What do I like to do in my spare time, when I'm not writing? Read, of course. Here is a review of a book that I loved and that I think will be of interest to many writers. There are, of course, many more books that I've read and loved this summer, but I'll save them for another blog post. This book is for grown-ups, while many of the other books that I read were YA or MG.
And I need to add my usual abject apologies for being such an infrequent blogger here... I'm spending a lot of time over at the Spilling Ink blog with my writing buddy and dear pal Ellen Potter, if you want to see more of what I'm doing online these days.
I took Writing Yoga by Bruce Black on a road trip to my stepson's college graduation halfway across the country a few months ago, and read a little of it every night in various hotel rooms. While reading it, the highway and chain motels vanished, and I felt like I was on a retreat, in silence and quiet, exploring my internal world. There were brilliant parts about starting a practice journal, moving past fear, and listening to inner voices that particularly resonated with me. I've never really wanted to write a journal, but after reading Writing Yoga, I wanted to start. This is a gentle, thoughtful guide to exploring your internal world through writing and yoga postures. If you are a writer and/or yoga student, this is a must read. It's also a beautifully written account of Bruce's own writing/yoga/personal journey. There are treasures here for anyone who opens this book. As Bruce says, "You never know where life will lead you or who you'll find to help you on your way." I consider Writing Yoga as one of those teachers.
To find out more about Bruce, check out his two wonderful blogs: Wordswimmer "Come dive into a sea of words and swim toward a new understanding of the writing process," and Writing Yoga, which is a companion blog to the book.