Thursday, April 30, 2009

Would You Believe?

PHEW! What a whirlwind March and April were. So, where have I been? Would you believe I was abducted by aliens? No. How about I found myself falling through a mirror to the lost city of Lemuria (Atlantis' twin lost city - a little PJ Hoover's The Emerald Tablet for you). No, you don't buy that either... Hmmm, let's see... OK, I know. I was walking through the woods when I decided to follow this hawk and became terribly lost in an unfamiliar, unfriendly forest. No, that's in my book.

OK, truth be told... I was here all along but under siege of fast and furious freelance writing jobs. Before leaving for Florida, I thought I was going to burst a blood vessel in my temporal lobe! I have NEVER been under so much pressure. But hey, I am not complaining! It's good to be busy and good to have a job at a time like this. So, am I back? Yes. But, it won't be as predictable as I normally am - blogging every week. Instead, I am going to have to blog when the window opens. I think things are becoming more manageable.

In order to better balance my freelance, my speculative novel, and my blog, I am beginning a new bi-monthly feature. I am hoping it will keep us connected, hone our writing skills, and maybe help keep up my blog during this crazy run better than I've been lately.

But, before I go into more detail about this new bloggy venture, I need to spread the linky love to a dear friend, mentor, talented writer and artist, and NJ's own SCBWI Regional Advisor - Kathy Temean. Kathy's just joined the blog-o-sphere and I'd love it if we all give her a warm welcome by visiting her amazing site. Kathy offers a plethora of reliable information. She knows many agents, editors, and publishers. She gives good advice and knows her stuff! So check her out...

So what's my new bloggy column about??? Well, I am combining my two areas of interest, photography and writing. I am going to post a new picture prompt every two weeks, I will put up a picture and ask that you free write about the photo in my comments section. Let's make some rules though... Hmmm, let's see... Actually, it's only 1 rule. It should only take you 5 minutes. There, that's my only rule, for now. Feel free to write poetry, something for children, something for adults, the beginnings of an idea maybe for a novel... whatever comes to your head in five minutes and leave it in the comment section. Feel free to also comment on the off-the-cuff writing samples left there as well.

Let's get started. Here is our first picture...
You have two weeks to submit your five minute stories or beginnings of a story. So, May 14th. Hope you'll play along...

Glad to be back!

Happy Writing,



PJ Hoover said...

Welcome back! And that would have been cool if you'd made it to Lemuria or Atlantis!

Rebecca Gomez said...

Love that picture! I'll have to come back and try the five minutes another time. Maybe tomorrow.

Good to have you blogging again, Sheri!

Kelly H-Y said...

So nice to see you back! Great idea for the blog posts! I agree with you ... you really have to strike a balance between the writing, the paying job(s), and the blog! It can get tricky!

Sheri Perl-Oshins said...

Yay, I am so glad to see you're still with me even after I abandoned things for a month.

PJ, hope you liked my plug! Never hurts to mention a friend's novel, right!

Thanks, Becky and I hope you do come back. You come up with story ideas and poems in a flash so I know this is up your alley.

Yes, Kelly, it DOES get tricky to navigate. I'm just so happy that one of my jobs will be over in June. So there is an end in sight.

Hope you guys will free write sometime in these two weeks.

Clementine said...

So glad you weren't abducted by aliens! Hmmm, I really like this photo. This looks like the creative door in my mind. I have to climb through a labyrinth of dishes, dust, laundry, bills, screaming children, and school work to find it, but when I finally get there - AW! Magic.

Casey Something said...

Welcome back! Glad to hear things have been busy, good busy!

Sheri Perl-Oshins said...

That's awesome! I love that. I think most of us are all-too-familiar with the same labyrinth!

Yes! I've got to go over to your blog to see if you're still doing your Wednesday Word Count.

Thanks, everyone! I hope you will try the 5-minute exercise.

Danette Haworth said...


I love the photo--did you take it? BTW, I know you deny being abducted by aliens, but how else to explain that mysterious door with light emanating around it?

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