Thursday, December 14, 2006

What I Did on My One Day Vacation

I do not really like vacations. I much prefer an occasional day off when I do not feel like working. When I am confronted with a whole week in which I have nothing to do but enjoy myself I do not know where to begin. To me, enjoyment comes fleetingly and unheralded; I cannot determinedly enjoy myself for a whole week at a time. ~ Robertson Davies

I laughed when I saw that quote because it is SO me. I get restless when too much time off stretches before me. I suppose I'm an "A" type personality but, hey, it works for me. Drives my husband crazy, but it works for me.

I got to thinking yesterday, what kind of a blog post will solicit comments from my readers. My hits haven't gone down the past couple of weeks, but my comments have. Hmmm.... any thoughts?

I had the day pretty much to myself yesterday (a mini- vacation from my DD) and worked on a bit of editing of two of my short stories (one is a Christmas story I started in response to the Wild Rose Press call for holiday stories, but it started to get really, really long and I didn't finish it in time. They're going to do another similar call next summer... so I want to be ready!

I also reaquainted myself with my mystery and realized how much I liked my characters. I'd forgotten that when I got wound up in how difficult it is to write a mystery - planting clues, etc. I'm much better at building a relationship than a mystery. Some time ago, I'd thought about removing the murder aspect of the story and just focusing on the love story, but I don't think it would hold up. Testing your muscles makes them stronger, right?

I puttered around on Cafe Press, too, because a friend sent me an online coupon. I did a search for "writing" and found some really cool stuff. This logo was one of my favorites.

Romancing the Blog had a post with gifts for booklovers, too. I especially liked this one.

I found this nifty site, too! If you have a little one (like I do!) who wants to be a writer like mom or dad, try the Chateau Meddybemps Young Writers Workshop - they have some great kids story starters AND publish many of the kids stories online.

Judy posted yet another online game on her blog, along with a challenge to beat her high score. Never one to pass on a challenge, I played until I did just that. Time well spent? You decide.

I also picked up a novel that Lori recommended at her blog "I Just Finished Reading..." and am about halfway through it. Though I'm enjoying the story to a certain extent, I'm not as madly in love with it as she it. It's frustrating that I'm unable to find books that really engage me anymore. Since most folks out there are raving about certain novels, it must be me and not the writing. That's discouraging...

And so was the (yester)day of my life... What have you been up to?


Judy said...

Bonnie posted another game, but you'd be proud of me. Not only did I not post it to tempt you with... I didn't even play it. (okay, okay.... so it wouldn't load for me... but that's beside the point!)

I've got "Overdue Love" ready to print... I've received a notification of a poetry contest for an online magazine I've submitted to in the past (Sol Magazine...its in my credits), and an invitation to submit a speculative fiction short story to an anthology, so I HAVE to engage in BICHOK forthwith.

Added to that, we're frantically trying to finish enough of the remodeling so everyone can at least use the potty while they are here over Christmas and have a place to sleep.... Have I mentioned I've been busy recently???

Do you like the new blogger? I've not switched yet. I held off 'cause it was so difficult to make comments on it... I had trouble with yours the other day, still. Had to sign in with my google account. sigh...

ADDED: looks like I'm going to have to sign in with google again. I wish they would fix this.

Tori Lennox said...

My hits haven't gone down the past couple of weeks, but my comments have. Hmmm.... any thoughts?

I've had the same problem. Maybe with the holidays people are willing to read but replying is too hard?

dahbro - dogs are having breakfast regularly, Oliver

Anonymous said...

My hits haven't gone down the past couple of weeks, but my comments have. Hmmm.... any thoughts?

I always enjoy reading. Thoughts have been too scattered, though, to respond.

I thought I was the only one who had a hard time with vacations. Thanks for the quote!

can't log in, so I'm here as an anonymous anno

Chris said...

Looks like you caught our attention. I check in regularly and love reading your blog. What you have to say is interesting and you're so generous with links and information to take me off into more learning experiences.

I know you like quotes---this one made me think of you. . "I can't write without a reader. It's prescisely like a kiss--you can't do it alone." John Cheever

By the way, how do you check on blogger to see how many hits your getting? Even my mother doesn't make comments ;))

Anonymous said...

I'm with Anno -- blogger hates me. That, along with being brain dead, is why I haven't been commenting as much (here and other blogs).