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Things I Love Thursday

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I love these babies.  I've loved Wheat Thins for as long as I can remember.  They're crispy, tasty, and you get sixteen in a serving which beats every other unhealthy cracker out there.  They're great dipped in cottage cheese, at least I think so.  And--yes, I'm revealing how obsessive compulsive I am here--I segregate the light ones from the slightly overcooked ones.  Why?  Because the darker they are, the better they taste.  I eat the light ones first and save the best for last.  Yum.  Do you think Nabisco would make me a special box of burnt Wheat Thins?

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE CRACKER?

Top Ten Tuesday

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Here are the Top Ten Things I Love About Spring. Enjoy!
 The Sun.  Where have you been all winter?  I missed you!  Outdoor activities--would somebody please build one of these closer to my house?  The lack of cold.  I'll miss you, too, Mr. Snowman.  Yes, we're already counting down the days.  The smell of rain.  I could inhale it forever; it makes me so happy!  Flowers, especially this breed of purple that creep out of the ground as soon as winter gets up and heads for the door, as if it's an unwanted guest and they've just been waiting for it to leave. Colorful eggs.  Wouldn't it be cool if chickens just produced them this way?  Blossoms on trees, and the return of leafy green.  The smell of fresh cut grass. And outdoor cooking, mostly because my husband gets this job and I get to sit and read while dinner's being made.
Ah, Spring.  WELCOME!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SPRING?

Writer Wednesday--Getting Lost in Your Story

Getting lost isn't usually something I try to do.  Although, I seem to be good at it when I forget to look up the map to a new location, relying solely on my immaculate sense of direction and the luck I'm sure follows me wherever I go.  When you're writing, however, getting lost is a good idea.

I recently finished another book and have to admit that even though time constraints stressed me more than I like, I did get lost.  The book is a retelling of the Snow White fairy tale and the idea came from a vivid dream I had.  I began it shortly after I finished the first draft of Cinder and Ella.  I wrote a chapter or two and took it to writing group where it got sliced to shreds.  My writing friends described one of the main characters as "creepy," and the main main character failed to interest them.  I rewrote those chapters, tweaking the plot here and there over time until I finally gave up, deciding the time wasn't right and I'd pick it up again later.

Then…

Monday Musings--Thoughtfulness

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I came across this picture on our camera and asked my husband if he knew what it was all about.  He laughed and told me the story.  Our children were playing a game outside when our oldest daughter decided to make lunch for everyone.  She asked my husband what he wanted and went inside to fix lunch.  So thoughtful.  Well, apparently something distracted her--an idea or something more appetizing than lunch.  But did she forget about her dad and what he had said he would like for lunch?  No.  She pulled everything out of the fridge.  So thoughtful.  She arranged it in a nice looking pile.  So thoughtful.  Then, feeling bad for not following through with her offer, left a sticky note with the letters S-O-R-R-Y written on top.  SO thoughtful.  Really, I think what she did shows character.  Maybe I'm not going to do exactly what I said, but I'm going to help out and apologize where I showed weakness.
One tradition we have in our house is that at dinner time we share thoughtful thi…

Monday Musings

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I'm the luckiest person in the whole world.  What other writer has given birth to three talented illustrators?  I can't wait to do a project with each of them someday.