If it’s Friday, it must be France …
Here we are again! I swear these weeks keep getting shorter … or perhaps it was just all the time it took me this week to figure out TRIBERR.COM. Thank you Jenny Hansen for the instructions on your blog this week including that unbelievably helpful video (which I watched about 358 times). Big hugs of gratitude to Wana711 blogging buddies Natalie Hartford and Jillian Dodd whose never-ending patience kept me sticking to it. Now that I’m in the site I don’t know what took me so long … oh, maybe it’s because I’m seriously tech challenged …
Anyway, to get fired up and back to writing I played a little of one of my favourite French singers, Zaz. You may have seen this during the summer when I first discovered her … if so, enjoy encore une fois! She’s energizing!
Here are a couple of the other reasons it was a busy week (which prevented me from spending all my spare ~ha!~ time daydreaming about France). But wait, first I’ll just sneak in one photo to give you Francophiles something to think about until next week. This is one of my most favourite views, looking over Eze Sur Mer and St. Jean Cap Ferrat from the hilltop village of Eze. I took this shot from the castle ruin above the village. You climb up through the most amazing Jardin Exotique that was created by hand after WW2 – one stone at a time, there’s no other way! The view is worth the climb, n’est-ce pas?
Okay, where was I? Oh right, this busy week …although I have been trying to stay focused and diligent with my WIP schedule, there’s always something just way too tempting to refuse.
I was delighted to be invited to help the fabulous Marcia Richards celebrate her One Year Blogbirthday with chocolate cake, balloons and the hilarious Jess Wilkins. Hop on over to her Sexy, Smart, From The Heart website and take a look at what she
forced asked us to send her … it’s so much easier to write about others than it is ourselves. But what a party we had!
Next I channeled myself across the ocean to the U.K.. to spend some time with medium and clairvoyant Richard Holmes on his uplifting Bloggin’ With Rich site. It was a pleasure to recount a cool memory of a rather spiritual encounter that my real Bridge Club experienced as a result of an unplanned stop one morning on a beach on Vancouver Island. You’ll find yourself in another world when you stop in at Rich’s blog. Astral traveling anyone?
Oh, and Myndi Shafer? Your Leave A Caption post on Saturday had me laughing out loud all day. The captions are priceless!
This world of writing and blogging offers incredible opportunities to come in contact with the most diverse, fascinating, amazingly ordinary people who connect and share their thoughts and experiences in unpredictable and surprising ways. Creative, humorous, thoughtful, helpful, challenging, hilarious, touching, authentic people. A community. Don’t you just feel like breaking out into a chorus of We Are Family? What a ride!
And now back to work or novel #2 will never get completed.
How do you feel about the community in which you live or work or just spend most of your time? Don’t forget to take a few moments every day to let people you value know just that!
Fabulous, Patricia! I feel the same way and it’s being echoed all over the blogosphere! A phenomenal community.
I love that pic and, until I read your description of the vantage point, I thought surely it must have been taken from a helicopter or airplane. That hilltop is waaay up there! A gorgeous view!
Zaz’s song reminds me of my 20’s and how free and easy that time was. Love it!
Jenny’s post about Triberr intrigued and now I’d love to get into a tribe! When you get it all figured out maybe you fill me in. 😉
Marcia – you are in our tribe. Just ask Nat to send you the info you need. We are all s l o w l y figuring it out. See you there!
AND … thanks again for inviting me to your celebration! It was great fun!
Angela Orlowski-Peart says
Oh, yes, Triberrr. I finally was able to join our group this morning and I’m very excited about the prospect. Now I need to “study” the video since I’m not sure where to start.
Beautiful picture, Patricia. That should be the view from my window 🙂
I agree with Marcia, that we are a part of the phenomenal community. I can’t even imagine not having all of you in my life now.
We made it, Angela. Now to figure it all out!
Mais oui! Wouldn’t we all love to have that view?
Ditto on the sentiments. It just feels so right. We are lucky!
Tameri Etherton says
LOVE this! Thanks for the Zaz video again. I still love her. Your links are fab and I’m so happy you figured out Triberr. I keep forgetting to RT from there, but we’ll get it, my friend!
Tameri, I also should have mentioned you as you were certainly in there and encouraging the rest of us. Thanks for that!
Myndi Shafer...one stray sock away from insanity. says
Oh, wow – thanks for including me on this list!! You’re such a sweetie!
Love the video, seems like it might just be the antidote to the book I’m reading ‘La Seduction’ – How the french play the game of life by Aliane Sciolino which describes all those things she wishes to leave behind to just let the spirit be free! Fabulous view, I have no excuse but to get myself over there and see it!
Oops, that should say Elaine Sciolino!
I’m going to check out La Seduction. A good part of my next novel is set in France so I’m always interested in reading about life from the French perspective. Thanks for that!
Bridgette Booth says
Beautiful picture of Eze Sur Mer. It has a fairytale quality to it. 🙂
Thanks again for earlier link to Zaz. I really like her music!
Yes, Eze is magic!
Crystal Jigsaw says
I love being part of communities online. I’m quite shy and lacking in confidence so for me, being a member of websites is just perfect.
Right on. I think it’s wonderful how the writing/reading community in particular interacts, shares, and encourages each other. How fabulous that it offers you the opportunity to move beyond any barriers that might otherwise keep you from sharing your thoughts and experience. Your large number of followers is proof of how much your voice is valued.
You’ve been busy! And what a stunning photo Patricia – no wonder you dream about France (and who doesn’t……. ). Hope book no. 2 is coming along nicely, perhaps a few weeks in a wonderful little French gite would help immensely…..
LOL – What perfect advice, Linn! I haven’t forgotten about your upcoming trip and will e you about a very special restaurant in Nice’s vieille ville.
Nicky Wells says
Great update, you have been so busy! Makes me dizzy just to catch up on it all. How do you do it? Please share your secret to unlimited reserves of energy, enthusiasm and get-go. XX Take care, see you soon 🙂
Natalie Hartford says
Yeahhhh she’s in triberr – love it!!! Woot woot. Let the fun begin.
I LOVE the photo and to think you were there in person to take the picture…ahh…sooo jealous!
Ditto to what a lot of the others said…becoming part of this blogging and wana711/wana community has been life changing for me. I know it might sound sort of corny to say that but it’s true. It’s a feeling of family and support and friendship that’s unlike anything I’ve been a part of before and…I don’t know what I’d do without y’all!!!
Patricia Sands says
Jenny Hansen says
It’s a busy MONTH in the Blogosphere! I’m just now getting over here!! *hangs head in shame*
I’m so glad you’re on Triberr and getting aclimated. Natalie is a rockstar for setting that up!!
Patricia Sands says
Thanks Jenny – you are even busier so I appreciate you taking the time to stop by. Yup – our Nat is a rock star alright!
Elena Aitken says
A very busy month, for sure! I can’t believe how time is flying. And yay for Triberr! Learning curve, but it’s been great so far.
Have a great weekend!
Patricia Sands says
Thanks, you too and here’s hoping the deepfreeze moves on soon!