Justine over at Justine's Froggy Bloggy passed along the Bookworm Award. I am reading Stephen King's non fiction book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.
On page 56:
"I won't try to argue that 'A Gradual Canticle' is a great poem (although I think it's a pretty good one). The point is that it was a reasonable poem in a hysterical time, one sprung from a writing ethic that resonated all through my heart and soul.
"Tabby was in one of Jim Bishop's rocking chairs that night. I was sitting on the floor beside her. I put my hand on her calf as she spoke, cupping the curve of warm flesh through her stocking. She smiled at me. I smiled back. Sometimes these things are not accidents. I'm almost sure of it."
Part of the book is a memoir, the other part a "toolkit" for writers. This is the second time I've read it. I lost my hardback; a writer friend brought this over for my son. He hasn't touched it, so I'm reading it aloud and driving him to play World of Warcraft.
And speaking of writing, if you would like to see Isa's update on the power attorney and her excursion into the yellow dining room (from Wednesday's post), click Isa's Story for a fabulous read. Just scroll down to the comments.
(Isa, thank you for allowing me to post this--you rock!!!!).
I love Susan's idea of posting a picture and then seeing our different reactions.
So I came up with a decorating/writing game. It can be played any time (especially with the holidays pressing down upon us). This game is also a "warm up" exercise that helps banish "Blog Block" or "Writer's Block." It's a great way to unlock your creativity and to get things flowing again.
(If anyone comes up with a way to banish "Decorating Block," please write. :-) )
The 3 elements of the game are:
1. Make up a decorating story that involves this setting
2. And then listen to this song, "Windmills of Your Mind" by Sting--or watch this video....and let your imagination run wild.
3. Write a sketch about the photo and the song, and use the following words:
daylight (or rain)
cinnamon (or cloves)
smooth (or rough, crinkly, glassy)clock
Circle (or circles)
You don't have to use all of the words--just use at least 5.
If you decide to participate, then post the results on your blog. If you don't have a blog, you can post it here. Oh--and please pick up this award: