Why writing is like a pantomime ~ #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Why writing is like a pantomime

Just yesterday I asked ‘what is a deadline?’  I’ve since been deliberatin why writing is like a pantomime, off the back of my blog post.

The curtain goes up, the dramatic music plays, the dust is suspended like a writer’s pen in mid-air, waiting for the action to cut through it…

Then the characters take centre stage:

  • Enter stage left: Writer enters and takes a look around
  • Enter stage right: Writer’s Block struts on the stage to dark, dramatic music
  • The spotlight reveals the Narrator to the back of the stage, telling the audience to boo and hiss when writer’s Block enters
  • Writer asks for the audience’s help. “I can’t find Inspiration!  It’s been taken away by Writer’s Block.  Have you seen Writer’s Block?”
  • Spotlight reveals Writer’s Block in the background
  • Audience: “He’s behind you…!”
  • Writer turns around and Writer’s Block disappears into the background
  • Enter stage right Inspiration
  • Enter stage left Writer’s Block
  • Cue Audience “boooooo, hisssss”
  • Exit stage right Inspiration
  • After a few ’rounds’ of “boo hiss”, the Writer finally finds Inspiration and knocks Writer’s Block on the head with a bucket of sawdust or something equally appropriate

The End!

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By Carol Cameleon

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An amazing Christmas activity…

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So, what’s so amazing about this Christmas activity?  Well, last year, our little bear was keen to write a few Christmas cards for all her friends at the childminders and pre-school.

And this year she was keen to write more Christmas cards but this year she wrote them herself!  Yes, it took a lot longer to spell our her friends’ names for her to write but it was magical for her to be able to write ‘Happy Christmas’ all by herself, with no prompting on spelling after a few cards had been written.

But what’s not so amazing about this Christmas activity?

She now has school friends to add to the card list so it takes a little a lot longer! ;)

And as a final thought, I get tingles when I consider what is to yet to come on the incredible learning journey in 2015.  Our little bear can now read and write at a basic level, she has taught us a thing or 2 about phonics, and she can do basic sums all by herself.

What gives you tingles about your little one’s learning journey?

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What is a deadline ?

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So, what is a deadline?

A quick google search brought back:

a line drawn around a prison beyond which prisoners were liable to be shot.

Interesting and you could maybe relate that to writing!  How?  Well, imagine writers trying to escape the dreaded writer’s block that could be compared to prison and being shot as they reach the inspiration being the line beyond the writer’s block in desperation…

A bit melodramatic, I know!

Let’s take a deadline literally ~ is it a line that as a writer you just can’t get ‘out’?  A line that finds you stumbling on the right word to use, stumbling at writer’s block, or a line that simply doesn’t cut the mustard; doesn’t hit the spot?

Is a deadline something that you need to push you on towards your goal? The pressure you need to get you to your word count or to complete your writing in your self-imposed time slot?

For me, a deadline is the pressure I need. I’ve had a children’s book tucked away in the wings for a while.  I’ve never forgotten about it and knew exactly where it was for when I needed it. Because one day I knew I would.  Sure enough:

  • Enter stage right an opportunity, a very exciting opportunity. Exit stage left ‘procrastination’ being booed off stage…
  • Enter stage left pressure.
  • Opportunity and pressure meet somewhere centre stage and the spotlight’s on now.  I’ve got around 3 weeks (I’m trying not to count!) to ‘rehearse’ my lines before my deadline.

For me, that’s a deadline.  Having the pressure on to keep writing, no matter what. To keep things running in the background to make me thrive on the pressure.  Those ‘things in the background’ are blog posts and the associated promotions, engagement; reading and commenting on blogs.  My #NextBigThing project will be taking a back seat for a good few weeks now though, I’ve got to say!  I love the pressure though.  I get my buzz from it.  It makes me creative and focussed.  It makes me kick procrastination down and knuckle down.

What does a deadline mean to you?  Share your thoughts in the comments below…

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Footnotes and Anecdotes ~ Week 20 life quotes

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…for the love of words…

“The chief requirement of the good life, is to live without any image of oneself.”
Iris Murdoch, 1919-1999, English novelist
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Which ‘Footnote and Anecdote’ would you like to add?
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Here’s my latest Friday Fiction offering

“The E.D.D.”

