I have been silent for a while, living in family out there and living in poems in here, mostly posting them at Susan's Poetry and on Facebook. I answer letters, respond to comments, and sit down for way too many hours in the day.
I have made two decisions based in the past year's experience which some may call New Year's Resolutions: (1) boldly write about what I have been silent about, and (2) make sure to have an "artist's date" at least once a week. The latter is from Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, a book I worked with almost 20 years ago. I plan to combine walking with seeing places in Philadelphia that I haven't seen: museums, parks, stores, riverside sites and more. I started with a Pendle Hill retreat over New Year's eve and day.
One writing word-shop ended in December and another begins next week. There, my mentor Alison Hicks encourages the growth of my novel The Storyteller and I plan to bring in pages for the other writers in the workshop to read. No longer shy about writing, liking my chapters, seeing the conflicts and plots grow--I am amazed to be insider to what is for me an extremely slow process. V e r y slow.
That's all for now, folks.