Wow! Is the week over already? I usually look forward to weekends but tomorrow I teach 2-day workshop and already I have 16 students and I can just see myself hobbling back home on Sunday, wishing there was a massage therapist handy to take care of me when I get there. But anyway, before that workshop starts and sucks the life out of me, it’s time to share my world (so far!) with you, courtesy of Cee’s Photography.
What is your most favorite smell/scent?
My most favorite scent would have to be a baby’s scent, like little puppies and kittens – and of course, little babies like my son, when he was literally just a little bundle in my arms. His smell has certainly changed now that he’s four, but I still take a deep inhale of his hair whenever I can, even though that baby smell is long gone.
I do like the smell of certain colognes on a man. But for now, I’ll stick to babies…
How do you write: computer, longhand or other?
I write much faster on the computer, but sometimes when I don’t have one close by, then by hand will have to do, especially when I have all these bright ideas for my novel. Thankfully, I’ve started writing in journals again, and as long as I stick to the muse and my novel ideas, then I’m fine – the journal is safe from the next moment of anger that might strike me and I rip every page to shreds – like I did every single journal I kept in the last 20 years. Sad, I know.
That’s why sometimes writing on the computer is much better. I write so much that I don’t remember what file I’ve put what in…
Your favorite blog post that you have written? (add link)
You can’t ask me to name only one! I can, however, name three:
In His Study – a short story about two of my novel characters long into the future of the story I’ve set them in. It started out as a writing challenge, but I think it’s really not anymore – because it’s long….really long.
Lucas North on Line One – A daily prompt challenge about receiving a phone call from a stranger, and in this case, I chose to receive one from the muse I was writing about then, Lucas North.
Elevator – A writing prompt that places you stuck in an elevator with a stranger. I wrote this with vintage small elevators in mind, an old unmarked can of Mace that used to be in my purse for years, and a tall, dark and handsome man with blue eyes – and hopefully no murderous tendencies…
What’s one of your favorite books from childhood?
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It was one of the books that was already in my room when I was little, and I read that again and again, not exactly understanding why it was so sad, for a children’s book. I recently just acquired my very own copy. This was printed in 1943, and I am just so excited to read it again. Hopefully I’ll understand the true meaning behind his words now, so many years after I last read it as a child.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I am grateful for spring. At least now, the days are longer and I get to do more around the house, even though I wish I could do more but with each chore I do, that’s one hour taken away from my writing unfortunately. It makes me realize just why it is there are more male poet laureates – they didn’t have to worry about dinner or the laundry or the PTA.
I am looking forward to teaching tomorrow’s Thai Yoga workshop, and in a way, getting it over with. Teaching something to that many people can be stressful, and introducing them to an Asian bodywork technique that is so new, and so different from what they learned in Swedish massage can be a challenge. For what I teach just about breaks almost all the fixed rules they learned, but it is what it is.