A sense of wonder is a great trait for a character or writer ... or anyone.
Somehow staring at the stars and imaging the universe can restore your balance and sense of awe. It can make your problems seem small.
So I was disappointed that the clouds obscured the lunar eclipse last night. I was able to see some of it, but not all. So I searched for the next best thing to being there, the internet.
So if you had clouds obscure your view, here is a recap; it appears to be a medley of the eclipse as viewed by different cameras. So if you're interested, view this link from USA Today.
(warning: there is an ad that precedes the video).
Picture from Twitter: @cbushwrites
More pictures at http://www.valuewalk.com/2015/09/supermoon-lunar-eclipse-photos/
By the time I finish this post, the autumnal equinox will be past. The equinox is where the days and nights are equal and then we head toward winter.
Though we can look forward to autumn's crisp, cool air and vibrant colors, I'm always a bit sad to see summer end. The pool is closed and the long days, sizzling steaks on the grill, and steamy hot weather that is nature's sauna gives way to the next season.
So if you are like me and need some reminders of the great days that fall brings, here are a few choice quotes to cheer you up:
"Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” ― Chad Sugg
“Autumn was her happiest season. There was an expectancy about its sounds and shapes: the distant thunk pomp of leather and young bodies on the practice field near her house made her think of bands and cold Coca-Colas, parched peanuts and the sight of people's breath in the air. There was even something to look forward to when school started ― renewals of old feuds and friendships, weeks of learning again what one half forgot in the long summer. Fall was hot supper time with everything to eat one missed in the morning when too sleepy to enjoy it.” ― Harper Lee
"Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale." —Lauren DeStefano, Wither
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I've got a blue button on my hair dryer.
The instructions said that when you push it, negative ions* come out in the air.
I have no idea if it really works, but even so, every morning when I'm drying my hair (I start with my head upside down), I push the button and I smile. :)
It's automatic -- I don't know if I'm smiling at myself because I'm pushing a button that does nothing, or if it really works.
It doesn't matter.
Bottom line, I always feel just a little better.
So, look for your blue buttons of happiness. They're out there!
Have a great day,
*Negative ions are the good kind -- they are also produced by falling water, like your shower or a waterfall. I think that's why people love waterfalls so much.
I'm in the middle of reading a very good novel, "A Conspiracy of Paper" by David Liss. This engaging story is set in England in the 1700's and I'm enjoying the language and word choice that add to the authenticity of the historical setting.
For instance, he referred to a minor character as a sycophant. That's not a word I've heard often, but it describes a person who uses flattery to win favor from individuals wielding influence. This type of character is not unique to the 1700's -- they are still around. In fact, Sophia is tries to work with a sycophant in Book 3, but more about that later.
For more definitions of sycophant, click this link to the Free Dictionary
Welcome to the Characters, Words and More Blog!
Even though I love writing, I’ve hesitated to write a blog – after all, with so many great ones out there, why would someone want to read mine?
But I just had to give it a try. I write part time, and one of the advantages of combining a business career with writing is that I get a constant source of inspiration.
I could write (or talk) about my characters all day, but sadly, not all of their stories make it into the novels, some are cut during editing and some just rattle around my head, and they might be interesting to readers.
So some of the topics you may see here are:
· Bits left on the editing floor – scenes and backstory that is not in the books
· Topics for future books – with reader polls
· Pictures and sayings, sometimes just pictures
· Unusual words you may want to know (throw these into your next conversation!)
· Quizzes (I’ve heard that people love quizzes)
Please feel free to post comments and questions. It's more fun to have a dialog than a monologue!
Insights on writing, characters, humor and other tidbits from the author of the "Scoops and Schemes" series of novels.
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