Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Writing and Cooking in Positano
You've read Eat, Pray, Love and know about Elizabeth Gilbert eating her way across Italy, right? And you've seen Under the Tuscan Sun and watched Dianne Ladd remodel her Italian villa and Letters From Juliet in which Lynn Redgrave renews a decades-old love affair?
Then you can certainly understand why I want to spend a week Writing and Cooking in Positano (click HERE). But it's not just about a trip to Italy and fabulous cuisine; I also want to meet one of my all-time favorite authors, Elizabeth Berg. Just look at my Amazing Life List; yep, it sure would be great to check off #64.
So, who would like to sponsor me?
Oh, dear; I don't see any hands going up.
Obviously, what I need to do, then, is conduct my life in such a way that the next time such an opportunity presents itself I will be ready. Financially and otherwise.
Gotta keep teaching those piano lessons. Gotta make a success of my jewelry business. Gotta finish that book.
In the meantime, I am going to keep knocking what items I can off my list. Since creating it on March 15, 2010, I have accomplished 16, 27, 37, 40, 50, 51, 56 and 61. As for #36, I had an article published in the state music teacher's association newsletter - almost there - and I have only one more book to read to complete #30. And I am plugging away at #32 and #70.
To be honest, there are a couple of things on the list that are no longer as important to me as they once were, and a few others that I might put in their place. At some point, I will probably rewrite it altogether. For now, it is useful simply to move it back to the front burner. That's why the act of creating such lists is so important. It helps you figure out what matters most and focus your consciousness on it.
Tomorrow, I plan to begin brainstorming a list of potential writing projects so that after The Wishing Box is finished in an attempt to figure out exactly who I am as a writer. It has been suggested that I explore potential markets in nonfiction; it has also been suggested that I tap into my experience working with children and consider writing for the young adult market. These are all good ideas.
But for now, I remain committed to finishing this book of my heart - the one that I have been slaving over for more than two years - by the end of July. It surely isn't the best book I will ever write; God willing, it won't be my last.
I am thinking about how much fun it would be to write a memoir about a week spent writing and cooking in Positano with Elizabeth Berg...