This last week I went on a little personal writing retreat. I had a specific goal in mind...to study the structures of good divorce memoirs so I could compare them to the direction I've been taking mine. I'd had some feedback on my first twelve chapters that my structure was pretty much no-existent, so that made me pause. Pausing in not a bad thing. It is not writer's; it's simply taking time look at the big picture of the work.
besieged with insect borers. That spring, the tree was covered in fragrant blossoms and began to set fruit. But there was a threat of frost -- did you know Albuquerque is a mile-high city and it gets cold in the winter and early spring? My clever husband covered it with an old electric blanket, protecting the nascent crop. My, did we enjoy the juicy harvest that summer!
We've started a little orchard of fruit trees, and, just last week I planted a grape vine next to the arbor gate. My knowledge of gardening practices is growing too. I'm learning about crop rotation, companion planting, and permaculture.
Four tough looking (dare I say it?) black men in black, walked onto the stage of America's Got Talent the other night. One wore a muscle shirt, his arms covered in tats, his hat on backwards. One wore a hoodie. The guy with sunglasses was huge. They called their act, Lincoln' Bridge, and introduced themselves with nicknames. Their spokesman said they were from a tough neighborhood, but they had always dreamed of "changing the world."
I belong to a wonderful writing organization that meets twice a month to hear speakers on a variety of writing subjects. When one of our speakers talked about plotting, a member spoke up and said he didn't understand why writers didn't just write like he did. Just let the plot unfold. This was a gentleman who had published several successful novels. Some us us tried to explain to him the benefits, but he didn't get it. In fact, I don't think he'd ever studied writing in general, being naturally gifted.
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