Friday, July 06, 2012

Surviving...NOT Writing!


A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
― Maya Angelou

Well writing friends, it is 80 degrees here in Nebraska at 8:30 in the morning. I haven’t done much writing as of late as the days are loaded with heat and exhaustion. The gardens are looking nice, the pumpkins are flowering like crazy and the birds find relief in my makeshift birdbath. The grass on the other hand is almost non-existent, burnt to a crisp as temperatures have topped 100 for almost two weeks and what seems forever!


What a heatwave! Storms rocked my hometown of Maryland last week enough to scare my 73-year-old mother into the bathroom as winds topped 75 miles per hour! The days in Texas look cool compared to this. I’ve grown accustomed to Nebraska’s nice temps, but this summer is not good temperature wise. And as I read the morning news, not many states are being left out of this bake-bath!


Beau (Stormcrow) is awaiting glasses, job hunting, and license renewal. If you remember he was blind for two-and a half years and now has sight restored in one eye. Adam (my son) has had his own illness to contend with and the heat of the summer is not helping any! And me, my back issues are not resolved, but I still get out and weed (or de-weed) the garden and water my flowers. What a lovely summer thus far.

We missed the family bar-b-que on July 1st, due to these illnesses plaguing us. (But we’ve had many visits this year, so it was okay) Here in Nebraska there were many firework displays going off for what seemed like five nights in a row. We sat out on the back porch, in the sweltering night heat, watching the many light shows, so all was not lost for the holiday.

I’ve not returned to my writing community as of this date. I just pop in, friend request, and check out what is happening in the world of writers. I no longer feel it is the family of writers that I’ve known and loved throughout the eight years spent there. I’ve maintained a few friendships via facebook, but to get into the site and get writing done? I think that (site) is now a part of my past. I sweep it under the rug, and move on to a more professional writing site where people are there to write, not gossip, back-stab, demean and hurt. I say, if those types of people surround you, they are only going to bring you down. Surround yourself with the positive so that a positive flow and outcome will be your reward.

While it has been a bumpy road so far these seven months into the year, I’ve become stronger and I feel a renewal of spirit that has welcomed me into the wings of growth. I’m a better not bitter person because of the entire experience and I go into my future with my head held high and with great expectations as the road is paved smoothly, not buckled from the sultry heat! Now if only I could remember my name…


“I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much.”
― Mother Teresa

2 comments:

Robert Morschel said...

Writing forums are difficult. I joined one, stayed for ages, then missed it, and rejoined, only to remember why I left.

I also hate the mutual affirmation that goes one all the time, without any real support and criticism.

I'd welcome any recommendations.

Robert

joni said...

Well I can recommend one writing course. It is on hiatus for now. It's F2k free creative writing course. It is sponsored by Writers Village University (a $100 fee per yer, $69 to members for WVU)

While I got burnt out on mentoring, there are some awesome writers there and thier not short on critique. They don't sugarcoat what they critique!

You can join the Social at: http://www.writersvillage.com/free/

See whats there and if it interest you, and through that you'll be informed when the FREE writing course is open for registration.

Hope that helps! :)