Eagles Soaring

On an early Sunday morning drive in Steilacoom, Washington, we spotted a group of bald eagles flying above our car. My Smart phone is too old to do them justice. I captured two of the eight birds that circled above our car.

Sunday drivers in the sky.

You never know what you’ll see when you look up.

 

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Fall Ablaze

We wait for it every year. The lone maple tree among the fir, cedar, and hemlock. Every cloudless sunrise lights the tree on days like this one captured by my better half.

Sunrise sets the leaves on fire.

The first big storm of fall stripped it bare.  Curled brown leaves cover the ground. A few leaves dangle from the lowest branches, reminders of its glory passing. Until next year when Fall is ablaze.

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Siblings: Season and Whip

Season and Whip over at the BoFN. This month’s contribution.

The Blog of Funny Names

For some reason talented people with amusing names are drawn to Hollywood. Take Volodymyr Palahniuk who became Jack Palance and his portrayal of villains or Ethyl Merman who belted it out on Broadway and landed a fair few movie rolls along the way. But seldom do we meet a sister and brother whose stage names made me think of Fall and cool whip on apple pie. But I digress.

Season and Whip Hubley, two of the three Hubley children to change their names and head off to Hollywood.

Originally named Susan, Season, the older of the two Hubleys, was Kurt Russell’s first wife. They met on the set of the made for TV movie “Elvis”. Season played Priscilla Presley and Kurt the titular role.

They also had a small scene together in John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York”, where Season played the “Chock Full O’Nuts Girl”.

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We’re In This Together: Celebrating Writers Who Persevere

Some of you may have noticed the top tool in my Writer’s Toolbox widget is Writer’s Helping Writers so today I am jazzed to be part of Writers Persevere!, an event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their release of their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book looks at the difficult experiences embedded in our character’s backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward.

Because Angela and Becca have spent the last year exploring painful human struggles, they wanted to highlight a very important aspect of overcoming difficult circumstances: it can make us stronger. I promised to let Angela hijack my blog today, so please read on!

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Hi everyone! When you set out to find examples of inner strength, you don’t have to go very far. Right here in the writing community we see it every day. Writers more than anyone understand the swirl of emotions as we work toward publication. We dream of making it and seeing our books in the hands of readers…yet doubt and frustration can be a constant companion. For us, there is a lot to learn, much to steel our nerves for, and unfortunately, a host of real-world problems that can try to derail us. And, even as we slowly move forward and grow, we can sometimes feel like impostors. This is a tough road.

But the fact that writers face this battle, day after day, and KEEP GOING…this should be celebrated! We need to be reminded that we are much stronger than we sometimes believe. We dream, create, and force ourselves to keep striving. Through the ups and downs, we persevere!

Have you encountered something on the writing road that made you question yourself? Have you faced an obstacle that required a force of will to get past?

If so, we want to hear about it! Join Becca and me at Writers Helping Writers from October 25-27th, where we are celebrating writers and their stories of perseverance. Stop in, and tell us about a challenge or struggle you faced, or if you like, join this event by writing a post on your own blog and share it using the hashtag #writerspersevere. Let’s fill social media with your strength and let other writers know that it’s okay to question and have doubts but we shouldn’t let that stop us.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

We also have a prize vault filled with items that can give your writing career a boost, so stop by Writers Helping Writers. I would love for one of you to win something that will help you get closer to your goal!

If you struggle, remember to reach out to others. We are in this together, and by supporting one another, we cross the finish line together (and then keep going!).

Happy writing!

Angela & Becca

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A Special Edition: 2017 Halloween Countdown-Five Days

Only five days left until Halloween!!! And only three days left until “You’re Never to Old to Trick or Treat” Day. It feels like I’m 7-years-old, waiting for Santa. Except I play Santa. Woohoo.

For the second year in a row a storm wreaked havoc with our decorations. Our animated coffin needed a 911, again. It crash landed on our instant shelter for the three witches and bent just a little. Wet ground made it easy to re-stake the coffin in its original upright and locked position. The instant shelter needed a minor adjustment, it’s much better now.

We’ve been adding the last of the tombstones to the yard.

Planking their way to better marauding.

 

Perhaps Sasquatch has walked with pirates.

 

Run, solicitors, run!

Boo.

However you celebrate next Tuesday. Be safe out there!

Tomorrow there will be a special guest blogger joining us. Author, Angela Ackerman, of Writers Helping Writers, co-author of the new Emotional Wounds Thesaurus for fiction writers, will be here celebrating the launch of her book. There will even be prizes available.

Ciao,

Fannie

 

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A Special Edition: 2017 Halloween Countdown Continues

You guys this is the coolest thing to ever happen to us. Two ladies from a local assisted living facility walk by our place once a week. They asked if they could bring a van load of residents over to look at our decorations. Who would say no to that?

Over the last several days, we’ve reached out to several of the other local facilities in the area. The activities coordinators sent out sign-up sheets and we’re going to have a “You’re Never Too Old to Trick or Treat” Day.

I. Can’t. Wait.

And neither can Mr. Stay Puft!

Even Mr. Stay Puft has turned a new leaf. Part of his 12 Step Process. Hugs for everyone.

Will they dare play Hangman with the rats?

Would you challenge a skeletal rat in a game of Hangman?

Or is Viagra just too saucy for a tombstone?

What more needs to be said?

Only 12 days to Halloween.

Next week, there will be a special guest blogger joining us. Author, Angela Ackerman, of Writers Helping Writers, co-author of the new Emotional Wounds Thesaurus for fiction writers, will be here celebrating the launch of her book. There will even be prizes available.

If you are curious about emotional wounds for your characters, here’s the link.

Until next week!

Ciao,

Fannie

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Hans Conreid

Here’s this month’s contribution to the BoFN. The voice behind such wonderful characters as Snidley Whiplash . . . Hans Conreid.

The Blog of Funny Names

Welcome new readers! Sometimes I like to stretch the limits of funny name-ology like a two-sizes-to-small-1974-purple-polyester-pantsuit because someone with a name that is not so funny gives life to fictional characters who are.

Have you ever wondered who was the voice behind Snidely Whiplash? Disney’s 1953 animated movie Captain Hook? Or who inspired Futurama’s “Robot Devil”? The gifted actor and comedian, Hans Conreid is the answer to all three.

Hans Conreid could have said, “Diction made me famous,” but he didn’t.

Hans Georg Conreid, Jr. was the product of Hans Georg Conreid and beautifully named Edith Beryl (née Gildersleeve)—no relation to the fictional character, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. His father an immigrant from Vienna, Austria, and his mother a descendant of the Pilgrims.

Hans started out in radio in the late 1930’s. He once said of his first assignment on radio, “I had the part of a Swiss guardsman. I…

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