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December 09, 2016
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Writer’s block

Yarnslinger Ramona Jan is stylish as always, at Cafe Devine in Callicoon, NY

Taking my place alongside fellow wordsmiths Marion Kaselle, June Donahue, Maura Stone, Jim Sullivan, Ramona Jan, Ann Finneran and Patti Zinnes turned out to be the tonic I was seeking. Entertaining and lively, their stories (unsure about mine) amused and touched the sold-out crowd who were enjoying the fruits of proprietor Patti Devine’s latest labor of love, the debut of her new “RiverSpace” event room. The writers’ collective is gaining popularity, performing (for lack of a better word) in various locations throughout the region, and there were familiar faces among the new in the audience.

Having a bite to eat and schmoozing with the audience is always something I look forward to after the Yarnslinging, and I was reminded of the number five addendum: “You might even get some useful feedback and direction.” Sure enough, interacting with the appreciative attendees was inspiring and informative, and I left the eatery feeling that I might be (slightly) less hackneyed than previously believed. Throwing caution to the wind, I sat down at my desk and scanned number six: “Let your ideas breathe.” Inhaling deeply, I read on. “The creative process involves much more than your mind. It involves the magical, mystical recesses of your deeper thoughts. Sometimes you need to stop forcing things and let your subconscious take the wheel.” Well. There’s always next week.