Otherwhere: Special Toto Edition

Yes, Toto. As in, the song Africa.  Maybe you have to be a certain age to appreciate that song. Or maybe not, because the tune is lilting and ubiquitous.  Anyway, you’ll have to scroll down to find out what I’m talking about.

Lots going on lately, as in many great links, and I’ve not been good about doing this post regularly. So here goes:


You should write in third person.

Five tips for more powerful writing.

Share your talent.

Keep up with your passion while you earn a living writing.

When to start a sequel.

How to use a plot planner.

7 tips for writing strong character motivations.

Walking is good for the writer.

Time saving tips for writers.


The coolest moment in life (an homage to Prince).

10 ways to do your own impossible daily (I do #1 every morning).

Are you addicted to dopamine?

Okay, you have diligently looked over all my links and now here is your reward–a link to the band Toto singing their huge hit from the 80s, Africa. No, wait! Because I love you SO much, I’m going to embed the video in this post. You don’t even have to click away to view it! (And let me give thanks to Kay over at Mason-Dixon knitting, whose post this morning originally reminded me of this song.) You know you want to watch it.


Five on Friday: Itchy Edition

Behold, the lion cake.

Behold, the lion cake.

Good morning. It has been another week of lovely weather, though the record-breaking high eighties we had at the start of it were a bit too much for me.  Here’s what’s been going on:

The best thing that happened: Making a lion cake to celebrate my three-year-old granddaughter’s birthday. Her four-year-old cousin came to help, and his mother, thank God. (We were both exhausted at the end of the day.)  The cake idea comes from an ancient pamphlet distributed by Baker’s coconut waaaaay back in the day. It shows a variety of animal-shaped cake ideas, all sprinkled liberally with coconut, of course.  Olivia loves pouring through this little book. So we decided to make on. You can see the results.

What the lion cake was supposed to look like.

What the lion cake was supposed to look like.

The worst thing that happened: Chiggers. Never in my life have I given any thought to the chigger. You probably haven’t, either. I didn’t even know they existed in these parts. Until yesterday, when I told my naturopath about the massive mosquito attack I’d endured earlier in the week. She took one look at me and said, “Those aren’t mosquito bites, they are chiggers.” Okay, that made sense. Because, A. I didn’t know a mosquito could bite me in quite so many places (my legs are covered) and B. never in the whole entire history of the world, ever, have I itched so much.  Ever. I didn’t sleep for two nights.

Chiggers like shady spots with high grasses and low bushes and I picked them up on Sunday when I spent the afternoon at the park to celebrate the above-mentioned granddaughter’s birthday.  I’ll spare you the gory details, but thanks to two scrubby showers and lots of cortisone cream, I slept last night and I think the chiggers are on their way out.

What I’m reading: The Charles Duhigg book I mentioned yesterday, Smarter, Faster, Better.   Also, a novel by Cathy Lamb I’m not quite sure about. I’ve never read her before so I don’t know for certain, but it seems like a departure from previous books.  I’m reading it on Kindle and there are weird jumps that happen all in a rush and I can’t tell if it’s the formatting or the book.  I think it may be a crappy formatting job, because she’s got a gazillion books published. I have a couple more in a to-read stack from the library, so we shall see.  Oh, and the main character of this one is not immediately likeable–she drinks way too much and has anger management issues–despite the fact that she has suffered a terrible tragedy that makes her act these ways. I’m interested in how other authors handle unrelatable characters since I have a tendency to write them.  At least that’s what happened with Emma Jean.  The book is called The Last Time I Was Me and there’s a pretty interesting Q and A about it here.

What I’m Sad About: The death of Prince, of course.  I was never an uber-fan, but I do appreciate how he has stretched the boundaries of music, the music world, and creativity.   He died way too young.   I also, shockingly, just heard of the death of a friend who spent time at our retreats in France.  I feel really bad about that. RIP, Joe.

What I’m doing this weekend: Teaching How to Write a Book at Another Read Through bookstore in Portland. It is a very small group and we have room if you want some individualized attention to your latest effort. Join us at the store at 9:30 AM Saturday.

What’s going on in your life? What are you reading? What are you writing?


