Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
He walked proudly into the front room, his little legs still a little wobbley but the proud smile on his face made her look past his legs.
" Look at you, such a big boy." She put her arms out for him, welcoming him into her loving hug. She had waited for so long for days like this, the days she spent with her beautiful little boy made the long nights alone in the hospital worth every minute. This was her perfect baby boy, 18 months old, this little boy was her chance to glimpse the love of God.
****This isn't part of anything yet, it was just a thought I had, maybe it will work into one of my other pieces.***
Saturday, November 5, 2011
I have tons of ideas in my head and some notes written down so I can start writing...
The last couple of months I have been reading a ton of Historical Fiction as well as Historical Romance on my phone (thanks to the Kindle app from Amazon I have a supple of free fiction to read any time, anywhere...)
Any way, in the coming days (hopefully soon rather than later) I will begin posting bits and pieces of the newest project and some updated bits for the older projects.
I also need to get back into the saddle with some of the fun writing prompts I had been participating in. If you know of some great writing prompt blogs please feel free to share.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
I know it is a little late but I am determined to get the rest of the alphabet posted from April's A to Z Blogging challenge.
X is for eXtreme.
Extreme lighting and extreme measures to set up the lights. (this bit is based on an actual adventure is setting lights)
Addy saw the lights on the stage and realized there were very dark spots in several very critical spots.
"hey Jason, can you give me a hand? I need to adjust some lights and I'm afraid this is going to be a bit of an adventure."
"Sure, Addy.... which lights, I'll grab the ladder."
Addy giggled slightly in a coy fashion knowing the ladder would not helpd them. "Jason, the ladder won't help. We have to adjust the 96s upstairs."
"The what? where?"
"Upstairs...' she pointed to the bank of lights set into the ceiling of the auditorium.
"We have to go upstairs, through the office to the roof, there is an access over there" pointing to the outside edge of the auditorium.
"i guess so... Lets go."
The two headed up the stairs to the Department Office.. "Hey Addy, I don't remember there being any stairs or doors out of the office."
"No stairs, the ladder is in the cupboard next to the textbooks and the key is right here." As the pair entered the office a couple of determined English teachers where searching through a pile of books couting copies of 'A Tale of Two Cities' for their Sophmore English classes. "Hi Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Erikson." Addy tried to sound as casual as possible knowing most teachers weren't excited about students in the office.
The two worked their way up the ladder to the roof access, onto the roof and across the building to the edge of the auditorium.
"This is flat crazy, now what do we do?" Jason querried with a very puzzled and nervous expression.
" We go inside and adjust the lights. I have the settings in my mind I just need to move 2 of them to fill the stupid bunch of shadows and black hole on the stage."
Openning the door Jason gestured. "Ladies first"
"Thank you" Addy curtsied playing around with her friend.
Once inside the two realized this was a little more extreme then they thought.
Lighting can be one of the craziest extreme jobs in the theater Addy reminded herself.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
This is a fun relaxed blog hop great for a Sunday afternoon..
If this is your first time to the Curtain Journey feel free to grab a cup of tea and relax and read a bit... Comments are always welcome.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
#2 Did you ever date anyone you met online? Do tell……
#3- List six reason why you need him/her.
#4- Becoming a teenager is difficult. Write a letter to your 13 year-old self.
So I couldn't decide which one to pick so I am going to do them both... (#1 and #2)
I could list so many things about me that drive people crazy, well I think they drive people crazy...
First off I know that my clutter drives my husband crazy, he doesn't understand it at all. Some days I don't understand it either but it is me. I am cluttered and if it wasn't for an organziner and an online calendar I would be scatter brained as well.. I'm sure that for some people I see very relaxed and almost passive when it comes to my kids, but then ask my husband and he would say I'm not passive that I need to let them have a little more space... Balance that is all I can think of and trying to obtain it every day is harder than it seems. Some people think I am too involved in the online communiity, well I'm sorry if that offends you; I am a people person and have found that interacting and learning from people online works well for me. I have been blessed to find some wonderful people online that I might never have met otherwise. Finally some people feel I hold back and am non confrontational. Well, guess what I am! unless of course I am writing and can think about what I want to say... I tend to censor my words before I say them to find what I pray is the right thing to say before I say it.
#2. Did you ever date someone you met online? Yes I did... We met in a chat room on AOL (back in the day that was social networking.). For almost a year we emailed back and forth, IM'd each other whenever we were online, and began talking on the phone (I think it had been about 6 months). The end of December '96 we finally "met", I flew to Salt Lake City, Utah where he and his Dad picked me up and drove back to Wyoming. We spent about a week together and then planned several other visits (he came here , I went back to Wyoming). I can say we had a real good run at it until I couldn't handle it anymore. Do I regret an online relationship and a long distance relationship , No. Would I recommend it to anyone else, depends on the person.
When I was in school and active in theater weekends usually meant 1 of 2 things. First chances are there was a work party where the entire cast would gather at the auditorium and paint backgrounds, set pieces, etc.... The other option was the Show! Most of the shows I was ever involved in ran Friday , Saturday, and maybe a Sunday matinee. So weekends meant business. If it happened that I wasn't involved in some show , recital, etc... weekends meant work, church, or camping... I don't remember many empty weekends in High school and College... Welcome to the weekend, what are your's full of now?
