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Hillsong music, and Helping one another

A rambling post …

Here it is Sunday again. Weather-wise it has been like a late summer day – but it is supposed to warm again this coming week. I appreciate the summer so much; it’s far too short for me.

My spirit longs for particular music sometimes, right now being one of those times. Here is a link to Hillsong so you can enjoy the music I’m listening to as I’m writing this post.

Life continues on with its caregiving challenges (almost 3 1/2 years now!) – some days make me appreciate the good ones so much more. If it weren’t for the help we are getting my sister and I could not have managed all this as long as we have.

As you know, one of my goals is to write children’s books, or even any writing for myself would be good right now! Last month a friend and I were discussing our mutual desire to write, and I suggested a challenge. From that conversation we are now both writing – actually, we are writing together although long distance – one writes, the other adds to it and sends it back … and so on and so on. This effort is challenging us and helping to release our creative (writing) energy. Have you tried anything like that?

Now for the burning question:
How are you enjoying my blog; is it helpful to you?

I’ve been looking into ways I can help you more. Since I’m interested in helping promote your books (the ones I agree to read and review) and others I think you might like or should know about, you know I have a new page for that purpose: BUY THE BOOK!  On that page I’m in the process of adding a few more things – both for writers and for readers.

As you can imagine, I spend a lot of my available time reading books, updating my blog and writing posts. (and I enjoy it all!) When I upgraded my blog to better suit my needs it meant I’d have to pay for its hosting. (WordPress is very reasonable or I wouldn’t have done it.) After much consideration, I recently decided to look into affiliation which will bring in a very small percentage for any sales made through your clicks from the links I have here on my site. It will help me pay for my blog as it is, so is a way you can help me, too, if you want to.

The affiliations I chose are ones I think are of the most benefit to you as writers and readers. Once all the techie stuff is worked out you will be able to click to great things not only at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and WritersDigestShop, but also at Christianbook, Chapters.indigo, CafePress, and Vista Print. When I get them all set up you will find them through BUY THE BOOK! and on my Writers’ Helps page. Exciting!

Now I must grab some time to read more of the book I am going to review soon. So many books — so little time!  🙂

Please tell me what you think of what I’m doing here on my blog. I appreciate hearing from you.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂





Writing from prompts

Have you ever had the fun of being challenged to write using prompts?

One of the writers chat rooms I visit did this writing exercise last evening.  I must say, I was apprehensive at first, and a little nervous having never attempted this before, but by the time we had done a couple I was right into it.   In fact, the challenge ended much too quickly.  I couldn’t believe it when someone said it was two hours well spent, it didn’t seem that long at all!

Here’s what we did.  We were given a prompt by our room moderator, and had about ten minutes to write according to her scenario.  When we felt we had it the way we wanted it, then we posted to the room.  It was fun!  And it was hilarious!  Some of the participants came up with the funniest lines and ideas that I was laughing most of the time.  My nervousness left as I sat thinking and waiting for ideas to formulate in my mind.  Of the eight prompts we were given I managed to write something for all of them.  On five of my writings I received very encouraging comments from the other writers in the room, and comical remarks on the first one I wrote.  The other two fell rather flat, but that’s okay.  I got some story ideas started!  And I learned a little about where my strengths are and where I either need work or had better not venture.  🙂

So, tell me … have you ever done this?  And if so, did it generate a story that you did something with later?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