Writing 101, Day Nineteen: Don’t Stop the Rockin’

Writing 101, Day Nineteen: Don’t Stop the Rockin’

On this free writing day, remember the words of author Anne Lamott: “I don’t think you have time to waste not writing because you are afraid you won’t be good at it.”

Golf Course 2

Golf Course 2

It’s free writing day. I am one of those people who like to write in their heads. I can not only write the first draft, but also revise once, twice, or even three times in my head. Maybe it has something to do with how slowly I type. Or it’s simply because I am lazy. Either way, when it’s time to free write, I often pick something in my head and type it out. But today I decide to let my brain go wherever it wants to go.

After going through all the blog posts in my Reader, the first thing I did was to find out our temperature. It was 72 degree Fahrenheit. Living in Minnesota long enough, I learned to take advantage of all good weather days. It’s definitely a day to practice my golf swing.

On my way to the driving range, I thought of my two sisters. Growing up poor apparently had different effect on each of us. Karin loved shopping; she would buy things without thinking. Yvonne would only buy what she liked. And I preferred to find treasure from their throwing-away pile.

I thought about how I would easily become “obsessed” whenever I found something interesting. Quilting, writing, public speaking, golfing, photographing, videotaping – I have sacrificed many sleeping hours to learn them. And I wish I have more time to learn.

I thought about how much I have changed. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t go to driving range by myself – I worried would laugh at my bad shots. But, now I don’t worry much. Now I feel free. Thanks to the aging process, I guess.

Today, I focused on two clubs: 4 Iron (my worst) and 5 Wood. I believe that hard work will pay off sooner or later. (Practicing golf swing can be qualified as a hard work, right?)

After golfing, I, again, played with photos. Several photographers had responded to my “Seeking Feedback” post. I am very grateful. I hope they know that I take every advice seriously and I really want to become a better photographer.

(Maybe I should find myself a mentor… maybe take an individual class… maybe I should be more patient!)

This week we have a festival in town. I find out it is easier to take street photograph when there is an event going on.

Around 3, Wei came home. “We have tee time tomorrow at 9:50,” he said.

“Sure,” I said.

I think I am ready 😉


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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6 Responses to Writing 101, Day Nineteen: Don’t Stop the Rockin’

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Good Morning Helen, nice story, very light. It was fun reading it the first thing in the morning, now it’s 6 am here. The weather looks good here as well, maybe I’ll have a walk before going to work. I’ve never had an interest in golfing, I think I’ll get bored, seems to slow, but I’m starting to find it more attractive with your post, I should try it.


    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Elizabeth. I hope you took a walk before going to work. 😉 I like the morning air. Unfortunately, I am also a night person so I don’t get up early often.
      Golf is a love-and-hate game. There are so many things can go wrong, including one’s mental state (not get upset for one bad shot because if you do, you will get 5 more, for example.) After I retired, my mental state is in a good place – don’t get upset easily even if my husband interrupts me and breaks my concentration. And I have an excellent coach. Both makes the game more enjoyable for me.
      It rained this morning, so we have to cancel the game, but I may be able to stop to practice… 😉 Have a great day!


  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Such a wonderful flow of writing here. Chris writes in her head like you do. So I’m very used to reading her writing and it appears perfect from the get go. 🙂


    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Cee. And thank you! I often thought you and Chris are perfect for each other. One writes and the other photographs. Each understands the space the other needs, and each appreciates the other’s work.
      Thinking back, I found you because of Chris. I used to think I was a little strange because sometime I wanted the whole world to leave me alone. I can’t tell you how happy I was when I found Chris’ blog 😉
      Have a great day!


  3. pambrittain says:

    Helen, you are so talented. I’m always hopping in on something I’m clueless about and learn the hard way. Maybe I should borrow your instructors.


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