good advice for creative types from Marge Piercy

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Young Woman Writing” by Pierre Bonnard (1908)

I have always believed writing chooses you, rather than the other way around.

You are either compelled to write, or not.

No sane person would willingly choose the loneliness, rejection, crippling self doubt and relative poverty that are part and parcel of the writing life. The rewards must come from the creative act itself, from having made sense out of chaos if even for a fleeting moment.

Given that you absolutely cannot help yourself — that you must write to feel alive  — you simply go about setting down one word after another after another every single day, while battling your inner demons and that pesky inner editor.

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friday feast: Z is for zucchini

  Alex Gee/flickr


It’s August, unbearably HOT, and I must confess something.

I miss running from zucchini.

Once upon a time, when we lived at our old house and Len had his famous vegetable garden, there’d always come a time when monster zucchini would appear out of nowhere and chase us around the back yard.

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friday feast: le poème de la pomme

photo by Suburban Paparazzi.

Happy Autumn!

You look mahvelous! Did you know you’re the apple of my eye?☺

In honor of Johnny Appleseed’s 235th birthday tomorrow, I’m going all apple-y today. I LOVE apple season. Talk about a perfect fruit. “A” is definitely for Apple, and an apple a day keeps writer’s block away (hee).

I’m looking forward to gorging myself on apple cider, pie, muffins, crumble, fritters, dumplings, and pancakes. I love apples in fresh salads and relishes, and with a little peanut butter at snacktime. And don’t apples have the best names? I wouldn’t mind being called English Beauty, Kerry Irish Pippin or Empress (you may curtsy now). Can’t imagine the fun I could have with Rambo, Sops of Wine, Doctor Hogg. And I just learned there’s an apple called Hawai’i, a cross between Golden Delicious and Gravenstein. It’s a gourmet dessert apple with the fragrance and flavor of pineapples!

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