Stop and Smell the Everything

Threads of joy turn to strong, protective cables.

I logged on to my blog’s dashboard, intending to tell you dear inklings a few things about my NaNoWriMo shenanigans of the past ten days. But before I started penning my post, I checked Twitter and got distracted by @Chief187s Candice Smith’s latest blogpost on Simple Joys.

Pop over and read Candice’s heart-warming post about her family and her appreciation of the little things, the Simple Joys that keep us all going even when we don’t realize it.

Maybe especially when we don’t realize it.

Candice’s post prompted me to record these thoughts:

We all need frequent reminders to stop and pay attention to the little things that infuse small threads of joy into our hearts. Those threads wind and bind together until they form a powerful net of joy that catches the negatives of life and casts them back out, keeping our hearts safe and protecting our joy, protecting our appreciation for life and love and the world around us.

One of the things I’m appreciating most about these ponderings is that they give me an excuse to use one of my new favorite blogpost tags: “entropy takes one in the kisser.” BANGERANG.

Simple Joys. Simple, tiny threads of pleasure, happiness, contentment, hope. If we let them, those tiny threads will turn into solid, powerful cables that will never let us fall.

Take a page out of Candice’s book: What are your Simple Joys?

Book Edits Are Eating Me

Most darlingest readers, from the feedback you’ve given me on Tuesday’s post, I see that it struck a chord with many of you. On one hand, I’m glad to know that, as it tells me I’m doing some good by embarking upon this journey of creative confession.

On the other hand, I’m sad to know that my “Confessions” resonate with you, because I know it means you’ve suffered through your own creative shackles. And I wouldn’t wish those on anyone.

But no matter which hand we’re talking about, I plan to continue my Confessions. We’ll take each other by the hand and walk this path together. As one of my favorite authors once wrote:

“Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased—thus do we refute entropy.”

–Spider Robinson

The next step in the journey must wait until next Tuesday, though. I am working on the final edits for Colors of Deception, as well as devoting time to palaver with my art team regarding the photoshoot for cover art. (In other news, I’m trying my hand at strung-together prepositional phrases.)

All of this has taken time away from blogging. I’ll try to make up some of it over the weekend. In the meantime, I invite you to peruse my About page or the list of Popular Posts in the sidebar to the right of your screen.

Come back next Tuesday for “Confessing My Creative Sins, Pt. 2.” I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

Photo credit Julie V. Photography.