Thursday, October 03, 2013

Ten Great Things

1. The weather: Indian Summer that goes on and on. Perfect days for reading, writing, thinking, drowsing in the hammock.

2. The corn: The lack of rain has made this summer veggie oh so sweet. Made up some corn and crab chowder, and my son proclaimed he wanted to learn how to cook.

3. My kids: Doing well in school, adjusting to the next step of 'adulthood'. But do we ever grow up? I hope not...

4. The latest issue of JMWW: Jam-packed with delectable fiction and poetry and book reviews and more, more, more. Read it NOW.

5. Tim O'Brien's IN THE LAKE OF THE WOODS: What a fabulous novel. O'Brien's writing is out-of-the-box and out-of-this-world. Want shivers? Read it.

6. Best bit of writing advice: "In dialogue tags, place the name of the speaker before the verb," Ellie said. "It gives the narrative forward momentum.

7. Best bit of information on how to read a short story: The climax usually comes at the end, ideally the penultimate sentence (Eudora Welty is genius at this).

8. The U S of A: Despite our warts and differences and diversity, still the best place to live.

9. The garden: And my husband for tending it.

10. My friends: You know who you are, cyber and real. With you, I dine and w(h)ine, work and play, write and read, experience and dream.

What's on your gratitude list? Peace...


  1. So much sweet gratitude here. It's a good list to read. It turns the mind toward what is beautiful despite current problems in our land. Thanks for this Linda.

    1. I wrote this for myself more than anyone else. Writing makes it stick, you know? Peace...

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    1. I miss you too! Yeah, #6 works, it really does! Peace...

  3. There are so many thing, I don't think I could reduce it to just ten. :)

    1. DC, you are one lucky lady to have more than 10 things to be grateful for! Me too. Maybe I'll write 10 every day :) Peace...

  4. O'Brien has never mistreated my time. I'll give it a shot eventually...

    Reading Caitlin R. Kiernan's The Drowning Girl right now. While it's SpecFic, it's got such strong voice and a riddled character that has made me think of your prose. You might give it a shot.

  5. Ten Great Things. What a Great idea!!!! Glad you're well. Glad the soup was delish. And yes, isn't the weather terrific? Best time of year.

  6. I like the idea of 10 great things - so inspiring!

    Today, I am thrilled that it snowed this morning - the snowflakes coming down were nice big, fat fluffers that lazily made their way to the ground. So beautiful!