I’ve enjoyed some down time over the last two weeks after sending my agent the current round of edits. Last weekend our internet was out for an entire day so I looked at some of my long-term ‘to-do’s and tackled one that didn’t involve wifi. For a whole day, my girls and I cleaned and reorganized their room (and got some needed quality time together). It was amazing to take a full day away from the internet and reminded me of passages sailing when we had no wifi and just focused on connecting with each other instead.
Monthly State of All Things (now Retrospectives)
My first State of All Things post was in June, and inspired by artist Amanda Palmer who writes one to review everything she has done in the past month. I like this process of looking back to record what I’ve accomplished but I’ll be calling them Retrospectives and I’ll be sending them out through my email list.
If you’d like to subscribe to my email list, the link is here: bit.ly/CharlotteEmailList.
This monthly email will also include some of my faves, like reading recommendations, articles I’ve recently enjoyed, and anything else swirling in my brain.
Here’s the direct link to October’s Retrospective. It was a helluva of a month for accomplishing things. Thank you for your support while I went at it like a fury: bit.ly/October_2018_Retrospective
This week I had the opportunity to meet with writer and professor, Monica Prelle, who is teaching a course on journalism and writing at Northern Michigan University. I talked about getting started as a writer (at age 8!) and the process of writing the Rebel Heart memoir. It was a wonderful opportunity to speak with her and her students.
Our country this week.
My anxiety level was through the roof going into the mid-term election on Tuesday. The good news is that a record breaking number of women won their campaigns. The anticipated blue wave was female and LGBTQ and I was ecstatic to see win after win happen for our sisters and brothers as we turned the House of Representatives blue. Locally, my husband Eric ran for office for the County Water District. He lost by a slim margin. He would have been a tremendous asset to our community but the upside is we get to spend more time with him so that’s a win too.
Two days after the emotional wave of the election, I woke up to news alerts about a massacre in Thousand Oaks, California and the news that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) was in the hospital with broken ribs from a fall. Bleary eyed, I read the notifications and my first thought was, ‘ahh, there it is, the fuckening.’ You know, when things have finally gone well (like the good news from the mid-terms) but you know the other shoe is still going to drop because hello our culture and country today?
We can celebrate the wins from the election, but we all have much work to do. Mass shootings won’t stop without us working very hard. I don’t know how to keep RBG safe other than to offer any part of my body she may need to stay alive and functioning. And my California is a wild with fires right now. May all those affected survive unscathed.
Stay safe out there, friends. Let people know you love them. Reach out and hug somebody. Celebrate our wins but know there is much work to be done. One foot in front of the other, on every level.
All the best,
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