Ballroom Dance Lessons

Ballroom Dance Lessons

Let me guess, your read these words and pictured elderly couples shuffling around the room in an ancient form of the Foxtrot. Well, I did too, and I was so wrong! 

Picture this: Christmas morning. The kids are through opening their presents and my loving husband hands me an envelope, his face covered in a huge smile. I am thinking, “This is my present? I asked for diamonds!”

I open the envelope and find a gift certificate to the Gotta Dance Ballroom Studio. Ten couples dance lessons. Am I excited? Actually, yes. I smile back at my expectant husband.

“Do you like it?” He asks.

“Yes, I love it!”

What a romantic and thoughtful present: guaranteed, quality time alone with my husband. With our busy schedules, we don’t get time together often.

So, we call and schedule our first lesson. What fun! What a workout! Honestly, we have only had five of our lessons and I have already lost several pounds. Also, since my dear hubby purchased private lessons, we are allowed to go to any of the nightly group lessons, for free. The group lessons are a great opportunity to meet other couples in our town. You can never have too many friends!

One more really cool thing about the lessons and dance nights, they have provided me the perfect opportunity to purchase new clothes! I have even wrangled two new pair of ballroom dance shoes out of the deal. Ballroom dance lessons: the gift that keeps on giving! Who knew?

Ballroom dance shoes are the most comfortable high-heeled shoes I have ever worn. Why can’t shoe manufacturers make regular high-heeled shoes as comfortable? Is it some kind of conspiracy? Let us keep women’s shoes as uncomfortable as we can! It can be a slow form of torture. I would wear my ballroom shoes all the time, if the soles would hold up!

So, ladies, don’t let your husband get out of those dance lessons that you have been itching to take. Remember, it is a great form of exercise. Also, its a great way to meet new people or to spend quality time with your spouse. Then there is the added bonus of new outfits and shoes for you! It is a win/win situation! 1,2, cha, cha, cha!

Finding Inspiration for Writing

Today’s tip is about finding inspiration. Inspiration can be found in all you see and do. It only takes one spark to ignite the flames of passion in your writing. You can find inspiration while reading a favorite book or watching a favorite movie. Perhaps, inspiration will come when someone says something to you.

The thing about inspiration is that if you are searching for it, it will pass you by. It comes when we least expect it, from places we would never have dreamed it would. So, how do we find it, if we are not supposed to look for it? By being prepared. Learn to jot down ideas as they come to you. Later, these ideas will be expanded on. You never know when a keyword or phrase you have written down will turn into the next best seller!

Keep on writing!

More Quotes For Writers by Writers

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.  ~Vladimir Nabakov
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.  ~Anton Chekhov

Easy reading is damn hard writing.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother and sister, and occasionally mortal enemies.  ~Emme Woodhull-Bäche

Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.  ~Orson Scott Card

Quotes on Writing

I try to leave out the parts that people skip.  ~Elmore Leonard

Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning:  I wanted to know what I was going to say.  ~Sharon O’Brien

Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.  ~Mark Twain

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  ~William Wordsworth
The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction.  By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.  ~Mark Twain

Another Writing Question

Here is something for all newbie writer’s to ponder. What makes you write? Understanding your need to write goes a long way towards helping you get the flow going. Do you write to release your feelings? Do you use it as a form of escape? Do you dream of getting punlished and becoming famous or do you just wish to be published to see your name in print?

What are your goals as a writer? Defining your goals is a big step in reaching them. We all know we can’t accomplish something if we don’t know what that something is. So, today, I want you all to do some soul searching. Once you have figured out your motivation and goals for writing, put them down on paper and display it close by your writing area.

Everyday, when you sit down to write, re-read this goal statement. Then you will know why you write and where you aim to get with your writing!

Keep on writing!

Word of the Day Tuesday March 25, 2008 Courtesy of

repine \rih-PINE\, intransitive verb:
1. To feel or express discontent.
2. To long for something.

Even Hancock, though he might regret the source of this sudden wealth, could not repine at its consequences.
— David Nokes, Jane Austen: A Life

Deserted at birth by his natural father, sentenced at the age of 11 to Colored Waif’s Home in New Orleans, Armstrong did not repine; instead, he returned love for hatred and sought salvation through work.
— Terry Teachout, “Top Brass”, New York Times, August 3, 1997

One may repine over the ineffectiveness of the policies applied to Iraq without quite giving up hope that in some way not visible now Saddam has been undermined.
— Martin Woollacott, “Iraq’s devastation is due to Saddam, not sanctions”, The Guardian, February 23, 2001

Thus 250 years ago the philosopher David Hume bemoaned the lack of economic cooperation among countries, blaming the “narrow malignity and envy of nations, which can never bear to see their neighbors thriving, but continually repine at any new efforts towards industry made by any other nation.”
— Benjamin Schwarz, “Why America Thinks It Has to Run the World”, The Atlantic, June 1996

Repine is re- (from the Latin) + pine, from Old English pinian, “to torment,” ultimately from Latin poena, “penalty, punishment.” Entry and Pronunciation for repine

Writing Tip Reminder

Just a reminder for those reading these tips. Don’t forget to add to your character name, character traits, and new word books every day. If you come across a new word you want to share, please feel free to post it with a definition as a comment! Keep on writing!

Writing Tip for March 23, 2008

I made a pleasant discovery today! My wireless connection works on the backporch! This leads to my tip for today. Don’t tie yourself down to one spot when writing. It is important that you have a designated writing area, but be flexible and allow yourself the freedom of moving around. Sometimes, a change of scenery can bust that dreaded writer’s block. So, if you are feeling stalled in your writing, move to a new spot. The backyard is one of my favorites. However, don’t limit yourself to the house. Go to the lake or a park. Any where that you can relax and get some work done!

Keep on writing!