The past few days, really weeks, I have needed to be fed. I feed children, pets, a husband, and do a lot of other activities that require something of me. And thats OK, thats an honor.
But Charlotte Mason was onto something when she coined the phrase "Mother Nurture". Sometimes the mother needs to be mothered. Our hearts and minds need something to pour into us to give us some fuel to keep pour into others.
So when I heard that one of my favorite authors, Barbara Kingsolver, was speaking just an hour away, a little voice started saying "Go!"
And I did, and I was blessed. She spoke with such grace and wisdom and warmth, I was beaming in the first 10 minutes I was there. I didnt even take any notes, but here are a few parts I remember:
Advice to young artists:
- Stop Smoking! We need artists with lifetime of wisdom and experience to share with us. (implied meaning- we dont want you to die young!)
- Live simply. Dont move to New York to be an artist, or your life will be defined by money. Live somewhere with low rent and living expenses so you have more time to make art.
- To students- study many subjects, not just the field of art you are working in.
She described the writers life as ideal for an introvert. 8 hours by yourself typing is heaven to her. (Would be hard for me!)
She described the process of writing The Bean Trees as one where she had written many stories about the people she met in Tuscon and couldn't find a way they were connected to bring them together into a novel. Then she realized the connection was her experience of meeting these people as an outsider looking in. So that became the basis for the main character in the book.
There is more, but that is all this tired mama mind can retain right now.