I'm really stoked about something that has nothing to do with my love life.
Three weeks ago, I started attending a local writers' group that I found through Meetup. We meet at the local B & N. The group leader gives us a writing prompt (for example, "My mother always used to tell me...") and each person in the group writes for 30 minutes, inspired by the prompt. Then we share what we've written.
A man in the group paid me a wonderful compliment last week: He likes my writing. He thinks I sound a bit like David Sedaris. AND, he's not just any man; he's a published author himself, is a professor of English at a nearby university, and also has a law degree!
It's exciting because what he said can still be true, even if I'm older and uglier and fatter than I am now. And because I realize I haven't really felt good about myself in a long time.
And this week, the same man complimented my work again and urged me to keep on, and finish my unfinished projects.
And, all of this is purely intellectual and mental (in case anybody thinks otherwise.) No sexual or romantic overtones at all. And I'm thrilled.
Post by GeekGoddess on Sept 6, 2017 22:24:04 GMT -5
This post makes me so happy! This is great, SK. Keep at it. The SM did make me forget that passion does not have to be reserved for the bedroom. Passion for life encompasses so much more than that. I love your writing (from this place but also your blog). Cheers!
Post by awakeforthedance on Sept 7, 2017 8:42:45 GMT -5
Also -- this just reminds me what has been a running theme in my mind this week ever since my step-daughter's mother-in-law posted this ultra long "What happens when you become a mother" spiel on Facebook that all the women ooohed and ahhhhed over (to include my husband's ex wife, of course, and ex-girlfriend) - As I read it I was chuckling, because I, too, have changed in such ways over my lifetime, too, I just didn't use kids as the driving force. Sure, there are aspects of the "mother club" I will never understand, but you don't find purpose ONLY in being a mom and "being a mom" isn't the only way you mature, become responsible, experience unselflessness, or even unconditional love.
Just like you don't find passion in ONLY having a romantic partner. There are many paths in life -- all can be fulfilling -- AND -- even while on one path it's okay to wander down others. I still seek passionate living outside of my marriage (motorcycling, writing, photography). Anyway... I am VERY Happy for you and glad you are pursuing things that fulfill you!
This the "Shoutbox" -- basically a site-wide, group chat. (It's only visible to members.)
misssunnybunny: Hooray! Glad to hear the pup is home safe and sound!
Sept 3, 2017 20:13:39 GMT -5
brian: My dog went to jail once... she got out, ran to a neighbors house, and they called the police. They came and picked her up and took her to the station instead of the pound. The cops found me plastering the neighborhood with Lost Dog signs.
Sept 4, 2017 6:42:33 GMT -5
brian: So she spent a cpl hours in a jail cell. Hardened criminal, she is!
Sept 4, 2017 6:42:56 GMT -5
solodriver: That's great news wfm2 I'm sure you're both happy! He probably had a scary adventure.
Sept 4, 2017 10:54:40 GMT -5
LITW: so glad you got your dog back ... we had a similar situation a few weeks ago, and its not fun
Sept 6, 2017 9:44:59 GMT -5
greatcoastal: I've got this windy, wet, rain making, idea that I'll be trying out sometime Sunday night. I'll send it to all my friends North of me when I'm done. It'll be a blast!
Sept 7, 2017 9:08:54 GMT -5
misssunnybunny: Anyone else having trouble uploading images? I've tried on Safari, Firefox, Chrome. The image thing keeps telling me that jpg is invalid/not supported file format, and I know I've uploaded plenty as jpg images in the past.
Sept 8, 2017 16:49:16 GMT -5
petrushka: I'll give it a shot and see ...
Sept 9, 2017 2:14:37 GMT -5
petrushka: no rejection experienced, misssunnybunny - I can only conclude that maybe your jpg is corrupt, or maybe your connection was a bit wonky
Sept 9, 2017 2:26:12 GMT -5
tamara68: I had that problem too @missunnybunny, my jpg surely was not currupt but maybe too big. I have just tried with a small image and that worked.
Sept 9, 2017 3:30:19 GMT -5
misssunnybunny: I was able to post pictures yesterday. I'm not sure what the problem was, it just started working again. Ah, technology!
Sept 9, 2017 7:04:41 GMT -5
obobfla: Staying inside with canned goods, bottled water, and flashlights. Still have power, internet, and cable.
Sept 10, 2017 19:05:59 GMT -5