Writing Motivation Comes From a Sense of Control

Writing Motivation Comes From A Sense of Control

by Charlotte Rains Dixon

 smarter better fasterI’ve just started reading the latest book from Charles Duhigg, called Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business. I found Duhigg’s book on habits really helpful and I love the way he combines solid research and reporting with great stories to carry the narrative.  I’m sort of a sucker for books promising to tell me how to do things faster and better. I’m only a little way in and already I’ve learned a lot.  For instance, studies show that motivated people have a strong locus of internal control and this internal locus comes, at least partially, from feeling they have meaningful choices.

As I read about this, I thought about how it applies to writing (because I think about how everything applies to writing, as one does when one is a writer).  And I realized that I have no motivation to write when I feel out of control, whether that feeling stems from being overloaded or not in control of my project.  When I’m writing regularly, I’m in control and I’m motivated. When I’m not writing regularly, I’m out of control, and when I think of my WIP, my mind goes blank.  So Duhigg’s research resonated with me.  Here are some ways to apply it to your writing:

  1. Know Where You’re Going on a Macro Level. I almost title this one “no pantsing” but I didn’t want to have to duck when certain people threw tomatoes at me. I’m a great believer in doing what works for you and if that is pantsing, then go for it. But you might want to ponder how it works for you, truly. Does writing without benefit of outlining keep you returning to the page and motivated? Because I know it doesn’t for me.  When I don’t have at least a loose outline (it can be a list) of the story, I meander. And when I meander, I get lost. And when I get lost, I get unmotivated.
  2. Know Where You’re Going on a Micro Level. And by this, I mean on a day to day basis. If I know, say, that I’m going to work on character dossiers and a scene list at my next writing session I rise motivated and excited to begin. If I entertain the vague notion that I’m going to write at my next session, I’m likely to read emails, even the stupid ones I never get around to unsubscribing from.
  3. Ask Why? This is one of Duhigg’s recommendations. By asking why, you connect your daily motivation to the bigger picture. Why do you want to write a novel? Because I have stories inside me dying to get out. Because I want to become a bestselling author and quit my day job. Because I promised my dying father I’d tell his story.  Because it’s what I love to do best in the world. Remind yourself of your reasons often.
  4. Follow the Writing Process. And by the writing process, I mean start with a rough draft and let it rip from start to finish. Then go back through and rewrite as many times as it takes.  How does this help motivation when it can seem so daunting? Because when you let yourself get the story on the page without editing, you will feel in control (because you are).  Rather than worrying about writing for the eyes of an editor or agent, you’ll be writing for yourself.  Plus, as each successive draft gets better and better, you’ll enjoy the feeling of being able to control the story, like the god or goddess that you are.
  5. Consider Self-Publishing. Or act as if you are going to. The legacy publishing world is great, but speed is not one of its strong suits.  How in control are you going to feel if you are waiting months to hear back from an editor (as I am)? How in control are you going to feel if the project you submitted that absolutely, positively had to be finished by a certain date is still sitting on the editor’s desk a year later (as happened to a friend)? Sitting around waiting for the publishing world to anoint you can be drain any ounce of motivation you once had.

How do you motivate yourself? Please comment.  And do pick up Duhigg’s book.



Author Interview: Pamela Jane, Memoir Writer

PamieBookCoverI’m excited to share this interview with author Pamela Jane with you.  I know Pamie through my friend and biz partner, Debbie, and I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of her book. I loved it. Truly could not put it down. So I was happy to learn a bit more about the story behind it.  Pamie is an accomplished children’s book author as well as a memoir writer. Scroll down for more information about Pamela Jane and read on.

Tell us a little about the book, please.

An Incredible Talent for Existing is a personal, psychological, and political adventure about how I, as a young woman, got caught up in the radicalism of the 1960s while trying desperately to find my way back to my true self, and the lyrical world of childhood.  This inner war of identities became more intense when I embraced radical feminism; my new husband and I were comrades in revolution but combatants in marriage; I was a woman warrior who spent her days sewing long silk dresses reminiscent of a Henry James novel. One half of me wasn’t speaking to the other half.  And then, just when it seemed that things could not possibly get more explosive, my country cabin exploded in flames, and I found myself left with only the clothes on my back.  The story goes on to describe how I  integrated my two selves and became the writer I inwardly imagined myself to be.

Rumor has it that the book took, ahem, a few years to write.  Can you talk about the process of writing it?

