Reflecting

Laurelhurst Park! I've driven by this place at least a hundred times, but this was the first time I ever stopped. And lo and behold--A LAKE! Well, a pond, but I can call it a lake if I want to.

Laurelhurst Park! I’ve driven by this place at least a hundred times, but this was the first time I ever stopped. And lo and behold–A LAKE! Well, a pond, but I can call it a lake if I want to.

 

I kind of checked out on the blogging front recently, and I’m sorry for it, especially if any of you have been hoping to hear from me (I did try to keep up with everybody’s comments though!).

I’ve been thinking about stuff. Reflecting, you might say. (Yes, the picture IS a pun. I know: I’m corny, and now, YOU know where Ellie and Ben get it. :-P)

The last year or so has been super busy, and a LOT has changed recently.

I’m kind of a go-go-go person. For the most part, I can keep up with everything, but at a certain point, you hit this wall. Productivity goes down. Your inclination to hide in your room and write in your journal/read becomes irresistible. That’s what happened to me.

I slowed down, and as soon as I realized that The Ever Afters 3: Of Sorcery and Snow really WAS done, I couldn’t concentrate on anything. Instead, I found myself super emotional. There were mood swings like whoa. My roommates were weirded out and a little frightened, and I spent a lot of time on the phone with my mom.

I just had to FEEL for a while. That’s natural for any strong emotion. It’s how you heal, but it’s doubly important for a writer or an artist of any kind. If you don’t do this, if you skip this step and try to power through, it can become impossible for you to write. The emotion will rear its powerful head and demand to be noticed. However, if you do this step, if you process it, then the emotion becomes a part of you, rather than something you have to get over. It changes you. If you’re watching yourself change, that means you have THAT much more writing material, but you can’t use it if it’s still weighing you down.

Of course, it takes more effort (and time) to transform a strong emotion than it does to run from it. Which is probably why I kept running until I had some time last week.

Anyway, moral of the story: don’t be surprised in you see some ponderous blog posts over the next few months. Also, a few update-y ones. 🙂

P.S. Just so you know, It’s not anything you guys did, and you don’t need to cheer me up. You guys ALREADY cheer me up by being so awesome and enthusiastic and talents, so you don’t need to do anything, not even worry about me!

4 Comments

  1. Abby hall August 14, 2013
    • Shelby August 16, 2013
  2. Maggie Hall August 22, 2013
    • Shelby August 23, 2013