Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Onward and Upward!





It's the first Wednesday of the month,
the day that members of the
Insecure Writer's Support Group
share their writing struggles
and writing successes
and offer their encouragement
and support to fellow writers.






To visit the IWSG website, click here.

To become a member of the IWSG, click here.

Our wonderful co-hosts who are volunteering today,
along with IWSG Founder Alex J. Cavanaugh are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre

I hope you have a chance to visit today's hosts and thank them for co-hosting.
I'm sure they would appreciate a visit and an encouraging comment.
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Every month the IWSG announces a question that members can answer
with advice, insight, a personal experience, or a story in their IWSG posts.

Or, the question can inspire members
if they aren't sure what to write about on IWSG Day.

Remember the question is optional.
This month's featured question is: 

Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why? 

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Happy December, Everyone!  

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and happy.

My productivity as a writer depends on what life throws at me
and on the state of my frequently perplexing computer.
November?  Nuff said (LOL)!

I did participate in NaNoWriMo for the first time and accumulated 51,410 words.
However, I was not working on a novel, I was working on my memoir.
My manuscript is a mess, and I still have lots of material to add;
but, NaNoWriMo served its purpose in getting me going again.
So, I'll claim that winner's badge and keep moving forward.


Congratulations to anyone else who participated and survived.
Onward and upward as you continue with your WIP.
Walking outdoors has kept me sane during this hectic month.

Inspiration!
Aurora, Colorado
November 23, 2020
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I wish each of you a wonderful holiday season, however you celebrate.
Please, please be careful and safe!
  
Terry and I will be celebrating Christmas by ourselves at home,
but the day will be filled with FaceTime and telephone calls with the people we love.
Hopefully, we'll be together for real in the coming year.
Those long, bear hugs are going to feel so good!

Seasons Greetings!
Aurora, Colorado
November 30, 2020
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 Happy Writing in December!




Till next time ~
Fundy Blue 





Friday, November 20, 2020

A Baker's Dozen of Math Funnies

I'm sorry that I have been missing in action.
The past ten days have raced by,
as Covid has struck in multiple spots in our neighborhood,
and a shoulder injury, medical and dental appointments,
and computer woes have absorbed my time.

Time to escape into some funny math jokes to distract myself
and hopefully bring you chuckle or smile.




















































































































Hope is on the horizon.  We just have to hang tough a little longer.
Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday to all my American friends and family!
I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone.






Till next time ~
Fundy Blue


On the Bay of Fundy
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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

IWSG: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 ~ Unfocused

  




It's the first Wednesday of the month,
the day that members of the
Insecure Writer's Support Group
share their writing struggles
and writing successes
and offer their encouragement
and support to fellow writers.






To visit the IWSG website, click here.

To become a member of the IWSG, click here.

Our wonderful co-hosts who are volunteering today,
along with IWSG Founder Alex J. Cavanaugh are Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachna Chhabria.

I hope you have a chance to visit today's hosts and thank them for co-hosting.
I'm sure they would appreciate a visit and an encouraging comment.
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Every month the IWSG announces a question that members can answer
with advice, insight, a personal experience, or a story in their IWSG posts.

Or, the question can inspire members
if they aren't sure what to write about on IWSG Day.

Remember the question is optional.
This month's featured question is: 

Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?

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Happy November, Everyone!  

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and happy.

Tonight I'm finding it hard to write anything. 
It's election night, and I can't focus on anything. 

So I'm going to pass on the question, other than to say 
I write what I write because I must.  I have no choice.
I have these voices inside me that have to come out.

I just finished another awesome book by an IWSG member:
Psycho Hose Beast from Outer Space by C.D. Gallant-King.


OMG!  This was a scary fun read!
I finished it for the second time back-to-back at 3:10 am last night.
Even though I knew what would happen, I still couldn't put it down.
It's a page turner that is outrageously funny, poignant, and suspenseful. 

Niall, Pius, and Harper, three awkward, engaging twelve-year-olds,
struggle to defeat an ancient evil posing an existential threat to humankind.

These kiddos are so real: 
geeky, vulnerable, curious, pathetic, and courageous.  
They'd much rather be riding their bikes or playing video games
than confronting a horror devouring the people of Gale Harbour.

The psycho hose beast is great fun, but what makes the book memorable
is the relationships among the kids and the challenges they face in their personal lives.
Bring on book 2!

