Author: Pam

Routine creativity, and drunken parrots

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I just started reading Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit, and I don’t know why I never have before. Other than my generalized dislike for “self-help” type books. Already on chapter two, I feel inspired. On the topic of establishing rituals, Ms. Tharp shares that her morning routine is to wake up at 0dark:30, take a cab to the gym, and work out for two hours. Which is exactly the kind of nonsense advice you find […]

How many deniers are in a livre?

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1 livre = 20 sous = 240 deniers. I’m relieved we switched to a base ten system. That’s a whole lot of math. In the Carolingian period, only the denier was an actual coin, livres and sous were accounting tricks. Here’s something I was fascinated to find this week, in the book “La Vie Quotidienne dans l’Empire Carolingien,” by Pierre Riché, and maybe it’s just because my mind is on tax season. This is a […]

Best novel editing tip I've ever heard

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And this has nothing to do with “show, don’t tell” or “avoid passive voice” and subjective things like that. This is the best advice I have ever heard, and it came from Maxwell Alexander Drake, who is a reputable author, and who also gives free advice at https://www.drakeu.com/ For those of us lucky enough to live in Las Vegas, he does free monthly classes, year-round. And he has several excellent craft books out. Now I […]

Medieval Irish Shoes

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From clothes, to shoes! I was so happy to run across this old post on Ahcuah, a blog for barefoot enthusiasts: https://ahcuah.wordpress.com/2011/07/23/irish-bare-feet/ Partly I was just happy to discover such a thing as Barefoot Enthusiasts. I now know there are people out there who would appreciate my callouses, and not side-eye me like the pedicure technicians at the nail salon. I’ve felt so alone in this for so long. But mostly I was surprised to […]