Unique Expression

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and (will) be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe…

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The Buck – Susanna Rich

  When I was ten, Grandmother told me to get her stuffed when she died like the buck head by the door catching webs of evil in his antlers.   She was to be seated in the living room on the sofa (or chair, our choice), facing the piano where I would play Brahms, Liszt and Chopin.   Her eyes were to be open (maybe a little touch of glass, for sparkle) and looking upwards (slightly to the right) like St. Theresa or Sebastian pierced with arrows,   her hands–demurely covered in white lace fingerless gloves– propped holding the dome…

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Oh Writer’s Voice – Why Don’t You …?

Since I was introduced to the juicy writing prompts Laura Davis posts weekly on The Writer’s Journey website, I’m in writing prompt heaven. They stir up my creative juices, as they did again today. Describe what writing practice is to you. My first inclination?  To scribble down “torture.” Because there are times it feels like that. Stepping on a nail.  Painful. Hard. Bloody. After I took a breath, I approached it as a writing practice. Once I started, I let my keyboard sing, not stopping or editing,  and came up with the following. “Yanking freshly washed sheets out of a…

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