A Mindful Day

On November 1st, Fiona and Kaspa of Writing Our Way Home are holding a Mindful Writing Day to celebrate publication of A Blackbird Sings, an anthology containing a selection of small stones from last January’s River of Stones. Over 1000 people have already signed up to take part in tomorrow’s celebration, each planning to write their own small stone and post it on Writing Our Way Home’s blog.

As I’ve written on here before, I took part in last January’s challenge and loved it. With lives in which most of us scurry from one activity to another, with scarcely time to notice much apart from that spot on our chin, or the fact that there’s no milk in the fridge, I enjoyed the experience of really concentrating on something for a few minutes every day and thinking of the best way, the best words with which to describe it. For a writer, that sort of focus on significant detail is essential, but the act of writing a small stone might be an uplifting experience for anyone.

If you haven’t already read them, you can take a look at my personal River of Stones from last January here. Two of my ‘stones’ are in A Blackbird Sings – which ones do you think they are?

In fact I enjoyed January’s challenge so much that I ran my own mini river of stones back in April – mine was String of Pearls. I must gather all the pearls together and give them their own blog post.

I wasn’t going to take part tomorrow. I’ve got so many projects on the go at the moment, but I’m finding myself weakening. I was looking out at the garden earlier – it seems to be changing daily at the moment – and some stone-like thoughts filtered through my head, so you never know!

A Blackbird Sings is available to download free today and tomorrow, and you can always order a print copy. I’m hoping mine will arrive soon.

And if you have a go at a small stone – even if you don’t want to share with the world on Writing Our Way Home’s blog, I’d love to see a few small stones on here.


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  1. Christine says:

    I hadn’t read the ‘stones’ before – I don’t which ones were chosen but I particularly enjoyed the washing line with its pearl necklace and the child on the swing in the playground where the young man hanged himself. Which are the two?

  2. Thanks for the info Lindsay 🙂

  3. Eileen Mitchell says:

    Hi Lindsay,
    I enjoyed reading your small stones from last year. I took part this year too. Here’s one of mine:

    Music soars!
    A sudden discord interrupts the harmony;
    the whining of the drill plays on, seducing silence,
    once the song has gone.

    p.s. Would love to do another course with you sometime but at the moment ‘Mum duty’ prevails! .
    Regards, Eileen.

  4. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Christine. Interesting to hear about the different ones that appeal to different people. The ones in the book are the black polythene trapped in the silver birch and the shrubs in their woolly fleeces.

  5. Lindsay says:

    This is lovely, Eileen – thanks for posting it.

    Good to hear from you. Would be lovely to see you on a course again!

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