Visit to the library today, will write fiction soon

I checked out Julie Powell’s book Julie & Julia. Am also current reading President George W. Bush’s Decision Points and am about halfway through it. Also placed an order at the library for Julia Child’s book My Life in France.

Came very close to checking out a book on my current reading list: Karen Robards’ Shattered. I love what I have read about this book, but a very quick skim reveals it looks like it might be along the lines of a trashy romance novel. Will try it out in a week or so to see how it works. Besides, I’m curious to see if there is a way to write love scenes in a tasteful way or if I should give only what is absolutely necessary for the plot. I wonder because one current project includes a man snared into a trap through the oldest trick in the book–a voluptuous woman who happens to be his type; he has gone without female companionship for some time and foolishly gives in.

So much reading and writing to do…

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Regarding celebrity blogs

I saw the movie Julie and Julia and have perused the blog of Julie Powell. It is a great read to motivate you to blog, and the movie is also fun to watch and to get the creative juices flowing. However, reading over the blog, I can definitely see why Julia Child reportedly did not like it: Lots of profanity–particularly f-bombs. Powell even uses one in a posting when Child died.

In defense of Powell, it is possible that since she did this blog toward the end of Child’s life when she was in declining health, perhaps Mrs. Child did not truly grasp what blogs were all about. If I’m still alive when I’m 90, I doubt I’ll be able to grasp the new advancements in technology.

I also like visiting the main blog of actor/writer Wil Wheaton as well as his backup blog. Another excellent motivating blog that gives you insight into his life and interests; Wheaton does an excellent job of keeping his private life private. If you need to get the creative juices flowing in your blog, visit Wheaton’s and even Powell’s (I have noticed that she does not keep her current blog updated).

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