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Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
5:28 pm - Cheap Chardonnay
In the glass on my desk.

It's not what I'd prefer to be sipping on a late Tuesday afternoon. But it'll do.

Life is glorious, wondrous, filled with precious moments of babyhood and childhood and teenhood and womanhood and any other "hood" that might apply.

I am blessed.

And then I place my writer's cap firmly on my head for the seventy thousandth time. And I wonder.

I wonder...do I press on?

Is it worth it?

When all is said and done, I am not of the "I write because it's the same as breathing" ilk. To sequester my work in a drawer a la Emily Dickinson is, to me, pointless.

I write to touch lives.

I write to inspire and enthrall youngsters.

I write to draw others into worlds that aren't decrepit with rampant sex and unnecessarily foul language.

I write to express the boundless, God-given imagination I can't seem to ignore.

I write to be published.

I write to be published.

I write to be published.

And so I've answered my own question.

Cheap Chardonnay. The warmth of approaching spring. Joy in my daily life.

And words. Hundreds of thousands of words. Waiting to be written.

Onward.

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
8:17 pm - Too Many Me's
I'm not used to this anonymous thing.

I've got a "real" blog out there with my "real name." I've got "real" friends online (and even a few in real life...imagine that!).

Yet there's something in me that says...keep quiet. You're on the path toward publication. The ups and downs of it all don't need to be broadcast with your real name attached.

So I'm finding that I can be "real" without revealing myself.

I'm certainly meeting folks -- fellow writers -- whom I like and really care about. Really want to see them succeed.

You know?

You may be one of them.

I do care. I want to be part of this online-writer-connectedness. And in a way, I am.

There just isn't a name attached.

At least, not now.

Just a lovely photo of fruit pizza.

And elsewhere....I'm someone else. Different name, different avatar.

Still me.

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
3:08 pm - Note to Self
Stop checking your email.

Stop checking your cell phone.

Stop doing Google searches just to make yourself feel connected to the goings-on of those from whom you want to receive the Good News.

The News will come when the time is right. Checking and double-checking and triple-checking isn't going to make it happen any faster.

Go and write.

Keep plugging away on Book Two. That's where your energy needs to go. That's where your time needs to go.

Put your neurosis on the shelf. Put your eagerness to better use.

Write.

current mood: discontent

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
7:52 pm - "Full" as in "Moon," or...
"Full" as in "Manuscript."

Yes. My first request for the full manuscript. Fabulously encouraging, regardless of the outcome.

Pressing on.

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
2:17 pm - New Year
"Paradigm shift" does not begin to describe the state of my life at the birth of this new year.

Shock, surprise, joy, fear, anticipation, ambivalence, excitement. All of that and more.

current mood: contemplative

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
4:36 pm - Into the Faceless Void
Scary, when you don't know whose eyes will end up drinking your words.

All this, simply for the ease of leaving comments on other journals.

current mood: hungry

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