Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Creating Space and Energy to Write

Today is the first day of my new journey. I worked my final hours at the Elbert Public Library last night. I have been a librarian for six years and I loved it! I loved helping patrons find just the right book to read, answering questions, and giving advice and teaching how to do genealogical and historical research. 

Why did I leave a job I loved? Simple answer - it is time. Time to focus on writing the historical fiction book based on my great-great-uncle's cattle rustling story. It is the time to be available to do more genealogical and historical presentations. It is the time to write new songs and perform. And it is the right time to leap into wholehearted living. 

"Creating space and energy to write" is a comment Women Writing the West member Dawn Wink left for me on Facebook after reading my plans. How fitting! Yes, I am creating space and energy to write the book of my heart and share the story. 

Today I sit in my writing space and write. I am surrounded by photos from my son and daughter-in-law's wedding, a photo of my daughter and son with their shotguns, pictures of John Wayne,  vase bought on our 25th wedding anniversary trip to Arizona, a walnut bowl turned by my father, "boot hill" salt and pepper shakers from Jane Kirkpatrick, an oil painting of Bob Womack that connects my husband's family to my Women Writing the West friend, Linda Womack.  

The guitar and mandolin wait to be picked up and played. Words and melodies waiting to be woven together.  

This is my space and this is my time. 

It also seemed to be the right time to give Colorado Reflections a makeover. Please explore the pages at the top to learn more about my new adventures. I am thankful for my supportive husband, John,  who is joining me on this journey, particularly in our new music ventures.

Thank you, my friends, for your support and encouragement. I wouldn't be who I am without you! 


Anonymous said...

Your writing space looks like one where I could work, Gayle. It's functional but has many inspiring tools and artifacts in it. Congratulations on your new writing life! I have a husband like yours. Aren't we lucky?


Gayle Gresham said...

My writing space is a corner of our living and dining area. I enjoy it. And love being surrounded by meaningful "stuff." Supportive husbands are the best! Thanks for commenting.

Eunice Boeve said...

Way to go girl! You are following your dream, which always means giving up something, in your case, your library work for one. But as they say, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

Gayle Gresham said...

Thank you for those words, Eunie -"Following your dream, which always means giving up something." So true.

Renaissance Women said...

I think you will enjoy this journey. Following the heart and making the head join in can make for a wonderful creative life. I know you will find it to be a fabulous, sometimes frustratin and overall exciting journey. Travel onward and upward.

Gayle Gresham said...

Onward and Upward. Great motto, thanks, Doris!

Nancy Oswald said...

Gayle, I enjoyed vicariously visiting your writing space. Oh, how do you resist the temptation to pick up one of the instruments and "play" instead of write? I appreciated your comments about it being "time". Good luck with the next draft of your life!

Gayle Gresham said...

Nancy, it depends on how badly the writing day is going. The temptation to play goes up when no words come. Love "the next draft of my life!" Thanks!

Bettyann Schmidt said...

I love this post...and the idea of "creating space and energy to write." Love, love it. Left me with some needed inspiration for my own space and energy. Interesting blog and stories.