Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Friday, January 20, 2012

January Pass the Book - The Writing Life

I've seen several quotes from The Writing Life by Annie Dillard lately and the book has been mentioned on several message boards. This is a small paperback book (so it won't be expensive to ship!) that contains stories from Ms. Dillard about the life of a writer. She describes the places where she's gone to write - from a small uninsulated cabin with a wood stove to a room in a library.

The book is a quick read and an interesting perspective on the life of a writer. I'm not sure it necessarily encouraged me to write a book as I don't believe I could be holed up in one room with the blind drawn (to avoid distractions) for days and weeks and months on end!

If you're new to Pass the Book:Year Two, you can find all the details here. To be in the draw for The Writing Life, please leave me a comment telling me the last place you sat down to write. For me, I typically write these days while sitting at the computer, however on our recent cruise I enjoyed sitting on our private balcony with a good old-fashioned pen writing away in my handmade journal. (I'll draw a name & post the first recipient of this book on Wednesday.)

**Rebekah is ready to pass on December's book, The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship. Click here to be in on the draw for that book.**


Sian said...

I like to write in my blog notebook sitting on our bed because the sunshine cheers me on!

This looks like a wonderful choice for Pass The Book

Ellyn said...

that sounds like a lovely book! I write on my computer too, but I also have a handwritten journal that I write in sitting on my bed...

Alison said...

I love to write in our 'naya' whih I believe is your equivalent of a 'sunroom'!
Alison xx

S said...

Oh I love a chance to read this book; the first book I read last year on writing was a disappointment to me. I usually find myself writing when no one else is home - actually on the computer more than in my "journal", but I hope to do more of the latter this year.

Fiona said...

Would love to read this book. Normally write at my desk on the computer but has just recently bought One Line a Day book, to write a couple of lines every day for five years.