It is almost two months since my new book Beauty in the Ashes: Learning to Lament was released. I have tried to start this blog post a number of times since then, but the emotions have been so large, and the words have been so elusive that it would not settle into anything cohesive.
Like Mary I have had to treasure up all these things and ponder them in my heart, until I was able to put words to them. So here is a random collection of thoughts after my book launch.
Release is an interesting word, and so appropriate for this journey of taking words, giving them form, and letting them go into the world. Up until launch date I had control. I chose the words. I placed them carefully. I worked through the edits and design process, with others yes, but ultimately the final decision was mine.
Continue reading “Some thoughts after releasing a book”
hope is an ember
that glows faintly in the hearth
its feeble flicker
signs of its struggle
before it subsides
into cold ash
breathe on it
As you sit,
pen in hand,
the blank page of promise before you.
May inspiration arise within.
Continue reading “Prayer for the Writer”
because our memories
are like sieves
and we don’t
from day to day
Continue reading “Remember”
I was sitting by myself at the café, absorbed in my work, quietly writing and they passed by my table. As I knew them a little I nodded, and smiled. But they took that as an invitation and stopped. Continue reading “the uninvited guests”
A large part of my writing journey this year has been understanding how I work. Figuring out what my process looks like has been as important as the actual writing.
Continue reading “on voice, process and learning”