07:30. Just a short writing-process post. I woke up at 04:00 today… yesterday also. I get very tired this way, by the end of the day, and I’m in bed no later than 22:00, which is the perfect schedule for me, so I hope it continues.
In the pre-blogging days I used to spend that early-morning time writing privately, as a kind of self-therapy*… but now, I find myself inexorably back in the WordPress editor or reader… more often that not replying to comments or posts of blog-friends.
Rather than berate myself for this enjoyable and relaxing activity, I’ve decided to think of it as a fantastic, heart-opening, creative-nonfiction/memoir writing technique. I find it gives a prompt — i.e. the subject of the person’s comment or post — and it gives that imagined perfect, listening ear — the one that Carol Shields so beautifully describes in her book “Startle and Illuminate” (another of about 20 books that I still am stuck only halfway through, in jealous awe of the incredibly skillful way the author pens such universal thoughts, so true ;)).
But sometimes people can get overwhelmed with such long replies on their posts. Understandably. :))
So… next time you are reading a post that elicits a response in you… try writing a few hundred words in reply… you can always keep it private, or publish it yourself, instead. You might be amazed at what memories come through.
So write on! There is no better time than now, to start documenting your life stories. Any snippet or sentence is better than none. The friendly alien archeologists (as I like to imagine them, in the future, haha) will thank us for it, some day.
Much love to you, from a frosty, pale golden-blue morning, in Auvergne.
*for those who have never heard of “morning pages” (à la Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way – read or watch all about them, here: https://juliacameronlive.com/basic-tools/morning-pages/
hugs from France
07:53 p.s. I tried to upload a photo of the view, for you, just now — but my phone battery died right after holding it out the window, in the cold air, for five seconds – it is ancient!!