I spend too much time thinking about writing and not enough time actually writing.
The stories swirl around in my head like bits and pieces of flotsam in the sea. At times they float just on the surface but then crash around like the waves hitting the sand. And before I can brace myself, they are gone.
Last year I committed to write. And I did, for a brief time. I had a lovely notebook that turned out to be too big. I had a pen that flowed across the page, but it was too often left at the bottom of my bag.
There are a few stories, recorded on a now unused blog. They too were in danger of floating away.
I want to preserve these stories, these memories. So I am returning to another format, one that might be more comfortable.
There is new ink in my printer. The first pages are printed. I pulled out my paper and tape and added just a few embellishments, just enough.
It is a new start.
The last July Prompt – Preserve
August prompt link can be found on my sidebar.
to give forth or produce
to give up or over; relinquish or resign, to surrender or submit
Here I am, yielding to the list, the things that must be done.
Here I am making sure I get the most yield from my time,
even my produce.
Here I am surrendering and submitting yet not feeling resigned.
I have not puzzled over a word in too long.
Here I am, yielding to the challenge of language.
Writing with prompts – just one more day for the July list
Green exploded on the kitchen counter.
Kale and spinach, cilantro, cucumber, celery, and limes.
I watched as the colors and textures spread across the white surface.
It was actually rather lovely.
finishing off the month with July prompts.
here and now I am making a list and checking things off
here and now I am frustrated by the price of good shoes
here and now I am trying to decide what to pack for a spontaneous trip
here and now I am taking my pen and notebook everywhere
here and now I am happy that the dinner we had tonight will give us left-overs for two more meals
here and now I am thankful for the hard working little air conditioner in our bedroom
here and now I am writing with prompts – the July list
res·tive [res-tiv] adjective
impatient of control, restraint, or delay, as persons; restless; uneasy.
This weekend I finally felt myself falling into the pace of summer break.
“Do we have a plan?” he asked.
“Nope!” I replied.
There was sewing, reading, knitting, and taking time to smell the laundry as I took it off the line. I tended my garden, ran a bit slower but also a bit longer, and took an extra yoga class.
I lingered, took my time, found places to pause and take deep, restorative breathes. I am trying to stay away from the calendar and the date that will bring me back to work. And when I read the definition of the prompt word for today, I make a quiet note to hold on to the summer-me and resist that restive, work-work-me.
Restive is the prompt for today – new prompts coming next week.
I have been away for a time of sewing and quilting and dreaming with some very creative friends. I took my journal and my pen but I didn’t write. I thought about writing, read about writing. I jotted down a few ideas, sketched a plan. The desire is there, but I let too many things get in the way.
Today is a day to re-fresh, re-new, re-commit to the process. The counter is clean. The laundry is done. I will write simple sentences and begin to re-connect with that desire to capture words and chase the stories. Summer is not over yet.
writing along with prompts – the July list
It is scratched and stained. And because there are no small children in the house, it doesn’t get cleaned as often as it should. We have talked about refinishing but it is a big project that keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list. But this floor holds many stories. Of family meals, cookie parties, brewing beer. We have danced across this floor, spilled coffee and milk and shattered a few dishes. There are stories of the puppy that never seemed to figure out that this was a slippery space and the new dog who clicks her away across the surface.
This floor has stories to tell.
Writing with prompts – the July list