L is for… ?



L L L L L L L L L…

I was sure when I got to the Letter L that I didn’t want to use  L O V E .

Not even  L U R V E .

Nor  L U V .

So I did what I usually do when I haven’t been able to decide what I want to do for any particular letter during the A to Z Challenge.

I made a  L I S T .

It went like this. Yes. This is my process sometimes.


On the paper list ~

lapsed – Lilliputian – love songs – Love Potion No. 9 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Led Zeppelin

I discounted those last two by the way, not wanting to be tripped up on spelling every other minute.

On the smartphone list ~

lilacs – lavender – languish – Led Zeppelin – loser

Led Zeppelin? Back to him, again?

I discounted that last one by the way, not wanting to feel like a loser because I couldn’t come up with a little L-word for this post. And because it was just negative. We don’t need no stinkin’ negativity. Isn’t that like a double negative or something?

Elen does grammar.

You might not want to linger on those lists too long. They are lacking, sorely lacking in any writerly creativity at all.


Okay. So I thought I’d give you a list of things that I love.

Yup. The L-word.

1. I love a lazy afternoon in summer, when you can hear the heat and smell the breeze.

2. I love a good spring rain. Not the kind of rain that leaves your roof in your neighbor’s yard and the cat clinging to the toilet bowl embedded in the hood of your car. But the kind of gentle rain that makes you want to puddle-splash like a kid in a pair of shiny new rain boots.

3. Mrs. Landingham from The West Wing (1999-2006). Would you like a cookie?

4. Lilacs and lavender.

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These are my very own lilac blooms. This was supposed to be a dwarf lilac.

May I just say…. LOL + LMAO + ROTFLMAO

5. I love lunch. It’s my favorite meal of the day. And if it’s a perfectly cooked burger with blue cheese and bacon, I love it more.

6. Finally, I love Norah Jones. My love for her does not languish in the month of April. I wrote this post about her exactly one year ago today. Norah’s been on my mind. Sing it, Norah. Play it, J. Walter Hawkes.

I leave you with this ~

This post needed a love song after all.

Just an old-fashioned love song.

Here be Tuesday and the 12th letter of A to Z.

Will I last?


Single Shot Monday: Stand Out… + A to Z

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It’s Monday. Try to stand out anyway.

This would be even better.

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This is the last Monday in March, and when I post on Wednesday, I’ll be starting the Blogging From A to Z April 2015 Challenge, also known as the A to Z Challenge.


In a nutshell, the blogger — Me! — blogs every day in April, excluding Sundays, and blogs thematically from A to Z.

Fun. No?

Now I’ve completed NaBloPoMo — National Blog Posting Month — thrice, in which a blogger posts every day for an entire month… and survived.


I’ve never written on a theme before. Each post will be related to a letter of the alphabet beginning with A and ending with Z, or Zed as we say in the Great White North. That would be our British heritage.

I’m blogger #1183 of 1496 participants, as of the drafting of this post. In 2010, the first year of this challenge, there were less than 100 participants.

I hope you enjoy my A to Z posts this month. Hop on the Reading with me. Let’s take a ride. I’m going to need a cheering section.

That cheering section needs to be this [          ⇐                 ⇒            ] big.

I have writer Diana Beebe @ Mermaids Don’t Do Windows — who is also participating — to thank for this challenge. This is not her first rodeo either. I’ll be doing my best to keep up. Let the games begin, Diana!

And Monday rolls in on a challenge.


Single Shot Monday: Graffiti Works…

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Yes. Click it bigger.

As you tour the Evergreen Brick Works, in the building that houses the kilns and Holcim Gallery you’ll find walls of graffiti. It’s on the brick. It’s on the doors. It’s on the ovens. And I have to say it adds quite a visual interest to the brick. This building is where the bricks were fired. Back in the day.

Graffiti fascinates me. What about you?

