Paper, Scissors, Glue

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a peculiar one. Some of my friends are in Florida, basking in the sunshine. Our president is on beautiful Oahu, where I love to imagine him in peaceful sunshine, with the trade winds to soothe and rejuvenate. I have friends from long ago who still gather every year at the castle they own on the west coast of Scotland. Still others are stacking wood for their wood stoves and cozying up in intimate family togetherness. Others are partying and feasting in the city.

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In the Garden

Why do we garden? Gardens are backdrops to every Arabian Night tale, crucial to Alice in Wonderland’s mysterious adventures, vital in some Shakespearean dramas. Whether it is a miniature nature corner in a city apartment or a famous estate designed for an emperor or a queen, the garden is a symbol of something internal and eternal in each of us. Ideally, of course, the whole world is our garden. But it’s also one of the most personal, daily aspects of our lives.

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Mini Memoirs

When I try to explain about how to write a topic sentence for an essay, the eyes of my students tend to glaze and the chatting begins. But when I offered them the opportunity to write a story in six words or less a la Hemingway, they were captivated. Ernest Hemingway wrote perhaps one of Read more about Mini Memoirs[…]

WriteSpa #5 – Tag lines

WriteSpa – An Oasis for Writers I’m in Los Angeles for a couple of weeks and something I’m reminded of is the importance of tag lines in the movie promotion biz. On the billboards advertising upcoming movies these little catchy soundbites or slogans seem as important as the movie title itself.  They personify the plot Read more about WriteSpa #5 – Tag lines[…]

WriteSpa #4 – Writing a fable

WriteSpa – An Oasis for Writers I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer. I’m currently in southern California, visiting family, including my daughter who attends college here, and my son who will be starting his freshman year next week. When my husband and I return home, our home will feel very different. I wrote Read more about WriteSpa #4 – Writing a fable[…]

WriteSpa #2 – Recalling dreams backwards

WriteSpa – An Oasis for Writers Hypnompia is the state between sleeping and waking, and it’s the time when we writers do our best work. Remember, the act of writing is not just about putting pen to paper (metaphorically speaking). It’s also about daydreaming, making up stories, reading a lot, thinking about words: their meaning Read more about WriteSpa #2 – Recalling dreams backwards[…]

Tag lines

I’m in Los Angeles for a couple of weeks and something I’m reminded of is the importance of tag lines in the movie promotion biz. On the billboards advertising upcoming movies these little catchy soundbites or slogans seem as important as the movie title itself.  They personify the plot and the mood of the film. Read more about Tag lines[…]

WriteSpa #1 – Stimulating memory

WriteSpa – An Oasis for Writers Dear Friend, Welcome to my WriteSpa letter. Most of us write either because we’re under deadline or because we’ve been struck by a thunderbolt of inspiration. This pressure creates, at best, a stormy relationship with Writing. But the decision to write is a commitment as important as marriage. Writing Read more about WriteSpa #1 – Stimulating memory[…]

Conclusions

A concluding paragraph is the reader’s bridge from your story back to their own lives. In this exercise you’re going to try to connect the two in some way. Write a one-paragraph conclusion to a story that you haven’t written. You’ll need to resolve the story you’ve imagined. Without reiterating the tale, or summarizing, you Read more about Conclusions[…]

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