Today I read a piece about little rituals writers go through as they approached the physical act of writing. That teased my memory; but, I couldn’t recall any ritual that I go through so I shrugged and thought I might consider my rituals at another time. I headed for my desk with the intent of getting a blog posted. I am 82 years old and have just written my first novel.
I crossed the room to my computer. I had everything set to work on my blog, but first I began moving papers on my desk. I straightened all of the paper I had positioned around my chair and then moved to straighten all of the written materials. . . about ten minutes later I realized that I could not focus on the task at hand until I’d touched all of the pages in sight. Of course, I thought, that’s my ritual. Then I recalled a similar ritual from my early years as a writer. I’d go into my office to write and I’d find myself wasting time: I’d pull books that I loved and documents I valued from my bookshelves; I’d hold them in my hands for a few moments and then return them to the shelves—or more likely, pile them on the floor. Then the next time that I went into the office to write, I’d pick up those same items and shelve them. My ritual then and my ritual now are different only in detail.
My idea is that a ritual, for a writer, is a short transitional phase where one moves ones focus from the concrete, day-to-day, ordinary world things and enters an ethereal moment to begin creating something that is different from, and sometimes greater, than reality?
How do you open your mind to the world of your imagination? Are you surprised when you are writing and you feel alive yet detached from “real world” limitations?
Writing A RING, A DANCE, A SECOND CHANCE was an enjoyable experience, structured by my ritual, and supported by the joy of finding meaning through writing.
A Ring A Dance A Second Chance is Katie’s and Taylor’s love story, high school sweethearts, reunited after the death of both spouses, 40 years later. The two learn how to rid themselves of their old memories and expectations and learn to accept the years of change that has taken place. The story is a blending of families and courting at a senior age of life.
Ever wondered if a second chance at love was possible…this book will delight and charm you. Should you be in the midst of a relationship that includes the blending of families, or requires a change in your life, …”A RING, A DANCE, A SECOND CHANCE” will speak to you.
The novel is a real Romantic Fiction: “Slice of Life Story” – Allowing yourself to be swept away by a host of characters that are approachable, realistic and yet challenging.
About the Author:
Jonell Kirby Cash grew up in Georgia where she graduated from Franklin County, Georgia, high school, in 1947; Reinhardt Junior College, Waleska, Georgia, 1949; University of Georgia, , BS.HEC, 1952; MS Degree in Education, 1957; (PHD) EdD (in Education,) Counseling Psychology, 1964. She performed her post Doctoral work included a summer session at Carnegie Melon University.
She taught in the public schools of Georgia for twelve years and was a full-time teacher at UGA while she was a full-time doctoral student. Her first college position was at Augusta College as Directory of the Counseling Center and later served as Director of Instruction Director of Instruction with Georgia’s 9th District Services Center. She taught at the graduate level at University of Georgia, Syracuse University and West Virginia University, in Morgantown, WV. She moved to Kanawha Valley Graduate Center in Charleston, WV as Coordinator of Instruction with West Virginia University and later, was an Assoc. Dean for Program development, and she was involved in developing an accredited graduate college (WVCOGS) in Charleston, West Virginia.
Professionally, Dr. Jonell Kirby Cash served on the editorial board of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work and as an advisory editor for The Individual Psychologist; she was a member of the Commission on Higher Education of the North Central Accreditation Association, and a consultant to overseas workshops in Portugal, Australia, Brazil, Egypt and England.
Dr. Jonell Kirby Cash has authored four books in the field of psychology and counseling and since retiring has written her first novel, A Ring, A Dance, A Second Change. With her busy schedule Jonell has found time to attend workshops in writing, create a writing group, and read widely. Since retiring her volunteer work has included CASA, working with couple under stress and with disruptive children and troubled families.
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