Oh my goodness! I have to share! I am so excited for book two and I haven’t finished book one yet. It will happen, of course, but the next story is simmering and almost ready to boil.
I cook for a large group of people every week as one of my part-time jobs, so simmering and boiling are something I know a little bit about. Writing a book is a little like cooking great food, I think.
Maybe you’d agree? There are ingredients and a recipe to follow, but once you’ve learned it, memorized all the good parts of it, you can start to play with it a little. You add a spice here, take one away there. Try grilling it instead of baking it and experiment with every aspect of it, without really changing the essence of it.
I love the creative aspect of cooking, writing, drawing, painting, and speaking. All of these things take on a story and grow.
Food reminds me of my family, especially my mother, grandmothers, aunts, great-grandmothers and so on. There is a history to the food we make and it is often something that brings people together. Such a beautiful way to remember people. It also can remind us of utter failures that bring amusing stories to share years later.
Writing lets a person express with words what thoughts, feelings and actions fill a life. I think my own brain is better connected to my fingers than to my mouth.
Drawing and painting go hand in hand and can express sooooo very very much! One of sisters-in-law, in particular, expresses herself with her paintings. She doesn’t know how very special she is with her desire to surround herself and her family with murals of anything from fantastical faeries to family trees. I love how art can express who a person is without saying a word!
Speaking is a talent that I do not have, but would love to develop some day. Instead, I find myself missing being an actor. High school was such a long time ago, but even speaking the words of another person, feeling what they might have felt, expressing the thoughts, emotions and desires of the character they’ve made, gives me incredible pleasure. I think maybe that comes from the idea of connecting with another person, real or imaginary, on a deeper level.
While not everyone has the same talents or desires, I think we can all agree that life is full of things that are simmering for us that never get to boil. I’d encourage you to turn up the heat on that creative desire that is just simmering and pursue your dream! The pot may boil over, but don’t let that stop you from at least trying. You may find that even the messiness leaves a beautiful memory.
Two quotes today:
“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson