Monday, April 30, 2012

Cruising Down Life's Highway


Happy Birthday to Me!

Yep, I’m another year older. But my girl friends and I agreed, we’re not getting older. No, we’re coasting.

I like that.

But I like cruising even better. Coasting gives the impression of foot off the gas, just taking your time and that’s fine. But cruising…hey, that implies a whole lot of fun stuff.

Remember going out on Saturday night with either your girlfriends or boyfriend just cruising up the main drag in town looking for a little ‘action’ or just to be seen? Yeah, that was back when gas wasn’t nearly $4/gallon and when car engines had oomph instead of sounding like ‘I think I can, I think I can’ Tonka cars. (Though I still see a few ‘muscle’ cars on the road…oh, the memories! LOL)

Yeah, cruising is more my style even if I’m driving a small SUV now instead of the sleek, racy cars of my youth. I still cruise in my mind.

Cruising is a lot more than just what you drive. My writing tends toward a cruise now. I plot (all of you who know me, don’t laugh) scenes in my mind before I fall asleep. I let my subconscious mind sort and rearrange and polish up ideas that, yes, I do remember when I wake up. I’m not saying this is a perfect way to work. It’s not even a ‘good’ way to work but, for me, it does work. And it beats yanking my hair out or banging my head against the keyboard. The hair doesn’t grow back as fast and I don’t want to scar my fragile, old skin, LOL.

When I edit, I do all the piddling grammar stuff first just to get it out of the way. Then I read the section for fun, Yes, I said it. I read for fun. If I stop, suddenly, or find it’s not holding my attention, or if the words are just wrong, I know something is off. I put a star next to the spot and continue on. That doesn’t happen very often because I do a lot of editing as I write the original draft. I’m kind of anal that way. But you do find weird stuff along the way. For me, the final editing is a kind of cruise. If everything is fine, or nearly so, it's like moving down the highway with the engine purring.

Yep, cruising is a whole lot more fun than just coasting. It gives you the opportunity to see or do new things or be seen by new people. It’s exciting. I don’t care how old we get. We all want excitement in our lives and why not?

Today, I’m getting my birthday excitement at home with my Hubby and I’m looking forward to some fabulously thoughtful gifts from my family. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll take me in his Jeep for a little late night cruising.

Oh, I just found a terrific review for my latest (co-authored with Linda Wisdom)  - Great Escapes: Valentine's Day. Check it out

In honor of my birthday, I'll be giving away one copy of Great Escapes: Valentine's Day to one person who leaves a comment WITH their email address by Friday, May 4. I'll have my alien kitten, Wookie, select the winner (she does that so well).

You can get information and buy links about all my books on my website www.lyndakscott.com

Good luck and have a Blessed Day!


20 comments:

Paula Millhouse said...

Hey there Lynda Scott and Happy Birthday!

I like your idea of cruising, rather than coasting - that radiates with a sort of energy we all need.

I'm a new member of the FF&P group - I joined this weekend, and I found your blogpost from the site's email generator.

Hope you enjoy your day today! I'd love a chance to win a copy of your book - please enter me. You can reach me at pmillhouse@tds.net.
I'll check out your website.

Paula Millhouse

Janet Lee Shaw said...

Happy Birthday!!

Linda Andrews said...

Happy Birthday!

I love the idea of cruising. Whether in a car or on a ship, adventure awaits.

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Paula! You'll love the FFnP Chapter of RWA. Between the people, the crit groups and workshops, there's something for everyone!

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Janet! Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Linda! That's it exactly. A cruise, no matter how or where you take it, implies excitement and adventure. I'm all up for that, lol.

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Victoria said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYNDA!!!!

I loved your post. I think I'm going to adopt the term cruising too. I like it ;).

Have a really nice day.

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Lynda K. Scott said...

Thanks, Victoria! Cruising is just a great way to phrase it, isn't it? ;-)

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Pauline B Jones said...

Happy birthday!!!!

Susan Macatee said...

Happy birthday, Lynda! I like to think I'm cruising along when I write my first draft, since I'm now a dedicated plotter. I deal with all the brain strain first by working out a detailed plot, scene by scene, before I start writing the first draft.

LKF said...

Happy Birthday Lynda, from another Lynda with a Y. I love the cruising Idea. I turned 50 last year and I think I'll cruise along with you. Enjoyed your post and I hope you have a great day.
Lynda

Kathy said...

Lynda,
Happy Birthday and I loved your blog on cruising. Congratulations, I hit 60 on 19 Feb 2012.Your blog points out how our generation is different. We are not sliding weak and alone out of our lives. We aren't giving up. Nope we are fighting aging and intend to live forever if we can. So Happy Birthday let's all go cruisin' in our pink cadillacs. Hope your day is the first of many happy days.

Kathy said...

I would love to have your book I forgot the email addess. I saw your blog post on Savvy AUthors.
Email me at:
kcr2696439@aol.com

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Pauline! Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Susan! I always have such good intentions when it comes to plotting but they 'cruise' right out the window when I start writing, LOL. More power to you, my friend.

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi LKF-Lynda! That's it, cruise right along with me. There's always room for us cruisers ;-)

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Kathy! You nailed it ;-) Life is supposed to be lived to the fullest, not to give up and slide out.

Thanks for stopping by and for the birthday wishes!

bn100 said...

Happy birthday!

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lynda K. Scott said...

Thanks bn100!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Congrats bn100! My alien kitten, Wookie, selected you to win my birthday giveaway!

I'm giving your email to my publisher who will contact you with instructions on how to get the book.

Thanks everyone for stopping by!