Welcome to Bonnie’s Healing through Writing blog site!
I started this blog to support my fascinating new creative writing adventure. I’ve been writing a bit of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction over the past few months. Here you will find:
- some of my poetry, short stories, and a bit about my WIP Dreamwork (novella) and Gone with Innocence a short story currently in its first editing phase
- *Quotes of Wisdom – a Friday at 9am (Pacific Time Zone) series offering Wisdom, Feel Good, Inspirational and Thought-provoking Quotes. Sometimes with links and most likely, with too many thoughts of my own included.
I think my newly liberated creative muse perhaps has a some catching up to do! It’s just like me to work on small projects (completion satisfaction!) while slowly making progress on bigger projects. Regardless, whatever she’s inspired to work on, well, that’s what “we” work on ;-).
I’m learning to “go with the flow” because when I relax into it something surreal seems to happen. It’s a “trance-like” feeling I find difficult to describe but completely enjoy. A sort of, super-concentration that is comfortable and I find myself craving it every day.
Writing has quite recently become a necessary part of my own healing process. Past traumas, losses, anticipated loss, as well as growth and great joys in my personal life seem to be driving an incessant need to record stories that are flowing…. the stories are demanding to be recorded! It is a fascinating process that I am, at once, experiencing and observing. It’s all new territory, this creative writing adventure! And blogging…
When thinking about starting a blog I wrote a list of “Why I Write” and realized I’ve been writing since very young. I wrote a series of posts describing my thoughts about why I’ve written and why I am writing now. I suspect many of the reasons I write are familiar to other writers.
Addendum: Yes, indeed! As the months have gone by since starting this blog, I’ve begun educating myself about writing, editing, and publishing options, through blogs and books found through some fantastic blogs here on wordpress, blogger, and other platforms. I’ve confirmed that it’s true! I am a “writer” after all. The “author” in my url and blog title expresses intention, and when created was not intended to represent myself as having published a book. I learned later that it could be perceived as misleading or bad etiquette but I chose to keep going with my intention to achieve “author status” rather than start over. I hope published authors will understand and not be offended. I am the author of my own story (i.e. life) and that is really what it’s about for me.
- Writer? Check.
- Blogger? Check.
- Author of my life? Check.
- Author of a published book? Joyfully working on the dream.
Luckily, or divinely, however you may choose to view it, another one of those “perfect people at the perfect time” appeared in my life and encouraged me to explore writing in depth. Out in the open, not just on my laptop, which is where I’d be hiding my stories if it weren’t for her! Lisa Redfern of Nevada City, California is an amazing author, graphic artist, photographer, and mentor, not to mention friend and mom. I am most grateful for her friendship and wisdom.
I plan to post some of my stories and various author/writer resources (as I discover helpful advice for newbies like me), share my new writer trials and tribulations, and explore various other avenues for Healing through Creativity.
I have always been up to some sort of creative project e.g. learning to watercolor and acrylic paint, creating handmade “Steiner dolls” – last count I think was 24 of the lovely little dolls (each custom made for specific children), knitting and crocheting projects, various DIY home and furniture projects, remodeling portions of our home, gardening, envisioning projects for my husband and dad to get busy on, etc, etc. My mom’s creativity and my dad’s ability to manifest my visions for projects that were out of my skill/comfort zone have supported my creative urges for years. I am writing in part for my parents.
Writing seems just a natural phase at this time in my life. Carving out time for it, well, let’s just say it’s not going to be easy.
Disclaimer: I do not have a degree in writing. I am an “unpublished” writer and started putting my stories on Wattpad only very recently. For fun. But exploring has brought writing into a more serious light. I have a secret (not anymore!) desire to publish a story. Like on Amazon!
My professional life as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a part-time private practice, is a large part of the meaning and purpose of my life. Obviously, my family and children are most important, but doing what I do at work, it’s what I was born to do. So, in some fashion, I suspect that that part of my life will show up here. I do not know how, yet. But, I am quite aware that it’s such an integral part of who I am that I wouldn’t want to keep it completely separate. Probably wouldn’t be able to even if I tried… Time will tell how it all manifests here.
I am now taking snippets of “my truth” and personal experiences, and turning them into fictional stories (“and poetry!”) inspired by my continual search for answers, and occasionally a dream. Actually, this all started with a dream! More about that later…
If my stories or writing touch your “truth” in some way, well then, I will have accomplished something meaningful through writing.
Thank you for visiting and I hope you feel compelled to come back soon. Oh, and I am the type that craves kudos. So, if you are entertained or informed please let me know ;-). If not, that’s okay too. It’ll help me grow.
Until next time!