“Sips and Writes” is a new phrase I coined tonight while having a drink and reading some poetry to take the edge off of the day, sitting in the quiet (except for the Central Air and my dog’s ever-so-slight snoring, which gradually became a bit louder). I rather like the name, and I think it will become a new feature for me, even if I’m not sipping. It could also be that I may not be writing at that particular time either, but I like it. It’s catchy. And I like to have fun. The best ideas are often born from mistakes.
I’m gladly settling back into some old, familiar routines, reading some poetry of late and re-exploring the art form, as I’ve started writing and recording some of my own again the past few weeks. I’m not sure yet what I want to do with the recordings (standalone poems or turn them into pieces of a fiction or an autobiographical novel), but I like having the options. Poetry doesn’t flow quite as easily (in written form) as it used to for me because I’ve gotten a bit rusty in practice. Writing free form is a completely different story. I tried my hand at spoken word poetry and surprised myself a bit a few weeks back though. I wasn’t too shabby.
I’ve dabbled with the idea of Open Mic Nights that I couldn’t do back then, but I’m kind of private and particular with some of my work. It’s mine, it’s personal, it’s emotional, and it’s one of the handful of things I’m just not there yet with vulnerability. Fun Fact: I have been invited a few times in my life to D.C. and NYC with other poets and celebrities, but it wasn’t the right time in my life. I wasn’t ready to invest in and commit to it then. Everything has a time and a place, and I believe the better time is now. For tonight, a little William Shakespeare for inspiration because it resonates with me this evening:
“All that glitters is not gold
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
As the saying goes, “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.” I believe my love of writing keeps me astute and observant; keen in my intuition. Therefore, at times I dance with the devils I know and taunt and flirt with them, the same as I may do at times with the devils I don’t. Then again, I’ve never been overly risk-averse overall in my adult life. I’m not cut from the average cloth or fabric of life, and I celebrate that. I didn’t always, but I celebrate the hell out of it now! I wasn’t born to be ordinary, darling. I embrace my complexities and all of the wildly beautiful things that make me uniquely me. So should you. So should we all. Goodnight from Sips and Writes.
About the Author
Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I have a zeal for life, a love of family and friends, nature, and a love of laughter. I frequently laugh myself into tears and it makes me laugh even harder. My best friends love this about me. I love music, travel, new experiences, the Arts, and taking photos to capture and share precious and unique moments. I'm an admitted-Selfie Queen thanks to one of my girlfriends (you know who you are). I love exercise, trying new restaurants and recipes, and I love to dance! I embrace my world fully and everything around me, and hold it all near and dear, as if it's the last time I'll see or experience any of it.