Writing.com Anniversary

I received the following email today:

Dear Valerie,

You opened your Writing.Com account 7 years ago, on January 10th, 2011… which makes today your very own Writing.Com Account Anniversary.

So, from everyone at Writing.Com… Happy Account Anniversary! 

We wish you a very inspired day, filled with creativity, fun and, of course, lots and lots of writing. Please take a moment to stop in and visit Writing.Com. Write, read, review or just have some fun! Write On, Support @ Writing.Com http://www.Writing.Com/

First, I was shocked that it had been seven years, and then I thought about a fun contest I participated in at Writing.com which started three days after I joined. The 15 for 15 Contest challenged writers to respond to writing prompts (photos) for 15 straight days, writing for no more than 15 minutes each day. I blogged about this once before including my story that won for that day.

On my seventh anniversary at Writing.com I’m including another entry that won a runner-up award. I highly recommend these types of activities and contests for writers because it forces pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. And responding to prompts makes writers think beyond what they may normally write. Even non-writers should try it – it’s fun.

Planets

“I love you to Pluto and back!” Jason said lovingly, while on one knee grinning ear to ear and looking into Natalie’s eyes.

“It’s to the Moon and back, goofball.”

“No, it’s not. Pluto is far further than the Moon, and I love you more than the simple distance to the Moon.”

Natalie couldn’t help but love this man. The past nine months she’d learned more about love than she had in the thirty years before. Jason, unafraid of his feelings, and unafraid of commitment and attachment. She’d never met anyone like him.

“Where are you?’ he asked, sensing she had wandered off to another place, which she seemed to do quite often.

“I’m right here, my love, just lost in thoughts. I haven’t gone anywhere; I’m still with you.”

“Good, because I was thinking that we should go grab a blanket and sit outside in this nice crisp air and stargaze for a while. Then I can show you just how far Pluto is, so you’ll see how much I love you.”

Natalie cooed, “I can’t think of a better way to spend our nine-month anniversary.”

“Nine months? I thought it was nine days?” Jason smiled again, gazing at her mouth this time, and seemed expectant of an answer.

“Nine months, nine days — who’s counting? I’ll get the blanket and lead the way to the best spot here on the hill.”

As they settled in together lying on their backs, bodies warm, close, and sharing heartbeats, he whispered in her ear, “Please tell me what you see.”

“I see the man I want to spend the rest of my life with, Jason.”

“I meant what do you see in the sky, but I like your answer better.”

On the nine-month anniversary since their first date, Jason committed to marry Natalie and take care of her for the rest of her life. And Natalie committed to loving a man forever who had no sight, but a heart that was out of this world.

 

 

 

One Thing I Know for Sure About Writing Is…

               Image courtesy of Kaboompics

One thing I know for sure about writing is it offers us a snapshot of our life at a certain time that can never be taken away from us once we have committed our thoughts in writing.
I look back at my writing over the years, and it is such a window into who I was or what I was thinking at the time. From poems as a child, through papers in college, to current-day blog posts, they all provide a glimpse into where I was at that particular moment. Our memories serve us well about events, but never as well as how we convey our feelings through the written word. [Read more…]

Military Writers – Julia Maki

As I head off to the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Conference, it seems a good time to recognize military writers.
On September 7, I have the privilege of joining award-winning authors Jack Woodville London and Don Helin to conduct the “Writing Your Story” one-day workshop at the Audie Murphy Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center in San Antonio, Texas. [Read more…]

How to Save a Facebook Post

How do I save a Facebook post?

Did you know that you can save a post on Facebook so that you could return to it afterwards without having to search for it? Here’s how to save a post in Facebook (with thanks to Greg Robson for pointing this out and Dave Johnson for a note on the mobile app).

Why would I want to save a post on Facebook?

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Thank you to the LibroEditing, proofreading, editing, transcription, localisation blog for sharing this post!

 

 

 

 

 

Tracking Your Time

OfficeTimeAs a small business owner, I look for ways to be more efficient. I tried several time tracking applications until I found the right fit: OfficeTime. I wanted to share this gem, since it’s been eye opening and has assisted me in getting a good picture of where I really spend my time. It provides an accurate, unbiased view, includes great features, and best of all, it is easy to use.

I use my app on my PC because that is where I do most of my business, but OfficeTime is available for use on Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The company offers a free trial, and the app takes about a minute to download. A quick two minute tutorial gets you started. [Read more…]

Taking Chances

AIE_VeteranWritingServices (1)It’s been three years since a Navy friend asked me if I was interested in applying for the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program.  At the time I thought:

“Entrepreneur? Doesn’t that mean someone who wants to get rich?”

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