Writing & Wimbledon

wilson-2259352_1920True Confession: I’m a tennis fan. So currently, with Wimbledon on television, I’m totally hooked. Wimbledon is a Grand Slam tennis tournament taking place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, in the United Kingdom. This tournament is the 131st edition of the championships. The prize money is amazing. The matches are played on grass courts, with royalty in the stands and ticket-holders sipping champagne and enjoying strawberry desserts. It’s all rather theatrical.

It’s interesting, when I was growing up, my Mom loved to watch tennis. My sister and I were confused. How could anyone watch a sport that was so totally boring? We used to comment that it was like watching paint dry.

And yet, here I am, many years later, addicted to watching the same sport.  I played a bit of tennis in my teens, but certainly didn’t have any lessons or knowledge of the game. My tennis agenda was to simply spend time with cute boys.

Because I’ve watched the sport a lot, it occurred to me that even though some players can make outstanding amounts of money – most players do not achieve that pinnacle of success. They do their best and play because they love the game. If they can make a bit of cash, then that’s a good thing.

Tennis demands:

  • focus
  • a healthy body & a healthy attitude
  • solid coaches – a talented support team is critical
  • years of practice
  • determination
  • and when it’s all said and done – it’s a lonely game. Just you and your opponent.

Writing demands:

  • The identical list (How amazing is that?)
  • Especially the solitary component. Writing is lonely too.  When I write, it’s just me and the page. But at the same time, I’m reaching out to readers
  • Mix in passion, curiosity, creativity and a willingness to live with that mosquito in your brain (Why am I doing this?)

In summary: Tennis is a head game. Writing is a head game.

So, on days when your writing is drifting and you’re wondering why you’re bothering at all, ponder the lives of other people who have chosen a profession/or career where they don’t necessarily receive accolades along the way.

Life is a journey. Every writing path is different. Are you on the road to where you want to go?

Proud To Be A Canadian

flag-1815946_1920What a festive weekend we’ve experienced! Lots of flag waving and events to attend. From sea-to-shining sea, we’ve celebrated Canada’s 150 special birthday party.

Are we a perfect country? No. Certainly not. We have issues from the past that continue to haunt us and we’re always striving for improvement. But we are a safe country, and for the most part, we are filled with hard-working, honest people. Folks who love their families, friends and their country.

Due to a unique set of circumstances (I was a child in an air-force family) I learned to live in many different places.  We moved constantly. Once I became an adult, I became an adventurer and continued this nomadic lifestyle.

I lived in the following locations: British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories. Each a unique and special place, with their own highlights and challenges.

I’m glad that I was exposed to many different places within Canada. It stretched my thinking and made me more open-minded. Because I always know, tucked away in the back of my mind, that there are many ways ‘to be’ in Canada. There is not just one way to live. There are many ways to live.

So on this special holiday weekend, I’m so lucky to call myself a Canadian. Bravo Canada! I am proud!

Hope that you enjoyed a fantastic weekend with your loved ones. What did you do to celebrate Canada?

 

 

Feeling Grateful – Living in the Country

tulips-2091609_1920I woke up this morning and went outside onto my front porch. The air was sweet and clean.

We live on a dead end street and most days there is limited traffic. I surveyed my garden, by simply looking over the railing and thought ‘life is good’. My lavender is lush and a rose bush that has struggled is now in full bloom. The day lilies are about to pop!

Fifteen years ago, when we decided to move back to the country, it was an adjustment for me. Finding my place. Reaching out to the neighbours. Learning to live in the silence.

We’ve worked on our home so that now it feels like ‘us’. The bushman loves his double garage for his ever-changing projects. He built a carding machine and has been transforming alpaca fiber (sometimes alpaca combined with wool) into rovings for spinners.

Over the years, we’ve removed old carpets, installed bamboo flooring and an exotic living room floor that was an auction item.

In the kitchen, I can display my collections of serving plates, cake stands and other kitchen goodies. The yellow colour is welcoming. Art is everywhere including a large stained glass that I had made for the bushman years ago.

We’ve enjoyed many exuberant meals on our porch and in our dining room. We love to gather around the table and share food and stories with others.

This is Home! And when we’re surrounded by family and friends, I’d have to say we are ever so grateful!

Grateful! Which really, in my opinion, should be spelled – GREAT-FULL!

If you can be torn away from the gorgeous weather we’re experiencing , what are you grateful for this week?

 

 

Replenishing The Well

bookshop-1759619_1920In my pursuit of the craft of writing, it’s easy to forget that it’s crucial to continue with reading. I’ve always been a reader but when trying to complete a manuscript, reading can fall by the edge of the road.

Books are critical to my improvement as a writer. I want to be humbled, brought to my knees by the turn of a delicious phrase or a paragraph that I want to re-read or memorialize in a notebook. Some days, I have serious author envy. The writing world is filled with brilliance.

Whether it’s memoir, autobiographies, non-fiction and fiction, all these words and ideas, are all components of the luscious stew that I’m creating in my brain.

In order to keep myself motivated and learning, I try to read outside of my genre and I try to read everything I can get my hands on that fits my mood.

Lately, this is what I’ve consumed:

  • Lucky Man – Michael J. Fox
  • The Lost Garden – Helen Humphreys
  • The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult
  • The Dance of the Dissident Daughter – Sue Monk Kidd

And I’m smiling because I just picked up from the library – Paris for One & other stories by Jojo Moyes.

I take great joy in making my book characters readers. You betcha! In my last novel ‘Finding Hayden’ my main character Lily adores romance. For her, they are a beacon of light at the end of the tunnel. They provide her with an emotionally satisfying story.

Literacy can be the key! Are you reading anything lately that has amazed you? Please take the opportunity to share.

 

 

 

Permission to Rest

koala-bear-9960_1920Right now, all around me, family and friends are in transition. Family dynamics change. Friends are down-sizing, up-sizing, moving back, moving to, pondering moving, or thinking of staying in place. The thought of change is constant.

We wonder what might lie just around the corner. And that in itself is exhausting. We are trying so hard to keep up, that the tendency is to do too much.

Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost the ability to just ‘let it be’.  In our constant striving it’s easy to lose sight of ourselves.

Reading can offer answers. Whether we embrace fiction or non-fiction, we can learn from the journeys that others have taken. I don’t have to fly a helicopter or perform brain surgery (thank heavens) but I can read about what it’s like from those who are involved in those careers.

There are countless books that offer tips to leading a calmer lifestyle. I’m discovering that those suggestion are crucial for living the ‘writing life’.

Have you found a particular book that is helping you relax?

 

 

 


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