Have you ever taken a pilgrimage?
â€œThe difference between wanting to write and having written is one year of hard, relentless labour. It’s a bridge you have to build all by yourself, all alone, all through the night, while the world goes about its business without giving a damn. The only way of making this perilous passage is by looking at it as a pilgrimage.â€Â â€•Â Shatrujeet Nath
Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting much on my blog for the last few months. This is because I have been finishing up the sequel to The Secret Sense of Wildflower,Â entitled Lily’s Song. I started writingÂ this sequelÂ 14 months ago and last weekÂ put on the final touches before givingÂ it to my First Readers (theÂ precious handful of peopleÂ that I entrust to give me feedback).
Once I handed off the manuscript, I realized how exhausted I was. Mentally, creatively, spiritually, physically, emotionally. I have been resting up–recovering from what feels like a long journey. A pilgrimage that I chose to make, and with only the best intentions, yet didn’t expect to be so difficult. After all, I’ve done this particular journey many times. But I think I had more invested with this particular project. I wanted to give the continuation of Wildflower’s story the passion it deserved. I also wanted to give readers who have taken the time to email me and review the book, the things they asked for and wanted more of.
In the following weeks,Â IÂ hope toÂ return to blogging with some consistency. In the meantime, I offer you theseÂ wordsÂ from Sylvia Boorstein, with pilgrimage in mind:
May you be safe.
May you be content.
May you be strong.
May your life be filled with ease.