Saturday Edition – What We’re Writing and Reading

Welcome to this Saturday Edition of What We’re Writing and Reading.

We’re taking a little detour on the weekends now to share some of what we’re up to with our writing (when we’re not here) and what we’re into with our reading (around the web). We’ll also pull back the curtain a little to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what went into a piece.

We hope you enjoy this little diversion and encourage you to share your own posts and picks in the comments.

Happy writing! Happy reading! 


headshot_jw_thumbnailJamie Wallace: Hello again. Another week flown by, and with it the last bits of the summer season here in the northern hemisphere. Though we may be granted a few more warm and sunny days, the routine of the fall season is full upon us.

I’m glad.

Summer has been wonderful, but I’m ready to resume a steadier, autumn pace. As some of my fellow writers have voiced, the fall feels like a time of renewed energy and resolve. The year’s end is in sight, but still a ways off, making these next few months perfect for reflecting and taking stock, for measuring progress and recalibrating direction.

But, for now, let’s just say farewell to the week.

What I’m Writing:

This wasn’t a week for much writing. I had the pleasure of spending a few days up at the stately Mount Washington Hotel with my daughter and my beau. It was so nice to get away for a few days, but my daughter’s appetite for activity left little room for the joys of idleness. There was time, however, for some cloud gazing and inner storytelling. I always find that being in the mountains awakens a hunger for magic in my writer’s mind. I wonder what creatures share the deep forest with deer and moose and bear. I imagine spectral beings in the dense, mountain fog. I see hidden stairways in the stony cliff faces.

So, even though I didn’t put pen to paper, I did let my imagination run just a little bit wild; and that always comes in handy later on when I have the time to play with words and stories.

Before we left, I did wrap up a feature piece and a column. I’ll share the column here next week.

What I’m Reading:

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Though I’m reading a couple of other novels, I took a little time out this week to revisit an old favorite. Inspired by the recent Friday Fun question about favorite myths and fairy tales, I pulled George Macdonald’s The Golden Key (affiliate link) off the shelf. I do not remember when I first came across this slim tome, or when I first acquired my own copy; but, the aura of this gentle yet brilliant fairy tale has always stayed with me. Like many of the books I’ve been reading lately, it is a quiet story about the lifelong adventures of the girl Tangle and the boy Mossy as they journey through fairyland and into the heart of the Earth and beyond.

And let’s not forget the blogs. Here are a few of my favorite writerly posts from this week:

Finally, a quote for the week:

tiny stories

Thanks for spending part of your Saturday with me. Happy reading & writing! 

6 thoughts on “Saturday Edition – What We’re Writing and Reading

    • Hello, Andrea!
      I didn’t even catch that – passion + intimacy. Perfect combination. 🙂

      Hope you had a great week. I have a couple of your blog posts ear marked for my own quiet reading time later this holiday weekend. Looking forward to it!

  1. You get to count writing this blog post as putting pen to paper, don’t you? I really enjoyed your writing style. I often times find my imagination wandering off in similar directions whenever I’m in the mountains. (I was recently in Iceland, and imagined trolls lumbering toward out bus out of the moss and fog.)

    I try and write creatively as much as I can as well. I’m channeling most of my creative energy right now into my blog on India, whose purpose is to convey subcontinents to Americans through observations, anecdotes, insights, essays, and creative non-fiction.

    You might be interested! Regardless, I’d love to hear the feedback of a fellow writer on my writing.

    The address is:

    • Thanks, John. You’re right. I often overlook the daily writing I do in terms of blogging and client work, but – on some level – it all counts. 🙂

      Iceland is on my list of places to visit. It seems like a place where stories could walk right out of the landscape and into your notebook.

      Thanks for sharing your blog. It was interesting to read a first-hand account of life in another part of the world. The details you include really help to give a sense of place. Good luck with the continued adventure – in India and in writing!

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