Monthly Archives: October 2014

Review: Dancing on the Head of a Pen, Robert Benson

I chose this book to review for Blogging for Books (which provided me a free copy in exchange for this review) because the blurbs said it is a book on how to write which also touches on the spirituality of writing.  Since I work with some writers who consider writing part of their spiritual vocation, I was intrigued, even though I do not do any creative writing myself  other than sermons.

I enjoyed the book.  It was a quick, easy read, but also gave me some things to chew on.  Most memorable and helpful was the author’s discussion of which literal and metaphorical hat he’s wearing at each major stage of the book-writing process, and how and why he is always working on at least two different pieces at once, wearing different hats.  He also has some good ways of talking about writing as a daily discipline.

The links to spirituality were more implied and subtly referenced than made explicit.  I could immediately see how his advice on writing as a daily discipline is very similar to the practice of the Daily Office, for example, and that his practice of “walking around,” plays a loosely similar function for his writing as intercessory prayer does in my spirituality.  He occasionally alludes to the Bible and once or twice quotes the Book of Common Prayer, but doesn’t really talk about his personal faith. Perhaps he assumes his regular readers know that side of him from his other work.

 

Friday Five for RevGalBlogPals

Today’s Friday Five at RevGalBlogPals:

Hello gals and pals,

It’s the second Friday of the month, and you know what that is~~~Random Friday Five! Have fun, and enjoy! (as always, let us know that you played in the comments–whether you play in the comments, link to your blog, or on Facebook!)

1. How do you sign off in your emails, professional and personally? For example, you say “Blessings”,
“Take Care”, “Remember, the Devil is watching you” (o.k. just kidding on that one.) Let us know and why…

Professionally: “Blessings.” Blessings are one of the things I am able to “offer” as a priest.  It was inspired by a friend’s sig, “God bless us all.”  

Personally–no sig, usually just my first initial. 

2. If you were an animal TODAY, what is it and why?

A dog.  Because I feel energetic and enthusiastic. 

3. If you get snarky, what triggers it? If you don’t get snarky, please, what is the secret? 

Ignorance and/or incompetence.  Which means I swallow a lot of snark unspoken. 

4. Look up from your computer/tablet/phone screen. What is the first favorite thing your eyes land on. Describe it. (For example, I just did this, and my eyes landed on a little angel made out of multicolored wires whose head and wings are quite askew because of being chewed upon by my puppy. That aside, I love it because it was a gift from two little girls who came often to my office in my last call to play with all the tshotke on my table. They wanted to add to it.) 

A Sandicast sculpture of a Brittany, which represents the dog I grew up with. As an only child, my dog Popcorn was the closest thing I had to a sibling! 🙂  

5. Do you have a favorite pair of socks? Tell us about them!

A  pair of knitted Christmas slipper socks, striped with 2 or 3 shades of green (including olive ) and red, and white, in acrylic yarn, which were given to me by a library patron the year I worked in the Alpine branch of San Diego County Library.  Every year this patron knitted Christmas socks for all the library staff as her appreciation of our service.  It was a small-town library.  Her sense of design was a bit off from mine but her gesture was very touching.  

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