• Blog,  Poetry,  Writing

    Talkin’ ‘Bout Things

      Thing the First: Son 3 finished his homework in record time yesterday: 3 pages in 30 minutes (four if you count math front and back but he only has to do even or odd numbers depending on the day-still…it’s multiplying fractions, ’nuff said). We struggle every day getting him to do ANY kind of writing. He hates it, and I don’t mean like he hates ketchup. I mean like Dark Side of The Force hates writing. Since Kindergarten. The last one and a half weeks he’s been getting his homework done without too much urging on my part. (We hates math. Simply hates it.) It’s awesome. How and why?…

  • books,  knitting,  Writing

    Writing About Knitting Is A Thing..

      Four years ago, before the creation of this blog, I had another blog. A knitting blog. Yes, where I talked about knitting specifically. I have no idea if I had any followers because I was on Blogger and didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I looked at it as an online knitting journal where I could jot down what projects I was working on, etc. During that time I began following the blog of this one particular knitter and guess what…she is a writer. Her name is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and I’ll give you one guess what she writes about. Knitting humor. She has several books out and…

  • Poetry,  Writing

    Rediscovered

    Funny. Over at Poets On The Page, yesterday’s poetry prompt was to rediscover an abandoned poem and “finish” it. Last year I actually did just that and when I found the poem and it’s revamped self, I sat back and smiled a little. The revamped poem is about rediscovery. So, here you go. First the original (written February 2002): Dreaming By Jesi Scott   I dreamed I walked with you Along the beach in the dark. Moonlight shown down And shaded your hair with a silver glow. The waves splashed upon our feet, Playing tag with the sand, And the smell of salt was in the air.   The sound…

  • #BeReal,  Life,  Writing

    Just Not Feeling It

    Dear Lunatics, It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I wish I could say that there was a really good reason for why I haven’t written in so long. Well, actually, there are several very good reasons, which I am not going to talk about in a public forum. Basically, life has just been overwhelming. Mostly, though, I just haven’t felt motivated to write. Frankly, I haven’t been motivated to do very much at all lately. I’ve been reading a little bit (Middle English literature, Order of Seven by Beth Teliho, and After Alice by Gregory Maguire), knitting a lot (because it helps me take my mind off of my other…

  • Twisted Writers,  Writing

    T’was the Writing Before Christmas…

    Writing can be fun. Lots of fun. Especially when you take a writing exercise you’ve been given with a lot of tongue in cheek. That’s what I did this last weekend. I wrote about it over at the group writing blog I’m a part of and while I’m sure some of you checked it out on Monday, there may be others of you who didn’t. So, I thought I’d post the story I wrote this weekend. A few notes: first, it’s completely unedited. As I was writing, a part of my brain was thinking things like “this would make a much better opening sentence” or “I need to tighten this…

  • Poetry,  Writing

    Remember Polaroids?

    So I woke up this morning after having had a rather sad dream about my mom and Christmas, and this was what kept playing through my head once I was alert enough to become cognizant of the words. Jesi P.S. Make sure to check out my post over at Twisted Writers today. I wrote the beginning of a new story!   Snapshot By Jesi Scott   How I miss the sweetness of those days, The summer waves, And the promises of what could have been When we Were filled with possibility. If only we’d known then.   But came the autumn chill. There was a way, but we had no…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    In Which I Compare Writing To Knitting

    I’ve been doing a lot of knitting lately. I’ve also been doing a lot of writing. With NaNoWriMo almost over I’ve been working hard to sit down and write every day. I haven’t always managed that but I’m much better than I was last year. Now what does knitting have to do with that? At first glance, not a thing. But, recently, it hit me that writing and knitting are quite a lot alike. First, knitting and writing require patience and practice. You aren’t going to learn to knit the moment you pick up a ball of yarn and a pair of knitting needles. Neither are you going to automatically…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    A Quick NaNo Update: 31,000 words and Counting

    I can’t believe it! I have officially written 31,000 words. And that’s after being behind by 6,000 words over this last weekend. Consider that every day adds another 1,667 words to whatever I end up being behind and you can guess how much work it take to catch up. I spent three days writing about 3-4,000 words a day. I would start around 9 p.m. and end just before 1 a.m. Now, add onto that two sick kids and life sucker punching me and that 6,000 word deficit felt a little overwhelming. But I did it. In three days. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t do something because…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    Turning Adversity Into Your Advantage

    If you follow this blog you will have noticed that I haven’t been posting as often as I normally do. Part of the reason is, of course, the overwhelming writing challenge that is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which I’ve talked about the last few posts. The other part, and a more overwhelming challenge, is that there are people and events that have taken place the last few weeks that erected several emotional hurdles to try and trip me up. These hurdles have nearly crippled me and I haven’t felt much like writing, even less of talking about the problems arising from said hurdles, and this has all led to…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    Fairies Don’t Write Novels…

    One of the things I like about being a member of the NaNoWriMo site is the Pep Talk emails from published authors. One of my favorite authors, Diana Gabaldon (the Outlander series & Lord John Grey series), wrote one a few weeks ago. Today we received one from Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, et al., and I loved what she had to say, which was, basically, “don’t be afraid.” We keep getting told confidence is a key trait. Confidence is attractive. Confidence is power. But when it comes to do something new, most of us freak out. We tell ourselves we can’t do it. We’re going to fail…