The Writer’s Garden

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The Writer’s Garden

When a writer misses her garden

though her mind’s now supple and strong

and she can type a zillion words in her sleep

she still fears something’s dreadfully wrong

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When a writer enters her garden

and finds dandelions and thistles galore

though her manuscript’s now tightly edited

her garden’s much worse than before

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When a writer spends time in her garden

and finally whips it back into shape

though she’s been busily restoring order

her muse has plotted the next escapade.

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Β Wendy / 2015

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I’m hopelessly hooked on wordsmithing.

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This summer my dear garden suffered a drought and my desertion.

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Only the Hydrangea and a couple of potted plants managed to garner my consistent attention.

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No one can do everything well. And if she can, I doubt either of us wants to hang out with her for very long.

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There’s a time to weed and a time to write. I chose the latter.

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

EcclesiastesΒ 3:1

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I’m happy to report most of my garden survived without me.

Have you recently started or completed a project you’re excited about? Do you have any time management tips?

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Β Wordsmith Blessings ~ Wendy

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59 thoughts on “The Writer’s Garden

  1. Hi Wendy, it’s me again. You asked a question about move your art over to your new blog. And I would say and just create a separate page tab. In the long run, it will save you time having all your blog posts under one umbrella. Now I also have a separate website where I sell my art and decor products. Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

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  2. Oh how true …. there is a season for everything with time to be given to the garden and then to the writing. Which to choose? Only your heart will have the answer for you. All that remains is to follow this as best you can.

    I love the photo of your blue hydrangea. Its colour is so uniquely beautiful.

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  3. Thank you for your pictures and words. I’m glad you are finding time to write. Getting my school schedule in order has forced me to put writing on the back burner. I am hoping to get back to what is brewing in my brain. Hope you are enjoying cooler weather where you are.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Today I was thinking about all the stuff I learned alongside my children through our years of homeschooling. We’ve got lots of good memories of reading books together. Blessings on your learning/teaching adventure. I believe writing improves exponentially with reading.

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    1. Thank you, Bill. I used to be so patient with plants. Now I warn them to be brave and behave or they won’t be around next year. More and more I’m growing drought tolerant varieties. Blessings to you both on your holiday Monday.

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  4. Your garden probably did okay without you because you cared for it so well its now taking care of itself. I have no time management tips Wendy other than do what you can each day. Im trying to do story boards for picture book now and then it will be time to make a mock up or mini book before I complete final art. Such fun chasing our dreams.

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  5. Hi Wendy, so glad you chose writing over gardening, but I must say your flowers are beautiful in spite of your semi-desertion. I love your poem and beautiful photos. As you know, I’ve no green thumb so of course there was no decision for me to make…hmm…writing/painting or gardening? Have a wonderful long weekend. πŸ™‚ P.S. I especially like the last photo with the gorgeous blue flowers and your friend quote!

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        1. Tracy, it’s called LACECAP HYDRANGEAS
          (Hydrangea macrophylla normalis) You’re welcome to use any of my pictures for drawing references. I know I enjoy looking up cottages on Pinterest—now I need to make the time to draw them. πŸ™‚

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          1. Thanks, dear Tracy. When I start using my new blog (website) I may consider that idea. Do you recommend I make it a page I keep updating? I’m thinking of moving over other stuff too as I’ve noticed people using things without permission and not linking back (not cool). Perhaps I’ll have to look into tighter control. Art in words, paintings, or photography should be respected and not stolen. I love to share, so there’s no reason to steal. I hope you’ve managed to avoid this. πŸ™‚

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  6. I really identify with this. This year had my husband take over the watering chores taking special care to water my hydrangeas if he couldn’t water anything else. My yard doesn’t look wonderful, but most has at least survived.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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    1. Theresa, I’m so blessed and encouraged to hear about the exciting adventure you’re on. God is so good to tailor the path so we’re able to glorify Him in our work and creative life. You have a wonderful husband at your side too. We both have ‘keepers’. xo

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  7. Sometimes we simply need to put what is more important/urgent/necessary for us first. And as you say, your garden survived and will bloom again. Nature never deserts us and Im sure you feel wonderfully nourished from writing.

    Your photos are, as always, simply exquisite 😊 x

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  8. Love this line – “No one can do everything well. And if she can, I doubt either of us wants to hang out with her for very long.”

    So very true. As women, we are attracted to other women’s vulnerability and imperfection, not their perfection. Let’s be honest . . . there are days when all the balls that we’re balancing come tumbling down. Yet, the day continues on and some of the balls get dropped…for a time.

    I pray for much joy in this word-juggling season, Wendy.

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    1. Thank you, Diane. My family doesn’t miss the neat-nut I used to be. And the dust bunnies love me ‘more’ too. I can definitely use prayer for “word-juggling”. I need to trust in God’s timing and keep climbing the learning curve. Blessings on your upcoming adventures. Hugs.

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      1. Wouldn’t it be lovely to be sitting across from each other, sharing our stories and encouraging each other’s writing journeys? I will be praying for you, Wendy. It sure is true that a good writer needs to be an excellent re-writer. It’s tough work, for sure.

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  9. Love your poem and pictures. Hydrangeas are one of my favourite flowers. It’s great that you have a couple of projects that demand your attention and that you love. I have been inspired by one of my daughters to add a pretty touch to my surroundings. So, I have begun by decorating here and there with flowers (fake or real) and looking for ways to brighten up our place. New blinds were a big help. Now I am painting the baseboards a nice white, just to freshen up the place. So that is my project these days. Soon school begins and that opens up a whole new variety of “projects.”

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    1. Thank you, Dee. Your decorating sounds wonderful. School begins next week at our house. These days I’m pretty much just a cheerleader, prayer warrior, taxi-driver, and shoulder to lean on. Otherwise I get in the way. Yay for independence.

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    1. Diane, my place is in need of a purge. I said to myself, this morning, “We don’t need all this stuff.” It’s time. πŸ™‚ By the way, I finished your book and loved it. I’ve posted a review on Goodreads and Amazon.ca. I’ll be rereading it and leaning on it as I work on my memoir. Thank you for blessing me with such an excellent resource. So glad I heard about it from Cynthia and then bought it. πŸ™‚

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  10. Your garden is so beautiful Wendy! Yes gardens take nurturing but it’s so worth it! How about writing while sitting in the garden?

    My two gardens (flower and vegetable) take a lot of time watering , especially with the drought, so my painting time suffered. I guess you just have to decide what is top priority and what isn’t.

    Stunning photos!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda. I like your idea of writing in the garden. And I agree that gardens are worth the effort. I’m thankful for the drip irrigation system my husband put in a few years ago. He’s going to add more for next year so I won’t have to worry about my hydrangeas. πŸ™‚

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      1. That’s what I need to put in … Drip irrigation.

        Wish we were close by. I’d love to sit in your garden with you. Have a great weekend!! Hugs and Blessings to you.

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