Category: musings

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Quotes Leaving Paris

(Paris) The city is a testament to civilization….It makes tourists of all of us. It anchors your heart to a place. Just like Sydney Harbor, the wonderful sights of Paris inspire emotion. Almost French by Sarah Turnbull   We stayed up late one night, watching snow fall over the city in frosty chunks, covering tree branches, spreading over the garden in a marzipan sheet. It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris by Patricia Engel   As he neared the Place de le Concorde, he thought of the Concorde-the SST. He wished it would fly over, a happy coincidence, tying history in...

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Writing Genres

Fiction writers have many genres to pick from when they sit down: mystery, romance, science fiction, medical/police/legal procedurals, horror, western, historical,  comedy, adventure, fantasy, political thriller and more. New genres and sub-genres crop up every year as writers stretch their writing brains. My favorites are historical fiction, cozy mysteries (a sub-genre of mysteries), medical-police-legal procedurals, and women’s fiction. I enjoy having a host of characters to get to know and follow as they work through their problems or situations. I’ll leave the high adventure and new world making stories for my husband. I’m moving my writing away from pointe shoes,...

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Found Poetry

I found this excellent resources for describing found poetry at www.waunakee.k12.wi.us/faculty/lcarthers. Here’s what was shared: Found Poem Instructions Find a couple random paragraph from a newspaper, magazine, book, etc. The selection should contain 100-200 words. You can also try recipe instructions, legal notices, and horoscopes. Read through your selection. Highlight or underline words, lines, etc that seem promising to you. Use what you selected to write a poem. You may add your own words, but no more than 50% of final poem may include new words. Your poem may be of any length, but it must focus on a single...

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Favorite Books on Writing and for Recreational Reading

Some books about the craft of writing are timeless in their content: English Through the Ages by William Brohaugh The Emotions Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan Between the Lines by Jessica Morrell **My newly-read favorite authors include: Nina George Anna Rivers Siddons **My short list of continuing favorite authors for recreational reading includes: Amy Yurk Sue Henry Jamie Ford **Local (Edmonds area) authors that create great stories include: Mindy Halleck Judith Works Denise Frisino **For specific titles by these authors consult your local bookshop or peruse online book companies

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Dance Styles/Genres

How many kinds of dancing can you name or move to? Here’s a partial list of dance style categories (Taken from Wikipedia, 2017) Concert dance / performance dance Ballet, Concert dance, Contemporary dance, Ecstatic dance (also known as freestyle dance and barefoot improvisational dance), Jazz dance, Lyrical dance, Modern dance, Performance dance, River, Tap dance Latin / rhythm Bachata, Bolero. East Coast Swing, Mambo, Rhythm, Rumba, Cha Cha, Corridos, Cumbia, Duranguense, International Latin , Argentine tango, Capoeira, Maculelê, Danza, Jive, Merengue, Milonga, Reggaeton, Rumba , Salsa, Samba, Zumba (dance), Zouk, Quebradita, Tejano, gayunder Swing dance Balboa, Blues dance, Carolina Shag,...

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Summer Reading Ideas

This summer try a change of pace; read a book from outside your preferred genres. If you like adventure, try a biography. If you’re a Sci-fi fan, try a western. Enjoy historical fiction? Read personal essays from non-fiction. Like medical or legal procedurals? Slip over to the poetry section. Favor romance? Try a mystery. Prefer non-fiction? Step into a New York Times reviewed book? Not sure what to try? Visit an independent bookstore and ask for their ideas. Sometimes it’s good to shake up your reading. Maybe you’ll discover a new interest.

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National Dance Day – 2017

Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and DFF(Dizzy Feet Foundation) co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity. National Dance Day always takes place on the last Saturday in July. In 2017, NDD will take place on: Saturday, JULY 29th. Want ideas for what to do? Look on YouTube for Dizzy Feet National Dance Day. You will find several years of ideas to...

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(SYTYCD) So You Think You Can Dance season on FOX

The dance program So You Think You Can Dance is in full swing on FOX. It’s a chance to see a variety of dance genres performed by up-and-coming dancers. It started on June 12th and is well into its season, but you can get caught up through On Demand, or start watching it now. Its’ worth a viewing. I am so impressed by the quality of dancing I see. Let me know what you think.

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WOTS: a Great Northwest Writing Conference

2017 Write on the Sound: October 6, 7 & 8 Everything you need to know about the 2017 conference is now available on the website: www.writeonthesound.com Keynote: NYT Bestselling author Kristin Hannah in conversation with author Megan Chance A former-lawyer-turned writer, Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbusters, The Nightingale, Winter Garden, Night Road, and Firefly Lane. Friend, critique partner and author Megan Chance will lead a conversation with Kristin about the writer’s life and the writing process. Megan’s critically acclaimed, award-winning novels include A Drop of Ink, Bone River, The Spiritualist, and An Inconvenient Wife. Dates to Remember… Mid-June: the...

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Questions about Paddy’s Dance Life

Friends and guests at my book talks often ask me questions about my dance life. Here are a few answers. When did you start dancing?  At age 3. I continued to take lessons until I was 18 and danced off and on until I was in my 40s. I was never a professional dancer. Which dance teachers were most inspiring? I only had 3 teachers across all the years I danced. Each influenced me in big or small ways: Margaret Tapping gave me the first opportunity to perform. I was 3 and loved being on the stage with the light...