It's already April!
(Apr 12, 2003)
I've heard the Robins singing in the morning.
I've gone outside with bare arms and not gotten goosebumps.
Easter is coming.
I've been researching play therapy and gifted learners. And writing yet another novel-novel.
We bought a company.
I'm planning to work with kids in acting classes come the fall and more importantly, find activities for Dads and their Sons in Comedy.
I hate what the feminization of education and the helping profession is doing to our men. I'm grateful I married one who is sensitive and smart.
Oh yes, and I'm writing a murder mystery, too.
Which reminds me ... anyone else heard Thelonius Monk sing?
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This Research Number has me
(Jan 1, 2003)
feeling rather anonymously ominous. Probably becuase it's a number and I don't like being a number. Mind you I don't mind anonymity but prefer monikers to numerical titles. I am at a loss as to how to make my username appear at the top of my personal space. I like Jetsammingalong! It's what I do best!
I did remember my new user name and password without any trouble despite the fact that I jotted it on a piece of paper and put that up stairs ... somewhere.
Also, I'm surprised I found my way here since in Calgary it is New Year's Eve and some very nice Jamaican rum and a bit of sweet bubbly and yes, a tequila shooter (with salt and lime, thanks) make it's way to my tummy. I'm waiting for blessed sleep but I think it was chased away by the single cup of coffee I had in order to plough through the dirty dishes after all our guests left.
A deep rumbling sound from above tells me the Spouse is asleep. If I sneak in between bouts of snoring, I won't have to nudge and prod to make the sawing of logs cease. From the silence above, the children are asleep too, and the silence down the hall tells me yes, the dogs are as well. Sleep gently world, for tomorrow dawns a sun-on-snow-cold-day! Yup we got snow in Calgary, Alberta, Canada AFTER Christmas!
Despite the fact the other members of the family don't rumble much, I feel their presence in the house. Fortunately, the familiar presences of my family are all that I sense here.
I keep staring at "We all lead interesting lives" in the preamble to this white box and I wonder what is so interesting about my writing that I could share? I suppose the most interesting thing about my writing is that it is a solitary act that no one but me is ultimately responsible for creating or destroying the fictional world complete with characters and scenery which I have written. Creating a character in fiction is sometimes a bit like having a child, but not quite.
No one starts out with the a preconcieved notion of what they want their child to look and act like when they get to the business of conceiving that wanted child. Often I do have an idea of how I want the character to look and act. What astounds me is that once I've given the character a little outline, quite often the characters take on a life of their own. They write themselves and the plots and sometimes even the themes!
Now here's an interesting idea ... contraception in writing ... a way to avoid writing the unwanted character! Makes me laugh out loud just imagining 'not creating' a character via some contraceptive writing method. I know that 'not writing' makes me cranky and nasty-tempered, so I write something somwhere (even here) just to alleviate the itch to type on the keys. I can only imagine what holding onto a character sketch that is so compelling to write it begs to be out, out, out would be like!
Hmm, I never quite realized how real, yet spontaneous and full a process writing truly is. For me it is not contrived or planned or organized at all. What a stunning thought!
I'm not quite sure where this journal entry will end up, I'm only just learning about this place in cyber-space. I am familiar with public forums, and discussion groups, I have participated in a few, guarding my anonymity carefully, seeking to follow 'the rules' and discuss or debate a little rather than shame and flame.
I do like emails and yes, I am grateful for the Internet because now friends from all over the world do get in touch. I've found myself reconnecting with old friends (and sometimes disconnecting as well ... when we both come to the same epiphany there was a reason we didn't keep in touch!)and making a few new friends in the oddest places.
And *chuckle* those who hated keyboards before email have had to learn to live with fingers on the keys-to-communicate. Although one friend has found a way around this. His first attempt to send me an attachment did not work very well on one of my email programs, though. It was a beautifully hand-written letter attached to my name and email address. Unfortunately, after the wordpro program tried to decipher it (yes, they can do that now, the evil things!) it was like running a translation through bablefish and back several times. Not at all what he meant to write.
So I read the scanned hard copy letter right off the email program and treasure the fact that some people still write in handwriting.
Back to my confusion about this place in cyber-psace called H2G2. While the nudges and how-to's help somewhat, I haven't come in contact with any other 'persons' other than reading their words.
Since I'm not even really sure how to access my own personal space and these entries ... I'll close this particular entry, my first on the first day of what my son reminds me is 2K3 - (I wondered how we'd get around all those zeros and the new millenium).
Now a quick edit for spelling and I'll post my very first entry!
And if I'm awake, perhaps I'll wander around looking for Jazzn' a cyber-pal who introduced me to this site!
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