Creative writing

Post-holiday summer

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Hello, Write Edge readers! If Memorial Day is the official kick-off to summer, the 4th of July, for me at least, signifies the official middle. After this it’s a matter of waiting for school to start.

Of course, none of us know what that means at this point. We’re all troubled by the thought of sending our kids back to the classrooms yet grapple with the fact that, in a normal setting, that’s actually the best place and best way for them to learn. These, of course, are not normal times.

As we continue to work through the emotions and the information, I’m continuing to write and work through stories. My own as well as those of writing friends and contest entries. It’s an immense challenge doing so during these times, but sitting here at the keyboard gives me a semblance of normalcy and makes me feel like I’m doing productive.

To that end, this week’s motivational quote. The saying goes that there are no truly original stories in the world. What, then, inspires writers and other artists to continue in their craft? Here’s one way of looking at it:

“The story is less powerful than how we tell it.”—Tyler Labine as Dr. Iggy Frome on “New Amsterdam”

Speaking of powerful stories, I’ve been at the edges of one. A friend got a medical diagnosis last year that shocked those of us who know them, but we rallied around our friend. This summer, our friend is celebrating their first birthday post-diagnosis, and their story inspired me to write a poem (I know, right? Me. Poetry.) It’s in free verse and not too long at all, so I won’t share an excerpt, but you can read the whole poem now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop. I don’t claim to be anything near the most amazing poet in the world, but I did put all of my energy into writing this.

In the middle of the week, I’ll share a book review of a new novel. Debut author Anna Downes’s book The Safe Place comes out next week, and I’ll let you know what I thought of it. Be sure to come back to The Write Edge Bookshelf to find out what I rated the book!

Lastly, it’s back to parenting posts this week as well as another birthday in our house. Check out my thoughts on being the mother of a teen and a tween, especially when that tween is more teen than not. Come back at the end of the week for all of that on Growth Chart!

Have a good week, readers, and please — PLEASE — stay home and stay safe.


One month of summer down…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! This week we’re rounding out a full month of summer vacation with about seven weeks to go. Each day seems to stretch beyond capacity, and when it’s done it feels like it’s looped us in some sort of weird taffy that promises to stretch out the next day and the rest of the week. We’re living in strange times, to be sure.

Around my desk, though, I’m doing my best to keep my head down and my eyes laser focused on my writing goals. More important than that, I’m focusing on my goal to support other writers. It never ceases to amaze me how talented people are. This idea really rolls into our motivational quote for the week, which encourages anyone (but especially writers) to be cognizant of what’s going on around us.

“Pay attention. Be amazed. Tell about it.”—Sharon Olds

Speaking of those amazing writers and telling stories, it’s the last Monday of the month. That means our monthly writers’ showcase. June stories include writers sharing how they were inspired to write, some micro fiction, and a wonderful creative nonfiction piece on, of all things, Maggi noodles (and if you’re South Asian — particularly with any ties whatsoever to the Indian subcontinent — you know exactly what I’m talking about.) Read (and listen to) all of these wonderful pieces now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll share a new review with you. This Wednesday I’ll let you know what I thought of Perfectly Famous by Emily Liebert. Come back for that post on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And, on Friday, it’s back to Instagram. I have some fun pictures to share at the end of week, so be sure to check them out. You can see previous posts here on the home page or with my IG handle, @EktaRGarg.

Before I sign off, readers, I’m entreating you once again to stay home and stay healthy. Getting out to your favorite restaurant only to contract COVID-19, or, worse, unknowingly give it to someone else, is not worth it. If you really want to eat restaurant food, support your local restaurants by ordering takeout. That way you don’t have to worry about cooking, and you can eat in your PJs. It’s a win-win all the way around. (As long as you don’t get duck sauce on your PJs. No one wants to do laundry after eating takeout.)

Seriously, though, please think about this as a humanitarian issue. An issue of compassion and respect. You wear seatbelts and sunscreen, right? If you’re going out during the pandemic for household necessities, wear a mask. Otherwise, stay at home. The worst that could happen by doing so is a little boredom. Do you really want to know what the worst is if you contract the coronavirus?

All right, stepping off my soapbox now. Have a wonderful, safe day and week, readers!