It took me over twenty years and hundreds of drafts to finish the book, but maybe I was just slow!  (I also published many children’s books during this time.) Besides identifying my story, I struggled to find a voice that felt natural.  That seems like it should be easy, like an actor who does not appear to be acting, but it is deceptively difficult to appear relaxed and candid in a memoir ­– in other words be yourself on the page.  Paradoxically, I worked hard so that the book would be easy to read.  I jokingly express my writing formula this way:Pamie1

agony + (obsession x conflict) + panic + 10,000 drafts – total crap = finished memoir

You started out writing it as a novel and then turned to memoir.  Why? And what was different about how you approached each genre?

I discovered drafts of a novel I was trying to write many decades ago about the events in the memoir.  I was young, in my mid-twenties, and had no idea what I was doing.  But it was a beginning, and I did use some of the descriptions and dialog from that early novel in my memoir.  It would require a change in genre (from novel to memoir, which I think works better) and the magic elixir of time and experience for my (very bad) novel to evolve into the memoir it was meant to be.

You’re an accomplished and prolific picture book writer.  Share a little about that.  How hard is it to leap from writing for kids to writing for grown-ups?

I’m a kid at heart and writing always feels like playing to me (though sometimes that play is darn hard work!) so writing chapter and picture books for kids, while also writing for adults doesn’t feel like a leap.  Also for some mysterious reason, I write only fiction for children and only nonfiction for adults, so each genre occupies its own special sphere.

You cover some pretty wild stuff that happened to you in your earlier years.  Did you worry about your family (especially your daughter) reading these parts? This is such a common fear among memoir writers.

Yes, I worried a lot!  And I left out a lot, too that didn’t serve the narrative and might have hurt the people I was writing about, if they happened to read it.

My daughter, who is twenty-one now, seemed to have no problem with the memoir, which I was relieved about.  However, I did warn her before publishing it that I was writing about some events she might find shocking.  When I told her what they were, she looked relieved and said, “Oh, I thought you hurt an animal or something!”  That made me laugh and I can promise readers I did not hurt any animal – except a giant water bug I flushed down the drain in one scene.

I’d love to hear a little about how you found your publisher. LittleElfieOne

This was a long process of submitting to agents and publishers over several years, but I think it was only in the last few months of submitting that I managed to polish my query to a high shine, and clearly articulate the theme of my story.

Advice for memoir writers? 

Allow yourself to write ramble in early drafts, and write badly.  As Woody Allen said, “that’s why God invented the word rewrite.”

What are you working on next?

I’m working on children’s books and a travelogue about the three years my family and I lived in Florence, Italy.  The subtitle is “No One Feels Sorry for You When You’re Living in Tuscany,” which is true!

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’ve seen many novels and memoirs in writing groups or workshops that looked hopeless at the time ultimately evolve into publishable books. Tell yourself giving up is not an option, and if there’s something wrong with your story, don’t despair.  You can always  fix it!

Pamela Jane has published over twenty-five children’s books with Houghton Mifflin, Atheneum, Simon & Schuster, Penguin-Putnam, Harper, and others.  Her books include NOELLE OF THE NUTCRACKER illustrated by Jan Brett, and LITTLE GOBLINS TEN illustrated by NY Times best-selling illustrator, Jane Manning (Harper, 2011). The sequel, LITTLE ELFIE ONE has just come out (Harper).  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND KITTIES: A CAT-LOVER’S ROMP THROUGH JANE AUSTEN’S CLASSIC with coauthor Deborah Guyol was featured in The Wall Street JournalBBC AmericaThe Huffington PostThe New York Times Sunday Book Review and The Daily Dot, and has recently been issued in paper. Pamela is a writer and editor for womensmemoirs.com, and has published essays and short stories in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Antigonish Review, and Literary Mama, .  An excerpt from her new memoir, JUST WAIT! A Short Story Rejected in Grade School Becomes a Cause in Action appeared in the March issue of The Writer.


What’s On Your Desk

(My inspiration for this post comes from a list penned by Anne Wayman.)

What’s on your desk?        LT on chair

  • My computer, a small Dell laptop
  • A cat (just about always)
  • A yellow legal pad with notes on it
  • Two books about writing
  • The little journal in which I keep my to-do lists and make notes in all week
  • A pen. Or often several.

