Friday, January 3, 2014

Eat chocolate daily . . .

"Talent: Who decides?"

The making or breaking of a writer. If you're a writer, I thought you might like to read this parallel story about a violin player from author, Lawrence Block.

     A man once wanted to become a famous violinist. He loved the violin. He worried though about whether or not he had talent. He said, "Someday, I will play for Mr. Heifetz, the greatest violinist of all. If he says I have talent, I will pursue a career in music. If not, I'll get a job in a bank."
     Time went by and eventually he got his wish, he played for the master. Afterwards, he waited breathlessly for the response. His whole future hinged on the master's reply.
     "Tell me," he said anxiously. "Do I have talent? Do I have the makings of a successful violinist?"
     The master shook his head. "You don't have the fire," he told him.
     The would-be violinist was a broken man. But he had heard it from the master. He would give up his career in music and go into another field of work. He became a very successful businessman, and many years later, after a concert he went backstage to thank Mr. Heifetz for the words that changed his life. As he shook the master's hand, he said, "It was because of you that I gave up violin and went into business."
     "What did I tell you?" asked the master, frowning.
     "You said I did not have the fire."
     "Oh," answered the master, waving the comment away.
     "I tell everyone that. Anyone who would come and ask me doesn't have enough belief in himself to succeed."

      Man, what a rocking and powerful little story. I thought about these words all afternoon. My passion is writing the next best seller. (Ha Ha)  Well, why not? If you're going to dream, don't waste your energy. Dream big. Right?
     However, I do think having writing talent is important, but I had to really think about the fire the master was talking about. Do I have the fire in my gut to stay with my novel. To write each day? To make deadlines for myself? To get my ass to my critique group each week? And most of all to finish the damn thing? My conclusion: Yes, I do. I'm not the type of writer or person who needs to shop around for others to tell me how much talent I have. If I need others to inflate my ego, then I most certainly don't have the fire or self-confidence for the long haul of writing.

Lawrence also says: "He cannot tell his students they are not talented, only that their talent is not visible. And that writing can be learned but it cannot be taught."

What's your thoughts on having talent?

Happy Writing,
Sherry L. White



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Eat chocolate daily . . .

Time at Christmas:

Have you ever reflected back on a moment that you wished you'd given someone your time?

I think we all could answer that question with a big, YES.

In the rush of the holiday season, do stop for a moment and give your child, hubby, neighbor, grandchild or someone in a nursing home a moment of your time.

A gift of 'your' time could be the most memorable Christmas gift of all.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Eat chocolate daily . . .

Question of the day. How many books have you stopped reading and why?

If you're like me, your book shelves are bursting with books. Most of my books, I love, dust often, and treasure. However, there are several who take up valuable space and haven't seen the light of day for years. So, I ask myself, Why do I keep these books? What turned me off? Why didn't they keep me reading? I pulled four from the shelf and started to re-read. In one hour, I had my answer. All the authors started with BACKSTORY and SCENERY. I had no idea what was going on. No main character showed-up. No question of trouble brewing. How on earth could I get emotional involved? I had nothing to connect, too. A good beginning for me has to grab me emotionally with people doing something. I have to care. I want to know the story-worthy problem. Oak trees, lakes, birds flying, sun in the sky, doesn't do the job. Boring as hell!!!!!!!  Please, write me an opening scene with action. Stories are about one thing and one thing only, Trouble. The story simply doesn't exist before this point.

Remember: A good beginning could possibly buy you another page or two with your reader. A poor beginning can doom you story on the first page. 

Happy Writing, and I wish all my friends a very happy holiday season.
Sherry L. White

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Eat chocolate daily . . .

Question of the day. Are you growing as a writer?

This question can mean many things to many people. I've asked myself this question for several months. So here's the deal for me. I decided if I wanted to grow as a writer, I'd have to change and so would my daily grind. No doubt, there's not enough hours in the day. With families, deadlines, sports, clubs, church, meetings, etc. The shit list is endless and can drive one to say dirty words. OOPS. Did I just say a dirty word. Anyway, I made a commitment to change a few things to help me grow as a writer and stop cleaning the damn house so much. OOPS. Sorry. Another dirty.   

I need to connect with writers who are smarter than me
I need to connect with beta-readers who can cut my words to the bare bones
I need to connect with positive people who encourage my dream of writing
I need to scale back on TV shows that waste my precious writing time
I need to read books that challenge my brain and stimulate my creative juices
I need to to make appointments with myself to sit and daydream
I need to learn to say, "No" to others who aren't considerate of my time
I need to post this list above my laptop and read it daily 

Wish me luck, guys. How about you? What would you change to spend more time on your writing.

Happy Writing,
Sherry L. White











                 







Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Not Impressed"




The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Dogs aren't impressed by pedigrees. When a mutt meets a pure-bred with the name "Amber Britches from the Royal House of Winslow," he's not impressed. He's not intimidated nor does he behave differently. It just doesn't matter. It's no big deal. How unlike us. We get hung up on titles, prestige, power, position, status, and money. We're uncomfortable around some people because of all those so-called, qualities. But not a dog. A dog simply doesn't have the hangups we humans have. Maybe it's good that he doesn't know how much he doesn't know. And even if he did know, it wouldn't matter if he knew. He accepts us for who we are regardless of our pedigree. What would it be like if we did the same?-N. Wright

I would agree, the above writing is true. I would also like to say as a dog person, dogs are nicer than the average joe.

Tell your furry friend today that you love them.

Sherry

Sunday, October 27, 2013

"Kentucky Bourbon Sauce'

1 cup brown sugar,
1 cup white sugar,
1 cup water,
1 lemon, juiced & zested
1 orange, zested,
1 cup strawberry jam,
1 cup pecans,
1/2 to 1 cup KY. bourbon,

Cook the first three ingredients in a saucepan until sugars are dissolved. Remove from heat. Grate the rind of the orange and lemon and add to mixture. Add strawberry jam, lemon juice, pecans and bourbon. The sauce is even better when refrigerated and allowed to blend. Warm before serving over pound cake. ENJOY!!!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Environmental Picture Books



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