Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Insecure Writers Support Group - March Writing Prompt

Insecure Writer's Support Group

March Writing Prompt


March 1 Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

On the first Wednesday of each month a website called Insecure Writer's Support Group invites insecure writers to submit a blog post to be included with the posts of other insecure writers in what they call a blog hop. 

This month, on Wednesday, March first, Ash Wednesday, the question announced as a little prod to help us beyond a blank page is "Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?"

Even before I try to remember if I've ever reworked any story, much less a really old one, I'd have to figure out how I could define "work out" in relation to anything I've written. I've had things published but for which I've never had a chance of being paid. So what could "work out" mean for me? 

I'd also need to figure out for myself what "really old" means. 

There is one way I pulled out something and reworked it and it worked out, but it wasn't really old. It was very, very new at the time. I needed to write papers in two different graduate school classes at the end of the semester. Rather than dream up two subjects, I tweaked the same subject two ways to satisfy each different class. I may have plagiarized myself, but I won't press charges. 

I guess I will need to admit I have never pulled anything really old out and reworked it. I have, nonetheless, hung on to many of the things I've written all the way back to freshman year of my undergraduate college days and a couple things from high school

I even still have a script for a parody I wrote in high school. The funny thing is it wasn't me who hung onto it. Neither my mom or my dad hung onto it either. My girlfriend's mother hung onto it. She's now my mother-in-law and she gave it back to me years later. I don't think it's really worth reworking. 

Having thought about possibly reworking something I wrote from before, I now might just go grab the three-ring binders from the shelf in the secret hide-away closet and look at those old scribbles again. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Insecure Writer's Support Group

The Insecure Writer's Support Group invites insecure writers to submit a blog post on the first Wednesday of each month to be included with other insecure writers' posts in what they call a blog hop. 

Happy Val & Tiny's Day!
Winter Kite Flying at Lake Harriet & National Kite Flying Day
It's February, Let's Celebrate Something Frozen
Celebrate and Inhale Vigorously It's National Create A Vacuum Day


Happy Val & Tiny's Day

Today is National Plum Pudding Day. Why it isn't in December or early January is a mystery to me.

But we all know what's coming, Val & Tiny's Day (Borrowed from Captain Gallant Deviant Art).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Another Day to Celebrate a Popular Winter Activity - Kite Flying

Happy National Kite Flying Day!

Doesn't the below zero wind chill today make you wanna grab your kite and stand somewhere holding a string?


Well, apparently, it's a thing at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. I just hope it's not attempted when there is a below zero wind chill. I'd think folks would rather be inside a ice-fishing shack.

So maybe I was hasty in questioning why one would have National Kite Flying Day in February.


Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival - And I missed it.

Monday, February 6, 2017

It's February, Let's Celebrate Something Frozen

Today is National Frozen Yogurt Day and it's slightly above freezing outside. Be careful, if you leave your frozen yogurt cone alone for an hour it might melt.

I'm obviously alluding to the question, "Why is National FROZEN Yogurt Day in February?" Now, wouldn't it make more sense to have a day to celebrate a frozen treat in the summer?

Either season, I bought myself some "make your own Popsicle" plastic forms, bought a quart container of strawberry frozen yogurt and made my own treats.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Celebrate Because Today Could Really Suck


Today is National Create a Vacuum Day! 

#CreateAVacuumDay 
Let's celebrate!

A Vacuum is created when the pressure inside a space is lower than the pressure outside the space. Does this mean when I escape my responsibilities by going to a movie I have created a vacuum inside the theater? No, not that kind of pressure!

Back in high school our science teacher demonstrated a vacuum with a pump and a bell jar. The only cool thing he did with it was put a paper cup of water inside and the water in the cup boiled. A few years later our neighbor invited us over to demonstrate the wonders of the microwave and he also boiled water in a paper cup, different technology.

It's also National Thank a Mail Carrier Day and National Homemade Soup Day. Those are pretty self-explanatory. Give your mail carrier a thermos of homemade soup.

Let's all get our Hoovers,  Dyson, Electrolux, Dirt Devil, or whatever brand of vacuum we've got and the day will really suck.






Friday, February 3, 2017

Feeling a Little Crabby Today?


 Nothing like waking up to the sound of a catfight! Makes me feel just a little crabby.

Speaking of little crabs, why is it when some eight-legged creatures crawl across my hand I get a bit freaked out but I actually encouraged these little eight-legged crabs to crawl all over me?The one on the left crawled up and down my arms across my shoulders and all over my hands. If a spider had done the same I would have had the jitters for a half hour.


The worst I can imagine right now is a scorpion, and yet I walked out into the desert hoping I would see one. A local told me it would be a month before the creepy-crawlies started coming out of their hidey-holes. From my walking excursions into the desert I did get some great pictures of owls and pictures of a coyote way off in the distance who wouldn't stand still. The cacti posed for the camera much better than the coyote.

There's supposed to be a coyote in this picture.
Can you spot the critter?