Literary Foods: Lembas


“In the morning, as they were beginning to pack their slender goods, Elves that could speak their tongue came to them and brought them many gifts of food and clothing for the journey. The food was mostly in the form of very thin cakes, made of a meal that was baked a light brown on the outside, and inside was the colour of cream. Gimli took up one of the cakes and looked at it with a doubtful eye.
“Cram,” he said under his breath, as he broke off a crisp corner and nibbled it. His expression quickly changed, and he ate all the rest of the cake with relish.
“No more, no more!” cried the Elves, laughing. “You have eaten enough already for a long days march.”
“I though it was a kind of cram, such as the Dale-men make for journeys in the wild,” said the Dwarf.
“So it is,” they answered, “But we call it lembas or waybread….”
The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II

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The 3 Ways Studying Foreign Languages Helps with Writing

The 3 Ways Studying Foreign Languages Helped me as a Writer

During my years of formal schooling, I studied Latin, French and Spanish. I’m not fluent in any of them, regretfully, but I remember smatterings of each. The Latin I took was quite fun, I remember. By my third year, the course had us doing Latin word puzzles!
Those first three languages, I really only dabbled in, but now I am studying Hebrew and it has become a passion of mine to learn to speak it and understand it for several years now.
But what does this have to do with writing? Other than the fact that language is among the first things we learn to utilize when we are babies, it is the writer’s one and only tool to tell their stories. (Okay, a pencil and paper or a computer screen and keyboard are necessary!)

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The things that inspire me: Journals

As a writer, the blank page holds both a unique thrill and a subtle challenge. The delightful feeling of sitting down with a new notebook, waiting to be filled with words is the same kind of thrill I imagine a photographer gets when they see the perfect shot appear before their eyes, the way a chef feels when they roll up their sleeves to try a new recipe or cooking method, the way an explorer feels when they round the edge of the mountain and see the ancient ruins staring back at them.


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Ingredients for a perfect day of summer reading…

The essentials of summertime reading:


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Pinterest for Writers and Authors: Love it or Hate it?

How to Use Pinterest (2)

I know what you are thinking. Isn’t Pinterest the writer’s worst form of distraction ever? Yes. Yes and no. Please raise your hand if you have been guilty of pinning instead of writing! (Solemn raise of the hand from yours truly.)

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