Between the colds and the pining for the long green days of summer, things at home have run me round and twisted me away from blogging. Maybe I’m afraid of this new place, it’s wide open spaces and still hollow sounds. Maybe the sun through the window just isn’t bright enough, or the cat is too soft, or the tea too warm. Maybe a thousand little things, but a thousand little things are not putting letter by letter or word by word, so it is time to brush them aside, at least for a few moments every day, and continue with good intentions.
First: I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and it swept me away. It also gave me a crazy case of the jealousies and that just isn’t fair to anyone, so I’m over it.
Second: Judith van Praag got me started on Pinterest. But get this, she’s using it to write her novel. I never would have thought it because I tend to do these things in such a haphazard way, but this is exactly the way my brain works. I mean, in Scrivener there is the ability to import web pages for research which is great, but what if you want to see everything in front of you like a collage? Pinterest. So today I got started, and of course, completely immersed in images relating to my story. This is work. Really, I swear.
Third: Lisa Rivero wrote a fantastic blog post about Why You Have To Keep On Writing, Even When You’re Not. She says it best, but beware, at the end is a TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity and you owe it to yourself to watch. I’m thinking of one of you in particular, but maybe all of you too. And she mentions Tom Waits, who always wins with me.
Speaking of Lisa Rivero, she hosted me on her blog a little while back and I talk about my crazy daisy writing method. Please, we’d love it if you pop over and leave a note.
Fourth: I will put up a page explaining this more clearly, but I want to remind you that Fourth Monday is next week, February 27th. I am hosting a blog post by Lisa, a flash fiction piece by Jillian, some music, and hopefully more. If the more doesn’t happen on Monday, it will be following up and it will be worth the wait. Believe it.
Your turn: What have you been doing this February? Have you found the sun or has it never left? Do you pin-up at Pinterest or have an obsession with Tom Waits? If you were to go to a desert island and could only take one chocolate truffle, what flavor would it be?