Waste no more time arguing what a good man [person] should be. Be one." — Marcus Aurelius
June and July… Where did they go?
Both months offered a great deal of progress for me. Book 2 is coming along quite well. I am writing a short story for an upcoming anthology, and my role as a Municipal Liaison for 2022’s National Novel Writing Month is being finalized.
I took some time away from writing for a short vacation to St. Charles, Missouri. Meg and I spent a nice weekend relaxing in a room near the Missouri River and Katy Trail State Park. The Katy, as many folks in Missouri call it, is one of the longest rails-to-trails in the nation, and it was being well-used during our vacation. The town itself has a long history. We walked the main thoroughfare numerous times, examining shops, visiting museums, and enjoying music. I encourage you to check out the town, if you are near St. Louis or traveling along I-70 in eastern Missouri. If you are able to take an entire weekend to visit, then you’ll see the intricacies of a town being well taken care of.
One of my favorite parts of visiting was witnessing how much support the creative arts receive. The Foundry Art Centre is unique - artists have a permanent structure near the old downtown of St. Charles. The artists each have a set office and studio to meet interested folks passing by, to work on their own art, and to help educate new artists.
This type of collaboration is what bolsters civilizations.
Meg and I met a retired art teacher whose room is filled with amazing ceramic sculptures and pottery. Mr. James Carlson spent several minutes with us offering cool stories about his love of art, his love of teaching children, how to create art, and showing off his collection.
Plans are tricky, as they are only good for the moment they are created. They offer a guide, but can be changed any day or hour, and thinking ahead five years can cause consternation for any prospect. But I’ll offer my long-range plan as a method to help guide my path and you have a better idea of what of what is coming:
The inspiration section will be on hold until the next update. The topic will be WPA (Works Progress Administration.
Continued challenge for the next two months:
Take a few moments to think about what inspires you.
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May the next month bring you solace.
A place to ponder the world of writing, among other things.