Monday, March 23, 2009

Words that stay with you

I didn't read blogs very much before I started my own, with the exception of political blogs. I didn't know there was such a generous online community of creative people until I started poking around, looking for links for my blogroll and reading the blogs of those who left comments. It's been amazing because for years I wished I had the kind of encouragement for pursuing my creative yearnings that is widely-found on these blogs. Now that I've found it, something in me has been ignited and those chattering, negative voices in my head that get all uppity when I write or craft are fading away. Thank goodness.


Have you ever come across a few words or a sentence that is so powerful that it stops you in your tracks and you have to read it again and again? I came across a sentence like that in this photo from a post on Kelly Rae Robert's blog.



I saw it for the first time on Friday, and I kept going back to the blog post to read it again and again that day. Then I made the photo my computer background. Then I wrote the sentence on a piece of paper and put it in my purse. I kept looking at it all weekend.



I found more words like that while reading Elizabeth Gilbert's "Some Thoughts on Writing" on her website. She writes, "I believe that – if you are serious about a life of writing, or indeed about any creative form of expression – that you should take on this work like a holy calling. I became a writer the way other people become monks or nuns. I made a vow to writing, very young. I became Bride-of-Writing. I was writing’s most devotional handmaiden. I built my entire life around writing."

I can't get that passage out of my head (not that I want to). I didn't know you could marry writing, and now that I do, I'm thinking of proposing.


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If you are a Lolcat fan, you might enjoy the Russian version, Rolcats, English Translations of Eastern Bloc Lolcats. My sister sent me the link last week-- it's so funny.

2 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

What an interesting post. Lots to think about. There are many things I'd like to marry -- work isn't one of them LOL. But knitting or quilting -- such a deal. Those kitties are too cute. Maybe they are responsible for all the Russian spam I've been getting lately!

Lil Knitter said...

Hi and thanks for visiting my blog and the sweet comments. I really enjoyed visiting yours as well. I'm adding you to my blog reader...you should seriously consider that proposal. :)
Hugs!