pieces of me: 2012

I rather feel I should do something interesting to mark the end of the year. But I really don’t have the motivation to write a thorough report – even a reflection (probably why I’m only a minor blogger in the current canon!)

So, here’s to something different – snatches of some posts that I’ve written throughout 2012.  There’ll be great big gaps.  Irrelevance. Random thoughts.  But here we are, pieces of me, in 2012.

January

Jan 12th

It doesn’t matter how much people reassure you that editors are human and don’t have fangs, there’s nothing like becoming one to get a real sense of understanding.

Jan 17th

I fractured a rib for Christmas. Please, no cracker jokes. I had flu, which led to a violent cough, which led to a cracked rib. I didn’t know that was possible – well, you learn something new every Christmas, right?

February

Feb 17th

What do we mean when we say ‘inspiration’?  Is it just a bolt from the blue?  A something where there was nothing?  Isn’t everything made of triggers and links and trains of thought colliding, building on something we already know and infusing it with something new?

March

March 8th

…sadly we lost our pet rabbit Charlie last week…

March 9th

Life is very varied at the moment – and very busy! I’m really enjoying all the things I’m involved in, especially my time spent working as an editor for Magnet.

However, variety does come with challenges. Yesterday I sat down and got out the draft of my book on memory on faith, working through the chapter outline and preparing my proposal. But it took me a long time simply to catch up – to remember where I was, to re-familiarise myself, to tune in.  I needed to immerse myself in that one thing in order to be able to re-establish my working rhythm.

March 13th

A celebrity culture is not an encouraging culture.  It plants people too high and then strips them down.  It gloats over their falls or dismisses everything they’ve done previously when something goes wrong.  It leaves people high or low – and alone.  Let’s stop celebrity-ising.  Let’s start loving – carefully, wisely, gently.

April

April 12th

The last month or so much of my time has been taken up with editing the summer/harvest issue of Magnet (it comes out in June).  In fact, I am writing this post quickly before heading to a design meeting – sitting peacefully at a little desk in my overnight accommodation.

April 23rd

I’m recognising that I need to make windows.  Windows where I say – I will not work on this then.  That afternoon is a time free from that particular task.  This may be allowing myself some much needed ‘downtime’, or it may make room for other things – things that are important to me, that energise me in different ways.  Things that I feel called to do.

April 26th

I’ve been struck down by the lurgy this week, variety unknown, bar the fact it makes me feel pretty awful.  I feel like I’m being chewed up by some horrible creature.  

May

May 10th

I love having conversations with people where the potency of language carries the discussion deeper and deeper – churning up all kinds of thoughts, triggering more and more ideas. Language can be a beautiful way of sharing ourselves.

May 17th

Together with a group of other members of our church, I had the privilege of visiting a mosque yesterday evening.  They were welcoming and informative and we were allowed to sit at the back and watch the men at their evening prayers.

May 21st

Before we can even begin to claim one another’s beliefs are ‘false’ we need to get rid of our own ‘false beliefs’ about each other.  So often those from different faiths or sects have a certain viewpoint about what each other believe.  If a person of that faith was told what we think they believed, they might be most indignant!  It is impossible to have a genuine and helpful debate about something when both parties are consistently misunderstanding each other.

May 27th

ON THIS PENTECOST SUNDAY I pray – that my mind would be attuned to the Spirit, my heart and soul filled with the Spirit, that my feet walk in step with Spirit.

June

June 7th

I have to say I pity those with a weakness for hoarding – especially when it comes to souvenirs. I wonder how many will choose to save the Jubilee themed packaging which has appeared on so many British products recently?

June 25th

 I came back [from holiday] to find my own copy of Magnet issue 98 on my doorstop – significant because it’s the first one I’ve been heavily involved in editing!  Strange yet satisfying to see it in the flesh – or paper, should I say! I’m now knuckling down preparing worship material for issue 99

July

July 15th

I’ve been zinglewalloped this past week. General fatigue, extra activities, horrendous hayfever and chiefly a nasty chesty cough thing joined forces and rendered me … bleah.

July 17th

I’m beginning to wonder if living with CFS/ME, or any kind of extreme tiredness, isn’t rather like being a printer with a duplexer. After a while, you have a tendency towards paper jams whenever you try and do anything double sided.

