Lily Iona MacKenzie's Blog for Writers & Readers

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The Ripening
The Ripening:
A Canadian Girl Grows Up

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" Tillie’s grit and ability to face life’s challenges are inspiring, the seeds for later discovering her artist self. Tillie takes readers on a wild ride. Join her if you dare! "

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Curva Peligrosa
Curva Peligrosa

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FLING!
Fling!

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"Fling! is both hilarious and touching. Every page is a surprise, and the characters! I especially loved Bubbles, one of the most endearing mothers in recent fiction. A scintillating read."

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Freefall
Freefall :
A Divine Comedy

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" These fascinating characters will fill your imagination, defying expectations about aging, art, and what truly matters in life. "

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All This
All This

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" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

" Indicative of the title, the poems in All This range from the conventional lyric/narrative that captures an intense moment of emotion, an epiphany glimpsed briefly out of the corner of the eye, to the more experimental. "

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No More Kings
No More Kings

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Each finely crafted poem in this powerful collection comes alive on the page while she traces the days’ journeys with a painter’s eye, a musician’s ear, and the deft pen of a poet.

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Waiting for the Write Moment!

During the Covid pandemic, we’ve all done a lot of waiting, and we still are! We’re waiting to learn if there will be new aggressive variants of the virus. We’re waiting to see if we can spend time with family and friends during the holiday season without wearing masks. We’re waiting to see if 2022 will give us any relief from the multiple problems that face us a a country and as citizens of this planet. But I have to admit that the act of waiting is not unfamiliar to me as a writer. It’s an example of how central waiting is in the writing process.

From a writer’s perspective, waiting is the name of the game. I wake each morning and write down the residue from my nightly dream explorations, a way to prime the pump and limber up my fingers (and brain) for later compositions. While I’m typing the remnants of these visitations, I’m exercising, at least partially, my writer’s self just by taking the time to reflect on my inner world before being dragged into the day’s seductive external activities.

But I still haven’t put in my daily commitment to whatever will surface and want to become a poem, story, or essay. After so many years of being a practicing writer, I now know better than to wait for inspiration before sitting down again with my laptop and entering the creative process. But I still have to deal with the multiple distractions that keep me from doing so immediately. I have to check my email and answer any messages that seem pressing. Facebook also calls me to keep up with posts. So does Twitter. And I’ve recently started using Instagram, another distraction. And then there are the multiple questions that pop into my mind that I must look up immediately or I’ll forget them.

Waiting surfaces here, too. I have to wait until I can corral these wayward impulses and put reins on myself. Once I do, I must find ways to keep my writing self from taking side trips on the internet to look up minutia or trot to the kitchen for something to munch on.

Assuming that I’ve managed to wedge in my daily writing practice (I aim for at least an hour a day but hope for more) and have accumulated many poems, stories, essays, and novels to send out, I then have to wait till I hear back from publishers so I can transmit more material and wait some more. Waiting for the write moment is part of the writing process. Join me!

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Waiting – yes! It’s always heartwarming to read or hear that another writer goes through the same distractions that keep me from typing new words. Great post, Lily. Now, once I get my laundry out of the dryer, I will sit down and, hopefully, the creative juices will flow and new words will appear on my WIP. Yet, isn’t this the beauty of writing? Words, phrases, metaphors, similes bubble up and we smile.

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