Posted by Leslie Aug 29 2011, 9:46 am in reflections
What would you do if a day was gifted to you with no work hours, no appointments, no chores, no distractions–a day for you and you only.
What would you choose?
Would you lie on your back on in the grass and stare at the sky through wavering leaves until the flickering patterns of sunlight made all the stress fade?
Would you wrap yourself in fleece, enfold yourself in comfort with your favorite fuzzy slippers and your well-worn pajamas, turn the pages of a beloved novel until you slip into another world and breathe to the cadence of the words?
Would you dress in cut-off denim, grab your picnic basket with small hands holding yours and race to the meadow where the trees bend back as if they cheer the kite to the heavens?
Would you drive to find remoteness, discover a bank overlooking the perfect spot, and drop in a line waiting for that nibble, waiting for the calm to overtake you?
Would you giggle, prance in ridiculousness, wear the purple flowered dress with an orange hat and pink knee high socks. Would you?
You have this day.
Posted by Leslie Aug 24 2011, 10:59 am in reflection
**photo credit Dave McCoy When I met him, he could quote Monty Python verbatim, would throw himself into snowdrifts with an edge of ridiculousness, and his desire to grow a full mustache exceeded his ability. He was awkward and enthusiastic, confused and self-assured, at once a small boy and an ancient with knowing in his [...]
Posted by Leslie Aug 22 2011, 9:44 am in writerly advice
Energized by creativity in the thrill of beginning a new project, your characters whisper to you, revealing their desires and flaws. Your plot is linear, you can see the solid scenes that lead from inciting incident to resolution. Your outline flows. Your proposal pours out in scintillating prose. It’s effortless. Until a niggling voice reminds [...]
Posted by Leslie Aug 15 2011, 11:09 am in viewpoint
I’m a gardening dabbler, preferring the chaos of an English garden to a well manicured flowerbed. When I noticed a distinctive flower growing next to my roses I was intrigued. What seed had I forgotten I’d planted? Seeing my enthusiasm, my friend was not happy to reveal it was a weed, this particular one abundantly [...]
Posted by Leslie Aug 12 2011, 8:00 am in recipe
There are some weeks when chocolately goodness is your only recourse. With nothing more complicated than stirring, boiling, and cracking eggs, I’m going to give you the secret to homemade gooey chocolate brownies . . . and you will never reach for a box mix again. Ingredients: DRY: 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp [...]
Posted by Leslie Aug 8 2011, 9:10 am in writing
PLOTTER VS. PANTSER: PLONTSER I am a Plontser. There. I’ve confessed and I’m not going to take it back. For those of you who entertain myriad imaginary friends, string prose together, and chip away at story portions until they become cohesive works, you know exactly what I mean. In the world of the writers there are [...]
Posted by Leslie Aug 5 2011, 11:11 am in recipes
I’ve heard the comment made that Twitter is “just a promotional tool, after all how can you connect with real people in 140 characters or less?” I’m a firm believer in the adage: you get out what you put in. If your sole purpose is to promote, yes, Twitter is a promotional tool. But if [...]
Posted by Leslie Aug 3 2011, 10:28 am in reflections
The “in-law” portion of your family is a package deal; one cannot get the man of her dreams without accepting the, shall-we-say, challenges of the relationships that come along with him. Fortunately, my relationship with my in-laws has been easy . . . I’ve slid into the role as if I’ve always had these people in my [...]