Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Seedtime Guesses and More

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. ~John Harrigan

Loved all your great guesses last week on my seed picture. Some of the guesses were of seeds I recognized - blueberries, huckleberries, gooseberries. But others of you mentioned berries that had me wondering. I'll be looking some of them up on the net. Saskatoon berries, farkleberries, Nantucket berries, Arrow wood berries and more. I definitely have to look up those farkleberries. That name is made to go in a story. But the one thing in common on all the guesses is that they were wrong. :) 


Funny thing is, I was wrong too. Here's a repost of the photo. I decided to make sure I was telling you the right tree, so I did an internet search and came up with a different tree. Well, it's really more of a bush. You know what? Now I know why the berries on that bush are blue while the bush next to it never has blue berries. They might be cousin plants but not sister ones. I thought it was a red twig dogwood, but instead it's a silky dogwood. 
http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_coam2.pdf 

But that's okay. The berries are still very pretty and the guesses didn't have to be right for you to get an entry in my book giveaway. Even better, this week I'm giving you an easy picture. I think most all of you will be able to identify these "seeds" without thinking twice. Remember you can guess on each new picture this month and get another entry in a drawing to receive one of my books (winner's choice) and a grab bag book by a different writer. I'll be posting more "seed" photos for you to guess until I draw for a couple of winners on Halloween. So you might up your chances of winning by leaving a guess on each post before then. Doesn't have to be right. Just a guess. 


A NEW STORY ROAD

You have to get up and plant the seed and see if it grows, but you can't just wait around, you have to water it and take care of it.                                                                             ~Bootsy Collins

That's true with most everything in life from planting a garden in the spring to beginning down a new story road the way I am right now. I'm at the "grow the idea in my head a little bit more" stage. In writing, the same as in planting seeds in dirt, you do have to actually plant the seeds. In writing, that means I have to put my fingers on the keyboard and type words that will grow into a story. At least, that will be my hope. 

The initial story idea is sometimes like an odd little tree sprout I might come across. I see the sprout there. The idea. But I need more. I need limbs and branches, leaves and twigs. And everything needs to connect and interact to make a story something like I envisioned when I allowed my idea seed to germinate and begin growing. 

The seed of everything is in everything else. ~Anaxagoras

As always, thanks for reading. 









27 comments:

  1. Walnuts. Going for $14.00/100 pounds here in the Missouri Ozarks. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. When my kids were young we picked up walnuts for them to have mad money. Hard on the back and came home with lots of sticktights.

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  2. Those look like the walnuts I remember from my grandparents' black walnut trees. thimbleluvr at hotmail dot com

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    1. Walnuts is right. Lots of walnuts this year in our area. Makes walking hard in places.

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  3. Hey Ann,
    This kind of fruit on this tree is a Fig, we use to have figs but died. Figs are my favorite can't wait to see another seed picture

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    1. Not figs, Danie, but my son-in-law has a fig tree and I can see why you guessed that. Thanks for guessing.

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  4. I forgot my email address oh.hello.hiya@ gmail.com

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  5. Walnuts. Mom had them. Zinging out from under the mower, rolling under your feet when you walked. Turned my ankle many times. ;)

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    1. They do make walking a little hazardous, but I love the way they taste.

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  6. Forgot my email:
    pmettert@yahoo.com

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  7. Black walnuts or hickory nuts! You always do something challenging. Reading/Guessing, good exercise for the brain! Thanks for the fun post. Linda
    dmcfarl101(at)juno(dot)com

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    1. The walnut guess is right, but maybe I'll go hunt up a hickory nut tree too, Linda. Glad you enjoy the guessing games.

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  8. They look like kiwi fruit possibly, or maybe quince? Love your books btw. :)

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    1. Not kiwi or quince, but I'm glad you guessed and I'm extra glad you enjoy reading my stories, Karen.

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  9. I'm guessing walnuts. If I remember right when I was younger there was a walnut tree next door where I grew up.

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    1. You guessed right, Karen. And we have walnut trees all around our house. The squirrels are happy.

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    1. I need to look up guava, Mary, to see what it looks like.

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  11. I am going for a pear tree, Miss Ann.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I've seen pears that look something like these, but no, not pears. Thanks for guessing, Melanie. Always fun to hear from you.

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    1. You are so right, Gail. :) Thanks for guessing.

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  13. Oh, I am behind on several posts and trying to catch up! I haven't seen walnuts growing, so I appreciate the picture. :)

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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