I chose Bead by Bead as the name of my blog after a chance encounter with a library book.

The book is Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird”.  I came across it at my local library in the new releases section and the title caught my eye.  This was mostly because my husband Joel is a devout birder.  When I looked closer, I saw “some instructions on writing and life” and was even more intrigued.  Joel has his own web page and published infrequently to it.  I thought it would be a great aid to him to increase his writing output so I checked it out.  Well, I read it first and loved it.  “Bird by bird” became a favorite expression in our house as an approach to tackling any big projects.  Over time, it became “bead by bead” for me.  It’s how I bead.  Off loom beadwork consists of a needle, a single length of thread, and the addition of beads pretty much one at a time.  False starts and bad concepts are part of the process.  I’ve found it helpful to just set them aside and begin anew, building bead by bead.



02/24/2016 6:50am

Smart posted ,i like this.thank u

06/22/2016 3:15am

Hi there I just wanted to tell you that I enjoyed checking out your website and to wish you good luck with it as it progresses - Jaelynn Cabo

08/04/2016 9:58am

I enjoyed every word of this book which is not something I say too freaquently. The humour , experience , and honesty and with which it is written , is in itself a model to which to aspire. It contains all aspects of writing that with which a new , or more expert writer concerns themselves . Why one writes, how important publication may or may not be , writing groups, writer's block and more. Anne Lamott is a generous writer. She shares her experiences, some less flattering than others. I was sorry the book ended , but felt I had learned a significant amount about the craft and art of writing. Most of all , that if I write because I love it, that is a good enough reason to do so. Thank you for the encouragement!


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