One Writer’s Thanks…

I love to read…I mean I really love to read.  Anything.  Adult fiction, mysteries, romance, young adult, middle grade, how-to, self-help, parenting…you get the picture.  My guess is most writers do.  Well, this blog resulted from one such read. 

I was re-reading a book on writing by Natalie Goldberg.  She takes a very Zen approach to everything in her life, including her craft.  This excerpt came from Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, a book I first read more than fifteen years ago:  “Being a writer is a whole way of life, a way of seeing, thinking, being…writers hand on what they know.”

When I first read this I did not fully understand what she meant.  Now that I have entered the world of writing, I see that this is truly a team sport. 

Sure, we may seclude ourselves to complete the manuscript, going on 8 hour writing binges when our schedules allow it just to feel like we grabbed the story that has been haunting us for so long. 

But when we are done with that, when we emerge for air and catch our bearings, we reach to our friends; other writers who, like us, understand the strange world we belong to.  Friends, who motivate, critique, assist and otherwise help us move forward.  And, when we experience something successful, we help others do the same.

So, thank you my new writer friends, who have welcomed me to this interesting world and made me feel right at home.




A Moment to Reflect

“If, as Herod, we fill our lives with things; if we consider ourselves so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with action, when will we have time to make the long, slow journey across the desert as did the Magi?  Or brood over the coming of the child as Mary did?  For in each one of us, there is a desert to travel.  A star to discover. And a being within ourselves to bring to life.”

– Author Unknown

I was out getting dinner tonight (pizza – the old standby when we are too busy to cook) when I took a moment to notice the frantic pace of the people around me – rushing to complete holiday shopping, or trying to pack for a trip.  At the same time I noticed the amount of ambient noise and chatter that seemed to fill the air around me.  I was instantly reminded of the quote above, as I tried to keep myself from getting caught in the wave of increasing agitation around me.  We tend to fill our lives with things – noise, stuff, general business – this time of year, forgetting to give ourselves permission to simply BE – not do, not accomplish, not produce…just BE.

After some contemplation on this, I have decided that I will,  as I move through the rest of this year with too much on my to-do list,  too many revisions to complete,  and too much procrastination to do, take time each day to simply Be.  It may be only a moment; but in that moment, space for great things may be created.  What will you do?

The Beginning…

Well I did it…I finally did it.  I am actually blogging.  Shocking,  I know.  If someone had told me that I would have a blog a year ago, I would have said “Not me”, and yet, here I am, stumbling around trying to make my very first blog.  Wow.

Ok, enough of that – Welcome to the Musings of Christine…a place to share my thoughts on life, writing and anything else.  I started this blog as a part of my writing process; an experiment in clarity of thinking – sort of.

I currently write YA novels.  My current works include a trilogy that examines one girl’s journey from childhood to adulthood, as she faces her darkest fears and the good and evil that lies within all of us.  Oh – and this all occurs with a paranormal twist. 

I also write nonfiction – exploring topics including the emotional intensity of bright children and motivating bright children to achieve. 

Who knows what other topics will move me in the future?

Alright – I guess that is enough of an introduction.  Watch for future topics…Glad you came to visit!!!