Saturday, September 21, 2013

Let’s Start At The Very Beginning ~ @oddlynn3 #rndrobn0921

Welcome to our monthly Round Robin with the Night Writers gang. Follow the trail this month and you’ll see us all talking about new beginnings. Sometimes they’re fantastic, sometimes they’re so-so and sometimes they are downright disastrous. Follow the link at the bottom to go to the next author and see their take on new beginnings.

The Sound of Music has always been one of my favorite movies of all times and the Do-Ra-Mi songs the best ever. See when I was in 3rd grade I was So, a needle pulling thread. I can remember the day, my favorite dress and the song I loved so much. I don’t remember much about the performance but I do remember I was happy it was all over.

So moving to Austria in May 2011 was a new beginning to an old song. True, I live in Vienna, which is a long way from Salzburg but I was in the same country where one of my favorite movies actually took place. Now I didn’t know when I would be able to see any of these things but imagine my surprise when my in-laws came to town and wanted to do a tour of the country including Salzburg. What was even more exciting for me, I got to walk the steps where the song actually was filmed, Mirabella Gardens. I really wanted to do the Sound of Music tour but they wouldn’t’ let us take pup Harry, so that’s left for another time. Here are a couple of things that we saw.

The story of Sound of Music is all about new beginnings for a family who didn’t believe in their country's decisions any more. Now that wasn’t my case. I do believe in the US and all it stands for but I also know that goodwill needs to be spread across the globe. So when my husband got the choice to move here, in many ways it was a no-brainer.  While here, I’ve interfaced with people from many nations. I live in a building with three embassies, Albania, Dominican Republic and Paraguay. Also in the same building are the OSCE  residences of Finland, Ireland and Spain. Up the street is the Turkish embassy and down the street is the huge embassy of France.

Sure, I didn’t, and still don’t, like the fact that I’m far away from my family but this time has provided many new beginnings in the form of my writing. Since my time here, I’ve been able to consolidate my social media and get totally on track with it. I’ve also started a whopping 13 books, finished 3, reworked some older ones and have been with a new critique group.

New beginnings can come in many forms and none have to be as drastic as what the von Trapps and I’ve done. One doesn’t have to move far away to get a new beginning. Every time we read a book, it has to start at the beginning. Every time we, as writers, write a book, it has to start at the beginning. And every time we start a new character that character has got to start somewhere be it a murder scene, something totally unexpected or just a normal but different day.

Beginnings abound every day. We as writers just need to embrace those new beginnings and use them to our best advantage. What about you? How do you embrace new beginnings?

Now let’s keep this round robin going. Please go to Connie Vines blog and see what she has to say about the subject of new beginnings.

Thanks and see you all next time!



  1. It sounds like you live in a building with many character creating opportunities. You have to go do the Sound of Music tour and take photos for all of us fans of the old movie. Interesting post, thanks for participating.

    1. I do live in an interesting building. It was built in 1867 and I've often wondered just what it looked like during that time. While this was the inner city, there was so much space and green areas.

      That's the one thing I don't like. We have a back yard but only one tenant can use it. I never see them out there and it seems such a waste.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Loved your post and pictures. My new beginnings can't even begin to compare. Thanks for being the link on my blog.

    1. Yes, this has definitely been a challenging part of my life. But I either embrace it or be miserable. LOL!

      You are so welcome. I love these monthly round robins.

  3. I loved The Sound of Music and have even visited Salzburg, but I didn't take the tour. I don't even remember if I visited the Mirabella Gardens. When I return (someday), I will. :) My daughter Lily would love it. She loves that musical, too.

    My new beginning is completely different. Matter of fact, you are on the journey with me as we move our group to the new forum. LOL Well, it looks like I'll be moving all of my Yahoo groups to a new forum now that Yahell has adopted Neo. Blech! LOL


    1. Marci!

      The hotel that we stayed in when the in-laws were here was very close to the Mirabella Gardens. We walked to them quite a bit because we had pup Harry with us.

      The forum will be a very good thing. My current crit group is through a forum and I love it to be honest. I think we'll be very happy here. And thanks for putting that all together! It's a wonderful idea and will make getting reviews easier.

      And yes, Yahoo is Yahell and they just don't get it. Then again, their acting like Google and everyone seems to want to be the same. At least I can get a response out of Google.

      Hope to talk to you soon!

  4. What great beginnings and I love your attitude.
    And it's true, there are beginnings around us every day. We just have to be aware of them.

    1. Thanks! I appreciate it.

      I decided a while ago that I could either like it or be miserable. I chose the liking it part.

      Yes, as writers we learn to be more aware of our surroundings than most. I've been watching the show Elementary and love the interplay between them because their awareness is what helps them to catch the bad guys.

      It wasn't until I hit Vienna that a really started to hone those skills.

  5. Wow, I've never even been out of the country, other than once when we went on a Caribbean cruise. Too many kids, not enough money, etc. My Dad came from Scotland so I'd like to go there someday...maybe. Sounds like you're a one-person representative of the US! Keep on giving us a good reputation!

  6. I've visited Europe and love the old houses and castles. Living in a place that's about 150 years old, I'm sure there have to be a couple of ghosts sharing your home with you.