This past Sunday the Writing Salon hosted a five-hour writing "marathon" that was attended by around fifty people. Here's a shot of some of them (others were downstairs,too) as they prepare to hunker down and write, in the company of others, for several hours straight.
Before they started writing, Eric Maisel, a Writing Salon teacher who teaches the book proposal writing class and has written more than thirty books himself, gave a short talk on what it takes to be a writer. For example, he talked about how we have to make tough choices such as, "I have an hour to spare before I head off for work this morning. Do I: a) read the paper, sip coffee, and do a load of laundry, b) do half an hour of yoga, tidy my desk, and pay three bills, or c) write?
And now, I have to make my own choice. Do I continue writing in this blog post, or do I race over to Rainbow Grocery, get there by 9 a.m., and try to be one of the people who makes it to the dairy section in time to get one of the precious bottles of raw milk that are delivered every Tuesday morning? These raw dairy items are crucial to my New Normal diet (a pain in the ass to adhere to, at times, but it makes a lot of sense to me).
(More on WHY I try to eat only raw dairy, later.)