I’ve moved! Stop by and check out “Spark”

As you can see, I’ve not been blogging here in a while. I’ve been sending out a newsletter that’s been fun and has led to some really interesting exchanges. I’ve called it Spark. It arrives in your inbox every Saturday morning in time for your morning coffee, or if you prefer, you can subscribe without receiving the Saturday emails and just check in whenever you have the urge by clicking here.

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What is Spark?

If a book club married a writers group, Spark would be their child. Here is where writers and readers can come together to find and share books, stories, essays, and ideas or moments that ignite us and connect us. I’ll share mine. I hope you’ll share yours.

The mission (so far) is two-fold:

  • To support and celebrate the storytellers who live among us, especially now in these challenging times, and to make it easier for readers to find and share the stories they need to hear — no matter what form they come in
  • To lift the veil on the creative process between readers and writers through interviews and discussions so we all learn more about the spark that leads to a finished piece of work

In addition to my usual check-ins, progress reports, random thoughts, and photos of my dog, here’s what subscribers can expect initially:

  • Links to curated suggestions for your TBR lists, short reads, new books, new voices, and new ways of telling stories
  • Regular book reviews and giveaways
  • Regular questions from me seeking your guidance on what I’ve missed and what you’d like to see more of

As we get going, I hope we’ll build on this together. Ideas welcome! Click here to see what’s going on over at Spark and sign up. It’s free and fun.

 

Here are some samples for you to check out:

What’s Next?

“I can’t tell if I should be fighting the impulse to fantasize about the future or if it’s okay to indulge in it.” – Edith Zimmerman from her comic “Sock” at Drawing Links

We were ZOOM-ing with friends this week and I tossed out a question: What’s the first thing you are going to do when this is all over?

“Hug a stranger,” my friend Patty said without hesitation. I loved that. I loved the idea that we would once again live in a world when the prospect of hugging didn’t trigger a warning from my brain. Hearing Patty talk about hugs ignited a beam of light in the Covid Tunnel. I’m trying to follow it to whatever’s next. MORE

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Oooh That Smell… My god, it’s me

“Masked, I advance.”
― Rene Descartes

Hey, there. So, here we are, a little more than half-way through April of the year many of us will come to think of as The Year That Changed Everything. I have also come to think of it as the year that revealed to me to a few deep, dark corners of myself. MORE

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Brothers, Sisters, and Dancing in the Kitchen

“Ours is the only club I’d ever wanted to be a member of, so I couldn’t imagine quitting.” David Sedaris from “Now We Are Five” or listen to it here on This American Life

I almost danced in the kitchen yesterday morning. Quarantine conditions pretty much guarantee that a person can be sure she’ll be able to lip-sync to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Pride and Joy and shake her decades-old butt in complete privacy. Call it my little rebellion against despair. I ran into my office to grab my iPod to bring back to the kitchen when I glanced at the news and learned that it was National Sibling Day. MORE

You’ll find these and more at Spark. Please join me and the others who have helped it launch into what I hope will be a source of inspiration, insights, and, good reads to light our way. 

2 thoughts on “I’ve moved! Stop by and check out “Spark”

  1. Hi, Betsy: I was just thinking of you yesterday and wondering how you are and whether you had finished your last book. We haven’t been in touch in quite some while. Thought maybe you weren’t posting for a season. Or just posting on Facebook, which I do not follow. This was such a happy surprise!!!! Thanks for reaching out during this crazy time. We are well here in our lovely Gorge, with just a few positive cases who are also doing well in recovery. The gardens are being planted and people are being incredibly nice on all fronts. We will come out “better” when we re-enter society as we will have lost some pettiness, in our eagerness to be reconnected. That’s my opinion and my hope. I hope you are well and enjoying the gift this isolation has provided. The gift of rest and self care. Once again, thanks for re-posting. It means a lot to have some connection. Ronni

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