In the areas of Toronto that I frequent, there is a great deal of mural painting on the exterior of buildings and in underpasses. Mural painting is more structured, but I appreciate them both. And I think it gives a unique character to neighborhoods in the big TO.

You know the drill for Single Shot Monday.

One. Un. Uno.

In other news ~

Last week found me taking not one, but two courses. Gwen Hernandez offers online classes on Scrivener. As the author of Scrivener for Dummies, she certainly has the expertise. I was taking Scrivener I, which is a solid overview, and will most certainly get you comfortable with the Scrivener environment. My brain started to fry on the Compiler overview. That course wraps up midweek. I hope to catch Scrivener II in October, but scheduling may be a problem.

And because the opportunity came at the same time — Isn’t that always the way? — I spent last week in The Art of Building A Blogging Career with Karen Bertelsen from The Art of Doing Stuff. This was five, intense, one-hour, live video sessions. It was the fast and the furious. It was the fun and the hilarious. I can’t stop thinking about Diet Coke.

I’m still processing what I learned there. And what I mean by processing is my eyes aren’t blinking yet, and my hair looks like it’s been knotted into a garlic braid.

And Monday is in the house.


Balancing Writing & Life—The World Rewards Finishers NOT Perfection

Elen Grey | Deep in B-ville Writing Over the Garage:

I need to be a finisher, not a perfectionist. Do you need to be a finisher, too? Author and Social Media Expert Kristen Lamb has some thoughts on that. Lamb is a blogger to read.

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

Original image via Lucy Downey from Flickr Creative Commons Original image via Lucy Downey from Flickr Creative Commons

The world around us is always pushing this notion of “perfection” and, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wonder what “reality” looks like. All the models are tall and thin and young with poofy lips (and men have their own variety of the super model stereotype). They have fabulous clothes and new cars and go on expensive vacations.

Even our homes! When I look around my house that’s littered with toys, my sink full of dishes and two baskets full of laundry (even though I just DID laundry) I wonder what a real home is supposed to look like? Where do I fit? Sure NOT on Pinterest.

Granted, there are areas I KNOW I am slacking (*cough* Christmas tree is STILL standing) and let’s not talk about the state of my drawers and closets. But, I generally (when the…

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Close Shot Friday 012

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The daylilies are blooming. This lovely double bloomer showed up in my side garden one summer. Usually, I travel to Peterborough, Ontario to a farm nursery that specializes in daylilies to get my specimens, but this one just traveled here on its own.

I like that about her.

She squats underneath my hydrangeas paniculata ‘PeeGee’, which are more tree than shrub, across from the kitchen patio doors, which means we commune regularly.

I like that, too.

On the Fast Draft front ~

It was a huge success for me. At the end of the 14 days, I had a 80,255 word count or 321 pages. I started with 15,283 wc, adding 64,972 over the 14 days. Wahoo!

Now begins Candace Havens’ Revision Hell. I’ll keep you posted. I’m actually looking forward to this process.

TGIF, baby!

I’d meet you in the bar in 3…2…1, but I’m melting from the extreme heat index here in my neck of Canadaland.


Close Shot Friday 010

This year is no exception in growing the mystery vine in the compost bin. I’m giving you the close shot first, but then I thought you might like to see some others.

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I love all the yellowy-green in this shot.

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New growth.

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Squatting on the ground, taking these shots from underneath.

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It has a rain happy.

You can just see the compost bin underneath. It needs a net.

On the Fast Draft front ~

I haven’t reported in since the 27th. That doesn’t mean it isn’t going well. It is. I’ve been getting my 5000 word count (20 pages) in every day. Sometimes more. Ahem. With the exception of yesterday. Yesterday, I did absolutely zero. I used Fast Draft-ing time to read, to nap, to think, to wander through the front and back gardens in a misty rain. It’s beginning to look kind of English cottage garden out there.

Oh, and I watched lots and lots of Castle.

Duck and cover.

The last four days of Fast Draft is in front of me. I’ll be making up that 5K.

TGIF, baby!