I’m turning in my homework assignment for “My Writing Process Blog Tour.”
1) WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON? With 12 Word Docs open, my MacBook desktop is a festive mess. Works in progress include: designing a teacher training program, pressing a 53 lbs. kettlebell overhead, polishing a workshop curriculum, sticking a handstand straddle, planning my annual Italy retreat, blogging, savoring the exquisite nuances of the squat, and writing a book (or several eBooks.) Teaching yoga/fitness weaves it all together. Writing forces me to sit still and grammar grounds my creative spasms.
2) HOW DOES YOUR WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS’ WORK IN THE SAME GENRE? If fitness/yoga blogging is my genre, I don’t know where I stand. I don’t know much about that genre but I do know my tribe. Holistic health buddies, yogis, bodyworkers, kettlebell aficionados, and cross-pollinating movement enthusiasts fill my Facebook feed. We yearn for the exhilarating mystery out beyond the drudgery of burning calories,. With blog posts, I show up to the social media campfire with my stories. I appreciate the companionship of the more skilled raconteurs: teachers of movement, health, and consciousness who inspire me. Facing severe public health challenges, we desperately need some new stories.
3) WHY DO YOU WRITE WHAT YOU DO? To purse the next level of mastery. I’ve taught for over a decade, hold a master’s degree in holistic health, and have a pile of certifications. When teaching in-person, I’m convincing enough to get folks moving. But writing makes me question everything I appear to have mastered in the classroom. Writing is the final test of my somatic intelligence. If I can speak to a reader’s innate ability and appetite for movement than I’m doing my part to address hypokinetic (dis)ease.
4) HOW DOES YOUR WRITING PROCESS WORK? I flip the hour glass and write for an hour a day. If I’m in that practice, ideas simmer and words come to me as I bike, take with students, or do my own practice. I’m constantly capturing language into new files, hence all the open Word Docs. I’m just another wandering creative in Oakland. Luckily we are well-fed, and holding an Apple product, it’s socially acceptable be talking to yourself. Like crossing the line of an ultra marathon, it will be an exciting day when I finish my book. Years ago I hired the unrelenting support of Kristy Lin Billuni at Sexy Grammar. I completely trust her with me behind the scenes and recommend her to any writer who craves the spotlight but needs a stage manager.
Actually, Kristy was the one tagged me in the My Writing Process Blog Tour. She can explain it to you. I’m tagging the lovely miss Faith Levine of Gracefulfitness. She is my commune sister, a dancer, blogger, health educator, and I think she is just awesome.