Unbridled, Part II: Soy del Desierto


Now that I am no longer planning a wedding or wondering when I’ll get married, I have more time and mental/emotional capacity to devote to writing, my community work, and other creative projects. On our honeymoon, between naps, honeymooning, chapters of King Leopold’s Ghost, and plates of ceviche, I thought about harnessing this time and energy and channeling it into something good. As I floated in the Caribbean or walked along the beach, I thought about getting re-certified as a yoga instructor, taking swimming lessons, returning to the volleyball team I abruptly left after the fire, taking an advanced Spanish class at Instituto Cervantes.

Then we got home, and we needed groceries, and our wedding gifts were piled in along the west wall of our living room, and my wedding dress needed cleaning and preserving, and we hadn’t seen the kids in a week, and I immediately started rehearsals for The Vortex Theatre’s production of “The House of the Spirits”. There were–and are–so many friends and family members to thank for cooking and hosting parties and guests and providing beautiful music for our ceremony. There are thank you cards to write and borrowed decorations to return. It would have been easy to remain in constant motion, letting that unbridled energy propel me along the streets of Albuquerque as I dropped off tablecloths and mailed cards. Fortunately, I was cruising Facebook and came across this status update from author of The Aztec Love God and fellow Macondista, Tony Diaz: Write just one page today of that book you keep thinking about. Start right now.

So I did. I rewrote three pages of Vessels, scrapped a flowery paragraph that didn’t have much to say, and trimmed a character down to a more appropriate size. And those new ideas, crashing like waves in my head, stilled like the desert at night. I might take a Spanish class or swimming lessons or look into yoga certification, but for now, it’s enough to be home, writing.

Tune in this Thursday, October 20 for a special Vessel, dedicated to Marit Rawley and The White World. Get a sneak peak of Marit’s incredible project at Kickstarter.com.

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