Langley Writes

about her rich and random life

L is for Late April 15, 2011

Filed under: blogging,for fun,general drivel — Langley Writes @ 9:50 am
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Not lazy and not lame. Late. Just late. And only by a day, so I’m giving myself a pass.

Yesterday was the official L-day for the A – Z Blogging Challenge and today is M-day. I may stay one day late on this blog for a while because I’m keeping up with the challenge religiously on my other, more serious blog (Langley Writes About Writing). I’ve got nice readers there that expect me to say something meaningful or helpful. Here, it’s basically musings, thoughts, random ‘eurekas.’

Another reason I’m behind is because I’m onto a new craft project. When an idea hits me, I tend to jump in obsessively. I can’t make time for other things like blog posts, laundry or grocery shopping. For now, I’ve got nothing to share on that. Along with my obsessiveness I also have to have it perfect before the reveal.

Many years ago I had a friend who’s license plate said “:15 minutes.” When asked why, he answered “it takes me :15 minutes to get anywhere in town and I’m always :15 minutes late.” It was true, he was notoriously late to everything.

So here I am, late for this blog post. I’m keeping on because I don’t want to abandon the goal of getting through the entire alphabet.

For those of you stopping by via the A – Z Blogging Challenge, what are your best tips and tricks? What keeps you on course?

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A-Z Blogging Challenge Catch-up Post. JK. No, really. April 14, 2011

Filed under: for fun,general drivel — Langley Writes @ 10:01 am
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It’s true, I’m behind on the A-Z Blogging Challenge again and taking the easy way out. I’m combining the J-day and the K-day into the most obvious post.

Just Kidding. No, really. This is my post.

And, to make matters worse (better?) I spent way too much time researching the incorrect usage of texting acronyms. I was ROTFL,  but not getting much work done. Not a very effective way to catch-up. Anyway, I’m not going to post here what’s been done so well by so many. Instead, I’ll share a link to what I think is a LOL site. You may consider it more of a LQTM site but either way, it’s enjoyable.

Parents Shouldn’t Text

So this is my JK post. No, I’m not kidding. 🙂


Inchworms April 11, 2011

Filed under: general drivel — Langley Writes @ 5:28 pm
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I loved inchworms as a child. They are a beautiful shade of green and, as kids, we were fascinated by the way they move. It’s still pretty cool to watch.

Whenever an inchworm would hitchhike into our house via my dog (Honey J. Dog) we would always sing this song:

Inchworm, inchworm
Measuring the marigolds
Seems to me you’d stop and see
How beautiful they are

After a choral acknowledgement of the little green guy, we’d carefully catch the inch worm and release it outside.

Where we live now, the inchworms are out in full force. They are hanging from trees like noiseless wind-chimes, swaying softly in the humid breeze.

According to, inch worms have the ability to spin a web similar to a spider’s web. When threatened, they drop from the tree and swing on a single thread until the risk is over. The thread eventually hardens and the inchworm climbs back to its food supply. Amazing.

As an adult I’ve learned that inch worms are a pest in the garden. Even though they have a cool way of moving and an amazing talent for avoiding danger, they are a nuisance. They devastate my plants, eating the leaves off my vegetables and my fruit trees.

They are feasting on my lemon trees at this moment. I find dozens in our house every day. No longer charmed by inchworms, I still sing to them. I can’t help it. Loud and strong, I break into the inchworm song before I release the silk-spinning wonders.

My garden will be happy when inchworm season is over. Come to think of it, so will my husband.


Creativity, Desire and Enthusiasm (C, D and E) April 6, 2011

Woefully behind in the A-Z Blogging Challenge here. I wonder if that’s going to be a recurring theme this month? In a blinding flash of gusto I entered 2 blogs into the challenge – this blog and Langley Writes About Writing. As the name indicates, my other blog is a niche blog. This one is a random catch-all. I have not missed a single day of posting for the A-Z Blogging Challenge on the other blog. You can see for yourself how I’m doing here. Okay, enough with the preamble. Let me write a three-fer post including the letters C, D & E.

Creativity, Desire and Enthusiasm

My first thought is to write about the importance of creativity, desire and enthusiasm. I’ll go with that because it’s good. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that whatever goals or ambitions you have, if you channel creativity, desire and enthusiasm into the pursuit you cannot fail. That’s a lethal combination that will never go wrong. Think about the strength in these three words –

Creativity: the ability to use the imagination to develop new and original ideas

Desire: to want something very strongly

Enthusiasm: passionate interest in or eagerness to do something

Okay, I’m convinced. I’m going to throw more creativity, desire and enthusiasm into this blog. I think I wrote this post for myself. Maybe it helped you too?

Thank you A-Z Blogging Challenge.

Source: Encarta Dictionary


The A to Z Blogging Challenge March 28, 2011

I’m writing about this here and on my other blog for two reasons. 1) I am excited about it and 2) I’ve entered both blogs.

An online writing buddy, Marie Anne, stumbled onto The A to Z Blogging Challenge and threw down the gauntlet. Many people joined the challenge to ramp up their blogging frequency. I’m just learning how to blog, so figuring out the frequency hasn’t hit my radar yet. But so many interesting people have signed up, and it looks like an ideal time for me to learn from cool and seasoned bloggers so…. yeah. I’m going for it.

Here’s the way it works: there are 26 letters in the alphabet and there are 26 days in April (excluding Sundays). The challenge is to blog Monday – Saturday. The blog post must correspond to the letter in the alphabet that falls on that day (i.e., April 1 = A, April 2 = B, etc.). This requires a 6-day per week blog post commitment during the entire month.

I am goal-oriented so this will work for me. Since I blog here and at Langley Writes About Writing, I will post on one or the other. On ambitious days I may post to both. I am 100% committed to posting to at least one of the blogs daily, for the duration of the challenge. It’s going to be fun and entertaining, my head’s already full of whacky ideas.

If you’re a blogger and want to join in, there’s a button on the other blog. I’d include it here too IF I knew how. See how much I have to learn! Right here in public!

So I hope you’ll follow along or join in.

And if you can think of an interesting blog post that starts with the letter Q, X or Z, I’m all ears.


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