A few gentle nudges by friends and some queries from well-wishers inquiring about my absence have brought me back here to the blog after a brief hiatus. To answer the most pertinent question–yes, I have been writing in the interim.
The majority of my time and effort has been devoted to reading, working on the craft of writing and immersing myself in the world of poetry. It has been an affirming educational experience so far and I feel fortunate to have had the chance to learn from some gifted teachers and fellow writers/ poets. I feel indebted to these generous folks that share the abundance of their knowledge and experience.
There is some poetry and a few personal essays that I have worked on recently but would like to put them aside for a bit and return to them later on and revise/ rework them as needed.
Concurrently, this has also been a time of some deep introspection–of coming to terms with acknowledging, accepting and working towards one’s passion, desires and compulsions; of recognizing the realities of one’s inner landscape; of letting go of illusions of control and expectation; and of respecting the present moment.
All of the above happens in the midst of my everyday life which like any other person’s has its ebbs and flows of work and leisure. That and my propensity for reticence caused blogging to fall to the wayside for a while. Whilst I am not the most current at this blog presently, I have been tweeting regularly at @PreetiSParikh
I hope to be able to post here much more frequently in the future.
See you all around!
***For those with similar interests, I would like to share some of the resources that I have been utilizing–
- Poetry and creative writing courses offered by Stanford Continuing Studies and Stanford Online
- MOOCs–ModPo by University of Pennsylvania and Coursera (ongoing),
Poetry in America: Emily Dickinson by Harvard University Online Learning and edX,
William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place by Lancaster University and Future Learn (ongoing).
- workshops offered by the local chapter of Women Writing for (a) Change
- the craft and critique classes offered by an esteemed poet in-town.
- our wonderful local public library.