(I'm on vacation this week, so I'm sharing last year's column from this same day, which—as the stars would have it—is playing out almost exactly as it did last year, right down to the writing I'm working on and the food I'm cooking. Circles and seasons, cycles and returns. May yours—and ours, and all of us—be blessed. Thank you for being a part of my community).
definitely a holiday weekend around here at Whittle Central. We're all
home, for one, and there are tasty eats being prepared (in our case
we're celebrating America by cooking a Mediterranean feast of epic
proportions). We're all engaged in various projects, but not a single
one of us feels obliged to crack down on our official to-do lists. So no
engineering, no opening the college history book, and in my case, not a
single bit of PR or promo work or (ack) bookkeeping.
itself? Oh sure, I'll be doing some of that. But it will be purely for
the joy of it today, not to make a word count. Maybe I'll treat my
characters to a fireworks show and see what other kinds of fireworks
might happen. Or maybe I'll let them have a dinner date that doesn't
involve a criminal investigation. Regardless, it will be a just-for-fun
scene that has no place in the plot-driven mystery novels they inhabit,
but that I enjoy writing so very much.
the lesson I'm taking from the Ten of Cups, which is a card of
well-earned joy. Tens are cards of culmination, and the Cups are the
suit of emotions (and how we order and experience them) so a little
celebration feels in order. For me, that means I'll be including my
fictional people in my activities, but more importantly, I'm making time
for my flesh and blood people. The Fourth of July is called
Independence Day, but in the middle of all the red, white, and blue, I
think what we're truly celebrating is our connection to each other. It
takes an us to make a USA. And I have some fine people to call mine.
week, honor your creative spirit by being grateful for all the joy that
it has brought into your life. And be especially grateful for all the
people who have helped you along the way -- your family, your friends,
your creative tribe. Every hand that has taken yours in encouragement or
assistance or camaraderie. All these shared moments are culminating in
the right here/right now of who you are. Which is not where you were
when you started this creative journey, I am willing to bet.
Happy 4th of July! May it herald a fantastic second half to your 2016!