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Blog Blitz

Posted by lindamartinandersen on May 11, 2016


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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “Blog Blitz” by Linda Martin Andersen

Over at the playground…it was a warm, breezy spring day.  Kites soared above, people hurried along the walking track, and children played.

Jamison waved and ran up to his friend Bradley when he and his family entered the park…

“Come meet my grandma,” Bradley called.  “She lives with us, now.”

Jamison hurried over and spoke to Bradley’s Grandma, who pushed a walker. Then he and Bradley rushed off to the swings.

“How does your mom know what to do for your Grandma?” Jamison asked.

“She’s reads lots of books.  There’s one she carries with her.  She says everybody should read it.”

Bradley looked back at his mom.  “I think it’s her new favorite book.”

Jamison nodded.  “Let’s go play some of our favorites.”

“I’ll race you,” Bradley said.

Writing Prompt:

What is one of your favorite guide books?  What is one of your favorite how to books? 

Check your bookcase for other books.  Ask your parents to name some of their favorites.

To learn more about the book Bradley’s mom was reading at the playground, see here:

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y. Edwards

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SYNOPSIS

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive gives you, the caregiver, ways to meet your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social needs and those of your elder to promote healing, well-being, and survival. Based on the author’s research and fourteen years of experience caring for her mother, this book provides many resources to find the right place for your elder to live, explains ways to improve communication to help find solutions to problems, and gives organization ideas for medical, financial, insurance, and legal documents. It offers ways for a caregiver to get time away from caregiving responsibilities and contains information substitute caregivers must have to keep their elders safe. Along with all this, the book explains the signs of the end of life, ways to celebrate an elder’s life, and gives duties of an executor of an estate. It also includes ten useful charts to assist in assessing and recording an elder’s needs and capabilities.

What People Are Saying:

“There are several charts in the appendix for the reader to utilize by filling in related information, making it a truly useful, everyday tool for everything from organizational tips to emergency needs that will slide right into a purse or overnight bag. Certainly not one of those books you half-read then sit on a shelf to collect dust.”

“It provides links to online applications and phone numbers, ideas and resources as a starting place to brainstorm easy, meaningful ways to assist you in maintaining your elder’s health and your own…I wish that I had known of it when I was a caregiver. I know that I would have been prepared for everything and possibly paid for it too! If you have a family member who needs your help, don’t hesitate to buy this book. It is a valuable tool for every family, organization, or caregiver.

“This book is a no-frills, very well-researched self-help guide on how to help. The language is simple, saying what Joan wants to say and no more…What is particularly impressive is the logical, step by step way Joan analyzes each problem, so that without talking down to the reader, she presents a guide even a kid could understand and follow…I have worked both as a psychotherapist and as a nurse in nursing homes. My wife cared for her mother for many years, with me on the sidelines. From this personal experience, I can recommend Joan’s Elder Care Guide as accurate, helpful and even inspiring.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joan Y. Edwards is an author, illustrator, and retired teacher in North Carolina. Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive is published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote and illustrated picture book, Flip Flap Floodle, and self-published it with BookSurge in 2004. She is currently working on illustrations for her chapter book, Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.

Her Never Give Up blog, http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com has over 340,000 views and 350 subscribers. She encourages writers, illustrators, and others to never to give up. Her website, http://www.joanyedwards.com has a multitude of Gospel-based devotionals, puzzles, and skits.

Joan is a member of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her article, “Find Your Creative Edge,” appeared in the July-August 2011 SCBWI Bulletin.

Edwards thrives on spending time with her family and friends. She presents interactive writing and motivational talks and workshops for children and adults. She reads humorous and self-help books. For inspiration and self-acceptance, she heeds the wise teachings of Robert Schuller, Joel Osteen, Maxwell Maltz, and Tony Robbins.

Facebook Page Joan Y. Edwards, Author https://www.facebook.com/Joan-Y-Edwards-Author-111310278911077/

Twitter @joanyedwards

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If you would like to have Joan Y. Edwards as a guest on your blog, please contact her at joanyedwards1@gmail.com/.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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X is for Box, X-Ray, and XOXO

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 28, 2016


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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “X is Box, X-Ray, and XOXO” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

X is for Box

Most days when I open my mailbox, I find bills or junk.  Still, there is always the hope that there will be something better.  And some days there is.  A greeting card sticks out of the letter stack or a box fills the space.  Joyous day!  Occasionally, UPS delivers boxes to our door, but mostly boxes arrive in our roadside rural mailbox. Who would think that a brown box without color or ribbons would bring such pleasure?  But it does.  Why do you think that is?

