Well, it's been quite silent here, hasn't it? And while I try to give myself both space and grace to be okay with not-writing, it makes me sad to not connect with you for so long.
So, let's start off with what life's been looking like in my corner of the world, shall we?
We've had birthdays (as cliche as it is, I cannot believe that our not-so-little guy is growing up so fast!) . . .
. . . gotten our annual family pictures taken (I love this tradition of documenting our lives and how we've grown and changed both as individuals and a family) . . .
. . . and gotten pregnant (do you like how I just slipped that one in there? sneaky sneaky).
Check out my epic eight week belly from a couple of weeks ago. I mean, come on. What is in there? It's like all my innards decided to unite to make space for our new tiny, tiny one. But I love having a pregnant belly, so it works out quite well. Although this time around I'm experiencing much more all-day nausea, so that's not as fun. But I am determined to enjoy this pregnancy, and will try to leave my anxieties aside. So far, so good . . .
We've been enjoying beautiful fall, although it's been unseasonably warm. I'm ready for some crisp sweater weather! Autumn is my absolute favorite season:
It was also my pleasure to be involved in the creation of my city's first ever October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness remembrance event. It was a sacred, special time, joining the international wave of light with our own candle-lighting:
And as if that all wasn't enough, I've returned to my novel-in-progress:
As you may remember, since just before the release of my first indie novel, The Light Between Us ($0.99 on Kindle, FYI!), I've been working on a second novel. This one is more ambitious and complicated, a sort of urban fantasy inspired by Celtic mythology. And -- writing it ran my heart into the ground. The story stopped making sense or having any sort of direction. My depression returned with a vengeance, and sitting down to write felt like an exercise in self-hatred.
So I walked away. To save my sanity, I walked away. Put the book aside, even though I'd invested a great deal of time into it and had written over 60,000 words on it. Showing up, doing it anyway, and faking it 'til I made it weren't helping, so I rested. And got pregnant, and therefore rested some more.
But recently (perhaps inspired by my dear friend as she prepares to launch her own book into the world soon), I felt the novel calling. So I've come back to it, with more than a little trepidation, and have s l o w l y begun laying down words again.
I seem to have found the ends of at least of the couple of threads winding their way through the story and I think I know where it's all going now. And, best of all, I believe that I can finish, and that it will be an enjoyable tale -- whereas before I thought I'd never be able to figure it out, and even if I did, it was all totally tripe anyway.
I suppose you could say I've found some confidence again. Or (or perhaps and) that wonderful blend of egotism and fatalism that seems to protect every working writer -- the simultaneous beliefs that the story is wonderful and will be read and enjoyed, encouraging the writer, and also that no one will read it, therefore freeing the writer from fear of criticism.
But that still leaves the blog. Because I'm not sure what's going on here in this space anymore.
For the longest time, this blog has been a place for me to process. First through my eating disorder, then my Eve girl's stillbirth, and most recently through my faith thrashings. But now, I feel that I've come to a good measure of healing in all these areas, and the words that needed to be expressed on these topics are no longer pressing up against my soul, begging to be loosed.
So what to write about? What is there for me to say?
I don't know. But I do feel that this blog is going to change slightly, to accommodate my inner changes. I no longer seem to be "writing through the dark," as this blog's subtitle was for the past year or so, but have written my way into some sort of freedom.
So keep your eyes on this space as once again I/we change and shift and grow. Into what, I have no idea. But finding out will be quite a wonderful adventure.
Over to you -- what's been going on in your life these days, my dear blog friends?