What a wild week since I last posted. As you can see I have made some changes to the website since I think I had some sort of attack that made it impossible to login to my account. I wanted to post yesterday after I was done writing in the morning but ran into a host of problems. I have deactivated, trashed, and rewritten my blog twice since we last met. It is a good thing I was able to save what I had written over the past couple of weeks. If you registered before you will need to register again (sorry) due to the evil blog demons... or something. If you have not registered please do so. I am hoping to have cured the problem and do not anticipate any further problems. I found it quite interesting that even though I spent the morning worried about my blog that I was able to write a good deal. And what I have written I am excited about (like I said I am not going back and reading it until it is finished but I know what a good day feels like). The picture this week is what my writing area looked like after I finished writing on Monday. Yes, a full pot of coffee worked its way through that coffee cup. Pictures of family and characters and writings are there to inspire (or sometimes yell at).
First, I must tell you about what happened to me last week. On Thursday Tammy and I traveled to Sioux Falls to elect a new Bishop. No, that was NOT a typo, we were asked by our church to represent them for the ELCA Synod. The day started out by learning that Reverend Padilla was from Chicago. Right away I thought I had it figured out: vote early and vote often! Quickly I was corrected by the Bishop (who wanted to be reelected) in the New Membership Orientation that I get only ONE vote. There was another pastor who apparently is in love with the Psalms and read one each time we had to vote... I'll just say thank God there is no shortage of passages. When it came to voting for a Bishop our pastor received three votes and "claims" he didn't vote for himself (it just goes to show you that we need to pray for our clergy as well). On Sunday I didn't want to embarrass him so I decided not to mention how we caught him sleeping a few times and out "getting another cup of coffee" more than once. It was at this time that he wanted me to answer questions about some budget and something about why I wasn't listening I'm really not sure since I wasn't paying attention. But I digress.. Overall it was a wonderful experience and all kidding aside our pastor's daughter was recognized for serving in Mexico. We pray for her in our household and are proud of what she is doing down south. After four ballots Bishop David Zellmer was reelected in a process that was humbling to be a part of. Reverend Doctor Madsen gave some Bible studies that were the highlight of the weekend and her life was more than an inspiration.
This was my first test of writing under 'not ideal' circumstances. I decided to write on the car ride down to Sioux Falls and really wondered if that would work at all. It worked well and I was able to write even more than my target of 1000 words. I was a the event all day on Friday and used Saturday to make up that writing on the trip home. The change of location ended up being a positive. I read in the book, Plot and Structure, one of the many books in the Write Great Fiction series, that a change of location (coffee shop, park, different room) might help the creative process. Remembering reading this allowed me to calm down and just go with the flow of changing my routine. Each day, even the ones I have NO desire to get out of bed and write, give me a little more confidence that I can do what I set out to do... Finish what I started!
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