Perfect

Floating in a hammock
We stare
Into the distance.
Through the branches,
The night sky
Has become
A jagged mosaic
Of black and blue.
His little head
Presses heavily
Against me.
It’s a big tree,
He whispers.
It is, I say.
It’s a very big tree,
He whispers still softer.
Yes, it is a very big tree.
In this moment,
My world
Is as perfect
As it has ever been.

On Writing by Stephen King (10 of 26)

Before this book, I had read just one of Stephen Kings many books and The Green Mile remains one of my favorite half dozen or so books. The usual genre of Stephen King isn’t my favorite, or even likable for the most part, but when the most prolific writer of our time invites us into his most personal world and shares his most valuable professional advice, it seems to me that he may have something to say that I could hear. This isn’t a tedious instructional book, but inside the pages you get the best writing instruction you will ever need to write your book. Maybe even the only instruction you need.

The Rape of Persephone by C. Jane Wright (9 of 26)

The famous statue by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. On display in Rome, Italy, it portrays the kidnapping of Persephone. (click the image for more information)
The famous statue by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. On display in Rome, Italy, it portrays the kidnapping of Persephone. (click the image for more information)

This short story, based on Greek mythology, was about all the reading I had time for these last few weeks. It turned out to be a rather intense bang for the word count, though. I won’t comment on the story itself, but will say it was very well written.

Read the story here.
(Reader warning: strong sexual content that may offend some)

Weekly Hoard (Work, work, and work)

This is absolutely not true...
This is absolutely not true…

The last few weeks can be summed up in today’s Weekly Hoard as I have done little else but work my day job. This new job is a beast to tame, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe a few weeks more and I can start looking forward to getting back on a regular(ish) work schedule.

I miss my writing and my life! Good thing I like this new job…

This Week (Backstory, soap bubbles and more)

This week brought some exciting challenges my way at work and I was reminded of my previous struggles in deciding whether or not to work a day job while pursuing my writing goals.  (Just to be clear, quitting your day job is absolutely not required!) It’s nice to be finally be stoked about my day job and stoked about my writing.

For the new challenges, a good deal of my time is going to be re-shifted and it is important that my writing not suffer…time to get even more organized and put my writing time on a more concrete schedule. That’s the plan for the upcoming week! In the meantime, I found lots of good stuff this week.

Joe Finder
Just write the damned book already! (click image for article)

 

(click image for the article)
(click image for the article)

 

Overwhelmed
3 Phrases That Actually Make You Feel More Overwhelmed (click image for article)

 

Ivory soap cloud
Soap clouds (click for how to)
(Click the image for more great writing quotes from great thinkers)
(Click the image for more great writing quotes from great thinkers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week (Bocce Ball, Villains and more)

 

Bocce Ball
Bocce Ball: So much fun!
Click image to learn more about Bocce Ball.
(image:Annandale.org)

This week ended up being more about celebrating the fourth with family and coworkers than anything else but I did mange to get some writing accomplished in the area of plotting and planning.  Maybe, just maybe, the weekend will have some precious time for nuts and bolts, nose to the grindstone writing!

how to use a charcoal grill
How to use a charcoal grill (click image for article)

 

Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath

 

Villains don't always wear black
Villains don’t always wear black (click image for article)

 

GPS Adventure Maze (click for more information, including upcoming cities)
GPS Adventure Maze (click for more information, including upcoming cities)

 

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