Leveling Up

I checked in with my scale this morning to learn that 7 months of self-isolation have helped my weight balloon to its highest score in years. Since this is not a form of leveling up I want, I’m going to have to take some action to bring the weight down. In this part of my…

Writing Like a Vampire

One of the challenges of Edit Season is that it wracks my creative brain, which then mumbles to itself while hugging itself in terror in the corner. I mentioned this recent onset of writing fear to a friend and she told me not to fear the page because, “The page is where we bleed all…

Word by Word

Just a short update and a bit of art today. Lately I am taking strength from Anne Lamott’s wonderful book on writing and life, Bird by Bird. Perfectionism is the enemy and we make it through by putting word after word on the page. Or, lately, editing sentence by sentence. I continue to incorporate edits….

Between Scylla and Charybdis

My idea for a novella challenge fell on fertile soil and at least two friends are interested in trying it with me. Another friend is considering it. So this may happen after all. Obviously the first thing to do if I want to do a novella challenge is to set up a reading list for…

A Novella Challenge?

The High Holidays are in the rear view mirror now. I always hope that I will emerge from them refreshed and a bit better. Sometimes that happens. Sometimes not. This year’s is still a question. Steve and I slept far more than we expected and were more tired and weak than is normal for Yom…

Editing and Yom Kippur

I mentioned that Yom Kippur is the day of atonement in Judaism, a deeply spiritual day for Jews around the world. But at the same time it has a core of pragmatism to it because we Jews are deeply pragmatic people. When we atone, we are not just trying to “get right with God” as…

Yom Kippur and Other Details

Tomorrow evening at sunset Yom Kippur begins and continues through Monday at sunset. My intention is to write and schedule a post to run Monday morning to keep this blogging streak alive, but will otherwise be out of contact for that period. Yom Kippur is our Jewish day of fasting, prayer and atonement. It is,…

Three Beautiful Things

I wrote and discarded two posts today because they were too self-indulgent and because I don’t need to wallow. Instead I’m going to share a piece of my art and tell you three things that I think are beautiful. Here is the art. Sir Morien learns that the dryad who seduced him with music and…

Flash Carolyn!

I’ve taken several different courses on how to write flash fiction, trying to find one that will speak to me, but after each I remained mystified and couldn’t do it. The best was from Mary Robinette Kowal who explained to me that flash fiction needs to have the same try-fail cycles as a regular short…

Bookcase of Wonders

Let me be honest here. I jumped into ebooks and never looked back. It was my dream come true, a never-ending library of titles that I could read whenever I wanted and no one could see (or judge) what I read. Plus I could change the font size to whatever I felt like. Plus, I…