February's Inspirational Quote

"One Hour at a Time"
~ Laurie Wallmark.

Dear Laurie,
You might not recall saying this and perhaps I won't remember the specifics but you are our inspiration for the rest of February and maybe even March.

You and I were on the phone and talking about how hard it is to write a novel and as usual I was whining and feeling sorry for my long-a$$ journey. And you told me about how you were working and how busy you were so you wrote your novel one hour at a time. Astounded I said, "You wrote your novel one hour at a time?" And you said, "Yup." And I thought, "Wow... ... ..."

Often times we think we need - or I think I need - huge chunks of time set aside so I can write. Do you do that too? What if we gave ourselves one hour of each day? If it turns into two, well then fine, but if not, at least you still had your One Hour at a Time. So that is the motto of the month, thanks to ours truly, Laurie Wallmark.

We love you, Laurie!

Monday, June 2, 2008

June's Writing Exercise... The Mystery Critter

I can hear the moans from here. June's a busy month, I know, I know! I am up to my eyeballs in it too, believe me. But this little exercise will literally take you minutes. Not even.

So, if you have not tried one of these babies yet, now's your chance to get off easy.

This is a two-parter. Take a look at the pretty picture below and tell us what you think is inside.

That's it. Plain and simple.

NOW NO CHEATING OR SNOOPING AROUND ON THE INTERNET FOR THE ANSWER, YOU SAVVY WRITERS! Just look at the cocoon and make a prediction. What is your perspecitve on it? Who lives inside? Who will emerge? It doesn't have to be a story. Just a sentence or two. Even just a few words will suffice. That's it. Really.So what's part two? Part two is on me --- The reveal. (que music - dun, dun, dun, daaaaa). I will give you all until June 16th to write a sentence or a few words just sharing your perspective on this mystery critter. Then on June 17th, I will post what it is...

Easy, schmeezy...

Happy Writing


11 comments:

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Sheri said...

Welcome Miumiu and thanks for visiting us.

PJ Hoover said...

Wait - I know the answer. Is that cheating, or should I make something up?

Jeanne said...

Uh-oh - I was already reading your blog and I know the answer. Does that mean I have "pre-cheated?" Hmmm - then I'll give an answer and a clue to those that follow ...

"I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree."
- Joyce Kilmer

Cathleen Daniels said...

Its Fira! I'm sure of it. What crawls out should be very interesting indeed.

P.S.
Sheri you have just given me my answer to Book 3 in Kaida's Gem Trilogy! I was trying to think of something as I drove to work this morning and then read your assignment when I got in and the answer to my dilemma rolled out in front of me like a red carpet. You were momentarily an instrument of the Gods when you posted that! Cathy :)

Sheri said...

yes, PJ if you've read my other blog - it is a bit of a spoiler. I guess if you really know, then don't give it away... And I don't want the rest of you running to my other blog just yet either... BTW PJ, I should have known you would know what it was even if you didn't (maybe you didn't) read it on my other blog - Miss rock tumbler!

You too Jeanne! Ahhhh my loyal readers... where would I be without the two of you!!! :)

Yes Cathy, GOd and I are very close! And I blieve she has worked her infinite wisdom before - how we were brought together, don't you think. Glad I can help with book three and I am expected a thank you on the dedication page...

So what is inside this, this.. well thing. Is it a cocoon? A crysalis? Mums the word for me for now.

PS Cathy great posting about your grant, congrats a thousand times. Your daughter is adorable and I recognized her immediately because of your pumpkin illustration! Carbon copy!

Patricia Koelmel said...

Sheri, you are killing me with curiousity. I have never seen such a strange crysalis?? I have no idea what type of insect or whatever might be inside. I will, however, take a stab at a guess. Is it a hummingbird nest?

Mark said...

I haven't peeked or Googled so here goes.
The hanging cocoon looks bark-like, well-camouflaged to blend in with a branch. So, could the creature that emerges also be well-camouflaged? Is it a cocoon for a walking stick insect?

tandtmom said...

Ok, here's my guess. I'm leaning toward some odd-looking insect. If anyone out there has read the picture book, "Three Nasty Gnarlies", it kind of reminds me of that...

Sheri said...

Sorry to kill you wiht Suspense Pat...

Good guess Mark and nice line of reasoning, but ah... no. Sorry.

TandT - strange for sure... stay tuned for the REVEAL...

LEEZY said...

ooooh, cool... er.... thing! Looks like a seahorse all dried up .. no wiat ... is it a BAGWORM? ... no wait, I'm working backwards, I just read the reveal - hahahahahahaha.

I never would have known what I was lookig at here. Ioriginally thought it was a dried, rolled-up leaf or soemthing.

This is nasty, but cool nasty. Shame it's a Tree Destroyer though.