As I Lie in My Hotel Bed.

I am at a writing conference in Michigan, so it seems appropriate now that I would actually post something on this blog. One of the speakers at one of the sessions I went to yesterday said that if you are not posting on your blog multiple times a week or at least once a week, you can just forget it. This made me feel sad, and I hope that you all aren't sad or haven't given up on this blog because I promise there are still things happening in life, and I do want to tell you about them! There is a quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the French author who wrote The Little Prince, that I've been thinking about the last couple of days. He says, "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." This was said by one of the speakers at this conference in regards to writing as a profession.

"Can I write?" this author had asked a former professor.

"Well, do you like sentences?" the professor responded.

Brian Doyle, another speaker on writing in another session, went on for quite some time about witness and how we need to witness everything, even the most normal things, with "Naked, holy eyeballs and wild, open ears."

So more so than I ever have before, I know that I want to keep doing this. I want to record the "sky - bright with the rub of paradise" and all the other glorious, ordinary things in the world. Write and write until my face falls off or I die or God comes back. Right now, though, all my drift has to go toward my senior capstone. Hopefully I'll be able to blurb on here again before that's over with.

Here's to naked eyes and wild ears.