"Raymond’s eye for telling detail is very fine, as one expects of an accomplished writer, but to this she adds the informing eye of a natural historian of place.”
— John Keeble, author of Nocturnal America
Midge Raymond

Midge's blog about writing . . . reading . . . and everything in between

Weekly Writing: Vacation

I recently read about a study that revealed that people enjoy anticipating vacations even more than they enjoy taking vacations — apparently, the joy is in the looking forward rather than the being away.

With this in mind, write about a vacation you looked forward to that actually disappointed you. Next, write about a trip that was even better than you expected.

July 28, 2014   No Comments

Weekly Writing: Stops

Write about a rest stop.

July 14, 2014   No Comments

Weekly Writing: It’s all about you

Write the jacket copy for your memoir. (Remember: a memoir isn’t a summary of your life; it’s a story. What story would you tell if you could write only one book about your life?)

July 7, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Coveting

Write about something you stole, or wanted to steal. And why.

June 30, 2014   Comments Off

Creativity for Artists

Thanks so much to Kara at the Ashland Art Center for this lovely write-up about the Creativity for Artists class I so enjoyed giving a couple weeks ago.

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It was a wonderful class … and of course a class is made great by having incredible students! Thanks to all the artists (painters, photographers, writers, and so many more), I too learned a lot about living a creative life. Click here to read Kara’s post and to get some tips about bringing more creativity into your own everyday life.

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June 29, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: History

Write about your favorite moment in history — and why. Then, write about a moment in history that makes you cringe, and why.

June 23, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Home

Write about a home you wish you still lived in.

June 16, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Strangers

Write about a stranger you met who had a surprising effect on your life — someone who met only briefly but have always remembered.

June 9, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Celebrate

Write about a recent celebration.

June 2, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Buyer’s remorse

Write about something you bought for the wrong reasons.

May 26, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Birthdays

Write about your birthday. What does it mean to you — now, and in earlier years — and how has this changed over time?

May 19, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Clouds

Remember being young, looking at the clouds, and describing what they resembled, from elephants to unicorns? Take a moment to look out at the clouds and describe what you see. How does what you see now differ from the images you perceived as a child?

May 12, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Affordability

Write about something you can’t afford.

May 5, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Service, or lack thereof

Write about the worst service you ever had in a restaurant.

April 28, 2014   Comments Off

Bookstore Geek: Lyon Books in Chico, California

Chico, California, is a fun town — not only is it home to Cal State Chico (and hence a great many bars/restaurants and fantastic boutiques), it is home to Lyon Books, one of the most fabulous indie bookstores I’ve encountered in my many years of being a bookstore geek as well as an author.

I was privileged to enjoy Lyon Books not only as a reader but as a presenter (I spoke about book marketing to the wonderful Chico Authors & Publishers Society), and Heather Lyon and the CAPS writers were so incredibly welcoming. The store holds weekly events with a range of speakers, and CAPS holds its monthly meetings at the store. Lyon Books is one of those amazing bookstores that is truly a part of the community.

The store is beautiful and welcoming, with a wide array of new and used books, magazines, gifts, and cards that are thoughtfully arranged throughout the space. Among my favorites is the travel section, which features this globe and vintage suitcase:

If you’re ever in northern California, don’t miss the town of Chico … Lyon Books is worth a visit for all book lovers, but you’ll also enjoy Chico’s quaint downtown shopping, as well as Bidwell Park, one of the country’s 25 largest municipal parks. But do make sure you have enough time (and a good book budget) for Lyon Books!

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April 23, 2014   Comments Off