i think it’s time

November 9, 2007

I stopped writing about my family because I didn’t want my mother to scold me.

I stopped writing about boys and our relationships because I didn’t want to jinx anything.

I stopped writing about work because I didn’t want to get in trouble.

I stopped writing about the weather because there are only so many times you can say it’s hot it’s cold it’s raining it’s beautiful today and I’m so happy to be alive.

I stopped writing about books because I stopped reading and I stopped writing about music because I stopped going to shows.

I stopped writing.

Now, when I watch Rama rush to the keyboard after reading a chapter of Bird by Bird, when I come across a story that makes me laugh or cry, when I dive into the archives of this site, I miss it. I miss the voice in my head narrating my life like a movie. I miss the 2am surge of words that came tumbling from my fingertips.

I am feeling a little braver, now. A little wiser, too. I think maybe, just maybe, I am ready to tell the stories that have been sitting in my heart. I know that I at least need to try.


  1. Frida says:

    Please do. Do try, do tell your stories.

    This forum – blog/online journals etc – is the most concrete illustration I’ve found of my heart-belief that we are all connected.

  2. cromulent says:

    i sympathize and certainly hope you try.

  3. rama says:

    you are my favorite writer!

    (and, if writing is all i have to do to encourage you, i will write every day.)

  4. lisa s says:

    can’t wait christine….

  5. Annie says:

    Christine, do you still do the ‘good things’ emails you used to send out? I loved those- and would love to be on the list if you do.

  6. stella says:

    *hug* yay! i think a lot of us have stopped.. maybe from a pressure to find the same voice we are used to having. but people do change. i think i have, maybe less poetic but more honest with myself. i love you.

  7. Claire says:

    Can’t wait to read your true stories. Honesty is amazing.

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