Writing ~ Will I ever get started today?

“Many fine things can be done in a day if you don’t always make that day tomorrow.” 
~ Unknown ~

Today, I struggled getting my writing work done . 

I made up excuses for the first two hours and then realized what I was playing at, and the worst part about playing this nasty little game with yourself and putting off until tomorrow what you really should do today is, it makes you unhappy.

So, I decided instead of getting cranky with my computer, getting frustrated, hating myself and becoming de-motivated to the point of suicide that I'd break the cycle and go outside in the stinking heat and mulch the garden. It’s 32oC here on the farm today, (that’s around 90oF in northern-hemisphere speak). 

Before long, I’d completed a 3 meter square area that is, I'd  completely de-weeded, mulched, watered and squirted myself with the hose (that was invigorating and refreshing too). I had a creative play session similar to something you’d have done as a child, and I picked up mud and mulch whilst down on my hands and knees and squirting water happily along the concrete edging of the garden. Boy it was fun!

Then I came in and wrote this blog post.

SEE, never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. (Was it Thomas Jefferson who said that?)

That’s my little piece of writing advice for today. Tell me yours.

I hope you’ve had a good and productive writing day. I know I did.

Zak the writer.

Name Three Things Your Character Carries...

My Character carries matches, a pitcher of water & a hair comb.

What does your character carry?

What would you think of a character who carried a bag filled with syringes, dice and a hand gun? 

or a character who carries watches, a watch repair toolkit and a pitch fork?

or a wand, bovine hair and fairy dust?

Have some fun with this one. 

I'd like to see your responses in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!


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As a learning writer and an editor
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Come to your own conclusions.

Thank you for any help you can offer today.



WRITING: ZAK'S SANDPIT - No boys allowed...


Stuff happens in the sandpit.

Remember when you were a kid?

The sandpit was where stuff got done. It's where kids got down dirty and creative and not in a bad way... And it was fun!

Can it happen again?

Am I too old?

Well, today it was where I found my muse. You know, MUSE not moose! 

The sandpit is a place that Zak can come and throw around a few letters around to hopefully group together a few words that may actually have some meaning. Those words are pretty special if they have meaning. If they are random words that's okay too because a lot of writing practice is simply writing garbage or arguing with oneself until something comes of it. 

Funny to think that of all those good novels people have written over the years. YES, some poor soul had to go through this self-defeating and frustrating process in order to bring you the stories you love to read.  It's not easy, it's hard and it can be fun too.

Don't believe me?

Well, even the best writers have doubts and they struggled and perservered pushed on (that word was to big for me) until finally something brilliant or at least worthy of being read was produced. 

So here we play and talk a load of crap so we can find a way to get past the naughty writer's block and release the muse within. We slay the damned dragon that breathed its horrible fire into our minds and set free the magic moose no it was a duck actually.

I like to sprinkle a little fairy dust too because grains of sand that look like the alphabet are also mixed with grains of fairy dust. Do you know I actually got to see some fairy dust the other day? AND, I was surprised to see just how small those little gold grains really are, unbelievable.

AND, it doesn't matter if I write rubbish, trash, or bees-wax here as long as I write that's all that matters. 

ONLY, no putting rubbish in the sandpit! That's a NO NO!

Writing: A Case for Telling...

The Writer's Chatroom held a topic, "Show, not tell" that, until recently I thought was gospel for writers like law, 
           "thou shalt show, not tell".

Until I read this post... click here

Then I got confused...

Zak going to the sandpit to play...

What is Blog Candy?

Well, to be honest I didn’t know blog candy existed until recently.

I believe blog candy is sweet yummy lollies or accolades that you get except you get them on your blog and you really can’t eat them unless you have a vivid imagination. 
Luckily I can eat blog candy and I ate mine all up. Yum! 

Er, it's also pretty logos and styles for your blog, I believe.

Anyway I recently received blog candy and I thought it was kinda special and cute too. It's reserved for people with blogs like mine that have less than 200 followers. 

How it happens is that someone else that blogs or surfs the web thinks your blog is worthy of having more followers so they nominate you and basically get the word out that you and your blog exist. It’s a form of encouragement (I guess) to help you keep blogging and not give up.

I've certainly needed a bit of that lately. 

I've been writing but it's all been in my hand-written diary or what is affectionately known by some writers ex, Julia Cameron, as morning pages. My daily writing sometimes seem more like mourning pages and I refuse to come online and make you all suffer that with me. 

I do my three pages every morning or every other morning and sometimes it flows easily and sometimes it's damned hard. Either way I write. 

That's why this blog candy was so special and it came at the right time, a time when I was struggling to get myself back online and out there.


Ugh! Now I have the, I want candy, lyrics playing in my head...



What The ???? BLOG CANDY!!!


Thanks to Donelle at A Little Diversion for giving me this

Liebster award!

This award is meant to draw attention to blogs that deserve more attention, true.

If you're curious about the name, Bailey shared that liebster is German for "favorite" or "dearest." Nice hey?

After you receive this award you:

1. Post this award on your blog.

2. Thank and link to the person who gave it to you.
3. Pass it on to five bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
4. Comment on those five people's blogs to share the good news.

Here are my five:

Ink Slinger
- Loved the link to Podcasts for Writers and so much more - Yay!

Ginger Simpson's "Dishin' It Out" - a lot of funny and inspiring stuff to read

Life is a Story –Tell it Big by Sally Franklin Christie - Okay, Sally, I’m trying to stay away from sharp things, except you of course.

Skip Miller Word Warrior - Get your free stories here - cool.

Another Day Dawns - To give you another chance to change your life.

Enjoy reading over these new blogs, peoples!

And remember to pass the love around!

Zak hopes to all the bloggers with less than 200 followers that's she's done this thing correctly... Good Luck Everyone!