Happy New Year!

I went into 2017 thinking I would revive this ol’ blog with deep thoughts and regular posts, but I ended up posting less than I ever have. (I’ve been blogging since 1999, you guys)

It was a weird year for my writing. I felt really self conscious about it and at the same time determined to write something I could submit for publication. It’s not surprising that this mindset shut me down creatively and I barely wrote at all. I filled notebooks and journals, but I had a hard time finishing anything.

I’ve finally swung back around to the reasons I write in the first place, and it feels really good to be grounded again. I write to remember, to pay attention, to thank God.

(also because I want to and have to and need to.)

Anyway, I’m back in this humble little space (hi mom!) resolved to keep at it, whatever that looks like.

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It seems important to document what’s on my mind at the beginning of 2018. This is the kind of thing that will be interesting to look back on someday, right?

essay
The Sentimentality Trap by Benjamin Myers (I keep coming back to this one.)

(theme)song
Father, Let Your Kingdom Come (featuring Urban Doxology, Liz Vice, and Latifah Alattas)

book (currently reading)
The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative by Vivian Gornick

poem
Letter to Alice by Jane Kenyon

podcasts
Upside Down
Taking Route

I would love to know what you’re into as well.

2 Replies to “Happy New Year!”

    1. Hi Suzy! I think I’ve decided that I never want publication to be the goal. I know myself well enough to know that my motives and my writing would suffer if that was my pursuit. I am in love with words and the craft of writing—I want to write well. I think that is my main goal. I’m having a hard time finding a writing community that will push me and give me honest feedback… I think because I’ve started writing poetry and people don’t know what to do with it (I don’t either! ha. Or maybe it’s just really terrible at this point, let’s be honest ;). Last year I submitted pieces because I wanted feedback, but I didn’t really get any. Editors just accepted it or rejected it, which makes sense, but at this point I prefer mentorship to publication. Someday if I write something worth sharing, I might pursue publication, but I think for me the writing always needs to come first (writing for writing’s sake—because I have/need to) or else the quality will suffer.

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