Silver Threading:

The writing process is a journey within a writing journey. Excellent points here about To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman!

Originally posted on Martha's Vineyard Mysteries:

To All Who Plan to Read or Have Read “Go Set a Watchman”:

Cynthia and Howie comparing copies of Cynthia and Howie compare “Go Set a Watchman” with “To Kill a Mockingbird”
photo by Lynn Christoffers

“Go Set a Watchman” was Harper Lee’s first book, and first books are usually unpublishable, as was “Watchman.”  While it has brilliant writing in patches, it has inconsistencies, improbable passages, repetitions, unnecessary divergences, too much back story, ramblings, boring passages, too much overwriting, and almost every error a new writer can make.

Tay Hohoff, an editor at Lippincott, saw promise in the work, saying the “spark of the true writer flashed in every line.”  She urged Harper Lee to scrap “Watchman” and start all over, write a new book with an entirely different story.  Hohoff saw Scout’s young voice, one of several back stories in “Watchman,” as the potential for a great book once it was rewritten, and, of course…

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Pure Inspiration

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Be ready to take part with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday, I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.

Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. I am sorry if I left anyone off last week. Please tag your posts so that I can find you. <3

On your own blog post do a ping-back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping-back is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

My quote this week is just pure inspiration! It is about not letting go of your hopes and dreams. It is about perseverance and patience. It is about opposites and how we need both in order to move forward. The same can be said for our writing journey, as well as our life journey.

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Don’t give up! Just keep writing!


Thanks for visiting with me today. I sure enjoyed seeing all of you. Don’t forget to share a quote that got to you this week… or else you will have to help me fold the laundry!

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up from 8/19/15


Welcome to the WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY Weekly Wrap-Up where our writers highlight their photographic and writing talent by making up their own quotes or sharing quotes from their favorite authors. (Please do not link to this post. Link to the new prompt on Wednesday, August 26, 2015). Please don’t forget to tag your post “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” to make them easier to find in the reader.

We still have some new and old participants this week that have joined us. Please make sure to visit the blogs of the writers who have shared their writer’s quotes. It is an honor for them to get to know you better. The blog names are found above their images.

Here’re the quotes that were shared last week:

Writing Rachael Richey

Ronovan Writes

“The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.” ~Hubert H. Humphrey (American Vice President and Author.)

Stories and Scribblings
*New this week*

I wouldn’t want to be friends with Nora, would you? Her outlook is almost unbearably grim.

“For heaven’s sake, what kind of question is that? Would you want to be friends with Humbert Humbert? Would you want to be friends with Mickey Sabbath? Saleem Sinai? Hamlet? Krapp? Oedipus? Oscar Wao? Antigone? Raskolnikov? Any of the characters in The Corrections? Any of the characters in Infinite Jest? Any of the characters in anything Pynchon has ever written? Or Martin Amis? Or Orhan Pamuk? Or Alice Munro, for that matter? If you’re reading to find friends, you’re in deep trouble. We read to find life, in all its possibilities. The relevant question isn’t “is this a potential friend for me?” but “is this character alive?”

The sexist question above was posed to Claire Messud by Publisher’s Weekly regarding the main character in her book The Woman Upstairs.

Cathy Lynn Brooks
*New this week*

“My mother…was perfectly horrified when I began shooting and tried to keep me in school, but I would run away and go quail shooting in the woods or trim my dresses with wreaths of wildflowers.” ~Annie Oakley

Zen & Pi

Meredith’s Musings
Please visit her blog for the video

Pursuit of a New Adventure
*New this week*

“There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway

Rebirth of Lisa

More than 100 Words
*New this week*

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

–Stephen King

La Duchesse D’Erat *New this week*

“We must accept craftsman side of the writer’s profession”
by Bernard Werber

From the Sticks to the Bricks and Back Again

I Maniking Blog

Melissa Barker Simpson

Randoms by a Random

The Writer Next Door

Daily Echo

Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed

“Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.” – Boethius.

Pearls before Swine

J Sack’s Mom’s Blog

Silver Threading

Thank you for all the fabulous quotes and for spreading all this motivation and inspiration through the internet! This is the kind of positivity that makes a difference in the lives of many. I am humbled to be part of such a great group of bloggers! Well done!

