Robin Hawke

Last of Blog on Fire Awards
August 31, 2011, 4:26 PM
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9)     Javajune’s Blog

10)   The Book Whisperer

Graduation Eve
August 31, 2011, 3:12 PM
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Someone knew the gym was unlocked. Down the path they went, too delighted to be altogether furtive. Taking advantage of occluded moonlight, she dove through the mist of chlorine.

August 30, 2011, 2:02 PM
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She took his attention, stole it. He softly traced her features, looked into soapstone eyes, admired baby legs. An installment halted, he packed bottles in between gurgles.

New, I Hope Improved

I have a new lease on this blog. Friendly encouragement, glee crafting six word stories and understanding (of how to mesh my readers’ wants with blog and personal requirements) are providing excitement for the days ahead.

I’ve changed categories; I’ve moved posts, added new, deleted a few.  Most importantly, I’ve discovered the joys of self-imposed constraints. Budget constraints, spatial constraints, time constraints all play a part in the creative process, often for a project’s betterment.

The six word story provides and demands an imposing, but redeeming, constraint. I noticed that many six word stories might be divided into three sentences, so I’ve adapted the six word story into a three sentence story constraint for this blog. I’ll post my DIY Romance six word stories here, too, but weekly.

Excited, engaged, no longer thoughtless, bursting to tell–it’s good to blog. The first three sentence story went up today. Come back tomorrow for another.

A Week of Six Word Stories, August 23-29
August 29, 2011, 2:34 PM
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Word: Diamond
Insipid diamond for suit, six figures.

Word: Spark
A spark, paper tinder, wafted away.

Word: Tangled
Entangled limbs, ready heart, tangled thoughts.

Word: Kept
Avoided marriage, kept love, orange chair.

Word: Approach
Novel approach; he bit; she smiled.

Word: Prelude
Intact roses, prelude to slippery words.

Word: Overlook
I said yes, overlooking the obvious.

Words: In bed
In bed, passing martinis with chatter.


(These stories were also posted on DIY Romance, where you will find more six word stories.)

August 29, 2011, 2:29 PM
Filed under: Three Sentence Stories

He found the tennis shoe under the bed. He ducked for a kiss, performed an idle wave goodbye. She returned a phone call to talk about ice cream.

Six Words
August 28, 2011, 5:44 PM
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DIY Romance is up and running. I find myself tinkering with it, so it is still under construction and may continue to change its appearance. Its purpose is to build a community of people interested in toying with words and challenge each other to add content in the form of six word stories. Ten words, a paragraph–they’re ok, too.

It’s been fun choosing six words, even something to do everyday for a year, a puzzle, a challenge, a learning tool. Each word brings satisfaction as it slips into place.

I’ve discovered six word romances are bittersweet; it is more difficult to find that happily ever after tone; they have a way of being real.


Note: I’ve begun to title the posts with a word, the beginning place, the word that prompted my (almost daily) six word romance and welcomes yours.

Blog Identity
August 27, 2011, 3:01 PM
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This blog is having an identity crisis.

I’ve been given sage advice to write useful content, content that I have mastered and understood. I have many skills: software skills (Photoshop, InDesign), organization techniques, creative wherewithalls, and an evil eye for design. Writing skills are improving, so is researching the web and cooking with figs.

I thought  I would write about creativity. I set up google alerts for several topics: innovation, creative process, evaluation. (My improving research skills—bring information to my inbox rather than search for hours.) The topic offered promise, but I was bored reading about it. Its opposite (organization), even less interesting. My own creativity would burn away to smoke, if I were to examine it.

My fig chutney had too many mustard seeds; my fig pudding needed firming. (Useful knowledge: overwinter fig shrubs in Virginia by filling the interior with straw. As the straw breaks down, it keeps the shrub snugly warm.) My software skills have nothing to do with my career as a writer. After all, this blog is meant to introduce people to the romances I’ve written…so photoshop, adios.

The identity crisis continues and blog-writing skills remain in stasis.

But, one useful organization tip: When tackling an attic full of stuff, work on the messiest section first. Things in this section will migrate to other parts of the attic. Repeat as necessary. (And that’s the sum total of what I want to say–keep chipping away at the messiest stuff.)

August 25, 2011, 7:10 PM
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Love is everything it’s cracked up to be…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.

—Erica Jong

Six Word Stories
August 22, 2011, 6:05 PM
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A friend of mine and I have started another blog together. We hope it gains traction; it requires cooperation—in the form of six word stories, ten word stories, hundred word stories.   Eventually, longer stories in which our readers are invited to help us sort out what happens.

Join us and submit your six word stories! (We’re not quite sure how it works yet, and will take advice.)

DIY Romance

Choosy Partner
August 22, 2011, 2:14 PM
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Wanted: one great idea. Will pay blood; will pay time; will pay sleep. Must not be tried and true, but capable of transformation.

Must also be recognizable.

More Nominations for Blog on Fire Award
August 18, 2011, 7:44 PM
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7)    A Piece of Lisa

8)    Lunch Bag Art


August 17, 2011, 8:56 PM
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A friend and I were talking on the telephone. She was brainstorming. I was cleaning house with the phone tucked under one ear. She was throwing things out. I was putting things away.

