Intuition in Writing and Living

Community member Linda Zeppa mentioned the “Intuitive Writing” process she shares with others through her practice. I connected enough dots to find her inviting website. I am not sure I am familiar with the “place” where Linda shares her gift – the Margaret M Center for Intuitive Arts in Issaquah, mentioned here. The helpful hints on Linda’s site are delightful. I am grateful to have heard Linda’s voice during “Tuesday’s With Deborah” this week, also to have found Linda’s site and practice.

Reflections on Dog Walking & My Writing Life

I am a temporary “dog owner”: At least for the next ten days. I offered to help dear friends out and “volunteered” my daughter (who LOVES dogs) to watch a small, well-behaved and rambunctious Daschund named “Lily.” (My daughter is happy happy, for she loves “dogs and cats” that much.)

Lily, isn’t trouble or very high maintenance, but then again, it is like having a toddler in the house. When she has a need she makes it known and stays on point until it is met BECAUSE she is single-minded of purpose. She has lots of little needs to be met that are keeping Bronte from staying on point with homework which impacts me, and I find it “amusing.”

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Lily wants to play or be played with or take a short walk or nap on her terms. She snaps to attention from a sleeping state when someone walks by outside, growls or barks, causing a ripple through the room that was previously quiet or filled with the sound of a clacking keyboard.

Morning routine is quickly established by day two. Daughter up “on time” with the help of “alarm dog” Lily to lick her awake. Lily is fed first, Bronte feeds herself second, lunch is made and we head out the door to get Bronte to school and hopefully we are all walking. Cold, cold mornings we were running later than desired so I break down and drive B to school then drive onto the park to walk me and Lily at Crossroads Community Park, a staple in my life.

I’ve been making laps at that park for nearly six years now and I never tire of the seasons being played out in the trees that leaf and bloom and molt and recycle their leaves and berries.

I call this community place the Park of Little White Dogs for so many of the dogs are little and white. Not all of them are but many are some shade of white. Apartment living means downsizing on the dog one can and may have, if they must have a dog.

The second morning I am walking me and Lily, this morning in a fog as thick as white smoke (not pea soup…far too cliche…and this fog isn’t green!) I am greeted more warmly than normal  by other fellow dog walkers. It is as if they see me as one of them.

I am talking aloud more when I am with Lily, because even though she doesn’t exactly talk back, she is taking in all I say with her eyes and ears. So as we take laps and greet dogs and their walkers, we are chatting up about little stuff. And I experience a mixed feeling.

As sweet as it is to have a dog to walk, a companion to talk to, I am also feeling frustrated that I can’t speed-walk like I am more accustomed. We MUST take moments to take in the smells in the grass, by the tree trunks and of course the other dogs. Do I really need to be so driven on my morning walk? Is it really a race? I’m overcome by the urge to slow down.

Once back from our morning outing, she initially bounces about the warm front room wanting to play some before curling up in her nest of blankets on the couch. She “powers down” for a few hours, not a care in the world, but always waking to gently bark when an outsider’s footsteps are picked up outside. Then it is back to sleep. What a life!

And what about me, after my morning walk (with or without a dog to keep me aware of the value of slowing down to take in the scenery)? I now have a calm in my entire body caused by walking away all the excess energy and want to do one thing only.

I’ll hunker down and get some writing done in an order pre-determined yesterday. I’ll do my best not to be distracted or procrastinate or give in to playing too much (smile). I’ll address one writing assignment at a time in the pursuit of less for greater impact.

My guru/teacher this week is an observant and engaged wee small black and tan daschund who requires of me the right kind of attention at the right time who always has a willingness to engage in play. Play and self-care is good for this writer’s soul and creativity.

If I can give to my writing its own daily walk and loving and playful attention, I just may get all the writing items on my bucket list done eventually and at the perfect moments.


For Inspiration on Monday

As of today would you believe that we have collectively added NINETY-SEVEN posts to this community site? 97…

Bravo to the contributors of November who are stretching their writing wings in some cases, DAILY, and not just 5x weekly but even as much as 7x.

I love that y’all –who know who you are– are all over this community site and as we turn a corner and reach the half-way point of November’s Challenge, what are your goals and intentions for the second half?

Pete DiSantis, NuYawKa DiSantis, whom I saw today at Unity of Bellevue, said, “Oh, I’ve been posting daily, took a break one day, but yeah then, I am posting five times weekly or better.” And he’s come to realize it is not that hard to find 100 plus words to capture a thought or a memory.

Scott Bell, who flaunts that fact he blogs infrequently in a humorous voice on Tuesdays, has been both active and funny as always.

Steve Kenagy and Fai Dawson who write with me each Thursday night, I so love seeing your posts beyond our Writers Gathering in our notebooks, scribbled frantically in timed writing prompts!

Leona Rehm, you are a fine, wise and funny writer and especially when you allow yourself to just write what is on your heart. Your posts have been wonderful. Thank you, may we have some more.

Paul Zohav, I have noticed a refinement and evolving tone of voice that I find humorous and thought provoking and I like it VERY much. And I used VERY intentionally, SO, LIKE I was saying, UHM, thanks for your attentions to the distinctions in language.

Gerald Grinter, your prose roll off my silently reading tongue and your tell it like it is way of storytelling TOTALLY works for me.

Joni, as I expressed in our most recent chat via IM on Facebook:

Joni Kovarik

It is wonderful to see the variety, richness and honesty of all of the posts. Personally, it is fun and helping me to get some content for my site which is great! I wish I had time to do the novel challenge too. These little bits make me want to pick that up again. Alas, child, house to clean, business to build….realizing I am not wonderwoman…but would love to have her boots and jet : )
Deborah Drake

So this comment of yours. I am going to use it to springboard off for a post I want to put up as we are at the halfway mark. Okay? I am so glad you are creating space to write as you are and that it remains the habit you form and maintain after day 30 of November.
Your storytelling is quite captivating. What does Cody think about mom the writer?
Joni Kovarik

Sure. He doesn’t like me on the computer but loves me to tell stories – always asks me “And then what happens next, Mom?”
Deborah Drake

And then what happens next, Mom? (great blog title….about storytelling offline)
Joni Kovarik

true – I will have to make a note of it…
Deborah Drake

Joni Kovarik

 how are you feeling about the challenge and the new intentions of the group?
Deborah Drake

well there is about 25% from the # of registered users.
i too love the variety and richness of the posts
and of course some people are being rockstars who have been previously silent in circle
i love steve kenagy’s posts…his voice
i hear it on thursday nights when we do our little group but to see them posted for all to read! Love it.
Joni Kovarik

he’s funny. comes through in his writing really well. i have not met peter or william but both are great writers too. karin has been writing but not posting onto the tuesday blog. and great to see Susan H post! did you know she has over 900 fans on her Aunty micro blog? amazing
Deborah Drake

Thanks Joni for allowing me to share this moment of comment love between us. How about we all add one small to do to our daily posting activity and that is to comment on someone else’s post this next two weeks?
I know you are all reading! And have great thoughts like Joni and I!
What are they? Whom do you know better because of this Writing Challenge?