So, about that being a writer….

from:http://writerscircle.com/2013/09/writing-perspectives-so-you-want-to-be-a-writer.html So You Want to Be a Writer By Charles Bukowski if it doesn't come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don't do it. unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don't do it. if you have to sit for hours staring at…

Some people say these are the worst of times…

Ah, Styx.....How I loved them, still do. Was mellowing out to music today while stabbing a felted mushroom (yes, my life is odd) and this came up on iTunes Shuffle. I loved Styx in the day, though sometimes their heavy musicality, like that of the Alan Parson's Project, overwhelmed my ears like too much Beethoven's…

How to keep writing if you think your writing is shit…

From another blogger, Ksenia Anske, who was recommended to me by Michael Davis, one of the two really good instructors I had at Gotham Writer's Workshop (the other was Gregory Fallis) How to keep writing if you think, etc. Michael also has an excellent blog, filled with much goodness. Happy reading....

Creativity and madness

I've struggled with depression for years. It started with my multiple sclerosis and was the first symptom spotted. Coincidentally, I restarted writing. My family always tells me I'm the creative one, the one who thinks oddly, out of the box (though I would argue my older brother is also gifted in this area - and…

Four Ways to Organize Your Notebooks

Four Ways to Organize Your Notebooks. As someone who still hasn't got the hang of Evernote, I like the simple tips in this article. I already like the different notebooks for different things one - I had one for Sarah Selecky's excellent course, Story is a State of Mind, and have a fresh new one…

Last lines…

Everyone talks about the importance of the first line in your story, long or short, but there is often such grace in the last line that they need to be mentioned. The last line can give you a punch, a feeling of "whoa!", and last lingering taste of the story, that makes it live in…

Helping or pushing, the fine line

Sometimes it's terrible being an ex-nurse. It's so tempting to come up with solutions for people, drawing on my tremendous reserve of advice and knowledge to make their lives so much better than they are right now. Because of course, I would know. (Note sarcastic tone). After all, no one could deny my life is…

Connecting with your inner wild thing

Ever since I got this darn disease, I've been surrounded by people who want me to be careful, take it easy, look after myself, rest. I appreciate their looking out for me, and my friends have graciously supported me and saved me from errors, but it's the general run of noise from strangers that makes…

So, how do you DO a good murder (story) these days, anyway?

I remember once having a lengthy and somewhat gruesome chat about how you would dispose of a body in these recycling focused days. Would you drop it by the medical school? Dissect it and put the hip joints and such in either the plastic or metal recycling containers? Take the head and the mercury fillings…

Non-negotiables in relationships…

It's almost the end of February, and I have to say I'm glad - I've been participating in NaBloPoMo on the theme of love and relationships and my friends, reading the posts, call me to ask if I'm okay, check in about my mood, etc. I think they think I am heartbroken - but I'm…