Friday, July 5, 2013

Celebrate Small Things, Come On!

Celebrate the Small Things is the weekly bloghop hosted by VikLit where participants simply share what they're celebrating from the past week—however minor. (click on the pic to the left for a complete list of participants)

Here's my list for the week...

—The Red Sox are still in first place in the AL East. And the Yankees are six games back.

—I wrote an opening to a scene that needed an opening. I had started it in the middle because I had no idea how the scene should begin, but it just clicked one day, so I scribbled it down. It's only a few paragraphs long, but it's still three more paragraphs than I had last week. Yep. We're celebrating baby steps.

—I also wrote the most brilliant line ever: "We were somewhere doing something when something else happened."  I'm all about the details, you know. (And maybe I'll have those worked out for next week...)

—It's now July 5th, and I live in an area where fireworks are illegal except for the 4th of July and when the Red Sox win the World Series (true story). I'm celebrating this because my poor sweet Gator Girl is terribly afraid of fireworks, and now I won't have to worry about them again for a while. October, if things go well.

—I've run/walked 18.5 miles so far this week, and I still have two days to add to this total. My Year-To-Date total is 228 miles. Still behind the pace I had wanted to set, but I'm gaining ground.

That's gonna do it for me today. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great weekend.

43 comments:

  1. Good job on getting the opening done! I love when things click. :)

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    1. Me too. It was a real weight off my shoulders when I figured out how the scene should begin.

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  2. Celebrating baby steps works for me. :)

    That's so great about your run/walk total! I've a hit a slump exercise-wise but hoping to hit the pool this weekend - if the rain/thunder/lightning ever stops. :)

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    1. We'd had a bit of a rain/thunder cycle happening, too, so most of my miles this week were gained indoors.

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  3. All great, wonderful, things to celebrate, M.J. Have a great weekend!

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  4. That line is something all right!
    We had fireworks both legal and illegal going off everywhere last night. And probably more tonight.

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    1. I'm hoping my neighbors are all fireworked out now.

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  5. Fireworks are now legal here in Maine year round. Yay. Thankfully my dog isn't phased - or is it fazed? Hmmm...

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    1. Yeah, as soon as I heard that, I said, "Well, I'm never moving back to Maine."

      It's great that they don't bother your pup.

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  6. Down with the evil empire that is the Yankees!!

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  7. Well done on getting the opening sorted. It doesn't matter how long or short it is, getting it right is the important part. And the run/walking distance is brilliant too :-)

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    1. I just find it funny that I've been worrying about the opening for a while now and then all of a sudden, there it was. All three paragraphs of it.

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  8. Fireworks are illegal where I'm at but you wouldn't know it based on what I saw last night LOL. I don't mind them too much as long as they ONLY occur on the 4th. It's when people drag them out for weeks I get cranky (as one goes off in the background). Happy writing! Check out the fantastic upcoming contests this summer. There are some fabulous agents participating.

    Meredith
    Meredith’s Musings

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    1. My dogs totally dictate how I feel about fireworks. The more the Gator Girl hates them, the more I hate them. Fortunately, my neighbors don't tend to drag them out for weeks.

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  9. Great celebrations! I love that line, very descriptive! A lot of my first drafts have lines like that in them :)

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    1. My early drafts always have lines like that. There's a lot of "He says something" and "Insert something exciting here" to be found.

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  10. That line is brilliant! So versatile!
    Got to love those drafts :)

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    1. Yes, I can really go anywhere with that line. I do hate to limit myself...

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  11. The illegality of fireworks never seems to get in the way of people using them.

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    1. Yes, that is true, but it's never been a real problem in this area.

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  12. I like that line :) Grats on the opening and I'm glad Gator Girl doesn't have to listen to fireworks. My cats weren't too fond of them last night. And just WOW on your mileage!!!

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    1. I never see my cats during fireworks. I think the Gator Girl's anxiety just makes them run and hide until it's over.

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  13. I know how that goes. You worry and worry and worry, and then one day--BLAM--the perfect opening hits you. And it's never as long as you expect, but that is one thing off the list of things to finish. Congratulations.

    Gator Girl would have hated it around here last night. There were three or four firework displays that I could make out from my balcony. Plus days of late night pops. And fireworks are illegal here (although, the displays last night were legal and for big groups of people).

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    1. Thanks. Now I can worry about the next item on the list. =)

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  14. Six games back! Six and a half a few days ago! : D

    Way to go on the writing and walking, and about fireworks, yeah, they were made legal two years ago, and I was against it. To me it's like someone walking into your yard at night, half drunk, and firing off a pistol. Again and again. And expecting you (and your dogs) to like it.

    And hey, you're originally from Maine? I knew there was something about you I liked. :-)

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    1. I am originally from Maine, yes. Most of my family is still there.

      And I feel the same way about the fireworks.

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  15. You'd be very unpopular in our house. My partner is a huge Yankees fan. Which is really weird in New Zealand where we don't even play baseball....

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    1. A couple of my closest friends are Yankee fans and we make it work every day. =)

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  16. I'm pretty sure I've written lines like that in the past.

    There were a lot of fireworks going off last night. Like, I'd be almost asleep and then CRACK!BOOM more going off. Thanks, everybody.

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    1. Oh yes, it was a very long night on the 4th. I didn't even bother trying to send the dogs to bed until late, late, late. It wouldn't have done any good.

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  17. You're lucky that fireworks are illegal most of the time. It's been nonstop all week here. Sounds like you had a pretty good week :)

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    1. It most definitely could have been worse.

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  18. You are run/walking a TON! It is inspiring. *gets shoes on*

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    1. Well, I have to make up for my horrible eating habits somehow.

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  19. That is a brilliant line! I love moments like that ^.^

    GO SOX!

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  20. Excellent things to celebrate.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  21. Congrats on getting that opening!

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  22. Writing progress, meeting your exercise goals, and a winning ballclub in Boston: Those little things are definitely worth celebrating!

    I just saw a Red Sox game last weekend. They lost that one, but they've been winning since so I can't complain :-)

    Keep working on your goals, and celebrating the small things. Go Sox!

    The Pedestrian Writer

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  23. great things to celebrate!
    go red sox!!
    and yay for a good beginning! i jave a hard time with first lines sometimes too.

    happy weekend!

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  24. Oh, so many awesome things to celebrate--yay you! Also, congrats on figuring out that opening. It's always so great when the muses relent like that!

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  25. Yes, getting in those skipped scenes are so fulfilling. My WIP will need a beginning too - more of an introduction to the community. Just don't know how to do it yet.

    Glad you had a good time on the 4th. Writer’s Mark

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