Belong, Belonging, Beloved. A little love letter to us, my Wordsmith Studio friends, on our first anniversary.

April 3, 2013

Yesterday I finally fell into work in the studio. I set all projects aside and simply created from my heart, created for you and for this post.

I love improvisational work, nothing feels better or truer.

It can be hard to let go, to be free, to be true. This kind of work is dangerous. What if people don’t like it? What if you…who are so important to me and so in my heart… what if you don’t like it? But it’s the purest offering I can give you.

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Let’s talk about this insane thing we did. A year ago this April, we came together, complete strangers, over a challenge to grow our on-line presence at Robert Brewer’s My name is not Bob blog.
We took a chance. We built our platforms, we circled each other, we followed each other, we read each other and we liked each other…but then we found out that we really did like each other and we started to support each other, to share more than just our work.

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We come from different corners of the world and every walk of life, but when we are asked what are we doing this for, our answers are:
Because it makes us happy.
Because it makes others happy.
Because, as our skills develop, we can feel ourselves developing as writers, as poets, as artists, as photographers.
Because the language of our art is ancient and we want to speak it proficiently.
Because we always knew we would do creative work.
Because at one point in our lives we decided to finally do what we wanted to do all along.
Because we never want to give up.
Because what we do takes courage.
Because we believe there is value in being vulnerable.
Because sharing is good.
Because it makes us laugh and cry.
Because it’s good for our soul.
Because we believe in each other.
Because we love to and because we want to, and each time we are asked we think of seventeen more reasons.

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And sometimes the work is not a joy, sometimes it is forced and no one, including our own brave little heart, believes we can do it, but we carry on.

Here we all are together, birds of a feather.
And tomorrow we will be braver and work on, and tomorrow we will be less tired and tomorrow we will share some more of our hearts with each other.

And we will create.

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In the end it’s the best way we know how to give.
A careless unveiling and then, and then we will stand in the light and shine.

And to my heart we belong together in our group.

In my heart you are worthy of belonging and you are beloved.

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  • Reply Jeannine Bergers Everett April 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I felt the love in every letter, every curve, every color. I’m so grateful for the thread that led me to you <3

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Aw Jeannine, I’m the lucky one to have you in my life. <3

  • Reply Sophie April 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    je suis de l’autre côté du monde et je trouve cela merveilleux de s’écrire et de partager de jolies choses!
    merci pour ces beaux moments passés en votre compagnie
    bises
    Sophie

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Merci Sophie pour tes mots gentils. I always look forward to them and love that I know you. Bises. :)

  • Reply Carol Early Cooney April 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Veronica, It is lovely, wonderful, terrific. Your attitude is so great. I am so glad that it is our anniversary! Clink clink!

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Clink, clink Carol! :)

  • Reply Linda G Hatton April 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I smiled through the whole post, your warmth radiating out in every word and art-piece. I am so grateful to say we are friends. Lovely!

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you Linda, me too. :) So happy I know you.

  • Reply ebeth2000 April 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I love your images and creativity, Veronica. As Sophie said, you’re sharing pretty things with a writing community that spans the world!

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth. I love our community. :)

  • Reply Sopphey April 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Very beautiful Veronical I love it. It should be permanently posted on the site as reasons why we exist with each other.

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Aw Sopphey, thank you. I’m happy to upload the images to the site. :) Maybe we can all contribute to the reasons. (Oh no, not another thing to do…lol) 😉

  • Reply jlynn sheridan April 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    X QUIZ ETTE! That’s my best french impressionist art/lingo expression for your delicious post.. OOh, LA LA!

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Lol JLynn, love it! :)

  • Reply Jennifer Chow April 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you for the lovely photos and the beautiful explanation of our group! I also really like the collage at the top :)

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you Jennifer, you know that you can find tons of “X” in Cosmo mags but very few in other mags? Just saying. :)

  • Reply Kasie Whitener April 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    So, so wonderful, Veronica! Thank you, friend!

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you Kasie. :) It’s for us all.

  • Reply michellepond April 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Usually when I hear the word tapestry, I think of Carole King. Now, I’ll think of the group. Beautiful words and pictures. Happy Anniversary.

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Oh no Michelle, now I’m thinking of Carole King…lol Happy anniversary. :)

  • Reply Saturn Bull (@thesaturnbull) April 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    “And we will create.” Love it!!

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Yes Sarah, just think of where we’ll be next year. :)

  • Reply Melanie Marttila April 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Lovely post :) I do feel the virtual hug! Back at you creative bad-ass (((HUG)))

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Lol, virtual hugs Melanie. :)

  • Reply AlvaradoFrazier (@AlvaradoFrazier) April 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Oh my goodness, I laughed out loud when I saw your first graphic, “Sit down and write…” Thanks for the message-great delivery. Now can I share that graphic-I’ll send a link over to you when I do!

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Great Monica, you can share anything you like. :)

  • Reply Sabra Bowers April 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I’m honored to be a part of the invisible threads connecting us. I love your beautiful, heartfelt words and art. Thank you! Big hug across the miles and miles.

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Big hug back Sabra. One day…big hug in person. :)

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  • Reply Gerry Wilson April 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Well, I think we could all just stop now (and that doesn’t take away in the least from the terrific posts that have gone before yours). You’ve said–and shown–so beautifully what we’re about! I agree with Sopphey that this should become part of the site somehow. Thank you, thank you for the lovely words and images.

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Aw Gerry, thank you for being my friend. I’m happy to have this on the site in any way. I can upload the images into the media files for a start. :)

  • Reply Barbara Morrison April 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Beautiful! I never expected a community like this to grow out of a whim to follow Robert’s challenge. Astonishing and humbling . . . Thank you for drawing it.

