Monday, April 5, 2010

The Earthquake On Easter

Earthquake yesterday - 7.2 - in Mexico. We felt it in San Diego, for forty seconds - scary - stood in closet - enough time to think about top floor falling - to be afraid - to pray.

An earthquake in Seattle when I was four. It shows up in my writing over and over. (Ray Bradbury says writer's should mine their loves, hates, fears and obsessions from childhood.) The Seattle earthquake becomes a metaphor in my novel - the child's world shaking apart...

(An earthquake on Easter, God rising, the stone rolling away.)

Well it shook me - literally and emotionally. When we are confronted with shaking, with things falling down, we wonder what the hell we are doing with the time we have left.

And to tell the truth, I never know if what I'm doing is the most valuable use of my time, or the best contribution I could be making. For instance, this. Should I not be working on my novel? On publishing? I got a rejection slip yesterday. It depressed me.

What I like about writing in this way is that I know people will see it. It's not just in a drawer waiting for some publishing god or angelic agent to rescue it and deem it worthy. I am a part of a community of writers. So yes, this is what I wish to be doing with the time I have left - writing, communicating, connecting. Thanks for being in my world.

7 comments:

Angel-Star said...

Are you doing what makes your soul happy? are you writing the truth?

Dulce said...

Oh dear!
I've suffered a few here in the Canaries only from 4 to 5.. Terrible experience... when mother earth moves... well... it seems it's all over...
One is afraid of flying , sailing.. On earth one is supposed to be safe!!!But if it moves and makes that terrible sound OMG!

I hope you are feeling better now...
So glad to meet you!
;)

Anne said...

I ran outside. No staying indoors for me. Experts say that doorways aren't the best. Save yourself... run for the hills!

Ralph said...

Wow. Yes you are doing the right thing writing in here you inspire others to be like yo. You make me think. Sorry about teh rejection but at least you got there I just dream of writing.

Angel-Star said...

thanks all, you inspire me...

Ralph said...

Thought I would let you know that my blog today came from reading yours thanks once again for your inspiration.

Angel-Star said...

thank you, ralph! we are all in tune...