because i'm into you, august

Courtesy of the ever-witty Emily Maynard

Courtesy of the ever-witty Emily Maynard

What can I say of August.  

At the beginning, there were a lot of just be better than July? Please? And within a week [and after a horrible stomach bug] I just kind of sunk in and rode the wave. 

But it got better. So much better. I read. I started brainstorming again on writing projects. I even set aside time to art journal. And then I launched Every Shattered Thing.

books read ::  

City of Bones -- This book was on my list forever. I finally read it in anticipation of the movie and really liked it. Maybe it's because I have friends who've read the series, but I wasn't convinced with some of the twists presented. Oh and the movie is fantastic. Go see it.

The Artist's Way  -- Basically a kick in the pants for any writer. So needed. 

Asylum -- Book Two of the Causal Enchantment series and I'm really digging the story line. Well done, Tucker. Well done.

The Survivors series -- A trilogy set against [but not completely] the Salem witch trials. Love the concept. Enjoyed the books. 

This Love -- Quick and entertaining read. Definitely not for those who cringe over sexy-time scenes.

books I couldn't finish ::  

Lean in, Sheryl Sandberg - I know. I know. It's a really good book, right? I believe you. I just couldn't get into it, and I was trying to juggle too many things, and this is what I decided to drop.

Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris - {see above]

books still reading ::  

remembered rapture, bell hooks
Penguins and Golden Calves, Madeleine L'Engle
To Bless the Space Between Us, John O'Donohue
East of Eden, John Steinbeck
The True Secret of Writing, Natalie Goldberg
Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey
Thrashing About With God, Mandy Steward
Origin, Jennifer L Armentrout

I think I may be in the need for fiction because my nonfiction reads seem to be s-l-o-w-i-n-g down. Anyone else have this problem? No? Just me? 

for the love of poetry ::  

But when I lean over the chasm of myself—
it seems
my God is dark
and like a web: a hundred roots
silently drinking
 

This is the ferment I grow out of.  

More I don't know, because my branches
rest in deep silence, stirred only by the wind. 
 

- Rilke, I.3

television ::  

Orange is the New Black. AMIRIGHT?! I need season two stat. That last scene of the season finale was just...whoa. 

I needed a binge-worthy show, and outside of Dawson's Creek [because duh] I started watching Drop Dead Diva again. Such a good, light-hearted, funny show. I love it. 

 I also started watching Girls, and #allofthefeelings. F'real. I don't know how to handle my recent affection toward Adam. And the last episode of Season One! With Jessa's party! I can't even...

music ::  

Still listening to a lot of this soundtrack for Every Shattered Thing. Hopefully soon I'll move more to the playlist I've set up for the best of the year.

the internets ::  

On the very first day of the month, my dear friend Mandy wrote Thrashing Thursday—Two Star Review and took my breath away with these words. I know them well. 

But the truth is that book was a snakeskin. It was something I had to write so I could shed a skin. And my cave, it felt like more womb than tomb because while I did have to face a lot of things dying in my faith, I also got to experience a rebirth through all of this mess. So when I read this review, I feel a little like that angel at the tomb of Jesus, saying, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” 

Um. And that's about it. I haven't really been reading the internet lately.... 

on the blog :: 

It's how I feed the River. Mystic and hopeful, creative with a dash of monastic. How will you?

How Will You Feed The River?  

everything else ::  

Seeing my name & title in Hot New Releases was probably the most surreal of the month. And then it kept moving higher. 

Seeing my name & title in Hot New Releases was probably the most surreal of the month. And then it kept moving higher. 

  • Strangers-made-friends through unexpected generosity
  • Having a safe place to land amongst friends
  • Giggly calls with my kick-ass publicist
  • Releasing Every Shattered Thing 
  • Impromptu dance parties
  • Unexpected shrieking and laughter in a Target aisle
  • A reminder that even now—He sees
  • Raising a glass via voxer
  • Secrets. Good ones.  
Posted on August 29, 2013 .