Saturday, June 27, 2015

Make Way for a Writing Life!

My library of writing inspiration continues to grow.
I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I have been able to write.

I suppose, by definition, as long as I have been writing, I HAVE been a writer!

At my youngest, "playing school" involved writing stories in response to my sister's assignments.
One of my earliest diary entries.  I was an art journaler from the!
In elementary school, my favorite tasks were sentence starters, when my teachers would begin a story, such as, "You are walking down the sidewalk, when you see a strange pair of glasses.  When you pick them up...." and then our job was to finish the story.
The journals I've been keeping on-and-off since I was seven years old.
In middle and high school, I wrote for the school newspaper and our literary magazines.  I even joined literary magazines publishing works of students from school districts across the city.

In college, I never stopped writing, with classes in English, American, and Spanish literature, plus a multitude of history courses.

In my twenties and thirties, I dreamed of becoming a published author, and my journals hold constant chastisements that I never make it past writing diary entries.  I have always been conscious that my desire to dedicate myself to writing never goes away, and yet I haven't contributed the time or ambition to make it happen in any intentional way.
Stories and quotations from published writers contain a wealth of inspiration.
Now I am in my forties, and while I don't think I'm running out of time, exactly, I'm certainly not getting any younger.  I am back to my commonplace books, collecting inspiration from the lives of famous writers.  (A discouraging number of them, by the way, seem to have died in their 40s!)
More spreads from my current commonplace book
I am back to my daily writing in the style of Julia Cameron's morning pages (though my writing seldom takes place in the morning).  And I am planning to do some focused writing for my Living Stones blog, since I am most interested in focusing on matters of faith and Christianity.

Because of my renewed focus and intention, I am going to put this Drawing Near blog on a bit of a hiatus.  It has become clear that I cannot keep too many balls in the air at the same time, and if I am going to sustain my writing practice, then my art and crafting is going to take a backseat for awhile.  I hope to maintain my blogging and mail art friendships, and am still interested in swaps with those who might be interested.  I continue to be reachable at  But for awhile, at least, I won't be making updates on this blog.

It is likely I will pop back in from time to time when I can't bear to be away any longer, but for now, it won't be on any kind of a regular basis.

So be well, my friends.  I continue to wish you lives of creativity, hope, and happiness!


Jo Murray said...

It is can be too diversified. Nourish your writing soul in joy, and we'll be keeping an eye out for your name on the spine of a book.

Anne said...

That was a surprise ending to your story about loving to write!! We'll miss following your creative energy in the journaling arena but I agree with Jo Murray -- we'll look for your name on a book. Also, since I think there are so many things you've blogged about that your readers haven't had a chance to try, we'll just look at your past entries and try to catch up! Enjoy your new endeavor!

iHanna said...

I could have written most of this post too, about keeping a diary my entire life, morning pages & wanting to be a "real" writer... :) I hope you will report back here too how the writing life goes & feels - it's creative too and should fit just fine here! Take care.

Jewels said...

Andria just saw this post! Good for you. I find that as time goes by interests and focus changes - all the best with your writing and I do hope we get to swap again some time soon....Jewels

Michelle said...

Hi Andria, we stubbled upon your blog (wow! lots of great stuff here--thank you!) and my daughters wanted to ask if you could share something with your readers. But we can't find a way to contact you, so we thought we'd try leaving a comment here... My daughters have organized a fun ATC Summer Challenge to raise awareness of the therapeutic benefits of art and to raise funds for art kits for cancer patients in children's hospitals... do you think some of your readers may like to join in the fun? (and their fb page: thanks! --Michelle and her 4 teen daughters

Parabolic Muse said...

YOU are fabulous. I love it that you are following your passion. YES, I've been a writer since I was 8, and although I tired of the constant struggle with rejection slips I never tired of loving putting words and thoughts together and trying to make order out of chaos.

I look forward to hearing more about the wonderful adventure!


Parabolic Muse said...

Hi, there. Just thinking of you and hoping all is going well on the literary road. It's exciting and a big challenge. I applaud you.

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You are amazing! Glad that you are following your passion. Enjoy your new endeavor!