Friday Luncheon At The Writers Conference 

There were tears along with the chicken fajitas. To be completely honest, I didn’t really understand. I felt odd being the only dry eye at the table, but it didn’t mean I hadn’t enjoyed my week. For five days that summer, I’d attended sessions on poetry and book publishing, hopefully honing my creative voice more with each passing day. The pace was quick and we spent many an hour critiquing each other’s work in the classes. Once someone had passed a sheet of paper around upon which to write our addresses and phone numbers in order to keep in touch, I gladly added mine. They were all very nice people, from all walks of life, bonding over our love of writing. 

But I didn’t cry. 

I did not sniffle into my salad or declare that I had no idea how I would go on without the others in my life every day. It was Friday and I had met them on Monday. Sure, I’d made friends, several of whom I planned to contact, but to be at a loss as to function without the group? It made me happy to think of a rendezvous with my new friends in a carefree environment like a movie theater or restaurant, free from the constraints of class assignments. Yet my eyes remained tearless. 

Was I just cold and unfeeling? I wondered if I should fake it. I’ve known how to cry on cue for years… recently my trigger image was a tragic short story I’d read in Spanish. Just as I was wondering if I should muster up a few tears for good measure, someone at another table stood up. 

It was one of the self proclaimed hippies in his signature tie dye tshirt, his long blond hair streaming forward from his matching headband. 

“Don’t worry, everyone!” He began to address the room, holding his water glass aloft. 

The room grew silent. 

He wiped a tear away. “We’ll always be a community!” 

Dream #125

The music blared over the speakers as I reached for my stylus, certain of its position because I always kept it in the same place. He has always been so kind, helping me with learning where to put things and setting me at ease over my overly dilated pupils. 

“We match,” he joked as he removed his glasses and allowed me a closer look. 

I’d never felt so close to him except for when we danced. I loved to dance with him because all that mattered was the music and the feeling of our bodies together, two becoming one. 

He encouraged me to read and keep up with my writing as much as ever and massaged my weary legs and feet at the end of each day. Often words were not necessary. 

I could talk freely about how I thought about the others and wondered why they hadn’t clung onto the will to survive. They hadn’t wanted to be here, but I did. I liked being here. 

Camp NaNo: The July Edition

in a few weeks, I’ll mark my second venture into the world of Camp NaNoWriMo. I participated in April the found that it was an experience like none other. Unlike the traditional November edition, which I enjoy immensely, the word counts are flexible and participants may venture from the world of novel writing to scriptwriting to short story collections. Due to my background in poetry and short stories, I have chosen the last option. My pre-outlining plan is to create a series based upon dreams I’ve had and enjoyed! Dreams have always served me as an immense source of inspiration. Music, other writers’ stories and various artistic expression also provides me with content.

 

What inspires you?