1) You get to have true schizophrenic moments and hear voices in your head without a need for medication or institutionalization. Its odd how, when you begin to really develop a character, they talk to you. I can literally see them in my mind’s eye, and we chat. I write as fast as I can, … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Write a Character Sketch
A noiseless patient spider, I mark'd, where on a little promontory, it stood, isolated; Mark'd how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding, It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself; Ever unreeling them--ever tirelessly speeding them. And you, O my Soul, where you stand, Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space, Ceaselessly musing, venturing, … Continue reading A Noisy, Impatient Spider
I finally finished my latest quilt. My husband loved it and even commented that it looked a little bit masculine, “Not at all like what you usually do.” Since he’s been the recipient of quilts that I thought were “man quilts,” I wasn’t so sure how to take that. This quilt is for a guy, … Continue reading My Man Quilt
I grew up with pine trees outside my bedroom window. For eleven years, I fell asleep listening to the branches and needles swoosh in the breeze coming off the mountains. The wind is an everyday occurrence on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It starts to blow around three in the afternoon and … Continue reading The Smell of Home
Last week I took a vacation – a complete vacation from any type of work. For seven whole days, I didn’t write blog posts, character sketches, or scenes; I didn’t work on getting ready for the fall semester; I didn’t read any books on improving my writing craft; I didn’t even sew a single stitch. … Continue reading Vacation – “The Process of Becoming Empty”
In 1982, my parents decided to take a road trip to tour our beautiful home state of . . . Nevada. We headed east from Carson City in our 1978 Scout II. It was a spectacular vehicle – orange with simulated wood paneling on the side. The interior was an army green color with plaid … Continue reading Road Trip in 1847, 1982, or 2011? I’ll take 2011.
I hit the 20,000 word mark on my novel this past week. This seems like a big milestone to me. I’m not sure why, but it does. To celebrate both this milestone and our country’s birthday, I took the last three days off from writing. Actually, I didn’t have much of a choice. We were … Continue reading Reading About (and not doing any) Writing