Friday, November 28, 2008

Gratitude and "Writing That Touches"

Yes, I've been away from blogging for more than two weeks now, and I've definitely missed it. Family visitors and holiday preparations kept me pleasantly busy, but now I'm back with a lot of things to talk about!

Thanksgiving was especially sweet and relaxing this year. I discovered a recipe for a moist, tasty and healthy breakfast bread made with pumpkin, dried cranberries, ground flax seed, applesauce, spices and other things that will very likely become a Thanksgiving breakfast tradition for us. Dinner was simple--Brussels sprouts with chestnuts, my sister's famous salad and roasted halibut with almond cake for dessert, plus lots of good wine! At our candle-lit dinner we went around the table saying what we felt grateful for and I realized there was so, so much to be grateful for this year, including my blog-o-sphere buddies, so thank you all!

And today I have a special reason for giving thanks because I'm featured on Nikki Magennis' "Writing That Touches" blog series. I've have the pleasure to be in a number of anthologies with Nikki and she is truly one of my favorite erotica writers. One lovely sentence by Nikki can turn me on--on many levels--more than pages of steamy prose by lesser talents (present company excepted of course). And I'm finding her interview series to be very provocative and enlightening about other artists' creative process. That's my favorite kind of voyeurism!

So, check out Nikki's blog and while you're there, pop over to the interview with my friend, Jeremy Edwards, too!


Nikki Magennis said...

Blimey, Donna, thanks so much!

I'm absolutely delighted to hear some of your thoughts on the writing process, and I'm very jealous of that Thanksgiving dinner! Tonight I shall be having frozen pizza and a bottle of St Emilion. Hopefully it'll balance out ... ;)

Donna said...

The St Emilion will take the frost out of the pizza, although some frozen pizzas aren't bad (once they're cooked, lol.)

I just had to share your quote from Carol Goodman's The Seduction of Water about that story from the Talmud:

in the beginning the light of the world was held in beautiful vessels ... but greed and evil shattered the vessels ... into a million pieces. It's our job to find these pieces and put the vessels back together. Tikkam olam. Healing the world ... however you do it [citing various creative practices] ... you are putting a piece of the world back together again, creating a vessel to hold the light of the world.'

That is so lovely and inspiring! In dark economic times, we have to remember the light.

Anonymous said...

Such an unsurprisingly fabulous interview, Donna. I was so glad to see you featured there! Thank you for sharing your beauty so generously.


Jeremy Edwards said...

Nikki and Donna joining forces ... the combined erotico-literary prowess is staggering!

And thanks for the shout-out! : )

Donna said...

Thank you, Emerald and Jeremy! And speaking of beauty, it's so cool to see a reprise of your In the Flesh reading over at Youtube, Emerald, in your lovely emerald gown!

Check it out here:

Jeremy Edwards said...

Woohoo! I'm so glad those videos of you folks are up now. I can relive that fab evening again and again. : )