On the creative side, I can pick up a project that has been near and dear to my heart for a few years. Today is the first official day of my time off and I wanted to share it with the world. To help me get back into the writing groove, I picked up Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider. It was an accidental find at the library but it has been exactly what I needed to pick up my pen again. For days I was struck by fear that I made a mistake until I read this passage:
Writing is talking. It is hunkering down around the cave fire at night and telling about the day. And however it is disguised, fear is close to the center of the stories we will want to tell...At times, fear keeps us from writing at all, or keeps us from writing as truly, clearly, and brilliantly as we might. Fear has good reason; understanding it can make all the difference. - Pat Schneider
I'll get back to the work world soon enough and will work until my mid sixties. I'm allowing myself this gift of time to enjoy two of my favorite things: family and writing.
Here I go plunging back into my writing...wish me luck. Happy new year!