Monthly Archives: August 2012

Authors, Daphne du Maurier

Do you sometimes wonder about the author of a book?  Well, I do. So, today I decided to research and find out something about the author that wrote, Rebecca

It’s the one book that I will always list when asked: What is your favorite book?

The first edition published in 1938, but the one that I have is from 1942. It’s  a blue hardback with the inside pages yellowed with age. I found it in a yard sale decades ago.

The previous owners initials,  N.E.W., are in the front. Ironic, isn’t it?.. as this book is definitely not new… (the cover actually fell off – Guess it’s time to bring out the glue jar).

You will find an overview about the author on the DuMaurier Organization’s  homepage, website .  There is also posted an interesting article  about Daphne du Maurier that gives the reader more insight into her life as an author.

Have you seen the movie  they made about this book?  If not, you should see this classic that was released in 1940. It’s a mystery, adventure and romance  starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontain.  The director was Alfred Hitchcock. How much better can it get? A great movie to watch on a rainy, cold winter’s night.

And, don’t forget about audio tapes. They are a great time saver when you can’t sit down and read.  I listen to them often while driving in my car alone. I like to see the written words in print, so I keep the book handy and look up the section I have just listened to. Your local libraries are great places to visit for audio tapes and books.

Perhaps I’ll put one of Daphne du Maurier’s other books House on the Strand   on my to-read list.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 15, 2012


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Writing Inspiration through Modern Art

“Writing Inspiration through Modern Art” by Mary Gilmartin

What do you see in this painting? Is it only a black dot in the center of a box, or do you look deeper and see what I see? Beyond that black spot is another painting that just seconds ago appeared and then quickly disappeared?

There is a field in a valley with rolling hills under a bright blue sky.

The sun is shining.

Grazing in this field are thousands of goats  of many colors.

Their trip down from the high mountains has made them hungry.

They do not see me watching but soon leave for their long trip home.

The sun goes down and the sky becomes dark.

Soon the only thing left is the bare white ground.

It too soon fades leaving only one thing behind.

It’s a black dot in the center of a square, reminding me of what was once there.

What do you think and do? I’m not sure. But I can tell you what I do. I write it down before it disappears, this imaginary painting I just drew in my mind.

Writing is just like drawing or painting something you visualize. You might wake up just thinking of a word or seeing a storyline unfold in your mind. That black dot on the canvas is just the focal point. When you look beyond, deep down inside where those words and stories live, that’s when you will catch them and write them down quickly before they disappear.

To me painting and writing is basically the same thing. The origin of my writing and where it begins is with the visualization of a certain word (or the dot) that appears from nowhere. It’s when I look beyond to find that next right word that magic starts happening. Soon there is a mountain of words that appear on the page. This is just the beginning of what I call the background to writing. Creating the landscape and the characters is where the fun begins. As I continue to write a new story I hope I can capture its essence before it disappears into thin air.

I hope you benefit from having read this and I have not confused you too much. For those who understand, I say, thank you; and for those still puzzled, you can continue to scratch your head and wonder while you stare at the black dot in the center of my painting.

NOTE:  My first book, “Adventures with Easton, The Magical Journey” is now available to order online from Georgia  bookstores.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 13, 2012

Text © 2012/2013 Mary Gilmartin


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Writing, Characters in Stories: Havana Brown Cat

Have you ever heard of a Havana Brown cat?  Most people haven’t unless they own a cat.  My first introduction to this breed was when I was writing my first book, Adventures with Easton. I needed a rather shy and curious cat with a brown nose and green eyes for one of my characters. That’s when I discovered the Havana Brown.

If you haven’t read my first book in a trilogy, Adventures with Easton, The Magical Journey, it’s available under the heading Bookstore . In Book 2 of this series (to be published next year), I find it interesting that somehow this wonderful brown cat has weaved herself into the center of attention to help Easton solve the mystery puzzle.

Are you wondering about the origin of the Havana Brown cat?

Here’s a short overview from the International Cat Association’s website:

General Description -The Havana has a rich mahogany coat and green eyes with a short, smooth rich red-brown coat. History – The brown cats were known to have existed in England as early as the 1800s. But a group of British cat fanciers in the early 1950s developed the rich brown cat we call the Havana. It originated from a chocolate point and seal point Siamese bred to solid black domestic short hairs and a dash of Russian Blue to create the self-chocolate cats. Personality – The Havana is curious, affectionate and intelligent. Traits – Kittens are born brown or lilac but may have ghost tabby markings that will disappear when the cat reaches adulthood.


Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 8, 2012

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Writing Memory Stories, The Odd Cup and Bowl

The Cup: My favorite cup is this restaurant-style one. When I worked in the corporate world, my best friend and I shared many lunches together. One of the things we enjoyed the most was having a good cup of HOT coffee. We both liked the way this mug kept it hot, so we purchased a pair. When I drink my morning cup of coffee from this mug, it always reminds me of those days and the special times we shared together when she was alive.

The Bowl: Perhaps the one I treasure the most was once known as a sugar bowl.  It’s lid is missing thus it became just a yellow bowl.  Why do I like it?  The answer is that it reminds me of my childhood. It looks like sunshine and daisies growing in a field.

The Odd Couple: Both the bowl and the cup are one-of-a-kind; meaning, there is no set and these are the only ones I have of this kind.  I fondly refer to them as the odd couple. They are my favorites and stay in my cupboard while all the others get recycled.

This was written  in memory of a best friend, Shirley Powell Carusos”…(Our co-workers often referred to us as “Mutt & Jeff” because of our heights.

I’m almost 6 ft. tall and she reached only 5 ft.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 5, 2012: 

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What Motivates You To Write?

Time to Start Work

What Motivates You To Write? by Mary Gilmartin

The word motivates according to the U.S. English Thesaurus is a verb. Its meaning inspires, stimulates, encourages, persuades, provokes, arouses, influences, prompts, induces, causes, spurs, impels, activates, moves and egg on.

Of course, this word by itself,  isn’t going to write that story you have inside of you. What you have to do is combine it with all the things around you that work. So let’s ask the following questions and you figure it out. Remembering to stay focused is what’s important!  YOU are in charge of  YOUR DESTINY. So, get up and start writing. Finish that project!

Here’s the questions:

What is your answer to what motivates you?

What inspires you?

How are you stimulated?

Who encourages you?

Do you or others persuade you?

What internal thing arouses you?

Who influences your writing?

What prompts you to write and/or draw every day?

Here’s what motivates me:

I am inspired from hearing an interesting story.

I am stimulated by reading books and discovering new things.

Photography is one of my hobbies. When I capture a small object that catches my eye it persuades me to look even closer.

I get excited when I finish one project.

I am influenced by friends and strangers around me.

Taking long walks away from writing helps to recharge my battery.

I am thankful I have a quiet home office and a place to work.

Not having music or noise in the background keeps down any distractions.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 3, 2012

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