My desk is small, like an old-fashioned letter-writing desk, and I like it that way. Until a few months ago, I worked at a massive Ikea desk that had all kinds of room on it.  Too much room, because give me a flat surface and I will stack paper on it. And that is exactly what I did. I stacked paper and books and notebooks and files and all kinds of things all over it.

This did not make me happy.  It cluttered up my mind and made me feel guilty. And then last summer, I started carrying my computer outside every morning and working at the table on the back deck.  Most mornings, it was just me and my laptop, with maybe a pad of paper for notes and a pen, nothing more. I realized I loved this and that what I really needed was a small desk so that I would not have the problem of so much room to stack things on.

For the most part this has worked. The areas surrounding me have crap all over them, but it stays out of my line of vision and doesn’t distract me quite so much.  I positioned this desk so that it is facing into my office with bookshelves behind me, and windows to each side.  My last desk faced the wall.  I like this better because I’m also facing the door and it always feels weird to have your back to it.

I find it amusing that it took me so many years to figure out what worked for me.  And it is also fun to think about how many different places I’ve written. The kitchen counter, the dining room table, a corner of the bedroom, you name it.

Where do you write? Does this location work for you? Why or why not?


Otherwhere: Good Stuff

I’ve been collecting goodies for you, a lot of which came in the last couple of days.  Also, please note my non-link related question at the end.

Here goes:


Analyze your novel as if it were a dream.

I could not live without the TK.

On beating not-writing.

How to organize your day.

It isn’t conflict that drives the story after all. (READ THIS ONE.)

Best and worst.

Women Fiction Writers (Amy Sue Nathan’s blog)

A new platform for serialized work.

The importance of words.

Structuring story with Robert McKee.

Marketing, Etc.

Be shameless about sales.

Be your own publicist.

Other Creative Stuff

You knitters out there will appreciate this.

I can’t help it, I love nutty Russians.

My buddy Roy has a great story to tell about a long-lost penpal.

I read this blog every morning.

Okay, basta!  Here’s my very important question: if I were to start a Facebook group (that might or might not be closed, I’m not sure), would you be interested in joining it? I’ve long been pondering a way for my loyal commenters and others to have an easier way to talk to each other. Thoughts? What are your positive/negative experiences with such groups? And while we’re at it, what is the secret to life? (Kidding about that last one–unless you have the answer.)


Five on Friday: Glories of Coffee Edition

Writing OutsideGood morning! Let’s dive in.

What crisis occurred this morning: I woke to the news that the electric coffee pot was not working.   This was not good. This was very, very bad. I pulled out my phone and looked up the hours of the nearest Starbucks (luckily, we’ve got at least three within a very quick five-minute sprint) while hub plugged and unplugged the pot and pressed the on button repeatedly. It didn’t help. Finally, he had the brilliant idea to boil water and pour it through. That worked. I have coffee.  I will not not murder anybody.

What I’m picking off my computer: Fir needles. It hit 85 degrees here yesterday, a record, and I sat outside beneath the fir tree and worked all afternoon. My computer was also covered in pollen when I came in, like absolutely every horizontal surface in this town. Which is why every human who lives here is sneezing, blowing their nose or itching their eyes, like me.

What I’m working on: I have a ghostwriting project that I’m really enjoying. Its an intense subject, but lots of good ultimately came from it.  We had some wonderful new students at our bi-weekly Wednesday Writers group this week, and we now have a good number sitting around the table talking about writing, all of whom are doing wonderful work. And I have several amazing  students and clients (Hi Mitch, Hi Courtney) who are producing regularly and several working quietly behind the scenes.  At least they better be working. (You know who you are–you’re working, right?)

And workshops–I got workshops! There’s the three-day Mapping Your Novel at Sitka Center in June (which is close to half full), France in September, which is one person away from being full, and COMING RIGHT UP is a workshop here in Portland called How to Write a Book. It is April 23, all day Saturday and it’s going to be a ton of fun, so if you live here, join us.

