Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!


New Year Changes

All in Time (stock photo by cozgrl05 at the I said last year, resolutions aren’t bad. I just don’t think they are the wisest things to rely upon. There’s nothing magical about January 1st. In fact, starting new habits on that day can undermine their success. After all, it is a holiday. And holidays are the perfect excuse for procrastination. Boom. Automatic failure before even beginning. Continue reading


Ideas are Flowing

Matthiessen WaterfallDo you ever wake up in the middle of the night and just have to write something down? That has been happening to me constantly week. Story ideas, marketing thoughts, blog posts. They’ve been coming in a waterfall breaking over the rocks of reality.

Seriously, I drove out to the mid-cities on Saturday and thankfully had my IPad in the seat next to me. One of my apps is a recorder with a big red button on it. I gave it a push and started spewing out the scene that had been rumbling through my head since I woke up. Does it count as writing if it isn’t down on paper? Maybe half-credit? LOL!

The same thing happened a few nights ago with a picture I found at Pinterest. (Have I mentioned that I LOVE Pinterest?) Tons of ideas spewed out of that one. I’m even featuring it in tomorrow’s blog so come back!

But much of the droplets have fallen on the stone cold reality of my busy schedule. I tell folks that I homeschool and I think images of eating chocolates on a lounger float across their minds. Ha! Shows what they know – it’s chocolate cake on my couch. So there!

No really, I know everyone has their own flavor of craziness. I’ve always been told in ministry to give jobs to busy people because they know how to get them done. I’m probably a fair example of that, but I have learned to use the word no when necessary. Still, this week has started out with the arrow pointing near overload on my busy-ness gauge, so while ideas have been flowing, only short notes and scratched out hints have been written.

But the ideas are flowing – woohoo! And I do have notes and scratched-out hints when life slows down again – and it will. Prom is 5 weeks away. I’ve done it for six years now. Life comes to a screeching halt when it ends and I get some of my best writing done! Can’t wait!

All-in-all, as this first round of ROW80 2012 nears finality, I’m not nearly as far down my writing road as I wished. I didn’t complete a novel like I did last time, but that one is taking on a whole new path with my revisions. And I expected to be able to complete those revisions, however, that expectation came before inspiration. No argument there. Can’t say that I’m really disappointed about anything except my lack of exercise. Will continue to work on that, though.

One more week to go!