The World At Work

In the blog world, I often read about the way in which the “universe moves” to point you in the direction you need to be. 

My mother would call it coincidence.  I like to use the term serendipity. 

Whatever term you use, it happened just this morning, and now my thoughts are in an excited little whirl.

You see, I’ve been feeling in a huge rut for the past few weeks, stuck on a boring treadmill with nothing to look forward to.  My writing was feeling the effects of this condition, and I’ve been toying with the idea of just packing it all in and giving up.

But I’ve also been thinking that perhaps it was time to move on to the next level with writing. Take a class, or go to a workshop, do something to propel myself out of the writing rut.

So I’m mulling this over in my mind during our walk at the park.  Afterwards, I decide to stop by my favorite coffee house for the customary mid-morning brew.

Lo and behold, I spy a sign on the door:

First Cup Writer’s Group

Open to all fledgling writers who’d like to improve their work and talk about writing. 

Bring two or three pages of something you’d like to share.

We’ll also be discussing Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing.

Sunday, August 10, 2008, at 2:30.


Well, if that’s not the universe at work, I don’t know what is.

Except for this, which I clicked on immediately after I got home.

Roseanne, over at Firefly Nights, honored me with a lovely award, which I greatly appreciate.  But it was the words she used to describe the Byline that really filled my heart with encouragement.

“Becca is a very talented writer and an avid reader.  If you’re looking for a lot of silly fluff, don’t even bother to visit.  But, if you like a writer who can weave a fictional story out of a few key words and someone with a lot of life experience who writes about family issues and problems we can all relate to, Becca is the blogger for you.”

Coincidence, serendipity, or the universe at work…two relatively small incidents in the larger scheme of life, but able to provide a much needed dose of encouragment to my sagging spirit.

How about you?  Has the universe moved for you lately? 



12 thoughts on “The World At Work

  1. Sorry Becca, besides myself, the universe just doesn’t want you to quit! So next time you get in a funk ask your readers and we’ll tell you what we think! These periods of boredom and unproductivity are normal so they say, and I like to think that something BIG is cooking inside that just isn’t ready yet!!

  2. I believe this too. So often is the case, how can you not believe it?! The most recent occurrence for me was deciding to enter three of my photos for exhibition in our local art gallery. They were chosen for inclusion and then a sale and now…well, I’ve made a business called “bydamanti”. Well, there are actually more dots than these to connect, but you get the picture (no pun intended). Luckily, I won’t be relying on this for income…it’s just a nice little side to have.

  3. I need the universe to move for me! And now this is the second piece I’ve read recently about asking the universe for things and then receiving. Maybe I just need to ask? Do I need to be brave enough to put my request on my blog? Maybe I’ll just start with my journal.

    Good luck with your group!

  4. I think the universe moves in strange and mysterious ways. I wanted to go to Las Vegas in September to see Bette Midler, but options available were pointing more towards Donny and Marie or Carrot Top.

    A love of shoes, a love of illustrating shoes, and a love for a song about kinky things that one does with shoes led me to a youtube video of the Divine Miss M singing that song which in turn led me to a new ambition. I now long to become a French Meadowette.

    The Universe has definitely moved me lately. Thanks for asking.

    You have a very nice blog.

    Cookie Sunshine

  5. Congratulations! I’ve always thought you were brillante!

    The universe has been moving me lately, but not very nicely. More along the lines of shaking, rattling, rolling, and pulling the rug out from underneath me. I seem to be in a new space, and I’m trying to get my bearings.

    Looking forward to hearing more about this writing group!

  6. I spilled my husband’s water last night, and the universe moved me to get a towel. Quick!

    You’re a wonderful writer, and if you ever need telling, I’m here. You’re part of my day that I look forward to. Yes, you are.

  7. Congrats on both the award and the serendipity!

    I think the universe is starting to move for me – everyone is under one roof again and I’m able to start removing travel work (ie. the spare cage for the guinea pigs in case there’s a problem while we’re gone, putting suitcases AWAY, etc.). I’m so ready to be a homebody again, and I will be a week from today. (I still have a mother in NYC to visit next week for a couple of days).

  8. Great coincidence – but then you wanted it to happen and so it did and should! Hope the group worked out, and will work out. I’ve signed up for my next course, and it’s moving my universe along again. It’s great to read your blogs and helps me along as well as yourself! And congratulations on you award – absolutely deserved!

  9. Keep on writing even when you think it sucks…there are gems amongst the trash sometimes…and I think the universe is trying to tell you something.

    It must be trying to tell me something also because I just got word about a local event where they are looking for writers to share their work in a local bookstore:

    Calling all local Writers and Poets to Barnes and Noble Bethesda’s First Ever Writer’s Night
    /*Tuesday, August 19th at 7:30 pm. *//

    / /Join us for a celebration of words. We are hosting our first ever Writer’s Night and we are encouraging poets, short story writers, creative writers and non-fiction writers to come share a little bit of what they are working on. Come share your works with an appreciative audience. Please contact our Community Relations Office at 301-986-1851 if you would like to participate in the reading. Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 4801 Bethesda Avenue (at the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda Ave.) Bethesda, MD. All Events are Free and Open to the Public.

  10. Glad I was able in some small way to help you out of the writer’s funk you say you’ve been in. You really are a delightful writer and I always enjoy visiting your blog. Have fun with the writer’s group.

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