Oh, wait, what, you want to know what personal projects I’m working on? Well, um, er, I haven’t decided yet. I’ve got so many ideas for novels and stories in my head I’ve had a hard time landing on one. But I think I’m getting closer. I totally kind of drive myself crazy in the between-projects stage.  I can tell you another cool project I’m working on, though. It is going to be a series of prompt journals that I’m very excited about.  I’m creating these with my cousin’s wife Nancy, also known as the Sister-From-Another-Mother.  Look for them to be out soon.

What I’m reading: Honestly, a pretty silly romance.  But the reason I’m reading it is that I’ve realized, duh, that women’s fiction grew out of the romance genre,  so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to go to the roots and see how books are constructed. The bare bones of the structure in a romance makes it easy to parse.

And then there’s a book I’m not really reading, but more using as a reference. It is James Scott Bell’s Revision and Self-Editing for Publication.  But really, it is about a whole lot more than revision. What I like about it is that he has short sections on various topics, such as character, setting, etc., with bullet pointed information that makes it easier to process. There are also longer swaths of exposition, but those are easily ignorable if you are so inclined, as I am. I got this book from the library and I’ve renewed it a couple times but I think someone else now has it on hold and it is overdue. So if you’re the one waiting for it, I’m sorry! I’ll get it back soon.

What I’m doing this weekend: Organizing my office. I know! I’ve said this every Friday for the last few weeks. But I’ve made progress, I swear. (Though if you saw the stacks of boxes on the floor of my office, you might not think so.) Last weekend we got the area where the boxes had been stored cleaned up. And there’s just a few odds and ends left over to move down.  Things I rarely use and thus don’t know what to do with.

I will admit that I spend very little time on the organizing during the week, because I’m so busy and important. That’s a joke, by the way.  But it just always seems that the things I’m working on take priority.  If I were a brave woman, I would share photos of my messy office. But I’m not, so I won’t.

That is absolutely all I have today. What’s up with you?


How To Cheat on Your Writing Without Getting Caught

knit_yarn_knitting_220265_lAre you an adulterer when it comes to creativity?

I am.  Here’s a brief list of some of the creative arenas I sometimes dabble in (dabble being the key word): knitting, stitching, painting, art journaling, collage, weaving, mosaic.

Okay, nix on the mosaic. Somewhere in this house I have a bunch of ceramic shards but God only knows where they might be. But I like the idea of it.  As for the other things on the list, the activity I do with regularity is knitting, and beyond that it is a once in a blue moon thing to find me painting or collaging.

When I do these things, I love them. And set me up on Ravelry, a website for knitters and crocheters, and I can waste hours looking around.  I love to dream big.  But how many actual knitting projects do I get done each year? Oh, maybe one or two if I’m lucky.

I think this is because I sometimes feel guilty pursuing any creative art besides writing.  For some reason, I often feel I should be pouring every ounce of my creativity into writing and writing alone. And yet the people I admire the most are those who excel in one creative area, yet happily continue to ply other crafts.

What about you? Maybe you love photography, or cooking, or creating model train layouts. Or taking a foreign language. Or any number of creative activities. But how often do you stop yourself from taking time for them, thinking instead, I need to go write. When you do take time for a hobby do you look over your shoulder, terrified your writing is going to discover you at work on, gasp, something else?

One of the things I loved most about The Artist’s Way from Julia Cameron  is that she actively encourages creatives to indulge in all sorts of hobbies.  (And by the way, if you haven’t read that book in a while, consider pulling it off your shelf. I was just paging through it, remembering how wonderful and seminal a volume it is.)

So herewith is my list of my you should be a creative adulterer:

Because doing so actually fills the well from which we draw to write.  In the same vein as taking an Artist’s Date, giving yourself time to doodle or paint or draw a garden plan fills up your inner well and gives you more energy to write.

Because it will give your poor brain a break.  If yours is anything like mine, it needs one once in a while. When I’m trying to do too much I end up in a massively confused state and then I don’t get anything done.

Because a creative hobby is intentional rest.  We so easily succumb to what Jennifer Loudon  calls shadow comforts.  We don’t take time to read the book that’s been on our nightstand for a month, but we’ll happily spend half-an-hour on the internet. The first choice would result in a relaxing mental break, while the second is a bona-fide shadow comfort.  For an absolutely brilliant article on this concept, click here.

Because turning your writing into a should is a sure way to make you hate it. And when you are not allowing yourself any other kind of relaxation or fun besides writing, sure enough you’re turning it into a should.  Hey, this craft is hard—we might as well enjoy it, right?

