All over the (writing) map…thank you, French press coffee!
November 28, 2010 § 10 Comments
(photo of napkin ring used at Thanksgiving table. … because at this time of year, I get all lodge-y and cabin-y and haul out things like our Hudson Bay blanket and LL Bean bomber hats and I especially adore Christmas decorations that have to do with bears and deer (esp “rein” ones), and love chunky candles and crackling fires in the fireplace…I miss the Adirondack and Green mountain roads I grew up on, but HM indulges me with forays into the Missouri countryside as we hunt for that perfect country store…yesterday it was Three French Hens, which is gorgeous, but it is a long way from “country!”)
When I lived in Maine, I had moose insurance on my car. Probably a good thing. I drove a VW beetle at that time. (yes, um, that was quite some time ago.) I didn’t know HM yet, but he was there, cruising up and down the east coast from Maine to Maryland, playing rock music with his band at the time.
Are we writing today?
Oh yeah. Working on an article. Wrote for 90 minutes. Nearly organized and ready to “take off” on it, but as many know, writing needs moving around, letting things come together (or fall apart!) and waiting for the title to shake out, even the structure (tho’ I think I have that.)
And then…and then I get to finish a journal and start a new one! Rewards work for me. Deadlines, and rewards. Ah, but getting to choose a “new” journal from the shelf, be it 99 cent notebook that was on sale or a gift from someone that knows I can never have too many journals…this choosing is a delight. (It also means I’ll “cheat” on the last few pages of the one I’m about to finish, and may write larger or glue some pictures in there or make lists…)
(Please note that we tend to abbreviate things in this family, partly for the challenge of knowing what the other is talking about, and partly to make the others laugh. Anyway, Book Rec should not be confused with Book Wreck. Rec is for Recommendation while Book Wreck, tho’ I’ve not used it yet, not wishing to do negative reviews, would be rather obvious I guess, to describe a book that just wasn’t working out.)
GRAMMAR GIRL’S QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS FOR BETTER WRITING by Mignon Fogarty
This one is fun and makes certain rules we trip over far easier to remember. Actually, I enjoy her podcasts even more, but the book is far more portable. Aside from the compelling title, this is a helpful little tome and a decent companion, especially when you’re adrift (stalled on paper) and need a little something of writerly, albeit somewhat academic, interest.
But there’s the rub; this isn’t hardcore erudition as Strunk and White can seem. This is grammar here and now and not at all dull. Can’t imagine, however, that they would allow this in the school system, just because of the title.