It’s been a busy day – but a really satisfying type of busy as I finally completed a couple of things on my To Do list. Which was good because I’d had a restless night. Gizmo Guy said I woke him up screaming at about 5 a.m. (I’d tell you what I was dreaming about, but my mother always said never to tell “a Friday night’s dream on a Saturday morn or your dream will come true.” Although it’s not Saturday morning, I did dream it on a Friday and I’m too superstitious about my mother’s old sayings.) Anyway, at noon Gizmo Guy called up and asked me if I wanted to meet him for lunch and then head to the local Farmers’ Market. (Who’d turn THAT down? The peaches and plums are spectacularly juicy this year. And I love supporting the local farmers.)
When I arrived home UPS was knocking on my door with a HUGE box of books thanks to Lynn Viehl. Last week, Lynn ran a series of columns called “Left Behind and Loving It” on her Paperback Writer blog. Anyone who left a comment was entered to win a daily draw, and then at the end of the week, one lucky commenter won an Alphasmart. I was lucky enough to win a daily draw – a selection of craft books.
Here’s a sampling:
- “The Tao of Writing” by Ralph L. Wahlstrom
- Todd Stone’s “Novelist’s Boot Camp“
- “The New Writer’s Handbook 2007” edited by Philip Martin
- “You Know You’re a Writer When…” by Adair Lara (a book I can definitely relate to. Like the line “Your heartbeat quickens whenever you enter a bookstore.”
- “A Writer’s Space” by Eric Maisel who “guides you deep into your own creative process, helping you to (amongst a list here) … Create a workspace that complements the writing process, design a writing schedule that’s easy to follow, no matter what, and devise personalized rituals to start you writing and keep you writing.
- What has to be the longest title I’ve ever seen: “Author 101: Bestselling Secrets from Top Agents, The Insider’s Guide to What Agents and Publishers Really Want” by Rick Frishman and Robyn Freedman Spizman
- several writers’ magazines
- “Oriental Mythology” by Joseph Campbell
- the very interestingly titled “Wabi Sabi for Writers” by Richard Powell which according to the backcover says that if you embrace imperfection, you will embrace your creativity. Cool!
- one I had put on my wishlist for whoever was kind enough to actually look at my wishlist – Lee Lofland’s “Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers“
- and finally Lynn’s own course, “Way of the Cheetah: How to Boost your Productivity” which I’m going to be reading first.
So you can imagine what I’ll be curling up with in the coming evenings.
And it looks like I’ll be curling up in front of the fireplace soon if the six – yes, SIX – maple trees that I saw already changing colors today are any indication. *sob* But we haven’t had summer yet!