A Weekly Offering of This n That

Rainy Day is my alter ego. She is the little angel that sits on one shoulder and whispers in my ear to forgo that 6" piece of triple chocolate fudge with the four scoops of ice cream on it; she is also the little devil who sits on my other shoulder and convinces me that I can eat just one bite of each and be satisfied, and then laughs with such great abandon when in fact, I eat the whole thing, she falls off my shoulder. Mostly, Rainy Day helps me see the humor in living and, mostly, she encourages me down the right path. Not necessarily the straight and narrow one (how fun is that?) but the path that offers the most adventure and fun.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rainy Day and her Writerly Friends

A Random Shot of one of Rainy Day's Book Shelves. Oh, my goodness - do you see any familiar books in there? (wink, wink, nudge, nudge;-)

Rainy Day has been blessed through her years, with meeting many Authors, and becoming friends with most. (Rainy Day admits, there are a few she did not want to be friends with, after meeting them. However, Rainy D further admits maybe she's just a wee bit jealous because they're famous and Rainy Day is just, well, infamous;-)

One of Rainy Day's friends is Jayne. Jayne and her husband own a bookstore, and Rainy Day loves to buy books from them, when she can. Now, Jayne, knowing and befriending several writers, has also been known to pick up a pen now and then and write some pretty good prose.

Alas, Jayne no longer puts pen to paper, or electrons to whatever electrons bond to as they skip across the computer screen. And when Rainy Day recently talked to her about it, she admitted she really doesn't want to write. She wants to, 'have written.'

When Rainy Day met her first Author, Rebecca, Rainy Day was at a science fiction/fantasy convention. She had just attended a panel on which Rebecca was a member. When the panel ended, both Rainy Day and Rebecca beat feet to the nearest Ladies' Room. Rebecca won, and as Rainy Day stood in line impatiently waiting her turn, Rebecca came out, and stopped and talked to Rainy Day.

"And, why are you here?" Rebecca asked.
"I want to be a writer," Rainy Day responded.
"Oh. And, do you write?" Rebecca smiled sweetly as she asked the question.
"I want to be a writer," Rainy Day responded.

It took poor Rebecca about 5 times asking the denser-than-usual Rainy Day if she wrote before the light bulb turned on. (Rainy Day has never claimed to be the brightest bulb in the ceiling.) Finally, Rainy Day responded with the correct answer. "Yes."

"Oh," said Rebecca with a big smile, "then you're a writer"
To which Rainy Day, smiling in response said, "Yes. I'm a writer. Not a very good one, yet, but I want to learn the craft and hopefully get published."

Rainy Day and Rebecca became very good friends. And Rebecca and Jayne were also friends. In fact, Jayne sold Rebecca's books, as well as Rainy Day's once she learned enough of the craft to sell them to a publisher. And, having learned a thing or two about writing, Rainy Day has this to say to all her writerly friends, wannabe writerly friends, and all the other friends she has:

"If you have written a letter, a note, an idea, a recipe.... If you have put pen to paper, electrons to whatever it is electrons cling to, then, YOU HAVE WRITTEN. And Rainy Day is pleased to call you not just Friend, but Writerly Friend! Of course, Rainy Day has friends who have never had the desire to write, and she is just as pleased to call them Friend, too. Rainy Day has friends who write, who paint, who sing, who carry on good conversations, who quilt, who...well, you get the idea. Rainy Day has a very eclectic group of Friends, all of whom she cherishes most dear.

Speaking of writing, Rainy Day discovered a 'new' blog the other day, by Justine Dell. She has a series of posts under the label of Grammar Police (go to the left side of her blog and click on Grammar) that Rainy day is enjoying very much, and thought you writerly readers might also enjoy.  

Do you write? Stories? Novels? Emails to friends? Have you written? Do you paint? Or sing? Is your group of friends, well, eclectic? Rainy Day would love to hear from you. Please click on comments below and a blank comment box should magically appear awaiting you to fill with words -- which you will then have written.

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