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
wi- fi signal. Finishing the post at McMenamins Roof Top.
While the keyboard isn't great it works pretty good.
Guess I need to learn how to type of a touch screen better...
More to come...
Sunday, April 10, 2011
2. List the people that make up the pieces of you.
3. I love my best friend because….
4. Take a picture of yourself right NOW, What were you doing? Explain why you have not washed your hair and why you are still wearing pajamas.
Since I can see bits of this fitting into the novel I decided to use #1 this week.
Thinking back on the roller coaster of my love life (well at least this one...) I realize the heart broken wasn't necessarily mine but in a way it was. I was young (high school) and new to the idea of romance and dating. We were from different environments although we shared a love of music and were both passionate when it came to friendships. Not fully understanding each other and rushing into things freaked me out a little and rather than communicating my true feelings I broke his heart, in the process though I broke my own heart by not letting anyone else close for the next 2 plus years. I put up walls when it came to romance. Looking back on that year I can say we had fun together and luckily we have remained friends over the years. Hind sight is always 20/20 they say and as cliche' as it is , it really is true. Everything we experience teaches us something. While it took me a long time I really learned how critical communicating is in a relationship. I hope I can convey the emotions as I write of these experiences but still keep an open mind.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
With the rise of Facebook many of those friendships have been rekindled. We are all grown and most of us are married and have families now. The building we called our theatrical home has been demolished for a soccer field. But the memories of those friendships and the life lessons we learned from those days will live with us for a long long time.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
"Let's get to work people" Her voiced echoed through the auditorium and the kids knew she meant business. Sheila held her own with the rowdy bunch of kids; rough around the edges but gentle and compassionate when called for. "I want to get the blocking done so we can move on. Top of page 7...."
"Ms.Carey?" Addy broke in cautiously. "I think we have a slight problem." her voice shakey as she pointed to the first bank of lights on the stage. Little sparks flickered from the center pin spot.
" Oh crap! Jason, kill the lights on the stage and give me the full house now!" her voice and demenor changed almost immediately. "Addy, go find Mr. Burgess he should still be here... We need an extra ladder. Kyle grab the ladder from back stage and set it up under that bar of lights stage left." The down side to an old auditorium , old wiring."
Monday, April 4, 2011
"Curtain Journey" is or was the working title of a novel I was working on for NaNoWriMo'09. Basically parts of the story were vignettes from my past life in Junior High and High School Theater. I loved the time I spent in theater all 5 years plus some of the arts I worked in after high school.
I remember our theater well.. The art deco pieces on the walls of the auditorium, the very uncomfortable seats, the rounded balcony. The building that housed the theater was originally the high school and became the junior high after a newer facility was built in the early 1970's, so we were lucky to have a larger auditorium than most junior highs.. The stage had a wood floor and was fairly deep. The curtain that hung in the front was blue velveteen and something about the curtain mesmerized me. It was warm and comforting giving a feeling of security much like a quilt on Grandma's bed. I spent time both on stage and back stage always comforted by the great expanse of the curtain. When I began planning the novel project knowing much of the story would take place in or around that theater I decided the curtain had to play a larger than life role in the book, thus the title. The auditorium and building are now gone but the memories from those years are forever etched in my mind. I hope as I work more on the project the comforting of that curtain will be a presence to the reader as well as the author.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
1. Describe something you saw as a child, you wish you have never seen.
2. Write a letter to your son/daughter, telling them how much they mean to you.
3. What is your biggest regret?
4. Have you read a good book lately? Tell us about it.
So I'm going to take the easy route this week and go with #4...
I have been reading miscellaneous books for reviews (mostly homeschooling books) and was blessed to receive a copy of "Petra" by TL Highley..set in Petra during the early church the characters encounter true evil and learn to learn on the love of God and Christ to make it through their journey. The book is a wonderful journey to Christ and a powerful look at evil and how it can impact even our daily lives. The author has a wonderful site that sets up the idea of journeying through ancient Rome and early Christianity without the needed Passport. Her blog also gives readers in site into the story both the fiction and non-fiction aspects of Petra as well as links to research Petra yourself. I am still working on my book review ( I tend to read and then re-read a book before I write a full scale review)
Friday, April 1, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Today's writing prompt from Mom's Tree House I am working on is:
#3 Sometimes, I’m a bad mommy because…
(This is kind of a strange one considering the previous quote I posted, but I'm still going with the prompt.)
Sometimes I lose my temper and I know that my thoughts are no longer focused on God and Love. By moving from the loving thoughts I let my temper get the better of me and take it out of the kids usually by simply ignoring them. I know it is better to take the time out, but the best thing would be to not let my temper take over. I have a wonderful book that was given to me , the title is something like "10 minute time outs for Mommy" that has been a wonderful tool with Scripture verses and tools to get back on track to being the Mommy my boys want and need me to be (fun and loving)
The prompt this week is/ was:
This week, I want you to find a quote that moves you. Post the quote and the author, if known. Why does this quote move you? How does it make you feel? It doesn't necessarily have to be one that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Maybe there's one that makes you laugh or want to scream at the top of your voice.
"We have nothing to fear when Love is at the helm of thought, but everything to enjoy on earth and in heaven."