Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bookstore Visit

I went shopping today in 108 degree weather-well, actually the mall is a great air conditioned indoor place to visit in summer heat like this. Besides, all the summer clothes are on sale to make way for fall and school clothes. Where does the time fly to so fast?

I visited my favorite store Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Was looking for a couple of books, and I bought two that looked interesting. One by Julia Cameron of Artist's Way fame called The Sound of Paper: Starting from Scratch. She talks about blooming where we are planted and making connections with the place that we live even if it isn't our dream or ideal place. She continues...In order to make art, we must first make an artful life, a life rich enough and diverse enough to give us fuel. We must strive to see the beauty where we are planted, even if we are planted somewhere that feels very foreign to our own nature.

The other book is Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius within You. I guess you can tell where my interests are right now-WRITING CREATIVELY. I want to be able to help others find the joy of writing and releasing the VOICE within each of us. The book jacket says...It is a celebration of the act of writing itself that will delight, impassion, and inspire the writer in you. In it, Bradbury encourages us to follow the unique path of our instincts and enthusiasms to the place where our inner genius dwells, and he shows that success as a writer depends on how well you know one subject: your own life.

What's been your favorite activity or accomplishment this summer so far?

10 comments:

Stephanie Faris said...

Finishing a novel, getting some requests from agents, that sort of thing. But mostly finishing the novel. I'm trying to focus more on the importance of the process of writing than on this eternal quest to be published.

Jean said...

I'd sure like to say gardening has been my big accomplishment this summer, but the endless rain has taken care of that but good. So...maybe my big summer accomplishment is more knitting. My needles are flying.

Mare said...

I'll have to think on that. I'll be back.

Cheryl /Ashton said...

Finally getting some reading done...The Necklace, The Summer Kitchen and To Kill A Mockingbird, am now working on The Time Travelers Wife...oh, and The Wildwater Walking Club...and of course, perusing your book!

gigihawaii said...

The most striking aspect of this summer is learning that the University of Hawaii has acquired 13 copies of my 3 memoirs. Add to that the 45 copies the public libraries have acquired and anyone can borrow them.

SandyCarlson said...

These reviews are great and useful. Do you have an Amazon account? If so, I hope you posted these reviews there, too.

~PakKaramu~ said...

Pak Karamu reading your blog

kavita said...

Blogging ,planning my daughter's study schedule(home)...Lin,i need your advice here...i am seriously thinking of stopping blogging as my daughter thinks that i spend more time with comp.now a days(this is her side)...(my side)i have given up my work to raise my kids,i once used to be very busy with my professional life..now since blogging i think i have discovered a whole new world of good friends,i enjoy it...i take very good care of them and spend a lot of good time with them....may be they are used to of too much of my attention...i am confused ...plz let me know what you think of all this.....and yes,i am very careful that i dont overlook my duties towards my family

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

Robert transplanting several of my favs from 809 to 3830 but yet leaving scads at the old place....discovering I love my new place...

Rambling Woods said...

You know what my favorite activity is.....