This Phosphorescent blog has sat untouched for many, many months. But now, approaching Easter of 2021, it will be resurrected. (Easter… resurrected…)
Good timing, right?
What does it mean that Phosphorescent will be resurrected? Well, the plan is to breathe in new life. I have made changes to some aesthetic aspects, and I will continue to make changes as I learn more about how to do that. (You will find a new book in my store, too.) Hopefully, I will be able to keep up with posting new and interesting pieces for your reading pleasure.
I have been, mostly, consistent in posting a blog each month to Inscribe Writers Online for years now – even while Phosphorescent lay dormant. Why is it easier to write there, than here? Partly because others expect me to meet my deadline for that blog, and partly because there is always a writing prompt to start the creativity flowing. It’s much more difficult to meet my own expectations or stick with self-imposed deadlines.
A friend suggested that rather than write in Scrivener or Word, edit, then copy and post on this site, or decide the topic is no longer relevant, that I skip the “write elsewhere” and “copy” steps. She suggested I compose directly to this site. After all, I still do not have to push the “publish” button to send it out to the world.
So that is what I will try. I’m a little nervous about this, as I am usually careful to ensure my posted words are edited and cleansed so as, hopefully, not to be offensive. However, using this method, I may publish a post prior to completely editing the words – you may discover my bad grammar mistakes, inattentive spelling, and *gasp* my feelings over current events. The risk is that you may be offended by what I may have not thought through before allowing my passion to publish.
However, I value a good discussion. Like any writer or anyone for that matter, I don’t like to be criticized. On the other hand, speaking my mind is necessary for mental health and is one of the ways I process the good and bad of life. Being challenged in our thinking is what helps us grow. Even my craft of writing cannot improve if no one ever sees it or marks it with a red pen.
For example, does a seed sprout when it is sitting in an envelope? Maybe, but it will grow much better when it is planted in nourishing soil and receives the encouragement of sun, rain, and even wind. Then it will not only peak its head up from the ground but will grow tall and bright. Seeds do not grow well in isolation. The community of nature is needed.
So it is with people. We do not grow in isolation. We need each other to encourage and challenge and push and stretch us. On this blog, I plant my seed posts. You can help me grow by discussing – in agreement or disagreement – the words I share. Comment below or send me a note through the Connect with Marnie form.
As I begin again to try to absorb and reflect God’s light from my life to yours, I ask that you be patient with me. I try to be transparent in all my writing, but being vulnerable is scary. And some days are just more difficult than others.
If you’d like to have a bit of fun today, go on over to the Inscribe Writers’ Online blog, where this month’s theme is Easter. Today’s post is by me. Go ahead, sing along to the bar song. You know you want to!
Marnie writes from northern British Columbia. She shares from her heart, drawing from both painful and joyful life experiences, where she believes God's presence makes all the difference.