I just emailed one of my favorite writing friends telling him that I’ve been grieving because I haven’t been writing. It’s a funny thing, writing. Is it like love? Something irresistible that flows through us? Is it like need, we do it because we must? I don’t know, but I know that these past few weeks when I have been unable to write, I have been unhappy.
I’m working on a post, perhaps a series of posts, on Vesta. But the research will take me a while, and I have been spending my evenings brooding in front of my laptop. Brooding and not writing a thing. But this afternoon, ideas, quotes, and words just raced through my mind begging to be noted down. As my fingers flew over the keyboard, I once again felt the thrill every writer must feel when words pour out of them and leave behind a trail of joy.
Last evening, my fave rave astrology writer, April Elliott Kent, posted this on her Facebook page: “Good news for writers: Mercury enters Gemini.” Little did I know then that this ingress would indeed open the floodgates. I’ve already got the introduction to my Vesta post and an idea for a new post for my non-astrology blog.
I’m writing this today because, well, I need to write! ::shrugs shoulders and smiles:: But I also want this post to be a homage to Mercury, to words, to writers, to readers, and especially to my beloved writing friends: April, Donna, Lucy, Hitch and Brandon. I love your work, I love you. When I read what you write, your consciousness blooms in me and I feel a connection to you that seems more real than many of the real-life interactions that I have with most people I see every day. I think a lot of people would think that’s a dysfunctional way of relating to the world. But me? I’m old enough now to be all right with the way I am. And child of Mercury that I am, noetic relationships are essential to my happiness.
I’ll end this piece now with something from Hitch’s post Writing as practice. Hitch is talking about Gail Sher’s book One Common Mistake:
In the book, she offers ‘Four Noble Truths for Writers’ and they are:
1. Writers write
2. Writing is a process
3. You don’t know what your writing will be until the end of the process
4. If writing is your practice, the only way to fail is not to write