I have been remiss. I have allowed other responsibilities crowd into my writing time – work, grade school, divorce, kidney stones (not mine), more work. I haven’t been writing.
This weekend came at the right time – two and a half days in Narragansett with my writing sisters to find my way back to writing, write, walk on the beach, find sea glass, and relax.
Waking at 4:00am with a migraine and spending the next three hours praying to the porcelain gods was not part of the plan.
Thankfully, my sisters took care of me and didn’t kick me out – they only quarantined me to the downstairs bathroom on the chance it wasn’t because of the migraine. I was feeling well enough by noon to go for a walk on the beach.
The writing was still not getting done, but at least I could find more pieces for my sea glass jewelry business*. A successful search for sea glass requires a combination of intent, strategy, and luck – much like writing.
First, there’s intent, setting a positive mindset that allows you to see what others walk past without noticing – I will find the sea glass (the words).
There are places along the shoreline that have a greater chance of producing those small bursts of color gems. You go where you know you will find them , those small rocky patches in between stretches of sand. It’s that place, like your writing space – that little cherished nook where you know the words will flow. Sometimes you need to just sit still and breathe, wait and clear away the thoughts that block your view (your flow).
Then, there is the guiding force of luck. Luck guided me towards this large blue piece, a rare find. But it’s edges were still sharp and the bright blue had yet to turn into the mottled, frosted hue. I knew could take it home and tumble it myself, but that would be denying the process. It needs to simmer, like some stories, and tumble around some more before it’s ready. I tossed it back into the sea.
It takes time for the ocean (the writer) to take a shard of glass (an idea), toss it, tumble it, break it up (the writing) and transform it into a polished piece of sea glass (the published novel).
It takes thirty years for sea glass to properly form and about ten years for a novel. I’m only on year five, the process on-going. But not so much this weekend.
My generous, compassionate writing sisters allowed me to forego a specific writing goal this weekend – no word count, no set number of pages. However; they insisted I write at least a haiku:
4AM on knees
to porcelain gods I pray
gods have spoken: rest