Monday, September 28, 2015

Mums The Word

In Texas we have this crazy, but strangely wonderful tradition called the homecoming mums. 

Apparently, boys and girls exchange and then wear mums (for girls) and garters (for boys) to the homecoming football game.  What are mums?  Really nothing more than piles and piles of flowers, ribbons, and trinkets.

Currently, I am in the middle of making both a mum and a garter and as I sit waist deep in flowers, ribbons, bears, stickers, and other various trinkets, I can't help but to think about writing.  Why?  Well, for starters I wish I was writing, but the real reason is that the mum making process is pretty similar to the writing process.

First comes research - internet and pinterest are wonderful tools by the way.
Second, gather materials.
Third, come up with a plan or outline.
Fourth, cut ribbons, decorate ribbons, and start to assemble ribbons.
Fifth, rearrange everything.
Sixth, edit.
Seventh, glue it all to together.
Eighth, exchange mums or garters and pray that the person likes all your hard work and that at the very least it all stays together.

So, what I've learned.  Writing is a process and that writing process can be a useful skill in live and can be applied to pretty much anything . . . even mums.

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