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Weekend Wrap-up: June 12

Just a quick recap before I start my day:

From my blog this week

Thursday Thoughts: Poem to Story – One of my poems inspired a short story.

Weird Wednesday: June 9 – Cartoons and Aliens – Conspiracy theory anyone?

Tuesday Tirade: The Trouble with Teens (the numbers, not the kids) – Math mayhem

Music Monday: What Goes Around Comes Around – Disco comes back, but not the bellbottoms. Whew!

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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Weekend Wrap-up: June 5

I’ve been trying to write everyday. At least something. Blogging helps because it gives me a schedule of weekly topics. My main writing project, a continuation of one of me short stories into a full length novel, moves ahead like a sputtering car, slow but sometimes jumping ahead in spurts.

If I’m stuck, I will often just write the dialogue, then go back and fill in the thoughts and descriptions. I go back to previous chapters and see where I can elaborate; I am in no danger of having to pair down my word count.

I try to keep track of details, so that I don’t contradict what happened or repeat myself. You would think that since I am writing it, I would know what has already been said, but things slip by.

I had a good writing day yesterday, not on the novel, but on a short story. I saw a writing prompt for a contest on Reedsy and I instantly had an idea. I actually took one of my NaPoWriMo poems and reworked it into a story. I almost got in 1000 words, which is the minimum length. OK, about 70 words were from the poem, and I used 10 words from a line from one of my lyrics, but I’m counting them.

I also came across a fun prompt (see Fibbing Friday below), so there’s a few more words for the tally.

From my blog this week

Fibbing Friday: Complete the – I stumbled upon this prompt in the afternoon and couldn’t resist

Weird Wednesday: June 2 – The Survey returns and CartoonsThe Day Before continues, and an unscientific survey

Tuesday Tidbits: Longevity – What’s the oldest thing you own?

Music Monday: I’ve Heard That Song Before – Sound familiar?

Second Chance Sunday: Blog ‘Bout Book Blogs – A long lost post I found

Here are a few other blogs I have enjoyed:

playgrounds and graveyards / poem-hubris – Shawn wrote 2 poems in response to the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in Kamloops, BC.

Today’s #Photograph 3/Jun/21 – Stuart always has some wonderful photographs


Tuesday Tunes 59: More Seventies – The greatest decade in music? Maybe not, but there were a lot of great songs.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Weekend Wrap-up: May 28

Quick! How many days in May? August? What about March? Can you instantly recall that information? You are lucky. I sure can’t. If you are like me, you had to start to recite: “Thirty days, has September, April, June…” and once you eliminated those ones, you came to the answer of 31.

Did you know if you put your fists together with your index fingers touching, starting from the left, each knuckle is a 31 day month and the dips are all 30 (except for that weird February which I can never remember what year is a leap year). Sure you have knuckle left over, and you have to point with your nose, but hey, it works.

I can recall many facts when I watch Jeopardy, many more if I have recorded it and press pause (not to Google, just to think). When I comes to math, I wish I was able to recall certain facts without resorting to tricks. I suppose mathematicians and scientists have a good memory and are able remember and recall what they learn instantly. Same goes for musicians. There’s an upcoming post in there – if I remember to write it. Now where was I…?

From my blog this week

Free Book Friday: May 28 – Review Copies

Thursday Thoughts: NFTs – WT#? – Should I jump on the NFT bandwagon?

Weird Wednesday: May 26th – Cartoons – Another The Day Before

Tuesday Tidbits: Life Lessons Learned From Exercising – Deep thoughts? Maybe?

Music Monday: You Oughta’ Tune – Yer Makin’ Me Cry – Autotune: Yay or Nay? Plus a song that makes me cry.

Here are a few other blogs you should visit:

Shards of Broken Glass – What did you collect as a child?

Stop and smell the roses? You should.

Short Story Collections – Free books courtesy of Stevie

Questions for Americans – The snacks are different. Not just the accents.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Laughter is the Best Medicine – The health benefits by Sally Cronin

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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Weekend Wrap-up: May 22

I was able to get get back to my weekly blog schedule this week. I would like to plan out my posts better, but I’ll admit, most of the time, it’s a night before or morning of routine. Like right now…

I do keep a running Word doc with my ideas and thoughts to build on. Recently I had tried out a program called Shaxpir which I wrote about here: Tuesday Tune-up: Writing Tools / Programs. I was having some difficulty logging—Oh. You’re not done reading the linked post yet? Sorry. I’ll grab a coffee then…

Done? Great!

As I was saying, I was having some difficulty logging in and accessing my work, and the support that I was getting was substandard. Finally, Someone on a community board offered a solution that worked. Now the task is to remove my content—which thankfully did not have much new material—and delete the program.

Speaking of support, here is an update on my Wattpad vs. Inkitt experience (see this week’s Free Book Friday for context). I was having difficulty in Inkitt creating single spaces between my lines of poetry because each ‘Enter’ key stroke created a new paragraph.

After posting on the support forum, I received a response a week later, which did not work, and I haven’t heard anything since. Several other writers in the community offered solutions, with the same result.

I had abandoned Wattpad many months ago, but decided to give it a try. Experiencing the same issue, I emailed their support staff, and received an answer the same day, which worked! Want to create single spaces? Shift + Enter. Ta-Dah!

Wattpad: 1 Inkitt: 0

Have a great weekend! Here’s something else to read:

From my blog this week

Free Book Friday: May 21 – Reading & Writing Sites – A new promo, plus my thoughts/questions on Wattpad and Inkitt.

Thursday Thoughts: Aroma Therapy – Smells. Yes, smells.

Weird Wednesday: May 19th – Cartoons and Rhetorical Questions – Just what it says. Is it funny? I think so.

Tuesday Tirade: ROI – I rethink my reviewing strategy.

Music Monday: Riviera Galliard – I finally record one of the first pieces I wrote for classical guitar. It only took [cough] years.

Here are a few other blogs you should visit:


Twitter: Why do I bother? – Do you like Twitter?

Thoughts about letter writing – When was the last time you hand-wrote a letter?

The Anti-TBR Tag – Everyone has a “I won’t read that, list.”

Bags For Life Or Bag For The Week? – Plastic shopping bags. Do you still have them?

Still looking for some readers to go over my NaPoWriMo book:

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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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