Master Prose class begins Aug. 29th.
I am dictating the handwritten first draft of Chapter Eleven, entitled "Helmer," of my book-in-progress into the iMac. I would like to have sixty pages of OPEN FOR LUNCH ready for the start of class since every four weeks I need twenty pages of fresh manuscript for oral and written critique by my classmates and professor.
I have come to love the critique process. Usually a full hour! So helpful!
If you believe that there is value in reaching out to strangers, what might your gift be for doing so?
Most tell me that I can do this because I'm me. Probably so.
But you're you........what can you do? A smile? Eye contact? Pay it forward? Listen? It only takes seconds to reach out.
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What ideas do you have about engaging in this kind of behavior with a stranger?
I have come to see that my simple gesture of asking a stranger to eat lunch with me opens up opportunities for us both that we might never have had. In other words there is value in this practice.
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What value do you see in asking a stranger to eat lunch with you?
The events that comprise the chapters in OPEN FOR LUNCH have occurred over fourteen years and continue to happen.
Here's the gist: when I'm by myself and out for lunch at a restaurant---fast food, sit down, take out---I have been asking other diners who are alone, to eat lunch with me.
You won't believe what happens!
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Any idea what occurs during these lunches?
I had to re-order business cards so I had them redesigned. If you look closely you will see the title (so far) of my new book in-the-writing. Like 'Musical Morphine,' this one won't let me go.
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Can you read the book title? Any thoughts?
I am beginning a spring/summer website slowdown to every other week starting today! Be watching for news, special announcements and a book teaser just the same. Check my events calendar for update of my whereabouts.
Writing can be solitary except when you are lucky enough to participate in a class. Once again I am back at the writing desk in a three-hour UNCA grad. class through Great Smokies Writing Program (see it on Facebook or the UNCA website)
With this go-round I am in an eight-person Prose Master Class with prof. Elizabeth Luytens, a master teacher and editor. Twenty pages of new manuscript are due every four weeks for oral and written critique.
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Any guesses what I'm writing?
PS Join me tomorrow and Saturday at Asheville Wordfest
This couplet from William Stafford resonates with me so strongly after finishing my first book, MUSICAL MORPHINE: Transforming Pain One Note at A Time. It has its own “season.”
I am allowing the “call” of my second book to wait until I have a clearer picture of its order. I have collected notes and written a statement of intention just to see where the early pen would take me.
I like the direction it is going.
Being a Person by William Stafford
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Award Finalist in the "Health: Alternative Medicine" category of the 2017 Best Book Awards