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An Excuse to Ingurgitate..?

December 21, 2013
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Ingurgitate – definition: to swallow greedily or in great quantity, as food

Christmas dinner

Firstly, a Merry Christmas to you all. I wish you health, wealth, love and flowing words for 2014.

The celebration of the festivities centers mainly around the Christmas Day meal. Traditionally, turkey is the bird of choice although duck, chicken, ham and vegetarian equivalents are among the other options available. Although if you read this link, you can find exceptional offerings :  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-502605/It-serves-125-takes-hours-cook-stuffed-12-different-birds—really-IS-Christmas-dinner.html

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This combination in itself would be enough to try and consume without all the trimmings to go with it. I am sure there would be many weeks of sandwiches, crock-pot meals and leftover meals after this one.

So why do we eat to excess at these times? Is it greed, showing off to family and friends, a status symbol of our wealth? Or is it a celebration of abundance we are able to enjoy?

Or a symbol of love for those around us who have made our lives better for being in it?

This last option is the one I believe in, especially now, as I am thousands of miles away from my family. I will treasure the moments with my immediate family on Christmas Day this year. My choice of bird this Christmas is duck.

Take your choice of these explanations or comment on your own thoughts.

This link gives some insight from a British point of view.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/dec/22/eating-excess-christmas-british-tradition

What bird are you cooking? 

Image from : http://www.acageybee.com/decking-the-halls/145

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What’s The Driving Force in Your Writing..?

December 12, 2013
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Impetus – definition: 1) a. a driving force : impulse b. something that makes a person try to work hard or harder; 2. the characteristic of a moving body that is caused by its mass and its motion.

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I’m sharing a superb post today dealing with the driving force for writers.   Please visit the site, its certainly worthwhile.

http://thewritersvineyard.com/2013/02/the-driving-force-of-story.html

My driving force is mainly an idea that develops exponentially in my mind, demanding attention until it is safely on paper or screen. Even if I try to ignore it, there is an unpleasant sick feeling that comes over me and I have to write. My writing is free flow and it works well for me. With my ‘late’ start with this writing lark, I have an added driving force – to get as many stories written as I can!

What is your driving force?

We all need encouragement for our writing and it comes from many sources but having a few nice things surrounding us also helps! So I’m also sharing some great ideas for writers – put them on your Christmas wish list:

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2013/12/top-10-christmas-gifts-writers-writers.html

http://madebythepotter.blogspot.ca/2013/11/christmas-gifts-for-writers-and-book.html

http://www.theliterarygiftcompany.com/

http://www.cafepress.com/+writers+gifts

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Ostentatious Possessions…

October 10, 2013
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Ostentatious – definition: actions, manners, qualities intended to attract attention : showy

I found the most ostentatious author possession for today’s post. Ian Fleming’s gold typewriter. Yes it’s true – take a look at http://oztypewriter.blogspot.ca/2012/02/500th-post-golden-typewriter.html

Now that’s reveling in your author acclaim. What would a modern equivalent be – a gold laptop?

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Other interesting items found – http://flavorwire.com/293994/a-peek-inside-the-notebooks-of-famous-authors-artists-and-visionaries/

This is my favorite – Frida Kahlo’s diary – beautiful. I do possess a few notebooks and journals but hate to ‘spoil’ them by writing in them – stupid I know but they are so beautiful, it seems a shame to ‘deface’ them.

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What is your most prized possession?  My personal letter from Stephen King is mine. It has pride of place on my writing inspiration wall.

Obsolete but Beautiful…

July 1, 2013
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Obsolete – definition: no longer functioning or in general use : out of date

There is something endearing about old typewriters. I’m not talking about the electronic ones but the finger aching, push as hard as you can, kind. They were manufactured in a time when design was highly regarded as opposed to the functionality of the machine. However, now we can appreciate the pride of workmanship so evident in their production. The design features and attention to detail are beautiful, something we lost in functionality.

Just compare these two photos – which one is the more esthetically pleasing?

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modern typewriter

As some of you may have read, (https://mandyevebarnett.com/2013/06/10/stirred-up-vehicle-memories/) I also prefer older vehicles as well. They have so much more character.

What obsolete objects do you love and admire?

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