There is the sun, do do do do, there is the sun, behind the leaves . . . .

1 Jul

I love how the sun shines through the leaves of this little apple tree; I do believe this is the apple tree I snapped while taking a walk with GMR and Fat Lazy Labrador along Lake Junaluska.
It’s already July 1. I can’t believe June is gone already. Geez. And I woke up to a cool mountain morning as if it is spring again. I’ve been writing outside because I know when it begins to get too chilly, I’ll think, “Oh, why didn’t I write outside more often, now I’m stuck inside!” *haw* So, I settle myself with my laptop and write away, with the critters and breeze and ridges and distant smoky mountains.
I have just over 84,000 words on VkBook2. Rocking along! I added a chapter yesterday that I didn’t think was going to be there; a situation that I didn’t at first “see” but it began to appear yesterday as I re-read a chapter. There was a glimmer there, something along the edges, and suddenly the words began backing up against my pea-headed brain and I had to release them. I then knew that the situation had to happen and I’m glad I didn’t leave it out.
Did you know that snuck is really supposed to be sneaked? (and really, this one is not that big of a deal since so many say “snuck” and I said “snuck” until I found out the proper way is “sneaked” -now I can’t say “snuck” – a character can, but I can’t, huhn.) That could care less is supposed to be couldn’t care less? That I feel badly is supposed to be I feel bad? That one space after a period/question mark after your sentences is preferable to two spaces? That I didn’t say one period after an exclamation point because if you are using exclamation points!! at the end of your narrative sentences you should try to strike those suckers out and instead show the exclamation in your writing. What kinds of “grammar” or “rules” do you try to follow when you are writing? And if you do not write, what do you “notice” when you are reading?

8 Responses to “There is the sun, do do do do, there is the sun, behind the leaves . . . .”

  1. Angie Ledbetter July 1, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    Oh, the beauty of Lake J!I don't know how you can write and ponder all these writerly questions and blog and do signings and write VKII and and and…with all the perty perty butterflies. hehe*smooches*

  2. B.J. Anderson July 1, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    It sounds beautiful! And I'm a fan of those exclamation points and I've been told to strike them, so that's one rule I try to follow. Then there's the no "ly" words, and staying away from the was's. Sigh. There's too many to keep track of. Great post!

  3. Deb Shucka July 1, 2009 at 11:02 am #

    The one rule that stands out for me is the overuse of "that".Love your pictures. Really, it's July already? I don't think I was quite done with June yet. Yikes!

  4. Sandra Leigh July 1, 2009 at 12:50 pm #

    Angie's right. You are indeed prodigious. I'm glad to see July. Here on my island, the month has blown in on a big wind, but it's still warm and sunny outside. Today is our national holiday, and it seems everybody is out enjoying the beauty of the day.

  5. t i m July 1, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    i've only figured out the difference between 'borrow' & 'lend' or at least i think i have :)ps: yesterday i was excited to see a timothy in T.G. then when i resumed reading today he didn't turn out as i had hoped – what gives? ;)if there's ever another tim in a future 'thryn bestseller, fingures crossed he'll be the hero, just saying… :P

  6. Small Footprints July 1, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    You know … when I first started following "Howling" you talked about walking Lake Junaluska and, if I'm not mistaken, you took some pictures of the light in the trees. I loved that post … and found a friend and neighbor!I'm glad to know that you're still walking and looking up into the trees!Small Footprints

  7. Debbie July 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    There are some words – like snuck – that just should be the correct form. I am sorry, but Mr. Webster can stand to be corrected.Aren't these cool mornings delicious? We are loving them.

  8. Michelle July 2, 2009 at 1:50 am #

    Hmmm….maybe pace….I like to be able to feel the pace of the thoughts. And the tension….x

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