The seeds of stories…


The seeds of our stories are planted within ourselves. We might jot down ideas in a journal or pour our hearts out on the page of a first draft in a highly personal and uncensored manner. We formulate our innermost thoughts and then record our experiences, or sketch fictional characters and plots. We reach down deep within ourselves and see what germinates. This is healing. – Tracy Strauss, Harnessing Creativity

Kissing the muse…

Image of Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke, Rolling Stone Mag 2012

Take pen in hand and lay out a wish list…

glass of wine elena ilku

Julia Cameron, in her book The Sound of Paper, tells me, as an exercise in Wishes come true, to try this: Take pen in hand and lay out a wish list…Allow your wishes to be what they are, to range from the minuscule and easily fulfilled to the large and seemingly impossible…

Here’s mine, written by the pool on July 6. 2014

A house on the beach…

Pure, perfect expression of words in my writing, full of imagery and magic…

Enough money to travel the world and live in different countries…a year in Paris, a year in Venice, for example…

An ice-filled glass of Coke…

A menthol cigarette, just one…or two…

A chat over a cup of Earl Grey with Benedict Cumberbatch, just to hear his voice in person…

A part in one episode of Vikings or Game of Thrones or Mad Men…I can be killed off as long as I have a scene with Clive Standon, Kit Harington, or Jon Hamm…

A glass of Kendall Jackson chardonnay…

My published novel in my hand…

The summer to last for six months instead of three…

October to last forever…

Family…ah, to grow successful and famous, if they wish…

My body, to be in perfect health, despite the wine, the Coke, and that one, or two cigarettes…

šŸ˜‰ Painting: Glass of Wine by Elena Ilku

 

Indolence is essential to writing…

“I have a basic indolence about me which is essential to writing….It’s thinking time, it’s hanging-out time, it’s day-dreaming time.Ā  You know, it’s lie-around-the-bed time, it’s sitting-like-a-dope-in-your-chair time. And that seems to me essential to any work.”

~Grace Paley

Welcoming Spring…

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~ Lewis Grizzard

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” ~ Robin Williams

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~ Charles Dickens

Awake, thou wintry earth –
fling off they sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~ Thomas Blackburn

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~ Anne Bradstreet

All images via Deviant Art.

The Peace of Christmas Eve

There is something about the peace of Christmas Eve that makes it my favorite time of the holiday season. All the shopping is done. All the presents are wrapped, the cookies are baked, the cheesecake awaits. Then the blessed evening falls upon us…we are off in our best dresses, into the chilly air for Christmas Mass, the hymns, the bell choirs, the smell of incense…then home to warmth by the fire, the Christmas tree’s glow, a sip of wine, and an enchanted dinner to celebrate the day. We break a blessed Christmas wafer and pass it around, symbolic of our love and sharing.

May you be filled with love and joy and the peace of Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas

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