“Cleaning Piece IV: Write down everything you fear in life. Burn it. Pour herbal oil with a sweet scent on the ashes.”

Of new chapters …and coming to terms with old, unpublished, drafts. Yoko Ono’s Cleaning Pieces CLEANING PIECE I Write down a sad memory. Put it in a box. Burn the box and sprinkle the ashes in the field. You may give some ashes to a friend who shared the sadness. CLEANING PIECE II Make a numbered … More “Cleaning Piece IV: Write down everything you fear in life. Burn it. Pour herbal oil with a sweet scent on the ashes.”

“Why do we love our writing teachers so much? Why, years later, do we think of them with such gratitude?”

Here’s an article you have to read, because surely you have that one person – maybe several – too. My Writing Education: A Time Line by George Saunders Here, my favorite part of the write-up lengthy, but oh-so-worth-it: Why do we love our writing teachers so much? Why, years later, do we think of them with … More “Why do we love our writing teachers so much? Why, years later, do we think of them with such gratitude?”

“Struggle is intrinsic to being human.”

Whenever I can’t explain the unease that I feel – the same one that chokes me and ties my insides into knots – I look to others’ words in an attempt to make sense of my internal chaos. When I find something that speaks to me, I’m giddy with relief and excitement. I am not always on Instagram  – I speak in words, not … More “Struggle is intrinsic to being human.”

“…and some lies have enough truth.”

“Any creation of a narrative is a bit of a lie. And some lies have enough truth.” I like this article so much that I’m putting this here. It’s lengthy, but worth the read. I relate totally. For every storyteller/narrator who writes your slice-of-life in the same way I do, here’s for you: Life’s Stories: Story of … More “…and some lies have enough truth.”

To young writer-bloggers: “What is your writing purpose?”

Sometimes I feel like I give so much of myself away so easily – too easily – through this space. Does anyone even care? Why do I keep writing and sharing, what does this change? Sometimes I think, I give so much of myself away to strangers I’ll never meet, almost like random passerby who’ll … More To young writer-bloggers: “What is your writing purpose?”

“That’s all a great essay is: a virtuoso performance of care.”

So much to write about and more to reflect upon – but I’ve a flight to catch, so I’ll just leave you with this beautifully written, deeply insightful article about what goes on in the minds of all nonfiction writers. I relate completely. I urge you, please- read this: To Write a Great Essay, Think and … More “That’s all a great essay is: a virtuoso performance of care.”

“There’s a metaphor which I love: living like a drawing compass.”

“From her, I learned, amongst many other things, one very precious lesson — that if you want to destroy something in this life, be it an acne, a blemish or the human soul, all you need to do is to surround it with thick walls. It will dry up inside. Now we all live in some kind of a social and cultural … More “There’s a metaphor which I love: living like a drawing compass.”

the authentic self.

“I am tired of feeling like a foreigner in a foreign land.”  One of the first mistakes I did, in my ever-growing slew of errs, was to confess aloud the above statement to a random classmate. She will never remember this and frankly, she can’t even relate to this; she’s local. It is like I never fucking learn that wearing my … More the authentic self.