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Day 30

In 5th line on January 30, 2009 at 6:04 pm

“I keep my feelings about my husband to myself.”~~Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets: The Truth About Why Women Lie by Susan Shapiro Barash

Haven’t read it yet, but I’m intrigued by the title and the blurb on the cover: Do women have to lie to survive at work, in school, in our marriages, friendships and families? The honest answer is a shocking yes.

Day 29

In 5th line on January 29, 2009 at 11:59 pm

“Running late also creates the opportunity for your own self-importance to spiral out of control.” ~~The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide: 77 Simple Strategies for Serenity by Kate Hanley

The Chill Guide offers a great recipe for relaxation. I interviewed Kate Hanley about her writing habits, yoga, meditation, and the full mind-body connection for WOW! Women on Writing. Hanley gives straightforward advice about how to reduce the stress levels that push some of us to the breaking point.  It’s a good read!

Day 28

In 5th line on January 29, 2009 at 5:48 am

Woman: (pressing with all her might): Who?!~~ Power is the Greatest Aphrodisiac of All from the play anthology Romantic Fools by Rich Orloff

Romantic Fools is a collection of 12 two-character comedies that examines love, lust, dating, and marriage. One of my favorites in this collection is Spaghetti Overture. Orloff is a comedic playwright who knows how to keep an audience’s attention. Power is the Greatest Aphrodisiac of All certainly grabbed my attetnion…especially the opening scene.

Day 27

In 5th line on January 27, 2009 at 4:59 pm

“The friends still couldn’t believe they had sledded down the highest hill in River Heights.”~~Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew by Carolyn Keene

When I grew up, I read every Nancy Drew book the Clay Center library owned. And I read them in order. Each Saturday afternoon, I would walk the one and one-half blocks to the library, enter the glass-laden French doors, and retreat to the west wall, where all things Nancy Drew (and Hardy Boys) were on the shelf. I’d pick the next book in the series and wish I could go on adventures like Nancy and her friends.

Ahh, if life were only that simple again.

Day 26

In 5th line on January 26, 2009 at 1:11 pm

“Another good way to gauge your process as a writer is to keep a portfolio of your work.”~~Writer’s Companion published by Prentice Hall

I used this book when I taught high school English. I’d draw general ideas from it and then create my own lessons. As a writer, I keep a portfolio of my work. It’s a good mark to see how you improve as well as areas that need improvement. I’ve noticed I have pet phrases that keep popping up in my writing. Why? I’m not sure because I have a pretty extensive vocabulary… Anyway, portfolios make an excellent resource for even the beginning writer because it’s a good way to start a clip file.

Day 25

In 5th line on January 25, 2009 at 2:11 pm

“Se sentia inquieto en Virginia entre sus hermanos aristocratas, hasta que un otono llameante tobo un caballo, y galopo sobre las montanas para desposar a una cheroki de ojos en forma de hojas.”~~from the poem “Poniendome un nombre”   from the book Another America by Barbara Kingsolver

OK, I’ll admit that it’s possible this doesn’t translate correctly, mainly because I can’t figure out how to make the symbols above the words and/or letters. But I think I enjoy Kingsolver’s poetry more than her fiction. Such tight storytelling in this collection make it a necessary read.

Day 24

In 5th line on January 24, 2009 at 4:08 pm

“She placed these at odd distances, all along Kate’s side of the room.” ~~My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

One of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. I just can’t read enough of her work. I appreciate the story being told from multiple P.O.V.s, and I think Picoult selects relevant and controversial themes for her work. Read this book! When I taught, I told all my students to pick up a copy of any Picoult novel and learn from her mastery of the craft. She’s amazing!

Day 23

In 5th line on January 24, 2009 at 12:42 am

“It sucks.” ~~No More Static by Kevin Kell O’Donnell in the anthology Ten Minute Plays from the Guthrie Theater Volume 3″

Haven’t read this particular selection yet, but I’ve read a couple others from the anthology. The Guthrie produces some interesting reading material. Just sayin…

Day 22

In 5th line on January 24, 2009 at 12:35 am

“Don’t interrupt.” ~~Hate Mail by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky

This is a hilarious play! The two authors say, in a note from them in the script, that the idea was originally inspired by the idea of a parody of Love Letters AND the possibility of writing it in actual correspondence between two authors. Quickly, the authors decided to ditch the first idea and just stick to the second part of the plan. Both authors wrote in character and shared correspondence via fax and internet.

If you get a chance to see this play staged, definitely go! You’ll laugh so hard…

Day 21

In 5th line on January 22, 2009 at 5:18 am

“We’re curmudgeons –we always click No, it’s not okay.” ~~The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters that Rock by Linda Formichelli and Dianna Burrell

Query Letters that Rock changed my writing career. I used to follow a fomula and sure, I sold articles, but after reading this book, I joined the renegade club and my sales have increased. If you’re a serious writer, you must check out this writing bible. Not only does it offer great advice, but the humor keeps me rolling when I read it.