Wednesday, 6 May 2015

IWSG: What's My Name?

The first Wednesday of every month is the Insecure Writer’s Support Group bloghop. It's a day where writers/bloggers reach out and post their fears and doubts about their writing, but also share their triumphs, no matter how big or small.

The biggest issue I have this month is one I've struggled with for as long as I can remember, and that's time. I know most of us struggle with the time issue. We try squeezing seconds out of our busy lives to write a chapter or two, or heck just a few sentences would be great. But I don't want to talk about the time issue today because it so often comes down to prioritizing and re-evaluating personal goals. What I do want to talk about is something that's been bugging me lately, and that's the name game. I'm usually pretty good at naming characters. However, ever since I started writing this sci-fi  story, I can't, for the life of me, seem to come up with a good name for my main character. It's gotten to the point where it's become a mental block. I'm having a hard time writing freely without her name. 

Why? *shrugs* 

I know many of you refer to certain characters as "The Bad Guy" or "Sexy" in your writing until you find a real name. But I can't even do that. I have a few pages where I refer to my main character as XX, but that just hurts my eyes and distracts my train of thought every time I see it. 

So how do you guys settle on names? Do you have a technique, or does it just come to you somewhere between morning coffee and the evening sherry? ;)

Other than that, hope everyone is happy, healthy and writing. :) 
Have a great weekend all.


Thank you, Alex Cavanaugh for another great bloghop. And a big thank you to all the awesome co-hosts this month! 
To find out more about the IWSG monthly bloghop or the IWSG website, click the links.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

I Spy: Z

Welcome to I Spy...from A-Z!

Yikes! I can't believe I forgot Yikes for my Y post, plus that's a word I like to use for time to time.... I must still be jet lagged, :P 

So here we are, last day of A-Z. I can't believe we made it! If you hung out with me this month, I just want to say THANK YOU! Virtual hugs, you are all I Spy Masters. Also, a little crazy--just sayin... ;) 

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the challenge, it was fun seeing what kinds of words you all came up with, given the limited time you had to spend at each blog. I know it wasn't always easy. The only thing I regret is not having more time to put into visiting blogs. Doing the A-Z while on vacation is not ideal to say the least. But, I am looking forward to catching up with you guys, I should be back on a regular schedule beginning of next week. 

Ok, enough bla, bla, bla, you all know the drill>>>

....without further ado.....

I spy with my little eye things that begin with the letter...


My Y answers:

 Yesterday, Year, Yellow sign, Yawning aligator (I know, this is stretching it a bit... :D )

And... I'm not going to make you come back tomorrow for the Zs

--It's been grand I Spyers!--

My Z answers:

Zany *that crazy girl in the picture :P,  
"Zoinks!" (one of Shaggy's favorite sayings), 
Z wine cork 


Thanks everyone for playing along and for all your comments and creative answers, it's been a lot of fun. And MEGA thanks to the A-Z team for putting together another great blog hop this year!

I Spy: Y

Welcome to I Spy...from A-Z!

Y, I think we're almost done! :D

Only one more day and the A-Z challenge will be over. I have to say I've really enjoyed doing this I spy game with you guys, my only regret is not having the time to interact with you all more, and having computer problems near the end. 
But, c'est la vie... :) 

Anyway, to change things up a bit before the end of the challenge, I posted a funny video for you guys in addition to the pics. Enjoy and I'll see you all tomorrow for the grand finale

So now, without further ado.....

I spy with my little eye things that begin with the letter...



My X answers:
Xmen, Xmen symbol, and that's all I got. :P 

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

I Spy: X

Welcome to I Spy...from A-Z!

Welcome back my I spy freinds. I find X to be a pretty aggravating letter. Many words begin with the X sound, but few actually begin with the letter X. (e.g. Excellent, Extra, Ex boyfriend, Export, Expert). I mean, why put the E in front of all those words in the first place? I need to know! *makes mental note to bug JE Oneil at Still Writing about this.* 

Anyway, here I am writing to you, on the fly from my Mom's house, because my internet is still down I love you all, and to give you the letter X! It wasn't easy to find X eXamples, so forgive me for the lack of variety today, but I refuse to post a picture of my kids xylophone--too easy. :)     

So now, without further ado.....

I spy with my little eye things that begin with the letter...


My W answers:
Worm, Weird, Wet, Wiggly, Welcome Pineapple**

**The pineapple has a long history as being a symblom of hospitality and luxury and is commonly called the Welcome Pineapple. I saw many stone pineapples in front of wealthy homes in North Carolina when I visited my Dad. You can read more about the history of the Welcome Pineapple HERE.

Monday, 27 April 2015

I Spy: W

Welcome to I Spy...from A-Z!

