Another Little Part of My Story

Adrienne Scanlon, the creator of My Memory Art Blog invited me recently to be part of a blog tour.  She hosts some fun link-ups such as Six Word Fridays, and Black & White Wednesdays. I appreciate her thoughtfulness and the fun she brings to blogging, plus I also enjoy her photos.  

In this post I will answer, or at least try to answer the questions she gave me.  The photos are included just … because.

1. How does your writing process work?

First there is procrastination.  
Then I might distract myself by getting a drink or snack, or both.  
Then I get frustrated. 
Finally….finally…I settle down and listen to the Nudges.  The Nudges don’t let me loose until I really do pay attention.  
Once I relax and open my heart, the words usually come.

Then I do a lot of editing.   

2. Why do you write what you do?
I write what I do because of those Nudges.
And because I have a story to tell, just like you.  This is how I choose to tell it, but using technology and photography.  Others tell there stories in different ways, different art forms.
I write what I do because I want my readers to enjoy the beauty that is all around us. We need this today in a world that only wants to point to what is wrong.  

3. How does your work differ from others in the same genre?

My work is different simply because it comes from me, from my viewpoint, through my own lenses (both literal and figurative).  Put 2 photographers in front of a subject and let them take images of it, and you will find some that are similar but some will be quite different.  Tell 2 people to write about an elephant and those writings will reflect much about who each person is.  

I believe I have been put here to share what I see, to show others the beauty in the simple things, to lift up this life and all its experiences through words carefully chosen.

4. What are you working on?
In the month of July I plan to write about “Going Home”, challenging myself to write 50,000 words again as part of National Novel Writing Month.   I’m thinking about the times we have moved into a new home and how it took a while for that place to feel like home.  This is a photographic challenge as well…what images of home tug at the heart?

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In passing the baton to other bloggers I have chosen two gals who I consider to be dear friends, even though we have never met in person.   Cathy of Grandma’s Little Corner shares her amazing photos and stories of her life in Arkansas.  I also tagged Leon of Sea Blue Lens who also shares her lovely photos and writings online. I’m hoping that each one will share part of who they are in the coming weeks.  

Moments When I Find The Words

Red berries in winter

Though I have been absent from this little bit of cyberspace for a couple weeks it has all been good.  Winter is unofficially here, it’s bitter cold outside, holiday stuff is everywhere, and sometimes I’d like to just hibernate. 

My focus in November was all about writing for National Novel Writing Month.  I was compelled to write about
how my prayers have changed over my life time.  You’ll just have to
trust me when I say that this topic chose me.  Little did I know what a powerful experience it would be, how the words would flow and the stories come to the surface for me to examine.  

In the first week or so of writing, as I look back now over my rough draft, I was trying way too hard to put down words that only my ego wanted to say.  Words that would please others, that sounded nice and …. really sounded like crap.  Then on the ninth day, don’t ask me why, but there was a shift.  If you were to read just the first nine days of my rough draft, you’d see it, too.  On that day I began to write from somewhere deep within me. 

I will share some excerpts from my exploration of faith and prayer over the coming weeks. starting today with a selection from that ninth day.  

 

There are moments
when I find the
words

when it comes
through me

like a message,

special delivery,

when I look at
that leaf

or flower or
stormy sky

and see power

from beyond

and I see The
Holy.



Then the light
shimmers

through that leaf
that is

clinging to a
branch,

and glistens off
the drops

of dew on the
morning grass

when the mist
hovers

over a field as
the sun rises,

and I see The
Holy.



And my heart says
wow.

My soul sings.

My feet stand
still in the silence

and my heart and
eyes

take it all in.



Maybe I saw this
before,

but no matter

because It holds
me,

this beautiful
presence,

surrounding me

filling my senses

expanding my
breath,

and all life
pauses

for this moment.



For there I see

The Holy.

The Writing Has Begun

Novel writing kit

It’s that time of year! National Novel Writing Month began on November 1st, and each day I have spent some time writing my “novel”.   The daily practice of writing is the best part of this for me, even if it is a challenge.

And, yes, I have this novel-writing kit on my desk, complete with little characters and all sorts of little goodies to help cheer me on throughout the month.  A real plus this year is that I have connected with others in my own area who are also participating, and there are events scheduled for us to meet and share our writing experiences.  I think that will be just as enjoyable as going on a photo walk with my photography friends!

The subject of my “novel” (which doesn’t seem like the right word for it just yet) is how my own prayers have changed over my life.   What I learned as a little girl, what I practiced for many years as an adult, and what prayer means to me now is a story of evolution.  My goal is to gather the stories that paved the way.  

Other than that, my camera and I are at it each day, working on a 365 Project again.  To see the images for my 365, simply click on the Flickr link on my blog to the right side of the page (scroll down to see it). 

*Sigh*

A little writing, a little photography.  My two best artistic expressions.  

My sanity.

 

National Novel Writing Month Approaches

books

November is the month for NaNoWriMo, pronounced “nan-oh-rye-mo”, or National Novel Writing Month. I’ve been looking at the website, reading a bit of the pep talks, and wondering just what in this world I am going to write about.  (insert anxious smiley face here)

The idea is to simply take the time in November to write a bit each day, or at least on a regular basis, with the goal of putting down at least 50,000 words in those 30 days. Last year I “won” which means I actually did write 50,000 words.  

And no, I really have not done much with what I wrote.  But I certainly learned a lot about what not to do and what works for me.  This year I plan to build on the good parts and learn as much as I can from others with more writing experience.

This year I am looking forward to making connections here locally with others who are participating.  That is a nice advantage of signing up, finding that there are local chapters set up all over the place so that you can cheer each other on.

And I was also surprised to find that many of the books recommended by NaNoWriMo are already on my shelf, as you can see in the photo.  

The only one that is not on their list, and should be, is On The Other Side of Fear, by my dear friend *Julia Fehrenbacher.  I plan to look at it frequently and just let her words of wisdom sink in and fill my heart, especially on those days when I think I’m too scared to go forward.  

Creativity in any form is wonderful and cathartic and soulful.  From past experience I know that there are going to be times when fear will try to take control, so I plan to keep Julia’s book and the rest of this ‘arsenal’ nearby.  

I hope that those of you who have never heard of NaNoWriMo will take a look at it, be brave, and give it a try!  

*(If you click on the link to her book, it will take you to amazon.com. I am endorsing her book on my own, not for any monetary gain. )