Tasting Life Twice

Author Crystal King muses on life, history, writing and food.

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It's Time for a Summer Writing Retreat!

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Crystal King Jun 18, 2014 3:23:43 PM
It's Time for a Summer Writing Retreat!

It seems like the last retreat has just come and gone and here we are again, leaving husbands and children behind, off to Maine and a kickass writing schedule with good good friends and inspiring fellow writers.
Many people I talk to think my retreat is a boondoggle of sorts, as though I'm only saying that I'm going to Maine to write but I'll really just be sitting on the beach getting tan. So to prove that idea wrong, here's our schedule.

The Muse and the Marketplace - Two M's that Writers Rely on For Their Craft

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Crystal King Apr 30, 2013 9:43:23 AM
The Muse and the Marketplace - Two M's that Writers Rely on For Their Craft

I've been a bit sparse in my posts lately because my time has not been my own! But it's all good and the world of writing, of ancient Rome, of Renaissance Italy and all that goodness has been swirling around in my head in grand incubation mode. It's the Muse at work, I think.

The Fringe Benefits of Failure

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Crystal King Mar 9, 2013 4:09:45 AM
The Fringe Benefits of Failure

To follow up on yesterday's rejection post, I thought I'd share some wonderful inspiration from one of the most successful writers ever -- J.K. Rowling, giving a commencement speech at Harvard in 2010 on the benefits of failure.
Some of the truest words she speaks: "One of the many things I learned at the end of that Classics corridor down which I ventured at the age of 18, in search of something I could not then define, was this, written by the Greek author Plutarch: What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality."