Nellie Jane Romance News©
Volume 1: Issue 2
I'm neither the first one to say it, nor the last:
Kill Your Darlings! and I quote --
"If you here require a practical rule of me, I will present you with this: ‘Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings." not Faulkner, Wilder, nor even Chekov, but a lesser known author Quiller-Couch said this in a teaching book The Art of Writing 1913-1914.
No doubt the repetition and sharing of this practice by authors Faulkner, Wilder, and Chekov gave a really good push to this bit of advice.
But no matter who said it, there is no doubt, it needed to be said.
With every rough draft, I must go back and find some new 'darling' that I have adopted and fallen in love with for that particular writing.
We Revisionaries (writing group) dig into each other's writing, find the wonderful little jeweled 'darlings' and bring them up for discussion and usually for deletion!
Check your rough draft for them. Cut them out unmercifully. Be stalwart. Be strong. Take courage. Your writing will be the better for it.
Once again, my Revisionaries come to the rescue to help me see what I am tied to. Only with these other writer's eyes am I willing to catch and remove these pretties.
I encourage you once again to find a group of writers. Check out your local library, nudge around in your neighborhood, or scope out the nearest Community College.
Find your place to resonate in like mind and spirit!
signed in love
It is winter. Q, my love, and I are snuggling into our warm Blue Moon.
We are enjoying the stretching of our new business adventure and not enjoying the stretching of our new business adventure.
When one opens the door to embrace new technology one must also embrace the understanding that nothing stays the same.
What I learned in 2005 with my first blog has morphed into something well beyond a blogspot.com blog. These new endeavors are so high in their technological thought they take hours to understand.
We still are willing to invest time, money, and the most difficult in our stage of life - energy. But it is not easy.
I have spent hours working out schedules. Schedules proving to be non-applicable in our new business. However, none of this time has been wasted.
With each revision of the schedules I find a more clear path. And now, I think I might have hit on just the right one. (Only time will tell)
My Q. is much better at scheduling than I. His concrete-sequential brain allows him to look at the least to the greatest endeavors with a clarity that would never be found in my random-abstract gray matter.
Recently I confessed a headache. Q asked "Why do you have a headache?" I confessed it was concerning an email that needed to be sent out for our business. Lines, forms, numbers – none of these are my forte. But, Q can take a moment, sit down and write a perfectly clear informational email in a few minutes. He can go through lines and lines of figures and never get a headache. He finds great joy in his Excel Sheets! Yikes ---
We are so very different in so many ways. But in the ways that matter our hearts resound on the same note..
We feel strongly about being a force for good.
We feel strongly about commitment.
We feel strongly about honesty.
We feel strongly about family.
We feel strongly about being gentle with each other and protecting one another.
We fell strongly about love.
Enjoy your day,
Forever Love Happens,
Stay Warm in the Snuggling Months!
I'm having back trouble. The older one gets the more these little bits and pieces start giving one trouble.
Winter is the perfect season to get all sorts of things taken care of. January following so nicely after Christmas and New Year's celebrations brings many to a lull in their activity.
It is a time to plan for the year. Also, time to weed out nooks and crannies that over the year have clogged up (closets, work rooms, laundry rooms).. So, we dug into our workroom and got some things cleaned out, and I am getting some little procedures taken care of on my back.
In November I had to stop working in my garden because the pain was simply too great to carry on. Q was a darling and got down on his hands and knees to plant the Pansies I had bought for the winter garden bed. But we looked at the rest of the garden and said it would need to wait until spring.
I got an MRI done, which led me to a Neurological Surgeon appointment. This totally scared the ever-living crud out of me. Q was my rock.
January brought us to a Pain Management doctor and he discussed a really non-invasive procedure that had great possibilities.
I went through the first test and found that it was a good option.
I am really excited about the end result. I have a small part of the Gladiola bed not cut back and not covered. The green stability rods stand in the same places they stood when the Gladiolas were tall. The skies are cloud covered on a regular basis right now. Some snow had fallen over these months and lots of cold ice has lain on our grounds.
But now with this new possibility of a pain free back I drive into our driveway and have great excitement for spring.
Soon the seasons will turn once again and by that time my body should be ready to tackle the job before us.
I am so excited that I move. Movement means life. And I, dear reader, am so thrilled to be in the beginnings of new life and committed love!
Blue Moon's flower beds will be gorgeous in just a few months. I will be walking doggies, digging in the dirt, and planting bulbs, seeds, plants. Spring will be here soon. And...
nothing says love like Spring!