Did you make long ribbons of resolutions while sitting in the dark waiting for midnight to chime off in your part of the world so you can STOP writing the resolution list and just drink?
Resolutions have taken on great portentous weights and expectations. It used to be we could solemnly promise to stop smoking on December 31st and call it a night. Even if we didn’t smoke.
Now we are plagued, year round, by countless extortions wrapped up in pricey seminars that command us to visualize, manifest and otherwise think ourselves into prosperity or fame, right now, starting today, … Read more
I wrote on Writer’s Fun Zone about how to reward yourself for your writing. sounds crazy? Sometimes writing is not its own reward. Sometimes, particularly when you’re editing, you need some encouragement and some fun.
That’s where a good reward system comes in. Set one up, and keep to it, don’t ignore your own needs, that never works out well.
My only caution is to not reward yourself with alcohol. No matter how tempting, it’s not a good habit. Wine tasting trips, now that is completely different!
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New books, cool authors.
Meg Waite Clayton’s The Race for Paris hit the San Francisco Chronicle/NCIBA bestseller list in its 1st week out. Very cool of course, but considering she spent ten years researching and writing this almost non-fiction novel, the success is well deserved.
“ I did a tremendous amount of research on real journalists like Lee Miller, who reported and photographed for Vogue, Martha Gellhorn, Lee Carson, and Sonia Tomara, the great photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White (who never was accredited to Normandy, as she was seen as too temperamental), and Dickey Chappelle, who photographed in the Pacific.
I … Read more
I never considered writing as an activity that increased my intelligence, I write because I must. I am consistently asked about my writing when I travel. I do keep both a paper journal as well as create comments and track the trip progress on my computer. Well meaning fellow travelers lean over and look at my messy notebook (I also tape and paste business cards, pieces of ripped brochures, napkins, all that) and ask, what am I doing?
I’m embedding the experience more deeply into my memory. I’m taking what I see and what I take photos of, and making … Read more
The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Guest: S.C Alban
A life Without Living.
Kate Martins appears to have it all, a good career, a beautiful home, and an amazing husband. What more could a woman ask for? But when Kate’s recurring nightmares begin to cross over into her waking hours, she discovers that her perfect life is not at all what it seems. It isn’t until she meets a mysterious stranger that Kate begins to truly question who she is and where she comes from.
S.C. Alban was born and raised in Northern California. After graduating … Read more