Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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Attack of the clothes dryer!!!

It’s Labor Day, so what am I doing, I’m cleaning house… Now I’m writing. But what happened during the cleaning will stay with me for a while.

Well, I decided to do the laundry this morning, simple task, right… wrong. Let’s start with the comment, I live with two men, my hubby, and son, never a dull moment for sure. All was going good, two loads down, three to go. Did I say I was a little behind? Anyhow, I was pulling one of my son’s loads out of the clothes dryer when what I thought was a large black spider jumped out and clung to my hand. Needless to say, I did a very creative dance around the washroom trying to dislodge the ferocious wad of black string from my hand. Yep, it was a black string, not a man-eating spider, thank heavens.

And it’s not the first time this has happened, so you’d think I was used to it. Every time they go fishing, plastic worms jump out of the dryer at me. Those little suckers sure can fly when you open a still running dryer. Yeah, that usually gets a scream and dance…

Hope all of you are having a wonderful, but safe Labor Day! Oh, and watch out for string spiders, they’ll make you do moves you didn’t know you had.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

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Cleaning out the cobwebs

Well today is the last day of my vacation. It’s been a great one. I’ve written over 12,000 words this week. Yesterday was spent getting all the winter clothes out of the attic and cleaning out the closets. That’s a job. I’ve cleaned out more cobwebs this week. It’s amazing how active the spiders are this year.

But that’s not the cobwebs for which I speak. I’m talking about those that cause that pesky thing call writer’s block. We’ve all had it at one time or another. You don’t even have to be a writer to have cobwebs crowd the brain. I was stuck a couple of times this week in the cobweb, but I worked my way out somehow. Sometimes our words get caught in the web. 

Then you have the lovely editing cobweb. You’re reading along and bam there it is. It looms over you like a black widow waiting to pounce. You start to sweat, your heart races and then nothing. You don’t remember why you wrote a certain part, why you added a certain character. You know you had a reason at the time and it could have been a good one or so it seemed. I have that problem. If I don’t write down my characters as they’re added and their purpose, I have an issue either later in the story or when editing.

So, have you cleaned out the cobwebs in your brain. Maybe it’s as simple as stepping back. That’s what I did yesterday. I cleaned house, then shopped, and then had a nice yogurt will all the trimmings at the frozen yogurt shop. That’s enough to inspire you. It was yummy.

So, great writing and May God Bless You…