Reminder to self: Don’t tidy while talking to friends; don’t compartmentalize while brainstorming.

August 15, 2011, 2:15 PM
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Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Value-Added and Value-Subtracted
August 12, 2011, 2:59 PM
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My job disappeared because people wanted the information, the how-to I sold, free of cost. They began to look on the internet for advice and knowledge. There, people willing to give it away—to market their skills and make their name—were easily found.

I turned to writing books as a way of consolidating the information I taught for over a decade. I wrote several nonfiction books…to discover that people sold tutorials on the internet. The tutorials were specific and narrow in scope, ten pages of information equivalent to one page of my books, but they were similarly priced. I began to write a tutorial, but discovered the value to price disgusted me. The prices of tutorials were entirely too high for my peace of mind. The practice felt like robbery. I put my moral foot down and never published a tutorial.

Fast forward, I began to write romance books.

I am finding a similar moral morass. There are so many free books, why would anyone pay for light fiction? I don’t have the chops to sell at a higher price; my fiction-writing skills are growing. I’m trying to make a name for myself, so I’m offering my books at a deep discount to those offered by established professionals. It’s the same situation, but I’m the one devaluing the occupation.

The value for price ratio in this industry disgusts me; $1 for my book seems too cheap and, yet, because I have to buy my own books to give them away, hoping to build an audience who will one day read my more-than-a-dollar books, I don’t want to raise the prices. But, $10-14 for a piece of fiction, no matter how many gushing reviews it has, seems exorbitant for a person in my financial situation. I would like to honor these seasoned writers, but find myself in the bargain basement, hoping to find decent prose, because my library’s budget is restricted.

This situation cannot be particular to writing. The internet has devalued all information. Seemingly free, its cost is the livelihoods of people with skills. And, if you scrutinize its free information, it’s often banal.

The moral dilemma has hit me hard. I feel trapped by the demands of society to provide a living for myself, the need to find an audience, and the crippling certainty I’m going about it all wrong.

More Blog on Fire Nominations
August 10, 2011, 7:23 PM
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I’ve been slow to post these:

3)    Coloraddictions

4)    The Writer’s Guide to ePublishing

5)    Inkygirl

6)   Once Upon a Time

Four more to go! Check back.

Bachelor Pad 8/9/11
August 9, 2011, 4:01 PM
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I watch reality television. One reason is that, until a few years ago, my television only received one channel. With no choice, I began watching whatever. Reality television caught me by surprise. It was fascinating despite the absurd premises. People were making the choices a character in a book would, but they were not two-dimensional beings with one three-dimensional hang-up. They were full-grown three-dimensional beings with several two-dimensional hang-ups.

Bachelor Pad has one of the worst premises of all reality shows, finding love while competing for money. But, last night, there was a sterling example of what makes reality television so intriguing.

Two characters, people, Jake and Vienna, once engaged with a publicized split, are thrown together. Jake makes what he believes is a peace offering and Vienna accepts it with a stony expression.  His private comment to viewers, “I was able to do something nice for someone who did something terrible to me and that make me feel good.” She confesses the scene, conversation, was torture and she thinks he is a phony.

There is unfinished business between the two. On the face of it, it looks as if Jake is trying to put a cap of friendship on closure. Or at least a cap of good will. Yet, his delivery is awkward and lecturing. The subtext seems at odds with the offering. But, viewers know, from episodes of The Bachelor, that Jake has a wooden aspect. We also know he has an image as a good-guy to protect. The words sound right, but there’s something about his expression that doesn’t ring true. Contempt?

My questions: Is he trying to be mature and does he, in fact, want to mend fences with Vienna? or Is he trying to save face and look good for his public image?

I couldn’t tell! And that, that, is the hook of reality television: figuring out subtext, as if people were characters.

The third rose (approx 12 mins. long):

One Way of Being
August 8, 2011, 8:05 PM
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A funny thing happened on the way to find nominations for the Blog on Fire Award. I began to question what I was doing with my own blog.  There are so many blogs—with generic advice written by myriad experts.

I ran across an article, in a blog naturally, on How to Write a Successful Blog.

Discouragement set in. Not one of the things it suggested was at all interesting. Do we really need more of the Top 5 Lists or Top 10 Things?    Tutorials and how-to’s, must I?

I’m interested in a world filled with increasing amounts of love, tolerance and compassion.

But, I’m not interested in a blog that tells you 5 Ways of Being More Compassionate. Nor do I want to write a tutorial on How To Love Thy Neighbor.  It’s true, I already knew this about myself and my blog. But  what I didn’t know was how upsetting it would be to discover that, once again, I’ve chosen the hardest and lengthiest path possible. There is nothing popular or latest trend about love, tolerance and compassion.

On that note, I am off to make a donation to the Red Cross. It is one way I can stir my own compassion.

August 5, 2011, 12:03 AM
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One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.

—Paolo Coelho

First Two Nominations
August 3, 2011, 8:05 PM
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I’m blog-hunting; it is taking longer than I thought it would. I have a tentative list, but am ready to share only two of the blogs I’m nominating. The first two I’m nominating for a Blog on Fire Award are:

1)    Girl Walks In

2)   I Love Typography



Visual Effects
August 2, 2011, 1:42 PM
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