Why has just dropping by to visit someone fallen by the wayside? Is it a generational thing? Something that my over-studious, YUPified,* helicopter-parenting,* research-before-purchasing* generation nixed? (*guilty as charged) That said, being on the receiving end of a mid day … Continue reading
The color red has long been used across cultures and time to symbolize love, lust, sexuality and intimacy. Author Elizabeth Strout delicately, almost imperceptively weaves the color red throughout her novel called Olive Kitteridge. That Olive is a retired teacher … Continue reading
Pike’s Market in Seattle has some of freshest and most lush flowers I’ve seen besides my grandmother’s garden and Holland. According to statisticbrain.com, flowers amount to 34% of gifts given for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy. R
Writing a book is an exercise in delayed gratification. Especially the way I did it— –without stopping to publish excerpts or any related stories, which means I spent a whole lotta time on my craft and not a lot of … Continue reading
“A shot of tequila is the answer…” to just about anything that ails me, according to my husband. Leaning over the railing about to lose my dinner to the stingrays swirling below in the marina, the last thing I could … Continue reading
Other than a popular murder mystery series written by Robert B. Parker and part of great website by Windy Lynn Harris backstory can be described largely as: “a story that tells what led up to the main story or plot … Continue reading
Frankly, writers are nuts. Who else would spend an hour revising a page? But, that’s what my measurement was last week in revising this story I’ve tinkered with over the years. I’ve certainly drastically decreased the amount of revision page … Continue reading
As I work up to more and more brave writing, Luanne’s post hit at just the right time. She demonstrates a way to do that and recommends a book that should show us how… enjoy this courageous post!
I’m taking a break from the regularly scheduled program–One Thing I Learned From Each Memoir I Have Read–to say thank you to a fellow writer and blogger, Ellen Morris Prewitt. She kindly wrote a post yesterday about Writer Site (yup, this blog) on her cain’t do nothing with love blog.
The title of the post is “The Allure of Normal.” In the midst of my gratitude toward Ellen, I did chuckle quite a bit about being presented as the poster child of normal.
After all, I did just write this passage the day before yesterday in a (first draft) scene for my memoir:
The therapist I’d seen years before had pointed out that normal was a setting on a washing machine, not a word associated with people. Maybe my teen hormones had blown things out of proportion.
When I was a kid I lived in the mindset…
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I’m turning my decades-old process of writing, upside down. Having had the privilege of working with writing groups for a number of years, I tended to rely on writing something based on our meeting schedule. I’m not so certain this … Continue reading
Windy’s professional writing insights are transformational. I highly recommend her work! Check out this post and her website as well.