Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. The story of me and a very large, clunky Remington typewriter is on my first blog, Momsie – the blog where I wrote about momhood, babies, husbands, and pets (Steve. I wrote about Steve). Click on the image below for a blog post from Momsie about Steve’s squeak-purr:
I remember when I first started Momsie – I told my friend Christy that “everyone and their dog has a blog” – but she convinced me that dogs were not really my demographic and that I just needed to focus on Steve because he was a total cash cow.* Thus, Momsie was born.
It was a relief to write. It was easy. The stories were just so plentiful. My kids were great material; they were so cute**, and I could throw my words out there and offer up some laughter for the four or five folks who actually read me.
But also, Momsie was born out of a very real desperation (in my recovery circles some would call it the “gift of desperation”) to handle my new sobriety. I needed something to do. I needed someone to be. The blog saved me. It took my poor, mushy brain that was slowly starting to un-mush (medical terms are my thing) and it soothed it.
At camp, when you take the crumpled old t-shirt that your mom reminded you last minute to toss into the bottom of your backpack, and you rubberband the living daylights out of it and toss it in dye? That’s writing. (Notice how well I’m explaining this? #Pulitzer).
I mean – you have this rumpled, frayed thing, and then you twist it, fiddle with it, not really sure what you’re doing at all or where you’re going with it… And then the dye starts to seep in, slowly, all crazy and winding with rivulets and tributaries of saturation. And the end result? It’s a cacophony of color.
If you haven’t gathered, I totally have all my 70’s tie dye shirts still. They’re stretchy crop tops now, but that’s in style. #influencer
No, I’m not wearing the t-shirts/crop tops anymore. One did fit Steve, but he was so mortified that I forgot to take pictures and this is a tragedy so breathtaking I need to stop writing about it right here.
With Momsie, I wrote because the words just kinda came out of my fingers. My husband bought me a used laptop for my birthday, and then I had someplace mobile for the words to go. I could write at the park. I could write in bed. I could write while Red was trying to learn to use the potty and I had to sit outside the bathroom for hours until my butt fell asleep and I would end up eating all the bribery M and M’s. Pain is a great motivator for writing.
And Momsie was born, and grew and thrived. The rest was history.
Well, no. Actually, it’s not history – it’s my life right now. The words still have to come out of me pretty much every day or my brain goes all wonky. The colors must out, as it were.
There were a bunch of articles that came out in the early 2000’s about how alcohol was good for creativity. This was paired along with the whole “red wine is good for your heart” thing, which was soooooo my thing back when I was drinking. Lookit. I’m drinking four glasses of red wine! YOU KNOW, CUZ IT’S GOOD FOR MY HEART.
Yea. Turns out, the heart thing is not true.
And the whole, “artists need alcohol to create” thing? It’s total crapola.
Our muse is not a bottle. It’s in us.
My colors are completely Dana-Generated. I don’t use anything outside of myself and my own experiences for their saturation. This is what works best for me. Dana-generated colors cause a daily bloom of gratitude. It’s the ultimate “look what I made!” – every day.
Thanks for the listen, and, as always, I’m grateful for you, my dear readers.
Where are the colors in your life?
* *They are still cute.
This reminds me of an affirmation I used several years ago: “writers gonna write” which felt like a roll up your sleeves, Rosie the Riveter style chant to encourage me forward. It might be time to bring it back 🙂
And I’m currently finding my colors in my garden. It’s inspiring the dormant creative within me to start thinking in those poetic, metaphoric, beautiful ways again. I’ve restarted the therapeutic practice of journaling and I’m beginning to long for writing a creative project again as well ❤️
Garden colors are the best. 🙂
Dinah wooddell says
It’s not for kings to guzzle wine. Prov 31:4
I.e. if you want to be a king or leader, drop the wine (so you rule well).
Prov 20:1. Wine is for mockers.
Or so I instructed my Jonny. I figure he’s a guzzler now.
I’m Grieving his recent divorce from Amy Gardner. Poor little Willow, now 5. But she gets to go to Homeschool Christian Academy 1 day a week. A hottie is chasing Jonny & my heart aches that he soon draw very near to God for direction. Your blogs bring me laughter. Bless you!
Laura Johnson says
Love your humor scattered throughout the post 😁 Wonderful to hear part of your creativity story.