When I was a kid, I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast. My friends and I practiced all day in the soft green grass between our homes. We cart-wheeled and did penny-drops from swing sets. I had it all going on: the posture, the foot placement, even my outfit cried out, “Future Olympian”.
Then I met the balance beam. That four-inch wide, four feet up, length of wood. Sure, I could cart-wheel on a one-inch wide piece of tape stretched across concrete, but give me four inches at four feet with a crash mat underneath, and no way. I’m done. Pack it up. Apparently, that’s not the right attitude if you want to make it to the Olympics.
Today I am doing a Blogging Balance. I want to keep writing posts. I appreciate that you kind people read them: the good, the bad, and the boring. You are the ones that are encouraging my writing. With your support, I am making more progress this year than I have made in a lifetime.
Yet, I need more time. So I have to cut back on a few regular features. Here’s what’s changing:
1) I’m replacing my monthly book review with a monthly Books I Enjoyed list. On that same page, I’ll also share the books I’m reading, books like The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.
2) Here’s October’s Book List. If anyone wants to join me in creating a Twitter Book Club, send me a comment and we can pick a book and a time for discussion.
When I was a budding gymnast, fear stopped me in my tracks. Hindsight tells me that, in the case of my Olympic journey, fear spoke justly.
As for my Writing Journey? All I can say is, bring it on.