Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The positive of procrastination.

Self explanatory. Ask any author. (and ask any treadmiller too)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Oh what a beautiful mornin'

It's supposed to rain. Welcome to my blog. That place where no paragraphs exist. ...... That's my paragraph break until things change. ...... I'm going to try to be faithful to the edict of half hour daily treadmill. Good juices versus bad juices of inactivity. ..... Last night talk on depression. All mentions for positive thinking are connected to exercise. Computer age of man is destroying activity. So treadmill, dear enemy/friend of mine. ..... Enemy as in guilt. ..... Friend as in positive thinking. ..... Paragraph spacing is easier. .....

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hi. Welcome to your new Blogger design.

We are excited about the new changes. I'm not. We hope you enjoy the new format. No. I'm not. First of all, the paragraph breaks simply don't happen. Grrrr

Journal of days.

A friend, a professor of English who is writing a course using journal skills as a tool for writing, inspiration, enduring diligence, perseverence, practice and just plain old reference in what you were doing today in a year's time, said: My students will write a journal every day. By coincidence the Jennie Cruisie daily dose of what she is blogging about landed in my inbox and guess what? What? She was talking about her past jottings in her blog as an insight into what she had been thinking and been up to in a certain time in her life and a certain book. Though she didn't necessarily write them all in her journal, it reminded her clearly what shse had been thinking and what had been going on around her at that time. Time is something we all forget. Journals are good for you. Discipline darlings. It's easy to find an excuse but journals are unforgiving. Dates leave gaping holes.

Tried hard.

Didn't work. Dribble. But maybe there'll be a miracle tomorrow. Until then, Hasta la vista.

Monday, July 16, 2012

50 shades and 67 pages.

Been on page 67 for a week. The trilogy has more than 1500 altogether. But if she is buying a 5 million house in Manhattan or London or something, then I'll live in hope and keep reading. I like her writing style, despite harsh criticisms I hear. I think she's being judged on content (and jeered) - her characters are both extreme odds and not very real. One is over egoed, while the other is just bordering on Pauline (Perils of Pauline) tied to the rail track and watching the steam train thug along in her direction. It is a lesson in how all elements of a story count. POV, person, world building, character building, right balance of character to character. Example the hero is a dickhead. He's a bully. I'd rather have Woody Allen than this bore. But he keeps chasing the heroine. I wouldn't. He has all these sexy blondes yet he's going for the mouse in the house. But don't be scathing anynone here reading this blog. She's on the NY best seller list and buying a 5 million mansion brownstone south of Huston and mannnnnnn the odds for a writer are better here than for winning the lottery!!!! At least as a writer you have half a chance. What's that? 50-1?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Drop the world just concentrate.

Outside forces are trying to interfere with my creativity. Some of them I can ignore. Others I must try. And yet others I cannot avoid. <b>So where and what do I cull. Morman, Jehovah Witnesses, Electricity sign up to a new package people. The real estate man who wants to sell my nest. Politics. I must try to avoid</b>: Politics. Grrrr. >Cannot avoid: Bills, money. Dentist. Supermarket. Don't want to avoid: Santa Claus. Hairdresser. Cleaning lady. Dog clipper. Everything else is fattening. So my advice to everynone is: Get on with it. Once you 've decided on the priorities, then the rest is just plain old creativity.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Once loved, twice shy.

As life takes on many challenges. Including just getting through the day. But if you are a writer there are more challenges. And exposing challenges because failure is just around the corner if you don't write.

Wait a minute.

I know I'm computer technically challenged but something's changed here. Will have to investigate... Feeling slightly guilty. Every day I don't post. When I do I swear I'm turning a new leaf. But seems my new leaves just get left in the recycle to garden waste bin. Yesterday I did finish something on Prudella. She's a wonderful character, and I've called the novel Manshy. She's determined not to fall in love. Why? Because that's what her mother wants. Anything her mother wants Prudella doesn't. It's a form of adult as in a relative of the teenage rebellion. I'm flying by the seat of my pants with this. I know roughly where I want to go but I want this to be a kind of Sex and the City, each chapter is a story or commentary on it's own. Stand alone. Its kind of fun but still ambling along without really getting anywhere. But at least it's gathering speed and volition of its own making.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Okay everynone

So full of joy. And how little it takes. I found a first edition book of Charles Dana Gibson dated 1904 and autographed. Charles is a famous American illustrator who is well known for his "Gibson Girl" pen and ink style. Love his things.

He is one of the best illustrators of the 1890's.

His girls are attitude-full, and probably the first sign of women coming into their own and so beautiful.

It doesn't take much to please me. But this is a joy full - on its way to me. Thanks Hilde! My American angel who will intercept the post for me and forward it on to the antipodes. Some people just won't post overseas which in today's inter world is very very colloquial but one day the global world will register well in the USA.

Friday, March 2, 2012

To tweet or not to tweet - that is the question.

I don't get it. They're all doing it and I'm the only one in the whole wide world who doesn't get the point of it. It's quite a dismal thing by the look of it. So self indulgent and in actual fact even the most famous become dismal. I don't know if it's just me but it just seems so pointless but even multi billionaires are doing it. Future Presidents and movies stars are doing it.
I have an account for it @penneyoz but I haven't indulged and here's the rub...


Friday, February 24, 2012

I have ideas.

But what are ideas without motivation.

Just a car with the tyres missing.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

And just so you know....

In complying with that serious commitment on New Year resolutions, this is my second foray into this place for 2012. Who can beleive it's already 12 instead of 11. My checkbook has been surprisingly well behaved in this serious changeover period.

And it is Sunday - touching the belly of February. I hope this isn't a leap year. I need every day I can get to keep the aging brigade away!

Must admit. Today isn't as inspiring as I would like.

Friday, January 27, 2012

S'pose it's time to post the first missive of 2012

Well, folk(s). Since there aren't m-any of you waithing enthusiastically for my wit and wisdom, let's assume there are thousands.

My list of new year intentions is empty. I don't smoke so that could be the only potential. And my vices... well they are vices and you don't give them up unless they end you up in jail. For the purists - gaol - but I'm a preferred non-purist. The Americans got it right. However they do spoil their pure record of straight forward talk by saying off of.

My creative gene is getting itchy. Unfortunately from the brilliant plot I had in my head about three weeks ago, I didn't write down and I'm waiting for something to trigger it back into my head. Maybe some sunshine? We haven't had much of it this summer.

Okay, okay. So what if I make a New Year Res right now... really!

I will post every day.

Stop laughing. It's a NY res and meant to be broken! Really!