There's no end
to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go! {Dr. Seuss}

Sunday, May 8, 2016

5 of the Best Moms in Literature

The second Sunday in May is Mother’s Day in the U.S., which is today! As I’m feeling grateful for my wonderful mom, I’m thinking about some of my favorite mommas in literature. There are many terrific ones, and I’ve listed five of my favorites! This is a repost from June 2013.

5 Favorite Moms in Books:

Molly Weasley
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
How many mothers who already have seven children will take on another as if he is her own? Molly loves her family above everything else, and she’d do anything to keep them together. She’s loyal, kind, smart, and a fierce dueler. Don’t get in Molly’s way when her kids are in danger!

Queen Sasha
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
No one could tame or positively influence the bumbling, ignorant King Roland like sweet Sasha. The evil magician Flagg underestimates Sasha’s quiet power in her sons. Prince Peter remembers his mother’s lessons, values, and morals, and they reside in Prince Thomas, too. It may be Queen Sasha’s memory that saves the kingdom.

Grandma Mazur
The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
Edna Mazur is in her seventies, wears neon spandex, sings in a punk rock band, flirts with handsome young men (Ranger!), and helps her granddaughter take down criminals to save the day. Grandma Mazur is who I want to be when I grow up!

Caroline Ingalls
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pa may get the credit for getting through difficult times, but it’s Ma who holds Pa together. Pa’s tenacity comes from Ma’s quiet strength and support. Without Ma, the Ingalls family wouldn’t be the family we know and love today.

Clara Allen 
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
All of the women listed above are strong, but not quite like Clara. She suffers the deaths of three sons, nurses her comatose husband, takes over her husband’s horse-trading business making it more prosperous than ever, temporarily adopts a stranger’s sickly baby boy, and raises two healthy, happy daughters. All of this she does alone in the 1800s. She is a woman and mother ahead of her time.

These are only ten incredible mothers in literature. I know there are many others! Who are some of your favorite literary moms?


Monday, February 1, 2016

Motivational Monday Quotes

Personally, I think the passion for an extraordinary life, and the courage to pursue it, is what makes us special. 
{Laini Taylor}

If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn. 
{Ayn Rand}

Books: a beautifully browsable invention that needs no electricity and exists in a readable form no matter what happens. 
{Nicholson Baker}

Don't try to be young. Just open your mind. Stay interested in stuff. There are so many things I won't live long enough to find out about, but I'm still curious about them. You know people who are already saying, 'I'm going to be 30 - oh, what am I going to do?' Well, use that decade! Use them all!
{Betty White}

A good book is an event in my life. 

Happy reading and writing, Zigzaggers!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Motivational Monday Quotes

Daydreaming, however awesome it is, is passive. It happens in your head. Learning to make dreams real is another matter, and I think it should be the work of your life.
{Laini Taylor}

You cannot kill a breeze, a wind, a fragrance; you cannot kill a dream or an ambition. 
{Michel Onfray}

Put blinders on to those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.
{Meryl Streep}

Books: a beautifully browsable invention that needs no electricity and exists in a readable form no matter what happens.
{Nicholson Baker} 

Having your own standards allows you to perceive success where others may see failure.
{Stephen Colbert}

Happy reading and writing!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Motivational Monday Quotes

I like to write the character as if they’re making their case to God as to why they should be allowed into heaven.
{Aaron Sorkin}

When you read a book, you hold another's mind in your hands. 
{James Burke}

It took me a while to finish a book. Too long. And you know, it doesn’t matter how good a writer you are unless you finish what you start!
{Laini Taylor}

You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. You cannot have both.
{Brené Brown}

To survive, you must tell stories. 
{Umberto Eco}

Happy reading and writing!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Motivational Monday Quotes

Without leaps of imagination, we lose the excitement of possibilities.
{Gloria Steinem}

Every day we get a fresh chance to live the way we want.
{John Kenney}

That's what literature is. It's the people who went before us, tapping out messages from the past, from beyond the grave, trying to tell us about life and death! Listen to them! 
{Connie Willis} 

You have to speak your dream out loud.
{Kelly Corrigan}

Never sit staring at a blank page or screen. If you find yourself stuck, write. Write about the scene you’re trying to write. Writing about is easier than writing, and chances are, it will give you your way in.
{Laini Taylor}

Happy reading and writing!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

IWSG: #writinggoals #quitblogging

Writers can definitely use a designated day once a month to complain, cry, rant AND boost, cheer, support. Thank you, Alex, for creating this awesome group! What is IWSG? Click the following links to learn more: 

We’re just about a week into 2016! How is it going for everyone so far?

I’ve made my 2016 Strategic Writing Plan. My plan will be adjusted as the year moves along, but it’s there for me to have something to reach for. 

Have you seen the 52 Short Stories in 52 Weeks challenge? It’s inspired by Ray Bradbury’s quote, “Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row,” and apparently it’s been a thing for quite a few years now. I only just came across it in December because a list of 52 writing prompts have gone around for each week (do a Google search and you’ll find someone’s blog who has the prompts listed). 

I’m definitely doing this challenge! It’ll be exciting to have 52 short stories at the end of this year. And like Bradbury said, they won’t all be bad. I’m not following the writing prompts list because 1) I have plenty of my own ideas for short stories I want to write, and 2) I have a lot of writing prompts books I can use if I need a boost.

Now that my fiction writing goals are written down, I have to decide what I want to do about this blog. Confession: I don’t really like blogging anymore. I was never any good at it. The best bloggers bare everything, get down and dirty and personal, and treat this almost like a diary they’ve given complete strangers permission to read. I can’t do that. I’m a relatively private person. Even having a blog and a public Twitter account in the first place was out of my comfort zone.

Another thing bothering me is I can’t make the time to visit all (two) of you who still pop in for a visit. I feel bad about that. Why should I have a blog and expect you to read it when I haven’t been returning the visit? It’s a waste of everyone’s precious time. We all have 24 hours in the day and make time for what’s important to us, and blogging has been very low on my list of priorities since the end of 2014.

So I’m not sure what I want to do about Wavy Lines. I might try to be more present on Twitter chiming in with the writing community there. Tweeting is less of a time commitment than blogging, and it still has a lot of the same benefits.

What are your writing goals for 2016? How do you stay active in the virtual writing community?

Keep calm and write on, IWSGers!