Sorry I haven’t written much! Been too darn busy but here’s the latest:
9-11-15 Remembering our Heroes who saved so many lives. Sometimes it get very difficult to understand the losses of such good people. We take people for granted every day, not realizing how short time is with them. As you see, I cherish every moment with friends and family. Enjoy your time with loved ones. Nothing lasts forever.
On a lighter note: Tappas are the subject of my passion spark today. A tappa is a small bite. Being a writer, my first thought was the ellipse, the three dots that take a small bite out of the text you are writing. I’m sure Liz Connors didn’t mean that type of small bite. I convinced two of my friends to help me search for tappas. We ended up at Claim Jumper for their appetizer sampler. Tried spinach artichoke dip, southwest eggroll,lemon pepper zucchini, and mozzarella sticks. The spinach artichoke dip was delicious. Did it spark my passion? Not really. The southwest enroll was good. Spicy-ignited my tongue. The zucchini was blah. Mozzarella sticks had too much batter. Now comes the spark!!! Not a tappa but a delicious salted caramel mud pie. Another spark-a delicious passion fruit iced tea. It was a great afternoon with friends. Enjoyed myself and the experience really sparked my passion-my passion for life.
Passion spark for today is a book. My house is filled with books. My Kindle is filled with books and I am supposed to find ONE that ignites a passionate spark in me. It didn’t take long to identify the one book that lights up my life….It’s the book I am writing! If you have been following me, I’m on my 2nd rewrite. I am certainly passionate about it. Hopefully you will be too when I publish it.
Today’s passion spark is easy peasy. What car would spark my passion.. I want a DeLorean. And I want it outfitted with a flux capicitor so I can go back to the future. (Not much lightening here in southern california but I can be patient.) In fact, I’m so excited about this I’m renting “Back to the Future” tonight. Thanks Liz Connors for all the fun you’ve brought in my life the last few days.
“You don’t know how happy I am to put the word ‘Author’ after my name.” Sally states in her first part of her writing adventures.”It is now in the hands of a Developmental Editor” Stay tuned for more! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdgOEzpYsK4
Howdy world! Today I am on top of the world! Sally’ Connor’s Bookshelf has made the front page of Google, just as CJ said and I feel very good.
CJ and I have put a lot of work into the site and now that my work has been exposed to the world, I feel very satisfied. I never thought I would reach these heights. I feel very empowered that the world can see and comment on my thoughts and skills.
Well, I have to get back at it.
If you have any thoughts on my work, please comment below and let me know how I’m doing.
BSAC brought in Melanie McQueen to write playwriting class in November of 2011 BSAC. Melanie pushed us to be our best and listened to rewrite after rewrite. By the end of the class I presented it to The BSAC Players and they urged me to produce it. I had my first taste of directing at this time and loved it. My play, “Keys, Guns and a Crystal Ball” was performed in June of 2012. I was glad for the experience I received in Joseph’s class, as I had to dress the set for all five scenes and it was quite a job. Had lots of help from resident artists in producing the backdrops.
With the Oval Office at stake, the final price tag on next year’s election will be sky high. It’s predicted to total $5 billion. Politicians are talking to funders over constituents, listening to Big Money over voters. It’s no wonder that for years the interests of regular Americans have been collecting dust in the halls of Washington. Our government should be representing the will of the people, not the will of a few billionaires. It’s time we unite and wield the collective influence of people-power in order to unshackle our politicians from Big Money’s venomous grip. This movement is about grassroots action; here are six ways you can help fight back.
After reading over the first draft of my novel, “Betrayal”, I realized I didn’t like Susan, my protagonist, because she showed little growth over the course of the novel. I searched the internet for articles on character growth – the character’s arc throughout the journey. I found many, but the following blog, Jason Black’s “Five steps to building a believable character arc” was one of the most helpful. My thanks to you, Jason Black.
I just uploaded my writing excerpt from Profiles in Creative Aging.
I assumed my life in retirement would continue to be the same old, same old. My husband and I would remain in the same house in Chicago, which we didn’t like and were always planning to sell or fix up, but never did. I would continue to work on genealogy, which was an interest of mine, and spend a lot of time in the basement. My computer was in the basement as was my stash of food. Nobody could see me eating in the basement where I went to soothe myself by eating. That’s how I envisioned my retirement years. I also thought I would be the first to die as my husband was sure he would live to see one hundred and twenty. I never dreamed of the life I have now. I never knew I had it in me.
My husband died two and half years ago at age seventy-eight. We had a long marriage of forty-six years, but it was a very bad marriage. No. I shouldn’t say that, but it was not a particularly good marriage. Before he died, he suffered from a type of dementia, which seemed to have come on suddenly. His doctor diagnosed him as having an underlying schizophrenic paranoid syndrome. That helped me understand some of his past behavior. I tolerated a lot throughout the years, as had our two daughters. But that’s all water under the dam. I consider myself a survivor as I had two alcoholic parents as well as an alcoholic husband. I think I deserve all the great stuff I’m getting now; I certainly worked hard enough for it.
After my husband’s death, I decided to sell the house and initially planned to spend six months of the year in Champaign-Urbana, where my daughter, Cheryl and her husband and three children live and the other six months around Glendale, California, near my daughter Liz. I came out to Glendale to find a place to live and nothing looked particularly good to me. Liz said that while driving around, she saw a place she thought would be wonderful for me…The Burbank Senior Artists Colony. I replied, “Why should I go to an artists colony? I haven’t done anything artistic in my entire life.” She responded, “You have it in you. I think you should be here and I think you would really enjoy it.” So I made an appointment with Rose, who works in the office here. Even before I saw the available apartment, I saw the activities sheet for the month. Oh my goodness!”
At first, Sally Connors objected when her daughter brought her to visit the Burbank site.
“It says ‘Burbank Senior Arts Colony,’” recalls Connors. “But I’m not an artist.”
“But you could be,” replied her daughter.
For Connors, the transition didn’t take long. “I joined everything,” she says. “I went to every class they offered. And still do.” Besides painting, film making and writing – plays, poetry and screenplays – Connors has found her home as an actress, recalling her first tentative line delivered on stage. “People laughed,” she recalls. “And I was just blown away. They found something I said was funny. And a star was born.” Senior’s Art Colony: Come Ready To Play
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