Thursday, December 14, 2017

From the workshop--hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. Peace and Joy to all. Hope the New Year brings good health and lots of good times.

QUOTE: "And now that you don't have to be perfect, be good"--John Steinbeck

WRITING TIP: in writing, it's not about being perfect, it's about relating to the reader.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sort of chilly our there lately, but it's bound to warm up sooner or later. Still wrestling with the title for the new book--AS DEEP AS THE OCEAN, ALL THE OCEAN, PELAGIC--these are the three that I've narrowed it down to. Could really use some help in deciding. please send ideas to my facebook page, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

            POEM

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is a society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea and the music in its roar.

I love not man less,
But nature more.

--Lord Byron

In the story Callie (main character) is pained by the changes brought about by progress on Topsail Island. Then there are other changes in her life beyond her control with which she must contend, and choices she must make--the only constant in her life has been the ocean.

WRITING TIP: To write, you must use everything--all of you.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

This morning as the tide was going out everybody was out there fishing--dolphins, seagulls, pelicans and this big guy. The ocean was fishy today.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

It's a beautiful morning--working--tweeking the book I'm working on. Still have not settled on a title. Usually my titles are the first thing, but this time its between JUST ADD WATER, AS DEEP AS THE SEA, ALL THE SEA and PELAGIC. Pelagic means deep water. decisions--decisions. Here is a small excerpt from the book:

 In the broad and silky morn
The sun is warm upon my heart
And I know it won’t be long
before fated love holds my hand
And guides me to your side

I long to know your lips again
And taste the salt upon your skin
And know your thoughts as you do mine
And drink the sweet joy of us
As we swim in our pelagic love.  

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Lovely day on the beach today. The weather has been phenomenal. Love it when the birds are congregated like so--makes me wonder if they are plotting something (ala Hitchcock) or simply having a hen party.
QUOTE: "Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit." e.e. cummings
WRITING TIP-curiosity is where it's at, man--keeps the ink flowing, the gray matter glowing. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Not sure what pier this was,either Barnacle Bill's or Surf City, but it was taken in the sixties. Went into a shop the other day and their tee shirts said TOPSAIL ISLAND FOUNDED 1963. Where in the hell did they get their info. Mentioned the mistake and was ignored--oh well, Topsail Island was founded way before that and Surf City was founded in 1949. LIES...IT'S ALL LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PROPAGANDA FOR THE MASSES! Take a deep breath, Carol. This too shall pass.
Enjoy the photo, enjoy the sunshine--lovely for November--huh?
QUOTE; I can never change my past, it's already happened anyway. All I can do is make the best of today, let go, and keep moving on.
WRITING TIP: Don't let go, keep it bottled up--it will come in handy at a later date. Everything is fodder for writing.

Friday, November 17, 2017

  QUOTE: "The cream of enjoyment in this life is always impromptu. The chance walk;
the  unexpected visit; the unpremeditated journey; the unsought conversation or acquaintance"- Fanny Fern