I hate to start a blog post with the ubiquitous, “Oh gosh, it’s been so long since my last post…”
So I won’t. 😉
The good news is I have been writing regularly and most of you know all about it. I’ve been writing a poem a day since January 1. That means as of yesterday I have written 215 short poems. More than half the year! #duh
That’s pretty impressive if I do say so myself, and yet….it’s not enough.
Getting personal on the regular
There are now 150 days left in the year. That’s a very nice number. Even. Symmetrical. Do-able.
Meaning, yes, I will continue the poem a day for the rest of the year. I can’t stop now, having come so far. But it’s also a do-able number for a new mini-challenge.
I’m not sure what to call it: 150 days of fearlessness. Fearless truth-telling. Or just plain Writing.
Not writing for work – not copy writing, ghostwriting, news writing, blogging, none of that.
Rather memoirs, personal essays, creative non-fiction, fiction…that kind of writing.
The more personal, intimate stuff.
Into the Abyss
I was at a social event not too long ago, and was talking to an acquaintence who has read some of my work – fiction, poems, and the like. This person said they read Pussy Has 9 Lives and it really impressed them. They asked if I was doing more writing like that.
I told them how I felt like I was on a precipice. That I had come so far with my writing – the freelancing journey, in particular – but that beyond the poem a day project I hadn’t done much personal writing.
I talked about how I felt like I need to jump – again.
I shouldn’t be afraid, I jump into the abyss all the time, right? And yet…this is the next frontier for me. I won’t call it “the last frontier” because I know myself well enough, and there will always be another frontier, obstacle, glass wall to break through.
Well, I am going to practice being a shameless truthteller, at least.
I’m not exactly sure how this is going to look, or how it will go, or how many typos and grammatical errors there will be…but I am going to do my best to show up every day. It might just be a paragraph’s worth, or it could be a lot more…I’m just going to take it as it comes.
So, here I go again!