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Here’s to Serendipity in 2014…

December 31, 2013
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Serendipity – definition: when desirable things happen by accident; good fortune; luck

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Today marks the last day of my year long commitment to post on my blog every day in 2013. It has been a fantastic journey. I have learnt a great number of ‘new’ words, and in the process realized I can create an article, poem or review from just one word. This fact gives me more confidence in my writing abilities.

Some posts have been harder to create than others, especially when I was on vacation and again when my Mother passed. However, I always felt I had to continue and stay the course. Discovering I could create blog posts ahead of time in draft form and ‘store’ ideas for each word was a real help. If an idea popped into my head as I created the post, I would jot it down and save it for later. Other times the gist just flowed onto the page and was complete before I knew it.

This year I have found new friends and followers, enjoyed conversing with each and every one of you and learnt a good deal about you all.

Thank you for following me – it is much appreciated. As for 2014 – I have plans to create themed posts for three days a week. I hope you will continue to follow me and share my journey, while sharing yours with me.

May 2014 bring you health, wealth, love, peace and a gazillion words!Serendity

Today’s desk diary word…sparks a writing tip

January 2, 2013
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Cerulean (adjective) – si-roo-lee-in

Definition – a deep sky-blue colour.

Just saying this word conquers up lazy summer days, lying on the beach or a lush green lawn looking upward in that happy childlike innocence. Here in Alberta we are very fortunate to have cerulean skies a large part of the year, yes even when its -37 degrees!

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I remember waking up the first morning I had emigrated here and thinking ‘how cool a nice sunny blue skied day to welcome us’. Never imagining that I would wake up for the next eight days welcomed with the very same thing! Coming from England, which has cloud cover the majority of the time it was amazing.

The other thing I came to notice about the Albertan sky was how huge it was. Now I know that seems like a strange thing to say but it does seem to stretch forever upward and horizontally. My theory is that the land mass is so large and flat that there is no ‘interruption’ to your view. Even the clouds are different! Each has a ‘flat’ bottom instead of soft fluffy curves. Again this may be due to the prairie lands affecting them. In England we glimpsed the sky through dense trees and hills. A very different landscape where clouds were massive and covered vast areas of the sky.

As you can see from just one word a myriad of images and ideas can come to mind. Using such words enables a writer to create a sense of time and place for their readers, without having to describe them in minute detail. Too much description tends to ‘shut your reader off’ so your use of words is vitally important. Yes its that old adage ‘show not tell’, which raises its head time and time again.

A Word A Day…

January 1, 2013
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I was given a neat ‘a word a day’ desk calendar for Christmas so will try to share it with you each day. Here’s hoping this lasts with all my other projects for this year!

inchoate (adjective) in-koh-it

Definition: 1. to be in an initial or early stage; just begun. 2. imperfectly formed or formulated

Such an apt word for the start of our New Year, where resolutions, goals and aspirations are foremost in our minds. We hope for many things for ourselves and our loved ones at this time of year but what puzzles me is why this hope does not continue throughout the year? Maybe we should make each month a beginning instead of laying all our aspirations into January?

Make a goal for each month instead, that way we know we can achieve at least twelve goals! I would love you to share your ‘goals’ – it will be fun to compare.

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My list goes something like this –

  • actively seek freelance work
  • revise NaNoWriMo novel into an educational book
  • plan a trip to England
  • blog more often
  • increase my ‘social media’ presence

 

2012 in review

December 30, 2012
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A personal thank you to all my wonderful followers…see you in 2013 for bigger and better blogging and sharing of our writing journeys.The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

My Followers…thank you.

January 1, 2012
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On the first day of 2012 I would like to send special thanks to all my followers for your kind comments and for joining me on my writing journey. Some were more frequent than others, however I treasure all the links with fellow writers – it is the sense of community that binds us.

So thank you – Linda, Dream Write Publishing, Twilla, Tracy, Sharon, Messenger, Lynn, Lisa, Lapdog, Seymour, Austin, littleburstsofinspiration, writer jobs, oasiss, sillyfrogsusan, laurastanfill, Austin, 365andMe, Ophelia, Subhaker Das, wildhorse.
I hope you and many others chose to return to share their experiences and thoughts.
Happy New Year – may it bring an abundance of words.

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