Personally, I have a high need for connection with others. In order to avoid burning out my nearest and dearest, I’ve decided that finding groups that share my values may help diffuse some of that pressure on my supporters. So, I personally want to find:
- A progressive chavurah, shul, temple or synagogue to join, and a Women’s Mosque as well, if there are any lady Imam or leaders around (there was one in Ankara back in 2005…)
- A Quaker (Friends) Monthly Meeting to join and stand silent Peace Vigil with,
- Greek or Balkan or other international folk dance,
- a walk-run marathon group
- a public library-based book or reading club
- A public library based writer’s critique group
- an NVC and also maybe Literacy Volunteering group (and give blood).
- (added 1.1.12018 HE) make long-term plans part of and flow via short-term goals!!
Read, Write, Dream, Teach !
24 March, 12016 HE
I find that anger can often be useful, if I follow it back to the source and then look to see how I can fix the problem. This week, I was feeling frustrated for a variety of reasons, and wanting to do more running than my current running plan seems to allow, since I lost 9 weeks due to illness. I had assumed that that blew my GreenMarathon plans out the window.
In a fit of pique, and irritation with myself for being unable to finish the detailed planning for my short story, I searched and found, Lo and Behold, a 41 Week walk-run Marathon Plan shown on PBS (that looks safe enough to jump 41MarathonVert2016 into) after losing my running base! 🙂
So now I can relax, if I could only figure out how to do that. My usual way of relaxing is to read something interesting (or watch an episode of Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother) and share it with someone who might enjoy it, but that hasn’t worked lately. So I go back to the question of how to relax if one feels alone? Feeling lonely can make it difficult to smile.
Which brings me to the sense of belonging, or the lack thereof. How does one develop a sense of belonging (without joining a cult or accepting the first marriage offer) when one lacks family and does not have a strong sense of cultural identity? You can try borrowing other people’s stories, but that doesn’t always work.
Any suggestions, friends?
In Solidarity with All Kind People,
Peace via Cooperation and Non-Cooperation,
12th of December, 12015 HE
This is my 2nd draft of Hubris and Hemlock, a very short novel (40k words or 150 pages), which is Women’s Fiction, so: 1. Relationships are Key, and 2. The Heroine saves Herself. But my question, before I go to polishing the prose, is: Does the plot hold your interest? Especially Chapter 17, the climactic chapter.
I plan to post the last chapter shortly, but it is just a wrap-up, so if chapter 17 doesn’t work, neither will chapter 18.
Thank you for any feedback,
Read, Write, Dream, Teach !
23 March, 12016 HE