Some Light Housekeeping

I had the wonderful experience of Laura Rike reviewing my blog this week. As a result, I am in the act of cleanup and reorganization. Feel free to comment below with any changes/additions you would love to see here!

It is interesting to me that cleanup requires a purging of cobwebs in my mind. Apparently I have several musty ideas for The Honeyed Quill tangled in sticky strings. They have been patiently awaiting rediscovery. Now is their time!

It looks something like this.

It looks something like this.

Apparently, I have entered my season of high creativity a month early. Usually, October heralds my deepest creative actions. This month has seen me spinning new webs to catch all my ideas and hold onto them until I have time to put them into effect.

The Honeyed Quill is where I keep my heart. I am so excited to be dusting this space and following my inner vision. How beautiful to have a home to come to that I built with my mind. I feel like Superman in his Fortress of Solitude.

It is also exciting to me that working with others on their projects and writing reliably gives me this boost. I feel like I’m bowing outward with the joy that comes with the collaborations I’ve been invited into. This week I have been working on five separate projects, and it is only Wednesday!

I am also reading a fantastic book I can’t wait to review. It is by Alexander Weinstein, who I had the pleasure of attending graduate school with. He was my first guest writer on my original blog, The Spire. In fact, “Saying Goodbye to Yang”, the opening story in his new collection, was the piece he published with me. But more about that with my review.

For now, I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday full of beauty and inspiration. The world is a hard place. I will be writing about that as well. Always, always, #BlackLivesMatter.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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