100 Words #360 - Happy New Year!

100 Word Challenge writing promptWelcome back Velveteers! I hope 2014 is treating you well so far, and that you're at this very moment cuddled up for warmth, perhaps with a hot and steamy drink. It's pretty cold out there, seems almost no matter where you are in the U.S. tonight.

Do you notice anything different?

{Pause while you look around.}

Yeah, me neither. But behind the scenes I've been brewing some things, cooking up a new recipe for Velvet Verbosity in 2014. 100 Words will stay, of course, but there will be a new design, and a new and expanded theme capturing the Literary Lifestyle.

I was hoping to be ready to launch today, but between fretting about moving from WordPress to SquareSpace (I hate change) and an ice-storm before Christmas that wreaked no small amount of havoc on the VV household, I decided to hold off for just a wee bit longer. But not too much longer since this will also be a personal journey for me in cultivating this lifestyle in 2014.

In the meantime, I've been keeping warm with hot baths and a good book someone got me off my wish-list for Christmas - Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro.

Still Writing Dani Shapiro

It's delicious, and I highly recommend it. And though the cover art leans more toward the feminine, it's really not genderized. The advice on writing, or being a creative of any type, is universal. Take this bit about "shimmer":

These traces that live within us often lead us to our stories. Joan Didion called this a shimmer around the edges. Emerson called it a gleam. "A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within," he wrote in his great essay, "On Self Reliance." "Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his." Because it is his. That knowledge, that ping, the hair on our arms standing up, that sudden, electric sense of knowing. We must learn to watch for these moments. To not discount them. To take note: I'll have to write about this. It can happen in a split second, or in a slow dawning. It happens when our histories collide with the present. When it arrives, it's unmistakable, indelible. It comes with the certainty of its own rightness. 

Shimmer. What an excellent word to start off the new year, don't you think?


See you next week!