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Charlotte Rains Dixon  

Five on Friday: The Rain Returns

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Lieutenant helping me write this post.

Well, actually, the rain never really left for long, but we have had a couple of lovely dry, warm days that have felt like spring is not far off.  And they were accompanied by birds singing! That’s the best.  But this morning it is soggy again. But I don’t mind, I really like all kinds of weather. My one complaint is that I’d like a tiny bit more snow. I know those of you on the east coast are groaning right now.  Here’s what’s going on this week:

Quote I’m loving: “That which you are seeking is seeking you.” I got this from a month-long program I’m doing with my friend Monica Kenton.  Her ability to build her shamanistic studies into a rip-roaring business is just the best.

What I’m Reading: I finished the memoir by Pamela Jane,  which I loved.  It’s a page-turner. Look for more info about the book and the author here soon.  Now I’m reading Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. Gotta say, jury is still out on this one. I’m only about 30 or 40 pages in and so far I’m finding the style a bit hard to read.  Debbie bought it and got about 50 pages in before giving up.  Then she lent it to my daughter, whose book club was reading it. Annie loved it, in a weird sort of way, but reports that most people in the book club did not.  I’m struggling with it, and I have so many books I want to read that it barely seems worth it.

What I’m Playing: Spider Solitaire.  I used to be a huge Spider Solitaire player on my old computers, then I went over to the dark side and used a Mac for six years. Shockingly, there is not Spider Solitaire on the Mac–you have to go to very unsatisfactory websites to play it. Came to my senses and bought a PC last summer, which I love.  About a week ago, the thought occurred to me: I can play Spider Solitaire again! My friend, fellow writer and blog reader Jenni is a crack Spider Solitaire player, though she told me this week she’d gotten bored with it. So now I’ve taken up the cause.  I convince myself it is good for my brain. Ha.

What I’m Listening To: Nothing. At least when I write. I used to listen to movie soundtracks, but for the past few years I’ve written in silence. I now value silence a lot. When I drive, I no longer automatically turn on the radio or pop in a CD.  (I have an old car, none of that new-fangled technology wherein one can play their Ipod music or whatever.) I really prefer silence. Probably because I like to talk to myself. At home, I have a weird, old-school habit I inherited from my Mom. I have a radio playing all day long in the kitchen.  My daughter-in-law once told me she’d never been in our house when the radio wasn’t on.  I have listened to the same radio station for years–KINK FM. It’s actually one of the top stations in the country, known for making careers for some musicians and it plays an eclectic bunch of music that I like.

What I’m Working On: My rewrite.  Doing a rewrite is a strange and wonderful process. If I had more usable thoughts on it, I’d write about it. And I will one of these days.  The hardest part is getting organized and finding a way in.  I’ve finally managed that and seem to be rolling.  Phew.

What are you working on/enjoying/ excited about on this last Friday in January?

PS. Don’t forget, if you live in Portland, I’ve got an upcoming reading and an upcoming workshop on publishing. Read all the details here.

0 thoughts on “Five on Friday: The Rain Returns

  1. Jenni Gainsborough

    Oh no Charlotte, don’t do it! You are the most productive person I know and I can’t bear the thought of you being dragged down into the Spider Solitaire tar pit. I may be getting bored with it (haven’t played yet today and it’s already past noon) but when I think of all the hours of my life never to be retrieved because of it…

    1. Charlotte Rains dixon

      Oh Jenni, I love you! I’ve actually tended to forget about it over the last couple of days, so that’s good, right? And being familiar with the wonderful writing you are producing I have to say I’m thrilled you are getting bored with it!

  2. J.D.

    It is too strange to be a coincidence that the quote I’m loving is from the radio: “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger–unless it’s a bear. Bears can kill you, as in dead.” I might’ve heard it while driving to the B&N. I was gift hunting and wondered to the journals. They had something with a number title, 742 perhaps. I can’t remember if you covered that one in your post on journals. It comes with prompts on each page. No date, no calendar, just space for wriiting after the prompts. There were some blank “leather” ones for like $14. Moleskin was pricey, $25 or in that neighborhood. I’m thinking of buying some version and filling it as a mode of therapy. I have to explore the possibility there is some merit to that crazy idea you blog about from time to time, the connection between journaling and writing. Even if that wire burned long ago, it would be something to do. After Jenni’s warning, I wouldn’t want to find myself playing Spider Solitaire.

    1. Charlotte Rains dixon

      That’s a great quote. I actually love the Kelly Clarkson song, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” And yes, try journaling! But be sure to give it some time. You will have days when it feels really great and others when it is all dull and boring. Yesterday I figured out all the problems of the world in my journaling session and this morning I barely wrote anything. And besides therapy, its a great place to figure out the writing angles. I love all those journals, as you know, but a good old fashioned spiral also works!

  3. J.D.

    I “wandered” to the journals section though I suppose there was some wondering as well.

    1. Charlotte Rains dixon

      Ha. Funny boy.

  4. Zan Marie

    I see rain as an excuse to hunker down and write. Good luck on the rewrite. They’re such strange things… 😉

    1. Charlotte Rains dixon

      Snow is a good excuse, too, except we never get any. But, boy do I agree that rewrites are strange things! It is quite an interesting process, isn’t it?

  5. Don Williams

    Funny that you couldn’t play Spider Solitaire on the Mac but the truth is could have, here’s one link for a free game on the Apple App Store:

    As for me, it’s not the Mac that is the dark side, it’s Windows! Actually, I have Windows 10 running on my Mac now.

    I still can’t wait to see your next book published, how’s it coming along? Will it be a long wait? I hate waiting, but thankfully we can still read your blog while we’re all waiting.

    As for the east coast, well, here in New Brunswick it’s been raining hard for days. Drats, tomorrow we’re getting a nasty North Easter that’ll bring another 40 cm of snow. No problem, another day it will just be rained away!

    1. Charlotte Rains dixon

      Oh forgive me, Don, I know you are a Mac fan of the highest order! And thanks for the link.

      I’m working hard on my rewrite which we will re-submit to the editor and see what happens from there. Fingers crossed. Also scheming for some self-publishing ideas…you’ll read it here first! And I’m so happy that you keep coming back to read my blog. Thank you.

      Good luck in all that snow! I’m still waiting for another appearance of it here, but my hopes are fading as we get further into February

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