Monday, 11 November 2013

Stop daydreaming!

Bloggie pals!

Loving these top 10 writerly tips from the utterly fabulous PD James 
(93 years young and still going strong, bless her), especially her one at no. 5:

"Write, read and don't daydream".  
As in don't daydream how successful you'll be without doing the hard work of actual writing! Yikes! LOL!

Now remember those hanging plants of last week's post? Well here is where I found them:


A construction site! How amazing is that!?!

Charlie and Gumtree say:  We dream of a tidy bed.


Have a peaceful week y'all. Wishing everyone a reflective Remembrance/Veteran's Day.
On another sombre note: my heart goes out to those caught in typhoon Haiyan's path.  Very sad.

60 comments:

klahanie said...

I just had a daydream that it was night time. Oops, it is.

Nothing like a well hung plant.

Penny will sort out the cat's bed.

We shall always remember and we shall think about those who continue to serve. And such a sad time in the Philippines.

Gary

William Kendall said...

Yes, a tidy bed is much more fun to mess up and play burrowing yourself under the covers in, isn't it?

Eileen said...

I had no idea P.D. James was in her 90's, that's amazing.

Just reading about Typhoon Haiyan, how dreadful for all those caught in its path, and those who are left behind to clean up.

Hope you, Charlie, and Gumtree have a good week!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dreaming is useless if you aren't willing to work.
We celebrate Veteran's Day here and I hold anyone who served in the service with the highest regard.
I don't think most of us can fathom the amount of people killed in the Philippines.

Mark said...

I'm going to have to check out those writing tips.

Norma Beishir said...

Thanks for sharing, OK. I too am praying for the people devastated by the typhoon. I was just watching coverage of it on the news....

Brian said...

Writing is hard work, but Charlie and Gumtree look ready for the challenge!

meowmeowmans said...

That's some great advice from P.D. James. She's an amazing author!

I never would have imagined that those plants were at a construction site!

We like your dream, Charlie and Gumtree. :)

Tamago said...

That is amazing! I never guessed it was on construction site!
Charlie and Gumtree are looking cozy and comfy on the bed! I can't say much about tidiness because I'm very bd about making bed tidy :-)
Have a wonderful new week!!

mshatch said...

That is the oddest place to find those plants! And I think Gumtree and Charlie like the bed tidy or not :)

Pasha said...

are you cold Charlie? Perhaps hugging Gumtree will warm you up :)
♥Pasha

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The news form the Philippines is very sad ...such a horrible typhoon! I hope aid will be coming their way quickly.

Finding pretty hanging baskets at a construction site is so unusual --a nice idea by someone.

Gumtree and Charlie look quite comfortable :)

Helena said...

I am a chronic, terrible, addicted daydreamer. Sometimes that helps my writing, but other times it just gets in the way.

Love where the hanging plants are!

Thank you for mentioning Veterans Day. My Dad was a WWII vet and I miss him.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Aww, Charlie! You and little Gumtree look like you're best pals now, I'm so happy to see!

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Aww, Charlie! You and little Gumtree look like you're best pals now, I'm so happy to see!

Fuzzy Tales said...

Is PD James 93? And still going strong? Wow, great genes!

No, I wouldn't have thought those plants would be at a construction site. Wonder if it's a female admin person (very stereotypical on my part). Nice touch!

It's Remembrance Day here too, so a somber day on many levels. I'm really trying to keep my perspective on my own petty problems, as none is life and death, either via armed conflict or via nature's destruction.

Peace and Mercy to All Beings.

Madeleine Sara said...

I will certainly check out PD James' tips. Thank you
Do you think those plants were left by that vigilante group who try to make urban spaces more beautiful?
Will check out the previous post :O)x

fairyhedgehog said...

What an amazing place to find plants!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Old Kitty - interesting addition to a construction site's office or workshop ...

That tip .. from PD James is a good one isn't ... 93 and still going strong ..

You too have a peaceful week .. and I somewhat agree with Charlie and Gumtree .. make the bed!!! - yet don't disturb us ... how - I really don't know!!!

Typhoon Haiyan sounds as though it has caused major, major hardship for many and will do for a generation to come .. dreadful.

With thoughts to all those in the Philippines on this Remembrance Day when we remember those who served. Hilary

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love your new blog design. And so true that you have to write to be a writer. I so need a big sign that says that in front of my face every day right now. Have a great week!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Oh dear, I'm the worst daydreamer ever! I better write that particular tip on my hand or something.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Hannah sleeps next to me every night but unfortunately she gets up every hour or so and walks over my pillow and then via the bedside table jumps on to the windowsill and after a quick look outside comes back the same way! I'll swap you for your two bed hogs!
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Hannah and Lucy said...

Hannah sleeps next to me every night but unfortunately she gets up every hour or so and walks over my pillow and then via the bedside table jumps on to the windowsill and after a quick look outside comes back the same way! I'll swap you for your two bed hogs!
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Adam said...

