Monthly Archives: October 2011

Writing Me: Where I’m From {Mary}

I’m from the tobacco fields of Kentucky. Of farmland and roadside barbeque stands.

I’m from the squares in Savannah, the truck stops in Florida, I’m from a family that spread itself wide across the country for room to breathe.

I’m from a valley that lies between the Ohio River and Fourpole Creek, from brick houses on brick streets, from porch naps and fireflies.

I’m from Sit up straight and Sweet dreams.

I’m from skinned knees and walking to school and lunch in brown paper bags.

I’m from a tribe of girlfriends and passing notes and pinky swears.

I’m from fake IDs and fraternity parties and football games.

I’m from holding on and holding it in, from the pause in conversation.

Where I’m from is the space between lines of words on a page.

These days I’m from pigtails and Matchbox cars, from phone calls that stretch long into an afternoon.

I’m from kissing boo-boos and broken toys, from crock pots and church pot-lucks.

I’m from preschool pick up and Remember to flush.

But in a hidden shadow place I’m still from acres of farmland, still from fireflies that glow yellow when I unfurl my fingers and open my hand.

They light the way back to where I’ve been.

 Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned blogger. She’s pursuing a career as a freelance writer, and her work has been published in Sleet Magazine and featured on many popular websites. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, focuses on the small reflections – MOMents – in each day that make life beautiful.

 

Writing Me is a community writing project. We’d love to have you join us. Link your piece here!

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Pre-Relevant/Chevy Drives Bigger Picture Blogs Tweet-Up!

Bigger Picture Blogs is going to The Relevant Conference and we want to take you with us!

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We mentioned that Melissa and Hyacynth are kicking things off with a live tweet-up for those of you in the Chicagoland area: (You can get more details and RSVP here.)

We didn’t want to leave anyone out, though.  If we could fit you in our suitcases you would all be coming with us! So we are hosting a Twitter party tomorrow night, Tuesday the 25th of October, while we’re at our event!

B sure you are following us:
@HyacynthW
@PBinmyHair
@JustLenae

We’ll start the party at 8:30 CST Tuesday, Oct. 25 using the hashtag #ChevydrivesBPB.

Our theme is “Roadtrip Survival”.
We will be giving away TWO $25 gas cards and a week in a Chevy Traverse!*

{You can read more about the Traverse here: http://www.chevrolet.com/traverse-crossover-suv/}

If you plan on popping into the party and want a chance to win, please link your Twitter handle in the linky below.

See you tomorrow!

Disclosure: Our trip to Relevant is being generously sponsored by Chevy’s Driving the Midwest who has given us a tank of gas and a Traverse to get there. Our ride is also being fueled by Kawa Japanese and Asian Cuisine, Dr. Reena Jacobs of The Healing Groves, Curves of Lake County and Little Lake County, each of whome have provided gas for the trip. All opinions expressed are our own.

* Open to US residents, no purchase necessary. Winner must be 21 years or older, and for the Traverse must live in the state of IL and be a licensed driver.

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BPReads: Wild Mind Chapter 9 and 10

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We’re reading to become better writers, I hope you’ll join us on this journey! Details on the book club can be found under the Book Club Tab above. I will link each week’s discussion there as well.

Our first pick is Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg. If you want more information on Natalie and some video interviews with her please visit Open Road Media. Some of you asked, it is available in all versions of digital reader. See the Open Road Media site for details.

Chapter 9: The Gap

Your first thoughts…go with those Gut thoughts. That resonated with me, it’s one of the reasons I don’t like editing. I like to just spit it all out there and let it sit. When I go back to edit I always lose something.

I also liked the almost life lesson in how we see the good in others (writing) but not in our own. How often (an in how many areas of your life) does this happen?

Chapter 10: No Writing

What’s the difference between writing practice and journal writing? That’s what this chapter focused on.  Journal writing, she says, is very self focused, thoughtful. Where the whole point of writing practice is to now think, to just write. Simply filling blank pages with words.

I liked this because I have always been intimidated by journal writing. I start and stop always wondering what to write. But a blank space, I can fill that. I crave to create and when I look at a page as a place to create (one where I don’t have to clean up before or after) it just encourages me to create more.

 

What are your thoughts?