I have books about writing but I haven’t used them much recently.
I have been more interested in reading, escaping to different worlds or being inspired by people trying to save our beautiful planet from doom.
My writing desk is crowned by writing references. Occasionally I will leaf through one if I’m looking for direction or ideas on what to write about – not that I lack any prompts from my busy little mind.
My two favourite writing references are:
They were published by Ottawa area writers and editors. They are also my friends 🙂 Unfortunately, I loaned these books to a writing acquaintance over a year ago and still haven’t got them back. It’s time to put aside the passive voice and use those strong action words.
Have you ever had problems with getting something returned from a friend? How did you handle it?
One of my projects is to sort through my personal library, to prioritize which books to keep and which ones to donate. It’s not going very well.
I chuckled with distraction when my propensity to categorize got the best of me. I daydreamed about a time when I could work in a library or one of those rare creatures called a Book Shop. I smiled while reminiscing about a successful comic book presentation we prepared for my writing group last year.
During my intermittent sorting tasks, I made feeble attempts at book spine poetry.
As I continue to downsize my living space, it’s becoming difficult to prioritize which books deserve a spot in my two bulging book cases. It feels like a Sophie’s Choice dilemma deciding which ones to send to the donations box. One consolation is that each one could become a good reference, a source of entertainment or inspiration for someone else out there.
You can continue reading about Distractions and dilemmas on my Deep Blonde Thoughts blog. Otherwise, here’s a picture of a cat.
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I’m an Ottawa area writer too! Are you local, by chance?
Hi, Anita. Yes I am. We may have met at an OIW meeting. I do recall mention of your cupcakes 😀
Neat! I haven’t been to a meeting in ages. Do you attend regularly? 🙂
I used to attend regularly when I was on the BoD and volunteered. Waiting to see what they have lined up in the monthly meetings program come September.
Great, so nice to connect and maybe we’ll see each other at a meeting someday! 🙂
Bulging bookcases, bulging shelves and my books have spread to side tables and coffee tables and I love it. I have a really hard time parting with any books but now and again I have to make some choices. Sigh!!!! Very nice article, I enjoy your kitty cat and musings.
Thanks for sharing your comments, Susan and for dropping by!
Yes, the kitty cat retains rights for regular appearances on this blog.
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Happy to report that my acquaintance returned those two editing books. They are back in the “writing” shelves, awaiting my attention, to accept their guidance and advice.
Sometimes we need our writing brain to go fallow for a while and then we fill it with new ideas. I find reading is the best way to fill my idea funnel with ideas.
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