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Monday Wisdom…

Tips for Writers…or, It’s Labor Day and I’m Taking Holiday. Not really, I’m writing like mad and #MondayBlogging to the max. Not a bad way to spend the day honoring writers who labor, too. I’m enjoying the posts on “Why I Write.” Such insights are not easily explained, but of course, writers are up to the explaining.

Here’s a few you might like to read:


Robin Flanigan

Sarah Brentyn

Miranda Wilcox

Ellen Mulholland

Ruchira Khanna

If you are not aware of #MondayBlogs on Twitter you can read “What Is #MondayBlogs and Why Should Bloggers Participate?” from badredhead media. It’s a great way to follow your favorite bloggers and meet new ones.

Today I wrote my real-life wolf (poop) encounter over at Elmira Pond, posting horse photos because the horses are one of my favorite subjects to photograph. It’s always unsettling when life imitates art. Not so long ago we were discussing wolves as a metaphor for those dark thoughts that can chase down a writer. Writing isn’t easy. Neither is walking through wolf poop and there must be some sort of metaphor in that!

So I decided that today I’d focus on inspiration from the Why I Like to Write essays. In honor of Labor Day, I salute all the hard-working men and women who craft words into meaning, contributing to the well-being of our world. I tip my pencil to you!

Why I Like to Write #1

Mondays are #Mondayblogs

Tips for WritersCurrently I’m away from Carrot Ranch. I’m trying to maintain some semblance of a schedule while hanging out in the “Garden City of Montana.” That would be Missoula.

As if in protest to a Rocky Mountain winter, spring unfurls at a furious pace here. Tulips point skyward revealing bright bulbs of cherry, peach, lemon and mango. My daughter’s garden already offers chives which are snipped and adding savory to our baked fish.

I know…it’s May 5, Cinco De Mayo.

But that’s my issue. I’m getting discombobulated on dates, times, schedules. I fixed beef enchiladas in rojo sauce last night. Cinco De Quatro. My kids are my focus. They’re grown, leading full lives and the chance to be with them, to share in these moments of finishing grad school, transitioning jobs, is worth distraction on my part.

I *forgot* tips last Monday, and while I’m busy cooking in the Garden City, I *forgot* to post a Friday recipe. And here it is Monday again. So I ask for your patience until I return to the ranch May 19. Flash Fiction will continue but my other posts may bumble off-schedule.

However, I have a delicious, spicy, hot tip for writers–in particular, bloggers–worthy of Cinco De Mayo. Author, blogger and marketer, Rachel Thompson started #Mondayblogs on Twitter in 2012. It’s a place for bloggers to post their writing (on MONDAYS, thus the name Monday Blogs) under the hashtag on Twitter. You can follow @MondayBlogs, too.

The benefits are real, encouraging and fulfilling. It’s social media working at its best for writers. I’ve met terrific bloggers, found good advice and look forward to what I now consider one of my favorite days of the week.

Now go have a taco and keep on writing until we meet up again on Carrot Ranch! (And don’t forget there’s a new prompt every WEDNESDAY for flash fiction even when I’m cooking and enjoying life off-ranch.)