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I hadn’t intended to blog today — I’m busily working on an article about beekeeping (with a sidebar on bee-friendly plants) for “Harford’s Heart.” It’s my last article for the April/May 2014 issue (2 others are already completed and sent to Editor Fran).

But before settling into my bee-writing mode, I checked Facebook to make sure I hadn’t received any messages I needed to respond to in a timely manner. And that’s when I saw this wonderful video posted in the Broad Universe group. It made me smile, and it made me think about women who write science fiction (and please, count me among those women who write SF). Happy Women’s History Month – enjoy!

http://video.openroadmedia.com/2tQ3/women-writers-on-sci-fi-and-fantasy/

By the way, what do you think about the video?

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I find myself in a daydreamy mood today, which is not at all useful in completing¬†next month’s¬†“Harford’s Heart” Writer’s Block column. www.harfordsheart.com ¬†

The column I’m working on features 2 local writers, Jack L. Shagena, Jr. and Henry C. Peden, Jr.,¬†who are meticulously researching and writing the history of Harford County. Their books are each subject specific: Mills, Blacksmithing, Churches, Tinsmithing, Barns, Bridges, etc. Fascinating stuff for those of us interested in history or for writers interested in bringing authenticity to¬†their fiction. (And luckily, all but 1 of their books are available at the Harford Historical Society).

¬†But today, I’ve been daydreaming about¬†a darker world where I’ve set one fantasy story and I’d like to set another. Maybe it’s the warm wind rustling the daffodils every time I go outside with the dog. Maybe it’s the new leaves on the trees that seem so brightly yellow-green against the sky. Maybe it’s the woodpecker persistently searching for insects in the dead maple in the woods. I’m not sure. But whatever the reason, I’m finding it difficult to focus on the here and now.

So what do I do?

Write! I’ll allow myself 2 hours to slip into that dark fantastic world that is demanding to be written about. And then, reluctantly, I’ll pull out my notes again and write my column. No matter how distracting, I feel blessed to be able to daydream so easily. For no less a writer than Edgar Allan Poe wrote: “They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

So to you writers & artists out there (and everyone else who’s enjoying this gorgeous spring day): Happy Daydreaming!

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¬†Vonnie pic2¬† It’s me, Vonnie Winslow Crist.¬† I’m a¬†writer of science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy (yes, that’s a nice way of saying horror), poetry, essays, reviews, and¬†“The Writer’s Block Column” for Harford’s Heart Magazine: www.harfordsheart.com ¬†
¬†¬† I’ve been lucky this year, I’ve had quite a few acceptances for my stories and poems — though most haven’t been printed or posted yet.¬† Sigh.¬† This is where patience comes in.¬†
¬†¬† Of course, I’ve had my share of rejections in 2009, too.¬† When the story or poem I’ve sent off to a publisher comes back with a “No Thank You” note attached —¬†I take a deep breath, retype the work, and submit it to another market.¬† This is where persistance comes in.
¬†¬† Between the highs of acceptance and the lowers of rejection, there is the day-to-day writing.¬† Sometimes, the words come so fast that my fingers can’t keep up with my imagination.¬† At other times, it’s hard to focus on the computer screen much less type more than a few words.¬† The sun shines through the window.¬† The garden calls.¬† The cat keeps trying to crawl into my lap.¬† The dog wants to go outside.¬† The phone rings.¬† This is where discipline and determination come in.
 
My message for today: If you have a dream (being a writer is mine): Be patient. Persist. Be determined. Discipline yourself to work. Oh, and have¬†fun while you’re pursuing your dream! (If you want to read some of my writing or view some of my artwork: www.vonniewinslowcrist.com )

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