Lois Lane? Really?

Today I blog about my relationship with Lois Lane over at rebecca-grace.blogspot.com.

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Guest blogging is fun. It’s like visiting someone. So drop on by and check out my blog there and peruse the site. It’s the first time I’ve ever written anything so personal about how I got into this writing business. Leave questions. Also, if you’re a new writer, you can find great stuff on that site.

But today what’s really on my mind is the weather.

Yesterday a young woman asked, ” Why are you wearing all black. It’s summer!” She had on shorts. But I was the clever one because Colorado does not have summer until it’s officially June. It teases you and sends a few warm days. People rush to their closets and do the reorg thing. Not me.

Growing up in Texas, I always heard, “Wait five minutes and the weather will change.” Yesterday Colorado was at 88 and today snow is in the forecast.

This morning, I hear not one chattering bird but a choir outside as the dark is about to give it up to dawn. Lovely beyond words. Those precious little darlings are ready for spring. They’re in for a great disappointment. I do enjoy spring, but the first couple of years  in Colorado we had a blizzard … in late May. Now I’m snow shy. And skeptical. I’ll believe it when …

Enjoy today. And by that I mean look at the person you love. Grab that face and look into those eyes. Say “I love you.” Don’t do it only to their backs as they walk out the door. Live in the moment. And have a Happy Easter.

To Portland, With Love

Before I left beautiful Portland, my friend Julie Adams from grad school (Columbia Graduate School of Journalism 2000)  insisted I take a drive with her and see what we could in a very short tour.  Immediately, she stopped at Powell’s bookstore in the Pearl District. A four-story, city block building displayed books in almost any category. Miles of books.

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This picture of Powell’s is from the bookstore website.

As we drove around the Pearl District, we passed the Portland Art Museum where there is an Italian Style exhibition. Larger than life murals appeared on the outside walls, instantly beckoning walkers and drivers to stop and come inside. Stunning photos on the exterior of the building. Be patient with the quality of the photos. I had drizzling weather to contend with!

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On the drive we viewed beautiful cherry trees full of blossoms. Even though it was nearly dark, the trees were exquisite.

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We drove by one corner, a gathering place for food carts.  Portland is known for the food cart concessions. Here’s a sample.

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In the later afternoon, rain falling slightly, a fog settled over the city. Beautiful. And the lovely meal at the top of Portland in the Chart House helped me bid farewell to my visit there, as if it were tied with a giant red bow. Julie and her 94-year-old father proved to be a good Portland public relations team!

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At the airport, sighing and thinking what a wonderful time I had at the Left Coast Crime  2015 conference, I looked up to see the tallest free-standing cuckoo clock in North America! A surprise and a delight. Thanks Portland!

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MARRYING WEBSITES

Forever I’d wanted to simplify my online presence by joining my two websites into one. The website can be reached by clicking on darlabartos.com. Taaa-daaa-aaa!

Thanks to a wonderful web designer in Florida, my site has become what I have always imagined it to be. Major mobile friendly and easy to read with additional content.

Hopefully, my blog will entertain, inform and educate. My passion is helping other writers navigate the forest of trees out there and giving them short cuts to becoming published in fiction and non-fiction, which consumed twenty-five years of my life.

My blog is devoted to helping writers reach their goals. I hope to entertain from time to time and entice other authors to guest blog about their journeys. In addition, there may be days I blog about anything that comes to mind. And when I have something to vent about, expect it.

FAV articles are my favorite five. Take a quick look. It was a tough selection process. I was a columnist for several newspapers and so many of those articles were dear to me. But, I had to pare down my list. Tough. You should have seen me perusing file folder after file folder.

Photo album mostly includes pics I snap myself. For instance, a good many of them will be from trips to South Africa. Plus, I threw in a photo of my parasailing. (Best Selfie ever, right?) Thank goodness my daughter was able to get that shot. I wanted proof!

When I said the web designer and I created the website, it was a true collaborative effort.

I culled information from tons of files, and we negotiated what we both agreed was most important. I listened to him. Very important in a collaboration. He created the online look, but I supervised. It was give and take all the way! Important. When you select a long distance web designer, make sure you like the person. Have a chat of introduction, interview several. Make sure that person is highly recommended and make sure your personality is compatible with his or hers. Because, if you’re lucky, that person is like family by the time you’re finished.

As the reader of my blog, if you have any ideas to offer, please go to the contact page and leave a message! I would love to hear from you! This is intended to be a conversation. And it takes you to make that happen. Let me know how you like my new site!

Thanks for reading.

Darla

WRITING AND ADVENTURE REQUIRE PATIENCE

The simple word “WRITE” is written all over my house.

It’s even on my bathroom door, not intended for me to write there, just a reminder for me to go write. I see “WRITE” when I shower, when I brush my teeth. I see it early in the morning. I see it before I go to bed.

I am a visual person. It reminds me that yes, I need to do this. Writing is my full time passion and has been since I saw Lois Lane the first time.Image

Lois Lane was the only woman it seemed who ever had adventure in her life. And although I didn’t know it at the time, I wanted adventure.

She was a writer at The Daily Planet. I was intrigued. And so, I became a writer of newspaper and magazine articles. I now write a blog. And my life is an adventure.

Take now for instance.

My first book of the Mamgoboza series set in South Africa is with an editor. And I have to patiently sit back and let her do her magic. It’s difficult. I can pretend to start a new chapter of a new book, but the bottom line is that I want to see what she’s doing. I want to see — after working on this book much too long — what she sees in my manuscript that I didn’t. I want it done now. I want to be finished with this first book of the trilogy.

And since patience is my strong suit, you’d think waiting would be easier. Yet, I have found it profoundly difficult. And so I set about to encourage myself to work on something else. Or finish the second book. It’s over half completed.

Plus, I have lifted quotes from Pinterest. (Thank you Pinterest.)  Quotes which have helped me hold on and continue doing some form of writing.

And so, you get to read all about it on this blog.

But when you think about it, it could apply to anything. Keep Calm and  ….. What would you choose to put at the end? Keep Calm and ….what? Let me know.

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