Monthly Archives: October 2012

Reading Circles – Breaking Out of Your Own Head

I have to admit it: I’m tired today. And incapable of putting together a real post. So instead, I’m just going to tell you about how, a couple of days ago, I wrote a totally crappy story about a little brown rabbit who was really sad because his best friend, Mr. Fox, gave him a set of rabbit’s feet for his birthday. (“They’re for good luck!” he said.)

It was horribly written. And only about a paragraph long. I wrote it simply because I wanted to write a story that started with “Once upon a time there was a rabbit…” and that was kind of a little bit effed up. Because that’s totally not how I write.

It was refreshing.

Last week, I told you how I’ve been reading Finding Your Writer’s Voice by Thaisa Frank and Dorothy Wall. (You should pick it up, by the way. It’s quite good.) In the book, the authors say, “One of the most startling things about your inner voice may be its diversity. It’s not one voice, but many.” They offer a lot of exercises that help you try out different voices, until you’re throwing your voice around like a ventriloquist. (I’m saving that one for when we get home and I can do it in privacy, lest everyone I’m visiting here think I’ve surely gone round the twist.)

I wrote that story because sometimes it helps to write not like you to get out of the confines of your own head. It’s one more way to wipe the slate clean, or to open a fresh page.

So today, I’ll say, “Try that.” Try writing something you’d never normally write. Even if it’s just a paragraph, or a sentence.

Happy Friday, everyone!


Bigger Picture Moments {Featuring May}

Every Thursday, the Bigger Picture community comes together to share glimpses of simple, everyday moments which might otherwise be lost in the rush of daily living. Won’t you join us today? Reflect upon something simple — or simply magical — that’s resonated with you this week, then share it with us!

Here’s a look at one of last week’s Bigger Picture Moments, from May at Achieving Clarity.  Head over to her place to read the rest!

On Wednesday of this week I wrote of the importance of celebrating life’s moments when we are in the midst of them because they are transient and we never know when we might  lose them.  Less than two hours after I penned those words I received a call from my husband.  He had fallen ill at work and needed me …

Bigger Picture Moments are being hosted today by Hyacynth of Undercover Mother.  Please visit and share and be in community with us as we learn to really see the moments around us!

Bigger Picture Captures

Orange from last week’s pool of shots by Alita Jewels Treasures

Often just like writing, inspiration for a photo comes immediate and you simply must capture the moment. Other times picture taking is less inspired.

In the spirit of creativity that is being nourished here on this site and in your hearts, we’re bringing back Bigger Picture Captures.

Each Wednesday a thought, a word, or a moment will be shared and you will have the opportunity to capture the creativity with your lens and share it.

No need to worry about blogging it (unless you want to of course) or linking it up. All you have to do is Tweet it, facebook it, or Instagram it.

We know that a lot of you are participating in the P365 or P52 challenges. This is  a little more creative inspiration to get your camera out and take a picture of something different.

Use #BPCaptures anywhere you are collecting your pictures, and get ready to CREATE!

Today’s prompt for Bigger Picture Captures is TRUTH.

It takes courage to show the world your true colors. It should be easy, but unfortunately it is not. Our society is so focused on shallowness and winning at all costs that simple human realities are tossed to the wayside. Today the prompt is truth. Being true to yourself means wearing no masks. The truth is layered like a cake in between sweet realities and glazed over expectations. A new mom reveals truth in the tired expression in her eyes. A student reveals truth in the stain ring of coffee on the table that he or she doesn’t have time to remove in between papers.

You can find truth simply by showing a person serving macaroni and cheese because the child refuses to eat anything else or you can show truth by exposing how many pairs of missing socks the washing machine has really devoured.

Truth is everywhere. It is in the lines around the eyes of a person who laughs hard and often. Truth can be found in a person’s surroundings or even in the town they reside in. Truth is present in the literature you read. And truth is where your weakness are hidden, but should be revealed so that we all may learn from each other.

How do you see truth in your life? How do you expose it and use it to your advantage? This might be a harder prompt, but pressing yourself to expose the truth will set you free.

How will you capture Truth Show us! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.