Tuesday, December 25, 2007

THE ZEN OF CHRISTMAS

Things bear repeating.

74 degrees and 9 pm Christmas day.
This one's for Galen - it's a dragon nudibranch. I've taken many photographs of these creatures. I never tire of them. I guess you could call them my passion among many things (horses, sailboats, diving).
So one of my Christmas books was from Touloose. THE ZEN OF WRITING by Ray Bradbury. He said so much that rings true for writers but one thing was especially meaningful to me.
Write your passion.
Take your character and make them love what you love and want what you want. In this way you can make your story authentic and tell the truth.
So I now find myself writing about a poor disoriented woman who is seaching for the perfect black and white cat.
One with opposable thumbs.
Oh yeah,
His name's gotta be Touloose...

21 comments:

Maggie said...

Hi Patricia. Just wanted to drop you a note from sunny South Africa. I got Lottery from my parents-in-law. They asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I told them, lol.
I am loving your book so much! Great job. And Merry Christmas to you.

Colorado Writer said...

I got a copy of LOTTERY for Christmas! I'm so excited!

ORION said...

How fun! Let me know how you like it when you finish.

Chumplet said...

I got it from my daughter yesterday and I'm already halfway through. I see your point about writing what you love -- I'll be a sailing pro before I'm finished!

The Anti-Wife said...

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you!

Sam said...

I Love Ray Bradbury - good writing advice from a master!

Happy Christmas!

Holly Kennedy said...

Merry Christmas from Canada.

How fun to see people commenting who received Lottery for Christmas, huh?!

Church Lady said...

I thought you were going to say that your character is an expert on dragon nudibranches. (for once I'm not joking)

:-)

Val Cox said...

beautiful, thank you!

ORION said...

Church lady- very funny! I meant recycled photos...but being a nudibrach expert would be fairly cool...

Kim Stagliano said...

Nudibranch? Isn't that what Adam wore over his dangly bits?

Happy New Year!

Lisa R said...

Great post. I didn't get Lottery for Christmas but I did give it out as a Christmas present to everyone in my office. Happy New Year.

Barrie said...

I have many books about writing. But not this one. Sounds good!

writtenwyrdd said...

Happy New Years, Pat! (And I loved Lottery, too.)

Trish Ryan said...

You're brilliant, as always. Thanks for writing my most-recommended book of 2007 :)

Bookfool said...

Lovely photo! I've read The Zen of Writing and loved it. It's one of my favorite writing books. Have you read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott? That's another good one.

Stephen Parrish said...

Take your character and make them love what you love and want what you want. In this way you can make your story authentic and tell the truth.

I knew it! I shoulda been writing erotica all along.

Happy New Year, Pat, from the opposite side of the planet. Due to the time difference I'll get there before you, but don't worry, I'll wait.

Robin S. said...

Hi Pat, I snapped a good pictiure for you for Christmas - Lottery is in Borders at Heathrow - with a big display- I'll email it to you in the next few days- thought you'd wanna see it.

Happy holidays!

Marianne Arkins said...

You're very sneaky... eavesdropping when I'm talking about you! LOL... good thing I didn't say anything awful.

And, yep, all I've heard are good things about your book, so it's top of my TBR pile, once I can get through the ARCs I "have" to read for The Long and the Short of It.

:-)

Travis Erwin said...

Happy New Year to you.

Sam said...

Happy New Year!
May it be filled with peace and prosperity! (and lots of good books!)