Writing, and what’s stopping me: Reverb10.02

In an attempt to travel further down the path of self-discovery, I’ve decided to participate in Reverb 10, which is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.


December 2: Writing

What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing – and can you eliminate it?

I tweeted this short response earlier, and since then I’ve been debating whether or not to elaborate.

And then I read this post by Chelsea. And you know what? She’s right.

Just because I spend too much time watching reruns of NCIS (helloooo, Tony) and Law & Order: SVU, all while waiting for new episodes of House, Glee, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice (just to name a few)… doesn’t mean THAT doesn’t contribute to my writing, or who I am as a person. It’s probably exactly the opposite, actually – all the shit I do – and especially the shit I do when I’m alone, behind closed doors, when nobody is watching – makes me who I am and that, in turn, determines AND CONTRIBUTES to my writing.

So, while maybe I *could* be writing while or instead of watching Stabler kick some criminal ass… maybe I wouldn’t be. Or maybe I’d be writing complete crap. Or or OR!

So, yeah. What she said.

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Reflect & manifest: Reverb10.01

In an attempt to travel further down the path of self-discovery, I’ve decided to jump on the band wagon and join Reverb 10, which is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.

That part, “manifest what’s next,” really stuck with me. Maybe it’s because, these days, I have no idea what’s next. Maybe it’s because I’m taking one day at a time (hell, sometimes it’s one hour at a time) and that’s hard for me, because I’ve always kind of been about The Plan.

So each day, there is a new prompt for Reverb 10. And each day, I will create something. Ideally, that “something” will be a whole blog post, but it may be as something as insignificant as a Facebook status update (I’m not gonna lie). But I’ll do my best to put some genuine thought into this thing, because I think it will be good for my soul.

December 1: One word

Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’rechoosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?

Word for 2010: Breathtaking.

… in so many senses of the words. January took my breath away when I was so lucky to have started a new, wonderful job with new, wonderful people. February/March took my breath away when Peter and I moved into, and bought, our first home. The little things took my breath away over the summer, including when we chose, bought and flew an English springer spaniel pup here from halfway across the country. And, more recently, I have been breathless… from fear, confusion, heartache, betrayal, guilt. When I stop to think about my year in general, I get a little short of breath for it all. There has been good and bad, and it’s all a little breathtaking.

Word for 2011: Intentional

I want to live the next year of my life with intention. No rash decisions, no rush judgments. I want to know what I’m doing and why I’m doing it every step of the way, with sincerity and intention.

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