Last time I blogged, I said there would be changes to this space and, well…now it’s time to make them!
During the Summer Solstice last week, I explored what the words ‘meaningful change’ mean to me.
This is a blog about my writing process, so I don’t want to delve too much into my personal life, but suffice to say this year has been a struggle so far.
I haven’t done a great job of maintaining behaviors that are good for my mental and physical health and my writing has suffered because of that. I’ve felt stagnant when sitting down at the keyboard. The words haven’t flowed as they did in the past. I’ve been able to meet my goals but I haven’t felt any joy about my progress – and the whole point of writing, for me, is the joy!
So, I created a new self-care regimen. I’m an urban witch, so first I consulted my trusty Tarot deck. After a Body/Mind/Spirit reading, I took a brief walk to tune in to the space around me. (I will say that I have struggled to connect with this area. I appreciate where we live, but we’ve been here for a year and a half now and I’ve never felt settled. I have a few theories as to why, but I’m not going to explore those here at this time.) When I returned home, I came up with a new exercise schedule that I promised myself I would try to maintain until the autumn equinox. I am hoping to form better habits in the coming months, but—and you are reading this right now—I promise I will forgive myself if things don’t go according to plan.
What does this mean for my writing? Well, I am hoping purposeful daily exercise will clear the fog a bit and allow my creativity to flow again. I would love to finish my current Serrulata Saga WIP by the end of the summer while reminding myself that I cannot force the words to come. I think I am also going to try to sit down and free-write like this every Wednesday. I can’t promise the fodder from these evenings will become blogs that y’all see, but I think writing more for the pure sake of writing will do my mind some good. Tarot advised me to build and solidify a solid foundation in that area, so I’ll take its advice.
There you have it. A new self-care regimen for Bennett! I’m excited for the rest of this summer and, as always, thanks for being here with me.
Bennett’s Books – June Wrap-Up
A list of books I read this past month with links to my Goodreads reviews:
Three Meant To Be (Branches of Past and Future Book One) – M.N. Bennet
No Light from the Fires (Sands of Theia #3) – A.E. Bross
The Orc and Her Bride (The Sapphic Orcs of Torden, #1) – Lila Gwynn
Hyacinth – Elle Porter
Death by Silver (Julian Lynes and Ned Mathey, #1) – Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold
The Private Vault of Aleister Crowley – edited by Nicholas Wilkinson
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Hey y’all and happy Friday! Thanks once again for stopping by.
As the title of this post indicates, I’m going to start doing things a bit differently with this space starting next month.
You’ll still get updates and a list of my reads & reviews, but I want to be more meaningful with my posts. I might also change the frequency, but I’m still mulling that over. Long story short, I’m going through a transitional period in my personal life and some of these changes are going to affect my writing life. Nothing dramatic (or so I hope) but, you know, I’m technically middle aged now and am starting to realize I don’t see things the same way as I used to.
So, stay tuned. And don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter if you haven’t already. I’m doing a cover reveal next month that I’m super excited about!
Have a great weekend!