Saturday, February 27, 2010

Now that's what I'm talking about

This day was like trying to cram a whole week into one day.

First I woke up at 6am and then got a load of clothes into wash and left for the grocery store by 7am.

I bought a notebook to get my WIP organized and visited my mother-in-law, (I haven't seen her in over a week and I miss her!)

Back home to speed clean house for 1 hour and 15 minutes then it's off to a basketball game and work on assignment 5 of my ICL ( observing a youth).

Then back home to fold load of clothes then off with my sister for a massage (absolutely wonderful) I even got some ideas going for a poem about writing.

Then we had a nice relaxing lunch at Cracker Barrel. then it was off to my horseback riding lesson and then we topped it off with a movie: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

I had some great ideas while watching that movie. I could see how the problem was presented then the scenes, conflict and resolution of each scene. Seems like I just read that somewhere.

Now I'm pumped to get to writing myself.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Grooming Lesson

This is not Dixie but she looks similar to her. My first lesson with horses was yesterday and my good friend Pat was my trainer.

I was amazed Dixie didn't eat me up. She was gentle even when we were not. Pat showed me how to brush the mud out of her coat and then let me do it. When she tackled the tail , though I have to admit I was nervous. I know how I hate to have someone brush the tangles out of my hair but Dixie didn't seem to mind. Pat was behind her and just pulling that comb through her tail and pulling hair and all out. I learned where the withers are (is that spelled right?). I leaned how to clean the hoofs and to put a bridle on and to lead the horse, not the horse leading me. I didn't get on Dixie this time, maybe next time. I don't even know if I could get my leg up that high. My husband seems excited that I'm learning about horses, too. He helped out on his Grandpa's farm on the summers so he knows all about horses and wouldn't mind going on some horse trails.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

What a wonderful day! My husband got me just what I wanted for Valentine's Day. I wanted him to go to church with me this morning and he did. We were like all the other old married couples there and I loved it. Everyone was so glad to see him. I wish he would come more often. Maybe one day.

I had a good weekend with mother too. I read up on my writing craft and started plotting my middle grade novel (again). I guess I will continue until I finally get it right. Then yesterday I got my Institute for Children's Writer's assignment four back and got some really good feedback. My instructor, Michael Cooper helped me to distill my subject down even further until it is finely polished manuscript, or will be after the revisions.
I'm glad too because I am really passionate about this subject and would like for it to be a magazine article. I felt like I was trying to put everything I learned about my subject in it and it showed. Now I have a more focused article.