Friday, January 29, 2010

Bits and Pieces

A Killer Writing Day

For my writer friends: I added 2,471 words to my novel yesterday. I accomplished that in 3.5 hours. Even I am impressed. I'm running late getting started today, so won't do quite as well. I am on schedule, however, to finish this first draft on Sunday.

Sandi Ault's New Release: Wild Penance

One of my favorite Colorado authors, Sandi Ault, is celebrating the release of her fourth novel in the Jamaica Wild (Bureau of Land Management Agent) mystery series, Wild Penance.

"Bureau of Land Management agent Jamaica Wild has always been fascinated by Los Penitentes, a secret, ancient religious group that reenacts Jesus' crucifixion and practices excessive penance. And a recent, dramatic death she witnesses in the Gorge seems to be part of their rituals. But a haunted priest warns Jamaica not to investigate too closely."

I hope to attend her signing when she appears at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins, Colorado on Saturday, February 13th at noon.

Walking in This World: The Practical Art of Creativity

Julia Cameron is best known for her famous morning pages from The Artist's Way. Walking in the World, published in 2003, also includes outstanding observations and tasks. I'm looking at Week 7 first (is that cheating?) because it's called "Discovering a Sense of Momentum" and discusses how we get things done ("Easy Does It, but Do It: Flow").

Since I'm headed into a busy two months with an out-of-control To Do List, I think I need that Week 7 chapter right now.

A Quote for Everyone

"And the day came when the risk [it took] to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
---------------Anais Nin


Jemi Fraser said...

Anais Nin always has such beautiful quotes - must be a lovely person :)

Marvin D Wilson said...

"I added 2,471 words to my novel yesterday. I accomplished that in 3.5 hours"

Impressive indeed. You must've been in the "zone"!

The Old Silly

Anonymous said...

Patricia, thnaks for the quote. I'm going to post it on Facebook and Twitter along with mentioning your blog where I saw it.

I also finished Desert Hedge Murders. I'm impressed and glad I read it. I'll do a review for it soon. Have a great weekend.

Stephen Tremp

Kay said...

The Penitentes book sounds interesting. Lots to play with there.

Karen Walker said...

Love the quote. Love how you're toodling along with your novel. I'm impressed (and a wee bit jealous). But life happens and I am where I am. MIssing you...

Ann said...

Congratulations on the word count and in 3.5 hours. Impressive. I too am a fan of Anais Nin.