I love YouTube, I love that you can find old obscure music videos, I love the nerdy science videos, I love PBS Digital Studios and the shows that they produce. Specifically I love The Art Assignment. This is probably where I need to admit to you that I know nothing about art, I can’t draw to save my life, I don’t know the difference between a Monet and a Manet but I do know that none of that matters. The Art Assignment is a little unconventional, they tend to focus on modern and contemporary art and that is right up my alley…even if I don’t completely understand it. One of my favorite episodes was about experimental music, check it out and then we’ll talk.
Happy Friday, welcome to Friday Favorites, and my first post in a couple months. I’ve been quite for a while because I have been working on a few different projects that I let take priority over the blog. Anyway, now that I’m making some progress on one of my big projects I am hoping to be more consistent in my blogging. To start, I’m going to share some of my favorite writing tools, tips, and tricks….I’m linking up with Andrea to share my Friday Favorites….enjoy!!
It sounds nuts but editing is one of my favorite things! It always has been. I love being able to read my work again and it’s a kind of stress relief for me to tear my work to shreds with my red pen.
In July I wrote a novel. An actual, honest to goodness, novel. I have spent the last few months editing that thing to death. I cut several scenes, added several scenes, and have been terrorized by grammar. The first round of editing is finished and a proof is on it’s way to my house in the next few weeks. I’m hoping that I managed to find all the little mistakes, fixed everything that needed fixing, and if all goes as planned I will be publishing (!!!) sometime in November. Now, I know that I said up above that I edit with a red pen, but in all actuality I use whatever pen I can find lately I’ve been using these beauties that Andrea recommended on her blog.
Favorite Ways to Keep Writing
There are several tools that I use to keep me writing; Write Track, is an online resource that helps you set goals and stick to them when it comes to creating content whether that is writing, photography, illustration or any other kind of creating. It allows you to set your own goals, update them just like you would a FB status, and it has helped so much with reminding me to edit a little bit everyday when I’m finished with school stuff. I’m a senior in college, I work, and I volunteer every week at the elementary school near my house so a reminder to work on my project when I have time is pretty helpful because I don’t usually make time between work, school, church, and volunteering. Even if I only spend a few minutes editing or writing each day, at least I’m making some progress.
The NaNoWriMo site is awesome, especially in November when you can track your word count by the day. I am the kind of person that is motivated by actually seeing my progress so seeing my little line graph creep up each day is really satisfying and very motivational.
Friends and fellow writers are honestly the best resources that you can have as a writer. They keep you on track, act as a sounding board when you have issues with your plot, and can talk sense into you when you feel bogged down and want to quit. I have a great friend who is also a writer and I have to tell you she puts up with a lot from me. When I was writing my first novel I would send her the most random texts and messages asking about what she thought about certain characters and what they would do in certain situations.
Favorite New Book
This one is not a tip or a trick but I have to tell you about the book that my best friend just published! It is called The Ripple Affair and here is the description from Amazon:
Edward Engel is many things. A prince to inherit a throne. A man betrothed to the beautiful Lady Antoinette. A dashing warrior with no equal in skill. And a man with enough secrets to make his entire world crumble. His life remains uninterrupted until he meets Malina, the daughter of a neighboring king, who quickly sets her gazes upon the prince and his heavy crown. After a drunken night of passion between them, Edward hopes his meeting with Malina will become just another secret to bury, never to be known to anyone but him and the princess. But it takes two to keep a secret, and Malina is not one to let a man get away so easily. Will Edward be able to keep his secrets intact, or will his affair with Malina create a ripple effect that goes beyond the bedchamber
I want you to understand that this is Christian Fiction; it deals with infidelity, but is ultimately a redemption story. You can buy the book HERE (Kindle edition coming soon) and you can find out more about the author HERE. Like I said The author is a great friend of mine – in fact she’s the one that convinced me to start writing again – if you are in need of a good book or a new blog to add to your subscriptions check her out and I promise you won’t be disappointed (not that I’m biased or anything!).
Those are my Friday Favorites for this week! I’m going to try to get some posts scheduled for the month of November because I will be working on the sequel to the novel that I just finished editing. I will keep you posted on the publishing process and you will be the first to know when it goes on sale!
If you made it this far without me boring you too much I would love to hear from you! Do you have a favorite book, favorite author, or do you yourself write? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Firday! I love, love, love Friday’s! For me, it is the end of the work week, and gives me plenty of time to hang out with my family. Friday also means it’s time for another installment of Quick Takes! I’m joining Jen over at Conversion Diary, let’s get to it!
1.) Last Saturday night my whole extended family (on dad’s side) got together to celebrate my Great Grandmother’s 94th birthday.
