Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The Well of YOU
Today, we welcome the immensely talented Nancy Haddock, national bestselling author of the Oldest City vampire books, which take place in St. Augustine, Florida. I just love these books and am very excited about the newest addition to the series, Last Vampire Standing.
I took a walk on the beach today, an activity that might not sound like a big deal since it's only a two-minute walk from my house. Sadly, I go long stretches without getting to the beach - something I never saw happening when I first moved to St. Augustine, Florida.
I didn't jog or power-walk the beach as I sometimes do. Instead, I held a steady but easy pace and fed my senses and my soul.
Southeast winds perfumed the air with eau d'ocean - fresh and salty without being fishy - and whipped the surf rough, with whitecaps past the breakers, and waves that scooped sand into their vortexes before folding with a smash.
Two surfers caught waves, then paddled back out past the line up, sliding over crests just before they broke.
A sailboat far off shore leaned to harness the wind, and I imagined the jarring bounce over swells.
Pelicans dove for fish, and three kinds of gulls circled overhead while sandpipers played chase with the foamy wash of dying waves.
The ebbing tide left shells in its wake, and one dinner plate sized jellyfish nearly blended into the gray-white sand. Bubbles of ocean foam glistened with rainbows in the late morning sun, worlds within worlds.
I danced on the beach in celebration of all the good news my friends have shared, then turned toward the boardwalk lighter in spirit than I've felt in weeks.
So why, I must ask myself, do I not take a beach walk every weather-decent day? If I had an ocean view from the house, would I hear and heed the call to visit more often? Do I forget the healing of a simple walk on the beach? Take the gift of the beach for granted? Become so immersed in writing and e-mailing that I shove my pleasure into an already packed closet?
Maybe it's a bit of all that, but I hereby vow to change my habits. Be it morning, afternoon or evening, I'll make my pilgrimage to the beach and not feel one tiny bit guilty that I'm away from the keyboard. In fact, I'll remind myself that I'm a happier, healthier writer when I replenish the Well of Me.
Of course, I'll also continue to indulge in my other method of filling my well - reading in general, and especially reading all the fabulous authors of Something Wicked.
What about you? Do you regularly treat yourself in a way that refreshes and replenishes you? Do you exercise, mediate, read, or simply "hold space" in some way that feeds your energy? Are you out of the feeding-your-spirit habit - why? If you want to get back into the habit, what steps will you take?
Please leave a comment to be eligible for a copy of Last Vampire Standing. If you're a published author and leave a comment, please also leave your web URL or title of your last or upcoming book! I like sharing the stage!
For more opportunities to win a book, see the Beach Party page on Nancy's web site - www.nancyhaddock.com.