5.18.2015

A learning sort of week

So I decided to take last week off of blogging (other than a quick foray for a Blog Blitz). I'm slowly figuring out what my work habits will look like, as well as what I want my every day life to look like. I spent last week learning, exploring my community, and planning. So for today's post, just a list of things I've figured out and learned in the last week:

  • I think I am going to try having regular posts on Mondays only, with exceptions for special events (IWSG, blog hops, book blitzes, etc). This may change if/when I do another Pick Your Plot series, but it also may not :)
  • Preparing to write requires a fair bit of research, even when writing mostly from one's imagination, so I'm going to share something interesting/cool that I learned that week. I'm a total nerd, so sharing factoids appeals to that side of me!
  • Small business owners are awesome! I had a great chat with a couple of them this week as I spent time in my community. It was also super cool to attend the Women in Business Brownbag at my local Chamber of Commerce. Neat ladies.
  • I'm going to do a writing workshop for teens at my local library in the fall. More info once we've got the details worked out, but it will be part of doing promo for the Bold New Worlds writing competition (which I am judging this year!).
  • I ran 6 miles for the first time ever on Thursday. I chose a flat course thinking that I should go easy with the terrain since it was a new and potentially difficult distance for me. MISTAKE. The flat'ness ended up being boring, which made my run more difficult despite its lack of hills. This week: a far more interesting route.
I'm researching pirates right now, so the fact of the week for you mateys is this:
The "Golden Age" of piracy was actually only 40 years long, from 1690 - 1730. Kind-of a surprise considering how much attention we give seafaring pirates, don't you think? - factoid from Pirates: Predators of the Seas
 Have you learned anything interesting lately?

17 comments:

  1. Ooh! I've thought about sharing fun facts from research. Sounds great. Hosting a teen writing workshop sounds awesome!

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    1. I'm looking forward to it! I love to teach, so this will be a good way to do it :)

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  2. Pirates have had a massive reputation from a short time of activity! They really must have been badass. Good luck getting your schedules sorted out and thanks for the offer of hosting my book launch.

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    1. Right? I don't quite understand it. The book said the classic Wild West time period was only 40 years too. Guess we like swashbucklers :)

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  3. Sounds like the life of a full time writer is going to full and fulfilling. Your community has gained a good citizen in you and I'm sure the Library is thrilled to have you on their workshop schedule. I too, love the research...so I guess I'm a bit nerdy, too.

    Six miles!!!! You go girl.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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  4. Did not know that about pirates - the history sounds so colourful and long-lived.

    Looking forward to more Pick your Plot posts!

    Congrats on the 6 mile run - you are brave.

    Chantelle @ Cocktails & Memories
    www.cocktailsandmemories.co.za

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    1. Thanks, Chantelle! Haven't decided yet what that will look like but it will be fun when we get there :)

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  5. I wish you could do the teen program here too, I'd be sure to send my kiddos! :-)
    Best of luck with it!

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  6. I was a judge last year for Bold New Worlds. It was great fun and interesting to see who placed at the end. Six miles is a great accomplishment, even if it was boring.

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  7. I understand about taking time off whether a week or more, especially after the A to Z blog challenge! ;) Interesting about sea pirates...I think of Sea Shepherd Society as they aim to protect the ocean's wildlife as in whales, dolphins, seals, etc. Check out their organization as well as on wikipedia, the latter gives some detailed interesting information. ;) <3

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  8. Wow, you are a very busy woman. You've been very productive. Pirates are cool. Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog.

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  9. Sounds like you are going to have lots of irons in fire. Good info on pirates:)

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  10. Making my way around on the A to Z Road trip! Stopping by to say hello and I hope to see you again next year, if not sooner!

    Mary
    www.JingleJangleJungle.net

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  11. I'm trying to figure out my blog, as well, after the A-Z challenge. It was hit and miss, to say the least, before April. Right now, it's hosting tumbleweed.

    Good going on the running - but I can image how 6 miles of flat terrain would get boring. Definitely get some hills in there :-)

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