On the drive home from Colorado, we missed an exit–lucky for us! Otherwise we never would have stumbled upon that outrageous life size bronze of a cougar. There’s a reason my cat is named Serendipity–I’ve learned to embrace life’s happy accidents and mine such things for the gold I might otherwise never see.
For instance, several years ago a door closed on my writing and a window opened with an opportunity to teach music. Although I soon returned to the writing path, that side trip whetted my appetite for composing. I probably wouldn’t be writing music today if not for that glorious/awful/soul-searing/awesome experience.
Writing is like that, too. Those of us who write talk about “pantsers” vs “plotters” which simply means those who write by the seat-of-their-ass-ets or the writers who plan each plot point before they sit down to write. I do a lot of planning, but have learned to loosen the reins a bit to allow for those unexpected mind-burps that may be more than indigestion. Today’s post is brief (again! sorry…) because I can’t wait to get back to the fiction-icity world of HIDE AND SEEK. My characters have taken me on a few unplanned side trips that turned out to be the RIGHT path after all.
What kinds of unexpected gloriosity has life/writing/the world thrown your way? How did it change you–or did it? Do tell!
Meanwhile, here are pictures of a few more “unexpecteds” that happend in Colorado. We couldn’t plan for this, and it was not at all pleasant while it happened. But DANG, it’ll make a good story. After all, everything’s material!
Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Check out the THRILLERFEST video at the bottom, too. For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.
Where & What Readers Read a very interesting survey that may surprise you (note, this is from a UK blog…is the US different?)
Gene Lempp’s Writing Resources Roundup he does this every Saturday–bookmark it, you won’t be sorry!
Are You An Introvert? 6 things people misunderstand
New Beach Library how cool is that?!
Lamp Post Voting …nope, not explaining more than that, you’ll have to read this hilarious post from Piper Bayard’s blog.
Carolina Dogs DNA Study these are some of the earliest canines around! Fascinating
Thrillefest Science Panel
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