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Big Plans and a Big Skink



In just over one week, I’ll be traveling to my first writer’s conference in the Blue Ridge Mountains. My friends in my Word Weavers group have encouraged me to go. We will be driving up on Sunday and coming back Thursday. Then, I’ll come back for Memorial Day weekend and work on Tuesday. By work, I mean the job I’ve had for about thirty years. Because something big is happening in my life. I’ve mentioned it a few times, or at least hinted at it – the big transition, my leap of faith into becoming who I am meant to be. I’m planning to write more about this transition in a few days.

I just stopped writing to put a snail outside. It was climbing on the inside of my bedroom window. Maybe it has something to do with the weather. Maybe it came in to get out of the rain. I tried to take a picture of it, but I couldn’t focus the camera with one hand while holding the snail in the other hand. That reminds me, I do have a picture I can share of a skink that was in the bush in my front yard earlier this week. I had no idea what it was, because I’d never seen anything like it. My husband looked it up and found it was an adult blue tailed skink. I’ve seen plenty of young blue tailed skinks on my back deck, but didn’t know they looked like this as an adult. It was about as big as my hand not counting the tail. It kinda makes me feel good about having such as lush, aka overgrown, jungly yard, because wildlife likes it around here. I’d prefer they stayed outside though.

I just looked up skinks. I don’t think this guy I saw in my bushes, or gal, it might have been  female, was a blue tailed skink. I think it was more likely a broad headed skink. 

It seemed like the whole body was orange and not just the head.




Well, maybe the whole body wasn’t orange…..but it was big!

Our prompt today for Stream of Consciousness Saturday was to start with a two letter word. I thought about trying to start every sentence with a two letter word, but that got old  quick and interfered with the stream of consciousness flow. We get bonus points if we end with a two letter word. But that’s not happening. It almost happened with the word be at the end of my first paragraph. But then the SOC flowed on.

(Hey, did you see that. I did end with a two letter word! Didn’t plan it either.)

If you’d like to go with the Stream of Consciousness flow, visit Linda’s blog at the link below:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

21 thoughts on “Big Plans and a Big Skink

  1. I had no idea what a skink was until I saw your pictures (we don’t have them here in the UK). What a stunning creature!

    • I’d seen smaller blue tailed skinks over the years, but this is the first time I’ve seen one this big and orange! I didn’t know what it was. Just goes to show there are always new things to learn! Thanks for visiting!

  2. Have fun at the writers’ conference!

  3. This is so great. I love that skink! I have only seen one once and it was small with a neon blue tail. Really pretty. This guy is very cool! Good shot! I hope you have a great time at the conference. I look forward to hearing about your big leap!
    Happy Trails! (The kennel where we take our dog sometimes is called Happy Tails…which takes me back to your skink, :))

    • That’s cool when the stream of consciousness circles back like a skink chasing it’s tail. The neon blue tails are beautiful but skittish. Glad you like my photos. I was lucky to have my phone in my pocket!

  4. Have a great time at the conference JoAnna! And I hope it provides just what is needed to continue the transformation you feel… I like the lizard in this context for some reason. It makes me think of snakes and shedding skins, and of chameleons and changing colors or something. I can’t put my finger on it, but it makes me think of one of those beautiful synchronicities where meaning is revealed to us in the movement of the natural world.


  5. Bonjour et bon week-end de Pentecôte

    En cette nouvelle soirée

    Comme un oiseau de tendresse

    Je viens te chanter mon bonjour

    Comme on chante les belles histoires

    Je te peints mes pensées à l’encre de mes mots

    Comme on peint les jolis tableaux

    Je te dessine le contour de mes plus beaux sentiments

    Comme on dessine l’innocence à travers les yeux d’un enfant

    Je t’ai écris ces quelques lignes nappées de bonheur

    Comme on écrit les plus beaux souvenirs

    Je te souhaite une bonne soirée . avec des petits bisous



  6. That’s a vibrant looking lizard or skink. Have fun at the conference.

  7. I’m so excited for you dear JoAnna!! Oh…I just know that you will have the best time and learn so much 🙂
    Your little orange critter is quite handsome 😉

  8. Enjoy the writer’s conference 🙂 I hope you have a lovely experience.

    P.S. I hope I don’t come across a skink! Not a fan of lizards or their look-alikes!

  9. Reblogged this on Still Another Writer's Blog and commented:
    I wonder how it went?

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