(Youtube: Keith and Kristyn Getty)
Monday night the writers and executives at ABCFamily made history. They presented an episode of their hit show Switched At Birth entirely in American Sign Language (ASL).
I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you that may not have watched it yet, but the previous board decided (due to budget cuts) to close down Carlton School for the Deaf, and sell the property. The deaf students blame the pilot program hearing students for this decision from the board. This episode, though centered around saving Carlton becomes about much, much more than that.
In 1988 students at Gallaudet University staged a protest. They wanted a deaf president. Below is from their website…..
This is message was given to us by Carlton guidance counselor Melody played by the wonderful Marlee Matlin. The students took over the school, and didn’t give it up until they got what they wanted. Matlin’s character in the show, we are told was involved in the Gallaudet protest, tells the students as much.
Throughout the course of this current season, Matlin’s character has been teaching a class on Deaf Culture, and the trials that are still being faced today. Matlin and the cast have a way of conveying such emotion in their words, yes their words. Sometimes their performances, and stories fill me with such emotion that it hurts. You realize in these weekly lessons from Melody, that there is so much taken for granted, and you gain such respect for, and knowledge of this culture.
There was so much more to this episode though than just saving the school. There was no sound. None…except for at some key points in the story there was subtle background music, but nothing beyond that. It forced you to pay attention. Whether you sign or not, you were either watching the words on screen, or watching their hands. I did a little of both. If I saw a sign I was fuzzy on I’d read the words, otherwise I was watching hands and reading lips. Not only did you have to pay close attention, you wanted to! My dad, who has never watched this show, watched it with us that night and was hooked.
You never realize how loud total silence can be. All I could hear was the ticking of the clock on my wall, and it drove me absolutely nuts, but on that same token I can’t imagine not hearing it. I’ve learned so much over the course of the last few seasons of this show, but never expected what we were given on Monday night. It was more than saving the school, it was about saving their freedom. Their freedom to be deaf, the freedom to hold tight to their culture, their friends. Being able to go to school and fit in, being able to learn in a friendly environment. Isn’t that what we all want? I can’t imagine if the deaf school near us closed. I’m hearing, but I would be one of the first ones to stand up and fight. Michigan School for the Deaf has such an impact on our community, and if this story were to translate to real life around here the community would fight back.
I urge you to take an ASL/Deaf Culture class….it will change your life like it did mine. I do not regret learning ASL. It is a language, a skill, and a history that I will take with me for the rest of my life. There is something so fulfilling and beautiful about having a conversation with someone in ASL. Do your research! There is such an important history linked to the Deaf Culture, and some of it will truly change your views, I know I did! To end, I would like to share with you one of my all time favorite music videos…From the Deaf Performing Artist’s Network (D-PAN) here is, Waiting on the World To Change Enjoy!
Joining up with Jen at Conversion Diary for yet another edition of Quick Takes….I’m going to get right to it because I have to be at work soon, so….away we go!
1.) I am heartbroken after the end of Downton Abbey Sunday night. I won’t give anything away I promise….I just want to let you know that I’m quite upset after what took place…..
2.) Also on Sunday nights, I watch Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America and it makes me so, so, so grateful for the fact that my mom taught me to cook at a young age. I LOVE to be in the kitchen cooking so needless to say this is one show that I hope never to be on.
3.) Sticking to the TV theme that I inadvertently created…in March I will once again be trying my hand at the Jeopardy College test…… what could possibly go wrong?!
4.) Saturday I am heading back to my old high school to hear the bands play in Michigan State Band and Orchestra Festival. I always loved festival as a student, but I’m pretty excited to sit in the audience for the whole process. From the stage performance to the sight reading room…it should be fun to be on the other side of things for once!
5.) I stopped scrapbooking after high school, when we had to do the mandatory (read: ridiculous) senior scrapbook. I already had many, many, many scrapbooks that I had done on my own and when I was done with the senior book I gave away a lot of my supplies, and just started storing my photos in boxes….that is, until I discovered the Smash Book via Pinterest. The link is to a blog from a woman who will tell you the best ways to use the book and it’s pretty much fool proof!
6.) I picked up a Smash Book for myself last week and can’t wait to use it while on vacation this year! We will be heading to Disney World in Orlando! I was seven years old the last time, and I don’t remember a lot about the trip, and I’m looking forward to ten days in the sun, with my family, and just relaxing! There is one souvenir that I am looking for, and maybe one of you can help me…..
Happy Friday! As always, I’ll be joining up with our wonderful host Jen, over at Conversion Diary…..and away we go!
1.) Last Saturday I spent all day writing, and writing, and writing and….well, I think you get the picture. I was alone at home and I had my computer in the living room, and I decided that I would put something on the TV just for a little noise….I went to NetFlix and I thought that I would see what all the hype is about with Downton Abbey.
