Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Send

 I am joining fellow writers on Kate Motaung's blog who are doing a bi-weekly online discussion group.We are using On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits For A Writing Life That Lasts by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig. I am personally reading Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg for inspiration.    

     I have two submission ideas. I am capable of finishing them but I am wary.  It feels like I am guarding my time carefully. They will both require chunks of space in my life. If I finish them I believe I will send them. Here is where the desire to share pops up. If I tell someone about these projects will  that make me more accountable? Is it too early to share?  I believe it is time to send my friends a letter. 

                     


                           Letter To Fear And Curiosity
         
Dear Lifelong Friends,
    I so appreciate the letters you both wrote. I am trying to feel gratitude for both of you. Please do not be offended if I tell you that you haunt my life. Fear, I have the upmost respect for your intensity and commitment. Curiosity, I find you indispensable to my creative pursuits. However, I intend to make some boundaries that I will not let you cross. 
     You can make my palms sweat and my heart race but, Fear, you may not intimidate me or bully me. When you do I will shut you out and the supposed reality you want to save me from will fall on deaf ears. I keep you around because you have saved me from some, a few, mistakes. Please take note.
    I will need to keep you in check also, Curiosity. Practical thinking is  not your strong suit. May I suggest you develop some time sensitivity. Brainstorming with you is wonderful but when I work, stay back.
    Again, thank-you for the special effects you entertain. Understand that my boundaries are serious.
        With love,
         ME

              Curiosity has no stake in the real world
                                 Elizabeth Gilbert
             

Fear makes the stakes really high
Elizabeth Gilbert

10 comments:

  1. Oh, Gabriele, you are a joy and I feel so thankful we have connected, that you bring such wonderful 'things' as this in to my life. Thank you. [Sorry for the word 'things': my brain is *fried* today...I am sure you'll understand my sentiment xxx]

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  2. Did you see (well, hear!) the Elizabeth Gilbert podcast on Emerging Women? I found it really interesting and really very helpful. I'd highly recommend it if you haven't listened to it.

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    1. Is this podcast different than Magic Lessons? I'll look it up.

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  3. Another great post, Gabriele. I guess fear and curiosity both have their place but we have to take charge and not allow ourselves to be controlled by them. And I think recognising the pros and cons of each as you do is the first step.

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  5. gabrielle, i'll try again:) i loved your visuals of the wolf with blood on his teeth as fear and the timid mouse that is curiosity:) powerful:)

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    1. I'm glad I got my point across. Thank-you.

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  6. Gabrielle, your art is exquisite and reflects the gorgeous tension in your words. Speaking straight to the fear is brilliant to living a Yes life, which is something like walking into a dark room sometimes. But you are catching the light, more than you. Keep going. #evergrateful

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