Archery and Writing

  • May 20, 2019
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I got clipped by an arrow.

To be fair, I hadn’t been back to archery in over six months, had only taken two lessons, and was wearing a short arm guard.

Long arm guard in place, I resumed shooting. The instructor corrected my stance. Hips too far forward, shoulders needed to be down, chest open. I was tensing when it was time to release the arrow.

But there was that one time when I let myself breathe, focused on the target, and the arrow struck close to the center.

It made me think about writing. Are my shoulders down? Is my stance relaxed? Am I focused on the target? (Which would be the next sentence in a story.)

It takes repetition to get it right. And to walk away tired, with muscles pinging in areas I never considered, noting the hits and misses and determined to do better next time?

Yep. That’s writing.

 

Mother’s Day

  • May 12, 2019
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I’m repeating this post because, well, because.

My Mom and Writing

 

Returning to Magic: United House Wrecking

  • May 05, 2019
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I dragged fellow author Carrie V. Nelkin with me to what I considered a treasure trove of inspiration: United House Wrecking, in Stamford, Connecticut. I had written about them before but I wanted to go back and buy a doorknob.

Yes, a doorknob. Something small that would remind me of this place. I think of it as Aladdin’s cave, an emporium of wonder and beauty and sometimes plain weirdness. It’s no wonder I feel at home. Where else can you find doors like these?

Or a jade ship, ready to sail into mystical waters?

Here’s a closeup of one section. I was in awe at the detail.

Wandering around outside and dodging between life-sized lions and griffins, I found the whimsical peeking out.

In case you’re wondering, yes, I found my doorknob. I see a story in its metal but it’s content to sit quietly on my table until I’m ready.

There’s something for everyone and at all prices. (Oh, and the people are nice, too.)

Follow them on Instagram at unitedhousewrecking.

 

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