Saturday, January 30, 2010

Silly Saturday Random Blatherings

It’s Saturday. I should be sleeping in, but I’m not. Silly isn’t it to get up when you don’t have to? Actually, I found it more inspiring than anything and decided I would like to, on occasion, do a silly Saturday writing. Now that doesn’t mean it will necessarily be funny…more random than anything but that doesn’t sound as good: Random Saturday. Hmmm.

As usual, I began to awaken around 4:30 this morning. My neighbor goes to work at 4:30 during the week and I can hear him leave. I take that back. My cat hears him get in his vehicle and feels the need to let me know that he’s leaving and THEN I can hear him leave. Anyway, it has conditioned my body to begin the wake-up procedure around that time. It’s okay, I suppose. I usually doze making mental notes or working on the next part of whatever story I’m writing and try to make sure I’m up before the alarm goes off at exactly 6:05. I get up at 6:00 normally but just in case…the alarm goes off five minutes later.

This morning my mind was filled with randomness. I’d gone to sleep thinking about the next section of A Marriage of Necessity. Yesterday’s scene was more transitional and not nearly as fun and exciting to write. The good news is I got past it and the story flows on. The bad news was I know what I want to happen next and would have rather written than gone to bed. I resisted. My dogs had to sleep in the garage because of the cold temps and I knew they would not settle down if I didn’t. The kids tend to be up and down when I stay up as well. Not good. Go to bed! Still, I awakened with thoughts firing from every different direction, leading me to the idea for a Silly Saturday of Random Blatherings.

My computer doesn’t like the word blatherings, btw. I checked it with the Thesaurus. Blather means chatter or nonsense so wouldn’t blatherings be presumed to be nonsensical chatterings? Hey! It likes the word nonsensical but not chatterings! Go figure!!!

We’re having weather in Oklahoma. About 7 inches of white covers the great outdoors of Green Country. Wednesday it was 60 and Thursday it began to snow, continuing on and off through Friday. It has stopped and the world looks peaceful and still. Beautiful. A Facebook friend summed it up perfectly. She wrote: thinks Mother Nature is going through menopause - one day hot flashes the next she's an icy b!+@h !!! It’s fitting and so very Oklahoma. The saying is, “if you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute.” It’s very capricious.

And capricious is what I’m feeling today. Not sure what I want to do. One minute I think I will write or perhaps do some of the formatting work that needs to get done and the next I decide I should read on one of the many books that are amassing on my desk. I have Story Craft by John R. Erickson the Hank the Cowdog author; an autographed copy purchased for me by Chris Janzen. Steve Weber personally sent me his Plug You Book as well as his ePublish on which I owe him a review! (that makes me sound like somebody doesn't it? Ha, ha, ha). I picked up Unravelled by Robyn Harding at the book store a few days ago. It looked quite interesting; witty and perhaps a bit edgy. I’ve never read her work but think I’ll enjoy it.

Want to share what you’re reading? I’d love to hear all about it. You can always comment here or email me at The Shelf Life of Linda Boulanger is a good place for FaceBook interaction. Let me hear from you.


  1. Books I am reading? Well, today I am reading one of my all time very favorite books ever written. It is Judy Webster's Daddy-Long-Legs. If I was ever in a situation where I could only take two or three books to keep me happy forever, this would be one of them. If you have not read this book, I very much encourage you to do it.

    My biggest problem with writing is that I would rather read. I devour words and sentences that just zing. I don't often find the latter, but they show up once in awhile and WOW!

    Am getting the plan set up for Cub Scout daycamp (I am program director) and thinking about things I am supposed to do with the youth in our church (am part of the youth team) and just got the summer reading program from the library (am doing that this summer, too..). So, I think I will enjoy hiding in books this year even more than usual!

  2. I'm reading the third book in the Anita Blake series by Linda K. Hamilton. I also have Inkspell by Cornelia Funke loaded on my mp3 player to listen to in the car and what not. I can't wait for the next House of Night book to come out in April. These are written by P.C. and Kristin Cast. They reside in our very own Tulsa, OK!!!

  3. Kazul just published a wonderful post on her blog and discussed some of her favorite February reads in a very well written piece. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe she just read Inkspell (???). Kerri, I'm looking forward to checking out your list, especially the ones by the Tulsans!