Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gardening and Writing

I am busier now in the garden. Last fall and through the winter I added a trail system of weed cover and crushed granite plus several loads of topsoil. Then I planted turnips, radishes, Swiss chard, greens, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and a rose bush. In February I put four fruit trees in: peach, lemon, orange, olive. Now I am adding more topsoil to the low lying area and mulch, and preparing the beds. I've started tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers in starter trays.

I can't help but think gardening and writing are very much related. The author preps the story with foreshadowing and setting, adds characters and plot, turns the plot like one turns the soil, plants the theme, and watches the book grow. Good seed: good crops. Good story: good book. I am thankful for the opportunity to enjoy both!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Readers

I met an avid, dedicated reader at this month's Weston Lakes Book Club session, which is somewhat strange to say given 30 members who meet monthly to dissect and discuss the assigned reading can all be classified as avid, dedicated readers. But our review of Dan Brown's "Inferno" revealed a reader extraordinaire -- one who used her laptop map capability to track Robert Langdon and Sienna Brown's escapades in Florence. She used the satellite map (hybrid) to track their pathways and the historic structures so aptly described by Brown, giving all of us a better grasp of Brown's mastery of the setting and plot, and planting the seed for us to use such technology in our future reading.

Thank you, Weston Lakes Book Club members for such a lively discussion! It is so revealing to study how various readers interpret the same book, what impresses some and not others, striving to understand the author's intent, etc. As for my own writing journey, passed the 64,000 word mark and pressing on toward completing my first draft this spring. Still lots to do, but progress!