I've spent days trying to figure out how to work blogging back into my life and although the thought of jumping in feet first, trying to pretend months haven't passed without any explanation at all, appeals to me, I feel at the same time I need to offer some sort of reason for my absence.
If you were to ask me what in the world I've been doing with myself all this time I would say-writing. Writing for hours. Writing until I had to get a brace for my wrist. Writing in my journal. Writing this fiction book we can call TPS for now. Add in daily doses of cooking and a bit of painting. Some tea drinking....oh, and lots of reading.
My issue seems to be balance related. When I am working on a project I lose myself to it heart and soul and TPS takes up most of my creative energy. Researching the historical aspects, reading books on the craft of writing because most of the time I struggle desparately with getting the images in my head onto paper, and then the writing itself. Since most of you found this blog because of the mixed media art aspect I felt a little like I didn't have anything to share that would be of interest.
And that's how it started. Then my blog wasn't my home page anymore and out of site, out of mind, sort of. That's not entirely true because I was always thinking about blogging this or that. It becomes a way of thinking after a time, doesn't it?
So, I want to start blogging again.
I want to record the days, to connect with you all, to share the things I'm learning about writing; and hopefully share a painting or two along the way, maybe some recipes and found poems. I'm not going to stress about always having an image to share. That's kept me from blogging more times than I can count.
Today's photo offering is a found poem. As I was gathering the clipped words I thought of one of my characters in TPS, an elderly woman named Ruby. This poem was written from her point of view.
I used to think
was a path of roses
in a frost-bitten garden
Now that I am old,
The last rose
leaves before a gust of wind.
And most importantly, I want to say a thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you who've emailed and left comments. They've been the line drawing me back. I think of you out there and I smile. I'm smiling big right now.
love and creativity,