Climbing the hill: reflections on persistence
Flying off....

On giving ourselves permission...

Tilly in the woods, 1

"To allow ourselves to spend afternoons watching dancers rehearse, or sit on a stone wall and watch the sunset, or spend the whole weekend rereading Chekhov stories -- to know that we are doing what we’re supposed to be doing -- is the deepest form of permission in our creative lives. The British author and psychologist Adam Phillips has noted, 'When we are inspired, rather like when we are in love, we can feel both unintelligible to ourselves and most truly ourselves.' This is the feeling I think we all yearn for, a kind of hyperreal dream state. We read Emily Dickinson. We watch the dancers. We research a little known piece of history obsessively. We fall in love. We don’t know why, and yet these moments form the source from which all our words will spring."

- Dani Shapiro (from her new book, Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life -- which I'm reading now with great pleasure, and recommend)

Tilly in the woods, 2

Tilly in the woods, 3


I enjoyed this,it is hard just to be! I am always feeling that I should be doing something sometimes it actualy stops me doing anything!!!!! I must learn to wander and not be lost!

Getting It Right, Getting It Wrong

Life is not like writing a book;
once set down, the living words
are almost impossible to erase.
Revision is a matter of sorrow
intermixed with remorse,
a rough stew with too much whine,
not enough meat.

Don't tell me your life is a fairytale,
these towers are real,
the pinpricks bloody,
the ending always death,
not a hundred years of dreaming
and the sweet lips of a prince.

Sometimes the wounds left by truth
are visible, sometimes they lie
under the skin, a shadow bruise,
seen in the harsh light a fairytale throws.
Sometimes they can only be felt.
You have one chance to get it all right,
or get it all wrong, one.

The rest of it is bad prose.
And worse poetry.

©2013 Jane Yolen all rights reserved

Painful, harsh, and deeply true.

Love the quote Terri. This is the best part of a creative life -- that everything you do feeds into it. Have a wonderful trip!

VERY powerful.

Bon voyage!!

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