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July 2017

Dragon Clouds-Summer

Summer in Georgia, USA, is hot, humid, and awesome. Home grown tomatoes, fast storms, and baby critters abound. Though it can be miserably hot, it’s one of my favorite times of the year. So I just wanted to share some of the photos I’ve taken this summer and remind everyone what an amazing world we live in!

While summer storms usually only last an hour or so, they can be very fierce, to the point I can get a little nervous, despite the fact I love storms. But when they are over, the sky is incredibly beautiful. And what is more beautiful than a full moon on a summer night? I wish my camera cooperated on that one…

And here on the twin fawns who have made our farm their home! I see them almost everyday, sitting together as they wait for their mom to return to them. So cute!!

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Does that look like a puddle of muddy water? Well, it is! But you see those little black dots? Tadpoles!! I’ve been keeping an eye on them and refilling their puddle when necessary. I’ll keep everyone updated on their journey from tadpoles to frogs! As long as they don’t wash away, which, unfortunately, is definitely a possibility.

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And, of course, we can’t forget the tomatoes! This is from one picking…after they were picked the day before. My mother is about to go on strike. But we love our home grown tomatoes! I’ll be super sad when the season is over!

What is summer like where you are? Doing anything special? Let us know in the comments!

Awesome Blogger Award

Thanks to Loonyloonyvish at Idlejabber for this award!! According to her own post in response to this award, it is  “an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. This is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

Which makes Mez and me super flattered for being chosen!! Those of you following our blog may have noticed we are reposting our older posts. One reason is that we want to share what we consider our best writing advice (the stuff we’ve learned the long, hard way) with our new readers. The other reason: we are BUSY! Mez is in the middle of packing and editing and I have 50k words to write before she gets here, so we are going to answer the questions, but hold off on making our own questions and nominating others for now.

Who is your favourite superhero?

Bri: Confession time: I’m not a huge superhero fan. But if I had to pick, Catwoman. Not technically a hero, but she’s a girl, and a cat, what better for a girl who loves cats??

Mez: I always liked Spiderman as a kid because he’s more lighthearted than the other brooding superheroes who always seems to be wrestling with an identity crisis.

 

 

How do you go about forming a new post?

Bri: Intense planning and lots of thought. That’s my story, and I’m sticking with it.

Mez: To start with, Bri & I will usually agree on a monthly theme. Then I try to write from  experience so that what I share is fresh, tried & tested & hopefully helpful to other writers walking the same path!

 

 

Describe your dream home?

Bri: In the woods, no neighbours, lots of windows, and a multi-floor library with a sun room at top. With a large theater room in the basement for watching movies on a huge TV.

Mez: I’ll happily live in Bri’s dream home if she’ll invite me! Only addition- put it in a tree!

 

 

What do you prefer: writing or typing? Why?

Bri: Typing. Definitely typing. Everything has to be typed anyway, writing it out just adds a step. Plus, half the time I can’t read my own writing!

Mez: While typing is the only way I can get a book done quickly, I don’t love screens. I really enjoy the planning phase of jotting down wild ideas in a journal. But when it comes to serious drafting, it’s got to be typing.

 

 

Is it appreciation, or the lack of it that motivates you to strive for perfection?

Bri: Probably appreciation. Though I can be a bit contrary about people telling me what I will or will not do (as in, you’ll change your mind about having children when you get older, I HATE hearing that, makes me want to prove people wrong), when it comes to my writing, someone telling me it’s good will drive me further than someone telling me it’s awful.

Mez: I’m a person who thrives on encouragement and words of affirmation. It’s very easy to deflate me with criticism, but I’m working on taking it graciously and using it constructively as all writers must!

 

 

What is your fondest childhood memory?

Bri: Playing in our treehouse. It had an awesome rope swing and we would ‘cook’ things over a ‘fire’ and pretend to be fairies or that we were that grand old age of 13!

Mez: Building dens in the woods with my brother and sisters, going for wheel-barrow rides with my Dad & the neighbourhood dogs, my mom’s amazing bedtime stories,  running a “restaurant” in the stream with my friend Katherine… I had a good childhood. Too good to choose just one memory!

 

 

When did you start blogging and why?

Bri: It’s been a little over a year now, and it was kind of funny because I had just decided to talk to Mez about us co-blogging because I’d read it could only help us when it comes to full on writers. And then Mez suggested it! Great example of great minds.

Mez: Need I say more? 😉

 

 

Which is that one flaw in you, however major it may be, which has become part of your identity?

Bri: Probably my procrastination. It is a part of who I am and I’ve given up trying to fix it, so I’ve just learned to deal with it. If I work best in the last hour of the day, that’s when I work. I’m much more productive at the end of a time limit than the beginning.

Mez: I’m a pushover. I hate disappointing people to a crippling level. Most everybody who knows me can tell you I have issues with the word “No.” But again… I’m working on it!

 

 

What do you prefer: fiction or nonfiction? Prose or poetry?

Bri: Fiction, hands down. I don’t read nonfiction except for writing books or when I’m researching for a book. And prose. Now and then I find a poem I like, but it’s rare. And it’s usually poems that tell stories I like.

Mez: Fiction. Prose. Having said that, my favourite book is Surprised by Joy which is C.S. Lewis’s personal memoir. Ha!

 

 

Which is that one movie that you can watch anytime without getting bored?

Bri: Almost anything. I watch movies over and over. Aliens, Strange Magic, Ultraviolet, Delgo, and all of Criminal Minds are my go to when I want something on in the background. But really, unless I really don’t like it, I can watch any movie a zillion times and still enjoy it.

Mez: How many times have we watched the BBC Pride & Prejudice, Bri? And we’re planning on watching it again this summer while I’m in the States. There’s your answer!

 

 

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