Did you “spring ahead” this morning? I’m not sure springing is actually in my repertoire, but I did wake early enough to appreciate the beautiful sunrise. For a few moments, the corner of eastern sky that I could see through my bedroom window was awash in a bright and hopeful palette of lit-from-within pinks, oranges, and golds. It was a good way to start the day.
Because my plans went slightly off the rails last week, I’m a little short on shareworthy items today; but I’m feeling that the lack of links is actually appropriate for this transitional day of the year. Though not a solstice or an equinox, it seems like a day to pause and take stock. I actually spent part of my morning mending, of all things. Digging out needle and thread and a pair of those ingenious foldable scissors, I did my best to stitch up a couple of ripped seams and repair a broken shoulder strap on a tank top. I am no seamstress, but there was something quietly satisfying about the simple work of closing each gap, one small stitch at a time. My work was not beautiful, but it will hopefully be functional.
For the rest of my day, I hope to enjoy some writing, some reading, and a little doing-nothing time with my daughter. I hope your Sunday is relaxing, rejuvenating, and maybe – if you’re in the mood – a little reflective. Cheers!
Books I’m Reading:
A little while back, I shared a link to the Scroll.in post, Twenty-one brilliant things only Margaret Atwood could say – and she did. My favorite was:
What writing can do
Writing is also the primary way in which the unknown, the obscure, the undervalued, and the neglected can become known. All over the world, writing has been the means by which light is shed on darkness. Whether the darkness of oppressive regimes, of lives lived in poverty, of the oppression of women, of discrimination of so many kinds.
Atwood’s snippets of sassy wisdom, reminded me that I have not read much of her work. I think I read The Handmaid’s Tale years and years ago, but I could not recall any other novels or stories of hers that I’d read recently. So, I trundled myself down to the library and picked up a copy of her short story collection, Stone Mattress.
I just finished the last story in the collection – Torching the Dusties – this morning, and like all of Atwood’s best works, I found it somewhat unsettling. She has an uncanny way of reflecting pieces of our society and humanity in an alarmingly direct way. “Sharp” is an adjective often applied to her work, and it applies in more ways than one.
I think my favorite stories were the three linked tales about writer characters. I admire the way Atwood told more of each character’s story as the three stories unfolded. And, of course, they were extra endearing because they were about writers.
Though dark, the tales in Stone Mattress are not depressing. They are thought-provoking. They will not keep you up at night, but they may stir your dreams.
My Favorite Blog Reads for the Week:
- You Have My Permission to Be Awesome by @KMWeiland
- Best Writing Advice from the women of the Wicked Cozy blog
- Leonard Cohen on Creativity, Hard Work, and Why You Should Never Quit Before You Know What It Is You’re Quitting via @brainpicker
Sundry Links and Whatnot:
While I was laid up in the hospital earlier this week, I happened upon a link to a short story on Tor.com called “Tom, Thom” by K.M. Ferebee. Reading on my iPhone, I devoured the story of wolves and changelings and frozen worlds.
Today, as I searched for the link so I could share that story with you, I was delighted to discover that there is an entire collection of short fiction available on Tor.com. This is definitely a page I will be visiting again. Lots to explore here!
Finally, a quote for the week:
Loved this Twitter find via @TheUnNovelist
I hope your writing is springing ahead with hope and joy and adventure today. Here’s to simple pleasures and small accomplishments and knowing how to enjoy both.
Jamie Lee Wallace Hi. I’m Jamie. I am a content marketer and branding consultant, columnist, sometime feature writer, prolific blogger, and aspiring fiction writer. I’m a mom, a student of equestrian and aerial arts (not at the same time), and a nature lover. I believe in small kindnesses, daily chocolate, and happy endings. Introduce yourself on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. I don’t bite … usually.