Writing Essentials

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So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. 
― Virginia WoolfA Room of One's Own

Before I moved, most of my blog writing took place in the dining room.  I had an office, but it was unheated and not air conditioned, so generally uncomfortable for 8-9 months of the year.  I made do, but now that I have a comfy office, I don't know how I lived without it!  I can spread out, leave bills and other paper work in neat little piles. It's my private space, something all my own.  My daughter is even reluctant to enter it which is a serious bonus.  Don't get me wrong, I love my daughter, but she has a knack for interrupting me when I'm deep in thought.   

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NaBloPoMo - National Blog Posting Month

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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -- Benjamin Franklin

I may have just jumped off the high dive without checking whether there was water in the pool.  Time will tell.  I have joined the BlogHer's blogroll for this year's National Blog Posting Month.  The event corresponds with National Novel Writing Month.  Inspired by Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica, I would love to sit down and write a novel.  I know her first novel came from this event, but truth told, a whole novel seems incredibly daunting.  The pressure to try is even more daunting given that my cousin Amor's first novel made it on The New Times Best Sellers list.

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fingers crossed

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"Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites."   -- William Ruckelshaus, first EPA Administrator

Fingers crossed.  I just emailed my editor the article I've been working on this past week.  I hope she likes it.  Writing has always been such a stretch for me.  Despite being on the high school newspaper and attending journalism camps for several summers, I never had much faith in my ability to write.  Yeah , I know, its rather an ironic comment coming from a blogger.  The confidence didn't occur until my mid-twenties in graduate school.  I was writing 4-5 page papers a week for one class while keeping up with a full academic load and a part-time job.  I had to write with confidence because any other emotion would have immobilized me.  Write from the heart, read, edit, write some more. 

I had tremendous fun writing this particular article.  If accepted, it will go to print and be on national newsstands in April.  What made this article such a joy were all the people I interviewed.   Dedicated artists, designers and environmentalists who were passionate and articulate with a great sense of humor.  These are people with whom you want to pull up a chair, pour a cup of coffee and chat for hours over your knitting. 

I won't give you the details. You will have to wait for the article to be published, but one design pair I interviewed are affiliated with this organization.  Enjoy!