Stream of consciousness Saturday–“scene”


I am in the process of writing my first book.  Currently, I am still in the planning stage waiting for my thoughts to come together before I proceed.  I have discovered a couple of secrets to my madness.  I have to take my time.  I am not in a race to publish a book.  I want to savor the experience and write something meaningful.  Slow and steady will bring me the results I am after.

That brings me to the word “scene.”  What is a scene exactly?  To me it represents a place where something happens.  Sounds basic however, I think it is more complicated than that.  Look at the following info-graphic from Learn How To Write a


A novel consists of a series of scenes linked together to tell a story.

The first step to writing a scene is to decide what kind of scene you want to portray.  Do I want an action scene or a reaction scene – is the first thing I think about.  The whole idea is to portray the scene to the reader from what you see in your thoughts.

Next, I work on the setting: who, what, why, when, and where.  (These are the 5 W’s).

Once my scene is established,  I then decide what my character is trying to accomplish within the scene.  This is not so much about telling, as it is about showing.

When I introduce action into the scene, I choose words that create emotions within the reader.  I want the reader to connect to my story by feeling my words.  Depending on the type of action, I vary my sentence structure.  This signals a change of rhythm to the reader and lets them know that something is about to happen.

I introduce conflict and dilemmas at the end of the scene to create interest and to tell the story.  I think about what motivates my character, so that the actions and decisions my character decides upon make sense to the reader.

Setting up a scene for a reader is exciting.  How do you set up scenes for your readers?

Many thanks to Linda for hosting her Stream of Consciousness Saturday.


Thanks for visiting!  I look forward to seeing you again.

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The Clinic–photo rehab #5: Fog in fairy swamp


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Fairy Swamp in the fog is mysterious with shadows at every turn.  I love the way the fog curls around the bare trees.

Many thanks to Lucile De Godoy and her photo rehab challenge for letting me share my part of the world.


Thanks for popping in to see what I have been up to.  I’ll see you again!

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Into the Depths



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Welcome to Pensacola Beach, Florida where the white sand seems to stretch on into infinity.  The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico beckon to you, inviting you in for a quick swim.  The beach and the ocean are alluring, while the rhythm of the waves gently lapping the shore mesmerize and entice you.  In the ocean depths you find your sweet release.  This was a brief respite from the depths of winter.

Many thanks to the Daily Post for their weekly photo challenge.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I look forward to seeing you all again!

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RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Challenge #29 Fret&Chill


January Winds

After a stupendous day yesterday with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees F., today a cold front blew into Pensacola, Florida with a vengeance.  I suppose it is payback for yesterday’s glorious temperatures.  Sugar and Spice, the Pomeranian sisters, have spring fever, and they are true Floridians now… they do not appreciate January’s winds blowing them around the yard.  In fact, Ron and I have spring fever too!

Many thanks to Ronovan Writes for hosting this excellent Haiku challenge.  Join in! Haiku is fun!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.  I always enjoy seeing all of you!

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No More Awesome

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Can you think of any other words to use in place of AWESOME?

Come by and visit whenever you have the chance.  I enjoy seeing all of you!

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday, Theodore Roosevelt, 2015-5


Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer.  By sharing your quotes, we will all gain insight and inspiration to propel us forward in our writing careers.


Be ready to participate with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.  Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader.

On your own blog post do a ping back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping back is when you embed (or copy)  the http:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the http:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

If you do not do a ping-back, please post a comment on this post with a link to your post so I can find your quote. Please only post to this prompt post. Thanks so much.

Get creative and have fun!

My quote this week is from President Theodore Roosevelt:

Part of the Whole

When I saw this quote, it immediately jumped out at me.  I am part of everything I have ever read!  The truth in this statement startled me with just how truthful it was.  I have been reading since I was in first grade.  I excelled at reading and have always loved it.  I was a shy child and did not have many friends.  Books became my friends, and I read them many times.  They were my salvation in a lonely world.


Do you remember the Bobbsey Twins?   You can find all 12 volumes for sale on Amazon hereWhen I was young, I read and re-read these books many times.  Nancy Drew was another of my favorites.  Little House on the Prairie, Heidi, Misty of Chincoteague, the list goes on, and on.  In High School I remember I took a creative writing class for a new genre called, “Science Fiction!”  I graduated in 1976, which I guess is a long time ago by today’s standards.  We read Arthur C. Clark’s, “Childhood’s End,” as our main book for the semester.  I remember my teacher was so excited, because we were entering into an era of reading and writing like no other time before us.  Thinking about that now, brings a smile to my face.

I have absorbed the writings of countless authors, and all of them have given me something of themselves through their writing. I am, who I am today, because of great writers!  I salute them all!  Thank you.

