New Computers…

Hello Everyone!

Well, I have a new computer with Windows 7 and Word 2007!  Not sure it’s a good thing or bad thing.  More about that later, but first..

Last Cliches:

First Things First – Most important task should have priority.  Dates from 19th Cent.  Means may well be no time to do more than the most important thing.  Shirley Conran (Superwoman, 1975): “First things first, second things never.”

Sob Story – Oversentimental tale, a tearjerker.  Dates from early 20th Cent.  Represents a reaction to Victorian sentimentality.  C.E. Montague (Fiery Particles, 1923) “Thomas Curtayne…be buried in homely state…. Here was a sob story.”

Boils Down to – Simplify or abridge, lead to the crux of the matter.  Dates late 19th Cent.  Figure of speech—sense of a liquid being reduced and concentrated by the process of boiling to other processes or endeavors.

Lay it On the Line – Speak frankly.  Americanism dates early 20th Cent. – meant to hand over money (1920s.  By mid-century – meant to speak plainly or categorically; 60’s –lay something on the line — put that thing at risk.

Out of Whack/kilter – Out of adjustment or alignment, not working properly.  Dates 17th Cent.  James Lowell used in 1862 letter (kilter); whack is late 1800s and is more mysterious.

Now, back to my new computer and Word…

You would think it would be easy as pie, but oh no, Word 2007 is different than 2003 and it keeps changing things on me.  Even trying to type in a font, I’ll go along and it will change?  Weird.  And then I’m working in Excel or on a Word and save it.  I’m good, I back it up on a flash drive.  What happens?

One minute it’s there, the next it’s gone.  This is no laughing matter.  I’m talking I type a list of over 150 names.  It disappeared from my flash drive–okay, the flash drive is bad.  It happens, but it also was corrupted in my computer.  So now I have to type everything all over again.  I’ve been so busy trying to recoupe the things I’ve lost, that I haven’t had time for much of anything else.

Hopefully I’ll get it figured out soon so I can get back on track.

Enjoy the writing,

Procrastinate…

Hello Everyone!  I’m back from my hiatus.  Let’s hope anyway.  Think I’m finally caught up on my writing group membership work. Now I can get back to Writing! I Hope!!!!

First things first, let’s look at the last cliches:

Go Like the Wind– or run like the wind = Very swiftly.  “Swifter than the wind” appears back in Roman times with poet Vergil’s Aeneid and numerous later writers use it.  Another older expression appears twice in the Book of Psalms and was repeated by many writers, but is no longer heard is “on the wings of the wind.”

Go the Extra Mile = Make a special effort to accomplish something, going beyond the normal.  20th Cent. expression-used to trying to get someone to do a greater effort, i.e. The coach wants you to go the extra mile in this game.  In 1957 uses many of like cliches-see “All We Ask Is Kindness,” by Joyce Grenfell.

Onward and upward = Striving to advance and improve.  Mid-19th Century rallying cry used by others and Frances Anne Kemble (1809-93) in her Lines addressed to the Young Gentlemen leaving the Lenox Academy, Massachusetts: “Fail not…”  Today used ironically by the New Yorker magazine, title for comments: “Onward and Upward with the Arts.”

I won’t give you my sob story and why I haven’t been writing.

Procrastination–that’s what it all boils down to!  Webster defines procrastinate as to defer action; delay; or to put off till another day or time.

I believe that’s what I’ve been doing.  I’ve been working very hard on my membership for Redwood Writers and doing everything but writing.  I’ve managed to critique a few things on my on-line critique group.  I even read part of a chapter to my Lower Lake Critique Group!

But have I written?  No!!!  And that makes me feel awful.  When I don’t write, my soul cries.  I need to write to make me feel better.

Let me lay it on the line for you.  Writers’ Write!  If we don’t, we get cranky, out of whack, and for me, my soul and body does not work well.

Do I have writers’ block?  No, I’m just procrastinating because I’m not sure where I’m going with my stories I’ve been writing.  I just need to sit down and write!  Without writing, I feel empty inside.

What will I do about it?  Only thing I can.  Write, write, and write some more.

Procrastination can consume us all at times.  No matter what we are procrastinating about, best way to get out of that mode is to do whatever it is you are procrastinating about.  For me, it’s writing.  So, I’m sitting here writing on this blog.  Then I’ll write on my novels, etc.

So all of you out there who are procrastinating about something.  Get up and do it!  Enjoy the process and have fun.

Keep Writing,

Julie