Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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This is This and That is That

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After I explained "who is what" in yesterday's post, I was reminded about how Flounder from Disney's The Little Mermaid, (Ariel's best friend) got himself and Ariel in trouble when he tried to explain things. It's where I got my post title.

Today is another ROW80 check-in, and I promised to explain some things that I've been trying. Let me give you a little background.

Back when I was in school, I was easily distracted. My third-grade teacher, WHO I LOVED, called it rabbit chasing. Today, they would likely call it ADD. Just in case you didn't know, it's not a kid's problem. It's something folks will deal with their entire lives.

I still get distracted, going into the kitchen for something and completely forgetting about it because I stopped to get the doggies water and folded a load of laundry, answered the phone and started
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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

15 thoughts on “This is This and That is That

  1. That's a great practice, Brandi! Thanks Jackie – you're so encouraging! And Patty, you're absolutely right! He gave you all of them so I could read them! 🙂 And I'm gonna be right there cheering you on when they publish! Who knows, I might even dress up like Victoria! HA!

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  2. Great job, Marji! You're always on a roll :-)I have writing spells where I can get 10 pages down in a day. Other times I can only do 1 if I'm lucky. To combat the extremes, I make myself sit down for an hour and write nonstop (no rereading!), take a break, and then write some more for another hour.

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  3. You amaze me, Marji.Good idea on the blog visit. I am going to have to do something to make myself more productive. I am sure God didn't give me all these stories to waste.Thanks for the ideas

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  4. This is brilliant, Marji. Patty and I were talking about how in the world did you get all the stuff done that you do. I love Flylady too, and try to follow the zones and home blessing hour. But like most stuff, it all gets scattered in my craziness. I'm going to check out the google calendar. At least that would be something I can even check from my phone. I have a dinosaur one that I carry in my purse and I like that I can "see" what's going on, but keeping track of it is difficult. Great ideas chicky!! ;0)PS: I love, love, love how you keep up with blog visits.

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  5. I have to admit, Amy, give me a pen and legal tablet anytime! But for efficiency's sake, I'm trying to like the computer. Do love the fact that I can close my eyes and visualize a scene while typing it up. Can't do that with a notepad very well – gets messy!Love the "Poofy dog!"

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  6. I may have to try the google calendar. I laughed when I read "chasing rabbits," I have "poofy dog" syndrome. Even my cowrokers use that: "What was I doing, oh man, poofy dog…"I like to write at night in long hand, the blank page doesn't intimidate me with a pen in my hand.

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  7. Thanks for visiting. And thanks for the other movie suggestions, Ryan!

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  8. Good job on that time management! It'll take some time to get in the rhythm but I swear by it. I'm the same way with music- no words. I was going to mention POTC but I see someone beat me to it! Well then, I'd recommend these to get you started: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sorcerer's Apprentice and Indiana Jones.

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  9. I've never got used to using calendars, I just can't figure out "time", I've been using a task manager instead which is keeping me focused. Never thought about organising blog visits, may have to play around with that over the weekend. I don't like noise either but our house is pretty tame. Nice job on your goals.

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  10. Thanks for the suggestion LS. I actually work BEST in total silence, but with a house full of dogs and kids – yeah, right. I'll try PotC soundtrack! It should get my suspense juices going, too!

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  11. I'm terrible at organization; the only thing that really works for me is simply not letting myself sleep unless I've finished my goals! How I get there usually varies. I'm a pretty big rabbit chaser myself (and I adore that phrase), so I have a weird system that I follow that I've completely given up on trying to explain to people because it only seems to make sense to me. But it gets stuff done….for the most part.Sometimes I'll do a list, but anything past that, I just get overwhelmed by the micromanaging feel and stress myself out. I'm always impressed with people who can utilize these sorts of tools without driving themselves crazy.I tend to just listen to Pandora when I'm working; my music tastes are just as ADD as the rest of me. But, as far as movie soundtracks go, I don't think you can ever go wrong with the first Pirates of the Carribean soundtrack. Great stuff in there! So I guess that'd be the first suggestion that popped into my head.

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  12. Jessica, Your browser has a bookmark or a favorite function to save webpages and you can choose where you save them, just like a document. I stick the visit folder in the top of my favorite file – for Google chrome, it's a bar at the top of my window – and use it as a pull-down menu each day. Also, when I set it up, I visited the blogs, to see which day I wanted to save it on. Doesn't mean I won't go on others, just that I WILL go on that one.Organization to me is survival. Can't create with clutter in my mind.

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  13. I'm going to have to check into my Google reader. I know I have one because it asks me questions from time to time. Sort of like an extra kid.I can't claim the Home-blessing hour. That is a flylady phrase. LOVE HER! Twitter @flylady and I think her website is still flylady.comThanks for coming by, Keli!

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  14. I agree with Keli. I like your "home blessing." Very cool. I also love your blog visit idea. How do you do that? I'm so techy-challenged. I feel overwhelmed at all the blogs I read. I like them all, but there are just so many great ones, I can't get to them all in one day and then if I skip a day I forget and don't read them at all. :(Love how organized you've become.

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  15. Kudos on reaching your word count goals, Marji. Sounds like you've found some great tools to help. One that works well for me is Google Reader. Before I found that application, I had a hard time getting a handle on my blog reading.I really like the way you refer to the time you spend on housework as your "home-blessing hour." I'm going to adopt that. My house will be happy since it could use a huge blessing about now. =)

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