Writing Quote Wednesday

Writing Quote Wednesday

“You don’t actually have to write anything until you’ve thought it out. This is an enormous relief, and you can sit there searching for the point at which the story becomes a toboggan and starts to slide.” —Marie de Nervaud   Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Writer’s Digest. (Thank you for the inspiration.) New Ideas and Projects I think this quote stuck out to me today because I am in the home stretch of a large revision to…

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Time

Time

You may have noticed…. or not, that I haven’t posted in almost a week.  Well as you can imagine it’s been one of THOSE weeks.  You know, the kind of week where your time is pulled away from you at every possible turn.  A week where it seems everyone you meet places demands on your time. Some Thoughts SO, this week has caused a contemplative mood this morning.  How we all spend our time, how to find the time for…

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Revision Revisited

Revision Revisited

I’m about 3/4 of the way through my revision.  I enjoy throwing around the concept of re-writers block, rather than writers block.  When I’m writing a rough draft, ideas come and go, drifting between my mind and the page.  Gradually, 1,000 words becomes 5,000 then 10 then 50, 000.  If I write on schedule I can write 1,000 to 1,500 words a day.  It’s not perfect, but the draft happens, seemingly of its own accord. Then There’s Revision I can’t lie.  I hate…

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Of Body Bags and Peanut Clusters

Of Body Bags and Peanut Clusters

(Otherwise known as the joys of traveling.) SO, I recently had to fly up to the bay area for a family event. (Reference my post about reflections). I chose an airline because of price and schedule, rather than comfort or miles. The actual flight experience was quite good. Perhaps because I had low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised. Both flights were efficient, fast, and to the point. No frills. But, that’s what I paid for. Great People Watching One of…

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Himalayan Cuisine/Nepali Restaurant

Himalayan Cuisine/Nepali Restaurant

Lovely dinner tonight with friends.  One of my absolute favorite meals is any sort of Indian cuisine.  Another of my favorites … hidden gems.  La Mesa holds a lovely hidden gem, tucked away in a strip mall. Himalayan Cuisine It boasts offerings from Nepal, the Himalayas, and India.  In a word … delicious. We love to order family style and taste a little bit of everything.  Tonight’s offerings: Mango Chicken, Aloo Gobi, Tandoori Chicken (served sizzling),   And my favorite ……

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Writing Quote Wednesday

Writing Quote Wednesday

Look, it’s actually Wednesday and I’m posting “Writing Quote Wednesday.” Yay me! Today’s quote is from Elmore Leonard: “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.” I chose this quote because one of the many things that can hold me back as a writer is the need to make…

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A Reflection on Life

A Reflection on Life

This post is neither travel nor writing related, nor is it food related.  Instead, it is a reflection on life as inspired by my day yesterday… A moment Yesterday, we attended a celebration of life for a family member.  It was beautiful.  Sensitive.  Lovely.  Respectful.  And, as is inevitable, it brings my thoughts back to the fragility of life.  This short time we have on earth, and how we spend it.  Our entire life span is only a moment in the…

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Writing Quote Wednesday (or Thursday)

Writing Quote Wednesday (or Thursday)

I was going to post this yesterday … but life, as they say, can get in the way. I’m beginning what I hope will be a weekly tradition, “Writing Quote Wednesday” (However, today it is writing quote Thursday – don’t hold me to the exact details.) My first quote: “Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” —Ray Bradbury Yesterday, at my Read and Critique…

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Less is not More

Less is not More

You know how sometimes the same message seems to come up over and over. Different contexts, same message. I always think it is the universe trying to tell me something. Messages Well over the last few days the concept of volume of work helps. Day before last I retweeted someone’s quote from Edgar Rice Burroughs, “If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.” Then I read an…

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Wine Vault and Bistro

Wine Vault and Bistro

In the spirit of full disclosure, I don’t drink very much.  So, last night after returning home from our tasting menu and wine pairings I couldn’t actually blog about it.  But I digress …. We spent a lovely evening at one of my favorite places, Wine Vault and Bistro.  They do weekly five course tasting menus and wine pairings.  Occasionally, they do ten course extravaganzas! Here is the menu: The ambiance is lovely; the walls are lined with wine bottles….

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