Just finished an hour long Skype session with my writing group, Planet Scribe. What I love about this group:
* we live all around the world: Ohio, Washington, Hawaii and Hong Kong
* everyone shares their thoughts, opinions, ideas - honestly and with great humor
* I am not intimidated by others' intelligence or my own lack of knowledge
* I feel productive after the call
* I could drink wine in the morning with them or mimosas, if I wanted to, and not feel or be judged
We talked about Point of View writing, which was informative. But like most good therapy sessions, the juicy stuff came out in the last 10 minutes of the conversation. I spoke about my reticence of writing too honestly on my other blog and that reticence inspiring me to start The Clothesline. R said it was the honesty of my writing that made reading the blog interesting, which made me feel better (and it is all about making myself feel better).
I can see that writing about day to day stuff is interesting but there is a fine line between interesting for the reader and the self-indulgent contemplation for the author. This blog is that fine line, I think. I like this phrase that came from the conversation: "Life is like that, you know? Sweet and bitter...its the tension of life."
I also question the idea of writing honestly under a pseudonym. How honest is that?! As one of my online students said, "I need to make changes in babysteps." Writing honestly under "Veronica" while writing guarded under my real name. Actually, that sounds about right as my big life lesson is about how I routinely worry about having others' approval. That's dwindled somewhat. And as R, ever-wise and all-knowing, pointed out - we are different people to different people. I don't tell everyone everything all the time - kinda. I might do that. I think I'm looking for connections between things - things in my life, people in my life. Putting the puzzle together as I learn more about myself and what I'm capable of accomplishing or ignoring.
Good work, Planet Scribe.