I am the Walking Dead.
For the past 26 days, I’ve blogged until I felt like I might drop.
I’ve plumbed my depths and dug up the bones of my past. I’ve reflected and researched, reviewed and rewound my life.
I’ve looked for connections and missed connections. I’ve written and edited and revised and proofread to the point that my hands became bloody stumps.
If you look closely, you’ll see the evidence. Look, I’m sloughing off my pale skin —
I got your attention though, didn’t I?
My feet are bloated, my eyes are bloodshot & my hair’s a haystack.
I need a vacation.
But I did it.
I wrote something new and published it every day this month while teaching, grading, going to conferences, traveling out of state, teaching at a prison, writing letters of recommendation, and nominating my students for awards. I did it in addition to grocery shopping, paying bills, watering plants, taking out the trash, emptying the cat box, and cooking for and taking care of my mother.
I. Did. It.
I kept my promise to myself that I would write every day.
Therefore, it is official:
I am Wonder Woman.
More like crazy woman.
However, there’s something to be said for simply putting writing out into the world.
People think it’s easy, but it isn’t.
Sometimes you’re raw. Sometimes you spill your guts. And sometimes the reaction to what you say is underwhelming. But, when it’s good, it’s very, very good.
Although that’s not why you do it.
You do it because you cannot not do it.
You do it because it makes your blood sing.
You do it because it is who you are and you need to honor that.
So, if you are feeling like a zombie in your daily life, ask yourself why.
Why are you not engorged and enlightened and inspired by your life?
Why do you sleepwalk through your days?
“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”—Larry L. King
Make a decision right now, just like I did at the end of March: For the next day/month/year, I will write every day.
Just pick up a pen and write.
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3 thoughts on “Zombie Apocalypse”
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
This is a beautiful post and a perfect summary of doing the A to Z Challenge. I feel the same way about writing, I can’t not do it. Writing was my W word. Putting my words out into The Universe is powerful. I appreciate your honesty and recognize myself in your writing. Thank you for sharing what you do.
Thank you, Ramona! We do this because we have no choice, right?! I appreciate you letting me know that this piece, which felt so personal to just me, resonated. Another friend is doing a daily writing challenge this month as a result of reading it. I love it when that happens! ~ S