1.) It is September! I don't love fall as much as spring on principle (winter inevitably follows fall, and I hate winter), but I have to admit that I'm giddy with the approach of autumn this year. Crisp weather. Apple pastries. Pumpkins. Jazz music. Tea. Mmmm. So let's celebrate September!
2.) I've got some serious tunnel-vision at the moment--due to my own self-enforced revision deadline--but I wanted to break out of it for a moment to share a quote that has endlessly inspired me over the years.
"Biting my trewand pen,
beating myself for spite,
'Fool,' said my Muse to me,
'Look in thy heart and write!'"-Sir Philip Sidney
I don't know what you're up to today, or this week, or this freshly-minted September, but if you're working on anything that isn't slipping onto the page as easily as an oily fish, I hope you'll take Sidney's Muse's advice. Today, tomorrow, whenever you find time to work on that little chunk of your soul that you've translated into words and plunked line by line onto the page, I hope you'll look in thy heart and write. Because that is, of course, where the best of our work comes from. It's so obvious, and yet so easy to forget.
Happy Thursday, dear Reader, and Happy September!