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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Bright Lights Weekly Writing Prompt Tour from LJWrites Blog

LJ's prompt this week centers around Memorial Day and veterans.

I'm going to offer this one :
Hmmm... What otherworldly place could this be?
Just like last week, all you have to do is come up with a writing prompt. It could be a picture, character, quote, sentence, setting, or whatever you think will inspire others to write. No obligation to respond to any of the prompts that get posted, unless you want to.

It's easy! Just post your prompt and link your post below in the "Linky" fields. Then come back and visit all of the others that have linked. If you could, please link this post into yours so that others can come back easily to view more links.

The Tour lasts all week long, so post anytime. And if you want to show off your participation, go ahead and copy the HTML code for the button on the upper right sidebar. It's made just for you!

For more specific instructions, please click on the link HERE for last weeks Tour.

Have fun! 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Commencement Lessons For My Son, Wings

Congratulations, Class of 2011.
One of you is my son. Since I'll be sitting in the bleachers, squinting to see you walk across the stage to receive your hard-earned high school diploma, I want to write the words that I've tried to say to you at the dinner table, in the car, during commercial breaks on AFV.

You'll be taking the next step—college—but your diploma is more than just your pass to the next level. It is the affirmation that you've done the work necessary to step out into the world and make your mark.
You've stuck with the days and weeks of classroom learning, assignments and projects, and test after test after test. Good for you. Because more than the A's and B's (and C's and F's, if we're honest here), you've demonstrated something much more important and useful for a successful life, if not downright boring.

It's what your grandfather calls Persistence.

It's the first quality you have to call on as you learn how to live on your own, manage your workload your first year of college, or take on that first job. Morning after morning, the alarm rings, the coffee perks, the traffic backs up. The shelves need to be stocked, reports need to be written, lectures and more tests need to be endured. You'll still need to find a friendly face to share a lunch spot.
In a lot of ways, it's still like first grade, only taller.

You're going to learn pretty fast that you're no longer protected by “senioritis” and your dad's checkbook. Your mother's color-coded refrigerator calendar isn't there with important reminders for deadlines and phone numbers. And your regular group of pals that you moved with from class to practice to Xbox sessions has disbanded. Everybody's got their own dreams to reach for, and that may mean you're not moving in the same direction. It's okay; they'll always be your high school friends, but now you're one cranky professor away from a whole new group of comrades.

But when that class ends, so does that camaraderie. Just like those cells the science teacher droned on about? The ones that move around, bump into each other to form a cluster, then break off again to roam and form new clusters?
No, I don't remember those cells either, but science for me lately has involved accidental penicillin in the fridge, and that unidentifiable smell in the basement. 

The point is, you're growing and changing and all those former “clusters” of friends are still around, all doing the same thing. The good ones will always be there for you, will always “get” you, will always be your friend. Be a good friend back, because the longer you stick together, the stronger you both will be. This is good; you'll need each other for the tough times. And your first apartment.

You'll bump into others—those who just want to use you for their own gain. Yep, you'll get burned, and your dad and I won't be there to warn you. Now your mistakes are your own to make. But that's what scars are for: to learn from past pain. They'll help you recognize the ones to avoid; they'll help you protect yourself and guard your heart. And when the lesson's learned, forgive them and turn them loose. Use your energy to go forward with your own life and interests, scars and all.
In other words, learn from your mistakes, pick yourself up, and get on with your life.

Always remember, you're never too old to learn something new, and you're not so precious that you can't start all over at the bottom, once again. Stay humble.

Remember to fear God, trust Him and stay close to Him. He'll be your salvation when you most need it.
Respect your elders. You can roll your eyes all you want, but if all goes well and according to plan, you'll be an elder yourself one day. You'll find yourself repeating your mother's lessons and your father's cuss words. And yes, you too will be fixing everything with duct tape.

Above all, don't forget your family. We love you always, and we're here for you always, even when it doesn't seem like we are.
We hurt for you... we wince for you... we cheer for you... we pray for you. We have been with you from your very beginning...
And we have the embarrassing pictures to prove it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Social Networking, Lady GaGa, and You... The times, They are a'changin...

Born This Way is Lady GaGa's third album. The last two sold 24 million copies; Born This Way debuted at iTunes at number one on a Monday morning..
She has 10,367,424 Twitter followers.
34,973,035 Facebook followers.

What is she doing right?
Good question. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Bright Lights Weekly Writing Prompt Tour from LJWrites Blog

Patch Blog is in the hopper, about to publish early in the morning.
Harry Potter's movie is almost over... and the chicken in the crockpot will be done soon so I can go to bed.
My mind has been reeling with plot points on my paranormal romance, and I haven't taken a good solid hour to write anything down.
So what do I do?
Play on Twitter. And what do I find?
A most worthy writer's blog with a really good writing prompt tour. Call it a writing hop, a prompt tour... whatever you call it, give it a whirl.
Here it is, from LJ Writes blog:
"I’ve decided to start a weekly meme, Bright Lights Weekly Writing Prompt Tour, that will not only show off your creativity, but also connect you with other writers AND bring more people to your blog or social media outlet, all while providing you with a variety of prompts to inspire your writing from the minds of many.
Here’s how it works:
  • Come up with a prompt of your very own. It could be anything: a picture, quote, character profile, scene, plot idea, setting, etc. BE CREATIVE! After all, we are writers. Show us what you got!
  • Post your prompt on whatever social media outlet you have: Website, blog, Facebook page, etc.
  • Add your information on the Linky Tool below, including your site name (or your name) and your link to the post.
  •  Come back and visit your fellow prompters from the links.
  • Optional: Reference L.J. Writes with a link to that week’s prompt from me in your post to make it easier for fellow prompters that visit you to get back to more links.
The tour runs all week long, so there's plenty of time to come up with your creations. A new Tour will begin next Sunday.

What do you say? Challenging? Fun? Give it a try and spread the word! The more people that join in, the more motivational prompts you can find to help inspire you, and the more creative people you can meet just like you!
Want to show off your participation in the Bright Lights Writing Prompt Tour? Grab my button on the right sidebar. All you need to do is copy the Html code and copy it into a widget/gadget for your own site.

My Writing Prompt for the week of 5/22/11

Bright Lights Weekly Writing Prompt Tour Participants
1. Pamela V Mason  

(Submissions close in 6d 9h 39m)
Link tool by inlinkz.com

I'll post my writing on this quote here tomorrow. Join in! 

Friday, May 20, 2011

I WANT You! The Grand Gesture in Romance, Gotta Love It

In romance, what always makes me swoon is

The Hero's Grand Gesture

That point after the Black Moment, where the heroine has already ripped out his heart, thrown it on the floor, stomped on it, and left it there to rot as she walks out the door, gets in her car, and races away to her regular, sane, average, everyday normal life.    Without. Him.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Welcome to Social Networkers Anonymous

Hello, my name is Pamela, and I am...

addicted to -- _______-- : Facebook. Twitter. Blogger.  Email.
aka ... Social Networking.

Friday, May 6, 2011

A Decade in a Mother's Day

It's May, the month of Margaritas, Starwars' Puns, Birthdays and Commencements, and
Mother's Day...
Yeah, it's a little crazy at my house this month.

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