I have great admiration for writers! Their craft is hard work! I appreciate the stories they tell, the wisdom they impart, the advice given to aspiring writers and the invitation to readers to learn, create and enjoy. I always visit the “writing” section in bookstores and libraries, looking for a new title to whet my appetite. I often revisit my own library, too, selecting a book to re-read, for there is always something new within to capture my attention and stir my soul.
Last month, I found the above book during a visit to Barnes & Noble. This little 154 page book is a gem – and a perfect match for me: mindful is my 2018 word – and because it is on my radar, most times when I see it on a magazine or as part of a book title or even a knitting pattern, my curiosity is piqued. Via 59 little essays, the author, a professor and director of creative writing at Ohio University, shares “quotations and brief responses to those quotations, illuminating how, in my view, writing and mindfulness can intersect in positive and productive ways.” (p.16)
Many Most days, I resolve to post earlier in the day than I do. What to write? looms over my head. Today was one of those days and reading essay 23, page 70, these words: “the longest journey begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu,” captured my attention. Dinty Moore reminds us that each writing project begins with the writing of one word.
I thought…Voila! Today I’ll share this delightful, very helpful little book. I wrote the first word and sentence! And then more words began to flow. Time now to hit publish and move on with the day: Off to the grocery store for Thanksgiving prep.
How do you jumpstart your writing?
In early October I found I’d Rather Be Reading on the B&N new books display table; took a quick look-thru and added to my stack of books and magazines to take home! What a find! Anne Bogel, the author, grew up, if not having arrived in this world, with the perpetual book in her hands. Her parents, siblings and children are all avid readers and they lived, literally next door to a library! Say no more.
Anne is known on the internet and among readers as “Modern Mrs. Darcy;” she has a very active website; hosts an online book club; and a weekly podcast “What Should I Read Next? (WSIRN?)” Widely read, Anne discusses with her guests their recent reads and then offers the guest 3-4 titles to “read next.” I’ve enjoyed listening to the podcasts – especially on my walks – and am delighted that there are about 150 in the queue…listening nirvana and a tremendous source for my own WSIRN? As if that’s a problem! I recently listened to Episode 155: guests are a father/daughter who share an Audible account; they began listening to one another’s choices – which were totally out of each’s comfort zone!
I’ve taken a slight break from my stitching projects – there are just not enough hours nor energy left at the end of the day to pick up any sort of the needle… learning the new blog platform takes a bit of my time and energy; that, coupled with the pesky c-a-r problems and general life demands: grocery shopping; doctors’ appointments; etc… have kept me pretty much occupied. However, the changing and upcoming seasons – not to mention the design wall in my stitching studio – are stirring the desire for me to return/resume. Any day now.
After a later than usual night, MSQT (morning solitude and quiet time) has lasted a tad longer this morning. I am grateful for this day: Hope is alive; the sun shines; leaves fall gently from this and other trees in my view. I think I best get a move on so I can take advantage of Mother Nature’s invitation .
What’s on your agenda? Would you rather be reading, too? Joining Kat and others here.