Please join us on Wednesday in toasting the women winemakers of the world! And please share–Who are your favorite women winemakers?
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That’s the idea of the tweet-up on the first Wednesday evening of March–to taste and tweet about wines made by women March 5, 2014. We’re going to get started at 5pm Pacific Standard Time.
See if you agree with Ron’s ranked list of the Top 30 films of 2013–plus his worst films and why. Let us know in the comments–which film did you think was best and worst and why?
For me though, nothing matched 12 Years a Slave. Brutally honest and hard to watch (as reported by the LA Times here), but necessary for people in this country to see.
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
Leonard was a novelist but most of his rules still apply to writing in general. If you want to read the why and the wherefore and his stories that generated these rules, you’ll need to go to Brain Pickings, or even better, buy the book Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing (public library) illustrated by Joe Ciardiello.
If you just want the basic rules, a taste of what he has to say, and some ideas of how they apply to academic writing, read on! Read more…
As we’re heading into some stormy weather here in southern California, it’s important to remember that, as John Muir put it, “The sun shines not on us but in us.” Image by Sheila Piala who made this lovely shareable jpg and found the source too: “Mountain Thoughts”, written by Muir during the 1870s, were collected by Linnie Marsh Wolfe and published in John of the Mountains (1938).
We’re making progress on Earth Day with more meetings this week and some important announcements on the horizon!
What will YOU be doing at Earth Day 2014?
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead
What will you do for Earth Day 2014? Read more…
Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. Why not you?
Because LIFE is NOT a spectator sport. And if we want to maintain life on earth as we know it today, we ALL must participate. Read more…
“For me and most of the writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird (page 22)
“The writing we most admire, the writing that takes us into other worlds, the writing that allows us to live the experience of others, the writing that influences our thoughts and emotions has evolved through a process of exploration dna discovery. That process is both frightening and thrilling for the writer since progress is made, as it is in science and sports, by instructive failure.” Donald Murray, Craft of Revision (page 3)
“Most writers manage to get by because, as the deadline creeps closer, their fear of turning in nothing eventually surpasses their fear of turning in something terrible,” writes business blogger “Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators” which is based on her brand new book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success (2014 Viking). “Failure,” McArdle states simply on her website, “is what makes success possible.”
“Work finally begins,” says Alain de Botton, “when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.”
In “Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators”, McArdle argues that fear of failure or even just the fear of writing something bad paralyzes writers. Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, one of the best-known experts in the psychology of motivation and who has studied how people react to failure, agrees. However, Read more…