Fri. April 19, 2013: Loam and Lock Downs

Friday, April 19, 2013
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Rainy and cool

The big news breaking all around is the hunt for the alleged Boston Marathon Bombers. Supposedly, one of them is now dead; the other on the run. Towns such as Watertown and its abutting towns are basically shut down; the MBTA is not running for the day. An MIT officer has been shot and killed. People are being told to stay inside. Another “suspicious package” has been found in Kenmore Square. That’s what’s been confirmed at the time of this writing (a little after 7:30 in the morning on Friday). I’m sure there will be more news throughout the day.

I’m over on Write Your Revolution today with an article on creating your jobs. Please stop by and check it out.

Yesterday certainly didn’t unfold the way I expected, but it was a very good day. Yoga was fantastic — I’m so glad I managed to get back to class.

Came home, ate breakfast, took the leaves to the dump. Saw that the loam was available, so went home, stocked the car with buckets, and spent the next five hours hauling loam from the dump home to put on the garden beds. Everything looks awesome, and now I have happy plants. It was hard work, but worthwhile.

It meant very little got done the rest of the day, and I’m sore as all get-out this morning, but it was worth it.

Another disagreement with the Robert Olen Butler writing book. He says that books that start with dialogue don’t work because there’s no context. I vehemently disagree. I prefer to be dropped in the middle of the situation, and, in good dialogue, the context is contained in the dialogue. Good dialogue works on multiple levels simultaneously. I agree with him about the need for sensory detail — in fact, I teach classes on “Sensory Perception”, but we approach the way we work from different angles. Whatever works for the individual, right? I’m sick of books that spend 200 pages to “set up” before they get to the actual story. I want to be dropped IN the story, not wander around waiting for it to start.

The weekend will be busy — lots to write and get straightened out. I’d love to just sleep, but that’s not an option. Today, I’ve got to get out a mailing, write a review, and work on both books.

To work! Have a great weekend everyone!



  1. Glad to hear you had a good yoga class.

  2. Thank for putting a link to my blog on yours.

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