I began a new writing class last week. I was able to present my work this week. I am grateful that writing classes are beginning to meet in person again. I am grateful that my teacher has a really good command of the class, and is able to get the material across well. I am grateful that the teacher liked my first homework assignment. I am grateful that my class and teacher liked the first work that I presented for class. I am grateful that I like the piece that I’m working on now and I’m grateful that I really look forward to working on it. (on a funny aside, I had crafted a chapter the other morning, and while I was waiting for a friend to join me for lunch, I thought of something I should add, and as my friend approached the table I asked her to let me just finish the sentence I was editing on my phone. I am consumed in a good way)
My prompt for the week is JOURNEY. Here’s how it appeared in the books that I’m reading:
- If every pair of shoes tells a story, imagine the journeys had by an entire closetful. Jane L. Rosen
- The journey home was long, with another extended wait due to a problem on the line and not a sandwich to be had anywhere. AJ Pearce
- As Jarret’s fear of the unfamiliar eased, he’d come to enjoy the journey– the river’s changing vistas by day; the view at night, of other steamboats, passing by like cliffs of radiance. Geraldine Brooks
- You were a stranger along my journey who has become family. Javier Zamora
- Evening pages record the day’s journey as hit or miss. Julia Cameron
- Add the experience of a new place to your journey today. Pedram Shojai
- Odysseus’s 10-year journey home and all of the tales of adventure that came after it are, as they say, not about the destination. Jane Mount
- Ah, you say, but writing will be a journey of personal discovery…therapy, if you like. Graeme Simsion
- Bad days aren’t the end of the world- they’re the beginning of an inward journey, gateways to a stronger, more balanced, braver version of yourself. Eveline Helmink
- If you commute the same way every day, you don’t notice anything. In fact, a few minutes after arriving, you have absolutely no recollection of the journey at all. Rob Walker
How I’m going to think about JOURNEY:
- In a memoir about going from Central America to the United States, the word journey was never used in the prose of the book, only in the acknowledgements. Wasn’t that a journey? Why did the author choose not to use that word?
- Do we live like the journey is the most important thing?
- Does every work of fiction need to have a hero’s journey?
- How often do we enjoy the journey?
- Do we fail to appreciate the journey until it’s too late?
The Journey Mary Oliver One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice— though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. "Mend my life!" each voice cried. But you didn't stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible. It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do— determined to save the only life you could save. best-poems.net