My Year Writing

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you." Maya Angelou

Grateful 71

BIC pens. Yes, that’s it.  That is what I’m grateful for.  I’ve spend a lot of money on other pens that are heavier, they make my hand tired, etc.  Then I discovered the other day that I really just like BIC Round Stic black pens.  They last a long time, they are lite and they are cheap.  I bought 60 BIC pens for the price of one of my normal pens.

I’ve started doing a lot of my writing in notebooks, at least my journal and first drafts of things, so a good pen is important.

Thank you BIC pens!

RW

Grateful 70

Oh my dear friends, what an unbelievable few days it has been.  I haven’t written because I’ve almost been so grateful that I couldn’t write.  Last Wednesday I had a dear friend whose son had a horrible accident.  He burnt twenty five percent of his body, he’s two.  It’s a tiny body.  The community has all been devastated, not only is this family well loved, but I’ve been friends with them for over twenty years.

On Saturday I started with a goal of making 10k for the family to help them with their business losses, medical expenses, travel expenses, etc.  At this moment, it’s Tuesday morning at 8:51am the campaign I started is at $5, 520.  That’s just over half of the goal in less than three days.  It’s amazing.

Today I am grateful for community.  I’m also grateful for this website.  Without it I would not have had the courage to do the right thing and start this campaign.  I feel myself, my life, changing before me because I am voicing what I am grateful for everyday.  It’s been an amazing lesson.

RW

Haiku 100

One hundred haikus.

How should I celebrate this?

I’ll write another.

Grateful 69

I feel like this is a special one, I mean it is my 69th grateful/happy, right?  It’s so hard to see the number 69 and not make a dirty joke.  Even though I had something else planned for this post I feel like it should just be about the number.  It makes us all laugh and that is a good thing, right?  I have a friend who every time my phone gets to 69% battery power I take a screen shot and send it to her.  I’m not sure how this started, I’m sure it wasn’t me, or was it?  I’ll have to ask.  It’s a running gag we have though.  Weird.

Ok, let’s get serious here.  What I’m really thankful for is sunsets and conversations with friends.  I was at work yesterday and one of my friends texted me and asked me go outside and watch the sunset with her.  It’s been a long week.  I needed to chat.  We ended up spending the whole evening talking about everything that is going on in our lives.  I don’t know about you, maybe it’s because of the moon, but this week has been weird.  There seems to be a lot of tragedy, change in the air.  Maybe I’m sensitive to it because I’m weeks away from turning 40.  I’m beginning to realize how I have to take care of myself.  How I can stand on my own two feet.  I’m talking deep, serious stuff.  That’s what this week has been about.

It all leads back to that moment, when the sun is going down, a friend sitting on the picnic table across from me and I’m pouring my heart out to her.  That’s what I’m grateful for today.

RW

Haiku 99

Family can be tough.

There is freedom in distance.

It’s my choice to make.

Grateful #68

Shrimp.  I’m grateful for shrimp.  They are one of my favorite kinds of food.  They are small, tiny but they are tasty.  I remember when I was a kid the only thing that I would order when we went out to eat was fried shrimp.  There is nothing like a fried shrimp basket!  I don’t eat friend shrimp anymore, now I’ll eat them in a salad, have a drink cocktail etc.  Yesterday I was catering a party and my sous chef made shrimp skewers with andouille sausage.  He marinated them in lime juice, honey and red pepper flakes, I grilled them and they were a huge hit.  Most people don’t know what shrimp really look like.  They have a body and a tail.  What we are eating is the tail.

For a few weeks, years ago, I worked with my brother in Alaska on his fishing boat, he fished for spot prawns.  What we would do is put bait in a pot, put the pot in the water and then come back to it the next day, or later.  The hope was that it would be full of shrimp, although some times an octopus would get in there and eat everything, so you’d pull a pot up with just a octopus in it.  When we did pull shrimp up my job was to stand there and pull the heads off of the shrimp for hours of a time.  It was one of the stranger things I’ve ever had to do but at the end of the night we would fry the shrimp up after coming directly out of the water.  That was some of the best tasting shrimp I’ve had in my entire life.

I’ve probably told you too much but today I’m grateful for shrimp!

RW

Grateful #67

I’m grateful for comedy.  For the longest time I’ve been fumbling between whether or not I want to do comedy full time, and I still haven’t decided.  But I do know that I love to write jokes and I write funny jokes, and deliver them pretty well too.

I often worry that I’m not passionate about anything, when the truth is that I’m passionate about many things.  I wrote a joke recently that really offended someone.  They took it completely the wrong way, I took the joke down, etc. The more and more I think about it thought I want to defend the joke.  I can’t put it here, sorry.  But it made me realize that I am passionate about my comedy.

So, today, I’m grateful for comedy!

RW

Haiku 98

Families can be hard.

Some times I need my distance.

Yes, that is ok.

Haiku 97

Neil Patrick Harris,
Hedwig and The Angry Inch,
You inspire me.

Grateful #66

I’m grateful for my journal.  It grounds me.  It is always there for me.  I can write whatever I want in it.  If I’ve had a horrible day then I can just let it rip and tell my journal.  Yesterday was horrible.  I can’t get into it on here but I had some painful personal stuff, a sick dog and a lot of work drama.  While I did journal, briefly.  I did not write my grateful post and I should have forced myself to do it.  That’s the whole point of this exercise, right?  To think about what you are grateful for so you can get through those hard times.

This is how I journal.  I get myself a cup of black coconut tea, light my candle, the one I’m using now is a Yankee Candle called ‘Midsummer’s Night’, I put 15 minutes on my timer on my phone and I write.  I use a moleskine notebook, they are my favorite.  I used to write on the computer but I feel like it doesn’t have the same therapeutic feel that a notebook has.  Actually, I’ve started writing a more long form piece and I’m doing it in a journal as well.  I want to slow down with my writing, pay attention to the words and get rid of the distractions of the internet.  How do you write?

RW

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