Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Friday, June 11, 2010

My Lit Life

Okay, I'll admit it. I've been trolling for quotes again, something to light a blogging fire in me, because what is a girl to blog about every other day?

True, I've surprised myself and been able to keep it up with some thought. However, this isn't a writing-advice-blog or a book review blog, (I'm not going to get reposted or retweeted or written up as an amazing blogger) but it is instead a forum for me to look at life through the lens of "lit". I can even take "lit" a bit farther, and say that it represents my metaphysical obsessions.

There are many ways and many other roles from which I can look at my life, but I like having the focus be on writing. Doesn't whatever we focus on become bigger? So if I blog about my life as a writer, does this mean that I am becoming the writer I want to be? And doesn't writing help me understand the world, light it up? Doesn't it light me up and give my life shape and meaning?

So the quotes: the amazing thing is, people - it didn't take me long to find ones that fit in with today's lunch with my friend/mentor Sandra Jordan. Our lunches always leave me well fed both literally and mentally (we both had the chicken souvlaki platter, if you must know).

"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."
- Emile Zola (1840-1902)

We talked about how much work craft takes, and how we are never done. I confessed that I was just starting to really understand that on a whole new level. Maybe I'm finally growing up!

And . . .

"I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart."
- e e cummings (1894-1962)

Oh e e - you crack me up! Do I even need to explain this one? This is why I avoided the writing life for so long!

Have a great weekend everyone - thanks for stopping by!


  1. "The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."
    - Emile Zola (1840-1902)

    How would you define the artist's gift? Is it the urge to create or is it talent? Do you think that artists (including writers) are born with a gift? Or can we create it and/or cultivate it through all that work?

  2. Lena, may I give a Lit line for Light from Ray Bradbury?

    "We are the cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."

  3. What rich musings here, Lena . . . Thank you particularly for the question: "Doesn't whatever we focus on become bigger?" Yes, I believe it does. And that question helped me to turn the light onto some inner muck I've been focusing on, and thanks to your question, remembering how that focus is actually multiplying muck. So I've got some refocusing to do. I, too, choose to focus on writing and words and healing stories, so here's to making those as big as we can!

    Also, Bookie, I love that Ray Bradbury quote!

  4. Claudia - I LOVE that quote - I'd never heard it before, thank you! And Jen, and Kristi -
    It's so much fun that we're all starting to have a conversation, to dance with each other. I so appreciate people commenting and getting into the mix with me!

    Refocusing on what's important is a daily commitment, isn't it? (Sometimes hourly!)


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