Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Night Under the Dinosaur

By Connie Hall

A while back, there was a comment on my blog asking, “Do you also fiddle, or just do the serious stuff?” Sorry, I didn’t give an answer. It seems time got away from me.

If you are talking about the violin, because of the lack of practice the music I play is pathetic. It probably doesn’t sound serious or like a fiddle, just a bunch of squeaks-the type of sound a beginner makes. But, if you were referring to my life, I guess I do sound serious most of the time, but in reality, I’m not.

I take my writing, and life, seriously, but I live it to the fullest. Many people tell me I’m too busy, but I prefer it that way. I’m not letting my age slow me down.

Being busy gives me plenty of ideas to write about. I spent last weekend with a couple of grandsons sleeping under the belly of a bunch of dinosaur bones. It reminded me of the new movie, “A Night At The Museum”. Nothing came to life, but the shadows were a bit spooky, and I’m sure every child there had some interesting dreams, that is, if they slept. Even though they called the activity ‘DinoSnorzzz’, I didn’t hear many snores.

Of course, I took my trusty notebook, and many pens and pencils. I won’t say much about the hard, uncomfortable floor because I did have fun. Since I write mostly for children the ideas I collected on this adventure will come in handy.

I guess my advice this week is: keep busy. The ideas you collect along the way will benefit you in your writing. If you are always home nothing new will ever happen to you. The things you write about will always be the same. I love creative, original, and exciting adventures, and they do help with the ideas.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like quite the adventure. Just the thing needed to spark new ideas. We do our best work when our imaginations are stretched.

Nice blog.

Nichole Giles said...

What a fun adventure. Your grandkids are lucky to have such a willing, creative grandmother. Now you need to write a story about that night so they will always remember being your inspiration.