“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
― Haruki Murakami
The storms that blew in yesterday and took my internet pulled cold air down from Canada, again. Grey clouds and spats of rain have hung around all day. It’s a fall day in July, sweaters and mugs of hot tea. Much of the power is still out in the area so I feel blessed to have mine on. I am exhausted but feeling light and buoyant.
I just turned in my ten pages of writing to Jenna of the The Word Cellar. For the last year and half Jenna has been my writing coach and I turn in ten pages of writing once a month. Now I have about 12,000 words for what is turning into a book. Every time I manage to complete another ten pages of writing I sit in silence, a little stunned, after I hit the send button. I am really doing this writing thing and I am learning so much. Every month I get better, I see more of the dots and how they connect.
This month the writing was hard, I am starting to focus and narrow the scope of what I am writing. I am working on structure and theme. I am giving myself limits, and yes that is good and it is challenging. Writing feels like a storm, sweeping up all of the gunk, blowing the old dried up ideas out and then I am left, clear, crisp and refreshed. More to come on what I am learning and my writing but for now, I am celebrating.
This week’s Inspiration to Open Your Heart has more in-depth reading. Perhaps this demonstrates the level of my procrastination this past week. Regardless, I hope you enjoy.
Love Stories via the New Yorker- Here is a collection of a wide range of stories about love for summer reading. Good writing that will linger with you all afternoon long.
Thoughts on Creativity and Time by Jenna McGuiggan- Jenna has a way of getting at the heart of the matter when it comes to struggles with writing. Plus I keep talking about her, you have to go check her out.
Interview with Veronika Scott- Veronica was given a project in art school, design something useful that will impact the community. Not only did she design a coat that turns into a sleeping bag for many of the homeless in Detroit but she started a successful business in Detroit employing homeless women to make them. This is an inspiring story of making an impact and one of many of the cool things happening in Detroit.
Stop Minimizing the Costs of Teaching Girls to ‘Stay Safe’ by Soraya Chemaly- This post stopped me in my tracks. I read and then reread. As a survivor of rape, the issue of ‘staying safe’ is never far from my mind. The number of times I have changed my course, choose different because I was ‘staying safe’ is astounding. Not a day goes by that I do not consider my ‘safety’. It is exhausting and it does piss me off, yet I never want to experience rape again. It was validating to read I am not alone.
And finally, New Moon Whispers by Kimberly McGill- This is the perfect weekend. I love the softness and gentle ebb and flow of her writing. I hate to admit this but I never thought of the new moon as being a time to rest and replenish. So many good ideas and I have to check out Catamaran. I think am going to start new rituals for the new moon.
May your coming week be filled with moments to sit and read a good love story. ~Kira