Some of you may be mourning the end of summer, or maybe you're like me and see it as a new beginning.
I confess that while I love summer, I love fall more. Fall begins my writing life again. Fall feels like going back to school, starting something new--new projects, new work, new dedication to the writing world I set aside in the summer.
This summer was slightly different--normally, I don't work with other poets in the summer, but this summer I did (I'm still working to pay off my Mac Laptop which you may remember, I poured a pot of coffee on last spring and now cover expenses for the iPhone I lost in the Pacific Ocean-- I'm noticing a bad trend here with liquids and electronics and me.)
And here's the thing--working with other poets and writers in the summer made me feel a little less disconnected with my writing life. Even though I wasn't writing myself, I was helping those who were and that felt good.
I confess today will be the first day in my writing shed in a long time.
My writing shed (aka House of Sea) is a place away from the regular world of bills and chores. I step outside, just a few feet from my house and I'm transported to a mini-retreat.
The work I do out there is all creative and all for myself. It's where new poems come, where essays are revised, and where I can sit in a chair and read, daydream, and even nap.
I call it my writing shed because it really is just that, a shed from Lowe's that we had electricity run to and I use a space heater to warm it. I painted the inside warm colors and everything about it plays to my creative vision and life.
If you don't have your own writing space, inside the house or out, I suggest you make one.
All you need is a desk, a chair and a corner.
Extra points if you have a door, just make sure to include a Do Not Disturb Sign - Writer at Work!
I confess I think about how to live a good life a lot and especially more in the fall.
Here's my main advice on living:
Don't be the person who chooses the dollar sign over living a rich life. There are many ways to be rich--only a few involve money.