Flexibility, that’s the ticket.

Penny Watson is very flexible.  No, get your mind out of the gutter, you librarian porn hound you.  That’s not what  I mean.

What I mean is, she’s willing to hike, walk, sail over water, take a bus, watch me eat raw oysters – although she didn’t try one, but she’s good with fish sauce.

Even if something isn’t quite what we’d hoped, she likes it.  She sees the good in it.

We’ve spent a lot of time discussing the life of a writer and the various frustrations we deal with.  There are so many ways to break down in the face of obstacles, large and small.  The trick is to bend, not break.  Make like the reed.

Or as Stoltzfus says to John Book in Witness, “Rest, Mr. Book, that’s the ticket.”

My prescription – Flexibility, Mr. Book that’s the ticket.  Be an option quarterback.  It’s too easy to allow yourself to become paralyzed by doubt, fear and indecision.  And then you get sacked.

Notice the approaching super-bowl appropriate sport’s analogy?  :)

Wednesday – off to the Marin Headlands and Rodeo Beach for semi-precious carnelian and jade.

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11 Responses to Flexibility, that’s the ticket.

  1. I love football analogies. And the guys in tight pants.

  2. Amber Skyze says:

    Glad you’re both having so much fun! :)

  3. anny cook says:

    That sounds delightful.

  4. Penelope says:

    I posted some more pics on my blog….


    Gotta go put my hair in a bun, put on some thick glasses, and read some library p*rn. :)

  5. Jaye says:

    Carnelian and jade… Ooh, let me wipe the drool off my keyboard.

  6. Casey Wyatt says:

    I’m happy to hear that the fun continues. :)

  7. Tom Stronach says:

    I saw carnelian and read carnal thought you said no porn! Oh, sorry that was me….

    Having a great time aren’t you…. Enjoy


  8. Niall says:

    You know, with all this talk of librarian porn I’m starting to wonder what I’m missing.

  9. Yes, Niall – get some librarian porn, by all means! In The Paris Review by Avi Steinberg.

  10. Hey all, thanks for the great comments. Trying to catch up. I’ll be on top of things soon!

  11. Sandra Cox says:

    Flexibility, good game plan. Agreed.