My internal writing critic, like most, is full of doom and gloom. It declares things like: you’ll never be a prodigious writer. Authors don’t make enough cash to live on. You don’t know what you’re talking about.
This kind of inner talk has a dangerous dampening effect on, say, novels, poems, plays. But blogs, and more specifically Whole Heart Local? Meh.
When my critic says scornfully, with unsurprising frequency: nobody reads your blog. They don’t care what you have to say.
I reply, currently: beh.
I read WHL. And love it! And so appreciate the opportunity to plan for, dream about, and write it, still, 200 posts later. And to celebrate, we’re hosting a giveaway, WHL and me.
Lauren Murphy, herbalist, strong-lady (rumor has it she can lift 600 lbs with her LEGS,) master cheese-maker (no kidding), and good friend, will be debuting her new herbal line Lala Earth this September. Through her enormous generosity, WHL is giving away loose-leaf tea with the theme of love. And if THAT weren’t enough, I plan to pair it with a small treat from one of JP’s wonderful, local businesses.
On to the giveaway. All you gotta do is leave a comment. That’s it! One comment, about any such subject as your heart desires. Or “hi!” That’s nice, too. The winner will be chosen by random on Wednesday, August 21.
A hearty THANKYOU to everyone who entered the Whole Heart 100 – JP Beautiful Giveaway contest. Chosen by random, Sage Radachowsky is the lucky winner! He will receive via post, a lovely assortment of Jamaica Plain-inspired gifts.
How exciting to welcome so many visitors here at Whole Heart Local! Stay tuned for the next giveaway this September, when the blog turns 1 year old.
Sometimes you meet a person and you know, straightaway, that she will be your friend. That’s how it was with me and Whole Heart Local.
On Thursday, September 15, I officially met Whole Heart Local, following a spring of plotting, a summer of planning, and hearty smattering of apprehension. I was fresh from the non-success of my first blog, Librarytour, and I wanted WHL to be a win. A love letter to my favorite city, a safe space to wonder from, an opportunity to be more public with my writing: this blog has proved a good venue, a satisfying partnership.
So, Whole Heart Local – here’s to you: 100 posts! Looking forward to 100 more.
On to the Giveaway. Inspired by my adopted neighborhood (how jealous I am of friends lucky enough to be born here), my first Giveaway will feature treats purchased (or gathered) right in Jamaica Plain, Boston. I’m calling it JP Beautiful.
Leave a comment below about one beautiful thing you’ve noticed, or created, or wish existed here in JP. If you never been to Jamaica Plain, please leave a comment about your OWN neighborhood or someplace you’ve lived or visited that just about blew you away, or made you sit down and consider over an ice cream cone, or a place you just find cool.
The winner will be chosen by random on Monday, May 26 (also my brother’s birthday, by the way. Say: Happy Birthday, Stadi!)