Reader Friday – Comfort Zones
Most of us will admit that 2020 has had plenty of added stress. We all have different ways of coping. Hiking, reading, meditating. I discovered my stress reliever turned out to be watching the Great British Baking Show. Even though I can’t understand half of what they’re saying, there was something about the show that pulled me away from my real world, which is surprising, since baking is a whole different game at 9100 feet!
What’s your comfort activity? Did it change in 2020?
“I get both elated and scared when I come to the end of a novel. Elated because it will soon be over; scared because I’m afraid I’ll blow it all.” — Raymond Obstfeld
How do you generally feel when you’re about to type “The End”?
Jack Dann (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)
“Give the best part of every day to yourself. Get up early and write if you can. Once you’ve put words to paper, you’ve conquered the day. Then you can put bread on the table and beer in the icebox.” — Jack Dann
Do you have a best time to write? Are you able to get there consistently?
“Whenever I think of the past, it brings back so many memories.” — Steven Wright
What song brings back a vivid memory, every time you hear it? “It’s Too Late” from Carole King’s album Tapestry always takes me back to a high school summer, driving my Ford Maverick to Zuma Beach with my best friend, Randy Winter. Everything was so right then.
What was your first personal computer? I fell in love with the Kaypro and was the envy of my law firm when I first got it (along with a boss daisy wheel printer). This baby had 64kb of RAM! And a 9-inch screen! And came bundled with WordStar, dBASE II, and Space Invaders!
Reader Friday – Good and Bad Investments
What is the best investment you ever made to grow your writing career? (Doesn’t have to be monetary.)
For me: Going indie.
What about the worst?
Not firing my agent.
Reader Friday – Traditions.
Sundown today marks the start of the year 5781 on the Jewish calendar. Our family tradition revolves around the meal (which is true for virtually all Jewish holidays–they tried to kill us, we prevailed, let’s eat). Sweet dishes are the norm on Rosh Hashanah, to kick the new year off to a sweet start. At our table, dessert is always Pflaumkuchen (plum cake). The recipe varied, depending on which relative was in charge of dessert, and living where we do now, prune plums are almost impossible to get, but regardless of the details, it’s always going to be plum cake for dessert.
Any holiday traditions you’d like to share, food or otherwise? Have you ever included them in your writing?
Reader Friday – Remembering 9/11
Today is the anniversary of the destruction of the Twin Towers. I know you remember when you heard, and what you were doing. Did this tragedy impact your writing in any way?
If you could relive your writing life from day one, would you change anything?
What might you do differently?
What might you do the same?
What’s on top of your To-Be-Read pile these days?