Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The best I can figure is two people came to Topsail long ago--one said, 'hell, I can make a bunch of money off of this place.' The other said, "what a lovely untouched place where I can live life simply enjoying the beauty.' That's kind of how I see things--I think the former person sucked the life out of our island and the latter loved it for its simply beauty. Oscar Wilde put it more eloquently when he said "Nowdays people know the cost of everything and the value of nothing."
Monday, March 19, 2018
Tonight Creative Writing class at CFCC was outstanding. We delved into PLOT in literary fiction. This 6 weeks it seems most of the students are trying their hand at that genre. Literary fiction is quite a bit different when it comes to plot-its not as simple as with mystery or romance. Inner struggle, coming of age, self awareness--all the things that make us human are on display/questioned/exposed./examined. There is rarely a solution, more of a turning or realization. Putting that sort of thing on paper can be difficult. But we made headway tonight and opened some doors and avenues of thought. Yippee! Thank you students, you made my day.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
QUOTES: "Music has charms to soothe the savage breast"- William Congreve
"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one."-Stella Adler
WRITING TIP: The arts, in any form, refresh my soul and keeps me writing. Stuck in a slump, play some music or spend a couple of hours contemplating your favorite art form.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
I look forward to hearing your comments and ideas. Thank you so much, Carol Ann Ross
Working on THE MERMAID DID IT and Joey (one of the characters-a dog who just happens to have the same name as my own ankle biter) is in the way so Carrie says get back Joe to the tune of the old Beatles song and so i think of the Beatles and that makes me think of Debbie Schafer and the beach. And so it goes-one thing reminds me of another and my little fingers get to typing.
QUOTE "If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word." Margaret Atwood
WRITING TIP: Just begin--you can and most likely will change that beginning.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Starting new book, THE MERMAID DID IT. Just a few thousand words but it's on its way. Big bad Estelle is being her usual nefarious self. But there are new characters to fall in love with and to despise. I'll keep you posted as the book moves along. Thank you for reading!
"For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood
they flash upon that inward eye
which is the bliss of solitude
and then my heart with pleasure fills
and dances with the daffodils" William Wordsworth
It's that time of year again-daffodil season! The jocund flower that brightens the heart and tells us that if spring has not sprung it is getting ready to. This flower always brings a smile to my face and hope to my heart.
excerpt of the poem By William Wordsworth