I found a list on the Tor website of books in which nothing bad happens, not merely a good ending, but nothing bad before it gets there. Adult books too. It's Tor so mostly fantasy/SF, but read the comments because the list grows . . .
Today, and at least for the following four Mondays, I will post a writing assignment. Then later in the week, a weird revision strategy. Just for fun, write a fable . . . We will follow the conventions (rules) of a fable, at least at the beginning. They are relatively easy rules. If you have … Continue reading ASSIGNMENT #1: Fable
Our older son was in Band in high school (sax) and our younger (first tenor) began Choir in middle school. I attended State competitions for both Band and Choir, but one year the Seaside High School choir director, Michelle Starke, directed a song from the middle of an auditorium with students all around the sides … Continue reading Over the Rainbow
"A successful shelter in place means nothing happens." This Chicago doctor spoke the words of reassurance I've been waiting for. If that link doesn't give you the story and video, try this one. You might feel better. I do. In the mean time, I am following good advice. We have time to accomplish goals. We … Continue reading SUCCESS
from The Atlantic: The people who still aren’t listening—and how to deal with them Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Don’t go to the bar. Don’t go anywhere at all. Wash your hands again. It’s a lot. We’re currently participating in “the world’s largest natural experiment in behavior change.” And, as last weekend’s partying … Continue reading GOOD ADVICE
This is such excellent advice I decided to figure out how to “reblog.” (HINT: Allison K. Williams’ Brevity posts are always worthwhile.) Perhaps I will even try to take this good advice. I keep thinking this might be the time to share my best writing prompts, especially since Willamette Writers has postponed events (well, of course they have) so I don’t know when my presentation will take place.
But what the heck do you put in it? Hey, I got rejected again by the same magazine?
The daily grind of your writing life is indeed fodder for bulletins every week or two. More than once a week gets annoying; less than once a month and people forget who you are and unsubscribe. Try to share your work the same time and day, so that people have a subconscious expectation of reading you, say, Tuesday mornings.
I have to write something every week? What if it’s not good? What if it’s not a diamond-sharp, multiply-revised presentation of my Best Thoughts Ever?
And a blog post or email newsletter is not a lengthy, many-drafted essay. In fact, the best content is:
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"...she had warts." A local Portland station urges neighbors to check in on one another. A photo shows a group of men standing in the street, spaced well apart, but talking about how they are doing in isolation and making plans to monitor how the neighborhood is managing. I won't pretend this is a silver … Continue reading ON THE OTHER HAND
Last Wednesday I began winding a warp and today I am a few inches from completing the second shawl. I will work past dark to get this one done because I have already laid out the weft for the third shawl. This morning I wound off a skein of sock yarn. I will knit socks … Continue reading DROWNED TREE
This morning I compared the message of an essayist to "The Gift." That poem by Li-Young Lee describes how self-discipline was taught to a young boy by his father, who calmly tells him a story while removing a splinter. Search for that story and you will find it. "to get the news from poems . … Continue reading GIVING
When my children were very small, and a long walk on the beach was not practical, I used to sing a little ditty I'd invented out of parental desperation: "Mommy's going to run around, run around, run around. Everybody run around, run around, run around." We would jog in circles from the living room to … Continue reading WEAVING STORY