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Reading, Writing, Resting, and Saving My Life Right Now {May 2016}

Holy Cow – what fun it’s been to catch up on all the reading. I’m too far behind in many of your blog posts to ever catch up, so I’ll just have to claim Blog Bankruptcy, beg for forgiveness, and move forward. Thank you!

 

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Bikurgurl 2016, Instagram Images

So I’m reading. A lot. I’m re-reading the fabulous book recommended by a fellow homeschooling mom {and she lent it to me – Thanks Heather!} The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot which is the first book on my Recycled Reads list for 2016, but I’ve had to put it down because I finally received, via inter-library loan, The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of English Phrase by Mark Forsyth.

This came highly recommended from a fellow blogger who is currently writing from Paris – Matt Randles at A Year with Mona. He wrote a series of articles for another fun blogger, The Caffeinated Writer, about the 3 books every writer should read. Don’t get me wrong, I love Stephen King’s On Writing, Ernest Hemmingway On Writing edited by Larry Phillips, and Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within – but I realized when I read Matt’s series, I likely could use a couple of pointers since the writing part for me is easy – it’s in the refinement of the craft. I’m loving it so far – and am taking my time to truly digest the immense amount of information.

Which brings me to the second thing that’s saving me this month, my writing. I gave a snippet of what I’m doing with my writing class, loosely following a NaNoWriMo kind of creative writing month for students. I’m writing a novel along with them loosely based on my relationships with my family as I’ve been pondering through several of my posts lately, including this week. Going home to see my family, reminiscence, have experiences together, dig up our history – truly a joy. You get as good as you give.

As I dug through my seemingly infinite items left at my parents house {Sorry Mom!}, and stumbled upon a stack of books I had picked up at library book sales over the years

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Bikurgurl 2016, Instagram Images

It’s easy to see my love of science and social justice issues began young and persisted into adulthood. Only now have I taken the time to do more than read about it, but begin writing, weaving stories, for the humor and delight of myself — and a few readers 😉

As I write, I discover more about myself. By challenging myself to write novel-length material, I must delve deeper into my experiences, and those of others, to add texture and nuance to my writing. I also have found that the writing itself is painful. Literally! My recent travels have me under the weather – I suppose it could be allergies – but my preference to write by hand is reminding me of the carpal tunnel-like symptoms I have when continuing repetitive motions. I’m not old, but I do have to be more wise about how I use my body these days. I’m reluctant to do so, but I’ve had to switch over to typing my stories on my laptop {my typewriter is much too heavy to lug around!}. It doesn’t feel as real, authentic, but it’s much easier on my hands!

The blogging was a tool I began to use years ago to just write random comments about beginning homeschooling in a new-to-me-state. Now I’m blogging for writing practice, getting to read other writers and bloggers, and explore a new medium on which to communicate. I’m learning new technologies, practices, and having fun in the process. Of course, my regular routines haven’t continued as planned. I’m usually very organized and have found that during this leap into blogging again, I’ve let the planning go to the

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Bikurgurl 2016, Planning

wayside. I started a series on how I’m planning, and I promise I’ll get back to it, but I’ve been taking my planners with me and writing in them. Collecting stories, thoughts, quotes, conversations….using it more as a Commonplace book than a planner. I love that I am because it’s much more useful, but that means I need to revamp planning. This is the time of year I’m deep into setting all those dreams I have for our family, our homeschooling, and goals to paper. Writing it down, checking it off, seeing the completion is key for my success.

Perfect timing. As our ‘school year’ commitments wind down, we sink our teeth into learning over the summer. Between travel, theatre, church, and family commitments, we utilize the long days of summer for art, reading, experiments, hiking, gardening, adventuring, and enjoying more time together. We’re adding fishing and woodworking to the mix this summer – and also getting back into camping. I’m learning piano, a little guitar {if my hands can stand it!}, and we’re finishing some projects around the house.

Planning will be saving me next month, but this month it’s all about doing the work that needs to be done. As soon as I’m feeling better!

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What’s saving your life this month?

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