Returning with Pen in Hand

Regular readers know that the PW blog has been on a long hiatus. I’ve had a story I’ve been writing for a while, and finally decided the best form for the story was as a novel. And so, I took time off from almost everything I’ve been involved in to focus on getting a first draft written. The first draft has been written, and now the task of re-writing is in full swing. *whew*

While I’ve entertained writing novels previously, this year proved to be my first solid commitment to a “real” draft of one. Funny what stories can demand of you, ay? (The writers among you will understand.)

For a long time, my writing home has been in the theatre. A novel is a far different form than writing a play or a film script, and it’s not a task for the faint of heart—it’s a little like writing four plays at once! That’s not a complaint because as crazy making as writing a novel has been, it’s also been an exhilarating experience. When you’re creating a new world how can it not be?

Morning. Words & words to go before I sleep.

A photo posted by JD Eames (@jdepw) on

Meanwhile I’ve been thinking a lot about this here “pen blog.” I definitely have a few more thoughts to share on the subject of fountain pens, and will do that in the months ahead. Yet, I’m planning on integrating the blog more with other subjects that interest me, too. OMG, wha-what? And like what kind of insane stuff you gonna write about now? —you ask in a panic.

Here’s another soothing pen photo for you as you process what you’ve just read:

2016 May 26-Jul 3: Baby Danitrio Cumlaude w/#3776 nib (Sailor Sei-Boku)
2016 May 26-Jul 3: Baby Danitrio Cumlaude w/#3776 nib (Sailor Sei-Boku)

I don’t know quite yet, but topics will revolve around material I’m writing about. Perhaps theatre, horses and racing, addiction, science… I’ve a broad range of eclectic interests that propel me to fictionalize them into stories. Some topics consume me for a short time; some for a long, long while. More to be revealed as I figure out what and how to do that blogging here.

I may lose some of you as readers as the blog expands. I hope others of you will find it in your hearts to forgive—even to enjoy—an inclusion of other subject matters.

The decision to change up the blog has been a long time coming. In part that decision has been pushed forward by my participating in Quest, an annual project instigated by Jeffrey Davis of Tracking Wonder. Jeffrey is one of my new favorite people. The fact that I have a first draft of my novel is because of the tools he’s given me to help see that process through.

Another participant in Quest 2017, Nancy L. Seibel, shares quite elegantly and simply that #Quest2017 is an invitation to

…an ever-growing pack of business artists – creatives, innovators, and professionals – to embark on a quest, one that results in making real change in the coming year.
Real change, says Jeffrey, comes from
“… a possibility mindset, provocative points of view, deep reflection, and a healthy dose of wonder.”
Here’s some of what the quest provides:

  • Twelve meaningful prompts from 12 inspiring influencers
  • The opportunity for turning inward which guides us in moving ahead
  • Discovery of unanticipated insights along the way
  • Connection with Quest-mates. As Jeffrey writes “DIT beats DIY” (translation: Do It Together beats Do It Yourself)

The first two writing prompts were provided by Krista Tippett of On Being, and Susan Piver the of Start Here Now. My first two responses have been posted on Instagram, #yourtruecalling and #loveyourself. The third response, well, you’re reading it now—#BringYouForward:

The third prompt is from Kristen Noel of Best Self Magazine. She writes:
Entrepreneurs* are trailblazers. And any entrepreneur knows that entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. That said, its greatest gift — perhaps its superpower — is providing us with the ability to create the landscape and environment that we want to live, breathe and create in. It’s the space where we can bring forth our truest selves: our best, feeling, human selves.

Where are you going to go deeper this year, where can you be brave enough to bring forth even more of yourself — to infuse your work, creativity and business with that which is uniquely YOU, thus inspiring others to do more of the same? What could that look like in 2017 for you? #BringYouForward

Part of the answer to how I will go deeper and bring myself forward in 2017 is to integrate myself more here—to include the writer and what consumes her; not just the pens she writes with.

Thank you Kristen for the provoking prompt, and also to Nancy L. Seibel for letting me quote from her blog post. You can read the entirety of Nancy’s lovely post here.

It’s not to late to join in, if you’re so inspired: Quest 2017. It’s free in that it won’t cost you anything but your heart, mind and critical thinking cap.

Wishing you all a heart-filled holiday season wherever you are. Here’s to helping each other through the days ahead in 2017.

Peace to you, my friends, and happy fountain-penning!

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*Writers are entrepreneurs of a kind, ay?