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Monday Morning Pick-me-up

Let’s face it. Mondays are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I would like to share a little something that made me smile.

Remembering the Boy Who Never Grew Up

Peter Pan made his debut on the television series  Once Upon a Time last year. The majority of the cast seemed to be stuck on Neverland and the action for the entire season seemed to be stuck there too. By the time they got rid of him, I was so sick of Peter Pan that I hoped to never hear of him again.

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That being said, I loved Peter Pan as a kid, and given enough space from the version created in recent TV culture, I am sure I will love it again. What is not to love? Being a kid forever, finding family with those around you, being able to fly! All great things. Add to them pirates and crocodiles,ships and islands, and you are sure to have a hit.

Inspired by the children of a friend, J. M. Barrie wrote the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up in 1904. It was widely performed and introduced audiences to the name “Wendy” which was very uncommon at the time. It was developed into a novel in 1911.

He wrote several other books for children and adults, but none left the legacy of Peter Pan. It has been made into numerous movies and plays. Two movies were made about Mr. Barrie’s life – The Lost Boys (1978) and Finding Neverland (2004). There are sequels to Peter Pan such as Peter and Wendy, The Little White Bird, and Peter Pan in Kensington Garden, many of which are currently free for Kindle. :)

If you have days when you wish you didn’t have to grow up, where you wanted to run away from home and live with a wild band of kids for a bit, I urge you to pick up the original story again and read it.

All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.

Second star to the right, and straight on ’til morning!

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.

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Monday Morning Pick-me-ups

Let’s face it. Mondays are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I would like to share a little something that made me smile.

Writing in Every Nook and Cranny with The Bee

A few years ago, during NaNoWriMo, I had the good fortune to become writing buddies with Bee Halton. Over the years, we have supported each other, talked blogs and books, vented to each other, and most recently held each other accountable for our dreams. Bee agreed to guest post for me during this crazy season of classes, board exams and book editing.

Who is Bee? Bee is a writer and blogger who lives in Aylsham, Norfolk, Great Britain. She has varied interests such as poetry, fiction, reading, photography, fantasy/sci fi. Up until last June, she had multiple blogs on multiple topics and I honestly had no idea how she juggled them. But she has since consolidated them to one main blog and I have shared the link below. :)

And now, without further ado, I bring you Bee and her advice for writing in every nook and cranny!

Are you a writer with a day job and try to find the right balance between writing, work and family/friends? Well, I do and I start to feel like there is none. Or more it changes constantly, so that I have to adjust my strategies all the time.

One advice though that I had read a few months ago seems to work very well. It’s what I call ” write in every nook & cranny” of time that is.

Unfortunately I can not remember where I read that but a Writer, who blogs as well and had worked as a teacher, wrote that he used to write in every break at work possible. As it happens, I do the same right now. Half an hour and I can at least get half of this post noted down.

I admit I had pondered this post for about a week, so I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to write. That makes it easier. But you could also just do some brainstorming on your next scene or blog post. Or structure something you were thinking about a long time.

Of course you won’t get a high word count writing in breaks, but you would be surprised how it adds up.

I think the problem is that we think we need lots of time in one block to get really writing. Truth is though we tend to procrastinate if we have lots if time. We don’t do what we have planned. Therefore, writing in any break we can get, be it at work, between taking the kids to piano lessons and sports club and in those 10 min just before the husband comes home, is a good strategy if we are not full-time writers.

It is the next day at work in my breakfast break as I write these last sentences. At home later on I will edit it and then send it on to Cheryl, who kindly agreed to let me post some of my thoughts on her wonderful blog.

I know that Kafka has been a clerk practically all of his life and has been writing mainly at night. He was not happy about it. He complaint a lot, that he needed his “Brotberuf” which is day job in German and could not be a full-time writer. But still he did not stop writing. And there are many other examples of famous writers with day jobs.

Be sure to check out Bee’s Blogs –
The Bee Writes
Something Random Now and Then

Monday Morning Pick-me-up

Let’s face it. Mondays are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I would like to share a little something that made me smile.

Glitter and Monkeys and the Shoes too!

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) was the mastermind behind one of the most delightful and simultaneously frightening movies I ever saw as a kid. The Wizard of Oz (1939) starring Judy Garland was one of my first introductions to fantasy, and one that I still love. (I was even honored to play Dorothy in our high school version of The Wiz! :) ) It was an adventure; it had memorable tunes; and it had the scariest creatures I had yet to encounter – flying monkeys!

