As we near the end of May, we are saying goodbye to the last few days of summer. We are now experiencing sunny days interspersed with thunderstorms. It had been a searing summer – the hottest I’ve experienced here in my native Philippines. During the past three months, we had a handful of days when temperatures reached 104°F – way above the usual 91°F average summer temperature. June will usher in the 5-month rainy season. Soon we will begin preparing for the floods and the typhoons…we’re living and thinking on the margins.
Vivian Gornick is A Woman on the Margins . In this interview, she discusses the problem with writing programs. Gornick expounds on the memoir’s potential for dishonesty; and she tells as how she finds her way in this world as a writer.
Louise DeSalvo is one writer who finds her way in this world through The Art of Slow Writing (this works well for me). In this post, Margarita Tartakovsky discusses why The Creative Process Takes Time (And That’s A Good Thing). The post focuses on DeSalvo’s book.
We’re now in the middle of a thunderstorm, which is very frightening for the dogs and cats -all 24 of them. Summer torched but drifted away so swiftly it seems, still I am grateful that I had written much about the past months in my journals. Saying goodbye to the bright, sunny months is bittersweet – I’m sure the animals will miss their time out in the yard as much as we will miss the road trips and bird watching jaunts.
It pays to write on a journal everyday. If you have not been journaling, or if you want to begin a regular habit of journaling, this post by Ruth Folit will help you get started.
Happy Friday and may you enjoy this summer scene from Boracay, one of our most popular beaches…