How do you read?
The Kindle version of What We Take for Truth has just been released, and it's got me wondering how you read. Personally, I love to hold an actual book in my hand as I read. I like to annotate my books and put sticky notes on my favorite passages. But, I also love being able to read outside in the dark (in the summer) without having to turn on a light. I love coming across a word I don't know and just putting my finger on the word to get its definition. At the same time, I love being surrounded by books that have impacted my life, to look at my bookshelves stuffed with my reading history. These days those shelves are overflowing. My house is small and I simply don't have space for many more books. Plus, there's the issue of sustainability; books are made from trees after all. But then Kindles are made of plastic and are not biodegradable. It's not an easy choice. I'd love to know how you handle this dilemma. #howyouread
I just spent the weekend with fellow writers from my MFA program. We celebrated one another's successes and learned about each other's work-in-progress. It was a weekend full of the joyful, stimulating, and the kind of sustaining connections that keep me going in this otherwise isolating work. Writing can be lonely, scary work when you're deep into a dark wood of your own imagining. But those dark woods are the places where our creativity is incubating and braving the journey is often the only way to access our full imaginative potential. This is why writing with others is so helpful. Even if each of you is on your own journey, writing in the presence of friends who are doing the same can make the process less intimidating. In the writing groups I facilitate, we develop a sense of safety together and magic happens all the time. Check out my website for the next workshop and join me!
From time to time I will share my thoughts on writing, alone and in groups, as Pat Schneider would say. I will also use this blog as a place to post news of new publications and opportunities for you to publish.
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