MFRW 52 Week Blog Hop

Do You Keep A Journal or Diary?

Wow. We’re one week away from half the year.  This is week 25 of the MFRW Blog Hop. Be sure to check out the other authors blogging this week.

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I bought myself a diary with my allowance from the five and ten store in the shopping mall near my home when I was 12 years old. I wrote in it at night before I went to bed for about one year. In it, I wrote about our move to a new neighborhood and school and the changes that were taking place in my life.

Then in 1999, I had a digital diary with LiveJournal that I made private.  LiveJournal was relatively new at the time. But that only lasted about a month before I turned it into a blog about Steampunk.

Now I use a notebook for brain dumping or morning pages. When I started I wrote every morning before I worked on my WIP. For some reason, I’ve dropped down to about three mornings a week and my writing is not the same. Too many distractions, I suppose.  I’m working on getting back the other two days of the week and leaving my weekends free.

Did you keep a diary or journal? Tell me about it in the comments.

MFRW 52 Week Blog Hop

Items I Can’t Live Without

Welcome to week 24. Be sure to check out the other authors of the MFRW 52 Week Blog Hop.  This week’s topic took a little bit of thought.  What items can’t I live without?  The books on my Kindle.

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Before the invention of the Kindle or e-reader, I carried multiple books with me whenever I traveled. Hardbacks and paperbacks, they rode in their own tote bag. My arms and back would throb transporting my loaded down luggage, tote and my purse from the house to the car and then from the car to the luggage cart once we got to our destination. But it was a labor of love because I couldn’t go on vacation without my books.  Now, years later, my books are contained on my Kindle and my baggage is pounds lighter which the aching arms and back are grateful for. The e-reader/Kindle allowed me to visit other time periods and worlds while we made our way to our seasonal destination.

 

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Welcome to week 23. This weeks’ topic: My most memorable experience

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 My most memorable experience happened in first year French in high school.

The principal of the high school I attended notified my teacher that our first-year class had been invited to perform on public television. The class was over the moon because we were going to be on TV.

It was to be a thirty-minute program but filming took much longer. The teacher, Mrs. Meadows, selected two groups of four students each to perform a skit of fractured French and an action scene of the French Revolution. I remembered one line from the fractured skit, “Mercy bucket, monster.” The correct line is “Merci beaucoup, Monsieur.”

Two of us, me and another student recited poems. My poem was Le Corbeau et Le Renard (The Crow and The Fox). I was pretty stoked to stand in front of those hot lights and camera, and I was nervous at the same time so I giggled a lot.

There were plenty of “retakes” because we would burst into laughter when someone flubbed their lines. And when Mrs. Meadows snapped her baton in two, we knew to stop our antics and get serious so we could wrap it up and go back to school.

The last act was singing the French National Anthem which we sang without a hitch. I enjoyed that outing. Our class was never offered that opportunity again. Maybe other schools had to have a turn.  Our next adventure, the next year was a trip to France, but I didn’t get the chance to go. Money was tight at home in my sophomore year.

Don’t forget to visit other authors in this blog hop to read about their most memorable experiences.