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Take pen in hand and lay out a wish list…

Posted in "Wit"icisms" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2014 by Mj Rains

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…

ūüėČ Painting: Glass of Wine by Elena Ilku


Feeling Blue

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2013 by Mj Rains

feeling blueHold on to your divine blush, your innate rosy magic, or end up brown. Once you’re brown, you’ll find out you’re blue. As blue as indigo. ¬†And you know what that means. ¬†Indigo. Indigoing. Indigone.¬†

~ Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume~

feeling blue Celine fashionFeeling Celine blue…

Cary Mulligan blue featheredCarey Mulligan feathered in blue…

Dom Bosco Bassilica in blueDom Bosco Bassilica…in blue…

“it’ll be this kind of deep blue,” she said. “The kind of color that somehow sucks your eyes and your ears and all your words–the color of a completely closed-in night.”¬† ~Banana Yoshimoto, Asleep~

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ESQ-benedict-cumberbatch-fashion-2013-xlBenedict Cumberbatch; always perfect in deep blue…

I peek up at his features, at the crooked grin I want to savor, at the color in his eyes I’d use to paint a million pictures. ~Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me~

Blue balconies in FranceFrance

feeling blue coffee time

feeling blue in blue wedding dress

I need the shade of blue that rips your heart out. You don’t see that type of blue around here. ~Cath Crowley~

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feeling blue in Gucci shoeGucci

Michelle Williams in blue“How do you feel?” he asks. “Blue,” she says. “Why blue? Why not orange…or pink?” “You know I hate those colors.”

~Mj Rains, The Wit Continuum, blue lines from my novel in progress~

Feeling Blue


Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2012 by Mj Rains

This was nice to find this weekend. The very beautiful Jensinewall has given me this very inspiring award and what can I say but thank you.

A few bits about me as of June 18.2012 :

1. I love getting awards. Seriously, just when I’m thinking I might be wasting too much time here and should maybe abandon the Wit ship, someone wonderful tells me that I inspire them and then, well,…you know the rest…Who hasn’t thought about quitting too?

2. Tomorrow’s my birthday. Though I won’t reveal my age, and all you know not to ask a woman her age, I can say that I certainly don’t feel my age, that people are all the time shocked when I tell them how old I am. I feel like I’m 26 years old. (God, how I wish I was 26!) If you’re 26 and you feel like you’re getting old come over here and I’ll slap you right out of it!

3. I’m a writer. I’m working on revising my novel. I have countless short stories in files on paper and in my computer. I’ve lost count. For some reason they are all unpublished…I wonder why….

4. I dream all the time about living in Italy, or Paris or on some incredible island with white sand and blue water that never ends. I’ll write in Italy and Paris, and send plenty of Instagram pics out there to Twitter, etc.¬† I won’t bother to write in the sand.

5. I love old books, typewriters, cameras, cars, and vintage photography.

6. I’m writing from my dining room table right now, because I’m sick of my computer desk in my room without a door.

7. I think I’ll go slice up an apple to snack on…and when I’m done here I’ll be working on that revision.

Here are my Very Inspiring Blogger Award nominees:

Robin Coyle 

I’m so happy to have found you Robin. You’re a brilliant writer and very inspiring. The bookshop and vintage typewriter posts are my favorites.

Gorgeous photography from David Hall at A Monkeyhanger’s Motley Medley – Seriously, you’re here almost every day, clicking that like button. Don’t you have anything better to do?;)

Theodora Black at People, Places and Bling!  Take me to France with you!!! Please!

More great photography here at A Hectic World of Art.  I think I see you more on Instagram now baby!

Russel Ray Photos Great photos, but your music on Mondays has me feeling quite witty!

Settle and Chase – Cath, your work just stuns me!

Jump for Joy! Photo Project…. You have me jumping for joy!¬† The beauty of the human spirit shines here.


Thank you to all my followers for keeping me inspired. I wish, truly, that I had to time to shout out to all of you!!

xo, Wit




On Writing…

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2012 by Mj Rains

So, I’ve been writing this week, which is why I’ve been a bit lax on the posting this week, which I guess is a good thing, right?

Here I am¬† writing away yesterday…it was bit cool so fur was a must along with my vintage desk and typewriter (seriously, I’m finding typewriters now, thanks to Robin Coyle,¬† as well as bicycles…call me a freak…).

So I’m editing and revising the novel I’m writing and it’s going well so far. A good thing. I took a moment to open a book on writing, a thing I try not to do too much, or too often, because then I end up reading more than writing, but I love when I open to a page of inspiration, a page to keep you on track.

Here’s a segment from On Writing by Stephen King. Whether you’re a fan of his work or not, it doesn’t matter. It’s one of the best damn books on writing a writer can read.

I like to get ten pages a day, which amounts to 2,000 words. That’s 180,000 words over a three-month span, a goodish length for a book – something in which the reader can get happily lost, if the tale is done well and stays fresh. On some days those ten pages come easily; I’m up and out and doing errands by eleven-thirty in the morning, perky as a rat in liverwurst. More frequently, as I grow older, I find myself eating lunch at my desk and finishing the day’s work around one-thirty in the afternoon.¬† Sometimes, when the words come hard, I’m still fiddling around at teatime. Either way is fine with me, but only under dire circumstances do I allow myself to shut down before I get my 2,000 words.

I don’t know how to apply the 2,000 words a day to revision and editing, but I’ve been sticking with a chapter a day, which is working out fine. But I love SK’s goal of the ten page day. Four to six has always been mine.

What are some of your writing goals? Pages? Word count?

Typewriter Love

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2012 by Mj Rains

I have a love for vintage typewriters, cameras, phones…and books…

But I am thankful for all the new technology…Imagine having to type that 300 page novel out on this old number. I’d be doomed.

See some more old typewriters and clever writing perspective at this great post:  The Lowly Typewriter.

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