  • Reply kiril kundurazieff April 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    A wonderful essay! Such power and emotion in so few words, and I love the images!

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you Kiril.

  • Reply danadampier April 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I agree… we definitely need to keep this close as a reminder of where we started and how far we’ve come together!! Thank you Veronica for doing this!!

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Hi Dana, good let’s keep it close. :)

  • Reply Anne Kimball April 4, 2013 at 1:23 am

    So, so beautiful, Veronica. I am honored and humbled to belong to this community. I was in a bad place last night, and reading this lifted my spirits. Brought tears to my eyes, but the good kind. You are an amazing person, an incedible artist. Thank you!

    • Reply Veronica April 4, 2013 at 3:18 am

      Oh Anne, I’m so glad my post helped you yesterday. You do so much and have so much on your plate that you amaze me. I’m so glad we’re friends. :)

  • Reply Becca April 4, 2013 at 2:47 am

    You are amazing. 😉

    • Reply Veronica April 4, 2013 at 3:19 am

      So are you Becca. :)

  • Reply Katt April 4, 2013 at 5:23 am

    What a brilliant, creative posting, thanks so much! I would love nominate you for all the awards! Inspirational!

    • Reply Veronica April 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Aw Kathryn, you are so sweet, thank you. I’ll take the “everyone likes her” award! :)

  • Reply Carole April 4, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Wonderful post Veronica, I love it! I wanted to share some fabulous news I received on Friday but I can’t find your email. When you get a free moment drop me a line. xox

    • Reply Veronica April 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      So so exciting Carole, great big congratulations and I’m so going to vote for you…if I can. :)

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn April 4, 2013 at 8:49 am

    i am in tears … X

    • Reply Veronica April 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Aw Catherine, I’m sorry. :) X

  • Reply cjaboro April 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Wonderful! I got goosebumps while reading! I was excited to do the challenge, but I never imagined the friendships that would evolve. It has been my very great pleasure to know you Veronica and to witness your wonderful works of art. :)

    • Reply Veronica April 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Claudine, we’re so lucky, aren’t we? Thank you so much for being a part of this group. :)

  • Reply Sara v April 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I’m with Catherine–verklemp–talk amongst yourselves while I sniffle. 😉 I ADORE those feathers on book pages and that composition with black ink pen and white flowers/written pages, run free Veronica, run free!! :-) Thank you for the verbal hug and inspiration–back atcha!! Love ya! <3

    • Reply Veronica April 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Verbal hug back at you Sara, and hopefully one day in real life. :) Running free…

  • Reply sue@betwixthomeandschool April 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Beautiful post, Veronica! Thanks for sharing your creativity it is inspiring. Congratulations on your anniversary and to many more! Sue@betwixthomeandschool.blogspot.com

    • Reply Veronica April 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Hi Sue, it’s pretty exciting for me, and for us and I’m so happy to know lovely people like you and be able to share with everyone. How lucky are we?

  • Reply Jeffrey Brunner April 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Once, I fell in love… and I thought that words could win her heart. The most difficult thing I ever attempted was to collect those words, to assemble them in the necessary order, and, when she read them she would be captured by their reality, as if reality could be surrounded by words… I did not succeed, of course…and learned that words are not really meant to pull, but to push; not to entangle, but to liberate. Thanks Veronica.

    • Reply Veronica April 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Oh Jeffrey, I can’t help but think that was a silly woman. :)

  • Reply Julia Tomiak April 5, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Veronica- absolutely beautiful, and I’m so glad you uploaded the photos to our site. Has anyone pinned them yet? They most certainly need pinning! I’m always so inspired by you- thanks for sharing your talents with us.

    • Reply Veronica April 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Julia, thank you. :) I’m so glad I can inspire. :)

  • Reply Amy April 5, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    This is such a lovely post, Veronica. Very touching.
    Thank you.

    • Reply Veronica April 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Amy, thank you so much. :)

  • Reply emilyemcgee April 6, 2013 at 3:51 am

    This is so upbeat and inspiring, thank you! Also, my favorite line is “we circled each other, we followed each other, we read each other and we liked each other…but then we found out that we really did like each other”. So true! Someone once asked me how many of my blog commenters I know in real life, and I had to count twice because I feel like I know all the WSS friends in real life, even though I’ve never met any of you.

    • Reply Veronica April 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Hi Emily, I feel the same way. So lovely getting to know you and all our wonderful friends. :)

  • Reply Amanda Socci, Freelance Writer April 10, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Beautiful images accompanying beautiful sentiments. Just lovely, Veronica!

    • Reply Veronica April 10, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Oh, thank you Amanda, and thanks for stopping by. Happy anniversary to us!

  • Reply mliddle April 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Your post embodies what it means to belong and belonging. I feel touched by your words and pictures, as I am sure others were also. Thank you for starting off thesecelebratory anniversary posts with a sense of togetherness. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you, Veronica, and everyone in the group.

    Monique

    • Reply Veronica April 29, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Hi Monique, sweetie. :) How are you doing? So happy you’re back. Much love to you. :)

  • Reply mliddle May 1, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    .I am doing a bit better than I was last summer and over the winter. The good days are few, but I am so happy for them and take advantage of the many things I can do on those days. Thank you for the warm welcome, Veronica. I admit that being back has me excited about blogging again and ultimately participating in the group more. We are a fantastic group, diverse, but amazingly supportive. I will have to wait to write until the fall because of moving and other things this summer. But when I do, I know I will have the support of WSS.

    With warm wishes to you –
    Monique

    • Reply Veronica May 2, 2013 at 5:49 am

      Absolutely Monique. You are so cared about here. Take care. :)

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