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Saturday Short Stack

NPR is holding a writing contest, 600 words due Jan 23, 2011.

NY Restaurant Week is coming up Jan 24th-Feb 6th. The well known venues book up early so if you’ve ever wanted to dine at the Russian Tea Room now’s you chance to do it relatively cheap.

In my corner of the world:

Two weeks until my nieceornephew enters the world. Two months have passed since I began the baby blanket, forgetting I am the slowest knitter in the universe. Maybe sheorhe will accept an ear blanket?



Motivation Bruce Lee Style

Motivation for runners, writers, and anyone who intends to do anything.

Via Reddit.

Statue of Bruce Lee

(Photo by BRUCELEE3 via Wikicommons)

take that!

I have to agree with Albert Einstein

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?”

-Abert Einstein

Come to think of it, I won’t clear off my desk. Thanks, Mr. Einstein.

Just me and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

It’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood

a beautiful day for …staying inside and working on a story with a tight deadline

it must be done on time-

must be done on time-

So my new jingle doesn’t exactly flow from the tongue, but I only sing the truth.

Today, I am so glad that Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are on playlist and just as happy to sing to me as I am to bop to them. Enjoy the day!

no more nanowrimo

After completing my 50,000 words for nanowrimo on November 29th, I took a look at my Wallace and Gromit calendar and pondered what I’ll nano about in December. And then I realized that ‘nano’, at some point in November, replaced the verb ‘write’ in me vocabulary.

Every time someone would call, no matter what time of day, my nano doc was open. My November response to “What are you doing?” was easy: Nano’ing.

I rarely tell anyone I am writing, planning to write, or that I wrote. I wonder if other writers feel self-conscious about writing in one medium over another.

Saturday morning

Coming up for air from the depths of nanowrimo. It was a mistake to have an aquatic character. I know that now. In the spirit of nano, I am not editing one bit. Instead, my character can also live on land. Yes, I’m rolling right over the concept of plot and consistency in the interest of victory.

It is possible that I am writing the worst 50,000 words of fiction ever written. A short story may be salvaged from the mess, but it’s too early to tell.

I failed miserably at nano last year. At 20,000 words I wrote myself off of a cliff. This year I’ve enlisted a few troops or ‘friends’ as the nano site calls them.  Last year’s strategy of not writing for most of the month and trying to sprint madly over the Thanksgiving holiday may have been my biggest mistake. This year it’s all about 1667 words a day, which is manageable as long as I don’t fall behind.

I also made eight deadlines this week for a small pub. Because it’s Saturday morning and my coffee is getting cold and I’m typing with one hand because the other is stuffing my mouth with blueberries, I won’t get into the difficulty of writing both fiction and non-fiction everyday. It’s a challenge to give my full attention to one when the other is always pulling at me.

A number of great writers have managed to write both. As a bonifide biography junky I’m thinking of plunging back into the lives of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dorothy Parker, and maybe Stephen Crane. How’d they do it and do it well?

On another note, Dorothy Parker would have written an excellent blog.