What’s Up Wednesday is the brain child of Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. Join the fun on your own blog and then go to Jaime’s or Erin’s to add your link – it’s a great way to share what’s going on in your life and get to know other bloggers!
What I’m Reading
I finished TAKEN by Erin Bowman and went straight into FROZEN. I broke my rule about starting a series before all the books are finished. The third book (FORGED) isn’t out until next year. I’ll just have to hope the fabulous people at Recaptains will have a recap of the first two books by then.
What I’m Writing
I got past the revisions on the first 30 pages on my WiP and added another 4k. It was a good writing week, my friends.
What inspires me right now
Last week I posted in the inspiration section about a great story in which a man used his passwords to inspire change in his life (here’s the link to last week’s post). In the comments section, the brilliant and inspiring Kris Oliver said this:
The last year I was desperate to quit my Evil Day Job (with Evil Uber Racist/Sexual Harassment Boss), I tacked up “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” by my computer and my password was the answer to that question.
I just loved that story. And I knew I had seen that line before about “your one wild and precious life” but I wasn’t sure where. So I searched it online and came upon a whole world of absolutely fantastic Mary Oliver poetry. I have to admit, I have never been one for contemporary poetry. When I was young, my Dad loved to read poetry out loud to us but he tended toward the classics. Robert Frost. Robert Service. Walt Whitman. A couple of poems from James Henry Leigh Hunt have always been among my favorites because they were among my Dad’s favorites: Abou Ben Adhem and Jenny Kissed Me (such a sweet poem).
That one comment from Kris has made decide to re-introduce myself to old poetry that I have loved and to new poetry that I have never read – starting with everything that Mary Oliver has ever written. Here are a few quotes of hers I found on Goodreads:
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
“Listen–are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”
“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”
Talk about inspirational. I’ve also read a little about Mary Oliver’s life in the past week and she, herself, is quite inspiring. (See this interview with the famously private Mary Oliver by Maria Shriver).
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Not much! The highlights of last weekend were meeting with my Writer’s Group and going to my daughter’s softball game which turned into a non-game because not enough kids on the other team showed up. Why was a “non-game” a highlight, you ask? Because the coaches did the pitching and catching and they – and the girls – were all just silly because it wasn’t a real game and it was just really fun and funny to watch. I think there should be more “non-games.” 🙂
Have a great week everyone!