While I am at it, I want to thank each and every one of you for participating in our weekly quotes and for those that read them and gain inspiration. No matter what, it is a win-win for all writers.

(If I missed your post, please help me find it. If you tag your post Writer’s Quote Wednesday, it makes it easier to find if you do not do a ping-back where you link your post).

SO… Which quote do you SAVVY this week? Make sure and let me know!

Thanks for dropping in to see all the quotes. I will see you again!

No Flour Chocolate Cake

I have been on a quest searching for a gluten-free alternative to chocolate cake. It also had to be Weight Watchers Points Plus friendly, so it has been interesting. You can imagine my delight when I found this recipe on Hungry Girl’s website this morning! I just had to share it!

Image credit and recipe credit: HungryGirl.com

HG’s Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cake

No-Flour Power

Black beans are the best thing to happen to baked goods since canned pumpkin! You won’t believe how delicious this chocolate cake is. And NO, you can’t taste the black beans — just rich chocolatey deliciousness. Game-changing recipe here, people…

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Cool: 1 hour

One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup (about 4 large) egg whites
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/4 cup Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener (or another no-calorie granulated sweetener; see HG FYI)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9″ round cake pan with foil, and generously spray with nonstick spray.

Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor. Puree until completely smooth and uniform.

Fold in 1 tbsp. chocolate chips.

Spread mixture into the baking pan, and smooth out the top.

Evenly top with remaining 2 tbsp. chocolate chips, and lightly press into the batter.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean, 35 – 40 minutes.

Let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Refrigerate leftovers. (This cake tastes great chilled.)


Serving Size: 1/8th of cake
Calories: 100
Fat: 2.5g
Sodium: 310mg
Carbs: 22g
Fiber: 4.5g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 5.5g 

PointsPlus® value 3*

HG FYI: Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener is about twice as sweet as sugar. If using a no-calorie granulated sweetener that measures cup-for-cup like sugar instead of Truvia, double the amount called for in this recipe.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mindful Monday – #Mindfulness & #Patience

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.

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Patience. We all have it, yet we all want more of it. Sometimes we totally lose it, and other times we seem to be totally at peace with the amount of patience that we possess at a given time.

According to Wikipedia:

Patience (or forbearing) is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on negative annoyance/anger; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.”

I don’t know about you, but I am not a patient person. Wait… I meant to say that I am much better than I used to be at dealing with patience, so maybe I should say that I can be a patient person. Like now, because I have to be. Having patience is the adult thing to do, right?

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I knew selling our house would be a chore. I just don’t want it to take forever. I don’t like the circumstances of having to wait, although I can accept that I have no choice in the matter. That is how patience works. I have to shelve my impatience at how life is right now. I could throw a fit, but in the end, what good would that really do? It would not change anything and the facts would still remain.

Am I weak because I feel impatience at the lack of home buyers at this moment? No, not at all. This is a situation that is beyond my control. I recognize my irritation and then I move on. This is where my mindfulness practice comes in. When I am present in the moment I can see things for what they truly are. That simple act of recognition becomes patience.

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I think that when I allow myself to become impatient I have opened the door to negativity. Whenever this happens, (and it does from time to time) I follow the Barney Fife Rule of Negative Reactions – “Nip it in the bud!”

Image credit: The Bold and the Fabulous

Impatience gets you nowhere, except to feel the negative drain of your emotions. If you let it, the negativity and impatience overpowers your thoughts and makes you irrational. I know because I had to learn that lesson. It was a hard one, but eventually I got it.

Patience is not just the ability to wait; it is the ability to maintain a good attitude through your wait, no matter what it is you are waiting for.

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How about you? Are you a patient person?

This week (and always) I am going to be more mindful about my attitude of patience. I am going to breathe deeply and let go of the negativity that threatens to drag me down. I am going to be grateful for where I am in my life and thankful for the love of a good man, a fabulous family, and two of the best little red Pomeranians there ever were. I am going to just let it be!

Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Please send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

Image credit: Lao Tzu, Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) Watchmedo.tumblr.com

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed seeing you all! I wish much peace and joy for you all this week!