Wasting time is a skill I consider myself to be particularly good at, so I was amused to see the title of Alan Lightman’s little book: In Praise of Wasting Time. It’s a short read with charming illustrations and I recommend it, whether you consider yourself good at wasting time or not. I almost didn’tContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #055: In Praise of Wasting Time (a review)”
Today I still find myself in a creative flow.
I really didn’t want to interrupt my flow today. It’s been a productive few weeks for me—especially the past few days, and I want to keep up the momentum. But I must realize that—even when things are going well… even really well, it is sometimes wise to pause and save some excitement for a subsequentContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #053: On productivity and balance”
As daydreams turn to naps before my computer screen, I realized I had better write something before midnight sneaks up on me and I miss a day.
I wrote today. For hours. [Or, rather, I storycrafted. Writing involves lining up words in a particular order which conveys a story, but what I did today was storycraft.] I basically worked and reworked the synopsis for an old and ambitious project of mine that I thought would never see the light of day again.Continue reading “Faith seeking understanding #051: How I got into a flow today”
I’ve started to read again. Real books, not just articles on Medium.com. I used to read before bed—right before bed—in bed, so I could roll over and turn off the light when I became too tired to sleep. (Unlike my husband, I can’t seem to manage the trick of falling asleep while reading; that’s probablyContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #050: Finding time to read”
Parables are on my mind tonight. The gospel from today’s daily office contained Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God. He seems to be searching for a metaphor, the right words to convey the character of this phenomenon which is coming into the world.
Tonight, I’m feeling a paradox. I feel both driven to write and avoidant of doing the same. I feel like my words are needed and I feel like I have nothing of value to say. I am perplexed. Tonight is no different than any other night. Tonight’s blank page is no different than any otherContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #048: On finding words in the midst of a paradox”
I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. I recognize and resonate with much of what she has been saying about creating rituals to lure oneself into creative work. This is good advice for any creative undertaking. But Tharp makes note of aContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #047: On two types of creative vision”
A poetic meandering on following and being followed by other writers.