Hello! I hope you're all doing well and I hope last week was good to you. It was quite the challenge for me but I was able to find some information that - fingers crossed and prayers sent upward - may just help heal a lot of what I've been dealing with. Long story short, I found an eating plan that's geared toward healing and repairing the gut, getting rid of inflammation, and helping autoimmune disease flare-ups. I've been on it for six days now and I already have more energy and less pain that I've had in YEARS! It ain't easy: meat, veggies and fruit are fine. For one month I'm avoiding ALL grains, including rice, dairy, nuts, beans, and sugar. Yikes! Talk about learning how to meal plan all over again! But, it's working, and I'm hoping it's something I can use periodically to help get me back to feeling like a "normal" human being - and eating the things I love in moderation.
Despite feeling crumby, I was able to finish reading a very encouraging book called, "A Year of Writing Dangerously" by Barbara Abercrombie. It's set up so that you go through it daily throughout the course of a year. I, however, checked it out from the library and didn't have a year. So I read through it in three weeks and took notes. WOW! This is one that I will be adding to my personal library.
The back of the book contains 52 writing prompts, designed to keep you writing throughout the year, giving you ideas to keep your pen moving and your mind thinking.
There were so many long passages that I ended up taking pictures of some pages AND I definitely snapped photos of the 52 weeks of writing prompts.
Here's just a few of the gems I gathered from this book:
No matter how fast the world zips along, no matter how much fun there is to be had, the fact remains that writing takes time. To write takes dreaming and remembering and thinking and imagining - and very often it feels like wasting time. It takes silence and solitude.
Before you can write your story, you have to own it. Know where the spotlight is and stand in that light and give up the fear of people getting mad at you. Write your story as you feel it so your book can do its work in the world.
I stood, alone, and the world swayed. I am a fugitive and a vagabond, a sojourner seeking signs.
- Annie Dillard
I won't retype the entire book here. Find yourself a copy. If your library doesn't have it, ask them to order it. It's wonderful! And, if you're like me and find yourself taking pictures of more and more pages because you've got cramps from trying to copy down all the gems, go ahead and order yourself a copy.
Your writing soul will thank you.