On the way to Santa Barbara. For some reason #roadtrips make me crave chocolate croissants, a big no-no for my #health regime. But here’s a secret: sometimes you just gotta break the rules. And at least my toes look good, right?

#travel #driving #toes #nailpolish #coral #highway101 #socal #southernca #ca #california  #vscocam (at Pacific Coastal Highway 1 California)

On the way to Santa Barbara. For some reason #roadtrips make me crave chocolate croissants, a big no-no for my #health regime. But here’s a secret: sometimes you just gotta break the rules. And at least my toes look good, right?

#travel #driving #toes #nailpolish #coral #highway101 #socal #southernca #ca #california #vscocam (at Pacific Coastal Highway 1 California)

undergumtree
undergumtree:

Left: “Slanted & Implanted” 2013, enamel, gouache and ink on panel, 20”x16”
Right: “Citric Cypher” 2013, enamel, gouache and ink on panel, 20”x16”
Meet the Artist Q: Do you have a set schedule for when you work?
@geoffreytoddsmith: I try to work most days. I’m mostly a 9-5 worker. I focus better when I treat it like a job.

Under the Gum Tree has started doing mini-interviews with our featured artists. Follow undergumtree on Instagram to keep up.

undergumtree:

Left: “Slanted & Implanted” 2013, enamel, gouache and ink on panel, 20”x16”
Right: “Citric Cypher” 2013, enamel, gouache and ink on panel, 20”x16”
Meet the Artist Q: Do you have a set schedule for when you work?
@geoffreytoddsmith: I try to work most days. I’m mostly a 9-5 worker. I focus better when I treat it like a job.

Under the Gum Tree has started doing mini-interviews with our featured artists. Follow undergumtree on Instagram to keep up.
yeahwriters

yeahwriters:

boazpriestly:

  • Over-explanation. This includes prologues. “Prologues are never needed. You can usually throw them in the garbage. They’re usually put on as a patch.”
  • Too much data. “You’re trying to seduce your reader, not burden them,” Friedman said.
  • Over-writing, or “trying too hard.” “We think the more description we add, the more vivid it will be; but we don’t want to be distracted from the story” we open the book for.
  • Beginning the novel with an interior monologue or reflection. Usually this is written as the thoughts of a character who is sitting alone, musing and thinking back on a story. Just start with the story.
  • Beginning the novel with a flashback. Friedman isn’t entirely anti-flashback, but the novel’s opening page is the wrong place for one.
  • Beginning a novel with the “waking up sequence” of a character waking, getting out of bed, putting on slippers, heading for the kitchen and coffee…a cliche
  • Related cliche: beginning the novel with an alarm clock or a ringing phone
  • Starting out with an “ordinary day’s routine” for the main character
  • Beginning with “crisis moments” that aren’t unique: “When the doctor said ‘malignant,’ my life changed forever…” or “The day my father left us I was seven years old…”
  • Don’t start with a dialogue that doesn’t have any context. Building characterization through dialogue is okay anywhere else but there.
  • Starting with backstory, or “going back, then going forward.”
  • Info dump. More formally called “exposition.”
  • Character dump, which is four or more characters on the first page.

This is like the Story Beginnings Bible.

Good reminders for creative nonfiction too.

Secrets of a restricted eater*: Homemade chocolate raspberry filled cupcakes with chocolate ganache. My #birthday #recipe of choice this year. Would you believe it is #glutenfree #sugarfree #dairyfree #soyfree? 

*Some of my previous food posts are labeled “Secrets of a restricted ~dieter~” & I have decided I need to modify my language because I am not on a diet. These are my eating #habits. It is a #lifestyle + #mindset and I’m #healthy because of it. 

#health #healing #ms #multiplesclerosis #nodrugs #eattoheal #vscocam (at Sunnyside–Tahoe City, California)

Secrets of a restricted eater*: Homemade chocolate raspberry filled cupcakes with chocolate ganache. My #birthday #recipe of choice this year. Would you believe it is #glutenfree #sugarfree #dairyfree #soyfree?

*Some of my previous food posts are labeled “Secrets of a restricted ~dieter~” & I have decided I need to modify my language because I am not on a diet. These are my eating #habits. It is a #lifestyle + #mindset and I’m #healthy because of it.

#health #healing #ms #multiplesclerosis #nodrugs #eattoheal #vscocam (at Sunnyside–Tahoe City, California)