Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Retreat to the center of the self

Just wanted to say a quick hello.

Believe it or not, I'm still (kind of)on retreat. I promised myself that I would work on my own book(s) at least four hours a day from now on and you know what? I'm doing it.

Every single day. Really.

In fact, most days I'm writing even longer than that. I write in the wee hours of the morning before Katie gets up for school. When it's time to drive her, I put the laptop in the car, drop her off and head to the nearest Internet cafe and by 8:00 am, I'm plugged in and working. Usually, you'll find me writing through lunch, until I retrieve my daughter at 2:15.

What a blessing to have the kind of employment that allows for this. With the exception of the two days a week when I head over to the magazine, I'm able to write, think, read, research, rewrite... and sip tea.

It's the writing life I've always dreamed of. And you're a very real, very important part of it. So thanks--for reading my work and supporting me personally.

I have to thank my husband, whose support (financial and rah-rah) allows for this, and my boss, whose belief in me as a writer has helped secure the inner scaffolding it takes to proclaim: I have something to say, a story to tell, and I'm going to devote half of every day to proclaim it.

Still, though Im hiding out a bit, I always love to hear from you. Feel free to drop a line and let me know about your creative life.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


I do not believe in the BIG SCARY WORLD concept. I believe that there are little pockets of scary and even pools and ponds of scary; but the notion that the world is a Big Scary Place has never worked for me.

It just doesn't jive with my experience which shows that, while bad things sometimes happen, and that every now and then, something scary comes along to rattle me, most of the time Im just moving along, unthreatened, unfettered, doing fine.

How about you?