What was the best gift you ever received in the mail?  Some of my best were story acceptances for magazine publication.  Just know that lots of rejection letters arrived before the acceptances.  Even after publication, rejections come.  It’s how it is.  Keep on writing!

Tell about a gift you were excited to send.

Time to recycle by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

Time to recycle by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

For an earlier post featuring recyclables, check here:  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/r-is-for-rose-recyclables-and-remodeled-back-porch/

X is for X-Ray

Photograph of a chest x-ray

When I was a high school student,  I drove a school bus.  I took bus driver training and passed by the skin of my teeth.  That was back in the day when buses had standard transmission–shifting gears required.  A yearly physical was also required.  Drivers were lined up and a doctor listened to our hearts and x-rays were taken to rule out TB.  I teased that if our hearts were beating and we didn’t have TB, we could drive a bus.

Have you ever had an x-ray?  Was it to rule out a broken bone, part of dental visit, following an accident, or used to help diagnose a disease, etc? Have you ever seen an x-ray?  Your own?

X is for XOXO

x= kisses

o= hugs

Have you ever signed  a letter with XOXO?

Have you ever seen XOXO written on Valentine’s Day conversation hearts?

Where else have you seen XOXO?

Do you know song lyrics that include Xs and Os?

XOXO to all my followers.  Bless you one and all!

What “X” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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L is for Librarian, Ladder and Literary Litter

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 14, 2016


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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “L is for Librarian, Ladder, and Literary Litter” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

L is for Librarian

I have been fortunate to know several great librarians.  Today, I’m sharing an archived post by Pat Strobel, a former co-worker and a terrific elementary school librarian.  I also want to give a shout out for Robin Deffendall,  who is a fantastic reference librarian and the leader of a face-to-face writer’s group I attend called WORN: Write On, Right Now.  Hooray for Librarians!

Writing Prompt:  Tell about a librarian who is special in your life.

https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/books-reading-libraries-still-awesome-by-pat-strobel-a-national-board-certified-school-librarian/

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L is for Ladder

My living room and dining room décor has a Japanese influence.  Once while on vacation, my husband spotted this bamboo ladder and wanted to purchase it for the dining room.  I agreed.  It displays nothing at times, linens cloths at others, and sometimes Christmas cheer.

Writing Prompts:  What have you brought home from a vacation as a souvenir for yourself?  How are a ladder and success sometimes linked?

Bamboo Ladder. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Bamboo Ladder. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Bamboo Ladder decorated at Christmas. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Bamboo Ladder decorated at Christmas. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

 

L is for Litter–the puppy kind

Have you ever written so many revisions of a manuscript that you’re not sure which one is “the one?” Most writers are probably shaking their heads in agreement.  I found this article to be a fun way to look at this.

“Loving Your Literary Litter” by Hayley Barrett of Emu’s Debuts.

https://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/loving-your-literary-litter/

Writing Prompts:  Have you ever picked a puppy from a litter to be your own?  Tell about a pet experience.

 

What “L” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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I is for Ignite–as in Lightning Strike and Write2Ignite!

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 11, 2016


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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “I is for Ignite–as in Lightning Strike and Write2Ignite!” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

I is for Ignite–as in Lightning Strike

Lightning Strike. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Lightning Strike. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Lightning Strike--on Fire. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Lightning Strike–on Fire. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

The photos above were taken after a lighting strike near my son’s house.  He called 911, but the fire department wouldn’t respond to a lone tree in a field.  Would you have expected that response?

Here is a video of a lightning strike:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn65RFvJKnk

For your safety, read these myths and facts about lightning:

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/myths.shtml

I is for Ignite–as in Write to Ignite!

Write2Ignite holds an annual conference for Christian writers who write for children.  If you missed the April 1-2, 2016 conference held near Greenville, SC, perhaps you would like learn more about Write2Ignite here and join them in 2017.  Please tell them Linda Andersen sent you.

http://write2ignite.com/welcome-to-write2ignite-2016/

http://write2ignite.com/about/

What “I” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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H is for Haiku–Shared in Memory of Maureen Wartski

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 9, 2016


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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “H is for Haiku–Shared in Memory of Maureen Wartski” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

H is for Haiku–Shared in Memory of Maureen Wartski

A photo of Maureen Wartski shared with me for my blog. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

A photo of Maureen Wartski shared with me for my blog. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

 

Obituary:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsobserver/obituary.aspx?pid=169167778

“Haiku Walk”–Archived at her blog:

“When I was growing up in Japan, keeping eyes and ears open for interesting objects or events along the way was a game.” Read more here:

https://maureenwartski.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/haiku-walk/

