"I look at my work and make up my mind about it. After that, neither flattery nor criticism matters to me."
Hawk tail feather (I found it near home!) and strong coffee for #writinghour with @ashleyreneelowe #ojai
Balance is better when your hands are in the dirt #yoga #handstand #ojai
It’s 1 am in Shanghai and I’m drinking coffee in California, looking out on a garden of lavendar, thyme, and sage. Bees bumble and buzz around my apple core, a hummingbird hones in on a flower with the precision and speed of a machine. The sky is blue, startling so, unapologetically so. Not a cloud in sight. Just blue, blue, blue. I see a lizard dart across a pile of dry dirt. I read in bed, infinitely late at night, and listened to a chorus of coyotes singing in the hills. There is life everywhere: beneath the piles of dead leaves something skitters, the bees are drinking from the dog’s water, there are flies in the trailer and flies the house, a spider in my hair. The dogs chase the chickens and the chickens are chasing who knows what, these fluffy little creatures ruled by constant clucks and pecks. The shower is outside and they gather by the drain, drinking the soapy water as it runs out into the dirt. How novel for the city girl who isn’t really, but somehow, yes, am. A city girl.
I’m here now and trying to act like a writer. Get up, make a coffee, go for a walk, write a word, and then another. It’s easy to imagine a life here, and easy to travel back to the future, where my life is now. 6 hours from now I would be waking up and walking the dog to the elevator, running down to the street, craning my neck around looking for a cab. Life is inside the taxi and on the bikes racing beside it, hurdling through stoplights and leaning against bus stop stands. No howling coyotes. Wailing horns.
The silence is crazy, the air is clean, and the blue sky is louder and bolder than a bleating horn or a barking dog.
Throwback to that time @kasheer found a desert full of camels to ride in the middle of the Himalayas #India #travel #camels #roadtrip