The Writing Bug—

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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog.

Perhaps many writers have this awkward experience—when someone is touched by something they’ve written, quotes it, and looks expectantly for a response. The moment stretches on a bit longer than it should, though, as they’ve no memory of writing it. Well, that has happened to me. Twice in the last month, in fact, I’ve had to navigate that long moment. The comments referenced passages in Post-Dated: The Schooling of an Irreverent Bonsai Monk—my book from 2008—and both times I stupidly waited with a half-open mouth, in a kind of mute truce with the questioner, neither of us clear any longer what was going on. I really need to read that book again if I want to be out socially. Max Ehrmann’s lovely poem The Desiderata says ‘Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans’, yet I’m clearly not doing much about the first part. This week I dipped into Post-Dated for the Desiderata-approved trip down memory lane. In addition to hopefully getting more familiar with my own work, I was curious to see how my writing has changed. And some of the old style is hard to swallow. I wince at every semicolon; there are galloping herds of them; they are such awkward things; why oh why didn’t I use more periods? Concurrent with writing Bonsai Heresy (a book about the myths of common bonsai practice) is another book I’m exploring, which is musings on living in a tiny home. But I’ll share more about that scribbly, fountain-penned adventure in a future post. Aside from…

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