Category Archives: Imagery

Three Things Thursday from Two Girlies

From Brenda:


Have you ever had a really moving incident happen where you got information, or answers to questions you didn’t even know you had? Or reassurance you were making the right move? Has your “intuition” ever kicked into overdrive when you needed it most? I mean something so profound that many would refer to it as a “spiritual” experience.

I have a few friends for whom this happens with great regularity. One of them is a friend who, along with her husband, has adopted several handicapped or challenged children over the years. There is no doubt in my mind that SOMETHING out there acts in her behalf. She uses it as a guide and a reassurance that she has, indeed, chosen—or is about to choose—the right path.

If you have had something like that, you know what I mean.

What about your characters? Are you writing a book wherein a “spiritual” experience could bring more profound meaning to your story? Are you writing a sci-fi or fantasy where intuition could kick in so powerfully that your character is profoundly impacted?

Can you put that “feeling” into words? Can you imagine the impact that would have on your readers?

From Me:


I’ve been staring out the window, watching the snow fall, wondering what my Two of Three Things should be. Then, I remembered this quote:

What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out the window.

– Rudolph Erich Rascoe

So. I have the window. I have some words. Now all I need is a wife. And another really delicious sandwich like the bit of one I am consuming now.

A. Two days before yesterday my daughter’s dog tore the wing off a bird. It was horrifying.
B. My second daughter said, “Oh no! Is it suffering? I’ll go kill it. Where’s the shovel?”
C. On Tuesday–the same kind of birdie (but with both wings) tried to fly into my classroom. All the horrified  feelings of Monday came rushing back. I made a student let down the blinds (though I couldn’t remember the word blinds because of my panic.)

Using one of these incidents, write a scene for your book. Change it up. Make it fit. Imagine the emotion.

Have fun and share if you would like.

PS I still haven’t gotten to my 2000 words per day. But I’m trying. I’m writing.


Filed under CLW, Imagery, three thing thursday, Voice, writing process


I am going to attempt to cover a few of the topics I mentioned last week. It seems my energy is dwindling of late so if I go off on a tangent or I don’t make sense, be kind.

#1: Steel Cut Oats. No one thought i was serious about this but I was. You guys. They are so good. So so good. I am a lover of rice pudding and tapioca pudding and anything pudding-y and this method I’m about to share makes your breakfast experience as close as you can get to creamy dessert without actually being a dessert (I should be a food blogger). It’s not that hard but it takes a long time. What you do is make the oats risotto style. This means a lot of stirring and letting the oats absorb the liquid. Here are the steps:

  1.  toast two cups of steel cut oats in a pan. Just turn on the heat and stir them around until they get a little brown.
  2. Add a 15 oz can of coconut milk.
  3. Stir.
  4. Keep stirring.
  5. Stir and stir and stir.
  6. Add two cups of water.
  7. Stir.
  8. Stir.
  9. Stir.
  10. Add two more cups of water.
  11. Stir. etc. etc. You get the idea. It’s about six cups of liquid total and I’m sorry to say it takes like 20-30 minutes but if you’re patient, oh my goodness, you won’t be sorry. Especially if you top it with real maple syrup, some bananas and never cream. Because who does that? Not us. We’re trying to reduce. Nuts would be good too.

2. Tom Cruise’s Underwear: No one said they wanted to hear about this but I want to talk about it, so sorry.

The other night Cam and I finally got a babysitter to do our civic duty and see Lincoln. Or Les Mis. Unfortunately, both were sold out so we saw Jack Reacher which is basically the same plot as Les Mis so we were good. Anyway, the point is Tom Cruise, bless his heart, takes off his shirt in the middle of the movie and I was like ewwww, why is he doing that? Why does he want to do that? He also gave a lot of unnecessary sultry looks and I thought this is sad. This is really really sad.

The next morning, to my surprise (and delight?), Top Gun was playing at my local gym cardio theater. I always have to hide in the cardio theater so people don’t stare at my belly. Or my incredibly toned legs. Or my silky hair. Anyway, it was VERY interesting to see old Tom Cruise vs. Young Tom Cruise. It was interesting too how he gave many unnecessary sultry looks even back in the old days though they weren’t so annoying.

