Sunday, September 11, 2011

How Sweet The Story Or Gotta Grab ‘Em Right Away

She never really knew why.

He came into her life like some wonderful new perfume. Never before had any man awakened in her hear the tingling romance that his presence seemed to bring.
And yet his attentions were destined to last only one short evening.
They had met and danced. He had seemed quite interested. She was beautiful girl. And still he left her that night saying not a word about seeing her again.
She never saw or her from him and really never knew why.

Did he have a right to suspect her?
Dunbar was in a terrible state of mind. He was worried sick about this wife. He was madly in love with her and she had been acting very strangely during the past several months.
The thing that troubled him most was that she now responded very reluctantly to his affectionate advances. She wouldn’t even let him kiss her. The whole state of affairs was driving him mad. He suspected everything. And, yet, he alone was to blame.

Why had he changed so in his attentions?

The thing was simply beyond her. She couldn’t puzzle it out. And every moment it preyed up her mind and was almost breaking her heart.
He had been the most attentive lover and husband imaginable. But of late some strange something seemed to have come between them. Now he was so changed.
Was is some other woman? No, she told herself, – it couldn’t be! Yet why wasn’t he the way he used to be toward her?

Often a bridesmaid but never a bride.

Edna’s case was really a pathetic one. Like every woman, her primary ambition was to marry. Most of the girls of her set were married – or about to be. Yet not one possessed more grace or charm or loveliness than she.
And as birthdays crept gradually toward that tragic thirty-mark, marriage seemed farther from her life than ever.
She was often a bridesmaid but never a bride.

“Could I be happy with him in spite of that?”

She had announced her engagement to him. Her friends were beginning to be quite curious as to when the wedding would occur. And he, more insistent that nay of them, was pleading with her to set a definite time.
One thing seemed to stand in the way — something she didn’t have the courage to talk to him about — something she feared, might interfere with her happiness.
She simply didn’t know what to do.

Have I captured your attention, yet? What did you think of these five 1920s blurbs? After reading them all, did they make you want to find out more about each of the characters or possibly their significant other?
They did me. As I read these quick blurbs, I kept thinking, Wow, I wish I could come up with neat little ditties like these. They’ve got me hooked. I want to read more.
It’s been a while, since I actually wanted to write anything fiction. After I found these blurbs, I suddenly got the urge to start composing new stories, some being in the same time period of the pictures shown, others possibly being turned into time travel material, and others used with more of a modern-day theme.
That’s why, when it came time to write an article for this month’s newsletter, I decided to offer these blurbs up to you, in hopes that they’ll motivate you as well.
Take them, swirl them around in your creative brain for a while. See what comes up. I bet there’s some really great story material for you.
If you do come up with something, let me know. I’d love to hear all about your ideas.
Oh, and by the way, you’ll get a kick out this little bit of information. These five blurbs were actually 1920s advertisements promoting Lambert Pharmaceutical Company’s LISTERINE mouth wash.
You know what I really think is hilarious about all this? The one thing that’s keeping these lovers apart is halitosis. Just many romance authors do you suppose would actually dare use this as form of conflict between their characters?

Until next time. Happy Writing
(originally written for the March 2004 Valley of the Sun del CorAZon, newsletter)

My Dilemma

I have decision to make.

Originally, I had intended to use this blog for my writing, tying in the past with today. I wanted to use old stories to teach how writing had change. Share things that seem different from present.

I would dearly love to have a connection with people who walk in the card-making world while still connecting with the writing world.

I probably should use to different blogs. Trouble is coming up with a craft name to use, not to mention find a new blog title then let everyone know of the changes. Up till now I have always used Lady Editor as moniker, in everything I do.

Oh well, I did say I was stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things differently. Guess this will be one of the times. For those of you who would like to follow me in both of my worlds I'd be honored for you to do so. It will mean a lot.

Until then Happy Crafting and Happy Writing.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Looking for a mentor

I've decided to take another step and ask if anyone out there in the card-crafting world would be interested in mentoring a beginner.


Now, I know how to cut/trim and glue. I know how to color and always stay within the lines (sometimes a stroke will get away from me-sigh) but I'm hazy on the shading/selection of color pens, etc.

Embossing has me completely buffaloed. I mean, I know how it's done, but not exactly sure when to use it, or how to do it so it pops.

The long and short of it is I want to get better, feel comfortable uploading cards to some of the wonderful blogsites I've been visiting. Other people's card are simply amazing and I say that with awe in my voice...or rather with awe in my fingers while I'm typing.

Either way. Have a great weekend

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Taking a step into the NOW

As the title of my blog suggests, I have been happier staying in the background, lurking. You might say I'm terrified of today's ever progressive blogging.

In the past, I've always felt comfortable with an old book on my lap and writing down my thoughts than venturing into the Internet and posting them for everyone to read. However, something inside me (my creative muse?) has been nagging me to be braver, do more with my work electronically. Both my writing and my card making.

Lately I have been following lots of industrious, creative ladies (and gentlemen), who are not at all intimidated by putting their work up on their blogs.

So...I guess...this is my tentative step into going where others have gone before me.

Wish me luck!

My Serendipty Desk

Here is the desk I wrote about.