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Taking a Break, Sort Of

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As you may know, I’m taking a break next week to go to a writer’s conference. My first one! But I’m taking an even bigger break from work since I’m cutting back to one day a week at the job.

But I’m not really taking a break from work. It looks like the conference will be busy. Breakfast starts at 7:15. I’m not a morning person. I tend to stay up late, getting on the computer after the laundry is on it’s last load and I’ve taken care of other business. I really should break the habit I have of staying up late on the computer. Sometimes I’m up until 2am. But usually that’s my limit. I try to stop earlier than that, like 1am. When I have to get up early the next day, I try to get to sleep by midnight. I’m curious about how many night owls there are on WP, or among bloggers in general.

My schedule will be very different from what I’m used to when I get back from the conference. It will be an interesting experience. I predict I will love it – creating my own schedule.

I’ll have two days for writing, including working on my book and blogging, though I tend to work on blog posts whenever an idea hits. I’ll have one day for ART projects, initially at the Rescue Mission where my husband works. I’ll post pictures as those unfold. And one day will be for home improvements followed by going to the beach in the afternoon.

I also have a goal to go the gym at least two days per week, probably on my writing days. I hope to go swimming at least one day per week, too.

There! I’ve put it in writing. Hopefully that will get me to take those breaks to go to the gym and the beach. Beach breaks are the best in the summertime!

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I think these waves are called breakers.

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt was “brake/break.”

If you’d like to join in the fun, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/05/20/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-2116/

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!


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Big Plans and a Big Skink

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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.

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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:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/05/13/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-1416/

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!