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Friends,

When I draft a novel, I DRAFT a novel. Free-writing is my mantra. I don’t let sensible thoughts weigh me down. Why bother? They are chains on my creativity. This process works, it really works, for me. Writing tip: if you are trying to edit while you are writing, you are a hundred times less likely to enjoy the process or finish the story.

And then the muses sweep me in a different direction… (Thanks, muses. I love you anyway.)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote two scenes that were to take place in the medieval fortress of Saphree. Saphree is of great significance to one of my characters so there were lots of specially crafted phrases describing its architecture and its emotional impact. All of this was powerful writing, until the muses decided my characters should be at some legendary waterfalls in the middle of the open woods instead.

Usually, relocating is not too much work. A wall is a wall so change bricks to wood or wood to stone and,¬†poof!, you’re done. But relocating from indoors to outdoors is a major project. And relocating from one significant place to a place that is significant for entirely different reasons… Oy vey (which, by the way, is a “Yiddish exclamation of chagrin, dismay, exasperation or pain”). My brain hurts just thinking about it.

And yet… I admit. I find these kind of time-consuming changes fun. It offers a challenge that my typically sloppy free-writing does not. So here’s to finding a little fun in the journey and the work and the muses. May your challenges melt to joy today and the stories you craft–in pen or deed–receive a breath of fresh air,

Jessie Mae

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Two Sources of Rest

I spent a lovely last evening hanging with some friends I do not get to see enough. That is the thing about good friends, you never get to see them enough.

So even though I was in the pre-stages of the cold going around and could have used the rest, I dragged myself to my feet and enjoyed my evening. By the time I got home I knew that I needed my rest. I determined to sleep in and get back to work this afternoon. It was absolutely the right call.

Rest is important. Sometimes it comes through sleep; sometimes through fellowship with good friends. Sometimes it comes from both sources.

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It is amazing the diversity you can find even in Maine. Just walk into Starbucks and people watch for a few minutes.

You’ll get a range of people from those who wear sweat-pants to business suits. You’ll see the jeans, scarves, coffee-addict, tied to their headphones, and clicking away on their computers to race a homework deadline types (I’m one of th0se). You’ll meet the social type, who come to Starbucks mostly to interact, either with the staff or the people they planned to meet.

You can tell when people feel out of their element in Starbucks, but overall it is a fairly flexible place that welcomes those from all backgrounds, individuals and big groups, the rich and the poor. It is the new melting pot where up-and-coming business eople mingle and where friendships can be formed. It is Starbucks.

My thoughts tend to wander while I’m here. It is hard not to give into the creativity oozing from the music, energy, and thick smell of coffee. Writing tempts me, even poetry calls out while I’m here. Nonetheless, it is a good place to get down to work.

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