napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Tuesdays for Books: "You are the trembling of time, that passes between vertical light and darkening sky." (Pablo Neruda)
Some days I wonder why I ever began writing...when did it become as necessary as breathing? What, if anything will come of it? I ask these questions when the sky begins to lighten, and I am on my solitary walk to clear my mind before I sit at my desk. I'm not sure there are any rational answers...it is only the overwhelming imperative to write that consumes me. To that end I read...voraciously, it is instinctual for me, but is also the one unifying piece of advice rendered by every other writer I've read. So I'll continue to walk in that 'vertical light' and know in my heart of hearts that I don't really need answers. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #amreading #readersofinstagram #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #whatisawtoday #californiaphotography #californianature #sunrise_sunsets_aroundtheworld #ig_sunrise #napa #photograhersofinstagram #photography #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #primeshot #greatoutdoors

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Monday's Writer's Motivation: "Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on good writing days nothing else matters." (Neil Gaiman)
Every day,(except Sunday because I need one day without rules, obligations or expectations) I sit down at my desk, switch on my computer, put my headphones on and lose myself in my current project. I learned quite swiftly that without a prescribed routine the procrastinator in me would never actually get any writing done. And I have to confess, with structure and measurable goals, I had many more good writing days than not...and nothing is quite as satisfying as a good writing day...except maybe a cuddle with a golden retriever named Bubba.
If you have difficulty focusing on the page before you, stop and explore what you can do to tweak your writing environment, structure or process until it works for you...and have a good writing day y'all. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #amreading #readersofinstagram #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #californiadreaming #californianature #NorthernCalifornia #californiaphotography #napa #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #photographersofinstagram #primeshot #amazing_shots #pocket_nature

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Saturday at the beach:"When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused." (Rainer Maria Rilke)
The longer I am away from the beach, the harder it is to go there in my imagination...I need to walk along the sea, if only in my dreams, if I am to derive any peace in my life, or produce any passion in my writing. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #amreading #readersofinstagram #whatinspiresyou #ncbrunswickislands #beachesofnorthcarolina #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #natureshots #greatoutdoors #ncc2018 #beaches #photograhersofinstagram #photography #ncphotography #nikonphotography #naturalnorthcarolina

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Friday's Meditation Moment: "Solitude does not necessarily mean living apart from others; rather it means never living apart from one's self." (Parker J. Palmer)
There are moments when you find yourself in an unfamiliar world and, for a brief moment, you wonder if it is real, or merely your imagination prodding you toward something your logical mind refuses to comprehend. Be still and savor the moment...see it as the gift it is. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #amreading #readersofinstagram #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #whatisawtoday #californiaphotography #californianature #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #photographersofinstagram #primeshot #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #NorthernCalifornia

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Wednesday's Writer's Inspiration:"We live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth." (Henry David Thoreau)
Some nights I get so caught up in my writing, I forget why I first sat down at my desk in the first place...what were my aspirations, my dreams, my inspiration? It is then that I walk, as the sun begins to rise, to discover there is so much more...if I only take the time to explore. Have a good writing day y'all. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #amreading #readersofinstagram #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #whatisawtoday #californiaphotography #napa #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #NorthernCalifornia #californianature #sunrise_sunsets_aroundtheworld #ig_sunrise #primeshot #pocket_nature

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Monday's Writer's Motivation: "I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves." (E.M. Forster, Books That Influenced Me)
Have you ever wondered why one book resonates with you (as reader) and not another? Why you choose one book and not another at the bookstore? Do you wander all the aisles to find what is new, or go to fiction or nonfiction primarily? When choosing a new book to read, is it the storyline or plot that catches your interest? Do you gravitate to certain genres and not others? Do you have specific character types that intrigue you? Do theme, symbolism or structure draw you in? Is it a specific writer's style that fascinates you? Are you an adventurous reader, or very particular in your reading requirements? Have you ever serendipitously discovered a new author or genre that had not previously interested you? Go now and look at your bookshelves...and the next time you're in a library or bookshop, choose something completely out of character.
I dare you! Have a good writing day y'all. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #amreading #readersofinstagram #whatinspiresyou #californiadreamin #whatisawtoday #californiaphotography #NorthernCalifornia #californianature #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #photographersofinstagram #primeshot #amazing_shots #pocket_nature

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Saturday at the beach: if you're gonna dream of the beach, I figure I might as well dream of summer as well. There is something just intrinsically wrong with snow on a beach...but even freezing cold, and far away, the beach is the repository of the best of my imagination...
"All my life I have lived and behaved very much like the sandpipers just running down the edges of different countries and continents. Looking for something." (Elizabeth Bishop)
You would think that forever searching for something would be frustrating...but it actually is empowering...never settling for just anything. Have a good writing day y'all. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #amreading #readersofinstagram #whatinspiresyou #ncbrunswickislands #beachesofnorthcarolina #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #natureshots #greatoutdoors #photograhersofinstagram #primeshot #naturalnorthcarolina #northcarolina #sunrise_sunsets_aroundtheworld #ig_sunrise

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Friday's Meditation Moment: Structure and clarity of purpose make for a good start to writing...but then impatience raises its ugly head and any sense of discipline goes right out the window. "Determination not to give in, and a sense of impending shape keep one at it more than anything." (Virginia Woolf, on begining a new book)
Whenever I start something new, irrespective of how complex, the urge to jump in and just write overwhelms me...it is not until near the second act that I slow enough to wonder where the hell I'm going...at which point I actually stop and try to outline, which would have be sooooo much easier at the very beginning. Have a good writing day y'all. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #readersofinstagram #whatinspiresyou #californiadreamin #whatisawtoday #californiaphotography #napa #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #photographersofinstagram #primeshot #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #californianature #NorthernCalifornia

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Wednesday's Writer's Inspiration: Decisions...how do you decide if your character goes right or left...succeeds or fails...loves or hates? Is your story better set in an isolated cabin or an urban apartment? Is your conflict physical or emotional or both?The choices we make as writers shape our work, impact our lives and inspire our readers. Sometimes those decisions are trivial...and sometimes, we just treat them as if they were.
"The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever, to make six decisions just to buy a cup of coffee...for $2.95, (you) get not just a cup of coffee, but an absolutely defining sense of self." (Nora Ephron, 'You've Got Mail')
The pity is, some days, I can't even decide hot...or cold. Have a good writing day, y'all. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #amreading #readersofinstagram #whatinspiresyou #californiadreamin #whatisawtoday #californiaphotography #californianature #napa #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #photographersofinstagram #primeshot #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #writer

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Tuesday's For Books: "Standing there, staring at the long shelves crammed with books, I felt myself relax and was suddenly at peace." (Helene Hanff)
I like a bookshop that's just the tiniest bit disheveled...messy like an unmade bed...books stuffed every which way on the shelves, stacked on the floor, the stairs, used as door stops, filling tables and chairs...as if they secretly multiplied in the dark and stuffed themselves haphazzardly on any a available surface when the store opened. To me, the anticipation I feel when entering a new bookshop reminds me of when I was small, watching my parents getting dressed to go out and my mother would let me rifle through all her old, gaudy costume jewelry and I'd come across a treasure, making up a story about how it came to live in her drawer...a sense of possibility, discovery and nostalgia.
#whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #booklife #amreading #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #whatisawtoday #californiaphotography #photography #amazing_shots #primeshot #photograhersofinstagram #readersofinstagram #writer #literacy #bookshop

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Saturday at the beach: I should be able to feel the sand between my toes, feel the sting of salt as it coats my face and dream the dreams that only occur at dawn...
"That crazed girl improvising her music
Her poetry, dancing upon the shore
Her soul in division from itself
Climbing, falling, she knows not where..." (W.B. Yeats)
Ok, so the sand is covered in snow, our pipes have probably burst, and my garden is dead...maybe I'll just dream of the beach for a couple of weeks longer...I can write anywhere...right? #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #amreading #readersofinstagram #whatinspiresyou #ncbrunswickislands #beachesofnorthcarolina #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #photographersofinstagram #primeshot #naturalnorthcarolina #sunrise_sunsets_aroundtheworld #ig_sunrise #capefearsunrise #seabirds

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Friday's Meditation Moment: "Faeries, come take me out of
The dull world,
For I would ride with you upon
The wind,
Run on top of the
Disheveled tide
And dance upon the mountains
Like a flame." (W.B. Yeats, 'The Land of Heart's Desire)
There are days when I have to chain myself to the desk...but there are those occasional days when I "dance upon mountain'. Hope y'all have a good writing day! #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #readersofinstagram #bookstagram #booklover #book #poet #whatisawtoday #whatinspiresyou #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #natureshots #amazing_shots #primeshot #pocket_nature #photographersofinstagram #mountain #landscapephotography #NorthernCalifornia #californiadreaming #californianature #californiaphotography

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Thursday's Writer's Read: My pick today is author, Neil Gaiman, author of 'Sandman', 'American Gods' and 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' He began his writing career as a journalist: interviews and book reviews. In interviews, Gaiman discusses the influence of numerous fantasy and science fiction writers, but most notably by R.A. Lafferty, a prolific science fiction writer from Oklahoma, who worked as an electrical engineer by day and wrote at night. At nine, Gaiman began a decades long correspondence with Lafferty, whose novels to that point: 'Fourth Mansions' and 'Space Chantey' were nominated for the Nebula Award. Continuing the correspondence even into adulthood, Gaiman even went so far as to ask for advice on becoming a writer. Lafferty seems to have drawn from mythology for the basis of his own writing, just as many science fiction and fantasy writers have. I guess the current trend of outlining, using Joseph Campbell"s 'Hero's Journey' structure isn't new at all! In 2002, Locus Magazine's non-profit organization, under the guidence of board member, Gaimen, purchased the copyright to 29 Lafferty novels and 225 short stories. We never grow too old for our childhood heroes...do we? #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #amreading #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #whatisawtoday #californiaphotography #californianature #NorthernCalifornia #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #photographersofinstagram #primeshot #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #writer #readersofinstagram

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Wednesday's Writer's Inspiration: "When from our better selves we have too long
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired
How gracious, how benign, is Solitude."
(William Wordsworth, The Prelude)
I'm not sure about anyone else, but it is only in solitude that I can lose myself in my writing...sitting on my back deck at 3:00 AM, watching the super moon set on the second day of the new year, sort of puts things in perspective. What do I want, and what am I willing to do to achieve it? I know one thing...I'd like to become better acquainted with my 'better self'. Have a good writing day, y'all. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #books #amreading #whatisawtoday #whatinspiresyou #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #natureshots #amazing_shots #californiadreaming #NorthernCalifornia #californiaphotography #photograhersofinstagram #photography #pocket_nature #primeshot #writer #readersofinstagram

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Tuesday's For Books: I'm digressing from my usual post today...I am discussing a book in the context of literature, feminism and cultural/gender disconnect, and just where, if at all, they intersect. On January 2, 1973, a teacher named Roseann Quinn was murdered in her seventh floor apartment on W. 72nd St., in NYC, by a man she met at Tweeds Bar across the street. HER story was lost amidst the sensationalized news reports, finger-wagging paternalistic editorials and the subsequent fictionalized novel by Judith Rossner, 'Looking for Mr. Goodbar'. Ultimately, the film of the same name, starring Diane Keaton, polarized a nation and became a cautionary tale for a generation of women embracing the second wave Feminist Movement. I stood in front of her building this summer and thought about how we as writers (and photographers) take bits and pieces of reality and create a fictional narrative that may resonate with readers, but at what cost to the Roseann's of this world? Where do we draw the line between creative license, ethics and empathy? #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #amreading #whatisawtoday #whatinspiresyou #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #amazing_shots #photographersofinstagram #readersofinstagram #writer #photography #lookingformrgoodbar #nycphotographer

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Monday's Writer's Motivation: On this first day of 2018, as the vineyards sleep, remember; "life is not so much about beginnings and endings as it is about going on and on and on. It's about muddling through the middle." (Anna Quindlen)
Sometimes when I begin a new project, I race through the beginning with ease, my eyes set to the ending...but I have to remind myself this isn't a sprint, but a marathon... it is the second act which is the hardest to write...because it is there where the true story lives. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #amreading #whatisawtoday #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #californianature #NorthernCalifornia #californiaphotography #napa #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #photographersofinstagram #primeshot #amazing_shots #readersofinstagram #writer #photography

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Saturday at the beach: "O! For a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention." (William Shakespeare)
Sue Grafton died this week, and with her, Kinsey Millhone...her last book, 'Y is for Yesterday', was released this past August...There will be no 'Z'...that will be her final mystery. Not a bad legacy for a writer. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #mysterywriter #amreading #whatinspiresyou #ncc2017 #ncbrunswickislands #beachesofnorthcarolina #primeshot #pocket_nature #landscapephotography #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #ig_sunrise #photographersofinstagram #oakislandlight #beachphotography #greatoutdoors

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Friday's Meditation Moment: When the muse arrives unbidden and refuses to be ignored, simply remember... "The business of a poet is fundamentally to see, and not to analyse." (Henrik Ibsen)
Sometimes, you just have to let the words flow and not worry about making sense of them. If you ignore the muse...the words will be lost forever....because, like the leaves of autumn, what returns in the spring is never quite the same. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #book #whatisawtoday #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #californianature #NorthernCalifornia #californiaphotography #napa #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #autumn #trees #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #primeshot #photographersofinstagram

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Thursday's Writer's Read: On this last week of 2017, my pick is Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of more than twenty novels, including The Deep End of the Ocean and What We Saw at Night. For Mitchard, whose own novels are a facinating study of the human condition under extraordinary circumstances via the backdrop of suburbia, it is interesting that her own favorite novel is a classic...Betty Smith's, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn...
"Oh magic hour when a child first knows she can read printed words." (Betty Smith)
A childhood book whose young female narrator's voice is imprinted on successive generations of women. I am consistently impressed with other writer's favorite reads...the lists ALWAYS begin with two or three adolescent favorites, proving to me that the books we are exposed to at a tender age, remain influential far into adulthood. This particular novel was a mainstay in my own childhood...so much so that, when I began to wtite in ernest, I traveled to Chapel Hill in order to walk the streets that Betty Smith did as she wrote the novel, trying to soak up any of her lingering literary aura. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorlife #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #booklover #amreading #book #whatisawtoday #whatinspiresyou #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #natureshots #amazing_shots #primeshot #pocket_nature #nycphotographer #trees #nyclibrary #photographersofinstagram #readersofinstagram #writer #photography
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