Because good ole fashioned play is something we need more of in our lives. Studies have shown that play has great benefits for adults, including, stress relief, improved brain function, improved relationships and increased energy.  You can read more here.

So come on, take a break for your writing and indulge in that favorite hobby of yours. (And by the way, this may be the only time I ever urge you not to write, so take advantage of it.)

What is your favorite non-writing creative pursuit?  Comment below and join the conversation.

Photo by Missa88.


Five on Friday: Mind Miasma

My brain is like a boggy swamp.

My brain is like a boggy swamp.

How I’m Feeling: The title of this post. I’m in a mind miasma.  I finished the rough draft of my novel, which was such a non-event it barely even registered. No glowing feeling of satisfaction or bragging to family and friends. I just quietly wrote the last word, fell on my office floor and cried “Thank you, God!” as I genuflected. Not really, but I am glad to be done with it.  I just know the rewrite is a huge job and I’m putting it on the back burner for the moment.

I have projects galore that I’m excited about. The whole time I worked on the novel all I could think about was how I wanted to be done so I could move onto the new things. And then I finished–and suddenly the new things aren’t so shiny any more.  Mind miasma. Does that ever happen to you? It does to me all the time when I finish something.  It means I just need to take some time off and give my brain a rest.

What I’m Excited About:  We’ve had a couple more people sign up for the France retreat and that’s made me think about it anew and get excited. If you are at all interested, now is the time to raise your hand because slots are filling fast.  You can reply to this email if you’ve got a yen to write in the south of France come September.

But maybe you don’t want to go so far? How about three days at the Oregon coast? Registration for my Sitka workshop is open, and several wonderful people have already committed. The workshop is called Mapping the Novel and it is going to be a ton of fun.  Here’s the link.

What I’m Disappointed In: My knitting. I went to Knit Night on Wednesday with only one project which was a big mistake because I ended up ripping it out and then I didn’t have anything to knit so I had to go home early. Ever since then, my knitting has been kind of like my writing: all my fun, shiny projects seem dull and boring.  Maybe I’m in a creative slump. Nah. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons and eons I’ve been a writer, its that creativity is a process. And part of that process is ebbs and flows. Right now I just have to be in an ebb.

What I’m Obsessing About: Organization.  Not macro-wise, but mini-wise. As in, should I put those notes I want to take about that book on index cards, the computer, or a min-binder? The issue is ease of retrieval, as in, where will I be able to find them again? (This is my the desktop of my computer is covered with icons–out of sight, out of mind.) Yeah, such are the things I worry about when I’m not writing.  Which is why it is VERY GOOD that most times I am writing. Because I drive myself bat shit crazy when I’m not.

What the Weather is Like: It is full-on spring here, sunny, a light breeze, 70 degrees, everything that blooms or has ever thought of blooming is abloom. There is no place better on the planet than Oregon in the springtime. But whatever you do, don’t move here.  We can’t take many more people! The population is expected to increase by another 50% by 2020 and already our housing prices have increased higher than anywhere else in the country. Trying to buy a house in Portland these days is about as easy as training a cat or selling a book.

What’s up with you?

Photo from freerangestock.


Otherwhere: Oh Glorious Sunny Days

Yeah, the title has nothing to do with the content of this post, but everything to do with how I’m feeling.  It is a perfect spring day in Oregon and here are some of the great links I’ve read this past week, or maybe a little longer.


Your hero embodies the theme.

Fiction triggers-where do ideas come from?

Oh, right. And then there’s that matter of talent.

Make writing that first draft easier. (I could have used this with my just-finished mess WIP.)

Keeping goals and writing fresh.

How to show internal dialogue. (Please read this if you are a writer who loves to put thoughts in italics.)

If, like me, you are obsessed with the never-ending quest for the perfect journal, you’ll enjoy this post.

How free-lancers find ideas.


Behind the scenes of a bestselling launch. (I was part of the “street team” that helped promote this book, and getting a bit of an inside view of the operation was fascinating.)

Blogging for authors.

Other Good Stuff

Keep a scratchpad handy. 

Practicing presence.

Laura’s Munson’s lovely tribute to the late Jim Harrison.

What have you been reading about lately?

Photo by lumix2004.