Happy veteran's day

Marilia Bavaresco said...

So cute babies... have a nice week!!

Simon Kewin said...

I read those tips, too. Surely a little bit of daydreaming is allowed? Even essential?

Manzanita said...

A tidy bed can't be as comfy for a cuddly cat as a rumply one.

Crystal Collier said...

A construction zone? That's amazing. Wow. Sometimes life is stranger than fiction, eh? I wonder who put them there...

Fur Everywhere said...

I would not have guessed that you found the plants at a construction site!!

We hope you have a wonderful week!

Annie Bear said...

An unmade bed is the most comfy according to the kitties we've known. Charlie and Gumtree look pretty happy I think. Interesting about those hanging plants at a construction site. I wonder how that came about.

We're paying for the Philippines. It's so sad.

Lydia Kang said...

That's actually good advice! For me, it's "turn off the internet and write!"

Connie Arnold said...

Daydreaming is only all right if it leads to story ideas that you act on. Charlie and Gumtree seem quite content and cute! The typhoon devastation is heartbreaking. Plenty to remember and keep in prayers this day.

Carol Kilgore said...

Thanks for sharing the link to the PD James article. Excellent tips.

Medeia Sharif said...

I would never have guessed a construction site.

I will check out the PD James link.

I am torn over what has happened in the Philippines. I am hoping for relief and recovery.

Patsy said...

Great tips from PD James! I like her books too.

Sarah Allen said...

Oooh, yes, great writing tips! And as always, beautiful kitty faces :)

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, with Joy)

KarenMcG said...

Ah, the mystery of the hanging plants is solved!

Gumtree and Charlie look mighty comfortable in that untidy bed!

ANGEL ABBY said...

Our hearts break each time there is a natural disaster it is so sad.
We hope you all have a wonderful lovely week!

Jamie Burch said...

Thank you for sharing the link to PD James! Lots of good stuff there! :)

da tabbies o trout towne said...

in 80 bazillion we wooda never guessed de plantz bee at a constuctionz sites guys !!!! way kewl; dont suppoze they will tell ewe wear they getted em; bee kinda neet ta grow nip in there come spring :) !!~~

Swami Zoe said...

That bed looks pawesomely purrfect! Me-Ommmmm

McGuffy Ann said...

You are such a kind, thoughtful soul.

Wendy said...

You have a good week too, sweetpea.

And yes, it is beyond tragic what has happened in the Philippines. Unimaginable. We are so very lucky.

Bossy Betty said...

Charie and Gumtree!!! You are after my own heart.

Lynda R Young said...

I love that the plants were at the construction site. Brilliant.

Theresa Milstein said...

I think that's a perfect quote. It's the writing itself that's the journey--not the fame and fortune.

How nice that someone decided to spruce up a construction site. I can only imagine how you miss greenery working on a site day in and day out.

Maria McKenzie said...

Thanks for sharing those great tips form PD James! What an amzing lady:).

Plants at a construction site! Never would have guessed!

What comfy looking kitties;).

Debbie said...

I'm inspired by the age she was published. That's me next year.

DWei said...

What's the point of making a bed? It's just going to get messy again...

Basil Widdairs said...

Thanks fur sharing, I'm going to check the writing tips out fur sure - well I'll get my P.A. to ;)

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

The rumpled bed looks comfy!

Deniz Bevan said...

Aww, but it's a cosy bed!
Great advice from PDJames. I hadn't seen it before, thanks for sharing!

Ginger Jasper said...

I came to say thank you so much for the lovely card that arrived in the post today. It means so much to us and we thank you so very much . Carol and Barrie x

Katz Tales said...

We LOVE the look of that bed! Any snuggle space for us?

Editors At Work said...

I also dream of a tidy bed! So sad about the Philippines typhoon.

Nas

cleemckenziebooks said...

So sad about the people caught in that typhoon.

Tell Charlie and Gumdrop that their bed looks very comfy--much better than a smoothed cover!

Talli Roland said...

I need to daydream! :) I do still write, though. In between the daydreams.

Esme said...

I am going to come over and join the kitties in bed.

Claudia Del Balso said...

Thank you for sharing these helpful tips from PD James. :)
My mentors always told me (#2) to write about what I know. I have experimented with writing about what I don't know and, luckily for me, it paid off. I think sometimes we have to take chances. There's always an exception to the rule. (#3) Finding my own routing, now that's a tough one! I don't have one. :(
I'll keep these tips as a reminder.
Thank you so much for sharing them with us, Jennifer!

Dawn Simon said...

Excellent tip! I say we should dream big, but WORK toward the dream!

I like that you mentioned Veterans Day, too. My husband served in the Navy.

Last week I saw one of your comments (which I always love) on a blog. Something about Captain Picard's arms! Hee! You're fun!