Sunday, February 27, 2011

A-Z Blogging Challenge

I've joined a blogging challenge for the first time. It begins in April. Bloggers have to blog every day, except weekends, and each day has to be on a subject starting with a letter of the alphabet, A to Z.

I know what you're thinking: Just what Lisa needs, another way to spend time not writing her novel.

Well, you might be right. On the other hand, writng is writing.

I'm planning on being through the first draft of my novel by then. And if I'm not, I look on this as a writing exercise. Twenty-six subjects in twenty-six days. In alphabetical order. That should get my creativity flowing. And if I keep the posts short and on a subject I'm familiar with, it shouldn't be too time consuming. I'm hoping to use it as a warm-up to working on a WIP.

We'll see!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Goodbye, Moe

A good friend died last week. He was the father of my first boyfriend. Even though Tony and I broke up in junior high, Moe remained a friend to my parents. I didn't really get to know him until after I graduated high school. He was at my parents' house almost every evening for dinner so he became like a second father to me. He helped me when my parents couldn't. I have him to thank for some of the best memories of my life. My parents used to call him the Vampire of the Dawn because on weekends he would sometimes show up for breakfast after having been out all night partying. As he grew older, he left the wild life behind and became a student of religion. He was on his way, in his 80s, to getting a bachelor's degree in religious studies.

He didn't want a funeral so there won't be a gathering of friends and family. No way to say goodbye. It's  not important, really, but I still feel the need to say it. There will be a get-together but not until August because his death was so sudden and his son lives in Alaska.

August is too far away. So, I'm saying goodbye to him here.

Goodbye, Moe. I loved you, though I don't think I ever said it.  I regret that but I hope you knew.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

At Last...

HQN is having an online pitchfest for Nocturne Bites. Great opportunity. The deadine is too soon for me to finish 16,000-20,000 words ready for submission, but it's made me want to write again. I've written 500-1,600 words a day for the last several days. No use beating myself up, but if I had continued to write during November's NoWriMo I'd have a finished Bites ready to submit.

Ah, well. The good news is: I'm writing!