine about 15 minutes ago. I believe it’s proven in scientific facts, but I know for myself, the sunshine can change my moods, and the gloomy days take a toll on my bipolar mind. So, I’m thankful to see the sun out.
2. Good Books – Thankful that I have some good books that I don’t mind re-reading on a cloudy day. Although I will be even more thankful when I get a chance to grab a new one. I’m leaning toward “Gone Girl” as my next read.
3. Experiences – As I was reading Lizzi’s blog on Considerings, she reminded me that my 10th grade year of high school, our science teacher took 6 chosen students that had went above and beyond in his class, rock climbing in North Carolina on Stone Mountain. 600 ft. of climbing and it was scary, wonderful, and I am going to have to scan the photos the next chance I get. I’m glad I have gotten many chances to expand my experiences, and looking forward to more.
4. Music – It is true, that as well as the sun, music can uplift someone, remind them of past, can make them feel sad, loved, happy, lonely, and if it’s good music, you will feel as if the song was written and recorded just for you. This reminds me of my recent trip to Pigeon Forge. I was able to record on my phone two live bands during our stay and they were fabulous. I wish I had thought to get their names and perhaps purchase a c.d. Sidenote to self to look online and see if I round up anything.
5. Necessities – I suppose I do tend to look at the more negative side of things and I don’t remember if I’ve always done so, or if throughout life, I began to do so without realizing it. I think the latter applies because I don’t recall being anything but happy throughout my childhood, until my grandfather had a stroke when I was 16 and in the middle of my junior year in high school. Then it seems when recovering from one death, another seems to come along, I began looking at life more harder and feeling more bitter. So, I want to take a moment and be thankful that my children and myself have what we need. What we need and what we want can get confusing and run together in my mind. Once I begin to separate what I need and what I think I need, and then what I want, I realize we have food, shelter, clothes, water, electricity, and the bills get paid, even if a struggle at times. Then we have things we don’t necessarily need but make the days go by faster, for them t.v., for me the internet and radio, for my youngest her bike. The small family I do have are caring and loving and so life isn’t so gloom after all.
6. Pilates – I am trying to lose weight at the moment. This hasn’t been a problem for me until recently. Willpower to stick to an exercise program is where I struggle most. I still enjoy my evening walks with my god-daughter, my girls, and my two great god-sons. But when the weather isn’t permitting, and I know I need to add a little bit more, I finally found a Pilate challenge for 30 days. I haven’t gotten bored and they seem to be doing what they are intended to do. I’ll admit I have slacked for the past week. Also, I found the challenge bookmarked because it was to begin 30 days before Memorial Day and I bookmark things like this and forget about them. Then in my useless attempt to organize things, I stumble across outdated challenges, outdated submissions for literary mags that I mean to submit a poem to, and other such things. With this though, I figured that better now than never.
7 My children – This is actually my children and my close loved ones. Recently, things have happened that are unfair in my opinion. Living in a small town and with everyone being so close, it has it’s ups. The downs can really get a person down though. I will just say that as a mother, I have made mistakes, but overall my girls are well- balanced, know they are loved, exceed in school, and feel free to talk to me about life’s little ups and downs. We get tested all through life – tested for a driver’s license, tested throughout school, tested for employment, tested on our beliefs, but there are no study guides and then an exam when having children. We all know how we were raised, we even believe before having children that we will be different or the same as our parents. This doesn’t happen. Sure, there are millions of books and articles to read about parenting. I can’t think of one person who remembers these books when situations in life occur. I even took Child Care in high school. Overall, I know there are times I deserve an F and times I deserve an A+. Thankfully, children are forgiving and resilient creatures.
8. Blogs – Not only have I found wonderful people throughout the Blogging World, and amazing prompts, such as this one, but I’m thankful I have a place I can turn to and reflect on things I’m thankful for, things I don’t realize until typing, and a place I can keep all my poetry and little random things that make me happy. I like Facebook, don’t check Twitter as much as I should, and definitely need to post more in my blogs, but just the same, my blogs are my favorite by far on the internet life.
9. Sleep – I am grateful for sleep because of insomnia. I’m also grateful sometimes when life seems to get me down, I can sleep and wake up refreshed and feeling like I can handle anything life throws my way.
10. Laughter – Laughter is healthy, healing, and the best laughter sometimes happens when I’m alone and watch a movie that makes me laugh. Or a book I’m reading has a witty sentence that makes me laugh along with the characters. Memories of silly things that bring a smile to my face. I think that’s the best laughter of all. Thankfully, I made it through this week, and am finished with my post for Ten Things of Thankful. YaY.