Monday, February 27, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Chair of Distress
Friday, February 24, 2012
Lisa over at http://www.writinginthebuff.net is celebrating a full year of Friday Book Blurbs. They are fun and mentally challenging. Visit Lisa's blog for full rules to play and how to do this 150 word writing assigment. I have fallen off from writing the book blurbs, the mircofiction, and Centus only because life intervenes!
Even now I am racing to get out of the house, to get the day started. My blurb isn't my best one, but it sure is better than nothing-I hope! Maybe when March comes in, I can get back on my writing track, do better.
No one in Ridge Corners could figure out any reason or explanation for the sudden rash of deaths in the village. Seven people had died in the last year of various causes, and one just plain disappeared.
Who wouldn’t want Rev. Josiah to sing and wale for them, his tenor voice rising to the rafters. He put on a good burial. But could he be keeping himself in business?
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
I loved reading James Michener years ago and miss seeing his books in bookstores now. Okay, sometimes he was criticized for churning out books that were considered less than literary, but the man told a good story and that is the important thing, right? He wrote sweeping epics like Hawaii, Centennial, and Chesapeake along with books like Sayonara which became a popular movie in its day. This story of infidelity taught a young, sanctimonious Midwesterner that a person could be in love with two people at the same time; I never forgot the lesson nor how painful leaving a love could be.
Michener said every writer needs one great asset which was a good wife to handle the rest of his life. I seem to be short in that department!
Louie L’Amour was a prolific writer, hammering out westerns faster than a fraternity goes through beer cans. One of the most interesting things I learned about the man was that he started keeping a reading journal when he was very young, filling page after page with a variety of subjects. I followed his lead in 1999 and started my own reading journal. I keep only the book title and author’s name while some rate their reads or note what the book is about. If you are more interested in an online type storage, go to http://www.goodreads.com/. Here you can list your reads, review them, and read suggestions and favorites of other readers. If you open your own page there, look me up!
Stephen King advises if one wants to be a writer she needs to do two things: “read a lot and write a lot”. Sounds easy, but there are so many books to get through and so little time to do it! King says he reads about 80 books a year. Wow, I average between 50 and 60 a year, and my family thinks that is too much reading time.
Stephen King also says that morning is his writing time. In the afternoon he naps or writes letters. Evenings are spent with his family, reading, and sometime a revision. Hum, I notice he has not scheduled food preparation, mopping the floor, laundry, vacuuming the rugs, mowing the grass, grocery fetching, or swishing toilets. He must have one of those wives Michener talked about!
How many books a year do you read?
What is your first choice for a reading genre?
Friday, February 17, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
This has been one crazy winter. It doesn’t feel right, and some of us feel worrisome about what real spring will be like. No one feels up to facing spring turbulence again…nor the devastating heat and drought of last summer either.
f you have an Alzheimer patient in your life, you might want to read the blog Stealing Mother at http://stealingmother.blogspot.com. Here Kathleen writes about her care giving and her mother’s illness. It is sad but others might not feel so alone if they read Kathleen’s trials.
Also welcome to new follower Chris at http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com!
Saturday, February 4, 2012
I just loved the detail in this colonial farm woman's dress. This is a detail from the painting "No Egg Found", but I forgot who the artist was. Does anyone know? I loved this painting but particularly this dress. I wish you could see the colors and pattern more clearly than shows in a photo.