Here's the thing: I'm writing a post (below) about writing tips, and I thought I'd try something different. Usually (okay, always) I don't hit publish until a post is finished, or at least as finished as it's going to get. While I may go back and tweak a few sentences here and there--something I have been known to do after waking up in the middle of the night and realizing that I should have written this instead of that--most of the time I leave my blog writing alone.
I thought I'd try something different this time around and let you see how I work at getting a post finished. Nine times out of ten, I run of out time as I'm writing and need to go to bed, so the post is saved as a draft that I will return to later. Sometimes I start something and then need to take a break to let the words settle a bit. On a few occasions, I have the time to get it all done in one shot.
There's nothing extraordinary about what I'm writing here; I just thought the work-in-progress concept fit with where my brain is wandering. No worries if you're not interested. I'll let you know when you can read the actual, honest-to-goodness, spell-checked-and-everything post.
One of the best things about one-year olds just learning words? You can teach them to say things that make you laugh. Jules has mamama, dadda, dayeeezeee!, and sihsih (Sydney) down. And now she has added a rascally little roar to her vocabulary. We say, "Jules! Roar!" and she gets a huge smile, opens her mouth wide, and a little baby tiger comes romping from her vocal chords. It's so endearing. Along with her mad skills of sleeping through the night and eating whatever I feed her. I think we'll keep her.
And speaking of roaring, the lovely and wondrous Sam (whose Tuesdays are the best because she posts photos of Thomas, whose cheeks are so kissable!) has passed along the ROAR! for Powerful Words award to me, which means I need to list three writing tips.
It's a funny thing about writing tips. Because, you know, I actually have a degree in Writing Tips (except those academic snobs call it something like Language Arts Education). And yet...obviously, I still have lots to learn about writing. Fortunately, I like being in that position. Learning about writing is one of my most favorite things to do. That, and listen to Jules roar.
- A word about style:
- Be fearless:
- Playing with mirrors: