Category: This Blogger Life

'Found footage' I'd love: 'Dangerous Work'

'Found footage' I'd love: 'Dangerous Work'
Our theme for the week is the historical event(s) we wish had been filmed. That got me thinking again about a great winter book, “Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure” by Arthur Conan Doyle (University of Chicago Press, 2012 — yes, 2012). I loved reading the book, as documented in this earlier post about... Read more »

I would like to meet Robert Louis Stevenson, teller of tales

I would like to meet Robert Louis Stevenson, teller of tales
The theme for This Blogger Life this week is “who I would like to meet.” That it’s an author doesn’t take much deciding. (I’ll be reading my fellow bloggers’ writing to see how many agree with me there.) The trick is deciding which author. Dedicated readers might logically think that I’d choose Sir Arthur Conan... Read more »

Bad habits when an editor turns to writing

Bad habits when an editor turns to writing
When I saw the theme of the week for “This Blogger Life” — bad habits — I almost chickened out. What bad habits do I want to admit to publicly? What bad habits of mine do you want to read about? They might be the same things… but then again, that’s not likely. So I... Read more »
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My character's moment of genius (but I listened)

Have you ever had a fictional character speak to you? Was it a character you’re inventing by yourself? That’s what happened to me on Sept. 27, so it was fresh in my mind when the theme of the week turned out to be “My Moment of Genius.” When I set out to write some new... Read more »

The road to ending insomnia - and writer's block, too

The road to ending insomnia - and writer's block, too
I rarely have trouble sleeping. When I do, I ask myself whether I feel like getting up and writing. If I don’t feel awake enough to write, well, maybe I’m just on my way to being asleep. (There’s the link to the theme of the week, “The Road Less Traveled” — after all, who’s awake... Read more »

The naming of cats

The naming of cats
The theme of the week for “This Blogger Life” is “What’s in a name?” I know that line started with “Romeo and Juliet” and a rose, but I’ve been thinking of a different version this week. Maybe it was thinking about Lincoln Park Zoo’s “big cats” while writing¬† a previous post , or maybe it’s... Read more »
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My favorite year -- and the song that makes it live again

My favorite year -- and the song that makes it live again
When the theme for this week’s “This Blogger Life” was announced, it may have taken me as long as two seconds to say “Yay — 1983!” However, sorting out stories form that vivid year takes much longer — and this theme has a deadline. Anyway, a lot of the stories would be significant, touching or... Read more »

What my cello has taught me about the art of learning

What my cello has taught me about the art of learning
I have two closets in my apartment, one of which I think of as my cello’s closet. Even when it’s spending a lot of time there and not too much time, well, outside playing, my cello reminds me of many valuable things I’ve learned about learning. The value of listening: From rehearsals at school through... Read more »