Archived at my blog:

Haiku poetry was shared by Maureen Wartksi, Robyn Hood Black, and Joy Acey.  Here is a haiku by Maureen:

Frostbitten flowers

Curl their petals inward

Guarding memories.

by Maureen Wartski

Enjoy more about haiku form and samples by three poets.

https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/haiku-for-you/

In another achieved blog post, Maureen shares her beautiful quilt art and a comment about her work:  “Personally, I like my wall-hangings and quilts to tell a story.”  Maureen achieved that and much more.

https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/quilting-its-an-art/

Moon Over Mountain Art Quilt by Maureen Wartski. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Moon Over Mountain Art Quilt by Maureen Wartski. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

This lovely quilt art was a gift from Maureen when my husband was very ill.  It hung over my bed during his sickness and today it’s displayed in my dining room for the enjoyment of all who enter.  Maureen also mailed me original haikus and sometimes handmade cards each week during his extended illness.  I kept them all!  She richly blessed my life.

I miss Maureen and remember her fondly, especially when I read or hear haikus!

What “H” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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G is for Glitz, Glitter, and Giraffes

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 8, 2016


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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “G is for Glitz, Glitter, and Giraffes” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

G is for Glitz, Glitter, and Giraffes

Sometimes, I hear the expression “glitz and glitter.”  When I researched the expression, I found “glitz and glamour.”  Whichever is your preference, I suppose.  Are you a glitz and glitter/glamour person or not?  This reminds me of the old television program “Green Acres.”  If you’ve watched it before or never have, I hope you enjoy the theme song here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umS3XM3xAPk

G is for Glitz–

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glitz 

I found it interesting that the definition of “glitz” included “glitter.”

G is for Glitter–

When I worked as a school counselor in elementary schools, I sometimes dabbed a little Fairy Magic on students who needed a smile.  It worked.

Fairy Dust that shone like glitter. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Fairy Dust that shone like glitter. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

See Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s poem about a jar of glitter for when you’re feeling down. She created a few run-on words you’ll like too.

http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2016/04/wallow-in-wonder-day-4-what-makes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+amylv%2FGmZc+%28The+Poem+Farm%29

G is for Giraffes–

Visit Picture Book Builders Blog and register to win a copy of There’s a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach

http://picturebookbuilders.com/2016/04/theres-a-giraffe-in-this-blog-post-plus-a-giveaway/#comment-4854

Here’s a trailer for the book:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJkqGdgWGrU

What “G” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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E is for Empty, Half Empty…(Part 1 of 2)

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 6, 2016


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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “E is for Empty, Half Empty…(Part 1 of 2)” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Gas Gauge--full view. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Gas Gauge–full view. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

E is for Empty, Half Empty…(Part 1 of 2)

We all know the expression “Is the glass half full or half empty?”  Today, I’d like you to focus on “E–E is for Empty, Half Empty.”

What does empty look like in your life?  Half empty?

What helps you move beyond this point?

Some people’s circumstances appear to be half empty at best and yet they seem happy or are doing their best to get on with their life.  What’s their secret?

Yesterday, I observed someone at the gym who was blind being led about by someone else.  This young gentleman didn’t leave the impression that he’d been blind all his life.  He kept his hands on a young lady’s shoulders as she directed him to the next piece of exercise equipment.  She set the time and other settings on the machine for him.  I wondered, was he blinded in military combat?  He was young and of strong build.  He could be military; after all, I do live near an Army base.  No matter what led him to this place and stage of his life, I could not think on him as Empty or even Half Empty.  His circumstances, yes; but him, no.  This image will remain strong in my mind.  My hope is to take lessons learned and apply them to my life as well.

E is for Effort

The young man and woman mentioned above definitely deserve an “E” for effort.

Tell me of a time you or someone you know has shown “E” for effort, even though circumstances appeared to be empty or half empty.

What “E” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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Just Jot It January #23–Self-Publish?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 23, 2016


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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Just Jot It January #23–Self Publish?” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every remaining day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I Celebrate Choices in Publishing.

I try to remember to “never say never.”  When I first began writing for publication, I didn’t say I would never self publish.  I said I didn’t plan to self publish.  Will I one day?  I don’t know, although I am considering it for some projects.  Presently, I’m taking a series of three CreateSpace workshops at my local public library.  It’s free!  Today concludes the course.  It’s been very beneficial.  The instructor has lots of experience and explains steps clearly, plus the handouts are great.

If you are interested in learning more about publishing or free workshops, check with your local public library.

