Sometimes I feel
The world is not enough
To keep me.
So when I feel
like the world
I see it new.
The birds that hop around my garden
The smiles of those who leave a print
A cup of tea every morning or
Pancakes that are specially made in a café filled with unmatched chairs.
I hold on to a collection of notebooks, pens and sketch books,
I smell the salt from the air on the beach
My dogs curled up like cushions as I listen to
The sounds of rushing water against our skylight window
And here I am
all the sights and sounds of what could be
When the world is just enough
to keep me grounded still.
– K.M.L Quinn
In my writing journal, I’m a big fan of scribbling down the things I’m grateful for every day. I tend to focus on the little things, and remind myself throughout the day that I’ll be making note of them later. As a result, I start to appreciate everything in the moment. This piece of writing was an exploration of that idea; I imagined a character who was thinking about what they truly appreciated in life, even if their daily anxieties, at times, overwhelmed them. I did steal some of the things that made me happy (the dogs and notebooks being my two absolute favorites), but that was very much intentional: I do think it’s important when writing to give your characters a little bit of your soul. Anyway, happy reading!