Loved Robin's post yesterday on writing historical fiction and want to second her recommendation on Stan Williams' book The Moral Premise. Excellent resource for writers, and it would make a wonderful gift for a writer as well.
I'm an intuitive writer, yet am working to learn more about story structure and how to tell a story better. I'm still not what you would call a "plotter," but I'm definitely moving in that direction while leaving A LOT of room for spontaneity and surprises along the way. Those "serendipities"––those aha moments in writing (which can still happen even if you plot)––are real joys!
Joe was off work yesterday for MLK Day and I promise you, he turned into Project Man! Which would normally be fabulous! I'd love it! But...say it with me, "I'm on d-e-a-d-l-i-n-e!" Ack!
Anyway, I've had some things I've wanted him to hang for a while now (he's so good at measuring and he's so exacting, it's great!) and yesterday turned out to be "the day." Not about to complain, I took a few minutes and lined up the projects...then went back to writing. He's so sweet!
Here's something that Mom gave me years ago that I've had sitting in my closet, waiting to be hung, since we moved into this house in May 2010...
I know I read this back in June of '95 in Colorado when Mom first gave it to me and that I appreciated it then, but that was over sixteen years ago. And oh, what a treasure this was to find again yesterday. I shed some tears still missing her, of course. But there were also tears of gratitude wrapped up in the eternal hope and certainty of seeing her again. I tell ya, finding this little picture felt like one of those heavenly hugs I've mentioned here before. Thank you, Lord!
So my plea? Write on the backsides and bottoms of pictures and gifts you give to your children, your friends and family. Date them too. We have no idea what a treasure those words will be to them in the days ahead. I'm sure that when Mom wrote this, she didn't stop to think about how I would happen across this again once she was gone. Then again, maybe she did. : )
So do you already write on backsides and bottoms? If you do, good for you!
And for the record... Mom, if mothers were flowers, I would've picked you too.