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DrailmentWARNING

Holidays may cause you to experienced a blogging derailment.

It is no secret, that after returning from a wonderful holiday, it has been hard to discipline my writing life and keep up with my Blog. Even reading the stories and tales of the people I follow, has had to be squeezed into a time slot that has often been unattainable. So I am sitting at my desk, staring at the computer screen and wondering where this post may take me.

Yesterday it was going to be all about ‘Winning Wednesdays’. A reflection on how all my writerly friends, at the writers group I belong to, are so encouraging and supportive. A local poetry competition had us all putting pen to paper and fingers to the keyboard in order to make a submission before last Fridays deadline. We wrote, shared and helped edit each others work, before meeting the closing date (wow – seven of us submited a total of thirteen entries). Even before the winning entries are announce I believe we are all winners as there is no competitiveness amongst ourselves. It doesn’t matter if we win a prize or not, participation is the goal and we have been cheering each other on, seeing this as a victory for our productive little group.

On Monday, it was going to be ‘Birthday Cake and Candles’. Sharing with you all, the wonderful story of celebrating the 18th birthday of our grand-daughter. She was the first-born grandchild, holding a special place in my heart. Seeing her grow into a beautiful young woman has been a privilege and I am proud of her on so many levels. Finding the perfect gift needed several shopping expeditions, even though I knew it would have to be jewellery.

Last week it was going to be  ‘A Renovation Review’. An update on the renovations taking place, turning our under croft garage into a study, library, office. Is it only me who arrives home from a holiday relaxed and rested with an idea that suddenly turns into demolishing property and building walls? It has been a long job, which has taken four times longer than expected and the cost is still escalating, as I’d like some new curtains, a big rug, two large comfy armchairs, not to mention some other unnecessary miscellaneous stationary items, that are of course a must have. I confess to being a secret stationary addict.

So today post, is a brief summary of what I have been doing in recent weeks. Something always has to give when it comes to fitting in another project and on this occasion, I’m sorry to say, it has been my Blog.

Catch you all again soon – Promise.

(c) Sandie’s Snippets 2013

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After hours of changes and deliberations I posted ( as in, put it in an envelope and stuck a stamp on it posted) my entry for a local short story competition. In the end I had to send it on its way, not because I was running out of time, but because I kept seeing changes I could make, another twist, another word duplicated in the next paragraph and so on. The relief to drop it into the post box was freeing, although I did continue to edit and refine the piece a bit more.

Now I am back to a slightly bigger project. One that will see me having to knuckle down and get on with it. I need to set a goal; one that is realistic and achievable, one that fits into the life of a writer who has a home and hubby to manage, one that also allows me to continue doing voluntary work within my Church and local area.

I think I have a bit of a challenge ahead of me, but I do have a good support crew who will keep me on track and on task. Belonging to a writers group is a great way to surround yourself with like-minded people, so is having published friends and being part of this wonderful online community, that I affectionately call Blogisphere.

Who knows. This time next year I may be wondering how to publish a book, rather than wondering if I could dare to join the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and push myself to the limits.

Now I had better get back to it.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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Western Australia is known for its pink diamonds. They are considered superior to the clear diamonds that most of us recognise in jewellery stores. Finding diamonds is back-breaking work, requiring a lot of time and effort. Where digging out tons of dirt and sorting through the material in the search of these tiny treasures, brings a great reward.

I’ve been digging through some of my older writing this week, and while much of it seems worth very little, other bits have caught my eye and seem to be worth polishing up.

One of my goals this year, was to send off a piece of writing each month for a competition or magazine. It seemed important to build my confidence, to learn how to stand tall in the public arena. Blogging has now seen me write just over 17 posts, which places me potentially, on a very big stage indeed. I have a bit of catching up to do when it comes to sending work off though. To date, there has been a poem and two short stories.

For those of us who enjoys the thrill of putting pen to paper, placing our work in the hands of others is a courageous move, but building confidence, like building anything, takes one challenge at a time.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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