Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sigmund Freud asked, "What do garden writers want?"

Sigmund Freud in the garden, with his daughter Anna.

Or am I getting my quotations mixed up? That's the hot topic tossed out by the new group, Garden Writers Today.

Dr. Freud had clients lie on a couch and free asssociate. As a garden writer I'll lie on a hammock and go through the same mental process.

Readers who want to charge $150 an hour to analyze my responses had better stop here.

I want more of the same great support that I'm getting from my online and local community of garden writers:
  • Debra Lee Baldwin sent me the rule for when to capitalize and italicize the name of a genus. I printed that out and taped it to the wall in my office. I know--I'm supposed to have it pinned with an adorable trowel tack to a charming cork board. Feel free to send either one.
  • Writers who shall remain anonymous have shared information on current rates for writing gigs.
  • Dee Nash took a dazzling photo of Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink Giant' and let me use it as the illustration for a newspaper story.
  • Rebecca Sweet threw a party for garden bloggers and tweeters who were going to the 2010 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, and Laura Livengood Schaub made sure we had an "alternative media" press room at the Show.
  • Retired Sacramento Bee garden writer Dick Tracy is my neighbor in Nevada County. He reached out as an encouraging mentor and introduced me to his circle of friends.
Let's keep the camaraderie and information flowing!

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rebecca sweet said...

Three cheers for supporting one another! I value you SO much, DP. I think Garden Writers Today will be such a huge hit when our huge group of online and community garden writers ban together to lift up and help one another. It's the dawn of a new era and I'm thrilled to be part of it!!

Anonymous said...

How exciting, DP, and congrats on everything! Supporting each other is job one! :-)

M A Newcomer said...

Support is everything, for beans, bras, and writers. I thank Debra Prinzing, Susan Appleget Hurst, and Bob Tanem for showing me the ropes and mentoring me for the last 7 years. Daffodil, I am looking for the trowel pin.

Anonymous said...

Is this a closed group or can anyone join? I'm a garden writer....

VW said...

Finding gardener friends and mentors is priceless. I've had a few in my time. I haven't found a local mentor, but I appreciate all the knowledge I get from reading blogs.

"Daffodil Planter" Charlotte Germane said...

Rebecca, Frances (fairegarden), Mary Ann, Grace and VW, Aren't we lucky to have such a congenial community of writers? I'm grateful to all of you!

"Daffodil Planter" Charlotte Germane said...

Grace, The group Garden Writers Today is on Facebook, and open to all. One of these days we'll lure you on to Facebook--lots of garden conviviality over there.

Aimee said...

How great! I always love to find supportive communities, especially fellow gardeners. :) Off to find the FB group and join the fun.

"Daffodil Planter" Charlotte Germane said...

Aimee, The info from Garden Writers Today is first-rate and the articles are posting faster than I can read them!

Bill Bird said...

Garden writers want a good pair of gardening boots!