Writing Prompts:

  1. Who will you share your writing or illustrating with?  Only yourself?  Family?  Submit to magazines? Post on social media?  Submit to contests?  Submit to agents or editors?
  2. When was the first time you saw something you wrote or illustrated on display?  How did it make you feel?
  3. Have you ever created a story or illustration you were very proud of and the teacher did not choose to display it?  How did that make you feel?  How did you handle it?
  4. What are your plans/goals for projects you’re working on at this time?  What other publication choices could you consider?

Visit http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/23/just-jot-it-january-23rd-oddeven-socs/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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A Letter to A Literary Agent–From a Dog’s Point of View

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 15, 2015


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“A Letter to A Literary Agent–From a Dog’s Point of View” by Linda Martin Andersen

This is the season for writing letters to Santa.  At this point in my writing career, it’s also the season to write letters to agents and publishers.  So, just for fun, and to help reduce stress while I wait for responses, I decided to write a letter to a fictitious literary agent from a dog’s point of view No, it won’t get mailed; however, it is available here if anyone would like to contact Bow-wow about representation.  😉 Gotta give me credit for trying.

Here’s a letter written from Bow-wow’s point of view:

Copyright 2015.Linda Martin Andersen. Poster at Quozio.com

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen. Poster at Quozio.com

Recently, I began following blogs written from a dog’s point of view.  I decided to give it a try myself.  How about you?  Have you ever written from a dog’s point of view?  Maybe you’d prefer to write something from a reindeer’s point of view, in honor of the season.  Try it.  It’s fun.

When I’m nervous, I often choose to write something humorous.  Exercise also helps me deal with stress.  What about you?

Thanks to my friend, Tracy Campbell http://www.tracycampbell.net/shop.html for insights with this post.  Check out her website to get to know her and her pet’s point of view.

Happy Holidays!  Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please leave a comment.  If you are 13 or under, please ask an adult to comment for you.   For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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Before and After–Apron Remodel

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 24, 2015


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“Before and After–Apron Remodel” by Linda Martin Andersen

“I didn’t know people wore aprons anymore,” my sister said when she learned that our mother was sewing one for me.  “Well I do,” I responded.  Mostly, I wear the one from a couple of decades ago when I “moonlighted” as a part-time waitress.  See definition of moonlighting here:  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/moonlighting

I prefer a bib style apron, as did my grandmother.  I inherited  a few of her aprons, which  I wear on special occasions.  Or I did until their last wash left them thread-bare.  I decided it was time to put these aprons on “inactive duty” and buy some new ones.

While shopping at the local downtown Farmer’s Market, I spotted some handmade aprons.  I asked the vender if I could see the one hanging behind her in the booth.  I loved its quilted skirt.  Somehow the bib didn’t seem quite right to me.  It was a little “loud” as my grandmother would have said.  The bib pattern was mostly red, not pink or lavender like the skirt.  Too bad it wasn’t the same material, so the two sections would blend perfectly.   I tried to think how I could modify the bib–perhaps add a lace panel to soften the color.  But as I stated to the clerk, “I’m not a lace kind of girl.” As I pondered some more, the clerk discounted the price, saying that people didn’t like the quilted bottom–that it was too heavy.  Funny, because that was what attracted me to it.  The vendor wanted to move on the sale.  I bought the apron and walked away determined to find a way to change it to “fit” me.

At home, I tried on the apron again and decided I could sacrifice some of the skirt length.  If I did, stripes could be added across the bib to tie the two sections together.  There was enough material to make three stripes.  Sounded just right to me.  I also needed a way to adjust the tie around the neck.

Next step:  Call in the expert.  My mother took my vision and added her skills.  That’s teamwork! Thanks, Mama.  I’m pleased with the outcome.

Apron--Before. Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

Apron–Before. Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

After--Apron. Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

Apron–After. Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

 

 

 

This is pretty much how I approach my writing.  I get a story idea–the before.  I write it, get it critiqued, revise and I may even try to sell it.  If I am not successful, I usually decide to let the story rest.  Time to write some new stories, I think.  But every once in a while, something reminds me to pull an old story back out for a remodel.  And guess what?  The one that’s calling me now is about aprons.  Imagine that! I’m thinking on how to modify it.   I’m hoping I’m not still tied to the story’s apron strings.  For explanation of this expression see here:  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/apron-strings

After I revise the apron story, I’ll call in “experts.”  My critique partners.  I’m thankful for them.  And after making additional changes, I’ll shop my story.  Finding just the right buyer will be my apron celebration story!

Writing Prompt:  Have you ever been tied to someone or something’s apron strings?  Who helps move your projects from before to after? Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  I look forward to your comments.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

 

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