Sunday, July 31, 2011

Homeward Bound

"homeward bound"

There's nothing as sweet as heading home after a long absence. This train station is in Black Mountain, North Carolina. It used to be a functional train station. Now, it's an art gallery.

That bench is a great place to sit and think about the past.

Have a great day.

The photo: a LBtweed layer, sepia treatment, KKgrannycupboard layer.


Note: I've started an additional blog on writing at http://www.beforeyouwrite.com. Stop by if you have time.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Shadows and Vines...

"shadows and vines"

When I look at this photograph, I want to know who spent time looking out that window on the right in the past. It overlooks the Indian River, a beautiful view, but what else did the person see in their imagination.

Note: I've started an additional blog on writing at http://www.beforeyouwrite.com. Stop by if you have time.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Housekeeping at Writer's Creative Studio


Good Morning....

I'm in the process of a little housekeeping. I'm moving my gallery in here with Writer's Creative Studio. So, enjoy the pictures and a little about writing at the same time.

For a while, I've felt that Writer's Creative Studio needs to be freer to be about creativity (art, writing, photography, etc.) and not just about writing. Therfore, I'm combining my photography and art with Writer's Creative Studio.

However, I know I still need to put out information about writing for those who join me in looking for answers and inspiration. Therefore, I've started a new blog. It's called Before You Write where I will concentrate on the topics that occur most frequently when I coach others through my freelance editing and coaching business. Please stop by BeforeYouWrite.com and participate in the discussion there as well.

Hope you enjoy the changes....

Thanks for following, Lou

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A good experience with Create Space....

I spent a good deal of time helping an author upload his book to Create Space yesterday. I must say that I was very impressed once again by the services they offer and how well managed their site is. So many of the self-publishing enterprises make it very difficult to publish your book. It's as if they want to make you think that you can't possibly do it without paying them oodles of money.

Create Space is the opposite. They seem to go out of their way to make you believe you can do it yourself and you can. You absolutely can. At one point in our adventure yesterday, I needed to get the answer to a technical question. It was late on Saturday afternoon and I just knew I would have to wait until Monday for an answer. To my surprise, I had an email answer within an hour of sending the question via email to their help desk.

This blog is totally spontaneous on my part. I sat down to write something about writing this morning when it hit me that we should all praise companies that do things well and look out for their customers.... So, Create Space... thanks for the services you provide.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Atlantis is Home.... Safe and Sound


Good Morning... The space shuttle has returned for the last time. Welcome home. Atlantis.

I got up in time to listen for the sonic booms as I always do, but this time, in addition to the shivers I experienced from feeling the windows rattle, I found I had leaky eyes too. For so many years, I've watched every launch and anticipated every return. It just doesn't seem right that this is the last one.

I will look forward to what comes next. The creativity of space will continue to draw us in.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Composting

When you understand and accept that great writing rarely pours out of you on the first try, you might learn the patience to re-write.

I've heard writers say that they just sit down and write...that their rough draft, with minor tweaking, is their final work.

Hogwash!!

I love the term composting as used by Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down The Bones. Most of my writing is composted with words piled high and left to ferment or rot. Occasionally... or eventually and hopefully ... a flower will rise from the pile and become the writing I dream it to be.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Feelings...

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
Why should I add to this. In our writing and in our art, we make people feel. That's a big enough thought for today.

Have a great day.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Window Dressing...


Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. ~ Thoreau

I love this quote. I'm going to the opening of the Colors of Summer exhibit at the Art Gallery of Viera tonight. The way the invitation is written reminded me of this quote. One notice said, " ...laid back reception." In another spot, it said, "...dress down." Now that's my kind of opening.

I'm not saying that there aren't occasions when it's fun to dress up, but too often we are distracted from the importance of events in our lives by worrying too much about the window dressing.

Have a great and casual day.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I've got this great idea...


Most often, when I tell people that I write for a living, they say, "I've got this great idea for a book. I"m gonna write it someday." Somehow, that sentence seems to minimize the hours of study and energy most writers put in every day to just keep their writing careers going.

Many people don't understand that having a great idea is just the start. I don't want to scoff at it. Having an idea is an important part of writing a book, but there's so much more. If you have a great idea for a book and don't have the time to write it, you needn't ignore it altogether. While you're waiting for the time offered by retirement or vacation or whatever, start working on the thinking part of developing your book.

One great way to start turning your idea into a book is to create a timeline of the plot. Start at the beginning. List the date and time and what happens at the beginning of the book. Then, in very small steps, list each scene/interaction of each character in the book.

For example...

  • Saturday, morning, John walks into his brother's apartment and finds his brother dead on the floor.
  • Saturday, morning, John calls the police.
  • Saturday, noon, John is taken in for questioning, etc.
Make a habit of taking the last page of the list with you during the day. While waiting for your appointment with the doctor add to the list. During your lunch hour add to the list.

Slowly, over time, your list will grow until you have a complete chronological list of each action of one or more characters in the book. When you finally have that block of time to write, you'll be that much farther ahead and will have a greater appreciation of the complexities of writing.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Writing Practice... it's important


Good Morning.... Happy Fourth of July.

You may not be thinking about writing today. Although, I imagine you think about writing everyday no matter whether its a holiday or just a regular ol' work day. Anyway, I was re-reading Natalie Goldberg's book Writing Down the Bones yesterday and I started thinking how much time I spend in practicing my writing.

Do you participate in writing practice? I do, but it took me along time to suspend my impatience for it. You see, I like to be productive and I often try to skim over practice because my writing "to do" list is long and I want to get to the work at hand. If you do the same, think about what you're doing.

Even great pianists practice...

Even great tennis players practice...

Even great eaters at hot dog eating contests practice...

Okay... I made my case. we should all practice. So, this morning I found a wonderful blog about writing practice. It's called red Ravine. It might help you get into the swing of it. Take a look. I hope it helps. And if you do increase your writing practice time, let me know what it does for your writing in the long run. (After you read the page on Writing Practice, click on the Home button and take a look at the rest of the blog). Very nice

Have a great day.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Into the wild.... on Safari



Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~ William Wordsworth

This quote applies to artists and writers.... Don't we all just want to express what's in our hearts?

When I get a little too serious about my writing and about life, I pull out this picture of the giraffe. I ran into her while on safari in the Eau Gallie Arts District. Isn't she beautiful?

Well, I didn't know that giraffes dress up when in their native environment. See, it's good to get away from the desk occasionally and experience life in the wild. I'm sure it'll bring greater authenticity to your writing or painting.

Have a great Fourth of July weekend.