Life’s Dangerous Companions & Writing Days

Me: I’m alive.

You: I don’t care.

Me: You didn’t miss me, at all?

You: No. What’s the word count?

Me: Um. Well. Taking a bit of a break from making words and reading some.

You: You know that’s procrastination, right?

Me: Wanna know what I’m reading?

You: No. But I can’t tell there’s no stopping you from telling me…

mjc-reading on couch one shoe 9514

First, holy fuck, this book:

Life’s Companion: Journal Writing as Spiritual Practice by Christina Baldwin

OK, here’s the thing. I hate journaling. I am not spiritual. I am all wet from this book. So… like, I think you should read it. It clearly entered my life at just the right time. Learn more about Christina at Peer Spirit  — and then (or first) grab a pen, notebook and start to journal.

Second, I’m revisiting this one:

A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement by Barbara Abercrombie

An incredible, hard-working writer who demystifies everything. I’ve read A Year of Writing Dangerously before; I’m re-reading it now as someone who’s managed to pen two novels—one in six months, and one in 18—and trying to figure out why the hell I’m stuck now… and unfortunately, whenever I’m feeling too stuck and too unfocused, trading the book for Barbara’s old blog & her new one, which is full of the most delicious digressions that I can claim are professional development, d’ya see?

A quote in Christina Baldwin’s Life’s Companion led to me to:

A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves

…and I’m still waiting for it to arrive on my doorstep, but in the meantime, Reeves has a blog, of course, and this one article on particular about the difference between morning pages, journaling, and writing practice, and…

You: You know what? Neglecting me for writing is one thing. Neglecting me for reading about writing…

Me: It’s part of the process. An essential part of the process. Now come kiss me before I disappear again.

mjc

About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance Tell Me, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) Consequences (of defensive adultery), and the rom-com (she's versatile) Cherry Pie Cure, as well as the non-fiction collection of essays Rough Draft Confessions: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway. Coming in 2018: Text Me, Cupid, a steamy romance in four episodes. Current WiPs: Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Jewel of the Not-So-Spectacular Boobs, All In the Cards, and Un-Valentine. Yes, working on four projects simultaneously is a spectacularly bad idea.

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