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Tanya Lee Stone

February 27th, 2005

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Tanya Lee Stone
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February 27th, 2005

Thank you Goddess Le Guin! Ursula LeGuin has given all writers a great gift. Most of the books I think of as friends are from my childhood. But this new friend joined my shelf a few years back and never disappoints. At a fork in the road with a character, or a piece of plot? I was the other day. A nice long walk or a shower can sometimes do the trick to get me unstuck (why do so many good ideas occur to us in the shower?), and so can the perfect writing exercise a la Le Guin. There are so many to choose from in this book, conveniently categorized in chapters such as Changing Point of View and Indirect Narration. So, Steering the Craft has secured its place amongst old childhood pals The Phantom Tollbooth, Bridge to Terabithia, Ramona the Pest, Forever--and newer faves The Music of Dolphins, Hard Love, Speak, and Looking for Alaska (love the Colonel!).

But now that LeGuin has helped steer me back on track, my two mcs, Rachel and Ben, are calling. Later, Livers!

Letter Writing

My hand aches. I so rarely use it for writing anymore. Deborah Brodie had a group of us do handwritten writing exercises last month and one funny side effect was seeing how many of us kept shaking our hands out and rubbing them because we are all so unaccustomed to actually hand writing anything. So today I've been handwriting, a skill, thanks to Deborah, I have now not completely forgotten. The wonderful Cynthia Leitich Smith gave me a beautiful journal to mark an important moment in my life not long ago, and I've been waiting to be inspired as to what to do with it. It's much too beautiful to keep grocery lists in. I didn't want to use it for book ideas, and I am not the type to handwrite fiction. I waited for inspiration, so as not to squander such a thoughtful gift. Today, I found it. I've decided to start a journal of letters that my daughter may read on some far distant day. After writing the first letter, I was surprised by how much I had to say that I had not already expressed. And I'm really looking forward to having a private spot to write to her. Thanks, oh sparkly Cyn!
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