What more could a kid wish for?

You feel alone and unwanted, and you are whisked away to a magical land where you meet some of the best friends you will ever have. You are tasked with a magical adventure. You get to sing and dance with munchkins. And you get to defeat the bad witch and go home when it is all over. In the end you even learn that you were never alone and unwanted. :)

What many movie goers may not realize is that this wonderful movie started as a wonderful series of books by L. Frank Baum. The series began with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and spanned 18 books, including two collections of short stories based in Oz.

Mr. Baum also wrote many other non-Oz books as well as numerous short stories and plays. He even wrote under seven different pseudonyms, something I learned in my research.

Scholars over the years will talk about the political imagery in his Oz books. It seems scholars always do. :) But personally I like to just get caught up in the story.

In writing the Oz books, Mr. Baum wanted to write tales like the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson and make them up to date and more American.

Born and raised in Upstate New York, Mr. Baum started writing at an early age. His dad bought him a printing press and he published several issues of a journal that he and his brothers wrote. He later became a poultry breeder and fireworks retailer. He also had a love of the theater which would repeatedly land him in near-bankruptcy. His father built him a theater in 1880, which caught fire a few years later.

He spent some years in South Dakota where he worked as an editor for the local paper. Living there during a time of drought aided him in describing the midwest in his first book of Oz. He and his wife and fours ons later moved to Chicago where he took a job with the Evening Post. It was here started writing books.

Two years after the success of The Wizard of Oz (1900), he teamed up with others to work on the stage version. It differed from the book and was geared more toward an adult audience. He worked for years on an Oz theme park idea, and later started The Oz Film Manufacturing Company in Hollywood.

If you haven’t seen the movie since you were a child, watch it again.

If you have never treated yourself to the original works that inspired the movie, read them! Oh, and FYI, the first book can be had for under a dollar and the subsequent books in the series are free for Kindle on amazon.com!

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Sorry for the technical difficulties this morning… Let’s try that again. :)

 

Let’s face it. Mondays are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I would like to share a little something that made me smile.

Reaching the State of Independence

When I started to contemplate a post about independence, I did what I always do. I googled it and landed on Wikipedia. There I found articles about algebraic independence, political independence, referendums on, wars of, but I found nothing about personal independence and what that might mean.

So I went to Dictionary.com and looked it up.

Freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.

That gets us closer to where I was going…

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I used to think that independence meant making my own way in this world. So many milestones growing up leant themselves to my personal independence as I defined it at that time. Being allowed to come home after school without having to have someone watch us, getting my driver’s license, being allowed to stay out til midnight, getting a job.

When I graduated from high school and went to college, I was allowed to choose my own major, create my own schedule within the parameters assigned by the school. I was on my own when it came to skipping or attending class, doing assignments, studying. There was no one standing over me every night making sure my work was done.

When I got my degree and was out in the “real world” for the first time, I gained more independence when I got my first apartment, and learned how to manage my own budget. When I gained more responsibilities in my job and found that working independently while prioritizing my own work flow was so much more rewarding than being told what to do. With each promotion and job change, I gained more independence on the job, and greater financial independence.

When I got married, I learned about interdependence, which while slightly different from independence, still has some of the same qualities. My husband and I built a life where we were equals, yet independent. Our lives are woven together in every possible way and we support each other through every day living. But, we are still our own persons. We both enjoy different hobbies and activities, and we both have our own opinions and thoughts. Part of a successful marriage is learning to intermingle our individual selves and come out stronger for it. :)

I think as I have grown older, my idea of personal independence has evolved and become much more about the core me, instead of the exterior me that was allowed to do certain things. When we are teenagers and get that first taste of freedom and independence, we are still very much at the mercy of our parents’ rules and the school’s rules. We must toe the line or our independence is once again restricted.

As adults, we have to stick to certain parameters in our lives — the scope of our job and its responsibilities, the whims of our bosses, the laws of the local, state and federal government. But the independence that we seek becomes more intimate. We want to be our own person. We want to have our own dreams and goals. We want to be understood and accepted for ourselves. We don’t want to have to be like everyone else to fit in.

Many people I have known have also gained independence from the obstacles they met along their life path – debt, alcohol, drugs, people who were no good for them, physical limitations, their own mental demons. Once we get beyond that struggle for baseline independence, we allow ourselves to open up to the deeper independence that comes from knowing our true selves, and accepting them, and celebrating them.

That is true independence.

 

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