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For me there's a lot of "I'm watching the scene unfold as if I've been dropped into the middle of a movie." Lots of "Look. That's it. Hey! Wake up and catch it. Write it down quick while it happens." Most of the stuff that ends up in the books I didn't sit down and consciously "make." The characters say stuff and I copy their words.
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I use Christmas cards to make book marks. I cut them into thin strips. The paper stock is rich and thick. The colors are bright. Sometimes I can remember the whole card from just the part that shows up on the bookmark. Sometimes there's even handwriting on the back and it brings me memories of old friends.
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Not just very good paper control, but also good recycling, so that's two excellent Karma points with every ream. (such a deal)
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I hear you about having OLD manuscript copies. I only just a few months ago cleaned out all my old paper editorial comments. Clunk! All of them in the good paper recycling bin downtown. I am still whimpering over the pain.
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I am so happy to hear this. Go Literacy!! Go you!!
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Susan -- I want your stained glass window. I have promised myself that somehow I will get some of that sunlight goodness into the new house. Just not sure how ...
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For me, that's potting. I'm not terribly good at it, but I do enjoy it. Can I say I just turn my brain off? Not very flattering to those who make an art form out of this. But that's kind what happens.
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Thank ye kindly. You can also wish happy day to Benjamin Franklin who shares January 17th with us. (The 17th is using the new style calendar, not the old, in case you were wondering. Under the old style he was born January 6. I am going to assume such a scientific man was still in favor of the change.)
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I got what they had at the Lowes. I hope it's "the good stuff." I will keep the exacto knofe handy, if I can find it amid all the disorder of moving ... Thank you.
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People sometimes turn to wallpaper when they have difficult walls to deal with. This is a mistake IMO. Wallpaper is a delicate, temperamental beauty. A high maintenance lover. I have put wallpaper up (in a bathroom, no less.) Once. I was young and a fool. It was lovely and I moved before I came to regret it. All our youthful exuberances should end as well. I have also taken wallpaper down with solvents and heat guns and scrapers and colorful language. I emerged sadder but wiser. I'm sorry you'll be losing your lovely wallpaper. *sigh*
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One comes across skittles in a singular form in a few contexts. For instance, one of the wooden pins used in the game of skittles would be "a skittle." The word seems to have entered English in both singular and plural forms, as both noun and verb, perhaps in the early C17. Ultimate origin might be Middle English: shittle, shutle, from Old English scutel, scytel dart; akin to Old Norse skutill bolt, Old English scēotan to shoot Its entry into English is through the game skittles, a form of lawn bowling and a tabletop pub game. More at: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xyybxz/the-surprisingly-complex-etymology-of-skittles
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Nothing is lost. I located the reference immediately. *g*
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I'm reminded of a skit Tom Baker did in one of the Dr Who episodes. Dr Who was walking through the Tardis dressed in a dramatic painterly smock and artistic beret, talking about Artifical Intelligence. (Was he referring to K-9?) Dr Who: That's all very well. But CAN HE PAINT? Dr Who pulls out giant paint roller and exists stage left. Painting and plastering and repairing (and the pottery I make) use a different part of my brain from the "writer person." I become, in a way, a different "me." Doing manual stuff blasts down the walls of that comfortable abstract part of Joanna Bourne. It leaves me with joint compound all over my hands and drips of paint on my clothing and aching muscles. It's one way to travel to a different reality. Good practice for seeking out a new Point of View in writing.
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I will admit I'm trying to write something funny. I know exactly what you mean when you talk about difficult times and the need to find a smile now and then. That's one of the reasons I love Romance. We're a candle flickering in a great darkness.
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Ya never know. She might have grinned widely and said, "Perfect!"
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I will do this. Thanks.
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I am using the blue painter tape which PROMISES me it can be removed for up to 14 days after a job. (jo frowns at it, deeply skeptical.)
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Oh Lordie. I have lived in your house. I guess it was back in the 70s when I was a student. Pink bathroom. Extra john in a closet off the kitchen. Wallpaper gently disintegrating from the walls everywhere ... The good old days.
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Sometimes, when you do stuff for a house or buy stuff for a house, you can feel it being grateful. The last paint job here -- maybe in the Sixties? -- was performed by blind men with drink taken. They did not repaint the mopboard and window frames. Exactly. They did slop paint over the edges of the varnished wood allovertheplace. I cannot sand to the wood and match the now-well-aged stain and varnish. I've given it a go and it doesn't work. Even well sanded, the old wood does not want to accept new stain and urethane. So I'm trying to find a shade of inconspicuous brown paint I can use for these areas of sloppy encroachment. Shy, retiring, diffident new paint will probably be more invisible than an attempt to recreate original color using the original methods. It will not be satisfactory, but one must live in an inperfect world. I will post pictures of the progress of this endeavor on Facebook. By "progress" I mean an agonizingly slow, halting process represented by fuzzy photos, https://www.facebook.com/joanna.bourne.5
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This house also has a Peptobismol pink bathroom. They must have been a "thing" in the Forties.
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I did a good bit of the scutwork of fixing up a house ... (jo thinks) ... about ten years ago. Tearing stuff apart and painting. That's about my speed. I was more supple ten years ago. (wry smile) But you are so right about getting an expert to lay tile, do the plumbing, and do the electric work. Electricity scares me to death. The last time I did any big stuff in a house I turned off ALL the power in the house before I touched any wires. This is the first time I've worked with an OLD house. (Not nearly as old as yours. *g*) It's different.
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I love to do technical posts on the craft of writing but I don't indulge myself often. And I don't do it here at Word Wenches, which is all about the Reader. I cannot tell you how often I have looked at something I just wrote and said, "That's very convenient for the plot, isn't it? Unfortunately no sane human being acts that way."
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Purple is not so much a color, I feel, as an attitude. Sometimes good ... sometimes, as in this case, overwhelming. The room is far too small for the color. It was like being trapped in a skittle, if skittles came in purple which I think they do not in the US but do in UK. The purple ones also taste differently in the UK. This is not directly related to the similarities between writing and painting walls, though. Have you ever noticed how seldom we use the singular of skittles?
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I think you are wise not to engage in this room-painting thing. But (jo looks at the bathroom and the kitchen) by doing the painting I may avoid doing the tiling. Wouldn't that be nice?
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Yes. The Purple Room metaphor. Until you see it in grand completion you do not realize how ... wrong ... it is.
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