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Oh hi. Yeah, I’m still alive.

Route 66 through Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
~William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”

So, today marks three weeks in New Mexico. Not too bad. Am slightly homesick, but I find that having no social life outside of the family I live with has really given me insane amounts of time to write, and as I sit down to write this little blog I’m more inclined to write about the writing that I’ve been…um…writing. (Maybe I should edit that sentence…nah…)

Well, I’ll write about that later, as I have a few ruminations to spin before hand. First, the family is great. Little boy is a pleasure, but I must say, the lasty 2 hours of my day do tend to drag a bit. Oh well.

I think I’ve found a church that I like. The priests Homilies are a bit…abrasive and yet drag on at the same time, but, I’m still pretty happy with the community over all. There is something very distinctively home about the Mass to me. I feel surrounded by my closest friends and family as I receive communion. Walking into a Catholic Church is like walking home to me. It’s quite nice.

I’ve been missing my friends from home quite a bit lately. Even leaked a few tears today. but they were small, and didn’t really last all that long. I’m better now. Although, I do hate facebook for making it so easy for me to see what EXACTLY I’m missing. Stupid, stupid Facebook.

So, about writing. Man, it’s hard. I want to desperately to go into great an annoying detail of my story, but read a quote that said not to…oh hell, forget that quote…well, mostly. I will, however say that it’s based off of a dream I had a few nights ago. It was epic. A period piece. Been doing a lot of research. Even emailed the Maryland Historical Society. REALLY hope they get back to me. Main reason for emailing them is that their online database is so vast that I have NO idea where to start, and communicating with a real live person just seems easier.

I remember when I was younger, thinking that people who thought writing was sooooo hard were silly. It came so easily to me as a younger person. I just sat there and stories happened. That’s not the case so much anymore. It’s more of a struggle to pull something out of my hands and onto the keyboard than any type of any flow. Oh well. Here comes the discipline.

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About Beating Heart, Spinning Mind

Professional dreamer. Searching for a job and greater meaning. Being a good girlfriend...well, trying to.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “Oh hi. Yeah, I’m still alive.

  1. You’re braver than I am, girlfriend! Good for you for writing. I’ve had two novels in my head for years, but haven’t had the courage to attempt to write!

    Posted by Kristina Hooper | May 2, 2011, 1:16 am
  2. Clare, Yeah, writing is harder than it used to be. I’m working on two projects: research for a biography ( that may involve a trip) and a memoir- type piece, something adapted from a series I wrote long ago. Good luck to you. You are a great writer, and I’m not saying that because we are related. Cathy

    Posted by Cathy | May 5, 2011, 4:07 pm

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