If this is my purpose, it's a pretty good thing to be. It's a small life, a quiet one, but one that is beautiful and worth having.
When I went to South Africa in 2010 to lead a creative writing club for teenage girls, I made sure to emphasize that word: club. I had never taught writing before, didn't have a teaching assistantship as I earned an MFA in nonfiction. I would not be correcting their grammar, nor assigning homework. Besides, how could I persuade girls to spend their Saturday afternoons in a writing class?
"Adult women's writing isn't that much different from what they wrote as angsty teen girls. Boo-hoo, sorry you didn't get Prince Charming."
With the news that true crime writer Ann Rule has just passed away, I couldn't help reflecting on my own late conversion to the author and wishing that I had somehow discovered her earlier.
If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be white. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be 10-20 years older. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would not look at the Wikipedia page for the Great American Novel daily, as if it held some sort of great and terrible secret that would tell me exactly what to write and how to write it.
Every so often you meet someone that is truly living their dream and following their passions. If you get a little closer, you will find that this often means a real commitment and a lot of work.
There are weeks that I go to Barnes and Noble more than I see my family. Alone, I roam the aisles looking for books to devour and dream of one day see...
In an attempt to heal my broken heart, I cast about for ways to fill the empty days that had once been spent with a beloved companion. I searched for activities that were meaningful, or at least distracting.
Now is the best time of my life. This day. And, tomorrow could be even better, so I am willing to anticipate that happening. I believe that a positive attitude makes all the difference, no matter what age or circumstance surrounds us. I'm 63-years-old, and I'm not done.
It's a question I hear, often before the girls are even dressed. Their gangly legs poke out from beneath t-shirts. Sometime over the last year they shifted from their dad's shirts to mine. The hems aren't as long as before, the v-neck dips and are yanked up by still-modest hands.
We first met Jenny Milchman when we heard about some crazy book tour she was doing that seemed almost as ridiculous as the book tour we were doing.
Listening to his story, I have to agree that yes, haggling can be fun -- on the streets of Beijing. But do I really want to haggle with Spirit? I can afford to live in trust, knowing that all I love, all that I dream about, will return to me.
There is an essential part of us that needs to be witnessed. That needs to be reassured that we have value, and that what we do matters. You can se...
The truth is, people will always need information. People will always need to know how to do things. On top of that, people will always love a good story. That's why the future of blogs need to hold both story and necessity as the pillars to their success.
Whether it's something that you simply want to leave for your children or grandchildren to read, or whether you went through something life changing or traumatic and feel that writing a memoir will help you exorcise some demons -- as a cathartic exercise -- then it's time to stop thinking about it and actually doing it.
I can turn away from writing. The beauty of it is not fame, fortune, or even recognition. Its value is best realized within, the journeys and joys of self-discovery. What writers can learn about themselves. I've done my share and it was...fun. But if the passion for reading wanes, that's a big gaping hole and I want to conclude the fault lies within which I must endeavor to discover.