by Liz Flaherty
Oh, hell's bells, it's Monday morning and I haven't written a word for the blog. Or for anything else, I might add, but I have been enjoying sewing. I've finished off 24 gowns for Riley Children's Hospital on my couple of days of writing voice gone silent. Aren't they nice? I wish no one ever had to wear them, that kids just didn't get hurt or sick, but they do, so I'm glad they can wear bright colors and fun fabric while they recover.
Now, about word combinations. Do you ever see or hear a turn of phrase that gives you a whole, complete picture--maybe even a scene? I had the car radio on NPR yesterday (NPR people are really good at word combinations, by the way) and someone said "October baseball." By the time I'd driven two blocks, I'd seen a whole game, I swear! Watching the game wearing hoodies. The sky a particular autumn blue. Drinking hot cider instead of soda or beer.
The title of this blog "just another magic Monday" is one I adopted when I trained myself to love Mondays. I admit to having some help from Holly Jacobs and her Monday glee. I also admit that the words are wrong--it should be "just another manic Monday"--but since I heard it wrong for years, I'm still singin' it my way. Go right ahead and join me.
The Moody Blues sang a song when I was in high school called "Go Now". Those words still paint me a picture of urgency, not because of the words themselves but because I can feel the beat of it 50 years later.
"Go dark" is something theatre companies (and high school drama clubs) do on the day before performances start. They don't rehearse that day. This always makes me think of our high school football team walking the field before a game. They always walk alone, their thoughts their own, in silence and dedication. Going dark (and silent) doesn't seem to go with either drama or high school football, yet it does. It does.
These are what I can think of right now. How about you? Do you have any word combinations that speak to you a little louder or sweeter than others?
By the way, today--got a drum roll, anyone?--is release day for Kristina Knight's latest, CALL ME. Go ahead and order it if you haven't already.
Katrina Phillips is itchy. The job that has always challenged her seems stifling, her friends are all pairing off and she's been without male companionship for seven long months.
Josh Hanna is paying off a debt: fly to LA, play backup for the house band during the season finale of Star Power and then back to his boring - and sober - life in San Francisco.
But five years hasn't been long enough to douse the flames between them, and its hard to remember why things went so badly in the first place...
Also today--my goodness, we're a busy bunch, aren't we?--the A Heartwarming Christmas authors are doing a Facebook tour with giveaways! Stop my my page and see what's going on and how to enter! Go ahead and like me while you're there!