I have seen the light! I watched all of season one on Saturday…all of it! I’m finally beginning to get caught up now on season three, and I’m wondering why I didn’t just start watching it to begin with back when it first started! I have gotten myself totally hooked, and I am falling in love with these people! It has made for some great TV watching!
Happy February everyone! Wow, January flew by fast……
Okay, now for some takes…..
1.) Exams are finally over, and didn’t go so bad this term! I passed all of my classes and I’m looking forward to a much needed Christmas break!
2.) When I got home from my last exam I came home to find my acceptance letter from UofM Flint….boy was I excited to see that!!!
3.) Sunday’s concert was fabulous!! I was so impressed with our music ministry, and how well everyone did! Next up: Christmas Celebration on the 23rd, and a Christmas Eve Service….I love this time of year!
4.) My shopping, and crafting is officially DONE!!!
|Just a small sample of what I’ve made this year|
5.) I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland! We got a couple inches of snow over night, and this Midwestern girl is loving it! I have been wanting snow for a while, and we’d get s pome and it would be gone an hour later, but this….this is Christmas snow!
6.) In keeping with tradition, dad and I will be going out on Christmas Eve for coffee and people watching! Every year for as long as I can remember, dad and I go out early on Christmas Eve and walk the mall. As a young girl he would buy me a hot chocolate, and himself a coffee, and we would walk the mall and just watch people. Men in a hurry for that one last thing, women looking frazzled, kids getting their wishes to Santa right at the last minute. I love it! Now we go, and each of us get a coffee, and we walk, and talk, and laugh with each other. Lots of good memories of Christmas Eve morning with dad!
7.) then, at night, mom will do lasagna, a big salad, and Italian bread for dinner! We have dinner as a family, and then (as a family) we go to the Christmas Eve service where mom and dad sing in the choir and I play in the orchestra, it really is a family affair for us! We have this beautiful candlelit service, and it’s one that I look forward too all year!
What Christmas traditions dose YOUR family have? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Tell me about any special family recipes that only come put this time of year, any crazy family traditions, or some really special ones?
I’m joining Jen and the others at Conversion Diary like always, so let’s get to it!
1.) the Messiah Concert went so well! We had a packed house, not quite sold out….but packed! It was great to be a part of something so special (and so fun!) I had a great time and hope to be able to do it again sometime!
2.) Saturday I did a little Christmas shopping with my grandma, which is always fun! Picked up one more project to add to my pile. Luckily this one is for my mom and I don’t necessarily have to have it done for Christmas, I can do it later. I will be embroidering an apron for her, hopefully it turns out okay : )
3.) Sunday we had rehearsal for the Christmas concert. This is my favorite time of year to be in the orchestra….we have songs that we play every year for Christmas that I love playing….that’s not to say that I don’t love playing the rest of the year, but at Christmas the French Horn gets much better parts! Obviously that is not my only reason for loving to play at Christmas, but it doesn’t hurt : )
|Christmas Concert Flyer|
4.) Monday, I had my last in class exam for psychology, and classes were cancelled for Tuesday. The atmosphere around campus is certainly one of joy! People are in good spirits, and ready for the semester to be over! I have two take home exams, and one more in class exam for microbiology and I am officially done with on campus classes at Mott.
5.) I turned in my transcript request form and transfer application this week, I should know after final grades are posted, whether or not I’ve been accepted to U of M Flint for next fall…I meet all of the requirements for transfer, so I feel pretty good about it.
6.) One cross stitch project, and three gifts left to buy and my Christmas gifts are DONE!!! It feels so good to say that on December 14th, because normally I’m not done until at least the 23rd….
- Staff Christmas Party
- Christmas Concert
- Filming ASL homework ( should I post the video here?)
- Writing Two papers for ASL
This ought to be fun! Happy third week of Advent!
I wrote most of this post last night, and published it early this morning….after this was published a tragedy occurred, one that makes my busy schedule, and my complaints seem trivial…and in this case they are. My heart breaks for the families of these innocent children, these babies that lost their lives today to an act of senseless violence. I grieve for these families; mommies and daddies, brothers and sisters, friends…..they are experiencing such loss, such heartbreak. My prayers go out to these families, I can’t even begin to fathom this loss, but I can begin to pray…pray without ceasing for some sort of comfort…some peace in this troubling time.
It’s phone dump time!! Here are the gems from my Instagram feed this week…..
|1.) I brought my work home with me this week….1,400 communication cards to put into the computer following a concert at church.
|Getting ready to sing the Messiah!|
|Cupcakes for the Choir and Orchestra Lunch Rehearsal this afternoon! Yum!!|