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NaNo–Here we come!

October 31, 2012

It’s time!  Let’s DO this!  This is the year we’re going to WIN NaNo and actually DO something with our stories!  I’m so stoked!

Now, if I can just keep this momentum once 12:00 arrives in a little more 3 and a half hours….!

Did you all see the post on the NaNo FaceBook page about writing a letter to yourself and putting it somewhere so you can read it throughout the month of November?  That’s a really great idea.  What about if we write our letters and post them here????


5 books influenced me most

October 1, 2011

opic #264:

What 5 books have influenced you the most?

This is a tough one. I’m not sure I can keep it to just five, but here goes:

1. COLD SASSY TREE by Olive Ann Burns. This is just an amazing book that everyone should read. It’s a wonderful southern story with amazing southern characters who, even though it’s been more than 20 years since I read the book for the first time, I still think about and talk about on a day-to-day basis!

2. GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell. This has always been my Mom’s favorite book and it easily became one of mine. I remember just as clear as day her telling me how difficult it was to get started with the book, but once she got passed the first 3 chapters, she couldn’t put the book down! I’ve seen the movie dozens of times and I’ve read the book several! Although, I can open the book pretty close to where I want to be with my favorite parts!

3. THE LOVELY BONES and LUCKY by Alice Sebold. I had seen THE LOVELY BONES on the New York Times BestSeller list for more than a year and, of course, I was intrigued. I finally picked up a copy of the book and flew through it in one day! I quickly picked up LUCKY and flew through it as well. Sebold told Suzie’s story in such a way that–even as horrific as the story is–I was unable to put the book down! It really is a very amazing, powerful book that everyone should read!!!

4. IVANHOE by Sir Walter Scott. LOVE, love, love, love, love this wonderful historical romance novel!!!! It is the type of story I hope one day to write. I love the way the story is written. I love the names of the characters in the story. I love the characters themselves. There’s sword fighting, jousting, father/son relationships, kings, princesses, Jews, knights, and romance out the wazoo!!!! What isn’t there to love about IVANHOE?!

5. the whole HARRY POTTER series. I have only recently read the whole series, but I quickly flew through the whole series once and then I turned right around and re-read the whole thing again!!!! I think I’ve read the whole series 4 times all together! The movies are definitely a lot of fun, but even more than the movies being wonderful, the books are just absolutely AMAZING! Rowling definitely stole a little from other great literature, but the reality is that all the greats steal a little from the previous greats. This is a series that should be read by and will definitely continue to be a true literary classic!!!

P.S. Or if you prefer, what 5 movies, 5 albums, or travels.

Favorite Trait about Myself

May 30, 2011

(first meeting of Hickory Writer’s Society–Prompt:  write, in 200 words or less, about my favorite trait about myself)

My real name is Polly Anna.  Yes.  That’s right.  Katherine Ann Porter wrote the famous novel of the same name Pollyanna.  Over the years, as a result of her novel, the term “Pollyanna” has come to be synonymous with being happy, glad, full of joy, optimistic, able to find good in all situations.

I was named appropriately.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I have bad days.  I have what I call “low self-esteem” days.  I get angry.  I have even been severely depressed.

But, ultimately, at the end of the day, when all is said and done, I can–I DO–find the good in every situation.  I experience JOY–ABUNDANT JOY–in my life.  Yes, the JOY of the Lord is my strength!

It is with all that being said that I already have my epitaph for my tombstone:

Polly Anna–She sure was!

Walking on Sunshine

May 30, 2011

(From our first, official meeting together–Hickory Writer’s Society–the prompt was to choose my favorite song and write a story using the words from the song)

My boyfriend broke up with me yesterday.  At first, I was crushed.  I couldn’t believe he’d break up with me.  I thought we were going to get married and live happily ever after–TOGETHER.

I really thought he loved me.

He came over to my house after work.  I had planned a nice, quiet evening, watching the season finale of Dancing with the Stars.  I was tired and I just wanted to snuggle while we enjoyed the dancing on the show.

Ten minutes before the show started, he gently pulled the remote out of my hands and turned off the TV.   Of course, the first thought through MY mind was, “This is IT!  Get ready to be surprised!  Wait for him to ask before screaming ‘Yes’!”  Deep breath.  Deep Breath.

I waited, patiently (yeah, right) for him to get down on one knee in front of me.  It took a moment to realize that even though he wasn’t on one knee in front of me, he was talking.  And he was saying, “It’s over.  We’ve had a good run, but it’s time for me to move on.  I think we should see other people.”

“What?!  Huh?!”

“I can’t keep going.  It’s over.  I’m sorry.”

Before I could recover my wits, he’d left.

In a state of shock, I numbly watched my show–and cried.  A LOT.

Today was NOT a good day.

Then, just a minutes ago, HE walked through the door!  He was still in a relationship, IT would have turned out differently!

But, oh Lord, ‘it’s time to feel good’!

Because Gerard Butler walked through the door and asked me out…..’I’m walking on Sunshine, oh YEAH!’