You've been on vacation. You've been dangling your toes in the kiddie pool, warm water, grass, and maybe a drink with an umbrella in it (apple juice with ice)? Anyway, welcome back to the blog, welcome back to writing. It's time to get back to it.
Now that I've said that, I'm going on vacation. Kid-vacation, of course (and a reading, which makes it a little bit of work vacation, too), so I'll come back exhausted. And then my son's school doesn't start until September 12.
Isn't that mean? No camps, no open summer places, just me and the kid. Not that I mind time with the kid, it's just that particular time, when everyone to play with is back at school...That's okay--we'll hike. We'll visit Dad at work. We'll bake hot pretzels and go biking.
And by the way, if you haven't picked up your copy of The Other Mother, yet, they're selling fast on Amazon or at your local bookstore, and I'd be much obliged if you pick some up! (I can also send bookplates to anyone who wants their copy signed.
Meanwhile, let's post on Judy Reeves's guest blog entry (see below).
The writing practice topic is: you're watching your mother.
You watched her for a lot longer than 8 minutes when you were little. Or maybe more recently, when she held your baby...)
So, let's start easily--write for 8 minutes. You can do that. So write on, folks, and welcome, and I'll be back soon.
I'm such a believer in the process that I wrote several books about it. A Writer's Book of Days, offers a prompt a day for the year, plus ideas for "beyond practice." It's also abundant with tips and ideas and quotes from other writers. Writer's Digest magazine named A Writer's Book of Days, one of the "hottest books for writers."
Writing Alone, Writing Together gives readers guidelines and examples of how to create their own writing groups, and The Writer's Retreat Kit is "A Guide for Creative Exploration and Personal Expression," and suggests 20 themed writing retreats. A Creative Writer's Kit, is much of the same material (and prompts) as A Writer's Book of Days, but presented in a package that includes a blank book.
Here's a prompt: (from the Family Stories retreat in The Writer's Retreat Kit): You're watching your mother.