Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Who knew it could be this easy?

If I'd known a plain green tree with lights would be fine with my kids (and so darned easy to take down after Christmas), I'd have used one a long time ago.

Seriously, this was my easiest Christmas take down ever! And it really did look pretty, especially at night, and from outside. No ornaments to block all the lights. Less is more!

I'm sure I'll put up the standard tree with all the glass and homemade ornaments again sometime, but maybe I can get away with this for at least another year.

In my defense, I just couldn't bring myself to unpack all our Christmas stuff two months after we moved in the new house and packed it all away. So I ordered this 10-foot pre-lit tree from Frontgate. Bless my children for not caring!

See how pretty.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gotta stop reading

Okay, I've tried it both ways and have come to the conclusion that I'm not able to read other novels while I'm writing my own.

I've read that some authors do (Stephen King, Nora Roberts), while others don't (Danielle Steel, Janet Evanovich). I have recently come to the conclusion that I fall into the latter group.

I will keep reading (re-reading really) a couple of my favorite how-to books (Elizabeth George's Write Away and Somerset Maugham's The Summing Up). After all, those should help, right?

It's the fictional stories I find so distracting. It's much easier to sit down and read someone else's book than write my own, especially when it's a really good one like the one I just finished (an oldie by Sandra Brown).

So, I'm not reading fiction; I'm immersing myself in my own story. Here's a picture of Charleston I found on the internet that I thought reflected the mood of my book.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Been distracted

I've been distracted from writing and blogging by this (home from school):

And this (trip to Colorado):

And these (these are always a distraction):

But I'm back at it now. So, nose to the grindstone...