Due to an ice storm, we lost power for three days. The electricity came back last night, and the house is now up to normal temperatures. I took pictures of the ice but haven't looked at them yet because I was conserving my laptop battery. For the same reason, I haven't yet responded to comments on blog posts. I gained a lot of experience in pioneer living. Maybe my next project will be historical fiction. I wish you a warm and wonderful holiday.
mail included a postcard that read “That thing you are writing is awesome!” The
return address was SANTA, handwritten in block letters. For a second, I thought
one of my writing friends had sent some much-needed encouragement. Then I
realized the postcard was an advertisement from a tutoring service in Ann Arbor.
experience made me realize two things.
needs a boost. People (myself included) don’t acknowledge friends’ talents and
accomplishments often enough.
praise and vague criticism are not helpful. People (myself included) should be
as specific as possible in both praise and writing critiques.
The ice formation on the left looks like a hummingbird to me.
Confession: I adjusted the contrast on this one.
I wore what I call grocery-store-gloves, the little knit one-size-fits-all gloves, under my mittens, then removed the mittens to use the camera. I was able to adjust the settings on my camera while wearing the thin gloves, and my fingers were only a little chilled. Some of my artist friends wear silk glove liners when sketching in the cold. I may try those as well.
I’m off to the café of a local independent bookstore to have a writing day with
at least one member of my critique group. These writing days are invariably
productive. Sitting across from hard-working people tends to keep my brain on
task. Also, going to a different writing location not only removes household
distractions but somehow inspires new ideas.
currently working on a hard-copy revision. I print my novel then correct it
with a red pen. Some problems are more obvious on the printed page than on the
screen. I hope to get through the last third of the manuscript today.