Lessons learned on the fly

Dashing in on this fine, frenzied Monday to share with you epic wisdom learned over the weekend while teaching a fiction workshop with the talented Lisa Samson at her divine Cuppa Tea Cafe in Lexington, Kentucky.

1. Beautiful places that are lush and verdantly green get a lot of rain. It takes rain and humidity and sticky heat to create that shade of green and so much of it. Note to self: Beauty is often forged from desperately cloudy, wet and uncomfortable days.
2. You can be methodical (an outliner) or spontaneous (a non- outliner) or you can be methodically spontaneous. Or spontaneously methodical. Let’s take a vote. I choose methodically spontaneous. MS. As in manuscript. . .
3. Tea is comfort. Loose tea is so wonderfully comforting because it hasn’t had the life thrashed out of it. It has not been pulverized into particles. It still resembles its former life. A leaf . . .
4. Use your great aunt’s tea cups. They are so beautiful. In a hundred years they won’t mean anything to anybody. And they will have slid into useless anonymity unappreciated. Sure, you might break one. But seriously. What is a tea cup for if not for tea?
5. There is more outside your door than you are usually expecting to experience sensorially. Raise your expectations. Open your eyes. Breathe deep. Touch. Listen. There is more. . .
6. Sorrel is a beautiful color. It is beautiful to say. It is beautiful to hear. It looks nice on the page. Go beyond the 8-color crayon box.
7. There is a story inside of you. Perhaps many. You should tell them.
Off I go now to freshen my tea cup before I plunge back into the writing cave. Enjoy your week, Edglings. . .

Author: Susan

This post has 8 Comments

  1. Hope on July 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    This was quite beautiful Sue!

  2. Anonymous on July 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Always you are inviting us to experience more! Delicious. Thanks, Susan. Culture shock when one gets back to the moist, breezey, peculiar-looking world of green in the midwest, isn't it?

    I look forward to your next foray from the cave. Back to my own, now.

    Mary Kay

  3. Lisa McKay on July 27, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Loved this – particularly the first point about beauty and discomfort. It's raining and hot here today. But it sure is lush. Happy writing.

  4. Wendy Paine Miller on July 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Iā€™m a fan of cerulean and plum. Beautiful post.

    And cheers to #'s 5 & 7!
    ~ Wendy

  5. Johnnie on July 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I was re-reading my notes from your first seminar in Orlando last night. That experience was such a blessing.

    Love your insights in this post.

  6. Cherry on July 31, 2010 at 3:27 am

    What wonderful metaphors! Pleasant and inspiring to read.

  7. Abby King on August 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    yes! tea is manna for the soul. that's a given šŸ™‚ great beauty coming out of what is uncomfortable – I like that thought too.

  8. Kimberly on August 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Hello! I just finished your book, Lady in Waiting, and I had to find a way to contact you. I enjoyed it so much that I have already been on my computer seeing which library closest to me has another book you have written that I can pick up TODAY!

    Your writing is rich and beautiful and stirred my heart in many ways. I met you briefly at She Speaks. You graciously signed my copy of your book and gave me a quick summary. I am so thankful I got into your book line that day!

    And I am taking away with me from your post here this line…”Beauty is often forged from desperately cloudy, wet and uncomfortable days.” Encouragement I needed today.

    Blessings to you. šŸ™‚

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