Maniacal Monday

Today is set for uber busy times.

I have a lot to do this week and today is probably the bulkiest day of to do stuff.

Beyond the normal everyday household things that keep me busy through out the week, I have finally organized my writing notes into something more cohesive. Also, my poetry is organized in binders now due to the dust collection in the paper file folders and me sneezing like crazy when I’d go though them.

So – No more excuses! Today I hit the rewrites harder than I have been doing this year.

I also have organized (finally) the jewelry making supplies so I also, have no more excuses. I will get to the creating of wearable art and getting those things up on Etsy. 

Next on the big list is bringing a storage cabinet up from the basement and into the small room, a.k.a. closet, to further organize the things in that area.

Sometimes  I go into overdrive with the organizing, having fun with the organizing, that I get lost within- the organizing.

Then I run out of time before the household starts jumping with after school and after work things. That is actually one of the things on my to do list too, not getting lost in the various organizational worm holes.  🙂

 

But………….

 

 I know where things are now that I’m completely unpacked after moving (it only took a smidge over a year). I feel better now that life in general is more organized. I can breathe and get to it. 

Whatever you are doing this week, have fun with it. 🙂

 

Minding the Mapping

I have used the technique called mind mapping before I knew what it was. Where you start with a central idea or theme and then write out or draw notes around the idea. Lines or shapes are usually drawn from the main idea outward to the details or supporting ideas and themes.

I’m sure many of you have done the same thing, I think it is in the human genetic code to doodle with your noodle in this way. 

Being the curious person that I am I decided to do a little research on the subject of mind mapping. There are many sites reference this technique and quite a few ref Tony Buzan as the inventor of mind mapping. In my opinion I think Mr. Buzan came up with name of mind mapping but I feel that it has been in use long before he began to teach the concept.

Here are some links to checkout the process, how-to’s, software, and a bit of history about mapping out the thoughts in your head.

1. The Mind Mapping Site – A good and informative site reference the history of mind mapping. 

2. Mind-Mapping.org – Information here about what it is, how to use it and the history of mind mapping.

3. Lifehacker.com – A rundown of five tools for mind mapping

4. Teaching Village – Mind Mapping for writers

5. Mindmapping.com – All about the mind map

6. Google – Images for mind mapping

7. Tony Buzan – Tony Buzan’s site explaining what mind mapping and how to mind map.

8. MindTools.com – Good information about mapping and other tools to use in daily life.

9. Uber self improvement – A self help site that has many techniques to improve your daily life as well as mind mapping.

 

There are many, many, many more resources out there for using mind mapping techniques not only for writing but also for work/daily life projects.

I think that the best advice for using mind mapping, graphic organizers, etc. is to just have fun with it. Allow your creative mind to step in and draw out what you want to accomplish.

Have a beautiful weekend and remember to be good to each other. 🙂 

Is it my Age?

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m just not that good of a blogger. I mean I do like writing post, even if no one reads them, I do have fun with this endeavor/thing/blog.

But sometimes I wonder…..

1. If I’m just not that into it anymore.

2. I don’t have a whole lot to say.

or

3. May it’s my age.

I don’t mind people knowing that I’m forty-four years young, really it’s never bothered me to get another year older.

I can honestly say that my life is so much better now than it was twenty years ago.

But…

I didn’t grow up in the cyber age. When I was a kid the net was something you had to catch fish and butterflies, the web was something a spider built and facebook would’ve meant a book with faces in it (not real faces pasted into a book that would’ve been creepy) but something such as a photo album.

A friend request was something done with a note or just asking someone to be friends with you.

I didn’t have to be told to go outside and get some playtime in the fresh air. Although I do remember my mom yelling louder and louder every time I didn’t respond to her request for me to “Get inside NOW it’s late!”.

Checking in was something you did at a hotel or event and you did it in person.

I had to go to a bookstore or library to get a book to read.

I could go on for a while but you get the picture I’m painting for you here.

So it circles back around to the question I asked myself today – Is my age getting in the way of my blogging?

I’m not sure yet but when I find the answer maybe I’ll post it here. 😉

Have a great week and for those if you who celebrate the Fourth of July holiday – Stay Safe and don’t blow anything up, set anything on fire, or get caught in the crossfire of a roman candle explosion. Have fun. 🙂

 

Frozen Soul

Frozen Soul

February 18, 2013

Looking at the world through misting eyes

I reach out to find empty air lying next to me,

The comfort I need is not here.

Cold sheets and a broken heart

are my only companions today.

Silence crashes over me as I

pull the covers closer.

I try to reach into the past

to find a light, a small

something to hold onto.

All I find is emptiness and

a frozen soul.

 

The poem I thought of when I woke up today. It’s a bit down. I think it has to do with me wanting Spring to be sprung.

Hope your Monday is a great one. 🙂

Poetry From The Outside

Here is something I wrote in 1986.

Dance Of Dragons

February 19, 1986

In the heart of twilight

when night birds call

to the stars.

That is the time

 the dragons fly.

You can see them

dancing

on wings of

leather and bone.

You can hear them

calling

from the ancient times.

They have roamed this

world forever,

forever thru the spiral

forever past the sun.

And when breaks the day

they fly

towards the moon,

towards the field

into the night,

to the endless dance

of dragons.

(C) 1986 Joelle M. Wilson