On Being Whole

For quite some time I have not posted and I wanted to let my readers know that–despite my silence–I am thankful for all of you. Between not doing well healthwise and writer’s block I just haven’t been able to muster up the mojo to get anything written. After talking with a wonderfully encouraging friend recently I decided to start back using baby steps: posting a quotation that I’ve run across and perhaps saying a few words about it. This way at least I’m getting over the hump of resuming posting on my always irregular basis…So, without any further ado, this Thanksgiving I just want to say how grateful I am for all my family and friends and readers and I hope to be more active again in the future. In the meantime, here are some words worth pondering…

“God did not tell us to follow Him because He needed our help, but because He knew that loving Him would make us whole.”

St. Irenaeus

Getting Things Done with Chronic Illness: Lupus edition

Today’s reblogged post is written by someone who knows the ropes when it comes to managing her lupus. Thanks to Sara Gorman’s innovative, comprehensive approach–detailed in her outstanding book, Despite Lupus: How to Live Well with a Chronic Illness (my all-time favorite book on living with chronic illness)–she has been able, over the years of learning to live with lupus, to write a book, blog (Despite Lupus), have two children, and start a home-based business related to her lifestyle (Sara Gorman’s Pillbags). Despite what you might think, she’s no superwoman but rather an extremely realistic person who has accepted her limits and learned how to manage her health so that it supports her life’s priorities, all one step at a time. I thought this post might appeal to my readers who are chronically ill and/or are writers who are chronically struggling with finding time to write.

http://despitelupus.blogspot.com/2016/04/finding-time-to-manage-lupus-just-put.html

Writers’ Wednesday

She didn’t know what she could write. She just knew that she had to. Not writing at various periods in her life meant that something was seriously wrong. Not wrong as in things were difficult; after all, things usually were difficult. But something was wrong with her. Because when she wrote she coped, she functioned as the more or less best version of herself–the good and the bad all mixed together but with the good predominating the majority of the time.

But when she didn’t write bad things happened. Not so much to her–usually what drove her to the quiet desperation in which she sought solace in anything other than the written word, oddly enough, was the bad things for which she was ill-prepared, to cope with–but in her. She ceased to be herself, a person whose most cherished moments in life featured a preponderance of books in one form or another, often reliving certain sensations brought by her childhood or adult favorites over and over, so that they became as real as real life. After all, it was real–her love of books and her need to surround herself with their assorted treasures, be they profound stories or pertinent information on topics of interest.

And it was her life–or at least an important part of it anyway. Just how much a part of it even she might not ever fully realize without the very physical presence of the growing collection of volumes that sprawled throughout her home…

January 2011

Writers’ Wednesday

At long last I resume this supposedly weekly feature with a reblogged post that is particularly apropos to my absence:

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/writers-block-5-ways-to-get-rid-of-it

Writer’s block happens to me for a number of reasons but the biggest is when I’m stuck or overwhelmed in multiple other areas of my life and I get out of the habit and find it hard to reboot. I hope these ideas will help my fellow writers out there, regardless of what triggers your writer’s block. And if you have a favorite trick you’d like to share I’d be honored to see it in the combox. Write on!

 

Writers’ Wednesday: Birth

This seems a fitting piece of verse for today, dedicated to writers everywhere.

Writers’ Wednesday

Here is a good article on blogging from a veteran blogger of multiple blogs. I can’t say I follow all its advice–as I don’t (yet)–but I see  the logic behind it, especially for those who want to increase their readership. I recently began reading the author’s writing blog and appreciate his advice as well as the interesting and informative guest columnists’.

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-12-dos-and-donts-of-writing-a-blog

Writers’ Wednesday: A Writer on Books

A worthy quote for this space on a day when I am busy pondering my son going back to school for the last year and so my mental energy is needed elsewhere.

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them. Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind.”

― Henry David Thoreau

 

A False Alarm

 

The sky has darkened:

Trees quiver as the cool breeze blows erratically;

Leaves flutter nonsensically down to earth;

The grass trembles as if in the presence of a giant.

Birds that once filled the air with song fly quickly to their nests;

An old man hurries to finish raking leaves;

Lo, the earth is now still.

 

Then the rustling in the trees returns,

The sky brightens itself cheerfully,

Birds chirp and fly freely.

The world breathes: false alarm!

 

Sabryna Jean Ralph, 1980

Writers’ Wednesday

Madeleine L’Engle on Writing

One of my long-time favorite authors–going back four decades now!–and writing mentor (via her written words) always has such sage advice for writers. In fact an article titled “Words of Wisdom” in the June 2002 edition of The Writer was information collected and reprinted from the book I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog–Madeleine L’Engle: Herself–Reflections on a Writing Life (published the previous year). Here is a small excerpt of her advice to writers taken from that article. I think it is timeless and spot on. Not that I always follow it, but it’s great to aim for!

Three Recommendations

Read at least an hour a day. I try to read something I feel I ought to read for most of the time and then for a little bit of the time I read something just for sheer fun. [I do just the opposite these days, although for a long time it was the reverse.] Fun reading is important, and I think we underestimate reading for fun…

Part of your technique of writing is built by writing, and with this you should also have fun. I do think that keeping an honest, unpublishable journal is helpful. Include what you are thinking, what you are feeling, what you are responding to. Include what you are angry about that you heard on the news. Don’t talk about the news in terms of politics but in terms of your own life. What does this mean to you?

Write every day.

 

 

Writers’ Wednesday

Welcome to another roundup of tools to help you in your writing pursuits. This week we have had a lot going on here so I’ll be posting another short and sweet list of favorite tools. At least that’s better than yesterday when I was so busy I never even had time to write “Too Much Tuesday,” the irony of which I can assure you did not escape me. So today’s focus is on getting support to come to you when you can’t get to a support group, class, editor, agent, or whatever it is you need help with in furthering your work with words.

Today we’ll talk about magazines. Here are the top three, in my opinion. You can check them out at a local bookstore/newstand or visit their websites or take out a subscription by the issue digitally, or, in some cases, start a subscription and if you don’t like it you can cancel it and won’t be charged for unreceived issues.

Poets & Writers
http://www.pw.org/

The Writer
http://www.writermag.com/

Writer’s Digest
http://www.writersdigest.com/

NB—If you sign up for the free Writer’s Digest email newsletter they will send you a PDF—”101 Best Websites For Writers”—that, in my opinion, is well worth signing up for. And of course you can always unsubscribe if you don’t care for the newsletter.

Of the three, The Writer is my personal favorite but each has its own unique flavor and will suit certain readers better than others. Or some people like two out of the three and then there are those cover-all-the-bases types who get all three. Don’t forget to check your local library for copies as well. Sometimes, serendipitously, they even show up on the book sale table. I’d love to hear which publications you appreciate or share any I haven’t featured here.

Happy reading for the sake of writing!

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