Salman Rushdie on Writing

Cristian Mihai

In my free time I do a lot of stuff. Sometimes I watch interviews with famous writers. It’s always fascinating to see another human being working in such a similar manner.

I chose this short video with Salman Rushdie explaining how fiction works because I feel that a lot of writers are struggling with what’s true and what’s not. You know, they can’t find the boundary between fiction and life.

And this, in my opinion, is crucial.

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Coming Home

Today, after a very long time – I finally picked up my pen and began to write again. It was wonderful to open the folder of my very rough first draft and my clutch my red pen, poised to eagerly correct. I’m coming home, I thought. Then, I giggled, feeling very clever, because the working title of my novel is “Coming Home”. Feeling very smart and writerly, I pulled out the first couple pages, trying to remember where I left off over a year ago and went,

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Wow. It was brutal. In two hours I got through two pages and one partial new scene I had left out writing “til later”. I cannot describe the equal parts elation and frustration I felt. Thankfully, I know writing can be a slog – especially edits – and I know I love writing more than anything. I’m just terribly out of practice. Quite frankly, as with most writers, I enjoyed the agony just a little bit!

My goal is to get through a page a day, except for on Sabbath – until I am comfortable doing more. Also I signed up for a free course on Coursera that starts June 20th. The course is called “Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade”. Quite frankly, I believe it to be below my ability level, however it will be a much needed refresher on gramatics and punctuation.Also it will help jump start my writing process and habit.

The goal is  to have at least one book published – or well on it’s way- by the time The Beau and I head out on our Camino (April 2017). Then, after the Camino, I hope to be able to write about my/our experiences as Peregrinos as well. Long story short, like most, I want to be able to live by my pen someday – whatever it takes.

Anywho, stressful or not, it feels wonderful to come home to writing.

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Hope you all have a good night ❤

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What’s the Point of This Anyhow?

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Basically, I decided to quit the majority of Social Media. Well, I’m taking a break anyway. No Facebook, Twitter, or (maybe) Tumblr from June 1 – Sept. 1. Why? Three reasons mostly.

1, I spend way too much of my life endlessly scrolling – and not living my life. I work all day on the phone and in-front of a computer, and then after work basically do the same thing. That is no way to live.

2, I feel like the prevalence of social media as major mode of communication (especially between families)  is a bit frightening. In this day and age it seems like, unless you’ve ‘seen it on Facebook’ you’ve missed out. Every invite to any social gathering (and I, myself am guilty of this) I have received has been through social media, every big announcement only comes through social media, if you’re not connected you’re out of the loop. Even relationships aren’t considered ‘official’ until they are ‘Facebook official’.

3, I am sick of my content being mined to instantly sell me something on the side. The second I search for something, or ‘like’ something on social media, hell anytime I click on something out of curiosity – suddenly I’m inundated with ads wanting me to buy something – which is just going to mine even more data. It seems to be an endless, potentially dangerous circle.

That being said, I know there are a lot of  good aspects to these things as well. I’ve reconnected with people I’d lost touch with – and have been able to see the goings-on of family spread far and wide. I just think, that it should be used more as a tool and less as indispensable part of life.

Soooo, I decided for the summer, I’m stepping away from the majority of social media  to remember how to live, and to remember what my life goals are (and work toward them.)

Simply stated, I want to live my life, and write about it.

In talking it over with The Beau, he suggested I write a blog – and thus remembered my long forgotten WordPress. I thought it was a perfect idea, and a good way to get me back into the habit of writing myself. In this sense, I can still contribute to the online community (and those who wish to stay connected), yet be free to be living a life off the internet as well.

So, what kinds of things will you see written about here? Every day life, novel writing, poetry writing, my journney with Weight Watchers, vegan eating, canning, gardening (MY CITRUS SCENTED GARDENIA HAS IT’S FIRST FLOWER OF THE SEASON STARTING TODAY!), Camino De Santiago Preparation, God, Being Seventh Day Adventist, family, daily life, observations and any other number of random things that interest me.

Thank’s for reading and looking into this little glimpse of my life 🙂

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Today I Saw…

Something that gave me cause to stand still and be in the moment. I’m not sure if it was just something God wanted me to see, and I’m not sure what it meant, but nonetheless it was effective.

I was standing outside, on a rural street, looking at nothing – waiting for The Beau while he picked up the VW Bug from the mechanic. Suddenly I noticed an older man walking his dog. This type of scene is something I see alot, but still I found myself watching. The man was dressed nicely in a pants suit with a camel colored trench coat, and he had a slight smile on his face. His gait was very slow, labored and jerky, and he had a cane. I get the impression that he probably was recovering from a stroke. When I looked at the dog, I nearly teared up. His companion was a little teacup Yorkie, and although his front legs were walking very fast – it was obvious that his back legs could not keep up. Together these two made labored, limping way down the walk, on their doubtless nightly ritual – both pausing for each-other when the other needed a rest.

This was so beautiful, yet sad to me – I just felt like ,for a moment I was looking through the world with God’s eyes.

I never want to forget this.

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Stand Still

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Fear not. Do not even be the slightest bit afraid. Stand still. Stand firm in my shadow. Stand confident in my arms. Stand undisturbed. You will see the the work of God. You will see what he will do for you today. The trials, the tribulations, the temptations you have seen today you will never see the same way again. Stand still. The Lord God Almighty will fight for you. He will fight in your battles. Stand still. Hold your peace. Remain at rest. Be at peace. Stand still. Exodus 14:13-14 (my paraphrase)

The Israelites had been brought by the very hand of God out of a land of bondage and sorrow. They had had countless examples of God’s intervention in their lives. He had led them to this very spot, this spot right up against the mountains and the Red Sea. They were backed into a corner. They saw…

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What Vegans Eat

In the last few months, I have been making the switch over to Plant Based, Vegan eating. Here are some of the things I’ve been cooking lately.