Waterfalls and Wine

We’re back! Combining research for an in-the-works memoir and location scouting for a potential future film, my wife and I hit the road for upstate New York last week–and we encountered waterfalls and wine at every turn! First, we travelled to the village of Westfield, heart of the oldest (and still second largest) wine producing region in the U.S. It’s also where my great-great grandparents immigrated to nearly two hundred years ago. We then visited breathtaking Niagara Falls, America’s oldest national park, and briefly Buffalo, before going on to beautiful Seneca Lake (also known for its vineyards), and finally down to Watkins Glen, where my great grandparents lived, at the base of Seneca Lake. We visited one final waterfall in the Cuyahoga Valley on our way home.

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Tips for Writers: From 7 Pros

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  1. “If a story is in you, it has to come out.” ~William Faulkner (Remember that scene where the alien bursts out of the guy’s chest?)

  2. “Write drunk, edit sober.” ~Ernest Hemingway  (Write without restraint! And then…restrain, restrain, restrain.)

  3. “You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” ~Jodi Picoult   (In other words, you can’t steer a parked car.)

  4. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ~E. L. Doctorow  (Listen, everyone already knows you’re crazy anyway. You might as well capitalize on it.)

  5.  “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” ~Richard Bach (Or, as Shakespeare put it, “Fake it till thou makest it.)

  6. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”  ~Anton Chekhov  (Like people from Missouri, our readers live in the show-me state.)

  7. “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first, of course, is to shoot them now while they’re happy.~Dorothy Parker

(Put them out of their misery.)

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The Featured Blogger Collection

Dear blogger friends, and normal people, I’m up to my creative eyeballs with a new in-development film project, as well as doing background research for my in-progress Memoirs. So I’m on a weeklong blogging hiatus, of sorts. Meanwhile, may I suggest you visit my past series of:

Featured Blogger posts

Mitch

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The Quirky Memoir Collection

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Dear blogger friends, and normal people, I’m up to my creative eyeballs with a new in-development film project, as well as doing background research for my in-progress Memoirs. So I’m on a weeklong blogging hiatus, of sorts. Meanwhile, may I suggest you visit the ongoing series:

My Real Memoir

Mitch

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The Thought for the Week Collection

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Dear blogger friends, and normal people, I’m up to my creative eyeballs with a new in-development film project, as well as doing background research for my in-progress Memoirs. So I’m on a weeklong blogging hiatus, of sorts. Meanwhile, may I suggest you visit my past series of Monday:

Thoughts for the Week

Mitch

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The Inspirational Collection

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Dear blogger friends, and normal people, I’m up to my creative eyeballs with a new in-development film project, as well as doing background research for my in-progress Memoirs. So I’m on a weeklong blogging hiatus, of sorts. Meanwhile, may I suggest you visit my past series of :

Inspirational Posts

Mitch

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The Fool’s Odyssey Collection

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Dear blogger friends, and normal people, I’m up to my creative eyeballs with a new in-development film project, as well as doing background research for my in-progress Memoirs. So I’m on a weeklong blogging hiatus, of sorts. Meanwhile, may I suggest you visit my literary memoir:

Fool’s Odyssey

Mitch

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The Photoblog Collection

Dear blogger friends, and normal people, I’m up to my creative eyeballs with a new in-development film project, as well as doing background research for my in-progress Memoirs. So I’m on a weeklong blogging hiatus, of sorts. Meanwhile, may I suggest you visit my past series of posts:

Friday Photoblogs

Mitch

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The Tips for Writers Collection

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Dear blogger friends, and normal people, I’m up to my creative eyeballs with a new in-development film project, as well as doing background research for my in-progress Memoirs. So I’m on a weeklong blogging hiatus, of sorts. Meanwhile, may I suggest you visit my past series of posts:

Tips for Writers

Mitch

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Creak Crack

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My Featured Blogger this week is Richard Thomas (a.k.a. Uncle Tommy) of Wild Like the Flowers: Rhymes and Reasons. This relentlessly witty Austin, Texas-based philosopher, poet, and cartoon artist’s work is available for purchase online. He’s also the author of “MOUNTAINS, a picture book for children, folk tale for adults, and a quick read for everyone in-between.” Delightful? Yes!

Wild Like the Flowers

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