Saturday, August 1, 2009

Wow, What a Fun Day!

Clear Day On My Wild River…!!! :)

Image by Denis Collette...!!! via Flickr

I have been so caught up in the debut of  the Moon River Challenge, I nearly forgot to visit my friends blogs, and post a daily here.   It’s so much fun to do these themes, and then of course visit with the artists at Dante’s Pub.  As the old saying goes, “Time fly's when your having fun”.

Part of what got me so involved, was the promotion of the challenge.  I spent hours, literally, spreading the word and posting on all those services I am  member of.  Not to mention the time spent going around and reading through the artists sites and checking out their other work.

I have to say my followers on Twitter, my Peeps, are the best.  Because of them we were able to break a record for number of people online at one time at the Pub. 

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Just a Reminder

A final farewell to July

Image by eyesplash Mikul via Flickr

The Artist Challenge is debuting the Moon River Challenge August 1, 2009.  Be sure you go over and check out the amazing and diverse artwork to be seen there.  My poem, Reflections of Celestial Grandeur, will be displayed among those wonderful works of art.  I sure hope it is good enough.   I also wrote another article on Mountain Dreamer, kind of as a prelude to the challenge.  If you feel up to it swing over there, and let me know what you think.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Catching Up Is Hard To Do!

Solitude on a summer's day

Image by Darwin Bell via Flickr

I just finished cleaning up my blog list.  Wow, while I was gone a lot of people closed down their blogs, or moved them.  It took me close to an hour to go through “The List”, and update or delete.  Thank goodness I have thinned down the number of blogs I read.

There simply isn’t enough time anymore to read as many as I used to.  So I think I’ll keep it down to those I have so much fun with.  Of course I’m still in the process of trying to catch up on all the posts I missed while exiled from the computer.  I have to fit that in here there and everywhere.  Pretty much when I can sit down and spend a few hours online, so I can get serious.

This last little exercise in updating “The List”, was pretty shocking to me.  I must have really missed a lot of things while “gone”.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I Declare Myself A Grammatical Disaster!

I spent the other night re-reading Friday’s Fantasy.  Boy was I ever disappointed *#^%$*!  I saw so many errors, it kind of shamed me.   I’m going to have to be more vigilant about my editing before I click that little publish button.  Perhaps I should set my posts aside after my first edit, and let them simmer for a day.  Then I can come back to it with a fresh view, and hopefully catch the more drastic errors and typos.

What got me started on this was kind of funny.  My feed for Ruminations of a Small Town Mountain Boy goes out to a feed aggregator.   What that is, is a site that displays posts from all the blogs it has as member.  It’s been doing that for close to a year now, and to be honest, I had forgotten about it.   Kel had Googled Ruminations one time, and sent me the link to the search results.  There were more than I would have believed.   So I tried it again, about a week ago, and found that feed aggregator. 

At first I thought someone was stealing my posts, because it had all of them.  I read a couple of the stories, and realized they were pre; published re-edit (I just made that term up, LOL).  What I mean is, many times I will post my article, then go back and make changes.  I finally realized, the feed only carries the original post.  So all those articles I had posted, then gone back and changed, and changed again, and again, were out there in cyberspace without any of the changes!  Embarrassing HUH! 

Now, my grammar is not what it should be to begin with.  When I compound the problem by foolishly posting in haste, YIKES.  It makes me wish even more, that I had paid attention during English class.  I was not the best student in those “boring” classes, LOL.  What can I say, my head was more into sitting in the back of the classroom reading a novel.  I got into a fair amount of trouble for that too.

From now on, I’m going to stop and consider, when I click publish the first time… THAT article is forever graven in my feed.  I think I need to find a way to add a popup when I click the publish button.  A great big yellow and red caution sign, asking  “ARE YOU SURE THERE ARE NO CHANGES NEEDED?”.

P.S.  This post simmered for only an hour, so it may not be thoroughly cooked.  Likely side effects, are indigestion, gas, nausea, or a lingering aftertaste.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Welcome Respite, For Only a Moment!

Normally, rain is disheartening to me.  Just kind of turns me off, and soggs up the thoughts.  After the last few weeks of murderous heat, it was a welcome respite today.  The cloud cover helped to cool things down, and made for a pretty pleasant morning.  I was even out working in the rain, and it seemed to not bother me at all. 

There is a disadvantage though.  After the rain stopped this afternoon, and the skies cleared, it was unbearable.  Between the brutal back breaking work, and the muggy, miserably hot temperatures of the afternoon.  I felt as though I was suffering my own personal hell.  You can’t imagine how hard it is deal with completely perspiration soaked clothing, and I do mean completely.  I couldn’t wait to get home and jump in a cold shower.

Monday, July 27, 2009

What to write?

One of my daily dilemma's, is a never-ending story.  What to write, and which blog to write it on?  This blog is easy, for there really is no “theme” to go along with it.  It has turned into something of a daily diary, or that is what I’m aiming for anyway.  It’s the other blogs that keep me thinking all the time.

Mountain Dreamer is pretty much self explanatory, and I will keep it all about my passion, the mountains.  The places that mean so much to me and that have forged a stainless vision in my head.  I find that while I’m writing those post, my office transforms and takes on the views I so cherish.  Then all I have to do is capture the scene before my eyes and put it to paper.  Not always the easiest to write, but at times the most rewarding for me.  The interesting thing is, every once in a while, I find myself wondering if I had really seen the beauty portrayed before me, in real life.  I’m sure my memory embellishes just a tad, but I suppose that’s fine by me.

Chihuatude is rather easy for me also. I have a constant reminder of the theme at my feet nearly every waking moment while home.  My love of those little wonders that constantly compete for our attention was a large part of why I started that blog.  Lately, it has become a showcase for the puppies we breed and sell.  Always in the background though is that renowned Chihuahua attitude and personality.

Life Through Peanut’s Eyes, is just that.  Stories from the perspective, and in the “voice”, of my littlest companion.  I have always pictured him as a somewhat juvenile character, because of many of his habits.   That is why his stories carry a childish tone.  I’m always amazed at the ferocity and spirit of that tiny 3 pound dog.  Yet at the same time he can project the helplessness and love of a child.

Now we come to my main stumbling block.  Ruminations of a Small Town Mountain Boy, was started over a year ago, to capture my general thoughts, ideas, and perceptions of what happens around my family and I.  It has however, become  a collection of memories, fictional short stories, and various other nonsense.  I think I would like to make it more of what the title sounds like.  Childhood memories of my life in the mountains of Colorado.  The question then becomes what to do with my fiction and other writing.  I don’t think I can just stop writing those stories.  (After re reading some of them I dam sure need to be more careful with my grammar.   Ohh how I wish I had paid more attention during Mr. Travis’s English class.)  My other question is, some of the themes, such as Monday’s Writers, where do they fit into the grand scheme of the overall blog?  Just so many questions, and every day another pops up for consideration. 

So I ask, What should I write?

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Simple Sunday’s; so Pleasant

Little Bouquets

Image by mbgrigby via Flickr

There is beauty in some of the simplest of things.  Take for instants, a quiet peaceful Sunday, no distractions or emergencies to deal with.  Just that invaluable time to spend reading or enjoying your spouses company.  Some of life's most simple pleasures hold the most beauty, seldom recognized, but always there.


Quote of the Day:
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
--Anonymous

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