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"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love." ~Washington Irving As human beings, it is in our nature to cry. "Emotional tears" (Hoyt; Science How Stuff Works; How Crying Works) are a built-in pressure release system for strong feelings such as sadness, anger, anxiety and even deep regret. Of course, crying can be an expression of deep feelings of joy or love as well. Being overcome by just about any emotion can cause the tears to flow. If we allow it.
"It is truly a great cosmic paradox that one of the best teachers in all of life turns out to be death. No person or situation could ever teach you as much as death has to teach you." Michael A. Singer The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. I am writing about life, death, and the profound changes in my life as each death has occurred. I am writing about how my career as a social worker and my personal life are intimately woven. They've dramatically affected each other.
Silence in the presence of grief is golden.
"Sharing the stories of your difficult times can also guide others in navigating their own journeys." Writing for Bliss ~Diana Raab, Ph.D. And so, off I go to immerse myself in writing for a weekend! For bliss, as Diana says, for my family whose stories are epic, and for my spirit who soars when I write. Introduction to my career memoir.
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~Louise Brown
Cool app for writers! Yay for Book Giveaway too!
One of the most difficult tasks for any author is stepping away from their work and giving it a critical product-based assessment.
Here’s an app that takes some of the guesswork out of audience identification.
“ScoreIt!™’s engineering leverages the cutting edge science of stylometry, artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify underlying patterns of language structure in any given text. Statistical analyses are then applied to identify those significant patterns that define one author’s writing style as compared to another…. In broad terms, each submission is evaluated and weighted for its 1) grammatical construction; 2) authorial vocabulary; 3) expressive complexity and 4) use of function words.”
After putting my recent title through the ScoreIt! system, I was pleased with the results.
"...and thus, my mother's death is woven into my life." ~Bonnie A. McKeegan
Today I simply wish to express, from the bottom of my heart, my sincere gratitude for all of the older (than me at each stage I met them!) and elder women who've impacted my life so beautifully.
The process of finding and defining our own unique voice seems elusive, and perhaps, difficult to describe in concrete terms such as, "do A then B then C then ta-da you've found your voice." A 279 word story "Velma's Man" from the writing prompt "You'll Never Believe What Happened at the Company Picnic Yesterday." Notes from Sierra Writers Vision & Voices 2018 Conference.
Our empathetic presence can be the greatest gift in times of suffering.