Happy Birthday to Me!
Yep, I’m another year older. But my girl friends and I agreed, we’re not getting older. No, we’re coasting.
I like that.
But I like cruising even better. Coasting gives the impression of foot off the gas, just taking your time and that’s fine. But cruising…hey, that implies a whole lot of fun stuff.
Remember going out on Saturday night with either your girlfriends or boyfriend just cruising up the main drag in town looking for a little ‘action’ or just to be seen? Yeah, that was back when gas wasn’t nearly $4/gallon and when car engines had oomph instead of sounding like ‘I think I can, I think I can’ Tonka cars. (Though I still see a few ‘muscle’ cars on the road…oh, the memories! LOL)
Yeah, cruising is more my style even if I’m driving a small SUV now instead of the sleek, racy cars of my youth. I still cruise in my mind.
Cruising is a lot more than just what you drive. My writing tends toward a cruise now. I plot (all of you who know me, don’t laugh) scenes in my mind before I fall asleep. I let my subconscious mind sort and rearrange and polish up ideas that, yes, I do remember when I wake up. I’m not saying this is a perfect way to work. It’s not even a ‘good’ way to work but, for me, it does work. And it beats yanking my hair out or banging my head against the keyboard. The hair doesn’t grow back as fast and I don’t want to scar my fragile, old skin, LOL.
When I edit, I do all the piddling grammar stuff first just to get it out of the way. Then I read the section for fun, Yes, I said it. I read for fun. If I stop, suddenly, or find it’s not holding my attention, or if the words are just wrong, I know something is off. I put a star next to the spot and continue on. That doesn’t happen very often because I do a lot of editing as I write the original draft. I’m kind of anal that way. But you do find weird stuff along the way. For me, the final editing is a kind of cruise. If everything is fine, or nearly so, it's like moving down the highway with the engine purring.
Yep, cruising is a whole lot more fun than just coasting. It gives you the opportunity to see or do new things or be seen by new people. It’s exciting. I don’t care how old we get. We all want excitement in our lives and why not?
Today, I’m getting my birthday excitement at home with my Hubby and I’m looking forward to some fabulously thoughtful gifts from my family. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll take me in his Jeep for a little late night cruising.
Oh, I just found a terrific review for my latest (co-authored with Linda Wisdom) - Great Escapes: Valentine's Day. Check it out
In honor of my birthday, I'll be giving away one copy of Great Escapes: Valentine's Day to one person who leaves a comment WITH their email address by Friday, May 4. I'll have my alien kitten, Wookie, select the winner (she does that so well).
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Good luck and have a Blessed Day!