I'm in Cranston, RI, early for my very first anti-gravity yoga class (check out the video at the link to see what it looks like). SO excited! I love this feeling--trying something new, opening up to a new experience. It reminds me of the year when I was writing STILL ALICE--acting, dancing, dating again after my divorce. I hope this class opens up the parts of me having to do with creativity and fearlessness. I need to call on both of these qualities to write LOVE ANTHONY.
I haven't really started writing yet. I've done a TON of research on autism, much more than I did for Alzheimer's even and much more than for Left Neglect. There's so much more written about autism--and oddly, really less is known about it. I've talked to about a half dozen parents so far--raw, honest, incredibly moving conversations that still play in my head. Lisa, you've done enough to get started. Go to Nantucket next week, then begin.
Creativity and fearlessness. I love this combination. So powerful, so ALIVE. The ingredients of powerful, alive writing. I need to feed this as much as possible through things like this yoga class. Maybe also an improv class in Boston? That would awaken an old muscle, a part of my soul I've been ignoring. What else? A dance class would be great. Make the time.
How else can I feed creativity and fearlessness? Maybe rock wall climbing? Maybe go to Italy in November for Ann Hood's writing retreat. The energy of the writers, the scenery, the FOOD--talk about feeding creativity, feeding the soul!
And I will have two weeks in the Margo Gelb Dune Shack in September, which does scare me a bit, to be totally alone, especially at night (plus no electricity, no plumbing)--that should help with fearlessness, making me feel powerful, giving me the courage that I need to write this book. And it will give me the quiet space and time to create.
Okay, it's time for class. I'm scared but excited--ready to fly!