Monthly Archives: May 2013

How sad is this?

So, I’ve been a slave to my computer – both at work and at home. Sometimes, the last thing I want to do is sit down and write a post. Sorry! Just saying…

Still, I’ve been able to read other’s wonderful posts and I’m glad that I’ve been able to keep up with that part of blogging.¬† I guess it’s time to make a confession, though.

I’m a Temple Run II addict.

I know, I know, it’s a “kids” game. Adults are NOT supposed to play it on their smartie phones. But, isn’t that what makes it so much more fun?

Okay. I have another confession. I’m terrible at Temple Run.

Yup, my poor little character has been fried, gobbled up, smashed into walls and launched off cliffs too many times to count. So, when he recently tossed himself over the cliff and kept on running – you know like on Bugs Bunny? my daughter hurried to help me snap a screen shot.

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My favorite part is the “save me!”

Turns out McKenna has had the same experience. Only hers kept running in space until she was a little dot on the horizon.

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See? Isn’t that a hoot?

The lousy part is this last picture. Another screen shot taken by the very same little Miss McKenna. See her score?

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No, you don’t need to know my top¬†score. Let’s just say mine is missing a bunch of zeros.

A whole bunch of zeros.

Sigh.

Where’d I put my smart phone?

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What’s Sue been up to…

Just thought I’d let you know I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. Not yet, anyways.

As I mentioned before – did I mention before?- I joined an online critique group and have been crafting away on my historical novel. What a great experience… all that feedback, the slashing and cutting and ripping has made me a different person.

I now have thick skin.

Go figure?

When I began back in March, I was SO nervous. Critiquing other people’s work seemed easy-breezy. What a blast, telling someone what to change! But when it came time to upload one of my chapters, I thought I would pass out. Or die.

Let me tell you writers out there, if you don’t have a group like this, you are missing out. Once I survived the initial shock of all those red lines I began to see the real value of this experience. How many years have I sat in front of my computer, wondering if what I was saying made any sense? If the characters seemed valid or real? If the plot worked, or how to ratchet up tension and keep the pacing?

I wonder no longer.

Now, I get direct feedback and what a joy it is. I’m currently on chapter 4. I love my characters, I see where I want them to go and now I have the confidence that with a little help from some very nasty friends (wink) I will get there.

Here’s to Sue! She didn’t die!

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Duck stew for dinner…

Okay, so I got up way too early this morning… blame it on the stinking birds.
Actually, if you want to be accurate, blame it on the stupid ducks.
The songbirds were singing away – so sweet and melodic, and it was all so lovely, until a duck joined in. Quack, quack, quack – done in a straight, single note over and over and over …. the only moment of grace was when a predator swept through the woods and everything went silent.
Maybe it was looking to have duck stew for dinner.
yum. yum.
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