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Is it someone’s birthday and you don’t know what to do?

Let me write a personal rhyme especially for you.

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Get in touch today, waste no more time,
It’s really easy peasy…

“Bespoke Rhymes

…for those personal times”

Making a difference with phonics

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A few weeks before our little bear started school, we had a good old tidy up.

We cleared out a ton of baby toys and some pre-school toys.

We made her old cot into a desk.

We sorted out her uniform.

We talked about her starting school and planted the big girl’s school ‘seed’ well and truly in her little head (and ours!)

We put up a phonics wall frieze above her desk.

Like all parents, we’ve always encouraged our little bear to do well in her 3 Rs.  From reading to her from newborn and creating a little reading nook for her; from giving her easy access to pens, paper, glue, scissors, colouring-in pages on her desk and letting her grab empty packaging when the mood takes her to be creative, like the time she initiated a ‘Three Little Pigs’ homework model building session.

So when she came home from school one day and I did the usual ‘dive’ into her book bag, when I opened her Reading Record book and read that our little bear:

 

“Read this book with ease and with no help.  I have given her a more challenging book. Well done.”

 

When I flicked through said book and saw the long versions of the words ‘I am’, ‘that is’, ‘it is’ had been replaced by the short versions: ‘I’m’, ‘that’s’, ‘it’s’…  well I was just a teeny weeny ickle bit very proud!  It’s quite clear to me that our little bear is thriving with her reading and I’m certain that the phonics posters have had a helping hand.

The learning to read and write journey has been incredible so far and it gives me tingles to think where it’ll be going next!

 

Our little ones are like sponges and just need encouragement, don’t you think?

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Virtually All Sorts pick of the best blogs ~ round-up 32

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Welcome to my pick of the best blogs of the last week or so.  I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did:

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Mummy Shambles explored the different levels of digital friendship which I found intriguing…

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Iona at Redpeffer wrote about a heartfelt conversation with her 8 year old on the existence of Father Christmas/Mr Claus/Santa – call him what you will!

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Chrissie at MuddledManuscript illustrated brilliantly that if you don’t ask, you don’t get…

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For my #WonderfulWorldofWriting linky, these 2 posts covered agent hunting and friendship (maybe together, maybe not!):

Maddy at WritingBubble shared some very useful information about a literary agent hunting website…

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…while Renee at MummyTries captured friendship so beautifully in her post.

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It’s really easy peasy…

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My # Word of the Week is…

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So it’s Word of the Week time and what a week!  Just when I thought it was safe to say “be gone ye lurgy, good riddance!” it came back with a vengeance and it got our little bear :(  She was so disappointed when we told her that she couldn’t go to school on the second day of her sickness because she was still poorly.  “But Mummy, I’m not sick anymore!” she implored.  Poor little bear didn’t understand.  As horrible as the lurgy was, it was actually quite nice to cosy up on the sofa with her.  I’m not sure if she dozed off but I know that I did at one point… during the 1st 14th sitting of ‘Black Beauty’!

All was not lost because as she recovered, we made paper chains together for the Christmas tree.  She decided that Father Christmas would like to see her tree when he delivered her presents, so we had a good couple of hours of just chilling out and making :)  We’re very grateful that it was this week and not last, when we saw her in her first Christmas Production.  Phew, that was close…

Poorly little bear and an extremely sleep deprived and caffeine-fuelled Mummy Bear aside (I very rarely have caffeine these days so you know it was bad!), the week was very quick and productive.  After an average of maybe 4 hours sleep for a couple of nights (I could never do newborn days again!), followed by a solid, deep sleep and another coffee just to see me through, I find myself on a roll with creating content for this here blog, linking, commenting, sharing… the whole blogging/writing shebang.  This keyboard is tap-tap-tapping away ;)

After a run-down of my goings-on this week, what would you say my #WordoftheWeek is??

Caffeine!

Linking up with Jocelyn at The Reading Residence’s #WordofTheWeek

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“The E.D.D.” ~ My Fantastic Friday Fiction Offering…

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Frank and Louise couldn’t decide whether to find out the sexes of their babies.  Both were of the opinion that they had waited this long and come this far that it didn’t matter whether they were pink or blue.  But still, Louise did window shopping in abundance.  From the car seats to the cots, everything was discussed incessantly.  But it was this incessant chatter, this incessant planning that riled Frank somewhat.

