Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. ~ E. L. Doctorow

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Neil Gaiman, The Badger, and Your Favorite Characters from Children's Literature

Over at Tor.com Stubby the Rocket talks about The Story Museum's newest exhibit: photographs of British writers and storytellers dressing up as their favorite children's lit characters. Neil Gaiman chose Badger from The Wind in the Willows. What a fun idea!

I always loved Ottie and the Star by Laura Jean Allen. An adventurous little fellow who meets all kinds of new sea animals on his journey to find the star. I still have the book report I wrote in first grade. So, if I had the chance to dress up as my favorite children's lit character, I believe it would be Ottie.

A close second would be Charlotte Scarlet Monster from a book whose name eludes me Scarlet Monster Lives Here by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and illustrated by Dennis Kendrick, but is hiding I found in a box somewhere in my parent's attic.

Which character from your childhood would you dress up as?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Brushing the Dust Off

It's been well over a year, 16 months to be exact, since I entertained the blogging world with my dazzling prose (hahahah!).

Life.

What a pain in the ass. She played with me like a cat with it's prey, setting off every one of my triggers. Grasped between her teeth, I went limp.

I woke up on the ground. My face scraped up with pebbles imbedded in the cuts. Looking up, I saw her  standing above me, pointing her well-manicured finger in my face while her shoulders bounced with laughter.

She takes pleasure in my pain. This past year, in particular, has been incredibly challenging. I know there's more strength hidden inside me. And it's time to look inward and recharge.

During my hiatus, I kept busy reading fiction, reading craft books to improve my writing, and writing when my schedule and procrastination allowed.

I burned sage to shoo away all the negative energy surrounding me and created some new goal: finishing my current WIP (stuck at Chapter 9) and researching MFA programs.

So, I'm brushing the proverbial dust off and returning to the writing scene. No promises. Small, manageable goals. Moving forward.

Keep your fingers crossed.


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