Hi guys, I'm finally home, sad to have left my Dad and the US, but happy to be back. Anyway, today is W for a lot of things, but especailly for: What The Hell, commonly written as WTH. Let me explain.... you know in my last post when I said I should be back into a more regular blogging schedule.... well guess what?! When we got back Saturday night from our vacation, I quickly found out our internet connection was down. Seriously? WTH! We called our provider to find out our internet box is fried and they are sending us a new one which in French translates to, a few weeks if you're lucky. So at this point I'm screaming WTF as I once again, have to finish my challenge at my Mom's house in sporadic, by-the-seat-of-my-pants, Elise fashion. The same thing happened to me in the middle of my A-Z challenge two years ago.... or was it three years ago... I forget, all I remember was that my internet service went down in the middle of the challenge and like now, I had to finish it using my mom's computer. History likes to repeat itself and kick me in the teeth on the way......I swear.... alot.

Anyway, I hope you all have enjoyed the challenge, good job with the V words, and again, thanks to everyone who has stopped by to play along.  *Only a few more letters left..... Phew* :D For those of you joining us, this is a game of I Spy. You'll figure it out. :D 

So now, without further ado.....

I spy with my little eye things that begin with the letter...


The last time I visited Florida, I found this creature on 
the ground. After freaking out, I took a picture (on left).
Doesn't it remind you the alien thing in Prometheus (pictured on right)?
Who wants to go to Florida now?!

My V answers:

Visitor, View, Velocity, Very high in the sky (Ok so I'm reaching a bit), Veteran (the patch was to honor a soldier of the Korean War) Victims, Victory (this word poped into my head though I agree with some of you who pointed out that no one truly 'wins' this kind of war.) 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

I Spy: V

Welcome to I Spy...from A-Z!

I'm in the airport waiting for my connection, but things should be back to normal for me blogging wise from here on out, thanks for putting up with my crazy schedule. Vacation is officially over for me, time to get back to work! *boo*

So now, without further ado.....

I spy with my little eye things that begin with the letter...


U answers:

URL (Uniform Resource Locator) United States of America (flag), Unkempt front porch  

Friday, 24 April 2015

I Spy: U

Welcome to I Spy...from A-Z!

Can you all believe it? We're almost done with the challenge, just a few more days! The T post turned out lots of T words! Unfortunatley, I only have two images for you today. U was a hard one for me to do, and I'm not going to lie, tomorrow is going to be even harder....I still don't have a picture for V!!!! 

Anyway, for those of you joining us, this is a game of I Spy. You'll figure it out. :D 

So now, without further ado.....

I spy with my little eye things that begin with the letter...


My T answers:

Trees, Tire, Tar, Tiny, Town, Teeny, Turtle, Tank, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  

Thursday, 23 April 2015

I Spy: T

Welcome to I Spy...from A-Z!

Yesterday we got some great S word lists. You guys are really good at spotting all these wonderful vocabulary words. And guess what I saw while taking my kids to the museum? A sign for Eye Spy! Maybe I should set up a donation box too, :P   

Anyway, Today my family and I say good-bye to my Dad after spending a wonderful time visiting with him this past week. I so wish we lived closer. But, my family and I have to head back home. The road back starts with a twelve hour drive, and a quick visit of the everglades before getting on a plane Friday. I just hope the final leg of our trip will go as smooth as it started. 

For those of you joining us, this is a game of I Spy. Let me know what words you see in the pictures that start with the letter T!

So now, without further ado.....

I spy with my little eye things that begin with the letter...


My S answers:

Stones, Shapes, Solitaire, Solitude, Sundial, Sun, Shadow, Six o'clock, Sunset

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

I Spy: S

Welcome to I Spy...from A-Z!

Hi everyone! Great job with the R words, that last picture of the painted crab was supposed to be just a Random picture. There are a bunch of those weird painted crabs around town. :) Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the challenge or at least enjoying the down time while watching all us crazy people do A-Z, lol. 

Ok so you guys know the drill by now, let me know what words you see in the pictures starting with S. 

And now, without further ado.....

I spy with my little eye things that begin with the letter...



My R answers:
Road, Red car, Reflection, Runner, Running, Railing, River, Ripples, Rocks, Railroad (bridge over the water is a railroad), Random ;)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

I Spy: R

Welcome to I Spy...from A-Z!

Hello all you rad I spyers! I'm still on vacation and I'm out of pre-scheduled posts. Yikes! The same thing happened to me 2 years ago, I was ahead of the game until the S post. So, it looks like I'm going to have to wing it... and I'm sorry in advance for folks living in time zones east of me, my posts may be a bit late... AND let me tell you how hard it is to type on a QWERT keyboard when you're used to using a French AZERTY. **This is zhqt it looks like if I type nor;ally and zithout looking, lol? And don4t get ;e stqrted on the nu;bers, punctiuqtion key or shift keys<<<

Ok so for those of you joining us, this is a global and totally awesome game of I Spy. Tell me what words you see in the pics that begin with the letter R, and remember, this game is not limited to just names of things.

So now, without further ado.....

I spy with my little eye things that begin with the letter...


There are a lot of R words in this one... (:

And thanks again everyone for playing along, you guys have been great!

My Q answers:
Queen, Quack, Mr. Oliver Queen (main character in the TV series the Arrow--*swoon), Quiver, Quill
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