Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Stuff Christians Like

My reaction to SCL:
1. Hey, this guy is funny.
2. Look at all the comments; there are multiple people who feel this way!
3. How can I meet these people who are educated and witty and willing to admit flaws as Christians?
4. We should start a CHURCH!
5. Oh wait…then we’d create our own subculture and be in the same position we’re currently fed up with and our kids would write an impassioned sequel and we’d realize we had only perpetuated the stereotypes.
6. Never mind.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Bones

This morning I finished Natalie Goldberg's book Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within.

It was really inspiring. The chapters are short and easily-digested, but still rich with ideas and starting points and motivation. It was a little like a daily devotional for writers. Goldberg compares her writing practice to Zen meditation. The redundant quotes and parallels got annoying, but it was still well worth reading. I wrote all over the table of contents so I'll easily be able to come back and re-read my favorite parts. My notes say things like "good practice exercise," "writing through resistance," and "pain as writing material."

I'm also very proud of myself for reading all the way to the end. I bought this book in Spokane, WA in August of 2006 when I was visiting a friend who encouraged me to continue writing and exploring my own ideas.

I highly recommend this book.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Someday...

Do you have any recurring daydreams? Are there any locations you revisit mentally that are made-up or embellished? I have a few.

I like to imagine myself living on the prairie. I can visualize fields that stretch out like the ocean, riding horses at full-gallop, inspecting my fences on the edge of my property, sitting tall in the saddle and confident in a cowboy hat. I picture a big farm house, and I'm in the kitchen baking powder milk biscuits for the farmhands. Everybody is wearing plaid and gingham and we're blonde like the hay from the fields. The sun is always shining and the hills in the distance look blue. The horse stables smell crisp like alfalfa and leather. Wild flowers grow easily and I work hard every day and manual labor is refreshing.

Another favorite location is my make believe garden party. Twinkly lights hang from tree branches and paper lanterns glow like ripe fruit. A long picnic table is covered with linens and matching place settings and fresh bouquets. The meal includes lots of dishes made from strawberries. The girls have flowers in their hair. The men are OK eating outdoors and enjoy themselves too. Barefoot children chase fireflies as the sun sets. Anyone listening can hear our laughter echoing from a mile away.