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Karen Gettert Shoemaker’s novel “The Meaning of Names” was released through Red Hen Press on March 1, 2014. Her short story collection “Night Sounds and Other Stories” was published in 2002. Karen is our guest blogger today. and we wish her luck with her new book.
The day before my second child was born the sky hung grey-heavy and the temperature was unseasonably warm. Going for a walk after lunch that day in mid December I wore only a light jacket over maternity clothes long past their prime. I have a memory of walking through the busy neighborhood where I had lived for more than a decade at that time and thinking how quiet everything felt that day. I was the only one out and about, not even cars on the street, and I felt oddly alone in the world as I carried this unknown being inside of me toward the morrow. I had the sense of being held inside a held breath.
“To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something.” – Lao Tzu
Having the flu is miserable. One is reduced to the lowest common denominator–without energy, lacking in motivation, and, for writers, possessing no interest in being creative. In this state, we lose sight of our better selves, of what we are capable of when we feel whole and healthy. During a recent bout with influenza, suffering from fatigue and achy joints, and seeing the world in a less-than-favorable-light, I decided to pick up my pen. At first I was writing MUSH–jerky phrases, long, fundamentally flawed sentences with little descriptive language. You get the picture. But then, something kicked in–I don’t know whom to credit–I seem to have two Muses who come to visit–but suddenly, I found myself writing smoothly and easily again, writing better.
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