A Bowl for Stars

I have a thing for words pounded out, a mallet to metal spreading sky like a bowl for stars. What is the creative life but this brush with infinity? One more keystroke at the end of the page, edge of the formless void, the yet wordless place, and a new page springs from possibility to reality.

We are meant to be little makers…but for that red pen slashing, gashing, bleeding to death worthy words, even the Word that spoke heart into the dark, poetry humming over the surface of the deep. Still, the pounded out sky shows His handiwork. He takes the beating and whispers back, “Look what I am making.”

Waking in the dark from quicksand dreams, scurrying to be all that is asked of me, I’m pounded out to thin places. I feel wordless. But woman is meant to be curved, atmosphere rounded from equator to poles, His handiwork cupped to hold glory. I listen for the next word.


I’m linking up with Influence today, conversing with friends in anticipation of our in real life meet up this October.

A few things about me:

  • I write slow, a phrase or two then lots of space for thought and sipping tea between. This is the same way I go about cleaning my house, which means I live up to Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote: “The only advantage in not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.”
  • I’m an INFP…a sociable introvert and big time idealist constantly stubbing my toe on reality.
  • My family is full of writers of both the professional and hobby variety. My husband is a writer and literary agent who represents an amazing line-up of authors. It’s a thrill to work with words together…from brainstorming titles and book ideas to editing manuscripts.

What I’m looking forward to at Influence:

  • I can’t wait to catch up with blogger friends from my town, meet some amazing ladies that I already follow online and make some connections with new friends, like-minded writers at the same stage in blogging.
  • Most parts of my creative life stem from my love for words: songwriting, print design, and even blogging. I started Message in a Mason Jar as a place to practice my craft with accountability to write more consistently, as well as a way to interact with friends in the blogging world where I’ve been an avid reader. So, you can probably guess that I’m most excited about Influence’s writing workshop (led by Amber Haines) where I’ll get to meet and work with fellow wordsmiths.

What I don’t leave home without:

  • If I had to choose between taking along my Moleskine or my iPhone, I’d pick my Moleskine. It’s less distracting, more tangible. I like to see in real indentations of pen or pencil the scribbles of what’s planned for my days or how my days have gone. When an idea hits me or the kids say something quotable, I jot it down in the corner of a page so I can flip through later and remember.

30 thoughts on “A Bowl for Stars

    • My sis is an ENFP, so I feel at home with you already. :) Oh, and I had lunch with an ENFP friend today and lost track of time. Gotta love the free-flowing, people-oriented, connecting, passionate ways of the NFPs. :)

  1. When I took the Myer’s Briggs years ago I was an ESTJ (the exact opposite of you!). I really wish I could go to the Influence conference–it sounds like it is going to be amazing. :)

    • One ESTJ friend of the fam is probably the best I have seen at how to win friends and influence people. He’s a natural interviewer, always focusing the conversation on others. It’s no wonder he had an open invitation for dinner at about five different families’ houses during college. The four categories are really interesting to me, too. With the S&J, your type would fall into the Guardian category, keepers of tradition and culture. Love this stuff!

  2. You are a beautiful writer! I write slow, too. It takes me time to draw the words together to coagulation, to thin the jumble of my thoughts long enough to figure out exactly what I’m trying to say. I’m excited to meet you!

  3. “His handiwork cupped to hold glory”…I love that! I’m laughing at the comments because I’m a serious personalty-test junkie, myself…The last time I took a serious Myers Briggs test was in highschool, and I was INTJ. I’d be really interested to learn if it’s different now or the same! I always laugh a little at the thought of lots of writers getting together at a conference. Would we all just quietly stare at each other, unsure of how to communicate without a keyboard between us? Ha! That’s not to say I can’t wait till it’s my turn to go :)

  4. This was beautifully written and inspiring, and I just wanted to comment and say you have a new reader. I found you via your sponsorship on Naptime Diaries :)

  5. First of all, I love your name. Secondly, you clearly have a gift in how you craft your words to express complex and beautiful pictures. How amazing that it all points back to the Father! I am excited to meet you at Influence and stand in awe of your awesomeness :)

    • Hi Kerrie…Here’s how http://www.moleskine.com describes it…”The Moleskine notebook is, in fact, the heir and successor to the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin. A simple black rectangle with rounded corners, an elastic page-holder, and an internal expandable pocket: a nameless object with a spare perfection all its own, produced for over a century by a small French bookbinder that supplied the stationery shops of Paris, where the artistic and literary avant-gardes of the world browsed and bought them. A trusted and handy travel companion, the notebook held invaluable sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books.” But I guess I could just as easily use the words notebook/journal/planner to make it less complicated!

  6. WOW! I’m trying not to be intimidated by you and your amazing talents for writing. :) So glad that God has blessed us all with different talents and gifts. I would LOVE to hear some of the songs you’ve written!
    Excited to meet you!!

    • Wish you could bring that guitar!!! It would be fun to do an acoustic jam session. :) You are a lady of many talents. I’m looking forward to meeting you and your sis-in-law this October.

  7. Good post, Darcy. We just took the strength finders. It was really good to see our strengths and potential pitfalls associated with our strengths as well.

  8. Well you already know that I’ll be there, and I hope you know that I’m looking forward to spending more time with you. :) I’m so excited about it – it seemed like it was forever far away when I first got the ticket but it’s finally almost here!

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