If you have spent even 5 seconds on this blog, you'll know that a lot of it is dedicated to writing small stones.* This all started earlier this year when I took the challenge to participate in Fiona and Kaspa's River of Stones in January. I got the email from them sometime in the Autumn last year and read it, thought "hmm, that's interesting", and then starred it in my inbox but hadn't really thought to follow through and participate. Then for the next few weeks (or however long it was) a little voice popped up in my mind everytime I opened my inbox: "you should sign up for this" Me: "shush you, I'm too busy". The battle went on in my head until eventually, I'm not actually sure why, I emailed them and told them to put me on the list, that I was taking the plunge and participating in the January River of Stones.
Even so, I was still pretty sure that I was going to A) suck and B) not have the discipline to follow through with this.
Whatever. I was committed now!
January came and, I have to say, I was so surprised by what participating in the River of Stones brought into my life. I didn't have to write anything "good", I just had to pay attention and write about that. I didn't travel to some sort of exotic place. I didn't have to make witty observations about my surroundings. I didn't have to make some sort of cultural commentary. In fact, I didn't do anything differently than before and absolutely nothing changed in my day to day life except that I was paying closer attention to it than before. And then trying to capture it. And as I tried to capture it, I saw myself looking at everything more closely, in more detail. It seemed to me that I heard more, felt more, saw more. Somewhere, hidden under all the mundane, everyday, I've-seen-and-heard-it-before-sameness, was a rich world that I had never appreciated before. Birdsong, sunrise, matchlight, a stranger's smile, my walk to work, grief, all came to life in a new way.
And if all that wasn't enough, there was a bonus that I had never even thought of: reading other small stones and connecting with their writers! (and being inspired by them and trying not to be jealous of their gorgeous pebbles!)
So with all that said, I'm very excited to see that Fiona and Kaspa will be lifting the floodgates again this January and the River of Stones will soon be overflowing its banks and splashing out of a blog near you (this one, in fact).
Now the question is: will you be joining me?
Learn all about writing small stones here and then come on in, really, the water is fine. More than fine, in fact.
*(writing experience not required)