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This week I feel like scrambled egg.

A little cracked, broken open and put on the hot plate of life.


I’m sharing this because I know many of us journey difficult times. Many of us witness friends battling difficult situations and when we do, the best thing is to attempt to turn those circumstances into a positive encounter.

It is both a trial and a privilege to walk the cancer journey with someone. This week one dear lady I know has lost her battle, while another that I am particularly close to has had a difficult week and is unable to have her next, much-needed Chemo’ treatment. Yet another has been posting a very compelling blog about her cancer journey (https://breastcancerreadyornot.wordpress.com/).

Scrambled eggs are one of my all time favorites. Just add a bit of bacon and a couple slices of toast and it is my ideal comfort food. This week I think I can name those friends who have gathered around, jumped on my plate and become the rashers of bacon and slices of toast.

2889771862_1bff3c4007When we surround ourselves with good friends we don’t have to journey tough times in isolation and I realize how blessed I am to have my support network around me.

Some weeks we give out of our friendships, this week however it is time for me to eat up their love and encouragement.

I have delicious friends.


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After a delightful breakfast with a writerly friend I was planning to come home and do some housework. Hmmmmm. So much for that idea, because instead of doing a grocery run, I came straight home, made another coffee, checked Facebook, read emails (some of which still need replies), set up a services page on my blog and am now writing a new post.

writingThe services page has come about, because a writing group friend has been studying and setting up a home based editing business. During my time at writing group, she has diligently edited all of our short stories and poems, so they could be placed in an annual anthology.  As many of us know, self promotion within the writing industry is hard work, so as well as offering her the space to promote her services, I thought some of you may appreciate adding your area of expertise to the page as well.

As an enthusiastic writer, I have not as yet had a complete book/novel published, sometimes I wonder if I ever will. I don’t believe this is a bad position to be in as writing for me is like a drug. Words on a blank page(or screen), paint pictures, reveal heart-felt truths, expose hidden dreams and create my own personal masterpiece. Once I have finished writing something I yearn to write more, it’s in my blood, I just can’t seem to help myself.

With my poor grammar and spelling skills I will always need a good editor to set me straight. My good friend D.J. from Stutely Tales(http://stutleytales.com/), spent hours with me, editing a short story a couple of years ago. Her support and advice was incredible, where I learnt a great deal about the craft of writing and dissecting the text, realising that I still have a lot to learn.

My local writing group has also been a great resource, as we regularly hand our work over to group members to be critiqued and edited before submitting to magazines and competitions. I am often amazed at how diverse the comments and feedback can be, within such a close-knit body of people.

When it comes to moving forward with my writing, I took the plunge last week and opened up my NaNoWriMo file for the first time since December. Although I was a little upset to realise that I did not save the last 2,700 words, it made pretty good reading and a buzz of excitement stirred within. With my ‘Bottled Sunshine’ (Vitamin D tablets) improving my mental health/attitude, I am preparing to launch into a fresh season of polishing up a potential book.

So I am feeling a little more encouraged and motivated at the moment and that is a very good place to be.

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I will have to give up Oranges if they cause me to have too many deep and meaningfuls with myself!

After a mini meltdown last week I was; encouraged by friends, given a surprise gift and reminded that for the next month rhythm and routine is the name of the game.

Friends are an incredible power house for us to draw on, when we navigate one of ‘Those Kinds of Days’. Days when you feel lost and overwhelmed by all that has to be achieved, even things on the not necessary list somehow become a priority. Before you know it, you curl up in a faithful armchair with a mug of strong coffee and nothing is achieved at all, as your head spins out of control.

The one wise thing I did do, was admit my feelings.  I’d felt very honoured earlier in the year, to be invited to join a ‘Christian Writers Prayer Group’, so I sent out a call to this group of special people via email. Slowly, as I asked them to support me in prayer, I saw the root of my problem open up in front of me. Confession really is good for the soul, as before email responses had even arrived, my spirit was lifted and emotional healing was taking place.

My Writing Group also listened as I explained that the whole NaNoWriMo project was over whelming and instead of pushing me on, understood. So too did another close writing friend. I’ve not given up with NaNo’, just been more realistic with what I can physically achieve, setting my personal goal to 30,000 words.

Then I was given a surprise package that had been sent from the Eastern States. ‘The Writers Remedy’ came gift wrapped, consisting of a small bottle with small magnetic words, suitable for people with ‘Writers Block’. It created a wonderful ‘Chill Out Time’, as I placed them on the fridge door and just had to play. For a whole hour I played…..Then I sent off a thank you email. It was a wonderful gift and the timing just perfect.

A walk along the shores of the Indian Ocean, although tempting, wasn’t going to eventuate this week. So instead I looked through my photo albums, reminiscing about some of the wonderful coastal walks I have taken. Special memories are captured in each picture.

Thank you for dropping by and reading todays post. I still have a bit of catching up to do………. Have a great week everyone.

P.S. Keep writing. It may not cure everything, but it can help to heal a lot of old wounds.               

Images top to bottom. Cape Range National Park, Nr Exmouth in Western Australia. Southern Ireland. Vietnam.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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