Sunday Salon: June 8, 2014
After some hot, humid stormy weather this week, we are enjoying sunny skies and seasonal temperatures today. I plan to enjoy a morning walk a little later….
Reading: Well, it is becoming quite evident that I cannot read as much as I would like. This week I completed one book (the War of Art), one Jeff Goins PDF file (You are a Writer), and half a travel memoir (Without Reservations).
I am hoping to do better this week…
Writing: As my writing coach tells me, I need to learn to give myself some grace. I am goal driven and a human-doing. It is easy for me to maintain a lengthy task-list and “be productive” — it is difficult to give myself a break and just relax.
But I have come to realize that at this time in my writing life, I need to allow myself to explore and experiment. I am still unclear as to what I am supposed to write — that one piece that is my story that needs to be told — but I am no longer going to stress about it. I am committed to writing ten minutes every day, always asking the Lord to direct my endeavors. Some days I write about writing… other days I focus on memoir excavation … and still other days I play with travel essays. The middle grade fiction is still viable, although I have intentionally put that on hold until the fall.
To that end, my writing life includes lots of journaling and blog posts. I am brainstorming some possible articles to post on Medium and Maptia. I am reading to fill the well and learn how to hone the craft. And I am relaxing.
Blogging: For now, blogging is the focus of my writing endeavors. I think I enjoy the essay form and the idea that I am writing for an audience – even if it is only an audience of two or three. So… I have not only maintained a consistent schedule for another week, but I added yet another blog.
- Travel Tuesday: where I discussed the differences between Tourists and Travelers.
- Writing Wednesday: where I continued voicing my fears of writing
- Photo Friday: where I returned to the theme of spiritual photography, citing that photography takes a lifetime to master
- Saturday Review: only one book completed this week: The War of Art
- 10,000 Steps: a new blog where I document the insights gleaned from my morning walk. Posts this week include a welcome and the realization that a failure to achieve a goal does not define us as failures.
Artist Date: First Fridays is a monthly event in the West Bottoms area of Kansas City. Old, abandoned warehouses have been transformed into flea markets and “junk” shops where thousands attend to find a bargain, or if you are like me, to take a stroll down memory lane.
My husband enjoys the hunt … finding the one item for the perfect price … while I enjoy taking pictures of nostalgic items from my past. The weather was nice, the selection was great, and it was a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Exercise: I hit a milestone this week – I walked 10,000 steps-a-day for 10 days straight. I shared this victory with a friend of mine and commented that I always return from my morning walk with some useful nugget that I can either use in my personal or writing life. She suggested that I start a blog to record these insights, and I accepted the challenge.
So, rather than posting my exercise progress here on Sundays, you can read about it on the new blog: 10,000 Stepping Stones.
Surfing the Net: I discovered a few “new-to-me” links this week that I thought might be of interest to others as well.
- Courage 2 Create – lots and lots of great advice for new and experienced writers
- Brain Pickings – thoroughly researched, insightful articles on a variety of topics
- Write Away in Italy – an absolute DREAM of mine!
I hope you all enjoyed a productive, literary week …. and are looking forward to a great week ahead.