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!

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