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Thank you for visiting Becoming Roots! I can’t say that I know where this will go, but maybe that’s half the fun. That’s the way it is with growing things, after all… they sprout out branches that may or may not thrive, drop some roots here and there, and become – well, themselves. I’m just someone who likes to create. Β And yet, sometimes, this drive is damped and hampered by the same silliness that foils us all: Master Doubt. Enough! I said to myself (okay, maybe a thousand times). I will write something, create something, and take to heart this concept of ‘just write’. We will see how it takes shape, and I welcome – welcome! – feedback.

Why do I write? Because it is a part of me, simply. But to break it down, I love the precision, the forms, the structures, the process. But I love what’s past those structures even more. To me, in the spaces just beyond the structure – that’s where creativity lives and breathes. It bursts and trickles, leaps out of its confines and filters into reality, questioning and reconfiguring it every single time. Beyond the forms and the words, creativity lies in the inconceivable, unwilling to be reconciled and waiting to be heard. Or written…

Here, I’ll piece together bits of things: stories, possibly a line or two at a time (mostly fiction, perhaps some not), maybe a few poems, and definitely some musings and thoughts. If any of it speaks to you, that makes me very happy. I know that I have been moved and inspired and awed by so much that I have seen in this community, and I am honoured to be a part of it.

One of my inspirations (for creativity, for expanding understanding beyond that which can be understood, and for liberation from the confines of all the world tells me I’m not):

‘One day, Yanguan called to his assistant, “Bring me the rhinoceros fan.”

The assistant said, “It’s broken.”

Yanguan said, “In that case, bring me the rhinoceros.”

from Bring me the Rhinoceros, by John Tarrant

Thank you for stopping by, and please let me know if you have a blog you would like me to visit as well. Best wishes on your journey!

 

 

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    1. Thanks for the inquiry (and for the follow)! Online, I am working on a piece of flash fiction (Isadora; trying to write it a little bit at a time as an exercise). “Offline” (:) ), on a few things including several short stories, a novella, and a Fantasy/Adventure Something (not sure yet the length). How about you? Best, Nadia

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      1. Oh, fantastic. I’d love to read some of your short stories if you wouldn’t mind sharing them? I always have a lot of projects on the go at the same time, a new novel, a selection of short stories and non-fiction stuff that can occupy and irritate me more than my natural preference for fiction. Mark

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      2. That’s great!! If you’re someone who likes to have different projects on the go, I can definitely relate to that – fiction, non-fiction, varying genres…it’s all good!! And thank you very kindly for the encouragement. I have a few short stories that are currently in the queue for rejection (haha), and when (if?) they have decided that they would prefer to remain out of (official) print, then I will gladly share them. Thanks for visiting; I’m glad to have found your blog. Best of luck!

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  1. Your introduction is lovely and the opening reminds me of a line from a favorite movie, “Because of Winn-Dixie”. Cicely Tyson’s character plants a “wait and see” tree–since she won’t know what it is till it comes up! It’s so true of almost any growing thing–or writing πŸ™‚ I’m often amazed at what my characters say, or the direction a poem takes which I hadn’t deliberately planned… Best wishes for success in your writing, and on your blog. (Although my current blog is new, I’ve been blogging since Summer 2011–lots of blogs, lots of poetry; you’re welcome to visit, with no obligation.) Stella

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    1. Thank you so much! And I whole-heartedly agree – love it when characters surprise us! Best to you as well – clearly blogging is a passion for you, and your new blog is beautiful and very inviting. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh, you are so lovely to think of me!! I appreciate this from the bottom of my heart. πŸ™‚ If anything on my blog has given you some joy, or you’ve seen something positive in it, then I am a very happy blogger. I am new to this blogging thing, so to have some positive feedback and for you to go out of your way to recognize my efforts is truly meaningful. So, thank you! However, I have decided not to participate in the blogging awards, but will hold your kind thoughts with much gratitude. Thank you!!

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