July 19th

I’VE REALISED I CAN’T live out my faith half-heartedly. In my frequent efforts towards ‘diplomatic’ faith – steadfastly allowing others to believe their interpretation of this or that – I’ve forgotten to allow myself to believe what Ibelieve, sometimes. This doesn’t mean I want to ditch my desire to be a peacemaker and bridgebuilder, or that I’m going to stop accepting others. It just means that sometimes I need to accept myself a little better than I do now.

July 23rd

This week I’m helping at our church’s holiday club, which entails a general assortment of crafting … playing games, singing, lots of squash (orange and blackcurrant) etc., etc…

August

August 6th

Busy morning today experiencing new things.  Went with my lovely friend B to Aquacise, where we sploshed and jumped and pumped.  Planning to go next week – about time I did something to tackle my taut muscles. After this I went to a kid’s lunch club at a church on a nearby estate – it’s for kids who rely on school dinners in term time but don’t really get enough food once the holidays arrive.

August 13th

Went back to the kids’ lunch club at the parish church on the estate today.  (We have good links with this particular church, and often do joint Easter, Harvest and Christmas services/events.) This time I saw five of the kids that came to our church holiday club, all of whom recognised me and ran up to say hello (bless!).

September

Sept 12th

Have just returned after weekend away for my birthday – spent with family and friends – lovely.

October

Oct 1st

September was not a good blogging month for me!  What with going away for my birthday, a church weekend, various deadlines, a meeting in London, two days spent clearing out our pond as well as general lack of motivation – my posts were rather sporadic.

Oct 22nd

I’m back from a two week break catching up with family – good to see loved ones and get a bit of space for soul-stretching!  Nothing like beautiful countryside, rugged coastlines and wild moors to make me feel like myself again – as if my spirit just needed that extra bit of space.

Oct 23rd

Good grief.

It’s November next week.  And we all know what that means.  Yes, National Novel Writing Month is once again upon us – and yes once again I am umming and ahh-ing…to write or not to write?

Oct 26th

Fragile World has been released on Kindle! Proceeds from the Kindle edition will go towards the production of my next anthology, Beautiful, through which I hope to raise money for Tearfund’s work with the women of the Congo.

November 

Nov 20th

For those of us of a writerly persuasion, November comes with one main feature: NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I’ve managed the last two years and am attempting this year as well.

Nov 23rd

Those of you keeping up with the many strands of my life (I have trouble with that, myself) will know that I am now Competitions Manager of the committee of the UK’s  Association of Christian Writers – also known as ACW.

Nov 24th

I’m over 8000 words behind.  Ack!  NaNoWriMo?  NoNoNoNo, more like…

December

Dec 4th

Feeling very foggy headed today.  It was such a relief to emerge from November – I finished my NaNo novel on November 29th – a good thing, as I had nothing left in me on the 30th.

Dec 9th

Advent is a time of waiting and preparing. And this preparation feels to me like a way of welcome – readying ourselves to welcome the Christ child. Are we ready for him to take his place in the ‘manger throne’ that is our hearts?

Dec 13th

I realise I need to make time for that which energises me.

It may not be on my to do list.  But it will make everything so much more doable.

There you are – a bit of a whistle stop tour around my habitually patchy blog in the year 2012.

4 thoughts on “pieces of me: 2012

  1. Lori Brighton December 29, 2012 / 11:18 am

    Thank you, Lucy :)

  2. Joy Lenton December 30, 2012 / 10:50 am

    A fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of your life, Lucy. Only got to know you around Spring/Summer time, so lots to catch up on! Happy writing, living, loving, kearning and growing in 2013! No doubt there will be much to interest, encourage and inspire your readers in the year ahead. God bless you:)

  3. Fran Hill (@beingFran) December 30, 2012 / 11:57 am

    I really liked your through-the-year blog idea. So I stole it for mine. Sorry!

  4. Lucid Moments (@EusebiaPhilotes) December 30, 2012 / 12:35 pm

    Wonderful! A moment at a time adds up to a year of accomplishments. I see perseverance and faith in your life that overcame obstacles to your work and what you most enjoy. Happy New Year!

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