Oh my goodness, I’ve missed meeting you all in this space! And I’m so grateful to Patricia over at Pollywog Creek for graciously hosting Still Saturday this last month. We’ll be moving back here tomorrow.
While I longed to join the others writing on one topic every single day throughout October, I decided instead to not only not participate, but to step away. And honestly, I was afraid. I was afraid I might lose you. But oh how I needed this time.
So today, I’m going to join Emily Freeman and others over at Chatting at the Sky and share some of the things I learned–and did–during my time away.
1. I learned that blog breaks really are important in order to rest and refocus and re-vision. (I typed that first as revision, and maybe both ways fit.)
2. I learned that empty space sucks in other stuff like water through a punctured dike, and we have to stick a finger in that hole of filling while we undergo spirit repair.
3. I discovered that though blog visitation and viewings decreased (sounds like a funeral, right?), followers and email subscriptions increased. I’m not sure what to make of that.
4. I learned that mushrooms are really only the flower of what grows underground–and that the main body can spread for acres. I had this vision of a fungus bursting through and gobbling up a whole town.
5. I learned that I’m raising fun but introverted pups who may be too much tied to my apron strings. I’ve thought they might make good therapy dogs, so we are in training two nights a week.
7. I learned I don’t much care for Renaissance festivals and how overwhelmed I am with noise and chaos. Well, I really learned that in September, but I wrote about it on October 1. This blog went silent, but I did continue to write over at BibleDude.
8. I gutted and cleaned a room that’s served as a storage room, a walk-in closet, a craft room, a nursery, and a dump-every-thing-here-so-you-can’t-even-open-the-door room. I learned (again) that it doesn’t take that long to do anything if you put your mind to and muscle into it. I set up the rollaway bed in there so my 38-inch-tall grandgirl no longer has to fold herself into a Pack-n-Play in my writing room when she visits.
9. My husband and I took a short trip to the Upper Peninsula and were dazzled by the fall colors. I learned I have a teeny bit of rebel in me because we ignored (along with hundreds of others) the orange cones placed to obstruct entrance to a national park–though my courage collapsed in the face of actual barriers informing us that only “authorized” vehicles were allowed in a certain wildlife refuge.
10. I reclaimed my writing room and learned I still have one suitcase filled with odds and ends from 2011 when my mom was in hospice. I moved it to my bedroom. I still haven’t emptied it.
11. I made several trips to Goodwill and learned that the more things I let go, the easier it is to let things go.
12. I learned that God has a sense of humor. The piece I wrote on wordlessness for Jennifer Lee’s #TellHisStory Featured Writer series posted in October, my wordless month.
13. I learned that you can spill some dark secrets to some trusted friends and still find love.
14. And I signed up to write a 50,000-word novel in a month through My Book Therapy. I’ve already learned that I may have bitten off more than I can chew.
Because I didn’t post teasers this month, here are the links to what I did write.
In Which I Pursue Wordlessness for Jennifer Dukes Lee
When You’re Overcome by Noise for BibleDude.net
Of Waterfalls, Honey and Mushrooms for BibleDude.net
Eyes of Mercy for BibleDude.net
When You Find it Hard to Forgive for BibleDude.net
What did you learn/do during this month?
Stilled and ready,