This is getting long. I’m trying to get to the scene that really blew me away. I will call it the Tom Cruise Underwear scene. This scene happens SPOILER!!! IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN TOP GUN, READ NO FURTHER THOUGH WHO HAS NOT SEEN TOP GUN? WHO? AND HOW DID YOU ESCAPE IT? THEN I REALIZE PROBABLY MOST PEOPLE UNDER THIRTY HAVE NOT SEEN TOP GUN AND I AM SO OLD BUT IN ANY CASE SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER right after Tom’s best friend and flight partner Goose dies in a plane crash. Tom Cruise, we’ll call him Maverick, is devastated. We see this in many scenes. His aviator glasses cannot hide the pain.

One particular poignant scene of pain is in the locker room when Mav is looking at himself in the mirror in anger. He also happens to be in his huge white tightie whities.


And not in a good way. His superior officer comes in and starts telling him to suck it up. Get over it. Poor Mav, he is dealing with so much emotion and it’s not that easy! I can’t just suck it up. And  he’s standing there in really hideous underwear.

Now I make it a point as I watch all these movies, endless movies for 30-40 minutes each day (please no more Mr. Popper’s Penguins), to try to think about the plot, the characters, the development, all of it,  from a story-telling perspective otherwise this is a huge waste of my exercising time. With this one, I had to ask myself, why the locker room? Why the huge underwear?

I discussed this with Cam because I could not figure it out on my own.

I said: Why would they put him in those underwear? It was not attractive.

He said: Maybe it was accurate. Maybe that’s what top gun pilots wear. Military  issue.

I said: What? Really?

He said: I don’t know. Maybe.

And maybe. Maybe the writers did research and found the exact underwear worn by those pilots and got Tom Cruise in them. Fine.

But why have him grieving in there? In the locker room?

And Cam said: Maybe to show his vulnerability.

And I said: What?

And he said: he’s all alone. He’s naked emotionally and physically.

And I said:

And he said:

And I finally said: But it’s so gross. I do not want to look at that.

And he said: Maybe Mav doesn’t want you looking at him either. Really, what’s the goal of the scene?

Excellent question.

What is the goal of each scene? As writers we have to ask ourselves this very question over and over and over again. Why this scene, at this time? Why these images with this dialogue? Why these characters in this setting? Why huge white underwear during times of heartache and wo?

This is so deep. So so deep.

Anyway, I’d appreciate anyone’s thoughts. It’s important.

Next Week I’ll try to cover my underwear and maybe the Bachelor? Which I don’t watch? I’m still deciding.


Filed under Family, Imagery, Life, Recipes, Setting

I have aspirations

to write a proper blog post today. I usually do it the night before  when I have time to lay in bed and think, but unfortunately, things got a little crazy last night. . Now the boys are clamoring and I need a shower and I have dr. appointment and and and . . . This is disappointing because  I had so many things I wanted to discuss. I will now list them below. If anyone has a burning desire to hear about any of these topics, let me know and I will lock myself in the closet or pantry or bathroom write my face off.

1. Tom Cruise’s underwear: A Study

2. The meaning of life: How writers are on the right track

3. Muffin tops: Why they aren’t always bad.

4. Tender Moments: How my children are already planning for my future

5. My underwear: A Study

6. Marriage Relationships: Isn’t it about time?

7. Ear Wax: Why I Can’t Stop.

8. Imagery: How to get better at it

9. Must Love Dogs: The Bachelor that I’m not watching but I saw that he asid this and I would not qualify but that would be the only reason why he wouldn’t pick me. The ONLY reason. But I don’t want him to pick me anyway. See Marriage: Isn’t it about time?

10. Breakfast: How to make killer steel cut oats.

That’s all I had for this week. I’m sorry that I didn’t get it done last night but like i said, if any of these are things you’ve been pondering and worrying and meditating over, please leave a comment and I’ll make the time. I’m serious.

love and candy.


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