I recently found this quote from Leonard Cohen that perfectly summarizes where I’m at–despite daily naps, regular feedings, an unbroken writing chain, time with friends, a great connection with family, ways to unwind–in my life.
And that’s how I feel. Just a little bit off. A little bit unwell. Like I am surviving a force of nature rather than embracing the fact that I AM a force of nature. Continue reading
I dare say writing and reading are the key to overcoming prejudice and expanding Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of the “beloved community.” As writers, you are a keeper of the dream and can slip it in through the subconscious of your readers. Don’t think for a moment that your job isn’t important.
I can think of nothing more soul-crushing than watching all of your valuable, non-refundable time tumbling and crumbling away like dead leaves, as Neil suggests here.
“Try to make your time matter: minutes and hours and days and weeks can blow away like dead leaves, with nothing to show but time you spent not quite ever doing things, or time you spent waiting to begin.”
Neil Gaiman’s wishes for us all in 2016
(he’s crushed my soul lots, but always for a good purpose in the end)
I don’t know about you, but that image makes me want to vehemently, deliberately, lovingly embrace this coming year and forge something meaningful with it. Not just “try” but DO! Rake all of last years’ dead leaves into a pile and compost them to fertilize 2016’s budding plans!
Here are a few of the tools I’m using in 2016 to make my time meaningful: Continue reading