Beware. The light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train. Isn’t that a shame, and here I thought writing the last chapter of my book would be reason for celebration. Seven years have gone into writing the first draft and I’ve given myself until the end of the year to have all the editing done and ready to upload the beast onto Create Space. I am nothing if not optimistic. Continue reading
Back when my children were small, I would never have thought to ask this question. We may have been unconscious parents. We did not preview everything we let the girls watch. Then again, media was not the morass it has become. Our parents and we, as parents, had the good old television censorship and politically un-correct guarding our airwaves. Continue reading
If you’ve stopped by Paddlecreek before, you know it is the collaboration of four writers. Four very different people who have grown close as they have struggled with the in’s and out’s of this thing we love and, at times, don’t love—writing.
We started out over ten years ago. Over coffee, we compared styles, asked questions, laughed (alot), and put hundreds of words down on paper. We wrote a “Prompt” each time we got together (back then, we were the Bowler Road Writers) and read it OUT LOUD. That took courage, because writing as fast as we could for 30 minutes and then sharing our thoughts with each other wasn’t always pretty. Continue reading
So, my bathroom is under construction. Ever been there? What an ordeal.
The entire house is dusty, chalky footprints everywhere.
Recently I listened to Jeff Goins speak for a Self-Publishing summit. If you don’t know Jeff Goins, he has a blog called Goinswriter.com and is the author of The Art of Work and other books. During the summit, he gave a great idea to keep the cycle of writing moving along.
Often we, the Paddle Creek Writers Group, meet at St. Louis Bread Co (called Panera Bread in other areas) to write and chat and eat and pretend we are writing.
This was the case on a recent Thursday afternoon/evening.
Behind me were two young men having a conversation. I could not tear my ears away. Continue reading
Here are some things you might not (but should) know about writer’s retreats:
- Someone (or someones) always forgets something. It is usually a food item. It is usually a food item they committed to bringing for the meal plan for the weekend.
- The Wi-Fi never works perfectly. Never. It is a rule. Apparently.
- Something strange happens at the hotel: the staff asks to use the laundry machines in your cabin for someone else’s sheets; you ask for a basic thing like a chair and it takes a half day (if ever) to arrive; there are never enough wash cloths for three women; a creature of one variety or another pays a call; and so on.
- Non-stop snacking is part of the retreat agenda, albeit unwritten. Clearly writing so long is calorie depleting.
This week I was reading along in Genesis and found this verse, chapter 18:14 “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” It was asked rhetorically of Sarah when she laughed at the absurd notion of having a baby at her age.
We are familiar with the New Testament version:
But it is not just a New Testament thing. It is a Bible thing. Continue reading
The other day when our writer’s group met, we started off with a writing prompt. No surprise there. And after taking most of December off from writing and being sick, it had been a while since I’d written anything except my name on a debit slip for Christmas gifts.