Gosh, I tweeted this earlier but Thursdays DRAIN me. Let me just say, it is really draining to write a book. Sometimes I want to pull my hair out and throw my laptop far enough to reach Lake Tahoe.
Marcy and I really dig deep in our writing workshops and get between the lines, so to say. Having that much focus and concentration is exhausting. And then I come home with a stack full of edits and do the whole thing again. Someday it’ll all be done….someday. I’m looking forward to sending my manuscript in on April 1st and then catching a plane South for a week. Must just get through the rest of March…must.keep.going.
Marcy sent me this little bit on editing and its very, very true!
“Editing is just reading and re-reading hundreds of times until you
find yourself skipping certain parts you don’t want to read again.
Then you cut those parts. Also, you question the sentence, ask if
there’s a better way to say something, a verb that gets there quicker,
says more. Can you make one sentence do the work of two? Three?
Editing is a separate skill. Different from story telling. Some people
are good at making things up, creating fictional worlds, and other
people are good at crafting sentences. Some people are good at both.
Some people are able to take a hard look at who they are and write
about themselves with a breathtaking honesty that illuminates not just
them, but us. Some people have a strong understanding of narrative and
tension. Writing is made up of many skills working in concert and
writers gravitate frequently to the style that highlights what they’re
We met today at Coffee Catz, this great little spot in Sebastopol (I heart Sebastopol big time). I was starving for lunch after yoga so I got “Bev’s Breakfast Muffin”, which was an english muffin with two “steamed” eggs (scrambled by the steam on the espresso machine. how interesting!), a little cheese, tomato slices and avocado. It was awesome!
I got home later in the afternoon and HAD to clear my mind. Went for a two mile run (18 min) in the sunshine and it worked wonders. I made a green monster for a snack (and chugged water from an applesauce jar. no biggie)—
I used 1/2 banana, 4 frozen strawberries, 1 cup soymilk, 1 tsp maca and a bunch of spinach. A bunch of y’all have asked about the benefits of maca and here is a great article
for you to read!
After a minor incident flooding my new neighbor’s garage while doing laundry (don’t ask), I didn’t have it in me to cook dinner but I was STARVING and needed food fast.
1/2 cup greek yogurt with a homemade vegan applesauce oat bran muffin, a little peanut butter, bonne maman, 1/4 cup TJ’s high protein cereal and 1/4th cup of this new granola
I got in the mail today!
I was SO excited to try this
after seeing it on a bunch of blogs over the past couple weeks. The verdict? Two big thumbs up. The granola was light and crunchy but not so crunchy it hurt your jaw (hey, some granola hurts my jaw!) and it was low in calories due to the fact that it was sweetened with fruit juice instead of sugar and contained miniscule fat. I’m a big granola fan and this might be my new favorite!
Dessert was this lovely chocolate covered graham cracker I bought impulsively while waiting for my sandwich to be ready yesterday after my long bike ride!
It was good but needed a roasted marshmallow. I never got my s’more last night and the craving still lives!
Thank you to everyone who donated for a chance to win the Garmin 705! Tickets are only $5….you don’t have anything to lose and every dollar counts in the fight against cancer!!!!