What I Live For: Join us TODAY, Friday the 10th of May

ThawBeing a writer makes my life worth living. What do you live for?

Join me for the relaunch of my writing career under my new Buddhist name. Today, Friday the 10th of May, tell me what gets you up in the morning & share some writing or a photo or some art called ‘What I Live For’. You can post your piece on Facebook or on your blog or on Twitter or wherever you like.

My four novels will be re-released today with brand new covers. My novel ‘Thaw’ follows lonely and grief-stricken scientist Ruth as she gives herself three months to decide whether or not to continue living. Over these three months she explores what makes her happy and unhappy, deepens her relationships and seeks meaning. There’s 75% off the kindle version today (99p in UK / $1.49 in US).

Most of us have difficult times like Ruth. But even if we’re happily getting on with things, life has a habit of swooshing past us. I’d like to invite you to you spend some time between now and the 10th of May reflecting on the important stuff in your life. You might want to consider your role as a father, friend or partner. You might want to think about the work you do or the community you live in or your spiritual practice. You might want to practice gratitude, or do a stock-take, or make some new plans. You might want to appreciate the natural world. What do you live for?

Share your thoughts with us. If you’re a blogger you could write a blog. If you’re a painter you could paint a picture. If you’re on Facebook you could post some writing or a photo which represents what you live for. You could tweet something using #WhatILiveFor, or make a fun list of the little things (your first cup of coffee, the sound of birds singing) that make you happy. You could be adventurous and arrange a meal with your friends when you all tell each other about the good stuff in your life, or go on a pilgrimage to somewhere important to you. Keep it simple or go to town. It’s completely up to you.

Feel free to use this introduction to accompany your piece:

– – Today I’m taking part in ‘What I Live For’, an online event organised by author Satya Robyn. People like me all over the world will be sharing what gives their lives meaning. In Satya Robyn’s novel ‘Thaw’, Ruth gives herself three months to decide whether she can find a reason to carry on living. There’s 75% off the kindle version today (99p / $1.49) – read more here: http://www.satyarobyn.com/?page_id=56 – –

There’s a list of people taking part – email me satya@writingourwayhome.com if you’d like me to include you (and your blog if you have one). The list is here.

Do invite your friends along – we have a Facebook invite here (where you can also share your piece) or forward them the link to this blog: http://www.satyarobyn.com/?p=154. I’m looking forward to reading them all!

15 thoughts on “What I Live For: Join us TODAY, Friday the 10th of May”

  1. I enjoyed your thoughts here – innovative and positive, full of the kind of properly cultivated self-belief which all true writers need. Put me down for your May 10th project reflecting on what one lives for, I’ll give it a try.
    I wandered across to your comment on why a review hurt you and felt real sympathy at the implied bullying and verbal cruelty. Shame on them. I always say if in doubt, stay out.
    Good luck with your re-launch. Happy writing.

  2. This came at just the right time for me — isn’t it often the way?
    I’d like to participate on the 10th. I tried to respond via the email address you offered but it bounced back as not working, so here I am instead. Please include me on your list of participants. I’ll be writing a blog post about it. The blog url is http://sueguineyblog.blogspot.co.uk Thanks!

  3. My emil is not working at present, so I’d like it if you would add my name too please. What a lovely concept and the best of luck for the launch of your books under your new name.

  4. Thanks for adding me to the list Satya. As I mentioned in my email, a well-timed reminder to remember ‘what I live for’ as it is close to the anniversary of my diagnosis of cervical cancer (19 years this 12 May) – which really started me off on the path of using ‘words for well-being’.

  5. Heelo, Satya, I will be with you on the voyage for the 10th. Please list my name and my FaceBook URL. Thanks for doing this.
    Namaste, Katherine

  6. I would love to join the festivities on Friday. A way to calm down, relax and look within…thanks for taking the time for designing an activity that will help me slow down, sit down and write down what’s inside…exciting.


  7. When you’ve been writing almost everyday about something for over forty years you don’t think of it as something you live for, because it is part of how you live. I was slowing down with my own poetry a tad a few years ago until a friend introduced me to this wonderful little place that asked you to take the time to observe something and write about it for a month…A River Of Stones or AROS…which has continued everyday for about two and a half years now. And that helped me to explore and explode into other different writing prompts, learn new poetic forms as well as start to write Flash Fiction which limits the writer to 100, 150 words or to tell a story in a single page of writing.

    Continued success in your writing. One of these years…maybe next year I’ll get a Kindle or the likes. I’m still an electronic klutz. 🙂

  8. Dear Jules

    I love your line “… you don’t think of it as something you live for, because it is part of how you live” – feels so true for many people. Like you, I have yet to acquire a kindle, I just love books, but if/when I travel more I can see how convenient they can be.

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