The Insecure Writer's Support Group has a special event coming
on January 20, 2021:  Its annual IWSG Twitter Pitch!
Hop over to the IWSG Anthologies blog where Ninja Captain Alex
shares his expertise on how to pitch your novel to agents and publishers.

I think I'm going to turn off the tv and take refuge in a new book.
It's Pat Hatt's Zero Usage; and guaranteed, 
a rollicking story by Pat is just what I need!

Good luck to everyone participating in NaNoWriMO!
Happy writing in November!  



Till next time ~
Fundy Blue


Waiting for the Ferry to Tiverton
Grand Passage, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada
July, 2016
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Friday, October 30, 2020

Fall Has Fled

Fall has fled, 
its beauty stripped by cold winds and driving snow.
I had a chance to wander afield in Red-tailed Hawk Park
a few hours before a winter storm arrived howling in the dark of night. 
It was fun to enjoy the last of a gorgeous season.

Cottonwood Stand
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Doves in a Willow
(Eurasian Collared-Doves and perhaps a Peachleaf Willow) 
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Cottonwood Leaves
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Cottonwoods and Willows
along a stream in Sampsom Gulch
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Cottonwoods in Sampson Gulch
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Swallows Nests
Underpass Below Aurora Parkway
Sampson Gulch Trail Just Beyond Red-Tailed Hawk Park
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Pond in Sampson Gulch
Sampson Gulch Trail Just Beyond Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Rabbitbrush Gone to Seed
Sampson Gulch Trail Just Beyond Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Female Red-winged Blackbird in Willows
Sampson Gulch Trail Just Beyond Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Painted-Over Graffiti with an Autumn Luster   
Underpass Below Aurora Parkway
Red-Tailed Hawk Park
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Milkwood Seeds in Sampson Gulch
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Mule Deer Before the Storm
Near Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Oak Leaves
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Young Cottonwood and Rabbitbrush Gone to Seed
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Black-Tailed Prairie Dog
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Wednesday, November 4th is IWSG Day
(Insecure Writer's Support Group Day),
so I'll be posting on Wednesday instead of Friday.  
Take care!







Till next time ~
Fundy Blue



On the Bay of Fundy
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Friday, October 16, 2020

Awash in Gold Before the Snow Flies

Both Terry and I are dreading the arrival of winter weather.
Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are increasing in Colorado,
and our governor is worried about hospital capacity.
It's on Terry and me to do the best we can to avoid catching the virus,
and that means being really stuck at home when the weather turns bad.
So, on these warm fall days we've been out walking as much as we can.

Cottonwood Leaves Turning
Along Piney Creek 
Aurora, Colorado
October 9, 2020
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I love this time of year when the landscape is awash in gold,
the sky is a brilliant blue, and rare blazes of scarlet jolt the senses.

Awash in Gold
Along Piney Creek 
Aurora, Colorado
October 9, 2020
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Brilliant Blue
Along Piney Creek 
Aurora, Colorado
October 9, 2020
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A Blaze of Scarlet
Along Piney Creek 
Aurora, Colorado
October 9, 2020
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All too soon the snow will be here:

A Snowy Day
Aurora, Colorado
Last Winter
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So we'll enjoy a last opportunity or two to enjoy dinner at Parkway
and store up memories of gorgeous days outside.


Terry:  Parkway Bar and Grill  
Aurora, Colorado
October 12, 2020
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Into the Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 9, 2020
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Along Piney Creek 
Aurora, Colorado
October 9, 2020
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Rabbitbrush Along Aurora Parkway 
Aurora, Colorado
October 9, 2020
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Along Piney Creek 
Aurora, Colorado
October 9, 2020
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Cottonwood Leaves
Along Piney Creek
Aurora, Colorado
October 9, 2020
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Middle Pond on Piney Creek 
Aurora, Colorado
October 9, 2020
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Milkweed Fluff Everywhere 
Aurora, Colorado
October 9, 2020
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Milkweed Seed and Rabbitbrush 
Aurora, Colorado
October 9, 2020
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Louise:  Parkway Bar and Grill  
Aurora, Colorado
October 12, 2020
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I'm taking next week off from posting.
So I'll see you on the 30th.
Take care!







Till next time ~
Fundy Blue



On the Bay of Fundy
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