"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." -Maya Angelou
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot." -Stephen King
Welcome to 2023! I have been writing this blog for almost two and a half years. When I first started it was a way of connecting with you all during the COVID lockdown. It has since evolved into one of the most meaningful things that I do each and every week.
Subjects have ranged widely: biology, psychology, philosophy, Chinese Medical theory, personal growth, social commentary, art, and much more. I have never had a problem coming up with topics to discuss and have countless blogs in the queue. However, I am being called to try something different this year. In addition to the usual posts, I want to add two things to the blog.
One: I would like to share more of your stories and interests. Please email me about your tales of transformation, burning questions, topics of concern, and whatever else you can think of. I will share any perspective I can offer and will keep personal anecdotes completely anonymous. Send your emails to email@example.com.
Two: I would like to start sharing some fiction writing with you all. I have been a lifelong reader of fiction and grew up with the classics as well as the modern breakthroughs in literature. Authors like John Steinbeck, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King and so many more have captivated my imagination from a very young age. Their skills with the written word and capacity for creation impress me beyond bounds. I wish to emulate them. I'll be including some of my own short stories, poems, and novel chapters on the blog. This is new territory for me, and I would love to hear what you think.
I look forward to hearing from you all this year and also continuing to put my soul down in these little shapes and sounds of meaning. Thanks for reading and being part of the journey. Consider this time of year as an invitation to recapture creativity in your own lives. We all have unique stories to tell and unique ways to express them. If you are not committed to a practice of creativity then putting aside as little as 10 minutes a day to journal or doodle might be the simplest place to begin. Creation will always feel vulnerable, no matter if you are a beginner or a veteran. However, this uncertainty is exactly what lets us know we are on the right track. Hard work, commitment, and (ultimately) surrender are what make beautiful art...and beautiful lives.