All posts tagged: Inspiration

Thoughts on creativity on a Sunday afternoon

I am taking a moment for myself, sitting with my computer at the dining room table. The washing machine is purring in the background and my four-year-old son and his many, many toys are all over the floor, but I don’t care. My father is trailing behind my son and their discussions of hoisting stuff with a toy crane and playing cops and robbers Lego-style fills the family room. Add coffee and…. Yes, this is a blissful Sunday. Luckily, it’s raining outside, so any thoughts of what I should be doing in the garden are superfluous. Instead, I sit here in the single mother’s version of alone and get to write. The ding, ding, ding of the washing machine, but then I get to write. J I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity as of late. Creativity can take so many forms, but in my opinion, it has telltale signs: a flutter inside, followed by an inner peace and a sense of rejuvenation. The sensations of creativity are addictive, and yet the discipline to sit …

Henry David Thoreau

”I have now a library of nearly 900 volumes over 700 of which I wrote myself.” Henry David Thoreau was not an instant success. The publisher of his first book returned just over 700 unsold volumes to Thoreau. Now on the other hand, Thoreau is an author, philosopher, and naturalist of international reclaim. From reading Walden, probably Thoreau’s most popular book, I remember pondering how he made ends meet. He continued to work for his family’s pencil factory and was under the inspiring wing of Emerson with jobs as tutor for Emerson’s sons and gardener. In addition, Thoreau chose to live a simpler life spending two years in a self-built hut on the bank of Walden Pond. I believe, that Thoreau, who lived from 1817 – 1862, in many ways was out of the ordinary. His yearning for a simpler living was not brought about by famine, economic ruin, or a lawman, close on his trail as many of the new comers in America, during the period. Thoreau in some ways existed in his own …

Impossible

When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable. Reader In A Reverie was finding quotations as a part of a challenge and found the one above from the Grisha trilogy. Reading it, I thought it was so true. It really doesn’t matter whether the subject matter is writing, losing weight, learning Mandarin, or climbing Mount Everest; you are bound to hear the statement “Impossible!” from yourself and/or others. The usage of “impossible” covers a whole range of improbability from impossible, not in this lifetime to you can’t do it and don’t you dare. It is important to differentiate the statement of impossible no matter the size of the issue at hand: going for a walk on Mars, starting a business, learning to drive, or reading one book at a time. Reading and/or writing is one of the places, we can explore the impossible or improbable. We can discover new territories, fight zombies, break boundaries, visit the Aztec empire, and fall in love with a rock star. As much as I love both reading and writing, …

Writing is a whole other story

I love to read. I love to write. When I do either, I disappear down the rabbit hole and hours disappear in bliss. I love it! Seriously! Getting to know L. M. Montgomery, I am astounded by how many, many books etc. she wrote. She had the courage and the discipline – plus she lived without TV or internet to distract her. That is the problem for us wannabe writers: distractions. Books, TV, internet, real life, kids, jobs, dinner, laundry, the list goes on and on indefinitely – all the time keeping us (me) from what we love. I want to write. I even need to write. (Indeed I do, Rilke!) I have found that I have another problem. I come up with new ideas all the time. Initially, this sounds fine, creative even, but combined with actually writing, it is a major obstacle. Almost every time, I start writing, I begin page 1 of a new story. I write a paragraph or a couple of pages, before having to re-appear from the rabbit hole, …

Tiger Heart – Katrell Christie and Shannon McCaffrey

Tiger Heart by Katrell Christie and Shannon McCaffrey is my summer read 2015. Picture me on a forest green sunbed under the birch trees in my parents’ garden. Cue doting mother (I am an only child) with a cup of tea, and my kid hunting for worms in the flowerbeds – and an extraordinary literary journey is within reach. I followed Katrell from the eccentricities of Atlanta and the beginnings of a teashop called Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party to founding a life scholarship program for young women in Darjeeling, India – and it was a life-changing journey for both of us. Katrell says, “It’s one of those “only in India” stories” (p. 16) and her story certainly is. India and the people Katrell encounters there are so vividly depicted that I can feel the logistical chaos and hear the quintessential melody of Indian-English. Katrell first visited India on a trip organized by Rotary, and while there had the quick idea to visit Darjeeling, where tea is grown. There she stumbled upon a cause. Orphanage …

462 of you

Not so long ago, I reconsidered Louise’s Home Library and even though I didn’t actively formulate goals, a couple of them floated around in the folds of my mind. Wouldn’t it be cool if there were people out there in the blogging community who read what I wrote? YES! What a compliment it would be, if some of those readers chose to follow Louise’s Home Library! YOU BET! From February to early May 2015 many of you have drifted by Louise’s Home Library – actually more have visited during the entire year of 2014. And… 462 of you have actively chosen to follow Louise’s Home Library! THANK YOU!! I mean that. Thank you – each and every one of you. You are a major part of fulfilling my dream. My dream isn’t winning the Nobel Prize in literature or something equally grand (not yet anyway). My dream is participating a community that emphasized some of the subjects that make my heart and mind flutter i.e. reading and writing. And in extension developing my traditional hermit-hobbies …

Daring to do

It is easy to be daring when reading. You can easily be a secret agent, a seductress, an idealist – whatever your heart desires. It is more difficult in real life. Follow you dreams and carpe diem and all that, but which dream are you to pursue and which day? It becomes so easy to lull through your everyday life with its routines and sensible reasoning. Without my job, there would not be a roof over our heads. Without groceries, no dinner. Without endless loads of laundry, no clothes and no respectable looking mom and kid. Temporary lulls are excellent for catching your breath and planning your next move. However, don’t let you lull turn into a slumber. You’ll end up behind thorny hedges awaiting a shining knight with a miraculous kiss. Knights like that exist, but they are few and far between – and the waiting time is worse than at the dentist’s office. Being the knight yourself is much more fulfilling. Be not a damsel in distress, whether inspired by fairy tales or …