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Someone on my friends list quoted someone else from LJ, something that basically said that they don't want to think about writing, they just want to put down what the feel and whatever comes out (very VERY loosely paraphrased...) - I tried to find it on my friends list, but couldn't seem to come across it. Granted, I'm so freaking sleepy (and indigestioned) that I probably looked over it.

Anywell. It reminded me of the tenth grade, how my English teacher would make us take the first five minutes of period to write whatever would flow out of our hands into a journal of sorts. I still amazingly have the darn thing, I think. I remember writing about whatever fantasy novel I was reading at the time and dreams I had the night before more than anything else. I remember Teacher Terry telling us to write continuously no matter what. If we couldn't think of anything to write, we were to just write ANYTHING: from a list of fruits, to cartoon characters, to the word "jazz" over and over and over.

I remember the freedom of the entire exercise, about how I felt so much better after that first five minutes were over. It was a way to sort of work through things without having to actually WORK at writing. It was amazing what came out at times.

Shortly after moving here, I bought a little spiral bound journal with leaves on it while on a tremendous layover in Denver. I kept it with me for awhile, forcing myself to write in it whenever I would be stuck waiting for the bus (or anything) for an indeterminate amount of time. I keep putting the thing into my purse to try to get into the habit again, but keep taking it back out because I don't feel like carrying the extra weight.

Maybe I should try a few posts like that - force myself to type for five minutes every night, even if I can't think of any one thing to discuss.

I tried to create something scrumptious out of beets for the 2nd time ever tonight. I think I shall have to request that they be left out of my organics bin for just about forever. I baked four little ones and eated them with butter - my tummy is quite upset now, though it's kind of cool that the inside of my mouth temporarily looks like I've been drinking blood.


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Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
That's a good idea. I tried that with drawing, but um, I only did one day. :|
Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Hmmm... Interesting, I like it! I have so much I've been meaning to write and for even more realism I still very much have the feeling that my thoughts shouldn't be told raw just about anyone anywhere and that no one cares.

If you say so and you say you will do it, I will be your writing buddy and keep you honest. When you say start I'll try to do one every day so that you have to match it!

Good tidings!
Jan. 22nd, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
kittenboo wrote: "I don't want to write casually. I don't want to think about writing. I want to write what comes. I want to speak what is there. Writing what you're thinking, while you are thinking, without thinking"

She's not on my F-list, but shannon_elaine posted it (QWP). Not sure if you have either one on your f-list, or if someone else you are friends with saw it and reposted it.

(of course, that's assuming that this quote was the one you wanted)

Jan. 22nd, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
It WAS! How did you DO that? shannon_elaine's on my flist :)
Jan. 22nd, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
She's on my list too. :)

I read that this morning, and it stuck with me.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
I was just about to copy it here and tell her it was me! It really does stick with you doesn't it? I just adore reading kittenboo's entries for LJ Idol.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
i TOLD you, find a recipe for borscht. :P it is the only tasty thing i've ever had made out of beets.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
I like them chopped up and added to veggie soup so that they are one ingrediant in many. Otherwise they are too sugary and just ... no.
and that aftertaste ... I always need a lil vinegar added to cut to cut it
Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I remember having a teacher who made us do something similar. It was a rather freeing exercise. Now I'm wondering if I have that notebook somewhere. . . .
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Here are a couple of my favorite recipes for beets...

Feta and Beet Stacked Appetizer
2 large fresh beets
1/2 cup tarragon vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice (optional)
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Bring a pot of water to a boil, and cook the beets 25 minutes, or until tender. Cool, peel, and slice 1/3 inch thick. Place slices in a bowl with the tarragon vinegar, and marinate 15 minutes.
Place a few beet slices on a microwave-safe dish, reserving vinegar. Sprinkle beets with some of the reserved vinegar, lemon juice, feta cheese, and walnuts. Top with more beet slices, and sprinkle again with vinegar, lemon juice, feta, and walnuts. Repeat, building the stacks as high as you like.
Place stacks in the microwave, and cook 40 to 60 seconds on Medium. Cool slightly before serving.

Harvard Beets
1 (16 ounce) can beets
1/2 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
salt to taste
Drain the beet liquid into a medium saucepan. To the liquid add vinegar, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; stir in beets and cook until heated through.
(personally I like this chilled better than warm but it's good either way)

Beet, Orange and Apple Salad
1 1/2 pounds beets
2 cups shredded beet greens
1 large orange
2 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted sunflower seeds, toasted
Wash and dry beet roots and greens. Shred greens to measure 2 cups and set aside.
Place beets in a sauce pan with enough water to cover. Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and allow to cool.
Trim and peel off skins; cut into 8 wedges.
Peel and section orange. In a bowl, combine orange sections, beets and apples.
Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and garlic. Pour over beet mixture and toss well.
Arrange 1/2 cup beet greens on 4 salad plates. Top with beet mixture, sprinkle with sunflower seeds and serve.

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