How could he ever admit this though?  More importantly, how could he get his head around that odd feeling of resentment that he had towards Louise’s growing bump?  He wanted his wife back.  He wanted her to lavish attention on him, not on baby grows and sterilising equipment.

Frank wondered privately what was the point of planning when you had an EDD?  As if to answer his silent question, Louise openly declared that planning was everything.  After all, the Estimated Delivery Date was just an idea, just a scientific tool to measure clinical detail and growth.  Really, the babies would come when they wanted to and it was best to be prepared, Louise declared.

And so Louise’s countdown continued to the weeks until the next scan, as they got closer and closer to meeting their bundles.  Yet Louise’s growing bump was getting perilously close to pushing Frank further and further away…

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This story follows on from my previous Friday Fiction offering “Miraculous” and since joining in with this linky, a mini saga seems to have naturally been created around parents-to-be Frank and Louise.  That’s what I love about writing, just going with the flow and seeing where it takes you!  This week’s piece is inspired by the ‘Footnotes’ quote:

“New discoveries in science and mathematics often consist of a synthesis between theories or concepts which have hitherto been regarded as unconnected.”
Dr. Anthony Storr, 1920-2001. British psychiatrist

Why do I choose these quotes?  I needed inspiration for my ‘fantastic friday fiction’ offering.  I wanted to write a piece of fiction for Friday Fiction (a linky run by fellow blogger Nicola Young that I’m new to and am keen to join in with).  I mused on how to flex my creative muscles (in between working on my #NextBigThing project) and it came to me in a blinding flash of well, inspiration!…

You see each week I choose a Footnote & Anecdote from my desk diary and I’ve decided to do an experiment ;) I do love an experiment!  Each Friday (or thereabouts) I will share a short piece of fictional writing (obviously!) that has been inspired by the ‘Footnote’ that I chose the previous Monday for my blog linky.

Written for #FridayFiction (click the badge below to go Nikki’s blog)
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How to be crafty with festive paper chains!

How to be crafty with festive paper chains ~

Little Bear style…

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First up, if you’re a regular reader (thank you!), but haven’t seen my ‘emerging merger’ post for MummyBearsBlog yet, hop over here and this post will make sense (I hope!).  If you’re not a regular reader, welcome to my newly merged blog ‘Virtually All Sorts’ where you will find all sorts of thoughts on writing and parenting’.  All is explained in this post here…

 

And now onto some festive crafts :)

I love this picture of our little bear making her very own festive paper chains for our Christmas tree!  She was actually poorly with the dreaded lurgy that has well and truly been doing the rounds in the Bear household.  This unfortunately meant a day off school which in turn meant cosying up on the sofa, trying to keep food and water down (!) and watching Black Beauty over and over, and over and over…

As lovely as it was to cosy up, it was even nicer to see her gradually perk up and become our little bear again.  She decided it was time for us to make paper chains to go on our Christmas tree and we were cutting, colouring, pasting and linking for a good couple of hours.

We had a lovely time and it certainly took her mind off being poorly ;)

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Friendship ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Friendship

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Some friendships come,

Some friendships go,

It’s a part of life,

She’s coming to know.

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As she tries so hard to tell me,

As she tries so hard to say,

I make out that her friend was

Not at pre-school again today.

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I hold her close to my heart,

I give her a big, firm cuddle,

Stroke her hair, hold back my tears,

Our little bear’s in a muddle.

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She thinks her friend’s deserted her,

Not one friend but two,

My instinct tells me that

She thinks I will now too.

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I can offer her little reassurance as

Her sobs subside from exhaustion,

I see her tear-stained face

And in her eyes I see her heart broken.

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The circles of friendship are a wonderful thing,

The trust, joy, love, loyalty that they bring,

But our little bear is tired and confused

Her little heart has been trampled on and utterly bruised.

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By Carol Cameleon

Written when our little bear was at pre-school.  Now at school, her mind is a little more mature but the potential for confusion is certainly still there…

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Is it someone’s birthday and you don’t know what to do?

Let me write a personal rhyme especially for you.

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A personal rhyme from you to them,
it’s unique, bespoke and easy.
Get in touch today, waste no more time,
It’s really easy peasy…

“Bespoke Rhymes

…for those personal times”

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