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Writing Takeaways:

  • Own your work, suspend judgment, share it, let it go
  • Acknowledge sources of inspiration
  • The wheels are always turning even when the page is blank
  • Don’t make it about other people

Books:

Here are just two of the fabulous writing/creativity books acquired and added to a book collection that urgently requires a book shelf and desperately needs to be read –

  • Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird (While Goldberg is Zen-sparse, Lamott’s writing is meat and potatoes – love them both)
  • Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit

Reading Highlights:

The number of books read this year has plummeted as my attention span has gone off on an unannounced jaunt. Quite possibly with my Muse. What I enjoyed –

  • May Sarton’s Journal of a Solitude
  • Joanne Harris’ Five Quarters of the Orange
  • Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl
  • Julie Orringer’s How to Breathe Underwater

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  • Ruth L. Ozeki’s A Tale for the Timebeing
  • Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet
  • Andrew Miller’s Pure

Screen Highlights:

  • Shirley Valentine
  • The Diving Bell & The Butterfly
  • Downton Abbey

Books on their way right now (have waited a long time for these two. got lucky and found them at 70% off…ohhh joy!) –

  • The Diary of Frida Kahlo
  • The Big New Yorker Book of Cats

Best Day Out:

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  • A vineyard tour (great company, good wine and life in soft focus!)

People Adored: Nil

© Anuradha Prasad

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