How about you?  What quote inspires you?  Join in and let me know!

Thanks for dropping by to see what I am up to.  I look forward to seeing you later,

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up



Welcome to the WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY Weekly Wrap-Up where I like to share our writer’s photographic and writing talent by making up their own quotes, or sharing quotes from their favorite authors.

Please do not link to this post.  Link to the new prompt on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Do you have a quote that inspires you?  Join in and let us know!

I love all the hard work that goes into a great challenge and we have it here!  Inspiration from other writer’s is the best advice when it comes to writing and you get that feeling as if you are stuck.  Feel free to browse the quotes that keep us in pursuit of our writing goals created for you, by authors, just like you.


Here are the Writer’s Quotes from last Wednesday.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WRITING INSPIRATION… THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

Please check out the fabulous quotes these writer’s came up with:  (Please let me know if I missed your blog) If your quote was an image I grabbed it for our online gallery, if not I did try to add your quote.

Lucile De Godoy


“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” – Helen Keller

Unique Art Chic

Hope © Amanda Lakey,

Pearls Before Swine


Rebirth of Lisa


Meredith’s Musings

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Zen & Pi


Notes Tied on the Sagebrush

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“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner

K. S. Fause

(c) Ferens Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Unexpected in Common Hours

A.A. Milne quote

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Dandelion Fuzz


I Am Not Sick Boy


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“TWAS mercy brought me from my Pagan land, Taught my benighted soul to understand. That there’s a God, that there’s a Savior too:  Some view our sable race with scornful eye, ‘Their color is a diabolic die.”  Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, May be refined, and join the angelic train.”  – Phillis Wheatley

My Decades Long Travels


Peace Crafting


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Writer's world

Please click on the link to visit the writer’s blog.  You might be amazed at what else these writer’s have to offer!

Thanks for stopping by.  Join us for the challenge tomorrow!

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One Word Photo Challenge–Beige


Jennifer Nichole Wells Challenge color for this week is beige, one of my favorite colors to work with as a base color to add other colors to.  Find the rules to her challenge here.



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Muted shades of beige are found all over Fairy Swamp in the winter.

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The wild sea grasses on the beach are beige too.

Interestingly, the word beige, come from the French word, “bege” the color of undyed wool or cotton.


This heart doily is made with undyed cotton thread in a beige, or ecru color.

Many thanks to Jennifer for hosting her One Word Photo Challenge each week!  It is always a challenge to find the color and photograph something to represent it. Join us!

Thanks for visiting me today.  I can’t wait to see you all again!

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Write Start Craft Essays and Contest: 75 Word Openings


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This looks fabulous!

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:

wsThe fine folks at Biographile have been running an excellent series of craft essays under the title “Write Start: Practical Advice from Savvy Authors.” Here is a bit of description, with links to the series and the contest they are running in conjunction with Paste magazine:

…we’ve spent the past few months asking forty-plus authors to share their hard-earned writing advice to remind you you’re not alone. For the month of January, in the spirit of new beginnings, Biographile will be spending each day celebrating the craft of writing by giving you all the basics to get started.

Spanning genres, backgrounds, and styles, these authors have given us a goldmine of good habits and encouraging words. From writing rituals, to secrets in overcoming writer’s block, to tricks in engineering the perfect opening paragraph; if one piece doesn’t inspire you to start writing, another will. In the words of one author, echoing the famed advice of another: first things first, if you want to write, start with your ass in the chair.

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Mindful Monday–Positive Thinking


Mindful Monday

Time sure flies when you are having fun!  It is Monday, January 26, and my fourth week of 2015 sharing my views on becoming more ‘mindful’.  This encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to.  So far, this month I have discussed and integrated into my own life:

Mindful Eating

Living Within Each Moment

Productivity, and


(Click on the subjects above to go back and refresh your memory, to get caught up).

This week was busy, with many obstacles placed in my way making it easy to derail my progress.  What I discovered about myself, is that, as long as my life is running smoothly, and there are no disruptions to shake me up, I have the ability to meet my goals.  Throw a few workmen into the mix, a new tile kitchen backsplash, and a new tile shower, and I am down for the count!  I crumble like dust. Disruption to my schedule throws me off – that, and lots of cleaning to get rid of the dust and debris!

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That being said, I am not going to berate myself for not following through on my goals.  As my wise daughter Tabitha often says, “It is, what it is.”  Instead, I will continue to work each one of the above subjects into my life.  Part of being mindful is learning to forgive yourself for being human, and learning to use the power of positive thinking:

Divine Spark: #Think #Positive. #Meditate.

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That is my goal for this week.  I will think positively and continue learning how to become more mindful.  How about you?  What will you do for yourself in the mindfulness category of life?

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.

Peace and Joy to everyone this week,

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