IWSG: November 4, 2020: Why Do Your Write?

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.   

The awesome co-hosts for the October 4 posting of the IWSG are Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi, L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachn Chhabria!
 
QUESTION:
November 4 question – Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.”Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?
 
MY ANSWER:
I had a clever answer, but the truth is deeper.
Writing is my tool to uncover what is behind my thoughts and actions.
My avenue of expression is a series called, “Slices of Life.” 
Through hard work, I hope to capture your imagination and inspire.
 
Here’s a slice:
I grin as I smell my bagel toasting, positive it will be perfectly golden when it pops up. My own toaster. My own shower. The bed so big, I hardly know Rick is sleeping next to me. Two hours to clean.
 
We have swallowed the anchor. A term used by sailors when they give up sailing move on land.
 
We signed a year lease. Then what? As tenants we can be tossed out on our ear. The thought of starting over is daunting.
 
Cost? Giving up our dream to sail through the Panama canal and on to the Mediterranean. Soon our sailboat will be put up for sale. Our home since 2006. We own her free and clear. She is a treasured elegant lady ready to sail across vast oceans.

Cost? Watching the occasional sea turtle pop its head up to breath. Fish swimming along the dock nudging barnacles for bits of food.

Cost? Our friends. We sailed into this Mexican marina Valentines day 2011. We love the people and the lifestyle. Our friends in the marina wave and ask how things were going. A bunch of self-reliant, independent, and quick to offer a hand. Our soul mates.
 
These condo folks tend look away rather than crack a smile. We a live few miles from the marina, but it feels like a different world.
 
Over cups of coffee, we’d stare at each other, jot notes on yellow pads of paper, ponder silently. Against the wishes of our heart and sole, we accepted the fact someone else will love and maintain her. Rick’s fused spine and neck limits his ability to stretch into those awkward positions so often required on a boat. Swollen fingers reduce his grip.
 
Our faithful vessel evolved into a tiny home. I started to resent the efficient galley where the counter top doubled as the lid to the refrigerator. No room for appliances such as a microwave. I fried bread on a hot griddle. Two bright spots: took 30 minute to clean and our cozy bed allowed us to snuggle during the night.
 
For the last month, Rick has driven our car to the marina several days a week. With cane in hand, walks down the dock to the boat. There he packs our personal possessions into boxes.
 
My some miracle he moves these heavy boxes from inside the boat to the cockpit. Folks in the marina help him get the boxes off the boat and to the car. It’s a process he prefers to do alone. Perhaps it is his way of letting go of a life long dream.
 
Her name is La Vita. The Life, in Italian. She lived up to her name. Together we created vivid memories. Her spirit is with us as we wonder about our future.
 
Thank you for visiting and taking a moment to read a slice of my life. I look forward to visiting your site and reading your answer to this question.

16 thoughts on “IWSG: November 4, 2020: Why Do Your Write?

  1. Yes, it can be exciting to write the perfect words or get your story just right. I’m sure it must be a huge adjustment to move to living on land. I hope your husband and you find the right living situation and new way of life that you can enjoy. Big challenges like that can be hard.

    1. Hi Natalie,
      Thank you for understanding. As a fellow writer, the thrill of finding the perfect word is exciting.
      I’m dumb founded my reaction to everyday appliances. And space! Since 2006 we’ve lived in about 200 sq feet. The condo is 1,120 sq. feet. Simply walking from the living room to the spare bedroom feels like a days journey.
      Thank you again for your time and comment.

  2. Oh My Dear,
    I know how hard it was to say goodbye to something that you hold dear to your hearts. Since 2006, you have seen life from La Vita, and La Vita has taken you to places and introduced you to people you would have never met if you had stayed on land. Treasure that experience and keep it close to your heart.
    But continue to move forward. I’ve learned that you don’t move on, but you move forward because those lovely memories will always be with you and at unexpected times they will rise and give you moments of joy.
    Thanks for sharing. All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Hi Pat,
      As I read your reply to Rick, I started to cry. Towards the end I could hardly get the words out. You were spot on with everything you wrote.
      Thank you for understanding and taking time to express your encouragement.

    1. Hi Joy,
      After reading your comment I looked at my post in a new light. I kinda sound like a whiny ol’ lady.
      I originally wanted the post to be about my shock and awe over the new fandangled toaster and other aspects of living on land. Aspects most in our Writer’s group take for granted.
      Then it evolved into the pain of releasing the dream. Next, I realized Rick was not in the picture. Time for a rewrite. Thank you my friend for opening my eyes.

    1. Hi Alex,
      Your last sentence summed it all up. We’ve seriously considered the nomadic life by car. We must carefully consider the consequences of long hours behind the wheel. We are open to exploring options. Life is like a box of chocolates…never know what we’ll get.
      Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

    1. Hi Tyrean,
      The cost is in dollars, too. Double rent (condo/marina). Good thing we love rice and beans. Life is full of surprises and we are open to good options we have not even imagined.
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’ll be visiting you soon!

  3. Dear Lynn,
    I see life’s opportunities expanding, and being doubly transformative! Who knows, all you may learn about yourself, in this next new phase of witnessing like never before? Not to mention appreciating the unexpected details of your lifestyle aboard, which you and Rick seem to so gratefully share!
    Cherish that sturdy foundation, you so selflessly model for me, an insecure, aspiring author!
    Regards, Lynn!
    Rosi

    1. Hi Rosi,
      Beautiful comment. my heart is touched by your kind words and insight. You are right, I continue to reflect on my life aboard La Vita and our future.
      You have a precious gift to share with us. Your survival. Rich and inspiring.
      Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

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