Practicing Who I Will Be When my Kids are Out of the House – I love this piece by Lauren Apfel (whose work overall I find particularly thoughtful and thought-provoking). Now that I have one child out of the house, this topic feels resonant and clsoe to me. This is the line I can’t stop thinking about: “Because I can’t help but wonder if the sense of loss one experiences upon the children’s leaving is proportionate to the amount of identity given up through their raising.”
Between Me and You – I started reading Allison Winn Scotch’s latest and it grabbed me immediately. Not only because the epigraph is one of my all-time favorite quotes, but also because of the story, and the voices. I can’t stop thinking about the characters. It’s out in January but you can pre-order now!
Roxane Gay Lists 13 Rules for Female Friendships – What a wonderful list by Roxane Gay. My favorite is #1. And 5C is good too. Oh, there’s just so much richness here. Amen.
Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process – I love this book, which is full of short, lovely essays by some of my favorite writers. I find myself an uninspired season writing-wise and this book reminded me of why I sit at the computer on a regular basis. Now I just need to find my words again.
52 Mondays – I found this blog through an illustrator I love (Sujean Kim) and the “backstory” page really resonated. I love the posts, but even more I love the notion that the practice of writing (like the practice of meditation, as she mentions in one post, and like life itself) is about showing up. Just doing the work.
What are you reading, thinking about, and loving lately?
I write these lists approximately monthly. You can see them all here.