Thursday, August 27, 2009
Write With Fire
I often call Charles Gramlich the hardest working man in my blog world. Reading Write With Fire, I realize this is even more true than I supposed. I have met Charles the same way I know lots of people -- through his blog and through his books. I love having a blog because it gives me a chance to write more with instant feedback and allows me to know people I might never meet otherwise. Who else but Heff is going to agree with me that the new Playboy sucks (Heidi Montag, really?) or review obscure horror movies like Scott or provide me with beautiful artwork like Lana? I can't live without a dose of my beautiful spirited Jodi (proving that brains and looks go together!) or hearing from the walking man, my dear friend and yes, student, of many years ago, Mark. I love Laura's thoughtful approach to topics I might not consider otherwise (Is free good? a tour of the Winchester house -- yes!) and Tim's prose about his life and deepest thoughts. Rob's take on the religious life always leaves me thinking and Jason always makes me laugh. I could go on (and there are many other wonderful blogs I read), but this is to say that I would not have known about Write With Fire without this world.
I love the practical advice that Charles provides his readers in this book. Stay hydrated. (and not with the demon rum, at least not until the end of the day) Work steadily. This is how to write a cover letter. Writing groups are good until they're not. How to take or not take criticism. Charles has written tons of books, stories, and essays, has a beautiful brilliant wife named Lana, and has raised a terrific son, Josh. In addition to all of this, he works as a professor full-time. Feeling lazy yet? I am. Even so, I'm going to get to work today, put down those words, and try to remember to stay hydrated while dreaming the past to create the future.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"The work goes on, the cause endures." Ted Kennedy
Lots of August birthdays so I'm going to come up with a birthday menu for tomorrow. Suggestions?
Benedictions and Maledictions
RIP, Ted Kennedy! Have been really behind on e-mail, but am going to get it all done by this weekend -- thanks for all the kind words and especially the request for books! You guys rock!