This is not a deep-thought day. Well, not the way you might think. It’s not a day to explore thought provoking issues, craft issues, or career insights. Today, I find that my mind is a bit too reflective of what’s happening outside, where our beautiful valley is cloaked in smoke from wildfires hours away. The mountain range I usually look at and savor is obliterated by the white haze of death. (My “affectionate” name for the white smoke that comes to visit every summer…) My beautiful flowers are bent over, as though they, too, gasp for air in the fog of particulates. And while I’m inside, protected to a certain degree by air conditioning and HEPA filters, the smoke still seeps in and muddles my brain.
So what to do on days like this, when our minds and creativity feel bogged down, whether for physical reasons or otherwise? Take a break.
With Snoopy! Because if anyone understands what we writers go through, it’s Snoopy.
So since I’m in need of a Snoopy break today, I thought I’d take you all along with me.
It is very interesting to note that at times we feel that we have written the most wonderful and interesting story but not until we give it to an independent person for proofreading or editing. We must learn to accept comments from our editors because they come in contact with so many writings from different backgrounds. All contained in the cartoons above go to show our mind set as writers.
“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Well, to be honest, it was the kind of times when no one could quite make up their mind what kind of times they were.”
Love this, Bill. 🙂
Those are great, Karen. Love Snoopy! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the laughs, Karen.
I needed that. Brain on overload, plate too full. A Snoopy break. Perfect.
Patti Jo Moore
Praying for you and all those affected by the horrible fires, Karen.
Gotta love Snoopy! He always makes me smile. 🙂
Thank you for sharing this today.
Smiles, Karen!!! Thank you for starting my day with a wonderful Snoopy giggle! 🙂
But aren’t you supposed to tell them what you’re going to say, say it, and then tell them what you said? No, wait. Maybe that’s the rule for memorable and effective public speaking, not for writing fiction. For fiction, the rule is (edit)^3, or, for the nonmathematically inclined, (edit, edit, edit).
When the wildfires burn in NM, we pray HARD for a heavy rain, and if we get a monsoon thunderstorm, that the rain will be heavy enough to keep the lightning from starting another fire. Time for us all to pray for rain.
Thanks for the humor. I needed it today. Snoopy always makes me smile, too. I’ve been following news of the fires on TV and praying for those in its path. Praying for rain in torrents without a lot of lightning strikes.
My son recently bought me a snoopy t-shirt that says, “Nope. Not today.” I love it! Thanks for the smiles.
God always sends the right weather at the right time. We may pray for one thing or the other, whether these prayers are answered immediately or not remains God’s prerogative. This is because with God there is no time, only present. So whether there is rain or fire the fact remains that God is God and He will always come to our aid at His own time.
I live down the I-5 where the smoke is originating. This morning is, by far, the worst for the drifting. That said, it provided a magnificent sunrise. While I pray for rain, I know that God is sovereign.
Thank you for Snoopy and his epic theology title!
Sandra @ Sandra's Ark
Just love snoopy pics and the smile they can put on your face. But how did you manage to find these to be able to put them on your site?
It’s been a long time since I laughed like that – thank you!
Sandy Faye Mauck
Thanks Karen. Needed the break here, too. Not smoke but wind—like blizzard wind—with no snow. I thought I was going to have to write about the Dust Bowl! Just couldn’t write at all.
Love Snoopy! When your Dad’s name is Linus, you have a special place in your heart for Peanuts and when you write—well Snoopy gets understood.
My favorite part of who Snoopy is? The Snoopy Dance. When he dances it makes me smile BIG. 🙂 So, I Snoopy Dance (in private) when friends get good news. 🙂
And then there are the Far Side days…
…and weeks, and months…
Aw, heck. It’s been a Far Side lifetime!
Snoopy is so cool!
It’s good to know I’m not alone in the shallow-thought dilemma. Today I spent hours trying to write something compelling, but all I got was adequate. I can’t even blame the weather; skies in Minne-snow-ta were sunny and temps were delightful. If you’re tempted to be jealous, consider the words that native Minnesotans (which I am not ) love to say: “Oh, we’ll pay for this.”